June 4, 2012

Let the Armchair BEA-ing begin!

Posted in Interviews tagged , , , , at 6:15 pm by The Word Jar

Welcome, fellow Armchair BEA-ers, to The Word Jar!

If you happened to land on my blog and you aren’t an Armchair BEA-er, let me explain. In NYC this week there is a wonderful event called BookExpo America, celebrating (and promoting) all things books. BEA is a convention of publishers, authors, reviewers, book industry gurus, and other book lovers. Alas, not everyone can make it to New York for a week, so Armchair BEA was created to help more people participate and catch up on the industry goings-on this week.

Today, we Armchair BEA-ers are to introduce ourselves to everyone else, so let the games begin! (It really feels like I should add, “May the odds be ever in your favor!” at this point, but perhaps that’s a bit much.)

Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
My name is Jessica, and I’ve been blogging since 2009. But I’m horribly inconsistent. I can go months without posting (not that I’m not thinking of and writing posts constantly). My problem is that I’m an editor by trade, so I tend to revise an entry to death before I post it. That process becomes lengthy and disheartening, and then I just end up not posting anything. I got into blogging because I wanted a place to post some book reviews and discuss wordy subjects and publishing trends. But instead of being a good poster on my site, I get caught up in commenting on other blogs. It’s just so much easier to compose a short comment than write up a whole meaningful post.

What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?
I’m currently reading The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I’m a bit surprised by how much I’m enjoying The Flame Alphabet. My least favorite English course in college was Contemporary Literature. And I have looked forward to reading The Night Circus since BEA 2011. My reading list is kind of long. As for my favorite book of 2012 so far, that would be Stay Awake by Dan Chaon. Fascinating short stories.

Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.
I’m not only a book nerd, I’m also a golf nerd. I competed in a national junior golf tournament when I was 11. I took sixth place. Please, hold your applause.

Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?
I really should say that it’s my post about Ghost Burglar (the book I’m currently editing and promoting), but I really enjoy my hard-hitting exposé on house centipedes.

If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?
I’d have to choose Ernest Hemingway in Havana. He’d have some interesting tales to tell, and I’d love a good Cuban sandwich right about now. Or we could also rendezvous in Key West. He has a pretty awesome house there, and anything made with a key lime is fine by me.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’ve learned a little about me, and I look forward to visiting other Armchair BEA-ers and learning more about them. Happy BEA!


July 27, 2010

A Few Words With…Irene Zutell

Posted in Interviews tagged , , at 8:28 am by The Word Jar

Irene Zutell is quickly becoming the star of this blog. It all started when I featured oeuvre, a word I found in her latest book, Pieces of Happily Ever After, as a Word of the Week. She was nice enough to leave a comment, so I of course hounded her to answer a few questions. She kindly obliged. Now that I’ve finally posted my review of Pieces of Happily Ever After, it’s time to share her responses to my hard-hitting questions.
Without further ado, here is the inaugural installment of “A Few Words With…”
The Word Jar: What’s your favorite word?
Irene Zutell: I can’t really figure out what my favorite word is. I like so many. I really like the word, blue. I love the color and all its shades (except for cop car blue or that plastic blue on so many toys), but I also like how this one word can conjure emotion, sight and sound.
I like the word serendipity because it’s fun to say and it’s playful.
I’ve recently enjoyed using the word behoove on my husband, because it’s so obnoxious. It sounds like something a prissy school teacher would say to a troublemaking student. I do it just to bug him, of course.
TWJ: One of the books I’m currently reading is Righting the Mother Tongue by David Wolman. This book focuses on the wacky history of English spelling. Are you a good speller, or do you rely on spell-check?
IZ: As far as spelling, I think I’m actually pretty good–probably because I went to school before everyone wrote papers on computers and relied on spellcheck.
TWJ: What’s your current writing project?
IZ: I’m thinking of taking on some ghostwriting assignments (when you write a book for a famous or semi-famous person and then they tell the world that they wrote it!) Also, here’s the latest link to my Huffington Post blog–it’s a poem about getting older and shopping. I’d like to publish a collection of funny poems.
Be sure to check out Irene’s other pieces on The Huffington Post, as well as her other books, They’re Not Your Friends and I’ll Never Have Sex With You Again! Tales From The Delivery Room. More information about Irene can be found on her website.