July 11, 2009

Assorted Buzzers

I know not why, but the word "random" always lends a whimsical, arch character to any word it is added to: e.g. "a seemingly endless succession of random facial expressions"; "random acts of the apostles"; "some random Member (of Parliament)"; "armed with nothing but a hoard of random, ironic references to Hitler"; etc.

The word "assorted" can play a similar role.

That's one of the main reasons I chose Random House as my publisher, the other one being that they were the ones who were willing to give me money. I'm sorry, but Knopf or Harcourt just wouldn't be the same. I mean, I'd give it a shot, but "Knopf references to Hitler" -- I'd have some explaining to do on that one, even more than usual, maybe.

Anyhow, that's my quirky, whimsical, arch way of bringing up Random Buzzers, which is a kind of message board/discussion forum for random, assorted Random House YA authors. I'm going to be answering questions from random internet people for the week beginning Monday, July 13th. Come on by and ask questions. But not if you think I owe you money. In other words, we're looking for random literary questions here, not a shakedown.

Posted by Dr. Frank at July 11, 2009 01:24 AM | TrackBack

Okay Frank, here's a random question: are your posts timestamped according to Greenwich Mean Time? I'm on the East Coast, and this post is stamped two and a half hours ahead of my time now. So they're not based on PDT.

Posted by: Nick at July 11, 2009 04:11 AM

Dr. Frank:

While at A.LA., I was informed by the nice reps from Random House that the Andromeda Klein galleys were gone within the first three hours of the conference.

Posted by: Tired Librarian at July 12, 2009 11:43 PM