Wednesday, November 08, 2006

The Cubicle Next Door by Siri Mitchell




This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is posting about The Cubicle Next Door by Siri L. Mitchell.

If you like blogging...which you must if you are reading this...you will think this book is blogarific. After each chapter, there is a blog entry. The book is written in first person and contains some hilarious blog antics.

Imagine that you are an anonymous blogger, one who uses a silly name instead of your own, then imagine blogging about your work. Now imagine blogging about your cubicle mate of the opposite sex and calling him by an anonymous name.

I know some who have done just that.

But now imagine that your cubicle mate has discovered your blog and begins to read it out loud to you. EVERY MORNING.

The Cubicle Next Door is set in a civilian's view of working on a military post. That in itself is funny enough...then add that the main character is a tree hugging, anti-SUV lover, with a thing for Bollywood movies. (Her favorite it Bride & Prejudice.) Suddenly this civilian hippie is thrown into a cubicle next to an Air Force Pilot/Teacher who drives...yep...an SUV. Can't you feel the love?

Also, The Cubicle Next Door has some wonderful moments of self discovery.

A delightful read...here is an excerpt for you:

The Cubicle Next Door

by Siri L. Mitchell Released Aug 06

Excerpt from Chapter 1:

“So what do you think, Jackie?”

What do I think? Funny Joe should ask me that. He’s just finished reading my blog. He’s just quoted me to myself. Or is it myself to me? Do I sound surreal, as if I’m living in parallel universes?

I am!

The blog—my blog—is all about Joe. And other topics that make me want to scream. But the clever thing is, I’m anonymous. When I’m blogging.

I’m Jackie, Joe’s cubicle-mate when I’m not.

And that’s the problem.

Joe is asking Jackie (me) what I think about the Mystery Blogger (also me). And since I don’t want Joe to know the blog is all about me and what I think of him, I can’t tell him what I think about me.

My brain is starting to short circuit.

So if I can’t tell him what I think about me, I certainly can’t tell him what I think about him, so I’m going to have to pretend not to be me. Not me myself and not me The Cubicle Next Door Blogger—TCND to my fans.

I have fans!

If I were clever I’d say something like, “Look!” and point behind him and then duck out of the room when he turned around to look.

But there’s so much computer equipment stacked around my desk and so many cables snaking around the floor that I’d break my neck if I tried to run away. So that option is out.

I could try pretending I didn’t hear him. “What?”

“SUVs. So what do you think about them?”

But then we’d basically end up back where we started.

So how did I get myself into this mess?

It was all Joe’s fault.



ATTENTION: apparently people with gmail are having a problem getting links. this is the link for the book, The Cubicle Next Door...

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0736917586

36 comments:

Michelle said...

I'm up and have been since early this morning. GO SIRI !!! I love everything she writes. NO exceptions.

Anonymous said...

Mine is up!

Frank Creed said...

So is mine!

The Curmudgeon's Rant said...

Me too!

http://dameigs.blogspot.com/2006/11/cubicle-next-door-by-siri-l-mitchell.html

Rel said...

Up Down Under with review and interview with Siri - I am with Michelle - she is great :)

Anonymous said...

Have posted in all the usual spots; used Relz Reviews's interview on the myspace and newsletter. Great book!

Kevin

Kevin Lucia said...

I have no idea why it just made me anonymous. I clicked other!

Anonymous said...

Posted with a link to Relz's informative interview.

Scriptorius Rex said...

Still getting used to this but I've got the links posted.

LaShaunda said...

Mine is up.

April Erwin said...

Mine's up at:
http://projectinga.blogspot.com/

Valerie Comer said...

I'm up: http://invalslittleworld.blogspot.com/

Katy said...

Here's mine: http://kathleenpopa.typepad.com/my_weblog/2006/11/the_cubicle_nex.html

Cheryl Russell said...

I've finally got something posted on my blog. www.unseenworlds.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Mine's up.

Rel said...

Have now added Kevin's "movie" question to my interview with Siri which I had left off my post by mistake. It is fun to get an idea of who the author had in mind!

Anonymous said...

mine's up with my review

http://books-movies-chinesefood.blogspot.com/

Ty said...

I have posted an interview with Siri!

Ernie W. said...

Mine is now up. Go Siri.

Anonymous said...

Mine's Up.

http://reviewsplus.blogspot.com

M. C. Pearson said...

Mine's up...duh.

Anonymous said...

Mine is posted now. Good job, Siri.

Turtle Jo said...

A review is up at Collected Miscellany.

Kelly Klepfer said...

I posted an interview today, and the links and a review yesterday.

I had a little trouble posting here yesterday, and the Amazon link gave me trouble so I went to Amazon and copied the link there, it works. Hope that's okay.

Gretchen said...

Tried my hand at writing code this week...LOL. I am now up, sans graphics.

Anonymous said...

Mine is posted now.

Kevin Lucia said...

I know this doesn't ping technorati, but my TCND review was run by At Home With Christian Fiction.

Kevin Lucia said...

You guys have writing some great reviews and interviews! A bunch of them are on the myspace page.

Hisart777 said...

Posted, late but posted!

Jason said...

Mine's in the mix.

Anonymous said...

OK, I got mine up. Didn't see the message about g-mail until afterward, so I'll go back and fix. Whew. I thought I was the only one having trouble with the link.

Christy Lockstein said...

Mine's up and going at http://www.christysbookblog.blogspot.com/

Kelly said...

My post is up!

fiorinda said...

UP!

This was a great book

Katie Hart said...

Forgot to let you know mine was up - BUT, right now TCND's at #3!

Julie Carobini said...

Just stumbled in here to this reviewer convention in cyberspace. How fun is this? Haven't read or reviewed Siri's book, but it's added to my Amazon list!