Seize the Tuesday: Flying out of Vegas

Seize the Tuesday is a book blogger meme created by myself and the Let’s Get Lost Buddies Street Team, to share stories about how we’ve seized the Tuesday, with a special focus on the particular book we’re reading. We’ll share our posts online with the hashtag: #LetsAllGetLost

The idea is to share little ways in which you may have embraced Bree’s motto of seizing the Tuesday. To relate it to books, you can talk about what book you’re reading, and how you stole some moments from the day to enjoy reading. It doesn’t have to be about reading, but we all know that a well-read day is a day seized. The idea is not just to help spread the word on LGL, but also to remind people to live fully, even/especially if that means spending a part of your day reading.

Today, I fly.

But before I go to the airport, that unofficial reader’s room with hundreds of global branches, I’m in a hookah cafe when Tuesday arrives. I’m in Las Vegas, and my friend has taken his leave, since he has to teach in the morning. I decide I’ll be staying up to finish reading Great Expectations, and maybe to watch the sunrise.

After about half an hour, a young couple walks in. They’re probably not a couple yet, judging by their conversation. Although the way they are both hungry and comfortable for each other’s touch makes it seem like they will soon be one. There’s almost no one else in the cafe, and the conditions are ideal for eavesdropping. They’re in perfect ear shot, the music isn’t loud, my book distracts me from the boring bits of their conversation, and allows me to block out the make out sessions that I don’t want to intrude on. Up until their date tonight, they did not know each other’s living situation, or if they had tattoos. I feel pretty confident they’d kissed before, but maybe not like this. Though I often cringe at PDA shoved in my face, theirs was somewhat sweet, and it feels like I’ve witnessed the beginning stages of something good.

I go through seventy pages or so- the most enjoyable parts of the book so far for me- while the couple remains, and then they pay their bill and go off to the rest of their night. I pay shortly after and take myself to an all-night Vietnamese restaurant in Vegas’s teeny Chinatown for a good bowl of pho, which is hard to find in Mexico City.

It’s 2:30 a.m, but my Tuesday’s just beginning. I’ve got 50 pages to go, and there’s a 24-hour Starbucks, plus Vegas has extraordinary sunrises. Unfortunately, the 24-hour Starbucks is closed for a deep cleaning, and rather than indulge in some gambling (which I’m tempted to do in the name of Seizing), I go back to my parents’ place to finish reading on the front patio in the perfect 70-degree night.

Two pages later, I start nodding off, and decide I will Seize by sleeping until the sunrise. When my alarm wakes me up at 6, I swipe it silent and sleep for another three hours.

Now I’m at McCarran International Airport. Slot machines ring out, people on computers, everyone on their phones. I bought myself a nice bottle of Scotch at the duty free store to celebrate turning in Never, Always, Sometimes last week. As soon as I post this, I will shut my computer, and finish reading Great Expectations, then move onto reading The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin. When I land in Mexico, maybe I’ll have a hookah with my roommate.

Sometimes, Seizing the Tuesday doesn’t exactly go as planned, and yet you can’t really find anything to complain about.

03:46 pm, by adialsaid 1  |  Comments

I got your book as a birthday present from my best friend, I wanted "We were liars" but she couldn't find it so she bought me your book. Like all the themes you talk about in your book, I guess sometimes things happen and you just have to go with them. I pretty much enjoyed your book, I liked the fact that it was so easy to relate to certain themes, to laugh and to cry too. I was wondering, how could you get published in USA if you're Mexican? (You're officially my favorite Mexican author).


Thanks! I’m glad you found it relatable (and laughable and cryable and enjoyable). You should definitely read We Were Liars as well because it’s pretty fantastic.

Woohoo! That’s the first time I’ve heard that from anyone. Quite the honor. :) The U.S publishing process is actually just as difficult for American citizens and foreigners alike. There are many obstacles to getting a book deal, but, in my experience, being Mexican was thankfully not one of them. 

06:11 pm, question from Anonymous, answered by adialsaid 1  |  Comments

Hey Adi! I just finished Let's Get Lost! I think you've done a great job creating lovable characters who are very realistic. I wanted to meet them all. I always enjoy a book where I wonder what's happening when I have to put it down and go on to my life. I have traveled extensively across the US and I think you really captured the ups and downs of being on the road, the excitement, adventure and loneliness perfectly! Great story. Looking forward to reading more of your books in the future! Jacki


Thank you so much, Jacki! That’s a very high compliment, and I’m glad you enjoyed the book. 

I’ve just realized that I don’t check my ask box here very often, but I’m going to, because a lot of people have been dropping some nice comments like this one. So if any of you have read Let’s Get Lost or if you have any questions for me, feel free to make liberal use of the feature, as I’ll be better about it from here on out.

06:08 pm, question from Anonymous, answered by adialsaid  Comments

Seize the Tuesday: Crumpets in Seattle

Seize the Tuesday is a book blogger meme created by myself and the Let’s Get Lost Buddies Street Team, to share stories about how we’ve seized the Tuesday, with a special focus on the particular book we’re reading. We’ll share our posts online with the hashtag: #LetsAllGetLost

The idea is to share little ways in which you may have embraced Bree’s motto of seizing the Tuesday. To relate it to books, you can talk about what book you’re reading, and how you stole some moments from the day to enjoy reading. It doesn’t have to be about reading, but we all know that a well-read day is a day seized. The idea is not just to help spread the word on LGL, but also to remind people to live fully, even/especially if that means spending a part of your day reading.

I woke up early today, on the road in Seattle where I’ve been doing some library and school visits, as well as attending a friend’s wedding. Outside my hotel room, trees are turning fall colors next to the Seattle Public Library. I had nothing to do until 5 p.m.

I lingered in bed, then after a shower made my way to The Crumpet Shop near Pike Place, prepared to spend a good chunk of my day reading. I’m not the biggest fan of classics, but currently I’m reading Great Expectations and enjoying it more than I would have guessed. Crumpets seems like a very appropriate thing to eat to accompany Dickens.

After an hour and a half or so, I went outside and spotted a homeless/gutter punk kid holding a sign that read, “I turned 19 today.” It might have been a lie, but it was a sad lie, so I went into a Starbucks to get him a coffee and a croissant. He was quite happy about it, and I was feeling fairly good karmically even before someone followed me to say that what I did was cool. I stammered some sort of reply and then wandered into a Target for no good reason.

I probably could have read for another hour or so, but decided to go to another coffee shop try to catch up on some blog posts I owe a few bloggers. There, I ended up writing a sentence or two before looking up some movie times. Dracula: Untold was nowhere near my must-watch list, but its start time was convenient, I had a free movie ticket in my pocket, and breakfast, 50-pages of reading, and an act of kindness seemed like enough of a day seized to merit a little time wasted.

Now I’m writing this post, and waiting to go off to the Sammamish Library, where I will be a guest for the Teen Writing Club. Should be a fun event, and afterwards I will look for the best burger near my hotel.

Consider this Tuesday seized.

06:24 pm, by adialsaid  Comments

Fall in Seattle. Two fun events so far at Newcastle Library and McKnight Middle School (not to mention #ThePloips!). But this picture is better than a shot of me talking.

  09:14 pm, by adialsaid 1  |  Comments

By day by day. Final draft of NEVER, ALWAYS, SOMETIMES has been sent it.

  02:54 pm, by adialsaid 2  |  Comments

If you look at this from far away it looks better. Roasted veggie sandwich with basil-garlic aioli, balsamic reduction, and red wine manchego. Did I miss any obnoxious Instagram-foodie staples.

  08:30 pm, by adialsaid 1  |  Comments