Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Never get on Amazon late at night when you promised yourself you'd be writing your own masterpiece. It will only make you regret not buying a copy of The Underneath when you had a chance, even though it seemed like too much money at the time. Now it's been nominated for a national book award and you (meaning I) haven't read it. It's written by Kathi Appelt who was at the BYU Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers Workshop this past summer. When she read from her memoir My Father's Summers I gasped audibly because the writing was that good. Audible gasping good. It takes a lot for me to gasp audibly, believe me. Oh, I do love writing that makes me gasp. It's sort of like a cross between tasting the world's finest chocolate and having the wind knocked out of you. 


Lynne's Somewhat Invented Life said...

I went to the bookstore annex at the Conference Center to buy her book and it was all sold out and then I saw her I said, "I tried to buy your book but they are all out."

And she said, "Which one?"

"The Underneath."

"Oh," she said, giving me a half-smile. "That's not my book. That's Kathi's book."

And then I stammered because I was fawning over the wrong author.

And that is how to humiliate yourself and an author all at the same time.

Damama T said...

I guess I need to read something more challenging than Sex, Lies and Vampires. LOL! If something doesn't make me laugh in the first three pages I usually don't keep reading. I know, I'm shallow like that. LOL!