Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sunday Salon

So my life has changed- I've come into the possession of a netbook, one of those miniature laptops that weighs as much as a kitten and can be used for email and word processing. I have a laptop that I love, and as I wrote last week, my only real complaint was its heft. This new little baby solves that problem and provides an easy-to-use, friendly working experience. Even if it is a PC. The only problem I have now is whether to carry it with me all the time or just sometimes!

I have to say, I'm totally in love with it. Two nights in a row now my husband, who also got one of his own, and I have been hanging out in local bookstores typing-typing-typing. He's writing a sequel to the novel he recently finished; I'm just writing my blog posts. But it's fun anyway. And I know it will be a big help to me at conferences and other professional events. Looking around me at Borders last night, it struck me that bookstores are now like full-service nightclubs for nerds. Finally, a place for me!

Otherwise this past week has been busy in the blogosphere with all the kerfuffle around the FTC and their infamous Guides. What it comes down to for me, as for a lot of you, is that I just want to do my thing without being hassled by The Man and I'm willing to comply with the law. Thanks again to everyone who commented, tweeted or linked (or read) my husband's post last week. Now let's all get back to the business of reading and writing about books- what we're all here to do in the first place.

Speaking of books, there have been a ton of great book events in Boston so far this month but between one thing and the next I haven't been able to get to any of them. All my hopes for the month are pinned on the weekend of the 24th and 25th, as I participate in the Boston Book Festival on the 24th and see favorite author Margaret Atwood do a reading from her new book, The Year of the Flood, the next day. I hear that musical performances of the hymns from the book are also a part of the show at some stops; I'll let you know how that all goes. I am really, really looking forward to it!

What are you looking forward to (or back at) this week?