Friday, March 26, 2010

James Dashner and Chapter 7

1) James Dashner substituted Sanderson’s class yesterday. I’ve never read his books, but I like him as a person—he’s very friendly and sociable. He brought five copies of his book The Maze Runner* to hand out of the class, courtesy of Sanderson.

So the class goes on like normal until there’s about ten minutes left, and those books are just sitting on the table. I kind of wanted one. There are about thirty people in the class, so I have a 1/6 chance of getting one. And I want to read some Dashner because I like him (unlike David Farland, who has recently dropped in my ranks).

So I figured I’d just ask for one. Couldn’t hurt, right? I passed the plan by my friend Kristy (who is awesome) and she confirmed its legitimacy. I raised my hand and asked something like, “You know how you haven’t passed out those books yet? Since it’s my birthday next week, can I have one?”

This started the “How are we going to distribute these copies?” debate, which I fully participated in. I think my two best arguments were that I had to share my birthday with Jesus this year**, and that I had a plate of snickerdoodles (which I’d brought for writing group). So Dashner gave me a book, if nothing else because I’m “shameless,” as he worded it, ha. I then, in a very dramatic and timid manner, asked him to sign it after class.

I guess he liked my performance, because he said he was glad he gave me a book. Score. Now I just need to find time to read it.

2) Had CSH chapter 7 (the beginning of it, anyway) critiqued yesterday, and I have a lot of work to do on it. It’s my weakest submission to the group so far this semester, methinks. YAY MORE REWRITING. But that’s okay. That’s what authors do.

Meanwhile I have this fear that since I’m waiting so long to start TR I’m never actually going to do it. That would be pretty stupid of me.

P.S. I’m reading Jim Butcher for the first time, book 1 of his Codex Alera. Not enthralled yet, but I’m not bored either. I’m only 1/8 of the way through the novel, so we’ll see what happens. (I believe this series is the one summarized as being Pokemon meets Lost Roman Legion.)

*The book trailer is really weird.
**Easter and General Conference both fall on April 4th.

1 comment:

  1. I've got a copy of The Maze Runner that I could have loaned you if you hadn't succeeded. It's a good book. Not the absolute best. It has a few rough spots, but it's enjoyable overall. It starts pretty slow, but gets better as it goes on. I'll likely buy and read the next one when it comes out. I may have enjoyed it less because I had recently read The Hunger Games (which is also a post-apocalyptic dystopia book, so they're similar genres) and preferred The Hunger Games to The Maze Runner. But it's still an enjoyable book.