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01 April 2010 @ 12:32 pm
The arrival of FREEFALL's Advance Reviewer's Copy.  
I got a package yesterday.  It was a large, padded envelope that had been ripped open, stapled shut again, and labeled like so:

I'm sorry, too, The Postal Service. I'm sorry, too.

You see, said "damage" to my article resulted in me receiving the Simon & Schuster Fall catalog (yay!) and just one ARC in the envelope instead of the catalog with two ARCs that my editor sent me (boo!). 

I'm going to assume that since no one could have guessed the contents, they didn't intentionally mutilate the package in order to steal my ARC.  I'm also assuming that it fell out by accident and is somewhere within the belly of the USPS waiting to be returned to me.  I've been in contact with USPS and have filed a report.   So maybe, just maybe, it will turn up (all mangled) four weeks from now. 

Hey, it could happen, right?

The good news in all this is that even though I didn't get my two ARCs, I did get one.  And it is PRETTY FRICKEN COOL, I have to say.  The whole family here decided to give it some love and attention!

Here's the FREEFALL ARC and me, chilling in front of my house:

And here's Oz sniffing the ARC and Angelus hiding from it:

Oz sniffing the ARC. 

Niña is posing behind it and Neko is relaxing beside it:


And Dwayne. . .  Oh, hey!  What's that you're reading?  Anything good?

Current Mood: hungryhungry
god of procrastinationhuman_loser on April 1st, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
I got a monologue published in a collection a few years ago, and I remember when my copy came. That wasn't til they were already in stores, but still, it was like frickin Christmas!

Congrats! Looks good!
Mindi Scottmindiscott on April 1st, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
The post office debacle sort of tainted my joyous moment, but at least I already got to cry over the pass pages, right? ;-)

And thanks!
sammyjones57: wandersammyjones57 on April 1st, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
Aww that sucks that one got lost! But YAY! Your ARC is here!
Mindi Scottmindiscott on April 1st, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
I know! It's very fun to have it now. We treat it very nicely since it's the only one of its kind in our household. :-D
Amyjupiteramy on April 1st, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
If I find it leaked online, I will let you know. [eyebrow]

(PS - awesome.)
Mindi Scottmindiscott on April 1st, 2010 09:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks! First thing I did this morning was check ebay to see if some unscrupulous person was trying to sell it illegally. No sign of it yet, which is very good! :-)

Soon, though, the marketing peeps will be sending it out, so if I do spot it somewhere it shouldn't be, I'll have no way of knowing if it's MY missing ARC or someone else's.
Katherinemisstwist on April 1st, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
Aww. This post gets a smiley face :D and a frowney face :(.

Mindi Scottmindiscott on April 1st, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC)
Heee! I wondered if anyone would notice! He dyed it a few weeks ago for an Alabaster photo shoot. He hasn't decided whether to go all black or add blue again, but it's really faded already.
Katherinemisstwist on April 2nd, 2010 03:13 am (UTC)
I will ALWAYS notice Dwayne's hair. It's clear he cares about hair as much as my brother does.

What color are his eyes? He could go with a complimentary color to really make them pop!
Mindi Scottmindiscott on April 2nd, 2010 05:00 am (UTC)
His eyes are green, but they look a lot bluer (more blue?) at the moment.
Katherinemisstwist on April 2nd, 2010 03:48 am (UTC)
Also, on a more personal note, I was really missing you today! I don't know why! I just was, maybe because you're awesome?
Mindi Scottmindiscott on April 2nd, 2010 05:00 am (UTC)
Awwww! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
Sheela Charisheela_chari on April 1st, 2010 10:14 pm (UTC)
How fun to get your ARC! And I wonder where that other ARC might turn up. :)
Mindi Scottmindiscott on April 1st, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
It will all be worth it if it ends up in the hands of someone who really loves it, yes? :-D
the author in progress: edensgate - zanderschuldige_katze on April 1st, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
First of all, your new layout (is it new? or do I just fail?) is BEAUTIFUL. Secondly, OMFGARC. I won a copy of THE DEMON'S LEXICON by Sarah Rees Brennan (I've talked to her on LJ for years, and it was her publishing news that prompted me to knuckle down and really start writing) and I know how excited I was to get someone else's ARC in the mail. I can't imagine what kind of screaming would happen if it were my own. That's so incredible! I'm so excited for you!! I also cannot WAIT for October! Thirdly, BOO INDEED on the USPS for losing one of those. They should be treated like gold.
Mindi Scottmindiscott on April 1st, 2010 11:29 pm (UTC)
It's a totally new layout! I think it's only been up for two or three days. I have a complementing website, too, but I haven't made the official announcement because the designer and I are still working out the last of the changes. But the link is on here and easy to find. :-D

ARCs really are just about the coolest things ever. They are magical! The only one I've ever had (and not just borrowed for Tenner ARC tour) is from when I worked at the bookstore and had an author come in for a signing years and years ago.
(Anonymous) on April 2nd, 2010 03:05 am (UTC)
Someone in the post office is totally digging on Seth right this minute!! You know it is true.

Mindi Scottmindiscott on April 2nd, 2010 04:59 am (UTC)
Well, I hope so! :-D When they're done, though, they should send it to me. I want to use it for a Goodreads giveaway!
Jamiespiritworld25 on April 2nd, 2010 04:35 am (UTC)
Congratulations Mindi!!!!! I'm so happy for you. :)
Mindi Scottmindiscott on April 2nd, 2010 04:59 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Jamie! :-)
ext_212733 on April 2nd, 2010 05:36 am (UTC)
I take back what I said yesterday about your hyperness. Your 100X more hyper now than, then.
1 is better then two :) (even though I know the catch phrase is , 2 is better then 1).
Mindi Scottmindiscott on April 2nd, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
Ha! You think so? Well, I guess you're right! :-)
denisejadendenisejaden on April 2nd, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
Ugh, Mindi, your story made me absolutely sick to my stomach! I can SO imagine how you must feel. I'm SO sorry (and I hope there's some way that you can get an extra ARC or two - though I'm still trying that for myself as well!)

Anyway, it is gorgeous!
Mindi Scottmindiscott on April 2nd, 2010 05:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah. See, I knew all along that I would get very few ARCs. I was secretly hoping for three: one for a Goodreads giveaway, one for the Tenner's tour, and one to keep. When I found out I was getting two, I wasn't sure what to do with the second, but I was leaning toward Goodreads. Alas, now I won't be doing any of those things unless a couple of ARCs turn up somewhere.
so beautiful & s†rangenani_kai on April 5th, 2010 05:48 am (UTC)
I love your new website. I read everything! :)
Mindi Scottmindiscott on April 5th, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Dee! :-D
naturallysteph on April 19th, 2010 12:35 am (UTC)
I'm behind on my blog reading, but I LOVE these pictures!! So happy-making.

But I'm sorry for your loss. OUCH. That's so, so horrible that they lost one. :(