Have to say it again: this hurricane has devastated the Gulf Coast. If you can, GIVE. Thank you.

Meanwhile, yesterday while out in the yard with the dogs, I saw a beautiful, bright red leaf at my feet. I picked it up and looked around me: gorgeous day, not too humid, breeze blowing. But something was different. Yes: fall is coming. You can just FEEL it. And if I needed any other proof, the millipedes (I know I’m spelling that wrong, sorry) that have been all over my house all summer have now, suddenly, begun to die en masse. Every morning I come out to find them curled up in little balls, scattered across the floors. This is depressing. And not a little unnerving. But it has to mean something, so I’m going with the coming of fall, as the other options are equally unnerving to consider.

Also yesterday, the North Carolina Senate passed, after much wrangling and some questionable tactics, a lottery bill. Which means that we are no longer the ONLY state on the Eastern Seaboard without one. There’s been a ton of going back and forth on this, it leads to sin, we need it for education, it exploits the poor, people are spending the money on lottery tickets anyway, just driving to one of the border states to do it, and on and on. All I know is that the only time I ever play the lottery is when I’m up in Cape Cod, and I do love scratch tickets. But up there, it’s just new and fun and a once-a-year thing. I can’t imagine doing it every day. It will be interesting to see what happens here in six months when it gets rolling. Longer lines at the convenience store? Lottery winners here in my very town? Who knows? I guess we’ll find out.

Finally, there have been a lot of questions about the new book here lately, and I thank you for your interest and enthusiasm. Truth be told, though, we’re still editing, so I don’t want to say much about the plot or title, as things are in flux. All I can say is that it will be out sometime next summer—May, maybe? I know someone from Penguin is reading this and might have an exact date, Holly are you out there?—-and right now I am focused on making it the very best it can be, if not better. Which is a little trying, and scary, even if it is my seventh time doing this. When I have stuff I CAN tell or show, you know I’ll put it here first. Promise.

have a good day everyone!
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