Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Times They Are (Not) A-Changin'

I am pleased to report The Times of Trenton, New Jersey had an editorial about the Allentown High School "One School One Book" program, where they are reading Life As We Knew It.

I'm not, however, pleased to report that I've heard (from a genuine eyewitness) that there were no ARCs of This World We Live In available at NCTE last week. Apparently they didn't get printed in time.

I know the ARCs exist (at least in very small numbers) because I was sent a sixth one. A good thing too, since Joyce took ARC #5 home with her. My mother will get the newly arrived #6.

But the Bolivian hat is getting more and more crowded, and I'm getting more and more impatient. I do understand that this endless wait for the ARCs is more irritating to me than to you, but nonetheless I've put up a poll on the subject.

Feel free to editorialize!


Paige Y. said...

I voted for this week -- but then I try to be an optimist. Surely they are not doing any good sitting around with the publisher so they'll decide to send them along quickly.

Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful!

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hallo Paige Y.-

Ordinarily I am gleefully optimistic about stuff, but after a while I go from optimistic to sulky.

Not just about the ARCs though. I'm just as sulky about the Jets and the Giants!

thereadingzone said...


ARCs were available at NCTE. I know, because I got one! I did have to ask for it and the rep told me they were only putting a few out at a time. I hope that brightens your day a bit!


Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hi thereadingzone (aka Sarah)-

There's nothing like conflicting eyewitness reports to really feed a migraine.

Well, I'm glad you got an ARC. I hope when you have a chance to read it, you'll like it!

Elaine Marie Alphin said...

Hang in there, Sue - if someone reported no ARCs, it could be simply that a) they didn't arrive by Day #1, but were there later, or b) HMH ran out because the ARCs were so popular!

Of course, the ARCs would be popular around here, too, if HMH would only send you a bunch so you could share.... But one can only remain patiently optimistic, and have faith. And try to find something to cheer - although I'm depressed about the Giants also, the Colts are still undefeated!

(Well, actually I AM Elaine, but I'm writing hopefully, as in a hopeful spirit that the ARCs will arrive in very short order. :) )

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue:

Hope you and your family had a nice Thanksgiving.

Don't you just hate waiting for things to arrive? Remember, sending in box tops from cereal boxes and then waiting what seemed like years to get whatever it was in the mail? Be patient, they'll arrive soon I'm sure. And, when they do, you're going to have to start working on your next novel - and please don't say you're retired... you have too much talent to be retired. Knuckleheads like me can retire from writing, not you.

Speaking of next novels, I looked at Elaine Marie Alphin's blog and her 2010 novel, An Unspeakable Crime, looks really good. The Leo Frank case, which it's based on, is truly mesmerizing and shows that 'the times they are (not) a-changin'. Nice how I worked that in, no?

(By the way, my word verification is 'mersnic', isn't that a great name for a ham actor? Perhaps in your next book...)


Wendy said...

It looks like you'd better start working on those ABCs with Scooter. Here's hoping he's a quick learner.

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Happy Cyber Monday Elaine Marie Alphin and Glen and Wendy-

Well, the current story is the ARCs were mailed to me a while ago.

I guess the Pony Express isn't as reliable as it used to be.

On the other hand, they managed to forward two letters to me that were from October, which is the fastest they've ever gotten mail to me. So that's progress, I suppose.

I am a wildly impatient person and I hate not knowing what's going on. Bring on the bad news, I always say (well, I prefer good news, but I seem to prefer confronting bad news to waiting for bad news).

As far as writing something new goes, the combination of pressing my nose against the window while waiting for the ARCs to arrive and Adam Lambert fandom is very time consuming.

Not to mention teaching Scooter how to read!

Jill said...

I was actually coming here to comment that your poll indicates that you should really be giving Scooter reading lessons while you wait for the delivery, but you seem one step ahead of that game :D

Anonymous said...

honestly, i think that we should all be optimistic and more people should have voted for "This Week"...unless Scooter is a VERY fast learner!


Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hello to Jill and to Niko-

Scooter is actually pretty smart. Over the weekend, Joyce stayed in my bedroom, and since she's allergic to cats, she kept the door closed.

Scooter jumped up a few times to grab at the doorknob. It didn't work, but it was a worthy effort.

I think (alas) it's going to take a while before he starts reading. Maybe if books were edible...

Fear Death By Water said...

cats always know who's alergic ...

Bri said...

If I had known ARC's were being given at NTCE, I would have found a way to get there!!! I am guessing the books will be delivered this week, but just in case keep working with Scooter!

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hi Fear Death By Water and Bri-

I've heard that cats know who's allergic or flat out doesn't like them because the people who don't want cats anywhere near them keep quiet and cats are drawn to people who are quiet.

It's well within a cat's nature to reject anyone who says, "here kitty kitty kitty."

I'm sure NCTE was a great conference this year, but I doubt TW's ARCs or lack thereof were a highlight. Still, it would have been nice to have you there as a spy, Bri!