This is my blog, so my news comes first.
For those keeping track, I was accepted to the masters program at Emerson but was very kindly and courteously rejected by Bennington yesterday. I was going to use a baseball analogy to tell you what it is I'm batting, simply because it's Red Sox Opening Day at Fenway Park, but I really hate baseball and don't know what the average would be. This stung like a motherfucker—yes, very much so—but now I feel as though I have something to prove, which is fantastic. It's something that I haven't felt in a very, very long time, and I think it's good, to be able to put again drive and serious desire into something that means so much to you, but you make take advantage of in various ways for nonsensical reasons. For lazy reasons. So, fuck that. Time to get shit done.
I will apply again to Bennington for the January session. I will apply over and over until they accept me out of pity.
Allyson's Fantastic News: Beatrice Makes Publishers Weekly's Top 25 Hot Books for Summer List!
Okay, she is sandwiched between the following names: William Gibson, Barbara Kingslover, Chuck Palahniuk, Don DeLillo, Ian McEwan, and more. MANY, MANY MORE BIG NAMES. Yet she still doesn't think she'll get on Oprah, and has denied wanting to visit the set of the Colbert Report. Whatever, Al. Just remember us little people.
Here is the Allyson-specific text, followed by a link to all those big, glowy names:
Alyson Beatrice's true tales of trolling the Internet and planning events for obsessive TV fans, Will the Vampire People Please Leave the Lobby? (Sourcebooks, Aug.), could also be a winner. "I'm a sci-fi geek, a genre television geek and an Internet community geek," says Halley, "plus I love any author who can bring on the funny, so this one is right up my alley."
Preorder Allyson's Book at Amazon, for Chrissakes