The Muse, Amused
06 January 2013 @ 04:25 pm
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31 December 2011 @ 09:07 am
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31 December 2010 @ 06:48 pm
In 2009, I read 201 books. Let's see how many I read in 2010...

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28 April 2010 @ 02:54 pm
I can finally reveal the truth of the Good Thing that happened a couple weeks ago.

And that this is, I now bear the lofty title of Assistant Editor.

Which is to say, I have been promoted!

My boss told me about this two weeks ago, but it wasn't official until the email went out today. I was holding my breath that it would happen for the last six months or more, and then holding my breath that I wouldn't jinx it from really truly happening for the last two weeks.

But it has happened! It is real!

My responsibilities don't really change at all. I still support all my bosses, and do all the same work, but now I'm hopefully going to be signing up more of my own projects and doing more of my own books. So, same job, just more of it!

Anyway, I have accomplished what I was starting to think was impossible in this industry, which is a promotion, and I am kind of really happy about that.
The Muse, Amused
31 December 2009 @ 04:43 pm
I am going to try and keep track of all the books I read over here, along with the date I finished them and star reviews. If I review them, I'll link the review here.

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The Muse, Amused
18 November 2009 @ 05:15 pm
As we all know, times are tight. So everyone's pinching pockets. Last year, our company holiday party was cancelled, largely because it was poor taste to throw a party right after cutting 35 positions. I was assuming this year's party would be cancelled as well. And then we got an email with the following announcement:

For Rock Center employees, this year’s Holiday Party will be not just one party, but a party in every department on every floor of the company.

Here’s How It Works:

Beverages – Compliments of S&S! Beverages, including an assortment of wine and beer, will be
provided by Simon & Schuster.*

Food – We’re counting on you! Pitch in and coordinate with your department by bringing a pot-luck assortment of your favorite appetizers, dishes, or desserts.**

Roam – It’s not just one party, it’s multiple parties all around the company! Get in the spirit and visit your colleagues in other departments.

Entertainment – Let’s hear from you! We know there’s hidden talent within the ranks and we want to hear from you. So bring in those guitars, harmonicas, and other instruments, or just yourself, and show your colleagues what you can do.

Theme – Each department is encouraged to create a theme for their party.

* Please be mindful of your consumption of alcohol in order to have a healthy and safe holiday celebration.
** Keep in mind that refrigeration space is limited

So basically, what they're saying is:

“You guys get a party this year! Only, it’s in the office! And you have to plan it! And bring the food! And the entertainment! Basically all we’re saying is you can stay late and have a drink with your coworkers in the conference rooms. That’s not lame at all, right?”

And as esc_key so aptly put it, "I love the little asterisk about the free alcohol. It’s free! But don’t drink that much. Basically, you get a 40 to share between all of you, is what we’re saying."
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The Muse, Amused
20 October 2009 @ 01:49 pm
Editor D and I were working on a book with Harry Mazer. Harry was unwell, and pretty much all communication for the project was run through Norma. Norma and I were in touch a lot in those days.

The book was My Brother Abe: Sally Lincoln's Story, and as the name suggests, it was about Abraham Lincoln's sister, Sally.

At one point, I emailed Norma and asked her to ask Harry for the dedication. She responded:

Harry says he’s mulling a dedication and [I kid you not] it’s between me and Sally Lincoln. By tomorrow morning, one of us should win.

The next morning, after I emailed her for an update, she responded:

Yay, I won!

The final dedication reads: For Norma, always.
The Muse, Amused
28 August 2009 @ 07:13 pm

Soulstice by Simon Holt

Six months after the events of The Devouring, Reggie Halloway is still haunted by nightmares of Vours and fearscapes, but aside from the terrifying dreams, she hasn't seen anything of the Vours since she saved her little brother from possession.

But the memory of her awful encounter haunts her daily. Her little brother Henry is still suffering from nightmares and having violent episodes. Her best friend Aaron is worried about her. And the investigation into the disappearance of town golden boy Quinn Waters--who is currently drowned at the bottom of a lake after being possessed by a Vour--is getting closer to home every day.

And that's when the Vours begin to attack again. First it's terrifying visions. Then they move on Aaron.

That's when Quinn shows up. Turns out he survived being almost frozen and drowned, and now the Vours are after him, because he's so imperfect. He suggests a dangerous team-up to Reggie, and she has no choice but to accept.

As Reggie investigates deeper and deeper into the current resurgence of Vour activity, she learns some frightening things about the origins and true nature of the Vours. But will her newfound knowledge be enough to save her from a second Vour attack?

This book starts MUCH stronger than the previous. There is already a palpable sense of tension in the air from the first page, and Reggie is an exhausted but valiant warrior against horror. In some places, Reggie begins to remind me almost of a sort of Buffy character--only instead of being chosen, she's made her own choices.

There are plenty of twists and turns in this book, as well as actual new information. Too many times, a series feels drawn out and like you aren't really discovering anything new with each additional book. This may be the second book in a series, but it definitely feels meaty and weighty on its own. The details we learn about the Vours are fascinating and compelling, and raise this from a bloody, gory horror novel for the sake of being gory to something fascinating and compelling (with plenty of gross-out creepiness, don't worry.)

This is another strong, top-notch teen horror novel that's actually gross and scary enough to compel serious horror fans. And you've got to love the packaging! The jacket images for this and The Devouring are both so eye-grabbing. I gulped it down, and I'll continue to wait eagerly for the next installment.