BTT: Mayday


Quick! It’s an emergency! You just got an urgent call about a family emergency and had to rush to the airport with barely time to grab your wallet and your passport. But now, you’re stuck at the airport with nothing to read. What do you do??

And, no, you did NOT have time to grab your bookbag, or the book next to your bed. You were . . . grocery shopping when you got the call and have nothing with you but your wallet and your passport (which you fortuitously brought with you in case they asked for ID in the ethnic food aisle). This is hypothetical, remember….

Okay, so first off, I’ve always got a Publisher’s Weekly or two stuffed beside the Tour Manager’s seat in my car.

Secondly, I’m going to be like Karen and pretend that we can’t do the obvious and hit up the bookstore in the airport. I mean, hello? This is West of Mars where I live, people. There are a bunch of bookstores in the airport and as much as it pains me to pay full retail when I’ve got (literally) hundreds of books on my TBR pile, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.

So. PW is now boring. There are no bookstores. What do I do?

Well, I start talking to people, of course. People with books. Because if I can channel some Trevor magic the right way, I’ll be able to convince them to cough up their book so I can read it. Yes, even if it means promising to mail the book back — along with a few goodies from the aforementioned TBR mountain range.

Now, say that doesn’t work. My local Martian airport has free WiFi, so what do I do now? You guessed it! Hijack someone else’s computer! Now, this doesn’t mean I grab their ‘puter and put it on my lap and start surfing. Oh, no. We must be much more subtle about this and show them what a big, wide world of Book Bloggers it is. To do this, we take advantage of Dewey’s first Weekly Geeks and show my poor victim five cool book blogs. Try these on for size: Chris at Bookarama. That’s the Book. Book and Other Games. This Book is for You (who has the first online review of the new Jhumpa Lahiri I’ve seen yet). And Free Listens.

And Dudes, that’s only FIVE great blogs to check out. Why, given half a chance, I could convince a total stranger that the best way to pass time in an airport is to surf book blogs!

But… let’s come back down to Earth now and face up to the fact that I’m really not bold enough to try either of these Trevorish techniques.

Rather, I’d bemoan the fact that I don’t have a Sony eReader and so I’d sit and … write new outtakes in my head. Which probably makes all you groupies a lot happier than if I really did the above scenarios. But it’s fun to think about! (and on the off chance you’re not a groupie and don’t get why you’d be happy to hear about outtakes, please come back more often and see for yourself the fun you’re missing!).

By the way, if you came here via a direct link, be sure to check out the great giveaway I’m doing!



  1. Chris

    May 1, 2008 6:19 pm

    Hehehe. That was great and thanks for sneaking my blog in there!

  2. david mcmahon

    May 1, 2008 6:47 pm

    Never ever ever ever get stuck at an airport with nuthin’ to read.BR/BR/If I’d known I would have sent you a personally autgraphed copy of my first novel – or a PDF version of the manuscript for my second ….BR/BR/Hope the family emergency works out well.BR/BR/Thinkin’ of ya …

  3. On a limb with Claudia

    May 1, 2008 7:31 pm

    Oh gosh, I hope everything is all right. I hate those calls!

  4. pussreboots

    May 1, 2008 11:41 pm

    Na… you’d be reading my blog. I’ve got enough content on there to keep anyone stuck in an airport occupied. Tee hee. 🙂

  5. gautami tripathy

    May 2, 2008 12:24 pm

    Susan, I visit you regularly. Not becos I love Trevor. I do so becos I want to. I think you and I have enough creativity to last us a lifetime. Who needs a mention by others?BR/BR/Hugs!BR/BR/PS: As you know I write poetry when I am not reading.

  6. Thomma Lyn

    May 2, 2008 3:07 pm

    Hmmm, I always keep a notebook with me, so I’d probably be scribbling notes for my novel-in-progress! 🙂

  7. Bethanie

    May 2, 2008 5:44 pm

    Lucky me, I have an ebook reader on my phone and I can read PDF files on my phone, so had I got that phone call, I’d have my phone and my reading too! BR/BR/Some days it’s good to be a tech-weenie… 😀

  8. Wylie Kinson

    May 3, 2008 5:36 pm

    I’m with TL! I always have a notebook in my handbag, so I’d be jotting ideas for my own stories.BR/And people watching … and ENDLESS source of inspiration!

  9. the teach

    May 4, 2008 11:05 am

    Susan, I love this “What if” scenario! But I can’t imagine this working in my airport (JFK or LaGuardia) I would be beside myself if I didn’t have something to read while I waited… Yikes!!

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