I have to say, announcing that I am giving up regular posts on this blog has been more emotional than I expected. Ten years (and one month, as of today) is a LOT of entries! It got me thinking about all the moments this blog has captured for me, big and small. Like, for instance, here’s my very first entry, over on Livejournal, all those years ago, on August 16, 2001:

When I sold my first book I was working at a restaurant called the Flying Burrito. When the novel was published I felt like I’d been split into versions of myself: burritogrl and writergrl. Burritogrl slung salsa and came home from bad Friday night shifts with beans in her hair. Writergrl did hometown newspaper interviews and appearances at bookstores. It was really weird.

About a year after that first book came out I got an academic job and left behind my waitressing career. I am still nostalgic for it, sometimes. So Burritogrl is gone, for most intents and purposes. But Writergrl remains, the persona I have to take on when I’m doing promotional stuff. Writergrl is much more cheerful and easygoing than I am in real life. She has better clothes, too. But no beans in the hair. That I don’t miss at all.

And then there was when I went to Toronto the first time, to watch some filming of How to Deal, the movie that was made of my first two books. This was July, 2002:

Okay, so…I’m in Toronto, visiting the set of How to Deal.

(I know, I know, I didn’t tell you before….but it was all kind of last minute. I actually didn’t believe I was coming until I was actually here.)

I’ve been here a few days but everything’s been so busy I haven’t had five seconds to sit down and write anything. And I’m running out the door now, but here are a few highlights:

First of all, Mandy Moore is really, really good as Halley. I met her the first day and she was totally nice: she spent time every day going across the street to sign autographs and pose for pictures with these devoted fans who stood out in ninety-degree weather for hours just to get a glimpse of her.

I wasn’t sure what to expect coming up here. I mean, everyone who reads this regularly knows I’m a total movie nerd, but I’d never actually been on a set before. Here’s the truth: these people work HARD. I’m just sitting watching and I get exhausted.

Yesterday I met Allison Janney and congratulated her on her Emmy nomination. I have been really proud of the fact that I am managing to stay somewhat cool and collected when inside I am thinking OH MY GOD IT’S ALLISON FREAKING JANNEY! (At least I think I am staying cool and collected. God, I hope so.)

The chocolate chip walnut cookies on the craft services table are quite possibly the best I have ever had.

Trent Ford, who is playing Macon, is going to be have girls across the world swooning. Plus he’s wicked smart: he uses SAT verbal words the way I use “ummm” and “like.”

Alex Holden (who plays Scarlett) was not even slightly bothered when I asked her what it was like to be on Friends. (And you know I had to ask!) Ditto for Mackenzie Astin, (who plays Lewis Warsher) who smiled nicely when I told him I used to watch him on The Facts of Life (one of my favorite shows ever).

Basically, I’m just having the best time ever. That’s about it. And I’ll write all about it later. For now, though, I’m off to check out the shopping here in Toronto. I hear it’s good. We shall see…….

Another favorite was the How to Deal premiere in NYC, which you can read (and see pictures!) here. (No judging my clothes or haircut, please: it was 2003!)

This one, though, was one of my all time faves. Mostly because I am terrible at keeping secrets. It’s from April 9, 2007:

Okay, so…it SNOWED here on Friday night. In April. In North Carolina. When I woke up, not only were there flakes stuck to our deck, but the blanket I had put over my barely-blooming perennials was frozen in place. I mean, come on! As my friend Linda said when we were discussing it, “I just think this recent weather is really uncalled for.” As if Mother Nature was out of line, and should be punished, or at least held accountable. All I have to say is I felt sorry for all those folks who were outside yesterday for sunrise services. Hope you had your parka!

I spent Easter Sunday running errands, then having dinner with my husband’s family. I know I’ve probably written about this here before, but as a non-Native southerner (i.e. my parents are not from here, even if I am) I have always been really confused about the whole difference between dinner and supper. In my family, these are the same thing: a meal you eat around 6 or thereabouts, the last of the day. On Sundays, though, in the South—and especially on Easter—dinner is the meal you eat after church, around 1pm or so. So whenever we’re invited for Sunday dinner I think it’s much later than it actually is. I mean, why not just call it at late lunch, and cut out the confusion altogether? But I guess this is just part of it: you either know the difference between dinner and supper, or you don’t. It’s kind of like the distinction between country and city ham, another thing that took me awhile to figure out. Suffice to say if you want one on your sandwich, and order the other, you are in for a surprise. I’ll just leave it at that.

Meanwhile, some news. My book is done, and tentatively scheduled to be published around this time next year, Spring 08. I’m not going to divulge the title yet, as we still have editing ahead, and things are still liable to change, but when it is set, or I know anything else fun I can share, you’ll read it here first. I’ve had a couple of weeks off to rest up and deal with all the stuff that always falls by the wayside when you’re finishing a book (i.e. laundry, housecleaning, seeing my friends, sleeping, etc), which has been very nice. Now, it’s back to work with revisions, which is a part of the process I personally love, so I can’t wait. I know, I know, next spring is a ways off, but something tells me it’ll be here sooner than we think. After all, it’s almost summer now, right? Or, at least, it’s SUPPOSED to be. Hopefully Mother Nature will get the memo as well. Maybe she was just confused, like me with dinner, or ham? We can only hope.

Let’s see. There was something else I was going to tell, what was it? Hmmm. Oh, yeah…

I’m pregnant. Due in the fall. Have a good day, everyone!

And finally—cue the big waterworks—this one. September, 2007:

We are overjoyed to announce the arrival of Sasha Clementine, born September 2nd at around 3 in the afternoon. (Labor Day weekend, indeed!) She was 6 lbs, 15 oz, and we’re all doing really well. More details and pictures to follow!
have a GREAT day, everyone!

SIGH! Goodness, all we needed was a Goo Goo Dolls or Ingrid Michaelson song playing in the background for this entry to make it a total nostalgia fest. *sob*

To clarify, I’m not abandoning this blog altogether. How could I ever do that? I’m just giving up regular entries and will pop up when inspiration strikes or I have something super fun to share. I can’t promise any of it will be as big as all these things were. But you never know what’s ahead in the NEXT ten years.

Have a great weekend, everyone!