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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | What’s Cool, What’s Not

What’s Cool, What’s Not

First of all, what’s NOT cool is that the designers of Wii Fit Plus programmed the darn thing to nag and taunt me. I feel pretty good about trying to exercise after I come home from school, alternating between the Bowflex and the Wii. Considering how many other things I have competing for my attention, I feel downright virtuous just trying to fit it in.

It’s not cool for the Wii to criticize my commitment, no matter how small a commitment it is.

Wii: Hello, Dianne. I hope you’ve been staying away from those afternoon snacks.

Dianne: (glances at snack bowl formerly filled with pretzels) That’s none of your business.

Wii: Want to hear a fitness tip?

Dianne: No.

Wii: It’s been two days since your last visit. Too busy to work out yesterday, huh? 

Dianne: (flips the bird at the Wii)

It pretty much goes downhill from there. What’s MUCH cooler than being nagged by your Wii is getting a box like this on Friday:

Having already been dissed by the Wii, I wasn’t going to let a BOX tell me what to do, so I opened it, even though it wasn’t Grunsday yet, and found these!

The real, finished, beautiful hardback copies of The Eighth Day!

Then, also very exciting and very cool, yesterday PW Children’s Bookshelf carried a trade ad for my book. It’s really, really cool to see your book advertised in the PW newsletter!

HarperCollins is giving away more ARCs, so if you can’t wait until April 22 — or if you want your eighth day FREE — you can enter the giveaway HERE.

So, what’s cool and uncool in your life lately?

(I was tempted to discuss the PA state standardized test as another really uncool thing going on right now … but then we’d be here all day. My rant on the test is going to have to wait for another day … either a secret eighth day, or a day after I am safely retired.)

25 Responses to What’s Cool, What’s Not

  1. That Wii is a smart ass 🙂

  2. Angela Brown says:

    Oh yeah, the Wii deserved the bird. And that is so exciting seeing your book in such high profile places. The Eighth Day is such a great read I hope for wonderful success upon it’s release 🙂

  3. I’d smack the Wii. 😉

    Yay for author copies! They look gorgeous. Can’t wait to read this book.

  4. Robin says:

    I already ranted about what is uncool on my blog yesterday. Not going to revisit that again here. I did manage to offset that with some cool first.

    I don’t have a Wiii. Now, I am rather glad. I have been trying to work my way back into doing my beginning yoga dvd regularly. I have missed about five days in a row now and I would hate it if the dvd gave me grief when I turned it on. As for your cool news, that is awesome. Your “real” books and an ad in PW. I am so glad that HarperCollins has funneled money into your book for publicity/marketing. Yayayayayayay! It is so good and deserves all of the exposure it can get!

  5. I’d have given it the bird too. 😀
    Good thing you got that awesome box to open to balance the day out. 🙂
    The Eighth Day looks great by the way, congratulations!

  6. Hi Dianne … congratulations on getting your books – super spanky wonderful …

    Glad I don’t have one of those Wii things! But I must get out into the sunshine and walk .. sun might be back for the weekend!

    Cheers Hilary

  7. Linda G. says:

    Gaah. Nothing more uncool than a judgy Wii.

    But your book? Now that is the ultimate in coolness! 😀

  8. Southpaw says:

    The book looks cool! 🙂 The Wii however, uncool. 🙁

  9. Yippee! I’ve been stoked about your book since I read the concept MONTHS and MONTHS ago. You know, for exercise I found a great compromise. I use an elliptical and I can read as long as I’m working out on it–whatever I feel like reading. Lately that’s been MG stories out loud while my listen. I’m thinking that’s a great way to validate exercising AND having fun. =)

  10. Tess Grant says:

    I thought I needed a Wii, but maybe I don’t. Hmmm. My inner critic is happy to hold forth on any number of topics!

    The book looks fabulous. I already have my 6th grader stoked up about it.

  11. What an exciting box full of books!! As for the wii, maybe just reprogram it…that’ll show it who’s really in charge!

  12. How awesome about the books! Yay!

  13. J E Oneil says:

    That’s why I chose a Playstation. It only wants me to play games where I don’t have to jump around.

    How exciting! Your story is a real book! I know I’ve said this before, but I love the cover.

  14. I saw that ad in PW Children’s Bookshelf yesterday! And I fist-pumped for you. Congrats! Can’t wait to own a shiny hardcover myself. Glad I don’t own a Wii, though. Was thinking of buying my husband one, but if it talks back, he’ll never use it. 🙂

  15. Hmmmph. I think you should take that cheeky Wii off life support. See how mouthy it is after you pull the plug.

    Way cool on getting your books!!!

  16. Your Wii rant cracked me up 🙂 I love the Wii but I only do Wii Sports or other games with the kids. Though I have to say, they can taunt just as much when they’re beating me!

    BTW, the ad looks beautiful – hope you’re framing one!

  17. What a nag that Wii is–ha ha! Good thing you have that beautiful new book to take your mind off of it.

  18. mshatch says:

    Now that’s cool.

  19. Steven says:

    Cool books. Booh to the Wii.

  20. Lexa Cain says:

    That mouthy Wii wouldn’t survive long in my house! Congrats on the print books! It’s so exciting! Woohoo! 🙂

  21. The book looks really cool. And it’s really uncool to be nagged at by a machine!

  22. Tonja says:

    That has to feel fabulous to have those lovely hard cover books.

    Try Zumba for the Wii. Even if you miss every move and bounce around like a fool, it invariably says, “You’re hot!” 🙂

  23. Vicki Rocho says:

    That Wii is full of attitude. Mine likes to plump up my Mii…there really needs to be an override button. LOL.

    At least you got some goodies in the mail! That makes up for all the Wii disrespect.

  24. Those books look stunning! 🙂

    I’ve heard other people comment on the Wii’s sarcasm and not in a good way. I’d stay away from it just for that reason!