you're not familiar with the term, basically, an ARC is a prefinished
book that may not have the finished art or even edits and is meant to
be given to reviewers or whoever for prelaunch promotional purposes.
(This is a simplified explanation, so please don't hit me over the
Anyway, the box was sitting at my front door when I came home from
The Day Job, and rather than pick up the box and unlock the door and
fend off a pair of cats who really, really want to get out, all at
the same time, I decided to unlock the door and shove the box inside
(and thus startle the cats into backing up for a second or two,
giving me enough time to get in).
Good theory -- but no. Ow! That box was HEAVY! My toe was saved only
by the sturdy tip of my shoe (now that's a glowing testimonial:
"Crocs: The tips are sturdy enough to kick around boxes"), and the
fact that there was enough of an impact that the box tripped and
rolled over the threshold, allowing my foot to skid off.
Fortunately, I hopped inside, again startling the cats into backing
up, again allowing me to try a quick maneuver and close the door
before the cats could dash out. (I should say here that these cats
are elderly -- they're about 18-plus years old, neither in the
greatest of health -- but obviously, they're spry when they need to
As you might have imagined, the cats were bouncing around, not only
because of my homecoming, but because I kicked (or at least shoved)
something new into the house. But then they got bored and wandered
away, yowling for their dinner.
And after I took care of that -- feeding the cats asap when I get
home allows me to deal with other matters while they're chomping away
-- I opened the box and took out the books. There weren't that many,
mind you -- maybe twelve, ARCs of THE SLEEPER AWAKES and FESTIVAL OF
STARS, but they were dense enough -- and I decided to put them in an
organized pile, on top of the dining room table, which was crowded
enough (still clearing off from Christmas). And I had to do so a few
at a time, because those suckers were cumbersome.
When I was done, I had a pile of those books taking up precious real
estate at the corner of the table, and I knew that I would have to
figure out where to move them next when I had to clear off THAT area
(because, you know, once in a while we eat at the table or invite
someone else to eat at that table).
So the box was heavy; the books were cumbersome; and they needed to
be shuffled around. Now tell me, considering all that, don't ebooks
make sense? This is all leading up to two things: one, go visit
greenbookfriends at myspace, where Cerridwen Press authors have
gotten together to talk about ebooks and how they're actually a good
idea, and two, we'll be announcing a contest soon, also with the
theme of how ebooks are good.
Meanwhile, I'd better make sure the tips of my Crocs are okay!
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