Day 1 – Seattle

The plane ride was… a six-hour plane ride, ‘nuf said. I am reading The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger and enjoying it a great deal. One thing nags at me though – she seems to have borrowed the whole ChronoMoving thing – the central element of the way time travel works, from Jasper Fforde’s books. It could well be that both authors hit on the same device at the same time. That happens more often than you’d think, like the ideas are streaming through the air. Did anyone else get the same sense? This is not to take away from the book at all – she’s a good writer.

Low point of the trip so far: having a very large man, who had recently eaten broccoli, break wind with his butt inches from my face while I was strapped into my plane seat and he was standing in the crowded aisle. Ack. Ack. Ack. Not much you can do in a situation like that except to hold your breath until you slip into unconsciousness. I tried. It didn’t work.

High point of the trip so far: this morning’s walk along the waterfront. Seattle is an excellent city. Note to all family members reading this: let’s come back here and play!

Here’s what I saw:

Image hosted by TinyPic.com The cherry trees are blooming here!! (Sun wasn’t quite up when I took the photo. Use your imagination.)

Image hosted by TinyPic.com Fish market is very, very cool.

Image hosted by TinyPic.com Sleepy author and Jumbo Grilling Lobster Tails.

My ride, the lovely Tina, will be here in a minute. Thanks Max, for the great note about PROM. Very fitting that you found one of the special signed copies!

21 Replies to “Day 1 – Seattle”

  1. What? There were signed copies? *sigh* We never get books signed by authors I want at my store!

    And yipes about that low point! Why would you do that? WHY???

  2. What? There were signed copies? *sigh* We never get books signed by authors I want at my store!

    And yipes about that low point! Why would you do that? WHY???

  3. What? There were signed copies? *sigh* We never get books signed by authors I want at my store!

    And yipes about that low point! Why would you do that? WHY???

  4. I was so lucky that i got a signed copy! I have no clue how it happened to get into my Barnes&Noble in my small NC town. I would have never dreamed to have got one. Well i did dream about it…

  5. I was so lucky that i got a signed copy! I have no clue how it happened to get into my Barnes&Noble in my small NC town. I would have never dreamed to have got one. Well i did dream about it…

  6. I was so lucky that i got a signed copy! I have no clue how it happened to get into my Barnes&Noble in my small NC town. I would have never dreamed to have got one. Well i did dream about it…

  7. Wow, Seattle looks like fun! Hope you have fun! Too bad you’re not gonna be close to Philly. Oh well, Upper Dublin was fun nonetheless!

  8. Wow, Seattle looks like fun! Hope you have fun! Too bad you’re not gonna be close to Philly. Oh well, Upper Dublin was fun nonetheless!

  9. Wow, Seattle looks like fun! Hope you have fun! Too bad you’re not gonna be close to Philly. Oh well, Upper Dublin was fun nonetheless!

  10. I had read a short story in a science fiction magazine around 15 years ago with the same premise and similar plot. Wish I could remember the author and the title, but I remembered the story because it was one that wowed me. In TTW, I kept getting lost, but I blame that on myself. I haven’t read Jasper Fforde, but I wonder if the story I read–which was probably 10,000 words–was written by him. I’ll check out some of his work.

    I look forward to reading PROM.

    SH (I was just surfing and found your blog by accident)

  11. I had read a short story in a science fiction magazine around 15 years ago with the same premise and similar plot. Wish I could remember the author and the title, but I remembered the story because it was one that wowed me. In TTW, I kept getting lost, but I blame that on myself. I haven’t read Jasper Fforde, but I wonder if the story I read–which was probably 10,000 words–was written by him. I’ll check out some of his work.

    I look forward to reading PROM.

    SH (I was just surfing and found your blog by accident)

  12. I had read a short story in a science fiction magazine around 15 years ago with the same premise and similar plot. Wish I could remember the author and the title, but I remembered the story because it was one that wowed me. In TTW, I kept getting lost, but I blame that on myself. I haven’t read Jasper Fforde, but I wonder if the story I read–which was probably 10,000 words–was written by him. I’ll check out some of his work.

    I look forward to reading PROM.

    SH (I was just surfing and found your blog by accident)

  13. Now that you mention it, I do notice a great similarity between the time travel methods in the “Thursday Next” series and “The Time Traveler’s Wife.” I adore Jasper Fforde’s books, and was pleased to find that his time traveling actually “made sense” (for as much as anything regarding time travel can!); I was similarly pleased by the Niffeneger. I think that I didn’t notice their connection partly because both seem to have the time traveling elements from Connie Willis’s “To Say Nothing of the Dog.” Have you read this? It tops my ‘Alltime Favourites’ list…

  14. Now that you mention it, I do notice a great similarity between the time travel methods in the “Thursday Next” series and “The Time Traveler’s Wife.” I adore Jasper Fforde’s books, and was pleased to find that his time traveling actually “made sense” (for as much as anything regarding time travel can!); I was similarly pleased by the Niffeneger. I think that I didn’t notice their connection partly because both seem to have the time traveling elements from Connie Willis’s “To Say Nothing of the Dog.” Have you read this? It tops my ‘Alltime Favourites’ list…

  15. Now that you mention it, I do notice a great similarity between the time travel methods in the “Thursday Next” series and “The Time Traveler’s Wife.” I adore Jasper Fforde’s books, and was pleased to find that his time traveling actually “made sense” (for as much as anything regarding time travel can!); I was similarly pleased by the Niffeneger. I think that I didn’t notice their connection partly because both seem to have the time traveling elements from Connie Willis’s “To Say Nothing of the Dog.” Have you read this? It tops my ‘Alltime Favourites’ list…

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