If you ever wonder what I’m up to when I’m not in the Berrett-Koehler office or reading manuscripts, this is what I’m doing: writing feminist critiques of popular fantasy action movies with female protagonists. This baby here took several weeks of my life and one full all-nighter. Appreciate.

Byrdie Grey


“A heroine owns her power and controls her own destiny.”
(Dorothy Snarker, AfterEllen.com)

The whole theater is laughing. The trailer continues to wail its sad-serious music, but no one’s listening. Every line and intense stare on-screen gets a new burst of ridiculing laughter. Apparently these Hunger Games fans really don’t have patience for Twilight: Breaking Dawn: Part 2. We are waiting for fem-power fighting action in the form of Katniss Everdeen, the protagonist of the latest of Hollywood’s book-to-film young adult flicks, based on Suzanne Collins’ novel The Hunger Games. The premise: Surviving in the dystopian world of Panem is close to impossible when Katniss becomes a sacrificial tribute in the Capitol’s [sic] yearly games to-the-death.

I went to see The Hunger Games in San Francisco with my partner Jess the night after it opened in theaters…

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My Last Day is Approaching!

…and it feels like Doomsday. I am really going to miss Berrett-Koehler. Hopefully I can get some more profiles written out so you can all meet the endearing and quirky characters that populate this house of publishing (and much literary nonsense).

This feels so final, especially since I just sent out several emails for my last meetings with staff, including the one below to Jeevan (click image to magnify)…my last days are in print! It’s for real now! *runs off and sobs in a corner*

Somewhat sad, but I love how official I sound in writing. And check out that email signature I've been sporting these last few months.

*dries tears with a Kleenex and gets over herself*

In other news, I’ve found two promising manuscripts after a pile of rejections. The one I found today compelled me to keep reading despite my tired, Friday-spacey mind. The author did her job in research, editing, and presenting a clearly organized narrative. In Jeevan’s words, I “appreciate the diligence and effort” she put into it. He’s great as a sounding board when I’m trying to phrase a response and synthesize my opinions, positive or negative. I’ve forwarded the proposal on to Neal to get his opinion, but I’ve already warned him I’ll fight for it. My days may be numbered, but I’m still a member of the BK Editorial Department!

The Office ~ Where All the Adventures Begin

I work in an eclectic setting.

Each of the interns is encouraged to bring mementos and knickknacks to personalize the desk. And when they leave, they leave at least one thing behind. As you can imagine, there is quite a menagerie now.

Today, some of the desk figurines decided to put on a short play entitled “Beware!”

Beware! An impromptu performance by the BK desk figurines

…while others looked on from on top of the filing cabinets.

The audience looks on.

The intern desk isn’t the only colorful part of the office. Jeevan’s walls are covered with his collection of masks and art from South East Asia, South America, Africa, and other places. He says it feels more like him than putting up some painting.


Sorry, East Bay…

…I’m having an affair with San Francisco.

I almost never came into the city before I started working at BK. Now I’m here at least twice a week–usually more if I accompany Jess to work, like today.


Drinking a Matcha Green Tea Latte made by Jess, reading online comics. New People Cafe, Japantown.

I really love Cinema Cafe. It’s in the New People building in Japantown, which is fronted by a three and a half story glass wall. The guy who owns it brought Pokemon to the US. I watch the weather and the people go by, study, cruise the internet (because it’s free!), sip on green tea or chai tea lattes, nibble at vegan baked goods, like Lemon Poppyseed Cookies from Fat Bottom Bakery, or the Chocolate Coconut Donut from Pepple’s Donuts below:


What can I say, a day at BK makes me hungry! This is a hot chocolate made with Tcho Chocolate and a vegan donut from Pepple's.

And when I get hungry, I can chow into some delicious Ume and Eggplant Onigilly:


Or if I’m still in the mood for sweets, I have a Cinnamon Toast (I don’t have a picture of it, sadly. It’s sooo good).

Well, I suppose I should go back to studying.

Tata for now!


More of Jess's latte art.

It’s Been a Good Friday

Sometimes time truly does go by much too fast, like last night, when I was trying to finish my editorial review on Peter Cohan’s manuscript. I looked a little something like this:

After I fell asleep reading, I decided to crash at 2:30. The previous night it had been 3:30 and 2:00 the night before. Ugh, late nights. I’m too old for this!

I woke up via alarm bright and early, slammed out the rest of the review, and took a deep breath. YEAH!

The rest of the day has steadily improved. My partner Jess and I brought our little dog Rocko into the BK office today, since it’s a Friday and practically no one is here because they all take it as their WAH day (Work At Home) or leave early. Jeevan wanted to meet him for a while, but our schedules just never matched up. Jeevan and Rocko hit it off at first sight.

EditorialHell: Was going to get work done in the office, but then @byrdiegrey brought her pup along and it went downhill from there... http://pic.twitter.com/kEJ1qiz3

Aren’t they adorable? Rocko didn’t bark or growl, just perked his ears up and stared (in Rocko speak that means he feels very comfortable with your energy–points for Jeevan!). I think all thought of really working flew right out of Jeevan’s head. I got a kick out of watching my boss feed Rocko biscuits and taking pictures in Photobooth.

@EditorialHell: Photobombed by @byrdiegrey's pup...again...

Surprisingly, I did get some work done. Reviewed some proposals, broke some authors hearts. I may have found one promising one, though the way the last one turned out, I’m not going to get my hopes up too high yet.

Now I’m heading off to enjoy the beautiful afternoon in Duboce Park.


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