Nathan Bransford, Author


Friday, January 29, 2010

Headed to Texas

Today I'm on my way to the land of Shiner Bock and Schlitterbahn for the Austin SCBWI conference. Looking forward to seeing some of you there!

But even though I'll be spending my time today making my way through security lines, I'll still happily give you the news of the week:

iPAD!!!!!!! OMG OMG OMG iPAD OMG iPAD OMG!!!!!!!

And there you have it.

(Actually I'll be back on Monday with Last Week in Publishing)

Have a great weekend!






62 comments:

Christi said...

Then let me say "Welcome to Texas!" I'll be about 90 miles from you, but don't worry, I won't stalk you or anything.

Probably.

abc said...

I don't eat meat, but people say you have to try Iron Works.

Breakfast taco from Taco Shack.

And if you can get to a TacoDeli--YOU HAVE TO GO BECAUSE OMG YUM!

Schlitterbahn is overrated.

But the Alamo Drafthouse is a must.

Oh, I wish I was there right now stuffing my face with chips and queso.

Anabel said...

Have a great time in Texas. About the news of the week. I was dissapointed, I expected something better.

Jen said...

Well Welcome to Texas! Have a great time!

Laura McMeeking said...

I'm so jealous! I can just taste the BBQ. You should definitely go to the Salt Lick if you haven't tried it before and you have a chance. It's good enough to make it on a Food Network special about BBQ!! :)

Brandon said...

Ah Tejas. I was born 'n raised there. Austin is a fun city. and I agree that Schlitterbahn is overrated, although when I was in middle school, it was THE thing to do in the summer. Ah memories.

I think you should use the phrase "fixin' to" in a post just for kicks.

And, yeah, OMG iPad. I'm in love! Fastforward me to April 27th-ish please!

Vacuum Queen said...

Ooh, do you mean the waterslides??? I've always wanted to go there. Take pictures of you with actual free time enjoying yourself. We'd all like to see if that happens.

Also, I'm sorry, but the first thing I thought of with the Tampax iPad, er, the Apple iPad was feminine protection. The darn thing looks awesome though.

Deaf Indian Muslim Anarchist! said...

Meh, I don't even have the money for an iPad or Kindle. I wish they could make it affordable for us.

Kate said...

Woot! I hope you have a wonderful time here in Texas, even if it is a little chilly (and rainy) right now. Enjoy the fantastic beers, and don't get discouraged when you find out that Shiner and Schlitterbahn are a bit more than a stone's throw from Austin - and each other. Texas is a big place, as they say.

Amanda The Semi-Published said...

DeafIndian, maybe you can get a cheap Kindle from someone upgrading to an iPad.

JEM said...

Wait? Say what? The great Nathan Bransford will be in my city and I might not see him? That's unacceptable! I need to find this mythical conference, stat!

Stephanie L. McGee said...

Have a good trip!

Erin McGuire said...

I second abc, you need to get yourself some breakfast tacos. :)

Tere Kirkland said...

mmm, Shiner Bock. *drools*

Enjoy Austin, and try to enjoy the incredible live music scene while you're there!

Lisa Desrochers said...

SCBWI Austin? The same weekend as nationals in NYC? Really?

And I'm missing them both.

Careful. The accent is contagious =)

Marsha Sigman said...

I will be 2 hours from you in Houston! I knew I should have joined SCBWI! Oh well, that will be rectified in the near future.

I think it was the Jon Stewart show that said they named it IPad because TamPod was already taken.
Crass...but funny.

Margaret Yang said...

I have to agree with Vaccuum Queen. iPad is a not a name that will appeal to women. Just sayin'.

Kristin Rae said...

Welcome to Texas! Don't let our weather fool you. It will be different tomorrow... and the day after that... and so on.

ryan field said...

I don't envy you standing on those lines and going through those security checks.

Josin L. McQuein said...

You picked a heckuva time to come down here, it's friggin' cold! Way too cold for Schlitterbahn.

Have fun in Austin.

Mira said...
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Dara said...

Have a fun time in Texas!

P.S. The iPad is overrated. And I also agree with Vacuum Queen and Margaret on the name :P

Alicia A said...

Welcome to Texas. I came down to visit from the East Coast ten years ago and never left. Austin is a great city. Enjoy.

Anonymous said...

Day One.
Texas.
Nathan get's up.
First Thing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hPL2s68dHA

Have Fun!

Mira said...

Quite frequently, I write something, and then read it, and then think - oh, whoops, this could be misinterpreted.

Anyway, the point is, Nathan, I hope you have an all around terrific time in Austin.

Trace said...

Um . . . it's 10 degrees here in NY. I want to go to Texas!

Moira Young said...

Have fun!

Marilyn Peake said...

Have a great time in Texas!

Anonymous said...

Have a Shiner Bock for me. I'm stuck up here in chilly New England.

Dreamstate said...

Rudy's BBQ and Country Store... San Antonio's gift to Austin. Best BBQ EVER!

Have a great time!

Kathryn Paterson said...

Dang. I'm in Houston. But welcome to Texas anyway. :) And have a great weekend!

Christy Pinheiro, EA ABA said...

I'm getting an iPad for the hubby. Seriously, though-- they need to hire some women for their marketing dept. What's next, the iTampon?

Scott said...

Have a safe trip, Nathan. I hear Austin's pretty awesome.

IPad? Have we crossed the line into feminine products already?

What?

Oh.

Meh.

Scott said...

Great minds, Christy! ;)

Crystal said...

I am very dissapointed in the iPad. I was reading the release information, and I had to scrounge around for even an inkling of the bookshelf/bookstore app. So obviously reading is not their target audience: Apple just wanted to come out with a fancyer, bigger iPhone and threw a book app in there.

Will I buy it? I am somewhat interested in it (but once again because of all the other features). They totally overshadowed the ereader part of this device, and it makes me sad. So I highly doubt it will be a big player in the ereader world.

And Vacuum Queen, the first thing I thought of when I heard iPad was maxi pad. I think I'll start calling it the iTablet instead.

TKAstle said...

@ abc - Schlitterbahn may be overrated, but you gotta love the name.

I second the motion for Salt Lick - best sweet potato I've ever had. I've only been there once and I still remember it 5 years later.

A bit excited about the iPad, are we, Nathan?

Colette said...

Wait... so does this mean you think the iPad is awesome? or absurd? or (fill-in-the-blank)?

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GhHf_5-cdE&feature=related

Alexis Grant said...

Have a Shiner for me! My fave beer :)

Emily White said...

Have fun!

Sarah said...

One word: Chuy's. Please, please go and your life will change. Tell me you like Mexican. Eat their Chuy Gooey and you can thank me later.

T. Anne said...

Nathan, do you have a list of conferences you'll be attending this year? I looked around quickly on your site, but didn't notice any. I'll dig some more.

Have a great time!

Tambra said...

I'm just outside of Houston. Wish I could be at the event.

Have a great in our wonderful state!

Best,
Tambra Kendall/Keeia Greer

Tambra said...

Hey y'all from Houston, we ought to get together. It could be a fun time talking writing.

Just a suggestion.

Hugs,
Tambra

Claire Hickey said...

Welcome to Texas! Austin is a fabulous town, beautiful too. If you have time take a ride in the "Hill Country". Have a great conference!

Claire H. :D

anne vinsel said...

never been to austin, so i have no texas/food thoughts, but iPad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i want the maxiPad version ;-) and am arranging for the appropriate amount of freelance shooting as i keyboard. by the time apple is ready, i'll be ready. the keynote and book functions alone are worth it.

Kaitlyne said...

Well that summed it up well. :) Hope you enjoy Texas. Some real Tex-Mex is a must. :D

Christi Goddard said...

I'm noticing an unexpected Texas trend in the posters (including myself). You should do some sort of demographic post or poll next to find out where your readers are from.

Perhaps we're not all cow-tippers out here, after all.

Or just do it as our second hobby.

Dawn Maria said...

I'm an Apple gal through and through, but the iPad isn't knocking my socks off. I'm not sure the world needs a device for that huge grey area (Apple hopes) between the iPhone and a MacBook.

I am curious to see how the iPad ends up effecting e-book sales and this business we all love.

Donna Hole said...

Uck, Texas. Not a pretty state to me. Not like CA. I don't know the places you've said you're visiting, but my lived just outside Fort Worth, and took me to The Rain Forest restruaunt nearby. Awesome place. The food and drink were great, the servers friendly and eager, and the entertainment was simply awesome. Made me forget the ghastly weather for a few hours.

Have a great time!!!

......dhole

Donna Hole said...

Oops! Thats "my Brother lived just outside..."

Been on the computer too much today and my fingers have keyboard lag.

.......dhole

Jean Yi said...

iPad?
i read the story...
and a company used it for a women's lingerlie (did i spell that right?) thing.
hee hee.

Anonymous said...

Uck, Donna Hole. Not a person I want to know.

Mira said...

Well, Donna is a blog friend, and I can tell you she's a nice person to know. Your loss.

T.Anne - go to Nathan's facebook. He's linked it right next to Twitter.

If you click on events, it will tell you his upcoming conferences, etc.

Mary Malcolm said...

Poor Nathan, you picked a suck time to come to Texas. It's so so cold! Sure, there's the conference and all, but still. Brrr. Plus, I don't know what you'll do at Schlitterbahn without water. Maybe there will still be beer. Let us all pray for the beer.

*lowering my head for you*

Donna Hole said...

Anon 9:19;

Sorry, California born and bred, and haven't found any state or country I've visited that I like so well. Northern CA, to be more specific. No disrespect to Texans intended.

Mira: thanks for your support. You're pretty awesome yourself.

.......dhole

Anonymous said...

I like California and particularly Northern California too but uck, Texas, not a pretty state to me is not the way to communicate this love, at least in my humble and admittedly not very important opinion. Hence my reaction (bowing) No apology necessary, I should apologize and should have been more intellectual about my displeasure but it was a very small displeasure and is gone now.

Mira: Your friend (yesterday, and it's over and I won't comment again) essentially reduced an entire place and its people. I can already see she's a good person by her response. No need to make your presence more ubiquitous here than it already is.

Josin L. McQuein said...

Donna-

Speaking from the same general location as your brother -- you didn't step on any local toes or twang. :-P

Rainforest Cafe IS a great place. It always seems kind of touristy to me, but I've never gotten bad food there. (Of course, Babe's chicken is better, but it's a bit of a drive.)

Never been to Cali, myself. Kinda wish I'd gone to school out there.

Donna Hole said...

Josin:

I knew I'd mangle the name. Rainforest Cafe, yes. You're right, it is touristy, and I think that was a lot of its appeal. I was certainly gawking like a tourist at the enormous fish tanks, and every time one of the character settings animated I raced around to what was happening.

It was a blast!! But lucky for me, I wasn't the only adult acting like a kid in a candy store.

Nic said...

Not sure iPad is the best thing ever. Its a big iPod touch.

yurichang said...

OMG OMG OMG! does that mean you like iPad? you approve? ha ha... you crack me up, Nathan Bransford, literary agent, blogger extraordinaire! love your blogs - fun, witty, helpful, and informative! keep it up!!

janewhite said...

Heard your talk in Austin, so I'm following your advice and procrastinating instead of writing...isn't that what you said to do? Anyway, thanks for the critique, no sucking up intended.

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