The First Day

wKd5uxZ0UivpIi-muMej7KMWfXyNACNknxJTpGDKoN4My first day at Quirk is over. Go ahead. Ask me how it was.


I’ll start at the beginning.

I got to the speedline (the philly/south jersey equivalent of the subway/metro) a little after 8:00am. And there was nothing but metered parking available. Unless you have a very special PATCO Freedom card.

Which I do.


So I parked at my metered parking, ran inside really fast, purchased my super special card, ran back out, and moved my car into the super special parking lot. AND THEN I ran to catch the train. But waiting inside was too crowded so I moved outside and sat on the metal bench.

Which I regretted immediately.

I could not feel my butt within seconds.



I also regretted not bringing a hat with me. The city is like a wind tunnel and my scarf and extra jacket was not enough to counter act how cold my bottom felt. To add to this, the plastic bag I had with my lunch in it broke.

And all I could think was “Oh please, not today.” I ended up stuffing my lunch into my purse for the rest of the day–because I forgot I brought it–not the point. MOVING ON.

I thought I was supposed to get there at 9:00am. So arriving at 20 of was just fine. If I had to be there at 9:00am. Which I did not. In fact, I had to be there at 9:30am… which was a much longer wait than the 20 minutes I had planned.

But hey! I was super on time!

And after Julie Leung, the Social Media Manager, got there, I got straight to work.

20160104_164219.jpgAT MY DESK! How important am I now?

Stop judging me. The desk is very exciting.

I started handing the Tumblr by queue-ing up a lot of posts and I also sent out Quirk Loot, drafted January’s Quirk Perks, made feature images for kindle and other e-book deals, and sent out a lot of books. Some of which were very hard to find.

Like MAPLE, which mysteriously was not in the book room.

And everyone I met today was super nice and Julie is awesome! She took a coupe pictures of me to share and introduce me as the new intern and we had a lot of fun.

img_20160104_170619.jpgBest part?

I had stuff to do all day. You all know how much I love to have things to do all day. Keep me moving, keep me busy, see you Wednesday!

By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

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