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June 21, 2008

She's got the book: upcoming book reviews

Recently I was bemoaning how my reading-for-pleasure time seemed to have compressed itself into nothing with the birth of baby #2. I wanted to read! a! book! ...but you know how it is: mothering and feeding and diapering two kids got in the way of sitting quietly. But wait -- what did I spend SEVEN years of undergrad and grad school doing if it wasn't reading and writing about books? (Well, besides waiting tables, drinking beer and Disco Night at the 40 Watt?)

So I pitched a book review, got the assignment and more to boot... and now I get to read good lit, write about it, and cash a check at the end of it all.

Now all I have to do is find a use for the Old English class I took at UGA (am I nerdy enough for ya?), and my student loan rationalization will be complete! Seriously: I took a class in which we read and translated stuff starting with Old High German and what might be loosely termed Norse-landic into Old, Middle, and down into modern-ish English. Pathetic, or incredibly cool? Only time will tell.

Updated to add: I'm reviewing Joshilyn Jackson's "The Girl Who Stopped Swimming" for Points North - should be here July08. At the moment I have "Time of Her Life" by Allison Winn Scotch on deck for publication this fall. 

Copy that!

I'm lucky to have some fantastic creative clients. Here in Atlanta: Frederick Swanston, Inc., for whom I've written a ton of stuff, including slicks for technical clients like VeriFone. I've also named products and written case studies for FS clients. What a great, professional firm to partner with!

Across the pond is Magnetic North, in Manchester, UK, for whom I've been writing a serial essay and other site copy for their client, Appletiser. Appletiser's "lunch is good" campaign has been running about a year, and I've had a blast each month coming up with the essay, ideas for the "lunch tree", copy for the competitions, and more. Be sure to check out the site, as the design is nothing short of fabulous. (Now, if only they could fly me to England on a monthly basis for some on-site work....)