Friday, December 27, 2013

Past And Presents

A few days ago, I did something I hadn't done in a very long time.

I googled myself.

It's a tribute to how long it's been since I so indulged, that the most interesting place I found myself plopped into was an article from a year ago about a teacher winning a $1000.00 prize. If that very fine teacher had been holding a copy of any book other than Life As We Knew It, it truly would have been a dull day in Googleland.

I might have been inspired to self-goog because Twitter led me to a Huffington Post article that  mentioned Life As We Knew It. It's an article about YA science fiction books to make you interested in science. Here's the very nice thing it said about LAWKI:

Be fascinated by eco-disasters. Then be scared of them. Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. The moon is knocked a little too close to the earth one day. The disastrous effect on the weather and society, and then the diseases that end up ravaging the pockets of society are so real and scientifically valid, your cells will shiver from fear.

Isn't that lovely? I would have sent the link to my editor except for a couple of things. First off, it's the week between Christmas and New Year's, and what with both of them falling on Wednesdays, we can safely assume the entire publishing industry is in hiding from Dec. 21 to Jan. 6. So it would be almost disrespectful of me to make someone look at anything work related during that time.

The second reason is wonderful though the mention is, here's the book cover they used to accompany it:

Don't get me wrong. It's a fine cover. And I should be grateful they didn't use the pink one. But still, it's the U.K. cover, and my American publisher would probably prefer if they'd used the U.S. one. So I'm not going to tell them.

I stopped exchanging holiday gifts a number of years ago, pre-LAWKI, when I moved from my big expensive house to my lovely but much smaller apartment. The only person I give presents to and receive from is my goddaughter. Among the gifts she sent me this Christmas were two of her cheeses. The Prix de Diane is already gone, but if you get here quickly enough, there might be a little bit left of the Morgan for you to enjoy.

She also sent me a handknit neckwarming thing (there's probably a technical term for it, but I'm not au courant fashion wise or most any other wise for that matter). Anyway, whatever you call it, it's very pretty and I'm sure it will keep my neck warm over the next couple of months.

That is, assuming Scooter will let me wear it. My goddaughter gave me strict instructions that her presents were not to be regarded as cat toys, but no one seems to have told Scooter that.

And for any of you cynical enough to think I wrote this entire blog entry to have an excuse to post that second picture, well, you just might be right!


Anonymous said...

Would Scooter's new toy be a cowl, by any chance?

Anonymous Santa Fe

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Good morning Anonymous Santa Fe-

Cowls are always something I associate with nuns, but that could well be what my goddaughter knit me.

Scooter has already (albeit involuntarily) committed to a lifetime of chastity, and thanks to my limited resources, he doesn't get that fancy pet food, so I guess that qualifies as kitty cat poverty.

Obedience, however, is beyond his ken!

bella said...

hello. my name is bella. im from malaysia. ive read your book 'life as we knew it' & it was one of my fav books ever! i finished it and i wanted to buy 'the dead & the gone' and 'the world we live in' but it seems like it doesnt sell in malaysia these two books. im sorry but i love it so much. can you pls do something about it like make it sell to malaysia? i want it so bad!

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hi Bella all the way in Malaysia.

I have no control over where my books sell. If I did, they'd sell in every country on Earth (and on the moon and Mars and anyplace else I can think of).

The only thing I can think to suggest is you ask at your library if they can get the other moon books for you to read.

I hope that they can!

Anonymous said...

Looks to be a mobius scarf, or it was until it became a cat toy.

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Thank you for the vocabulary lesson, Anonymous.

I'll be sure to instruct Scooter!

Unknown said...

uh hi my name is Sanjana and i am in 7th grade in Linwood middle school NJ. so for our book club we had to read Life as we knew it, and we had to do a project on it. i just wanted to give a shout out to this blog and this book!.