TRASH CAN DAYS - Photo Journal of my L.A. Launch

This is the most time someone has ever spent on Microsoft Word on my behalf. I really appreciate it.

This is the most time someone has ever spent on Microsoft Word on my behalf. I really appreciate it.

Hi, Launchpad McQuacks!

First things first -- my book is finally out! If you would like to buy it, go here, here, or here.   If you would like to buy it and you're British, go here. If you would like to read only the first couple chapters of my book and then pretend like you've read it by quoting only the first couple of chapters, then go here!

And if you missed the launch party of my book at Once Upon a Time Bookstore in Montrose but you want to feel like you were there, then, well... you've come to the right place! The following pictures are from my first-ever book signing, plus a few other recent Trash Can Days-related photos that I couldn't resist including. 

 (Oh, and if you want to come to future TCD  happenings, check out my events page!  I've got a lot of great stuff coming up -- two signings in Santa Barbara [one tomorrow night!] some Stanford stuff, and a whole lot more. To quote Uncle Sam, "I want YOU... to die in a trench in World War I!" I mean, "I want YOU... to come to my book events!" Either way.)

Okay, on to the launch party pics:

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This is Once Upon a Time Bookstore, the oldest children's bookstore in America. And this is the oldest child in America doing his number one favorite passion, jumping up and touching a random thing.

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For a new author such as myself, this is both the most exciting sight in the world ("Look at all those copies of MY book!"), and the most terrifying ("my parents are only gonna buy, like, five copies... that means I have to somehow sell like forty more!") 

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 Me posing with the book display... along with a tiny, terrifying, floaty head friend.

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TALKIN' CRAFT. 

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I'm describing the plot of my book here, but judging by my little twisty baby hand, it looks like I'm talking about Johnny Tremain.  

(Note: thank you to Kim Gottlieb-Walker for this photo as well as the next two! And thank you to girlfriend extraordinaire Courtney Khademi for all of the other photos!) 

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Once Upon a Time's Kris Vreeland applauds a very, VERY coy little boy. 

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Look! It's me signing my book for kids! Actual, real, human kids!

 (They may or may not be related to me... shh...)

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OBLIGATORY PIC OF ME PROUDLY HOLDING THE BOOK WHILE STANDING NEXT TO GIRLFRIEND WHO IS ALSO PROUDLY HOLDING THE BOOK AS IF TO SAY, "LOOK AT ME! I ALSO WROTE THIS BOOK!" 

That's all for launch pics, but let's close with a few more fun Trash Can Days moments from this past week. 

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First off, here is my book at Barnes & Noble, right by Style  by Lauren Conrad. Lifelong dream... ACCOMPLISHED.

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Here is my minuscule head in the Montecito Journal. Two things:

1. The headline of this issue is "HE DREAMED OF DOLPHINS." I think we can all safely assume that refers to me. 

2. My little caption refers to me as "Montecito Union School, Class of 2005." Let's see... if I graduated elementary school in 2005, that would make me what, like 10 years old now? Cool. Let's stick with that narrative!

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Here is my family receiving some VERY exciting news about Trash Can Days. And that news may or may not have been... 

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People have always told me I had a sharp grasp of the insult-laden language that middle schoolers use with obnoxious abandon... I just can't believe it finally turned out to be a good thing! 

All right, that's it for now. Thank you everybody for reading, and see you all at future events!