Okay, so it’s suddenly freezing here today. Like bone-chilling, wind-blowing, teeth-a-clacking cold. Earlier, I looked out the window and it was snowing. Snowing! Just little pellet-like flurries, but still. It was, like, seventy degrees a few days ago. Al Gore must be horrified.

The cold is probably the reason that all the other moms (i.e. the smart ones) did NOT take their toddlers to the park today. Which explains why I was following Sasha around a completely empty playground until I realized that 1) it was the aforementioned bone-clacking-chilling freezing and 2) this fact was made worse because she didn’t even have a hat on, as she refuses to wear one. My parenting mistakes continue to plague me. In the end, I took her to a nearby mall, where she could walk freely without risk of frostbite. The other, smarter moms knew this, as they were already there. Sigh.

In other news, I promised I would deliver news about Along For the Ride as I got it, and I try to keep my promises. So you are all (en masse) the first to know that my supercool publisher, Penguin Books For Young Readers, is going to create an entire online community based on the new book and my backlist. It’s still in the VERY early planning stages, but the idea is that you could go there to find stuff about the novels, message boards, maybe even an interactive map of all the places mentioned in the Lakeview Universe. When I was in New York last month, they were even talking about a wiki-style thing built around all the places, names and people that appear. As I said, it’s still in the early stages: in fact, they’re still coming up with a name for it. The Sarah Dessen Sisterhood was thrown out, but I think it would just make everyone think of pants. The Sarah Dessen Sorority, another suggestion, didn’t work either. I’m supposed to be brainstorming name ideas, but as I am still suffering from serious mom brain (15 months in!) it’s harder than I’d like. So if any of you have any brilliant suggestions, please pass them along and I will get them to the folks in the know over at Penguin.

Okay, there was just a HUGE gust of wind from outside. I’m going to put on another pair of socks. Or two…

Have a great day, everyone!

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