Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Love Your (Used) Bookstore

Portland's Title Wave Used Bookstore.
OK. I don't mean to brag (read: all I'm about to do is brag) but here in Portland, Oregon we are blessed with a plethora of bookstores, both used and new. Sure we have a B&N and sometimes they have the books your looking for but they're corporate so they stock their shelves according to a corporate plan, with little local flair. I'm talking about the Annie's Blooms Books, the Second Glance Books, the Powell's Bookstore, etc. All independently owned an operated. Powell's spoils us the most though, the downtown store has layer after layer, story after story, room after room, filled with books. They hand you a map at the front of the store so that you don't get lost going from the Pink room to the Purple room all in an attempt to find the bathroom because you've been there all day.

Being a writer, I love books. I love all aspects of it. Paper, ink, craft. As a kid I used to dig the crisp sheets of printer paper out of the trash and save them. Bills and statements on nice paper? Saved 'em. I had piles at one point, stacked hither and tither because I couldn't bear to see such luscious blank paper be unceremoniously lumped in with banana peels and broken glass at the dump. I think I only got rid of them when recycling services finally showed up on Maui. My precious paper reincarnated? Yes, I could part with them then. And I did only because my mother threatened to incinerate them if I didn't.

So, as our home basement remodel project rages on (see the latest post on my personal blog, Go Indie or Go Home) we have been forcefully evicted (the convo went something like this, me: "Spray foam? It's not that toxic, we can stay in the house." contractor: "No." me: "Why? We did it last time." contractor: "I wasn't here last time, please stay out of the house." me: "I don't see--" hubby: "We'll leave.") from our house which also serves as our office. We hit the streets heading to our nearest library (did you know you can rent ANY book you want from these places?? I swear, I love these library things!) where WiFi is cheap and the atmosphere is studious only to find that we've cut their funding and now they only open at 11am. So, lost and looking for an alternative, we wandered until I remembered that Multnomah County (Portland Metro area's county) has a used bookstore called Title Wave Used Bookstore.

The  view over the top of my laptop today... the romance novel section, well within view.

Hardbacks for $1.50... *groan* I'm probably not going have my $5 in my pocket when I leave here today.
Not only does this fabulous bookstore have WiFi for my hubby and I to use to work today, but the atmosphere is studious and while I work, I'm surrounded by books.... glorious, glorious books. All for 75 cents (paperbacks) to $1.50 (hardcovers). I even found 50 Shades of Grey for $1.00 (and I don't feel at all bitter that I ridiculously paid $9.99 for the Kindle version...), I'd have a picture here to prove it but as I've typed this the book has been snapped up.

Surrounded by books, I think this is the perfect opportunity to work on my mini-romance novel project: The Librarian. Or blow my last $5 on trashy romance novels.

Awe ya! 75 cents baby!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Work Update

This is what tearing apart a manuscript looks like. I use pink so it doesn't look like it's bleeding... much. #iamwriting

Just a quick update to let y'all know that my latest manuscript is off at the editor as we speak! Beta review has already come back and I think... we've got another heart pounder!! *swoons*

Right now we've begun the stage of, what shall we call this thing. No, for realz, what do we call this thing because EPA Agent just doesn't have that ring. Once we have edits back we'll start getting story blurbs up here and put the title to a vote!! I LOVE polls!! :0D

Stay tuned!

PS - here's a few pictures from my recent camping trip... just so you know where I get some of my ideas from. :0)

Looking down the beach toward Florence, Oregon.

Freshwater spring coming right out of the ground - so pretty!

The stream heading toward the ocean in the distance.

Octopus eggs (I'm not sure what species - anyone know??) knocked loose and washed up on shore.

Magnificent green cliffs - this is the reason I love Scotland and Oregon so much.

Thirty degrees warmer and this could be home on Maui!!