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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Lessons from Pandemonium: Things I Learned while On Tour

1--Groups do it better. I was with two fabulous authors, Dan Wells (author of Partials) and Claudia Gray (author of the Evernight series and most recently Balthazar), and I discovered that nothing helps you survive 6 a.m. wakeup calls, cramped airline seating, over-enthusiastic TSA employees and staggeringly long check-in lines than the companionship of a Few Good People. Thanks, C and D! Until next year.

2--I am not a morning person. Okay, admittedly I knew this, but it was REAFFIRMED. After a week of 6 am wakeup calls, I could barely form a coherent sentence, much less make it past 11 a.m. without a steady caffeine drip. I'm sorry, but anything earlier than 7:30 a.m. is not morning--if the only other people awake are marathon runners and crackheads, IT DOESN'T COUNT.

3--when you are on tour, there may not be time for a sitdown meal, a bathroom break, or a phone call home...but there is always time for more stock signing.

4--Miami is awesome. I kind of had always associated Miami with spring break and bad music videos (not that there's anything wrong with either), but I was really impressed by the downtown area, which was architecturally dazzling and just plain beautiful, and also by the INCREDIBLE bookstore, Books and Books, which hosted our Friday event. The bookstore encircles an open-air courtyard and restaurant (with delicious hummus), thereby combining my all-time favorite things: food and reading. I swear, if Books and Books sold condos, I'd buy in an instant!

5--The Cheesecake Factory has a new low-fat menu that is actually really good. This requires no elaboration; it's just a new fact I discovered, to my pleasant surprise.

6--I like being on TV! I had such a fabulous time on Good Day NY and Good Day LA, and I totally caught the TV bug. So if any producers are scoping this blog and looking for a new star...I'm your girl! (I can sing, too. Just sayin'.)

7--My fans are adorable and ask really cute questions. My favorite this tour came from a preteen (who was probably twelve) who stood up and, while holding a copy of Delirium, said: "Lauren, are you PRO-love or ANTI-love?...because this book really confused me!" LOVE that, for sure.

8--Bloggers make REALLY good seven-layer dip. Okay, I just re-read that and it sounds like I'm saying if you make bloggers INTO seven-layer dip it's really good, which is NOT what I meant to say AT ALL. What I meant is: I was lucky enough, while on tour, to enjoy several meals with several different groups of bloggers. On Sunday night, I was even invited to a fab potluck hosted by Thefandom.net, in honor of the imminent release of The Hunger Games. THERE, in addition to meeting some great people from all over the country, I ALSO had some really good seven-layer dip. Yum!


Courtney said...

I feel sad to have missed the trip to the Cheesecake Factory. Next time I meet up with you for a signing, we have to go there. And you can eat off the lowfat menu, and I will order the fried mac & cheese.
Love & miss you! xoxo

Sue said...

This tour sounds amazing! If I didn't live in Japan I would have made an effort to come out and see you :) LOVE the book!

JJ iReads said...

Whoohoo!!! *raises both palms* MIAMI!! I'm so glad you liked it here. I so hope you make it down here again for the release of Requiem :))

Book ♥ Soulmates said...

As a fellow Miami blogger, it was all kinds of awesome having you guys visit :) So glad you liked it here. Miami does have a rep for being a party-city but we have some pretty cool, non-partiers here too!

Oh and the pre-teen who asked the PRO or ANTI-love question really was cute, hehe.

♥Isalys / Book Soulmates
Psst: I'm the one who allows her mom to abscond w/ books from my "library", haha!

Miranda Hardy said...

So glad to have met you in Miami. It's a great city and I'd buy a condo there, too.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Sorry your tour didn't come here. LOL on the 6:00 am wake-up if you have a kid in high school. It's 5:00 am if they're on the swim team.

smadronia said...

>>I'm sorry, but anything earlier than 7:30 a.m.
>>is not morning--if the only other people awake
>>are marathon runners and crackheads,

And truck drivers, don't forget the truck drivers.

I agree, anything before that is the abyss of darkness, and we should be sleeping.

Ainsley Shay said...

It was so great meeting you at Books and Books! It is an amazing bookstore and it was the perfect place for an amazing author to do a signing!

I hope you'll come back when Requiem is released.

p.s. I'm still holding out to read Pandemonium until December, even though it's literally calling to me from my bookshelf - I have to be strong!

Evie said...

i have finished pandemonium!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT was amazing. The ending was sooo shocking, i can not wait till Requiem comes out!!! When is it released? All i'm gonna say to anyone who havn't yet finished Pandemonium is, dont give up hope in Alex he may come back, ya never know!;) Plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz release Requiem soon cause im having delirium with drawl!
P.S that cheese cake looked to die for!!!

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