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for A MILLION SUNS
a beautiful ship fueled by lies.
Those beautiful lies,
other and I believe are not true
But whose's there,
to telll them the truth?
full of life and beautiful lies.
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'We want the book! We want the book!' The crowd chanted. The scared booksellers huddled in the store, using the boxes of the book they were supposed to be selling, Across the Universe, to barricade the door.
'They're against the doors! GET THEM!' one man yelled.
The crowd surged forward, using their hands, clubs, pitchforks, other people in the crowd, whatever they could get their hands on to beat on the doors. They slowly moved in. The crowd was no match for the heavy boxes.
'Yes!' several people yelled. 'Autographed copies of Across the Universe!' They eagerly flipped through the pages, looking for the author signature.
'What the heck?' someone hollered.
'There's no author signature in here!'
'Well, um, she was supposed to come in today to autograph them,' the timid salespeople volunteered.
O O O
Beth Revis, the author of the aforementioned book, huddled in a janitor's closet at the back of the store. She wasn't about to go out into the angry mob, no way.
O O O
'All right, all right We'll tell you where the author is if you just stop!' yelled the bookstore's manager.
The people from the mob stood in the middle of the store, surrounded by a pile of white paper and torn covers.
'Well, where is she?' multiple people hollered out.
'In the janitor's closet at the back of the store next to the YA novels.'
The mob stormed off. A few people started lagging as they looked at the book displays, but they were quickly herded back in by the rest of the mob.
When the mob reached the closet, everyone stepped back as a large man, who looked like he would be more comfortable in a pine forest then a bookstore, ran against the door.
It moves slightly.
'AGAIN!' yelled the crowd.
The man rammed into the door again, and continued to do so until the flimsy wood shattered, exposing the terrified author to the crowd.
'Don't hurt me, because if you do you'll never find out what'll happen between Amy and Elder,' squeaked Beth Revis.
'Hurt you? Why would we hurt you? You are going to go over to that table RIGHT NOW and sign out copies of Across the Universe or else!' screamed the aforementioned lumberjack-like man.
Beth slunk over to the table and chair, plopped down heavily, and pulled out a pen.
'Who's first?' she hollered.
A collective ME came from the entire crowd.
'Okay, you,' she said, pointing at random. 'You're first.'
A little boy skipped up to the table, holding the book to his chest.
'Aren't you a little young to be reading young adult novels?' asked Beth.
'It's not for me, it's for Mommy!' he said. 'Will you sign it, please?'
So she did.
All day, Beth sat there signing until she thought her hand would fall off. And then she signed some more. The author signed books for small children, old men, teenage girls, mothers, the list goes on. By the time she signed the last book, she had gone through fifteen pens and her name looked more like a scribble then her name.
The bookstore employees came over as the author stood up.
'You owe me. That was the most people I've EVER signed for at a time, and the first time I've ever hidden in a janitors closet!'
'So... does this mean you won't be coming back next week?'
'Heck no!' exclaimed Beth. 'Never again!'
I'm not good at writing,
I can't draw or sing
So I'm writing Beth Revis
A bad poem,
In Across The Universe,
We met Elder and Amy,
In a book that was original
And not at all same-y,
Hall of Awesome
added this comment
In August 2011, I held a contest on my blog (bethrevis.blogspot.com) for people to enter by making something that dealt with my book, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE. These are the entries I received!
You can click on any of the pictures to get the source (unless the entry was emailed directly to me), but here's a list:
"Beautiful Lies" poem by Patrick (click for more)
Song recorded by Ashley (click the pink heart in top right corner to hear it)
Cover redesign (dark purple) by Carina
Collage with quotes by Chloe
Batik Cloth Dying by Laura