Why love Syracuse?

Because it is cool and friendly and human-sized, that’s why.

We moved to Syracuse, NY when I was in first grade. We moved out of the city itself when I was 14, but stayed in the area. I left for college when I was 19 and swore I’d never return.

So, of course, I’m moving back to the area in July. (More on that later.)

On Saturday night, Beloved Husband and I drove to downtown Syracuse to enjoy the Taste of Syracuse, a two-day festival set in the middle of downtown. What is the point of the festival? To eat, listen to music, and eat some more. (I told you it was a great place.) The corridors where the food tents were set up were a little crowded (point for next year’s planners; space them out a bit more), but the food was good. The beer and wine was expensive enough that nobody got hammered and became obnoxious. It was the blend of races and ages that I remember from my childhood, and pretty much everyone was relaxed and smiling. Kids played in a huge fountain. Music and the smell of barbecue in the air. We saw friends and family members and laughed a lot.

What really took us down there was the band After FX. If you live in Central New York, make a point of seeing these guys – they rock the house!!! We are friends with the bass player, so we’re biased, but the crowd was huge when they started playing and there were loads of people dancing in the streets (including yours truly). The following day was my first wedding anniversary with BH. The night spent dancing and grooving in Syracuse was the perfect celebration.

Mer and I have spent the afternoon laughing about some pranksters from Cornell. I wish I could hang out with them!

Many, many thanks to everyone who wrote in about the Book Meme. I went to the library and brought home some Vonnegut. I’ll let you know about it. In the mail today came the news that CATALYST will be published in Germany (no date yet), and I received the British version of PROM (available in the UK next month). It has a very different cover. I’ll scan it in and post it on the website, which reminds me I have some other updates to do. Mer leaves for work in an hour and I’m going to try and write then. She is done, done, done with school. I took her to lunch yesterday after her last final. It is a strange and wonderful feeling.

27 Replies to “Why love Syracuse?”

  1. It has a very different cover. I’ll scan it in and post it on the website

    I just checked amazon.co.uk and they have an audio book edition that has an interesting cover. I wonder if it’s the same as the UK edition (which didn’t come up in my search for some reason). Does your copy have a vertical shot of a girl in a pink dress?

  2. It has a very different cover. I’ll scan it in and post it on the website

    I just checked amazon.co.uk and they have an audio book edition that has an interesting cover. I wonder if it’s the same as the UK edition (which didn’t come up in my search for some reason). Does your copy have a vertical shot of a girl in a pink dress?

    1. If the angle of the shot is from the ground looking up at the girl, yes. What do you think of it?

      Interesting about the audio…. they are taping the US audio version right now. I’m headed to the studio at the end of the month to do a short Q&A with the author.

      1. I just went and looked at it again….it has a different feel than the US edition. I’m a bit partial to the limo/shaving cream combo (so fun!), but the girl in pink catches your eye. I like the circling of the title on the UK cover, complete with flowery doodles. But, I think the girl looks a bit young for the story.

        Oh, and after looking at the amazon.co.uk listing a little closer I think it’s a paperback, not audiobook, although it’s published by Hodder Children’s Audio and says [audiobook] next to the title. Odd.

  3. It has a very different cover. I’ll scan it in and post it on the website

    I just checked amazon.co.uk and they have an audio book edition that has an interesting cover. I wonder if it’s the same as the UK edition (which didn’t come up in my search for some reason). Does your copy have a vertical shot of a girl in a pink dress?

  4. If the angle of the shot is from the ground looking up at the girl, yes. What do you think of it?

    Interesting about the audio…. they are taping the US audio version right now. I’m headed to the studio at the end of the month to do a short Q&A with the author.

  5. If the angle of the shot is from the ground looking up at the girl, yes. What do you think of it?

    Interesting about the audio…. they are taping the US audio version right now. I’m headed to the studio at the end of the month to do a short Q&A with the author.

  6. Why love Syracuse? Because it is cool and friendly and human-sized, that’s why.

    You know, it’s so nice to read positive comments about my hometown. Sometimes it seems like everyone who lives here is down on Syracuse. Of course, I don’t think I truly appreciated it until I’d lived elsewhere for a while and moved back.

    And, yeah, Taste of Syracuse is pretty terrific, isn’t it? 🙂

  7. Why love Syracuse? Because it is cool and friendly and human-sized, that’s why.

    You know, it’s so nice to read positive comments about my hometown. Sometimes it seems like everyone who lives here is down on Syracuse. Of course, I don’t think I truly appreciated it until I’d lived elsewhere for a while and moved back.

    And, yeah, Taste of Syracuse is pretty terrific, isn’t it? 🙂

  8. Why love Syracuse? Because it is cool and friendly and human-sized, that’s why.

    You know, it’s so nice to read positive comments about my hometown. Sometimes it seems like everyone who lives here is down on Syracuse. Of course, I don’t think I truly appreciated it until I’d lived elsewhere for a while and moved back.

    And, yeah, Taste of Syracuse is pretty terrific, isn’t it? 🙂

  9. I live in Syracuse..and even though everyone complains about the weather all the time it’s a great place to live. SU represent!

  10. I live in Syracuse..and even though everyone complains about the weather all the time it’s a great place to live. SU represent!

  11. I live in Syracuse..and even though everyone complains about the weather all the time it’s a great place to live. SU represent!

  12. I just went and looked at it again….it has a different feel than the US edition. I’m a bit partial to the limo/shaving cream combo (so fun!), but the girl in pink catches your eye. I like the circling of the title on the UK cover, complete with flowery doodles. But, I think the girl looks a bit young for the story.

    Oh, and after looking at the amazon.co.uk listing a little closer I think it’s a paperback, not audiobook, although it’s published by Hodder Children’s Audio and says [audiobook] next to the title. Odd.

  13. I just went and looked at it again….it has a different feel than the US edition. I’m a bit partial to the limo/shaving cream combo (so fun!), but the girl in pink catches your eye. I like the circling of the title on the UK cover, complete with flowery doodles. But, I think the girl looks a bit young for the story.

    Oh, and after looking at the amazon.co.uk listing a little closer I think it’s a paperback, not audiobook, although it’s published by Hodder Children’s Audio and says [audiobook] next to the title. Odd.

  14. Hi!

    Hey! My name is Kelsey. I LOVE all of your novels! Your style of writing is just like mine, so its really easy for me to feel connected with and enjoy your books. They rock! How did you learn to write so well? Who are your favorite authors? Cant wait to see your post!

    -Kelsey

    p.s.- what is your e-mail address?

  15. Hi!

    Hey! My name is Kelsey. I LOVE all of your novels! Your style of writing is just like mine, so its really easy for me to feel connected with and enjoy your books. They rock! How did you learn to write so well? Who are your favorite authors? Cant wait to see your post!

    -Kelsey

    p.s.- what is your e-mail address?

    1. Re: Hi!

      Thanks, Kelsey. I think I learned how to write by reading A LOT. And I’m going to have to make a looooong post one of these days w/ my fav authors listed. It is a very long list!

      Sorry I can’t give you my email. But if you post any questions you have on this blog, I am happy to answer them.

  16. Hi!

    Hey! My name is Kelsey. I LOVE all of your novels! Your style of writing is just like mine, so its really easy for me to feel connected with and enjoy your books. They rock! How did you learn to write so well? Who are your favorite authors? Cant wait to see your post!

    -Kelsey

    p.s.- what is your e-mail address?

  17. Re: Hi!

    Thanks, Kelsey. I think I learned how to write by reading A LOT. And I’m going to have to make a looooong post one of these days w/ my fav authors listed. It is a very long list!

    Sorry I can’t give you my email. But if you post any questions you have on this blog, I am happy to answer them.

  18. Re: Hi!

    Thanks, Kelsey. I think I learned how to write by reading A LOT. And I’m going to have to make a looooong post one of these days w/ my fav authors listed. It is a very long list!

    Sorry I can’t give you my email. But if you post any questions you have on this blog, I am happy to answer them.

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