Saturday, May 31, 2008
One of the big surprises has been the train. I haven't actually been in Los Angeles for a decade or so, and I had no idea that they'd constructed a train system which -- unsurprisingly -- is called Metro.
Here's Bao, flaked out on one of the astonishingly comfortable seats.
By the time I'd decided to come and do the seminar and attend BookExpo, all the downtown hotels had been booked out for weeks. However, Pasadena is only a 20-minute drive away from downtown -- and cheaper -- so I decided to stay there. Even so, I was dreading that drive. The Los Angeles freeways are fast and unforgiving.
That's when I discovered the train. It's fast, it's cheap, and it's reliable. It's also bright, clean and pleasant. So that part has been a snap.
BookExpo was overwhelming. Stall after stall after stall in a Convention Center that's physically larger than the entire suburb of Queens Park, which is where I lived in Australia. Hundreds of publishers, millions of books. I met my new agent, Jamie Brenner, and we had coffee.
Nobody noticed me, but everyone noticed Bao in his stroller. If Bao wrote a book, he'd probably end up on Oprah.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
I'm used to Tucson, where people tend to drowse off at red lights and four-way stops turn into social occasions. Californians drive as if the world is going to end tomorrow, and they don't want to live to see it.
Bao has spent the past couple of days sleeping through a seminar on internet marketing -- I stayed awake and (hopefully) learned a few tricks.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Saturday, May 03, 2008