This abandoned black-and-white cat with a heart-shaped marking on her side has been named Bette Davis’ by staff at Gables Farm Dogs’ and Cats’ Home in Plymouth, Devon. She was handed in to the animal shelter last month looking dishevelled and emaciated after she was dumped by her previous owners. Bette is one of dozens of cats currently waiting to be re-homed at the centre. Picture: Adam Gray / SWNS.COM

 If the cover to my next book were an animal, it would be this cat.

An article by Christine Jordan at Flavorwire on rejected album covers. A long time ago, one of my books almost had a book jacket that also had a disturbing dead baby kind of thing going on.

The Real Thing: Yesterday and Today

Who knew the Beatles were so creepy-weird? Robert Whitaker took shots of the Fab Four in butchers’ outfits, covered in meat and holding chopped-up plastic baby dolls for a conceptual art piece titled A Somnambulant Adventure. They submitted it as pretty in-step with their black humor, but McCartney later revealed it was a comment on Vietnam. After some controversy, the new cover was pasted over the old.

blatant self-promotion #1: my new adult novel & miscellany

This is the cover:

Re: The Hole We’re In

If you’re twelve or under, the book is probably not for you. If you’re sixteen, the book may be for you, depending greatly on your interests. (see synopsis.) If you’re over sixteen and liked my other books, alas the book still may not be for you — it’s very different from anything I’ve ever done. That leads to the fourth possibly: if you’re over sixteen, hated or were largely indifferent to my other books, I’d say there is some possibility you could like this one. In any case, I’m incredibly proud of this particular book, and I’m excited for the book to start making its way into the world.

On other fronts, paperback MEMOIRS OF A TEENAGE AMNESIAC is already out in the world. Its cover is nearly identical to hardcover MEMOIRS but inside it’s fancier. You’ll find an interview with me about the book, a couple of playlists, an excerpt from ELSEWHERE, and a note to come on down to my website for deleted scenes. The resourceful Jessica Tedder at Square Fish compiled it all.

Re: Deleted Scenes

Normally, I’m against them — the finished book is the book; the process is beside the point, etc. — but I revised MEMOIRS so very much that I decided to unleash some of this material on the world. You can read more about my reasons for this, and check out the first deleted scene here. (I might add more at some point or other.) There’s a very good reason that particular book was dedicated to the editor — I would have likely set it on fire if it weren’t for her.*

Finally, I can now be found online at both Goodreads and LibraryThing. Say hello if you’re there too.

Re: Social Networking Websites

Normally, I’m against them, but I like these two websites because they’re really about reading and not the usual one-hundred forty characters of nothingness.

Finally finally, this story about President Obama’s summer reading amused me.

*Though it is, admittedly, somewhat difficult to set a book on fire these days. I am not Anne Shirley writing longhand by candlelight, after all. And burning a laptop is bad for the environment and likely dangerous.