The most interesting thing that happened to me this week was that I got to see firsthand what my book does to people firsthand. My boss bought a copy of Wake and pretty soon our lunchtime chats were about character analysis, playlists, and what the characters would look like (apparently Willa looks like Kat Dennings; not my idea). It was a neat experience because I connect with readers almost exclusively online.
Today she finished the book, and the first thing she said was, “This sucks for you, because now I’m going to be bugging you every day about your next book.”
It’s coming. I promise.
What I can tell you about it is that it’s a paranormal, and completely weird (as all things I write tend to be). At the end of September I put it away in disgust because I was sure that it was absolute crap. But I went back to it last night, just to see. Now that I have some distance from it, I can see that the project wasn’t as deeply flawed as I thought it was. Sure, it has some problems, but nothing insurmountable. So I’m back on that horse and hopefully I won’t fall off again until the book is finished.
I didn’t make anything this week, but I’ve been looking for a good sweet potato fries recipe (preferably baked). If you know of any good recipes, share in the comments section and I will love you forever.
What I’m Reading
Fonts surround us every day, on street signs and buildings, on movie posters and books, and on just about every product we buy. But where do fonts come from, and why do we need so many? Who is responsible for the staid practicality of Times New Roman, the cool anonymity of Arial, or the irritating levity of Comic Sans (and the movement to ban it)?
Typefaces are now 560 years old, but we barely knew their names until about twenty years ago when the pull-down font menus on our first computers made us all the gods of type. Beginning in the early days of Gutenberg and ending with the most adventurous digital fonts, Simon Garfield explores the rich history and subtle powers of type. He goes on to investigate a range of modern mysteries, including how Helvetica took over the world, what inspires the seeming ubiquitous use of Trajan on bad movie posters, and exactly why the all-type cover of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus was so effective. It also examines why the “T” in the Beatles logo is longer than the other letters and how Gotham helped Barack Obama into the White House. A must-have book for the design conscious, Just My Type‘s cheeky irreverence will also charm everyone who loved Eats, Shoots & Leaves and Schott’s Original Miscellany.