Dashing to the Big Apple

I leave in a minute to catch a train to New York City. I’ll be visiting the offices of Recorded Books, where they are finishing up the recording of the PROM audiobook. They want to add a brief interview with me at the end of the tape. Here’s hoping I don’t come off as a gibbering idiot. I loathe the sound of my voice on tape. In my head, I sound like a youngish Lauren Bacall. In reality, my voice is a cross between a chipmunk and an easily offended maiden aunt. Gah.

I love visiting NYC, but there’s no time for dawdling or gawking today. As soon as the interview is over, I’ll hop back on the train home. I leave tomorrow for a trip North, both to see my BH and for family gatherings and my niece’s graduation this weekend.

Feeling like the sand is running out of the hourglass….

39 Replies to “Dashing to the Big Apple”

  1. Voice

    Don’t worry about it. Your Philadelphia-esque accent will take care of you. People love accents. They’ll eat whatever you say up.

    As soon as you said that about hourglasses, I thought of that new Anna Nalik song, where she says “Life is an hourglass glued to the table,” which I thought was really cool. But I’m a nerd like that.

    Ta~
    *austin

  2. Voice

    Don’t worry about it. Your Philadelphia-esque accent will take care of you. People love accents. They’ll eat whatever you say up.

    As soon as you said that about hourglasses, I thought of that new Anna Nalik song, where she says “Life is an hourglass glued to the table,” which I thought was really cool. But I’m a nerd like that.

    Ta~
    *austin

  3. Voice

    Don’t worry about it. Your Philadelphia-esque accent will take care of you. People love accents. They’ll eat whatever you say up.

    As soon as you said that about hourglasses, I thought of that new Anna Nalik song, where she says “Life is an hourglass glued to the table,” which I thought was really cool. But I’m a nerd like that.

    Ta~
    *austin

  4. I hate hearing my voice on my voicemail or when I leave a message for someone. I hate going to someones house and they play their answering machine and my message starts playing! Ugh I have a man voice, lol. not very feminine. Plus Im from TX so I get that accent every now and then.

    Sounds like youll be very busy in the next few days! Have a great time!

  5. I hate hearing my voice on my voicemail or when I leave a message for someone. I hate going to someones house and they play their answering machine and my message starts playing! Ugh I have a man voice, lol. not very feminine. Plus Im from TX so I get that accent every now and then.

    Sounds like youll be very busy in the next few days! Have a great time!

  6. I hate hearing my voice on my voicemail or when I leave a message for someone. I hate going to someones house and they play their answering machine and my message starts playing! Ugh I have a man voice, lol. not very feminine. Plus Im from TX so I get that accent every now and then.

    Sounds like youll be very busy in the next few days! Have a great time!

  7. Awesome!

    Do you know by chance who’s narrating Prom? I love Recorded Books! Tell them all a big hi and thank you from me, haha. I love my tapes with interviews, I have one with Judy Blume and one with Beverly CLeary. It’ll be awesome having one with you!
    Have fun!
    Caitlin

  8. Awesome!

    Do you know by chance who’s narrating Prom? I love Recorded Books! Tell them all a big hi and thank you from me, haha. I love my tapes with interviews, I have one with Judy Blume and one with Beverly CLeary. It’ll be awesome having one with you!
    Have fun!
    Caitlin

  9. Awesome!

    Do you know by chance who’s narrating Prom? I love Recorded Books! Tell them all a big hi and thank you from me, haha. I love my tapes with interviews, I have one with Judy Blume and one with Beverly CLeary. It’ll be awesome having one with you!
    Have fun!
    Caitlin

  10. “cross between a chimpmunk and an easily offended maiden aunt” made me choke on my coffee.

    In a laughing way, not in an offended way! 😉

  11. “cross between a chimpmunk and an easily offended maiden aunt” made me choke on my coffee.

    In a laughing way, not in an offended way! 😉

  12. “cross between a chimpmunk and an easily offended maiden aunt” made me choke on my coffee.

    In a laughing way, not in an offended way! 😉

  13. prom audiobook

    hey laurie! just saw your entry about the prom audiobook! i can’t wait to hear you on it! when does it come out? and don’t worry, you never sound like anything you think you sound like. i like the sound of your voice! i hope you had a good time in the big apple! speaking of which i’m coming there possibly for my birthday. will you be around? i’ll let you know the details ASAP. love, ashley 🙂

  14. prom audiobook

    hey laurie! just saw your entry about the prom audiobook! i can’t wait to hear you on it! when does it come out? and don’t worry, you never sound like anything you think you sound like. i like the sound of your voice! i hope you had a good time in the big apple! speaking of which i’m coming there possibly for my birthday. will you be around? i’ll let you know the details ASAP. love, ashley 🙂

  15. prom audiobook

    hey laurie! just saw your entry about the prom audiobook! i can’t wait to hear you on it! when does it come out? and don’t worry, you never sound like anything you think you sound like. i like the sound of your voice! i hope you had a good time in the big apple! speaking of which i’m coming there possibly for my birthday. will you be around? i’ll let you know the details ASAP. love, ashley 🙂

  16. Breathe…Just Breathe

    Don’t worry, I hate my voice, too. It’s evil.
    Busy Busy Laurie.

    Cause you can’t jump the track
    We’re like cars on a cable and life’s like an hourglass glued to the table,
    No one can find the rewind button girl
    So just cradle your head in your hands.
    And breathe, just breathe, whoa breathe just breathe

    Ahh, Breathe is a great song.

  17. Breathe…Just Breathe

    Don’t worry, I hate my voice, too. It’s evil.
    Busy Busy Laurie.

    Cause you can’t jump the track
    We’re like cars on a cable and life’s like an hourglass glued to the table,
    No one can find the rewind button girl
    So just cradle your head in your hands.
    And breathe, just breathe, whoa breathe just breathe

    Ahh, Breathe is a great song.

  18. Breathe…Just Breathe

    Don’t worry, I hate my voice, too. It’s evil.
    Busy Busy Laurie.

    Cause you can’t jump the track
    We’re like cars on a cable and life’s like an hourglass glued to the table,
    No one can find the rewind button girl
    So just cradle your head in your hands.
    And breathe, just breathe, whoa breathe just breathe

    Ahh, Breathe is a great song.

  19. YA Novel

    Hello!

    My name is Mark Frye. I am a media specialist at Myrtle Beach High School at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

    I am also a new author in the YA fiction genre.

    My new novel is being released in the next week and I would love to e-mail or postal mail you a copy.

    I think my novel speaks to the complex issues facing teens today and would love to let you preview it. I am a huge fan of Speak; it won our state’s Young Adult Book Award a few years back.

    If you are interested, please reply to markfrye@schoolshooterbook.com

    Title: School Shooter: In His Own Words
    ISBN: 0-595-34751-7
    Publisher: iUniverse
    Release date: July 7th, 2005.

    Below is some information from the back cover.

    James Toomey is a murderer. While recovering from a nervous breakdown after attacking his school, he writes his memoirs.
    His home life has primed him for acts of self-destruction. Filled with self-doubt and loathing, James is driven to violence when he and his friends, Isabella and Jeremy, are harassed at school.
    Did James have any other choice besides violence? Does he regret the path he chose?
    School Shooter is the story of a world without structure or safety, ripped even further apart for a troubled teenager.

    Thanks for your consideration!

    Mark Frye

  20. YA Novel

    Hello!

    My name is Mark Frye. I am a media specialist at Myrtle Beach High School at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

    I am also a new author in the YA fiction genre.

    My new novel is being released in the next week and I would love to e-mail or postal mail you a copy.

    I think my novel speaks to the complex issues facing teens today and would love to let you preview it. I am a huge fan of Speak; it won our state’s Young Adult Book Award a few years back.

    If you are interested, please reply to markfrye@schoolshooterbook.com

    Title: School Shooter: In His Own Words
    ISBN: 0-595-34751-7
    Publisher: iUniverse
    Release date: July 7th, 2005.

    Below is some information from the back cover.

    James Toomey is a murderer. While recovering from a nervous breakdown after attacking his school, he writes his memoirs.
    His home life has primed him for acts of self-destruction. Filled with self-doubt and loathing, James is driven to violence when he and his friends, Isabella and Jeremy, are harassed at school.
    Did James have any other choice besides violence? Does he regret the path he chose?
    School Shooter is the story of a world without structure or safety, ripped even further apart for a troubled teenager.

    Thanks for your consideration!

    Mark Frye

  21. YA Novel

    Hello!

    My name is Mark Frye. I am a media specialist at Myrtle Beach High School at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

    I am also a new author in the YA fiction genre.

    My new novel is being released in the next week and I would love to e-mail or postal mail you a copy.

    I think my novel speaks to the complex issues facing teens today and would love to let you preview it. I am a huge fan of Speak; it won our state’s Young Adult Book Award a few years back.

    If you are interested, please reply to markfrye@schoolshooterbook.com

    Title: School Shooter: In His Own Words
    ISBN: 0-595-34751-7
    Publisher: iUniverse
    Release date: July 7th, 2005.

    Below is some information from the back cover.

    James Toomey is a murderer. While recovering from a nervous breakdown after attacking his school, he writes his memoirs.
    His home life has primed him for acts of self-destruction. Filled with self-doubt and loathing, James is driven to violence when he and his friends, Isabella and Jeremy, are harassed at school.
    Did James have any other choice besides violence? Does he regret the path he chose?
    School Shooter is the story of a world without structure or safety, ripped even further apart for a troubled teenager.

    Thanks for your consideration!

    Mark Frye

  22. Totally off-topic

    Laurie,

    I am a teacher at JCB high school in Phoenix, NY–you spoke there on Valentine’s Day. As I embark on creating my “Catalyst Unit” for my Children’s Literature course, I am wondering if you have any tips for me.

    I taught Speak last year, but so did the eleventh-grade teachers. As this is a senior course, most of them will have read it already, so I had no choice but to replace it. I chose Catalyst to replace Speak because I needed a realistic-fiction, young adult choice, and Catalyst speaks to me (ignore the awful pun, please). It literally had me weeping at my desk (while overseeing lunch detention, no less).

    SO–if you have any tips, bits of trivis, stuff you would like my seniors to do or discuss while they are reading your awesome novel, PLEASE let me know!

    Hope to hear from you =)

  23. Totally off-topic

    Laurie,

    I am a teacher at JCB high school in Phoenix, NY–you spoke there on Valentine’s Day. As I embark on creating my “Catalyst Unit” for my Children’s Literature course, I am wondering if you have any tips for me.

    I taught Speak last year, but so did the eleventh-grade teachers. As this is a senior course, most of them will have read it already, so I had no choice but to replace it. I chose Catalyst to replace Speak because I needed a realistic-fiction, young adult choice, and Catalyst speaks to me (ignore the awful pun, please). It literally had me weeping at my desk (while overseeing lunch detention, no less).

    SO–if you have any tips, bits of trivis, stuff you would like my seniors to do or discuss while they are reading your awesome novel, PLEASE let me know!

    Hope to hear from you =)

    1. Re: Totally off-topic

      Wow – thank you for using Catalyst! Have you seen this Webquest based on the book? It was put together by Jim Blasingame, one of the smartest guys in the country when it comes to teaching literature to teenagers.

      Also, I wrote an essay about college pressure.

      I’m sorry I don’t have more classroom activities posted yet – life has been insane. I’ll see if I can get something up this summer.

  24. Totally off-topic

    Laurie,

    I am a teacher at JCB high school in Phoenix, NY–you spoke there on Valentine’s Day. As I embark on creating my “Catalyst Unit” for my Children’s Literature course, I am wondering if you have any tips for me.

    I taught Speak last year, but so did the eleventh-grade teachers. As this is a senior course, most of them will have read it already, so I had no choice but to replace it. I chose Catalyst to replace Speak because I needed a realistic-fiction, young adult choice, and Catalyst speaks to me (ignore the awful pun, please). It literally had me weeping at my desk (while overseeing lunch detention, no less).

    SO–if you have any tips, bits of trivis, stuff you would like my seniors to do or discuss while they are reading your awesome novel, PLEASE let me know!

    Hope to hear from you =)

  25. Re: Totally off-topic

    Wow – thank you for using Catalyst! Have you seen this Webquest based on the book? It was put together by Jim Blasingame, one of the smartest guys in the country when it comes to teaching literature to teenagers.

    Also, I wrote an essay about college pressure.

    I’m sorry I don’t have more classroom activities posted yet – life has been insane. I’ll see if I can get something up this summer.

  26. Re: Totally off-topic

    Wow – thank you for using Catalyst! Have you seen this Webquest based on the book? It was put together by Jim Blasingame, one of the smartest guys in the country when it comes to teaching literature to teenagers.

    Also, I wrote an essay about college pressure.

    I’m sorry I don’t have more classroom activities posted yet – life has been insane. I’ll see if I can get something up this summer.

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