News from the editor

November 2007 - Posts

  • Red the Book is off to LA!

    And the both of us could use some time sitting by a pool...<br><br>

    So excited for this, Sunday's event--assorted TV and film, Industry as they say out there, types coming, including Freaks and Geeks mastermind Paul Feig!--and we'll be sure to take a lot of pictures, video, even, for those of you who can't be there. Great reading lineup, too: Jordyn Turney, Deborah Kim, Jessica Goodman, Elizabeth Case, Erika Kwee, Kali Moriarty, Dani Cox! Jordyn and Dani being all bicoastal about it now, snazzy, and the rest of you making your RED debut.<br><br>

    Imagine RED in flip-flops.<br>

    Yours, Amy 

  • A word about the F-word (and others)

    Happy Thanksgiving, all!

    Notice I didn't say Happy fucking Thanksgiving—not because I couldn't but because it really wouldn't have added much... Just want to make a point, I hope not the point you expect, about swearing in your blogs. My policy is I don't belive in censorship, and honestly, I feel like when it comes to people under-20, there's a lot of sexism in that censorship. Like it's OK for boys to swear and talk about sex, but not for the young ladies.

    All this to say: Swearing is ALLOWED on your blogs. But it is by no means REQUIRED. Don't feel like you have to because everyone else is, in which case the words lose their impact anyway and just proliferate. What will we have to pull out next?

    From there, I leave it up to you and your creative vocabularies.
    As ever,
  • Lips Cookies and the US Postal Service

    Believe me, I would LOVE to be able to mail those of you who missed the party these lips cookies. Because we have a houseful of them, and they'll perish soon—why I can't ship, terrorism and the mail and no "perishables," though hardly hazardous—and it's starting to look like they're frowning at me.

    However, I do have other goodies to mail those of you who weren't here to claim your goodie bags, including:
    -Red the Book: the Soundtrack (CD of songs you chose) -Red the Book: the Click-Top Pen -Red the Book: the RED Pepper+Pistol Damselle Tattoo -And, most special of all, because these are the only ones that exist in the world, your hand-embroidered one-of-a-kind Damselle. She's the cutest thing ever, and each one has a different expression, bulgy eyes, red toes, tall boots. So cool! Created by Pepper+Pistol, literally just for you. The idea is that you customize her any way you want—then we'll create a section of the site where you can post pictures of your looks.

    So, please, let me know if you're someone who didn't make it to the NY party—and won't be at the LA one—to claim the above, and I'll mail you one?
  • More later—your editor's losing it—but for now, just biggest, reddest thanks!!!

    Wow, first book—and first blog. I've never done anything like either before, and I'm just in awe of all of you, hope I can keep up. MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION: ANYONE KNOW HOW TO DO A LINE BREAK IN HERE? START A NEW PARAGRAPH? I promise I'll start behaving like a proper blogger once we have the basics up on the site, but I'm feeling like I should make sure we get all that going first. Can't wait for the time I can just be writing here and talking to all of you and have the time to read things like Saskia's recap of her and Amy's NY trip to Sam's existential revelations to Olive's playlists. Too cool! In the meantime, want to thank you all for being the amazing girls, writers, minds you are and all you've done to make Red the Book real. Can hardly believe it. And a few today's thoughts/questions (this is what blogs are for, right?): 1. Some of you are in the process of applying to colleges...that others of you are now attending. If there's any place on here for a kind of inside college info exchange, might mean a lot, one RED writer to another, vs. some guide written by someone else? 2. Anyone as addicted to Heroes as I am now? I'm new, only on season one, so SHHHHHH with the spoilers. But I love it. And I want to apologize that of all houseguests, we made Ms. You Want to Know What My Problem Is, My Problem Is TV Saskia Boggs watch about four hours straight of it...TV. 3. Don't take those comments on Jezebel—please note these are the comments, from people out there hiding behind the anonymity of the web, NOT the proper reporter/photographer/journalists/site—as anything more than people who need to find something better to do on, what, a Friday night, then insult teenagers based on misleading information. I mean, come on! They're picking on brilliant 13-year-old Dani. And as any of you saw her know, they're just jealous... Plenty of genuis writing from authors under 30 in there, plenty of girls of color, and so on that they're charging us with. I suppose get used to it? A successful book is always going to come with its critics. Just a shame they can't pick on someone their own age. OK, back to some LA launch party planning! And I'm still eating lips cookies. Eating lips is a funny concept, right? The red dye comes off a little and keeps freaking me out when I brush my teeth. Yours, Amy G