ASK AUNTIE MJ: HOW TO HAVE A DOG IN NYC

lexicalklutz said:

Auntie MJ, I want a dog. However, I live in New York City and everything I know about dogs tells me this is a terrible idea. Can you give me some tips about raising dogs in NYC? Thanks!

Dear Lexi,

You have touched Auntie MJ’s heart. Seriously. THAT THING YOU HAVE YOUR HAND ON IS MY ACTUAL CARDIAC ORGAN. You seem aware that I know something about this as I a) live in New York and b) have a dog. My advice is going to be tailored to the specifics of raising a dog in NYC, but I think much of it will be applicable to those outside as well.

HOW TO RAISE A DOG IN NEW YORK CITY

1. Rescue: rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue rescue. Did I say rescue? Because I meant to.

This city is full of dogs that need good homes, right now. The Rescue Waggin brings thousands of dogs to the city each year. If you don’t know about the Rescue Waggin…this is an organization that brings animals from parts of the country that have too many stray and unwanted animals and have to euthanize these healthy animals due to lack of room and resources. Recue Waggin brings the animals to areas where people will adopt them, or where there are no-kill shelters that will harbor them as long as necessary. This is a video about the organization. I SUGGEST YOU WATCH because it is GREAT:

This is how I got my Zelda. She came from a shelter in  Tennessee at just eight weeks old. She weighed only four pounds at the time. She was so small that she thought she was a Dachshund. She had a digestive disorder at the time, which likely was not known about, so she was severely undernourished. We found her at a Rescue Waggin event on a summer afternoon. There was another puppy sitting on her. You could barely see her. When we picked her up, she slept in our arms the whole time. Her little body was exhausted, but she had made it to NYC.

Zelda, five minutes after we met her. She is being held by Oscar, my OTHER HALF.

I fell in love with her on the spot. So did Oscar. We knew this was our dog. Something about her caused me to feel a true, deep love that was forged out of ULTIMATE STEEL. NO ONE ELSE WAS GOING TO GET MY DOG. So I kept walking with her so no one could see her or try to take her. I hid in the bird food aisle with her and made her a binding promise that I was going to take her home and everything was going to be okay. I didn’t even let the rescue organization take her back until they had given me an application, taken my phone number, memorized my name and face, and basically promised me that they would contact me.

I spent the next two days bombarding the rescue organization with emails and applications. I completely cleaned and puppy-proofed the house. I bought her toys and food and set these out on display. I took up the carpet in my office and made a three-layer surface of plastic, tarp, and blankets, which I then surrounded with plastic baby gates so she could have a safe play area.

The play area I built for Zelda before she was even ours.

When they finally called me two days later, slightly terrified by the dozens of messages I had left for them. When they requested a home visit, I WAS READY. They said they had never seen someone so ready. I smiled. I WAS JUST THAT READY. We got a call an hour later that she would be ours, and we would be able to get her from her foster mother’s house soon. We ran to the pet store, grabbed a cart, and started buying EVERYTHING IN SIGHT that we thought we would need. We got a call in the pet store (it was now10pm) that we could go and pick her up, so we can outside with the many things we had purchased, threw them all in a cab, and went to Brooklyn. The cab got lost three times, but we finally found our way, and at 11pm, this tiny, tiny puppy (who was still asleep) was put in my arms and I said to her, “I told you, puppy. We came for you. Everything’s going to be okay now. You are going home. Everything is ready for you.”

2. YOU WILL NOT BE READY

Yeah, forget all that stuff about being ready, because you’re not going to be ready, but that’s fine. Zelda thought the playpen was weird and made tiny yipping noises every time I put in her it and walked away for 30 seconds, so basically I carried around a tiny puppy for about five weeks. She preferred my lap to all other places, or sniffing the living room rug. She hadn’t had all of her shots yet, so she couldn’t walk outside, so we used weewee pads, which she was pretty good with. I would carry her outside each day so she would get used to the noises. “That’s a fire truck,” I’d say. “That’s a fountain.” “That’s the woman from my old building. She’s very mean. When you are bigger, maybe you can bite her, but don’t, mommy is kidding but not really.”

Listen, your dog is going to go through your stuff and teach you the True Value of Everything. They will pee on the floor while they are learning where to go to the bathroom. When they are teething, their teeth are little tiny hypodermic needles and they will put them in EVERYTHING, and you’ll have to spray everything with this Bitter Apple crap that half of them don’t even care about. And they’ll take on anything. Zelda’s favorite teething toys were the metal legs of our dining room chairs. They will make noises in the night and you will get up to see what is wrong, and sometimes it is just that they are awake and wanted to see you, and you will have to decide whether or not to get them out for a cuddle (my frequent approach) or leave them in bed so they learn to settle (what you are generally supposed to do). You will lose sleep and become convinced you have ruined your life. You will love it. Look, you can get new crap. Or you can use the things with the teeth marks. It doesn’t matter.

 Nothing Zelda liked better than a metal chair leg.

3. GET PET INSURANCE

Do this on day one! DAY ONE. I did this on DAY ONE and it has literally saved me thousands and probably Zelda’s life. It has paid for itself 10-15 times over. I use Petplan, but shop around and see what is good for you. Zelda’s digestion issues meant that for months, she wasn’t able to process food. For months I sat on the floor, holding her, looking at her little ribs and her spine. “You are going to grow, little puppy,” I said. “We will figure it out.” It was months of going to the vet, and then cooking food for her, and isolating proteins, and working out combinations, and getting up in the night with her when she was ill. It took five months. Our tiny, tired four pound puppy grew into a 45 pound, bouncing, long-legged, muscle-packed powerhouse. She can run the length of the building in about five seconds. She still believes she is four pounds.

She started small...

...and grew...

...and grew...

 

...and we were forced to admit she was not a Dachshund.

4. IF ONE VET DOESN'T WORK, TRY ANOTHER 

Seriously. Never give up if you pet has a condition. We take Zelda to the Animal Medical Center, which is probably the best facility in the city. They saved her life. They fixed her in a few weeks. THEY TAKE PET INSURANCE. Your dog may not be sick, but all dogs need a good vet and they are amazing.

5. “BUT MY APARTMENT IS TOO SMALL”

 All of our apartments are too small. We live in New York. We’re idiots. We live in tiny ferret-holes. But you know what? When you rescue (see point one), you are giving a dog a home. Prior to that, the dog will be living in a shelter or maybe a small crate, so your apartment is a great place. It is home. Your dog will never judge you about the size of the apartment. Your dog will say “I love you” every day. You will give up space on your sofa, on your bed, on your futon, on your tiny amount of floor, in your tiny kitchen. It is okay. You will be glad you did. You had too much space anyway and you just never knew it.

6. HIDE YOUR SHOES

Just do that now. You will need to find the Secret Places in your apartment where the NO NO things can go. Shoes are pretty much the number one target so never leave them out. There are going to be a lot of NO NO things your dog will want to take a closer tooth examination of. The top of the fridge is very good for hiding these things. The top of cabinets. Drawers. Your pockets. I have shoved things down the front of my shirt and into my bra when necessary.

Shoes.

7. EVERYTHING ON THE GROUND IS DISGUSTING

Before I had a dog, I never paid much attention to the ground in New York. Now I am an expert. All dog owners are. We know every inch of the ground near where we live, and we know it’s largely awful. You would not believe the things on the ground here and the things you may have to remove from your dog’s mouth, if you dog is anything like Zelda, who will try to pick up anything. (Including hypodermic needles. And poop. Oh, the poop I have seen.) This will freak you out at first and then you won’t even care. I think this is how doctors and nurses must feel the first time in their training they see a human liver on the floor or something and they go “WHY IS THIS HAPPENING LOOK AT IT” and then later they don’t even care and they’ll play human liver kickball with it. (I assume this is how these things work.)

Wipe their paws when they get inside because seriously.  We live in a plague zone.

8. A LOT OF YOUR TIME WILL BE SPENT LOOKING FOR THE RIGHT POOPING SPOT, AND BECAUSE OF THIS YOU WILL GET TO KNOW YOUR CITY IN A NEW WAY

Dogs are super choosy about where they poop. You don’t realize this until you get a dog, because it seems like they will poop absolutely anywhere, but they have a system and they are not telling what that system is but THEY HAVE A SYSTEM. So you will spend a lot of time noodling around while your dog circles and sniffs and says, “Not here, not here, no, not here, not here. Here? No. Not here. Not here, not here, not here.”

This is actually a very meditative activity. We spend a lot of time in New York walking along very fast, talking on phones, not taking anything in. You are going to take that spot in for quite a while, probably on a daily basis. You’re going to look at a bit of fence, or a patch of dirt, or the rocks by the bench, and you will get to know them well. You’ll begin to appreciate strange, subtle differences in the color of the pavement when it is wet and dry. You just have to stay with the activity. This is good for you.

9. DOG PARKS ARE GREAT BUT KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN

New York has many wonderful dog parks! There is probably one close to you. Dogs here are social creatures, and they will make dog park friends. But keep your eyes open in the dog park—don’t just sit and stare at your phone. There’s often one weird dog in there. Just stay alert and stick with your dog—at least keep eyes on your dog. Dog parks also have different elements. Some have sand or dirt. Some are cobbled. Some have small dog areas and some do not. If you have more than one dog park around, check them all out and see which one is right for you and your dog.

10. YOU WILL BE INDUCTED INTO A SECRET CLUB

Once you have a dog, your dog will try to make contact with other dogs, and you will end up talking to the other dog’s owner. Often, New Yorkers do not talk to the other people on the street. This is because we know that people who talk to us on the street are Trouble. They want to sell us tickets to a comedy club or get a weird haircut or scream obscenities at us. When you try to approach a New Yorker for a chat, we blow the vuvuzela we wear around our necks, swat at you with a badminton racket, and take a screaming leap into oncoming traffic.

And then you get a dog and suddenly you’re bizarro New York where you end up talking to everyone who has a dog. You will suddenly know the names of dozens of dogs and MAYBE EVEN PEOPLE.  Dog club is real.

10. WEIRDOS WILL COME UP TO YOUR TO PET YOUR DOG

I used to be one of these weirdos. It’s usually okay, but if you have a bad feeling, just take your dog and go. It’s your prerogative. Your dog will probably hang out with anyone, even if they are drunk and carrying a sword (actual occurrence I have experienced). Drunk people ALL want to pet your dog. Randos and freaks of all stripes want to pet your dog. You have to be the judge of what is okay. It usually is but again—this is your call.

11. THIS IS GOING TO COST YOU MONEY, BUT IT DOESN’T HAVE TO COST CRAZY MONEY

Dogs need food, a home, and you. They will also need to go to the vet for shots and if they are ill (see point three). They need toys, but they will show as much love to an old tennis ball as they will to something that costs ten times as much. They will need something on their feet in the winter to protect them from salt. You have probably seen the booties. We use the ones that look like little balloons. You can use those over and over—we are still using a pack we bought last year. You will hear varying reports on how dogs tolerate the booties. Zelda doesn’t mind them. When we put them on her, we tell her we are bagging her paws as evidence. A coat can be useful in the cold or rain, but these are not necessarily expensive. (I think Zelda’s cost $25 and it was used every single day of the winter.) They need to go for walks. You may have to invest in a dog walker or daycare, but again, this expense can be worked out. Maybe a trusted neighbor can help? (EMPHASIS ON TRUSTED.) You want to do your research on any walkers or caregivers. Don’t just let anyone do this. This can end up being the thing that costs the most, but many professional services do joint walks, which cost less. Daycare centers often have packages you can buy. Maybe you can get home at lunch to do the walk. You work it out, you really do. Look around—there are loads of dogs in New York, and all of the people with the dogs have worked it out somehow. There are ways.

12. THERE ARE NO BAD DOGS

When you rescue your dog (see point one), you will learn a lot of things. You will hear about dogs who were removed from fighting rings, dogs thrown from moving cars, dogs found chained to railings and heaters, dogs found in parking lots, dogs left in abandoned apartments. Humans do many terrible things to dogs, but there are no bad dogs. Some dogs have been hurt and abused and yet they will still come up to you and put their head on your knee. Some may be scared at first. No dog is born wanting to do harm. Dogs look up to us—literally, you will often just see them looking up at us. Sometimes we fail them, but they never fail us.

Yes, this means that some dogs have strange behaviors. Who doesn’t? Yes, it means that you invited a poop-obsessed stranger to come live with you—but that poop-obsessed stranger will be your best friend. They will rest by your side and sigh deeply. They will scratch and show you their belly and bark at things you can’t hear, but they can. They will look out for you. They will love you. They are sorry about the shoes but they smelled like you, and you are great.

There are no bad dogs. Living in New York with a dog is crazy and weird and occasionally hard, and I love her with every fiber of my being. Life without her was stupid.

Good luck.

Love,

Auntie MJ

 

 

#askauntiemj is put out each week on Wednesdays, whether you like it or not. You can visit Auntie MJ at her website, www.maureenjohnsonbooks.com or on Twitter @maureenjohnson. But only if you feel like it.

 

 

ASK AUNTIE MJ: HE GIVES GOOD MERCH

worldrop-0ut said:

!!DOGS IN FUR PADDED KENNELS!!! CICADA!!!! HELLO I WILL TRY TO GET YOUR ATTENTION!! FIRE!! SATURN'S Rings!!! I HAVE A GUY FRIEND (IM A GIRL) AND IVE BEEN HIDING MY FEELINGS FOR HIM FOR MORE THAN TWO YEARS NOW ITS AGONIZING. WERE KINDA BEST FRIENDS WE HANG OUT JUST THE TWO OF US WATCH MOVIES EAT AND HE GIVES ME REALLY NICE MERCH AND FOOD AND HE GETS WEIRD WHEN I TALK ABOUT OTHER GUYS BUT I DONT KNOW DO I TELL HIM I LIKE HIM BUT UGH OUR FRIENDSHIP (!?!) HIGH SCHOOL IS ENDING AHH

Thank you for your email. Auntie MJ was very excited by it. There are so many things about the style of it she approves of. First, TWO EXCLAMATION POINTS!! As an OPENER. Followed by THREE. This is revolutionary and Auntie MJ is stealing it. Combined with the caps, I think that could make any sentence exciting. Let's try it.

!!WE NEED MORE STAPLES!!!

!!LET'S DISCUSS THE FEEDING HABITS OF HERMIT CRABS!!!

!!CONVERSELY, IF WE EXAMINE THE ROLE OF THE PROTAGONIST IN TERMS OF HIS RELATIONSHIP TO THE TREE HE BELIEVES IS HIS LONG LOST AUNT, WE SEE THAT THE MAN SYMBOLIZES AMERICA AND THE TREE SYMBOLIZES A LOST AMERICA HE IS SEARCHING FOR, SPECIFICALLY THE ONE REPRESENTED IN HIS PERSONAL INTERPRETATION OF THE FEDERALIST PAPERS, WHICH, IRONICALLY, HE HAS NEVER READ!!!

But you didn't stop there. You not only provided visual style, you provided things I could get behind, like cicada and fire. You have absorbed the first and most important rule of writing: !!KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE!!! Auntie MJ salutes you.

You were so successful at getting my attention that I forgot that I was here to answer a question. I was dazzled. I was amazed. I was mesmerized. 

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I simply could not think, such was the immediate appeal of everything you had done.

However, I had to snap out of it. Auntie MJ has a job to do. She must provide advice. But that meant I had to break the spell you had placed on me, and I did that by employing a trick I learned from one of my grad school professors--when he finished a book and it was time for the final edit, he read the whole book BACKWARDS. He started at the last sentence and went on like that, back and back and back to see if the effect of one sentence was matched by the cause in the one preceding it. This also works when reading something you are having trouble understanding for whatever reason.

So I went to the end, and suddenly I knew what was going on:

HIGH SCHOOL IS ENDING AHH

Auntie MJ was back on the bus. I know there is more here, and we will get to it, but Auntie MJ will soon make her case that all of the other parts of what you define as your problem are actually all about THIS. Something is ENDING. What will I do when it ENDS.

But let's continue backwards.

WERE KINDA BEST FRIENDS WE HANG OUT JUST THE TWO OF US WATCH MOVIES EAT AND HE GIVES ME REALLY NICE MERCH AND FOOD AND HE GETS WEIRD WHEN I TALK ABOUT OTHER GUYS BUT I DONT KNOW DO I TELL HIM I LIKE HIM BUT UGH OUR FRIENDSHIP (!?!)

This is a powerful sentence, and a long one. It needs unpacking. We'll do that too. But we need just one more sentence:

I HAVE A GUY FRIEND (IM A GIRL) AND IVE BEEN HIDING MY FEELINGS FOR HIM FOR MORE THAN TWO YEARS NOW ITS AGONIZING.

Okay. We now have the problem in three stages, which I will now summarize:

1. You like someone and have liked this someone for two years and holding in this truth is, in your words, agonizing.

2. This person certainly presents as someone who likes you as well. You engage in activities such as the eating of food and the watching of motion picture entertainment. He gives you gifts, such as NICE MERCH and food items. This person does not respond favorably when you speak of others who might be competition in a romantic way.

3. And then, the big one: high school is ending. The way you relate to this person, the time you may spend together, may change. Change is coming. 

In fact, let Auntie MJ reassure you on one thing: change is actually already here. Change is always with us. We surf a wave of change all the time. Change is nothing to fear. It moves everything along in the most natural manner. 

I think what you are asking in this is: is this my last chance? One or both of us may move and go to different places. (Or maybe you won't, but it's a possibility.) You face the problem faced by the narrator of the poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, who cries, "Should I, after tea and cakes and ices/Have the strength to force the moment to its crisis?" There's been food! There's been merch! And what, after all that--what if you ask and you hear, as the narrator in this poem FEARS he will hear, “That is not what I meant at all; That is not it, at all.”

So he does nothing and he just kind of wanders around and looks at the fog and worries about eating peaches and mermaids laughing at him.

THIS DOES NOT HAVE TO BE YOU.

You are approaching something you see as the CRISIS! The change! The end! And things will certainly go on after that--not to worry, the world does not crack open when you graduate from high school and reveal itself to be a hot, steaming egg full of baby dragons*. 

Unlikely graduation scenario.

The fact is, you want to do this. Your exubarence suggests this. You say it's causing you agony not to. The other fact is: there is a lot of evidence, based on what you've said, that your friend may be going through the same thing. We cannot know how things will go, but we can make our moves knowing what we know now and doing what we feel is good, and right, and loving, and true. And I think if it is actually causing you agony not to say how you feel--and your friend seems kind--maybe you should do it. Say it.

Absorb the possibility that he may say, "That is not what I meant." And if he does, again, the world will not open and the baby dragons will not emerge and eat us all** People go through this ALL THE TIME. Someone has to ask the question. That how things start. 

Now, in a movie they'd do something BIG AND ROMANTIC, and you can certainly do that if you want--but I think something more effective would be to simply talk about it at a time when you're both just relaxing and sitting together. Just say how you feel and ask how he feels about it--and make it clear that you value above all else his friendship. It could go wrong. It could go right. But truly, we only go forward when we act--and you seem READY TO ACT. No one starts a note with two exclamation points who is not READY TO ACT.

Or don't. Do what feels right for you. But in Auntie MJ's opinion, it's worth a shot. Let me know how it goes. No matter what happens, it will be okay. Seriously. Do not worry about the dragons, etc.***

Love,

Auntie MJ

 

 

 

 

* usually

** probably

*** they are not worth worrying about because they eat you before you really get a chance to do anything

 

The Curious Case of the Author Who Didn't Get Better On Time

So last month I wrote this post about how I’d had an operation and then got a post-surgical infection. I write now, over a month later—in sort of a similar state.

I am still sick. I’m not as sick as I was, but I am still sick. This sickness has gone through many phases now—the first month saw me popping in and out of hospitals a lot. Over the holidays, I was being treated by a specialist who gave me some strong meds and called me on Christmas Eve to tell me I might have Lupus. (I don’t have Lupus. But he called and told me that on Christmas Eve and we had to twiddle our thumbs until the new year to find that out.) We still don’t know what I have, but the likely culprit is a small pocket of infection hiding out in my body, or the infection/medication infecting/affecting a heart valve. 

Whatever the case, I am not on death’s door—I’m just still sick. I can walk short distances. Some days I can go a block or two, and some days I get winded just walking around the apartment. I’ve had a low fever since November, so I’m starting to consider it as a pet. I get some pretty bad muscle pain at points.  I have been able to get back to work a bit. I’m extremely behind, and I’m working at a lower capacity, but I do get things done!

I did go to Florida the other week as part of a long-scheduled vacation, which was supposed to be to somewhere else entirely. I wasn’t able to do that trip, but the doctors said it would be good if I went somewhere warm and got out of my house. (I basically haven’t been out of the house much since November 17th. I haven’t been to a movie, or a show, or a party. I have gone FULL HOMEBODY.) It was very exciting to be somewhere else! And not be freezing! I could walk a bit there. Mostly I sat outside and stared lovingly at the ocean.

Okay, but there are reasons I am telling you all of this, because why would you care?

The first reason is: I am not in physical shape to go on the book tour I was supposed to go on upon the release of The Shadow Cabinet. So that tour will be POSTPONED until I am physically able. I cannot WAIT to do this.

BUT! Just because I can’t travel doesn’t mean I won’t be doing things. I will be ONLINE. You may be hearing MUCH from me in the lead-up to the release on February 10th (US)/February 5th (UK).

But I have a few other things to mention. Because I have learned a few lessons in this experience.

MAUREEN’S LESSONS FROM THIS EXPERIENCE, WHICH MAYBE YOU CAN USE IF YOU GET STUCK AT HOME SICK

1. Not all of the things need to get done, probably.

I am a big proponent of doing ALL THE THINGS!!!! I’m not super good at learning that I can’t do things, or maybe I should rest a bit and not overdo it. This is how you end up trying to do five loads of laundry and then you start crying in the laundry room because you have run out of energy and then you sit in a wheely laundry cart because you’re too tired to walk to the drier and then you just give up and decide you don’t need towels, anyway, and you sit on the floor of the elevator riding back upstairs. Sometimes? The laundry does not need doing, especially if you do not leave the house. You can wear anything in the house, including your Jedi bathrobe or the t-shirt you found half-under the bed, or you can fashion a cape out of the dog blanket from the sofa and sweep dramatically around the hallway. I showered every day. GOOD ENOUGH. And frankly, you don’t need to set the bar that high. It’ll be fine.

2. There is such a thing as too much television.

Sometimes you don’t have much choice in this matter. Like, when you can’t get off the sofa and you’re wearing your dog blanket cape and you’re generally wobbling like a lost Jello on a windy plain. This is when I discovered BBC Radio online and it has changed my life. You can listen to radio plays! Dramatized books! Comedy! Discussions! Music! 

3. Make a bundle of the PRECIOUS THINGS so you don’t have to keep getting up.

You’re going to want your phone and a charger and a book and a pen and a the TV remote and your water bottle and your headphones. Just carry everything in a bucket. If you don’t have a bucket, fill a towel or the corner of your Jedi robe or a t-shirt. 

4. Despite appearances, you will be able to return to the world.

After a week or two or three inside in the winter, you will begin to think you are the last remaining member of a lost civilization. You’re not.

5. *** email

Except the ones from your friends or your mom or anything that is really critical. But mostly you can **** email until such a time as you are ready to handle it. At which point, I advise you to just erase 75% of it at random.

6. Other people are awesome.

I have a new appreciation for people who live with long-term illness and pain. What I’ve gone through is a drop in the bucket. I have a job I can do from home, and insurance, and many people who have helped me when I couldn’t quite do the things I normally am able to do. My mom has talked to me every day. Oscar has been a champion—taking on all the tasks I couldn’t.

7. Hoard your miracle substance.

There is probably one, maybe two, substances that are keeping you going. Mine is ginger ale, which helps with some of the GI effects of the drugs. I buy ginger ale like I’m expecting a ginger ale shortage. All of it is mine. I tower it high. I will drink it. Ginger ale.

8. Meditation

I’ve been a regular mediator for five years, and it has a huge impact on my life. You can definitely do this while sick, and it can only help.

9. Spy on your neighbors

Might as well. I have notebooks full of their movements.

10. Say thank you.

Thanks everyone who has helped me. I love you.

If YOU have tips on how to stay at home and be sick, please TWEET them to me. I long to COMPILE this knowledge!

THE NEW SITE IS ALIVE

My new website is ALIVE! You may ALREADY BE ON IT because this post will appear in both places! If you are on my Tumblr, you can go to www.maureenjohnsonbooks.com. BUT IF YOU ARE HERE ALREADY, please have a LOOK AROUND. What's great about this site is that I can add ANYTHING I WANT, so it will be updated frequently! Some things you can look at now:

This page has three guides for teachers: a reading guide to The Name of the Star, a reading guide to 13 Little Blue Envelopes, and a classroom guide to Coverflip. It also has a FREE, PRE-WRITTEN BOOK REPORT about me you can USE.

All book info is updated. And there is a new FAQ packed with INFO. And there's a media page where you can read/listen/watch things about me IF THAT IS THE KIND OF THING YOU LIKE TO DO.

Here's a whole page about pre-ordering The Shadow Cabinet.

The updated contact page has a link to my NEW AND BETTER NEWSLETTER which is powered by MAIL CHIMP. (Mail....Kimp?)

And now that everything WORKS, I'll be able to start my new blog series ASK AUNTIE MJ. Send questions via Tumblr or the contact page. Questions can be about anything.

The only thing the site is currently missing are all my old blog posts. We are working on this problem. The posts are currently trapped in Wordpress and Wordpress will not pick up the phone. Wordpress might not own a phone. We might have to break into Wordpress HQ to get the posts out. But we are on it.

PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK. Anything I need to add? Fix? Have ideas? TALK TO ME.

 

The JV Club #138: Maureen Johnson

I got to do the JV Club podcast with Janet Varney, which is VERY EXCITING for me because it is one of my FAVORITES and I am a PODCAST FANATIC. If you have ever wanted to hear me talk non-stop for an hour and  half about being sick and Catholic school, well … guess what. YOU ARE IN LUCK.

Convalescence and YOU (or me)

If you follow me on Twitter (YOU DO, RIGHT?), you may have notice that I have been jawboning on for about a month now about doctors and hospitals and that kind of junk. I haven’t posted an explanation because I didn’t think that would be of interest to anyone, but as this has gone on, it might be helpful. AND I HAVE HAD SOME THOUGHTS.

This post is about that. If those things don’t interest you, definitely do not read this because it will be SUPER BORING. This is just an explanation of what the hell I have been talking about.

The basic thing that happened was this: I had an operation on November 18th, which went just fine. I got a fever a few days later, but I had no other symptoms, so no one was worried. A few weirder things happened over the course of a week. At the end of the week, I felt pretty bad and fainted. I went to the ER and they couldn’t really figure out what the problem was, so I went home. I kept having these funny little spells, then I had a spell that wasn’t really ha-ha funny and was more like my heart going really fast. I went to a walk-in clinic, except I had trouble walking in, and my heart rate was so high when I got there that they called an ambulance. This is how I ended up in the hospital for a few days. They found I had an infection, but they weren’t sure where. So they played Spot The Infection for a while and gave me IV antibiotics. Then they tagged the little critter and it turns out I needed DIFFERENT antibiotics, which they gave me and sent me home. Where I got sicker and ended up back in the ER, where they determined those antibiotics were’t strong enough. They gave me stronger ones. I was sent to a SPECIALIST in infectious diseases, who gave me EVEN STRONGER ONES.

Somewhere in there, the infection died. But all the strong antibiotics and the whole experience had knocked me flat—the medicines also had some side effects that basically meant my body and brain were like a CRAZY RADIO that kept changing station all the time. Also, at points, I generally feel like I have been hit by a bus. A small bus, granted. A small bus that gives you anxiety attacks and doesn’t let you sleep. It’s a weird bus.

Now I am in the phase of recovering from all of that, and there is some testing to make sure my body didn’t completely freak out from all of that and reactivate the mono I had in college, or that the antibiotics didn’t do anything too weird to me.

THAT IS MY STORY.

Basically, I lost a month. I haven’t really been out. I haven’t been able to work much. Just…bloop! The time was gone. Some of that time I felt pretty dreadful. Some of that time I thought, “I feel pretty normal!” Some of that time I spent pulling myself around the apartment and trying to be in some way useful. Most of the time I have spent asking, “When does this end…exactly?”

Here’s the thing—I’m going to be fine. I’ve been ill and my body is confused, but I’m going to be fine. I got sick, but this is nothing compared to what so many people go through. This is a pain in the ass, and kind of confusing, but that’s about it. How long that is going to take isn’t clear. But what is clear is that I need to CONVALESCE, which isn’t something I necessarily accepted as a concept for a while. I thought, “Oh. I had something done—I’ll be up in a day or two. Oh, I got sick? I’ll take the pill and be up in a day or two. Oh, I took the pill and WHY ARE THE WALLS LOOKING AT ME????”

The walls are no longer looking at me—they merely give me side-eye. I can eat more and walk around without my heart racing all the time, just not very far or very long. I go to bed really early and have generally been told and now accept (because today I was feeling pretty raw) that I have to GET IN BED and KIND OF STAY THERE FOR A WHILE and let things happen gradually. I have to go full Jane Austen and really TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS SITUATION. I mean, I’m a writer. I’m not a SEA CAPTAIN or a SPY* or a SURGEON. I can work from bed. I need to get some kind of desk thing and a BED JACKET and TAKE THIS THING AND RIDE IT LIKE A PONY. But in a restful way. 

So I am definitely taking suggestions on how I can pimp out the bed-office (thought some would say that attempting to build a bed-office is exactly the problem but they are wrong). I would also like to hear your stories of Things You Did When You Were Sick and Had to Spend A Bunch Of Time Waiting For Your Body To Get Its **** Together. But maybe things that aren’t TV because I have done that one.

Oh, and yeah, I did have this operation two years ago and a bunch of weird crap happened then too but that was different largely because it involved being hit by a hurricane and having to live at Libba Bray’s house while the city was shut downed being given vicodin for a bad tooth which it turns out I can’t have. I think the only thing we can take from this is that I should definitely stop having this operation done and maybe never take any medication because I swear I was fine before.

Anyway, let’s do this. And if you want to come over and hang out that’s cool. Writing party in my bed office. Pajamas mandatory.

Imma eat some sherbet now.

* or am I?

DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST BOOK TOUR

hollyblack:

So before it’s all holiday all the time, I wanted to post the final piece of the how-to-get-a-copy-of-Darkest-Part-of-the-Forest puzzle: my Book Tour dates. This time it’s mostly going to be East Coast (and Seattle!) and I will be in New Jersey where I haven’t been in a while.

If you’re…

NOW IS THE TIME TO PRE-ORDER THE SHADOW CABINET

My friends, the time is here. I have signed the books, and they now sit in boxes, waiting for YOU. And I CREATED some items as well that you get as GIFTS for pre-ordering. I can now SHARE with you some images of the things you will GET when you pre-order. 

Ready?

When you pre-order from the stores listed below, you will get:

- a signed copy of the book

- three stickers, which look like THIS:

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I thought these sentiments might resonate with you. In this photo, these stickers look HUGE. The real things are 2.5 inches in diameter and can be placed on a phone or your face or anywhere you want to EXPRESS YOUR FEELINGS ABOUT WHAT YOU READ.

- You will also get this COMPUTER DECAL (12 inches by 2 inches) that TELLS THE WORLD ABOUT OUR FRIENDSHIP. 

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- And also THIS BRACELET which CONFIRMS this information:

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OH AND IT GLOWS IN THE DARK IS ALL.

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But say you want to order this as a GIFT for someone for the HOLIDAYS? But you are worried that since all these things won’t come until February 10th you can’t?

WORRY NO MORE. WE MADE YOU A CARD. Here’s the image. You can download it here. Just print it out and BOOM. Gift accomplished.

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You get ALL OF THAT just for pre-ordering from the independent booksellers listed below.

WORRIED THAT THESE STORES AREN’T NEAR YOU? Get off the worry train. That is NO PROBLEM. These stores will DELIVER. Order from ANYWHERE YOU LIKE. They will HOOK YOU UP. IT COULD NOT BE EASIER IF I BROUGHT THE BOOK TO YOUR HOUSE AND READ IT TO YOU.

(Just one note: not all stores take on-line preorders, please visit the stores site or give them a call to double check with the stores themselves to make sure this option is available and that you will receive your prize packs! Still very easy. Just double check to make sure.)

CANADA

Mable’s Fables
662 Mount Pleasant Road
Toronto ON M4S 2N3
416.322.0438

CALIFORNIA
Books Inc. in Opera Plaza
601 Van Ness
San Francisco, CA 94102
415.776.1111

Books Inc. in Burlingame 
1375 Burlingame Ave
Burlingame, CA 94010
650.685.4911

Books Inc. in the Marina
2251 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123
415.931.3633 

Books Inc. in Palo Alto
855 El Camino Real #74
Town & Country Village
Palo Alto, CA 94301
650.321.0600 

Books Inc. in Mountain View
301 Castro Street
Mountain View, CA 94041
650.428.1234 

Books Inc. in Alameda
1344 Park St
Alameda, CA 94501
510.522.2226

Books Inc. in Laurel Village
3515 California St
San Francisco, CA 94118
415.221.3666

Books Inc. in Berkeley
1760 4th Street
Berkeley, CA  94710
510.525.7777 

Books Inc
1501 Vermont St
San Francisco, CA 94107
415-920-9385 

Copperfield’s Books – San Rafael
850 4th Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
415-524-2800

Copperfield’s Books – Napa
3740 Bel Aire Plaza
Napa, CA 94558
707-252-8002

Copperfield’s Books – Healdsburg
104 Matheson Street
Healdsburg, CA 95448
707-433-9270

Copperfield’s Books – Calistoga
1330 Lincoln Ave
Calistoga, CA 94515
707-942-1616

Copperfield’s Books – Petaluma
140 Kentucky Street
Petaluma CA 94952
707-762-0563

Copperfield’s Books – Sebastopol
138 North Main Street
Sebastopol, CA 95472
707-823-2618

Copperfield’s Books – Santa Rosa
775 Village Court
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
707-578-8938

Mysterious Galaxy
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego CA 92111
858-268-4747

Once Upon a Time Bookstore
2207 Honolulu Ave
Montrose CA 91020
818-248-9668

Pages
904 Manhattan Ave. 
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
310-318-0900

Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101
626-449-5320

Vroman’s Hasting Ranch
3729 E Foothill Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107
626-351-0828

COLORADO

Boulder Book Store
1107 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO 80302
303-447-2074

CONNECTICUT

RJ Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Rd. 
Madison, CT 06443
203-245-3959

GEORGIA

Little Shop of Stories
133A East Court Square
Decatur, GA 30030
404-373-6300

ILLINOIS

Anderson’s Bookshop
123 W. Jefferson. 
Naperville, IL 60540
630-355-2665

Anderson’s Bookshop Downer’s Grove
5112 Main Street. 
Downvers Grove, IL 60515
630-963-2665

The Book Stall
811 Elm St
Winnetka, IL 60093
847-446-8880

The Book Cellar
4736-38 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago IL 60625
773-293-2665

KENTUCKY

Joseph Beth Booksellers – Lexington
161 Lexington Green Circle
Lexington, KY 40503
859-273-2911

Joseph Beth Booksellers – Crestview Hills
2785 Dixie Highway
Crestview Hills, KY 41017
859-912-7860

MASSACHUSETTS

Andover Books
89R Main Street
Andover, MA01810
978-475-0143

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge MA 02138
617-661-1515

Wellesley Books
82 Central Street
Wellesley MA 02482
781-431-1160

MICHIGAN

Schuler Books – Grand Rapids
2660 28th Street SE
Grand Rapids MI 49512
616-942-2561

Schuler Books – Meridian Mall
1982 Grand River Ave
Okemos MI 48864
517-349-8088

Schuler Books – Eastwood Towne Center
2820 Towne Center Blvd
Lansing MI 48912
517-316-7495

Schuler Books – Ann Arbor
2513 Jackson Ave
Ann Arbor MI 48103

MINNESOTA

Red Balloon Bookshop
891 Grand Ave. 
St. Paul, MN 55105
651-224-8320

NEW YORK

Books of Wonder
18 West 18th St.
New York, NY 10011
800-207-6968

Oblong Books - Millerton
26 Main Street
Millerton, NY 12546
518-789-3797

Oblong Books – Rhinebeck
6422 Montgomery St
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
845-876-0500

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Water Street Bookstore, Inc
125 Water Street
Exeter, NH 03833
603-778-9731

NORTH CAROLINA

Flyleaf Books
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
919-942-7373

Malaprops
55 Haywood Street
Asheville, NC 28801
800-441-9829

Quail Ridge Books
3522 Wade Avenue
Raleigh NC 27607
919-828-1588

OHIO

Joseph Beth Booksellers – Cincinnati
2692 Madison Road
Cincinnati, OH 45208
513-396-8960

PENNSYLVANIA

Doylestown Bookshop
16 S Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
215-230-7610

Towne Book Center & Café
220 Plaza Drive, Suite B-3
Collegeville, PA 19426
610-454-0640

TEXAS

Book People Bookstore
603 N. Lamar
Austin, TX 78703
512-472-5050

Blue Willow Bookshop
14532 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77079
281.497.8675

Murder by the Book
2342 Bissonnet
Houston, TX 77005
713-524-8597
 

UTAH

The King’s English Bookshop
1511 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
801-484-9100

VIRGINIA

Hooray for Books
1555 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-548-4092

WASHINGTON

University Book Store
4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
206-634-3400

It’s your move now.

penguinteen: The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson is available for pre-order! Pre-order the book from the select retailers below and you’ll receive a SIGNED copy of The Shadow Cabinet, a computer decal, a set of removable sticker, a wristband and a notecard (for those giving the book as a gift)! Below is a list of participating stores. NOTE: Not all stores take on-line preorders, please visit the stores site or give them a call to double check with the stores themselves to make sure this option is available and that you will receive your prize packs!   CANADA Mable’s Fables 662 Mount Pleasant Road Toronto ON M4S 2N3 416.322.0438 CALIFORNIA Books Inc. in Opera Plaza 601 Van Ness San Francisco, CA 94102 415.776.1111 Books Inc. in Burlingame  1375 Burlingame Ave Burlingame, CA 94010 650.685.4911 Books Inc. in the Marina 2251 Chestnut St San Francisco, CA 94123 415.931.3633  Books Inc. in Palo Alto 855 El Camino Real #74 Town & Country Village Palo Alto, CA 94301 650.321.0600  Books Inc. in Mountain View 301 Castro Street Mountain View, CA 94041 650.428.1234  Books Inc. in Alameda 1344 Park St Alameda, CA 94501 510.522.2226 Books Inc. in Laurel Village 3515 California St San Francisco, CA 94118 415.221.3666 Books Inc. in Berkeley 1760 4th Street Berkeley, CA  94710 510.525.7777  Books Inc 1501 Vermont St San Francisco, CA 94107 415-920-9385  Copperfield’s Books – San Rafael 850 4th Street San Rafael, CA 94901 415-524-2800 Copperfield’s Books – Napa 3740 Bel Aire Plaza Napa, CA 94558 707-252-8002 Copperfield’s Books – Healdsburg 104 Matheson Street Healdsburg, CA 95448 707-433-9270 Copperfield’s Books – Calistoga 1330 Lincoln Ave Calistoga, CA 94515 707-942-1616 Copperfield’s Books – Petaluma 140 Kentucky Street Petaluma CA 94952 707-762-0563 Copperfield’s Books – Sebastopol 138 North Main Street Sebastopol, CA 95472 707-823-2618 Copperfield’s Books – Santa Rosa 775 Village Court Santa Rosa, CA 95405 707-578-8938 Mysterious Galaxy 7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd San Diego CA 92111 858-268-4747 Once Upon a Time Bookstore 2207 Honolulu Ave Montrose CA 91020 818-248-9668 Pages 904 Manhattan Ave. Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 310-318-0900 Vroman’s Bookstore 695 E Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91101 626-449-5320 Vroman’s Hasting Ranch 3729 E Foothill Blvd Pasadena, CA 91107 626-351-0828 COLORADO Boulder Book Store 1107 Pearl Street Boulder, CO 80302 303-447-2074 CONNECTICUT RJ Julia Booksellers 768 Boston Post Rd. Madison, CT 06443 203-245-3959 GEORGIA Little Shop of Stories 133A East Court Square Decatur, GA 30030 404-373-6300 ILLINOIS Anderson’s Bookshop 123 W. Jefferson. Naperville, IL 60540 630-355-2665 Anderson’s Bookshop Downer’s Grove 5112 Main Street. Downvers Grove, IL 60515 630-963-2665 The Book Stall 811 Elm St Winnetka, IL 60093 847-446-8880 The Book Cellar 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave Chicago IL 60625 773-293-2665   KENTUCKY Joseph Beth Booksellers – Lexington 161 Lexington Green Circle Lexington, KY 40503 859-273-2911 Joseph Beth Booksellers – Crestview Hills 2785 Dixie Highway Crestview Hills, KY 41017 859-912-7860   MASSACHUSETTS Andover Books 89R Main Street Andover, MA01810 978-475-0143 Harvard Book Store 1256 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge MA 02138 617-661-1515 Wellesley Books 82 Central Street Wellesley MA 02482 781-431-1160 MICHIGAN Schuler Books – Grand Rapids 2660 28th Street SE Grand Rapids MI 49512 616-942-2561 Schuler Books – Meridian Mall 1982 Grand River Ave Okemos MI 48864 517-349-8088 Schuler Books – Eastwood Towne Center 2820 Towne Center Blvd Lansing MI 48912 517-316-7495 Schuler Books – Ann Arbor 2513 Jackson Ave Ann Arbor MI 48103 MINNESOTA Red Balloon Bookshop 891 Grand Ave. St. Paul, MN 55105 651-224-8320 NEW YORK Books of Wonder 18 West 18th St. New York, NY 10011 800-207-6968 Oblong Books - Millerton 26 Main Street Millerton, NY 12546 518-789-3797 Oblong Books – Rhinebeck 6422 Montgomery St Rhinebeck, NY 12572 845-876-0500   NEW HAMPSHIRE Water Street Bookstore, Inc 125 Water Street Exeter, NH 03833 603-778-9731   NORTH CAROLINA Flyleaf Books 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Chapel Hill, NC 27514 919-942-7373 Malaprops 55 Haywood Street Asheville, NC 28801 800-441-9829 Quail Ridge Books 3522 Wade Avenue Raleigh NC 27607 919-828-1588 OHIO Joseph Beth Booksellers – Cincinnati 2692 Madison Road Cincinnati, OH 45208 513-396-8960 PENNSYLVANIA Doylestown Bookshop 16 S Main Street Doylestown, PA 18901 215-230-7610 Towne Book Center & Café 220 Plaza Drive, Suite B-3 Collegeville, PA 19426 610-454-0640   TEXAS Book People Bookstore 603 N. Lamar Austin, TX 78703 512-472-5050 Blue Willow Bookshop 14532 Memorial Drive Houston, TX 77079 281.497.8675 Murder by the Book 2342 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005 713-524-8597   UTAH The King’s English Bookshop 1511 South 1500 East Salt Lake City, UT 84105 801-484-9100 VIRGINIA Hooray for Books 1555 King Street Alexandria, VA 22314 703-548-4092 WASHINGTON University Book Store 4326 University Way NE Seattle, WA 98105 206-634-3400 THE TIME HAS COME MY FRIENDS. The Shadow Cabinet is out on February 10, and you can pre-order and get: - A SIGNED BOOK - SPECIAL STICKERS THAT I HAVE DESIGNED FOR YOU - A SPECIAL COMPUTER DECAL I HAVE DESIGNED FOR YOU - A WRISTBAND THAT GLOWS - A NOTE WRITTEN BY ME YOU CAN PUT IN A HOLIDAY STOCKING TO TELL PEOPLE YOU GOT THEM THE BOOK AND IT WILL COME TO THEM IN FEBRUARY You get these special things by ordering from the stores above! This is all US and Canada-based, but anyone can order. There will be signed books in the UK—more info on that soon. Also, I’m about to launch my NEW WEBSITE which will contain EVEN MORE INFORMATION about this pre-order and the book itself!

penguinteen:

The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson is available for pre-order!

Pre-order the book from the select retailers below and you’ll receive a SIGNED copy of The Shadow Cabinet, a computer decal, a set of removable sticker, a wristband and a notecard (for those giving the book as a gift)!

Below is a list of participating stores.

NOTE: Not all stores take on-line preorders, please visit the stores site or give them a call to double check with the stores themselves to make sure this option is available and that you will receive your prize packs!

 

CANADA

Mable’s Fables
662 Mount Pleasant Road
Toronto ON M4S 2N3
416.322.0438

CALIFORNIA
Books Inc. in Opera Plaza
601 Van Ness
San Francisco, CA 94102
415.776.1111

Books Inc. in Burlingame 
1375 Burlingame Ave
Burlingame, CA 94010
650.685.4911

Books Inc. in the Marina
2251 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123
415.931.3633 

Books Inc. in Palo Alto
855 El Camino Real #74
Town & Country Village
Palo Alto, CA 94301
650.321.0600
 

Books Inc. in Mountain View
301 Castro Street
Mountain View, CA 94041
650.428.1234
 

Books Inc. in Alameda
1344 Park St
Alameda, CA 94501

510.522.2226

Books Inc. in Laurel Village
3515 California St
San Francisco, CA 94118
415.221.3666

Books Inc. in Berkeley
1760 4th Street
Berkeley, CA  94710
510.525.7777
 

Books Inc
1501 Vermont St
San Francisco, CA 94107
415-
920-9385 

Copperfield’s Books – San Rafael
850 4th Street
San Rafael, CA
94901
415-524-2800

Copperfield’s Books – Napa
3740 Bel Aire Plaza
Napa, CA 94558
707-252-8002

Copperfield’s Books – Healdsburg
104 Matheson Street
Healdsburg, CA 95448
707-433-9270

Copperfield’s Books – Calistoga
1330 Lincoln Ave
Calistoga, CA 94515
707-942-1616

Copperfield’s Books – Petaluma
140 Kentucky Street
Petaluma CA 94952
707-762-0563

Copperfield’s Books – Sebastopol
138 North Main Street
Sebastopol, CA 95472
707-823-2618

Copperfield’s Books – Santa Rosa
775 Village Court
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
707-578-8938

Mysterious Galaxy
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego CA 92111
858-268-4747

Once Upon a Time Bookstore
2207 Honolulu Ave
Montrose CA 91020
818-248-9668

Pages
904 Manhattan Ave.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
310-318-0900

Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101
626-449-5320

Vroman’s Hasting Ranch
3729 E Foothill Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107
626-351-0828

COLORADO

Boulder Book Store
1107 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO 80302
303-447-2074

CONNECTICUT

RJ Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Rd.
Madison, CT 06443
203-245-3959

GEORGIA

Little Shop of Stories
133A East Court Square
Decatur, GA 30030
404-373-6300

ILLINOIS

Anderson’s Bookshop
123 W. Jefferson.
Naperville, IL 60540
630-355-2665

Anderson’s Bookshop Downer’s Grove
5112 Main Street.
Downvers Grove, IL 60515
630-963-2665

The Book Stall
811 Elm St
Winnetka, IL 60093
847-446-8880

The Book Cellar
4736-38 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago IL 60625
773-293-2665

 

KENTUCKY

Joseph Beth Booksellers – Lexington
161 Lexington Green Circle
Lexington, KY 40503
859-273-2911

Joseph Beth Booksellers – Crestview Hills
2785 Dixie Highway
Crestview Hills, KY 41017
859-912-7860

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Andover Books
89R Main Street
Andover, MA01810
978-475-0143

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge MA 02138
617-661-1515

Wellesley Books
82 Central Street
Wellesley MA 02482
781-431-1160

MICHIGAN

Schuler Books – Grand Rapids
2660 28th Street SE
Grand Rapids MI 49512
616-942-2561

Schuler Books – Meridian Mall
1982 Grand River Ave
Okemos MI 48864
517-349-8088

Schuler Books – Eastwood Towne Center
2820 Towne Center Blvd
Lansing MI 48912
517-316-7495

Schuler Books – Ann Arbor
2513 Jackson Ave
Ann Arbor MI 48103

MINNESOTA

Red Balloon Bookshop
891 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN
55105
651-224-8320

NEW YORK

Books of Wonder
18 West 18th St.
New York, NY 10011

800-207-6968

Oblong Books - Millerton
26 Main Street
Millerton, NY 12546
518-789-3797

Oblong Books – Rhinebeck
6422 Montgomery St
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
845-876-0500

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Water Street Bookstore, Inc
125 Water Street
Exeter, NH 03833
603-778-9731

 

NORTH CAROLINA

Flyleaf Books
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
919-942-7373

Malaprops
55 Haywood Street
Asheville, NC 28801
800-441-9829

Quail Ridge Books
3522 Wade Avenue
Raleigh NC 27607
919-828-1588

OHIO

Joseph Beth Booksellers – Cincinnati
2692 Madison Road
Cincinnati, OH 45208
513-396-8960

PENNSYLVANIA

Doylestown Bookshop
16 S Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
215-230-7610

Towne Book Center & Café
220 Plaza Drive, Suite B-3
Collegeville, PA 19426
610-454-0640

 

TEXAS

Book People Bookstore
603 N. Lamar
Austin, TX 78703
512-472-5050

Blue Willow Bookshop
14532 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77079
281.497.8675

Murder by the Book
2342 Bissonnet
Houston, TX 77005
713-524-8597
 

UTAH

The King’s English Bookshop
1511 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
801-484-9100

VIRGINIA

Hooray for Books
1555 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-548-4092

WASHINGTON

University Book Store
4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
206-634-3400

THE TIME HAS COME MY FRIENDS.

The Shadow Cabinet is out on February 10, and you can pre-order and get:

- A SIGNED BOOK

- SPECIAL STICKERS THAT I HAVE DESIGNED FOR YOU

- A SPECIAL COMPUTER DECAL I HAVE DESIGNED FOR YOU

- A WRISTBAND THAT GLOWS

- A NOTE WRITTEN BY ME YOU CAN PUT IN A HOLIDAY STOCKING TO TELL PEOPLE YOU GOT THEM THE BOOK AND IT WILL COME TO THEM IN FEBRUARY

You get these special things by ordering from the stores above!

This is all US and Canada-based, but anyone can order. There will be signed books in the UK—more info on that soon.

Also, I’m about to launch my NEW WEBSITE which will contain EVEN MORE INFORMATION about this pre-order and the book itself!

maggie-stiefvater: thesouthernthruway: unexplained-events: unexplained-events: This photo was taken over 20 years ago by Todd Robertson during a KKK rally in northeast Georgia. One of the boys approached a black state trooper, who was holding his riot shield on the ground. Seeing his reflection, the boy reached for the shield, and Robertson snapped the photo. I think the officer’s expression says it all. This child standing before him is being taught how to hate even though he doesn’t understand it. He probably doesn’t understand the difference between this and Halloween. If any post on my blog gets really big, I hope it’s this one. this is really fucking sad i think of everything we learn without even noticing I’ve been thinking about the expression on the officer’s face since I saw this photo yesterday.

maggie-stiefvater:

thesouthernthruway:

unexplained-events:

unexplained-events:

This photo was taken over 20 years ago by Todd Robertson during a KKK rally in northeast Georgia. One of the boys approached a black state trooper, who was holding his riot shield on the ground. Seeing his reflection, the boy reached for the shield, and Robertson snapped the photo.

I think the officer’s expression says it all. This child standing before him is being taught how to hate even though he doesn’t understand it. He probably doesn’t understand the difference between this and Halloween.

If any post on my blog gets really big, I hope it’s this one.

this is really fucking sad

i think of everything we learn without even noticing

I’ve been thinking about the expression on the officer’s face since I saw this photo yesterday.

THE FIRST REVIEW FOR THE SHADOW CABINET IS IN.

I usually don’t post reviews, but hey. I am excited that the book is ON ITS WAY.

From Kirkus:

THE SHADOW CABINET [STARRED REVIEW] 
Author: Maureen Johnson

Transplanted Southerner Rory must once again save London, but this time her foes aren’t all completely dead.Upon a less-than-graceful exit from Wexford, her posh London boarding school, Rory is now on the run with the Shades, a clandestine band of police who attend to supernatural phenomena. Stephen, a member of the Shades (and her last kiss), hangs in a precarious state between life and death. With her amplified abilities to both see the dead and possess the power of a mystical stone, Rory could help Stephen. Unfortunately, Jane, a crazed occultist and Rory’s ex-therapist, wants to harness Rory’s powers and use them to perform the Rites of Demeter in hopes of defeating death and resurrecting two powerful magicians. Rory’s London is one where death is but tenuously separated from life, and she must use her abilities to save not only her own friends, but now the city at large. This deftly plotted and richly developed third installment skillfully weaves together the plotlines from its predecessors, creating a carefully and engrossingly built world. Moving away from what could have easily been a predictable, cookie-cutter ghost-busting template in every book, the series has gracefully evolved into a heady mix of ghost story, myth, conspiracies and history.Creepy, tense and wonderful: Don’t expect to put this down once it’s begun—but be sure to begin with The Name of the Star (2011). 

Princess Week: Lumpy Space Princess Crispy Treats

treetrunkskitchen:

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This week is dedicated to a few of the awesome and totally edible princesses in the Land of Ooo (and other places). There are a lot of princesses on the show and even more in the comics! My favorite by far is Lumpy Space Princess otherwise known as LSP. She comes from Lumpy Space and like…

oh my glob.