We’re at less than one week until Lock and Key’s pub date, and I am trying to stay busy and distracted so as to hold off the pre-publication freakout as long as possible. Distracting activities so far have included eating sushi, downloading entirely too much music from iTunes and organizing my junk drawer. Stay tuned for continuing updates!

In other news, one of my cousins was visiting for the last couple of days. We were hanging out, the baby was asleep, and we decided we needed some chick flicks. We really wanted to see 27 Dresses, but since it is not on Pay Per View or out on DVD, we were forced to turn to my collection of movies. I was ticking through them, shouting out the options to her as she sat in the other room. Notting Hill? Seen it recently. How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days? Not a fave. Center Stage?

“What’s that?” she said.

I froze. Stepped back from the cabinet and looked at her. “You’ve never seen Center Stage?” I asked. She shook her head. I shut the cabinet door. The choice was made. She’d never seen Bring It On, either, so we did a double header, and it was OH so much fun. But hello, how can you never have seen either of these movies? Are they not on TBS or Oxygen just about every day, at some point? I was thinking she was such anomaly, until one of my friends called and asked what we were doing. I told her and she said, “What are those movies about? I’ve never heard of them.”

(I know what you’re thinking. How can these people even BE my friends? The mind boggles.)

Finally, the fab Mitali Perkins sent me this link to her blog, where she’s posted some excerpts from the Readergirlz chat I did a few weeks back. So if you missed it, check it out here. The Readergirlz are also doing a very cool event for Teen Lit Day, which is Thursday, where they are donating books to pediatric hospitals AND asking authors to release their books “into the wild” by leaving them in teen gathering places in their community. I am planning to participate, although, like my friend Sara Zarr, I am not entirely sure where teenagers hang out in Chapel Hill these days. But as I am popping in to speak at Chapel Hill High tomorrow, I may just call on someone there to drop a book for me. At any rate, a great cause. You can find out more on the Readergirlz site, or by clicking this icon:

Okay, back to my favorite distraction, who is now hollering for me from her crib….

Have a great day, everyone!
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