Monday, January 28, 2013

Blog Hop: Re-Introduction!

Through my friend Rachel, (whom I know better as "Smiley" and it's SO TRUE, she is a smiley personified), I got alerted to this blog hop: "Please Allow Me to Reintroduce Myself." Since I am aiming to make 2013 "The year in which Jess actually blogs," this couldn't come at a better time So, to my cohort of people who follow—bless you all!—here's some things about me, old and new!

My full name is Jessica; I often go by Jess.
I used to work in publishing, now I work in bookselling, but mostly I'm a grad student.
I have a cat named Pacey, although this is only tangentially related to the character on Dawson's Creek.
I've been writing YA my whole life, but only realized that in the last two years when I actually looked at my accumulated portfolio of unpublished shorts and trunk novels.
I live in Washington, D.C. And yes, I actually have met the President.
The best book I read in 2012 was probably the fifth Gallagher Girls book.
So far, the best book I've read in 2013 was a book I beta read. It had better sell so you all can read it, too.
My favorite book is an obscure little literary book called The Soloist by Mark Salzman.
I take photos for fun and am starting to learn more about it. 
I drink 40 ounces of coffee a day. Every day.
In 2013 I'm going to try to revise a novel, write a new one, and produce a dissertation from start to finish. I recognize this may make me insane.
I own all 7 Harry Potter books in hardcover in both the US and UK editions. I also own two copies of book 4--a first printing one where Lily and James Potter come out of Harry's wand in the wrong order, and a second printing one where they come out in the right order.  

And with that said...

Here's a poorly-cropped photo of me at Wizarding World. By sheer accident, I wound up in Orlando visiting family and was there on opening weekend. It was an awesome, awesome day and I left in tears that I couldn't come back the next day.

It's nice to meet you! Thank you for reading my blog.


  1. So jealous you went to Wizarding World. I'm a big Harry Potter fan so I say buy them all. Nice to meet you Jessica. I'm a YA writer too and just love the genre so much.

    1. Woohoo YA writers! So nice to meet you. Your blog looks awesome; looking forward to reading more.

  2. That's a lot of coffee! And I really want to make it to Orlando and get my pic taken there. And thanks for participating in the Re-Introduce Myself Blogfest!

    Oh, and you should turn off your Word Verification. Blogger catches 99 percent of the spam!

    1. Thanks, Stephen! And thanks for hosting the hop!

      Funny you should mention the captcha--I actually had it turned off, and then about a week ago, I got nailed on three different posts with carefully worded spam that got through the blogger filter. So I turned it back on. Hopefully, if I leave it on a little while, the bots'll get discouraged and I can turn it off again. :)

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    1. Awesome to meet you, too, M! I'm excited to check out the Writer 4 Writer series, too.

  4. YAY, JESS!!!

    Several things we have in common.... FIRST... COFFEE. I drink a ten cup pot a day, which may be more than forty ounces. LOL.

    I am a TOTAL HARRY POTTER FREAK! I, too, own all the American and British books, many are first edition/first print. Not the first ones though... WAY out of my price range. (65k for British ... 1500 for American.) I hope to one at least the American first someday. There are only like 300 British editions, so they are well hidden in private collections.

    LOVE Wizarding World! I couldn't get to the opening, but I was there in November of that year and went for three days straight. LOVE IT... I even went back last year a few time and even met a fellow blogger and HP nut there for the first time! SUCH fun sharing it with a blogger friend!

    1. Woohoo coffee drinking Potterheads! So cool about first edition/first printings. Isn't it amazing to think that Bloomsbury was at first only willing to take a tiny gamble on what would become the bestselling book of all time? I think that's incredible.

      Looking forward to reading your blog.

  5. Nice to meet you, Jessica! First time I went to Wizarding World was when I met Michael di Gesu (up above). What a cool place! HP has inspired a lot of peeps.
    I write YA too (who doesn't, right? lol) But it's great to connect with you.

    1. Nice to meet you, too! So neat you got to hang out with Michael--I love meeting great people I know from online. Looking forward to reading your blog!

  6. Hi Jess. Great to meet you.
    I also drink waaaaay too much coffee... which wasn't always the case... but I'll save the details for another time...
    You've met your president? Lucky you... he is so charismatic!

    1. Details! Details!

      But yay for coffee drinkers. :) And President Obama is just as charismatic in person. Genuinely nice guy.

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  8. So nice to meet you. I'm a little in awe of your Harry Potter mania. ;)


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