Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Catching Air

No, I haven't taken up the giant slollum, mountain biking or ski jumping, though if Magnus Moan agrees to tutor me, I agree to reconsider the first and third of those options. Anybody named after a giant orgasm has earned the right to try to talk me into anything.
And look, he even gets naked sometimes. But hot skier fantasies aside, that is not the air I was referring to.

What I mean, is much more AWKWARD air. (and as it's Wordplay Wednesday, it is good I am going to get a second meaning in here, yes?)

I got a call yesterday afternoon... my boss is out of town... we have a manuscript coming out... (we've actually had my best year manuscript wise, but never mind)--a RADIO STATION wanted to do an INTERVIEW... boss out of town leaves ME to do a Radio interview. You know... had they emailed me the questions and asked for written answers, I might have impressed the hell out of them, but SPEAKING is not my strong suit. And I am going to be on the freaking RADIO...

What's worse... because we had had several paper's accepted this year, I had a GUESS which one this was about... (cancer pain means one of two) but I started answering questions about the WRONG ONE—it actually hadn't OCCURRED to me it might be the other, or I would have asked... I just find the one I was ANSWERING ABOUT more interesting... *rolls eyes* so much for my misconceptions on what people want to hear about. So it was a painful 20 minutes... I don't like talking out loud.

Pretty much I'm mortified. I know I sounded stupid. I wish I'd had more notice (and more complete info)... and I hope they cut out all my hemming and hawing (he said they would) Oh well... it's over now.


So maybe I will ACT like I'm on the air and make some ANNOUNCEMENTS...


GO, JESSICA, GO! Jessica Bell is on a roll—she has found a publisher who wants to PUBLISH her revised debut novel... LITERARY fiction—that's like... the impressive stuff!

November 11 marks the kick-off of 'Class of 2K11': a group of YA and middle grade fiction writers who will debut in 2011, including my friends Gae Polisner and Megan Bostic, so keep your eyes peeled for their kick-off—there are prizes and stuff!

Normally Nathan Bransford is... you know... too pretty and popular for the likes of me, but he is doing HARRY POTTER WEEK!!! And so he has been promoted to the likes of Oliver Wood and Cedric Diggory (before all that sparkly nonsense)—you know... the ones who I'd sleep with even if they ARE prettier than me.

Speaking of Harry Potter (you know you want to—it is that season, between the movie next week and the theme park opening in December), my new buddy Michael (who I've been assured posed for one of the pictures yesterday) is holding a Harry Potter BLOGFEST in December (with a prize purchased at the theme park!). Check it out!

So there.

20 comments:

ciaraknight said...

Since you are a Harry Potter fan I must share this. Yesterday I called over 45 stores trying to find Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans for a descriptive writing course on Monday. I love to use ‘gross’ stuff for impact since I’m talking to 6th grade students. I FINALLY found them. If I found one more Chocolate Frog I would scream. 
Counting the days to the movie release, although, it still isn’t like reading the books.

Old Kitty said...

Oh but you got interviewed for radio!! That's brilliant!!! The only thing with radio is one's NAKEDNESS is hidden!! But nevermind that! You prevailed and I'm sure you were just brilliant!!!

Yay!!!

Take care
x

Falen (Sarah Ahiers) said...

mmmm, naked skier...

Hart Johnson said...

Ciara-THAT is dedication! And I bet disgusting is TOTALLY effective with 6th graders (I have a 7th grader, so I know).. and I agree... movies aren't the books, but they are all we are getting that is NEW. But yes... movies fun. Books SUBLIME.

Jenny-since it was work, probably hiding the nakedness was a good thing... thank you!

Sarah--DARLING naked skier! Those eyes kill me every time...

Lisa said...

All you have to do is mention Oliver Wood and you've got my attention. And congratulations to Jessica!

Cold As Heaven said...

Haha, I have never thought about that meaning of his name in English, probably because I never get that kind of naughty ideas >;)

Does that radio station provide podcasts?

Cold As Heaven

Creepy Query Girl said...

I love that name 'moan'. lol. I'm so happy for Jess and thanks for the heads up!

Colene Murphy said...

Awe...radio would be so scary! It's pretty awesome that you did it anyway, never mind the mistake. Could happen to anyone!

Hart Johnson said...

Lisa-I know, right?!

CaH--no clue, but I HOPE NOT! (podcasts, I mean)

Katie- *snicker*--reminds me a little of 'Biggus Dickus' in Life of Brian...

Colene-it WAS! I felt so tongue-tied--hope they can edit it to a reasonable place!

Helena said...

You were on the RADIO! That in itself is an accomplishment. And I'm sure that in between your tongue-tied moments there were flashes of wit and brilliance.

And if you were also naked then the audience must've been mesmerized.

Hart Johnson said...

Well it was radio for my DAY job, so I couldn't be zany me... had to be the knowledgable statistician and researcher... but there is something that is cool about it... if scary...

Clarissa Draper said...

Wow, a radio announcement. That's freaking awesome. It's sure a week for announcements on air and off.
CD

Stephen Tremp said...

I have yet to read one of those books or see one movie. No particular reason. I guess I should go to the library and take out the first one. I feel kinda like a dummy for not having read any Harry Potter books.

Lisa Potts said...

Wow, the radio interview sounds cool! That would have to be better than public speaking in front of actual live people. The horror.

P.S. I want to thank you for introducing me to Magnus. Mmmm...

LTM said...

J.H.C., THart, I've officially reached maximum Nathan Bransford saturation. If I hear that name again...

But you know, that was me on the writer's show interview. I ended up giving her the Jason Lee line from Almost Famous, "Just make me sound cool." no, wait, it was actually, "Is it SO HARD to make me sound cool???" *snort* <3 U~

erica and christy said...

A couple years ago, I took a part-time job (because, yanno, I wasn't busy enough) for a nationally-known non-profit. There was a huge bowl-a-thon fundraiser happening a couple weeks after it started and I let the volunteer team completely plan it since the wheels were in motion long before I even knew it existed.

Yep, interviewed on the radio 5 minutes after I got there the first day. Trust me, you sounded like a genius compared to the interview I gave.
erica

jenny milchman said...

You did not sound stupid!! Can you post a link to the show? And that photo is amazing. Pure atmosphere even if you're not a fan.

Hart Johnson said...

I'm terrified to go look for that radio bit, as I don't think I want to know how bad it was. Ignorance really has big, giant advantages...

I'm impressed with you people that have done it on purpose!

RaShelle said...

Hart - So sorry about the radio segment. Yeah, I'm sure it would've been fine if you were prepared. I'm not fond of speaking in public either. You're going to have to get over it soon, though. Just sayin'. When your famous, they'll be asking you to speak in school's and "stuff", you're going to have to be eloquent. LOL

Rachael Harrie said...

Tee hee, isn't it great how they can edit all the bad bits and make you sound wonderful :)

Rach