Up in the Air, Baby Time & Page 99

After so many flights in less than a week, I find that my brain has jumped into air-space–that limbo where your body knows no time zone, you’re sleeping in different locations all the time, and eating out a lot. To add to the blurring of time zones, I’m visiting Sis and her bawling bundle of joy.

He’s cute, no? Looks exactly like Brother-in-law. I held Baby Perry (Short for Peregrine) through Top Chef last night so Sis could get a little sleep. He’s five weeks old which means the house pretty much runs on baby time.

Traveling does have some other little perks too. For instance, lots of editing done during some forced non-internet time while I was in the air. You know some airlines will sell you wireless up there for an arm and a leg, but I kind of like the no-internet zone.

I also found a cool site in the Southwest airlines in-flight magazine: The Page 99 test. A bunch of authors, published and unpublished, post their 99th page while readers click on whether they’d turn the page. The idea being that you should be able to open up any page of your book and get a feel for the energy and voice of the piece. I dunno–wish I had a fight scene on page 99. Really fun site to waste some time on though!

Page 99 test: Butterfly Swords


  1. Shawntelle Madison
    Feb 10, 2011 @ 15:09:35

    He’s so cute!

  2. Susan Blumberg-Kason
    Feb 10, 2011 @ 15:10:40

    Congratulations on the birth of your nephew! He’s so sweet. And I love the matching sleeper and bib. Tres cute.

    Thanks for telling us about The Page 99 Test. I just googled it and will check it out now. (And look back at my manuscript’s own page 99 to see if it’s any good).

    Have a great weekend!

  3. Jeannie Lin
    Feb 10, 2011 @ 15:17:04

    You should see him in his swing. They made it look so he’s got bunny ears when he lays in it. So he’s a little sleeping rabbit. It’s like, sickeningly cute.

    Susan – I’ve read through a couple of those page 99s. It’s quite fun.

  4. Rita Henuber
    Feb 10, 2011 @ 15:31:52

    Chunk a hunl of love. So cute.

  5. Megan Kelly
    Feb 10, 2011 @ 15:32:46

    Adorable. You’re a natural with him. I love sleeping babies. lol
    I’m going to check out my Page 99.

  6. Jeannie Lin
    Feb 10, 2011 @ 15:40:27

    Rita & Megan – Yeah, he’s cute when he’s sleeping. LOL. He’s definitely got a set of lungs on him.

    Megan – I was kind of disappointed my page 99 was just a connective scene, but it’s still kind of cool to see how things fall.

  7. Amanda Berry
    Feb 10, 2011 @ 16:37:41

    Aw…baby time and edit time, how sweet! 🙂 Glad you finally got some time to spend out of the air.

  8. Jennifer Jakes
    Feb 10, 2011 @ 17:29:16

    He’s adorable! Nice of you to give your sister a break! I don’t miss those sleepless nights that come with new babies.
    Have fun!

  9. Mine
    Mar 24, 2012 @ 03:56:47

    I listened, too! Nice job.I’m laerly liking the SYTYCW blogs and podcasts. They are quick enough that I can pop over and read/listen when I’m fed up with writing but not so long that I don’t get back to work.