Very long day at work today, but again today someone picked up a copy of This is How You Die and when I explained the premise, decided to pick it up. Then I mentioned - and someone really needs to give me some good advice on how to not to sound like a dork doing this - that I was in it, and she asked me to sign it. This made the day awesome again, and though I'm still worried about the metric tonne of stuff that I have to accomplish, it seems less overwhelming now.
Another good moment today was a kid who came in with a gift card who was so excited to be able to pick out any book he wanted! I love this. This is, quite frankly, the best of the best of my job: seeing young people happy to get books, to read books, and to talk about books. Even better that they're generally picking up some of the awesome kids fiction that we suggest (since kids who love to read have read everything they can find, and then want help finding new things).
So that - coming at the end of my day - was the right way to end what might otherwise have been a truly awful sort of day.
"Lake Titicaca," by M. Bennardo
Speaking of awesome and excitable kids, this next story in This is How You Die is a short little piece about three kids who decide - since they're graduating grade five and thus are now totally old enough to make grown-up decisions - that now is the time to use the Death Machine.
Their trip to an arcade - and the man who spots them playing hooky - results in the friends face to face with the machine, and from the moment the slips start to pop out, you know that Bennardo has gone somewhere pretty damned wonderful with this story. I won't ruin it, but I think the man in this story might just be my favorite character in the entire anthology.