…will return next week. Have a great holiday weekend, everyone! (Now, I’ll be getting back into the inflatable giraffe pool I got my kid this morning to eat chocolate pudding pie out of the tin. I wish I was joking. Actually, I don’t.) See you next week!
1. Okay, so yet again I appear to be cheating and starting this Five on Thursday. Whoops. But I’m in the airport, about to head to Chicago, and I have time….so there you go. Plus I KNOW tomorrow I will be super busy at the ALA 2013 conference, where I am participating in two panels tomorrow, one of which is actually about blogging. So this is research! See? It works. Speaking of ALA, if you are also attending, here’s where you can find me: (as I am posting this actually on Friday, I’ll cut what has already happened. I know, I know. This is so freaking confusing. Sorry.)
Saturday, June 29th, 10am: : Signing at Penguin Young Readers Group, Booth #2320
1pm: Signing at Follett
3pm: Signing at Perma-Bound Booth, #1905
I always love going to ALA and seeing so many cool educators, writers and librarians, but I’m especially excited this year because I’ve met SO many amazing readers in the last month or two while out on tour and doing bookstore events. I know I’ve said this before but if you only read the media you could mistakenly think that teens are only into their phones and not much else. But they are out there READING: I’ve seen it with my own eyes. And what is better than an entire weekend full of people who ALSO love reading? Not much.
2. After ALA, I return home to be with my daughter and husband, put my fancy clothes in the back of the closet and resume my regular schedule of Whole Foods, the park, and wrangling my chickens. BEFORE that, though, on Sunday at 6pm GMT (which I believe is 1pm Eastern Time?) I’m doing a Twitter chat with my UK publisher and the fab author Cathy Cassidy. You can follow us under the hashtag #PenguinChats. Come say hello! Ask a question! I am really hoping to be able to start doing more for my UK fans, and have this big dream that SOMETIME in the next I will get across the pond to hit a couple of bookstores and do events. But first I have to stay home long enough for my daughter to get over her sudden, strong bout of separation anxiety. I don’t even want to think about how long that might be. Yikes.
3. It is so surreal, really, to be back at the airport. I am in the American Airlines lounge, I have my turkey wrap and my hummus and my super big water and my Vanity Fair. I also have a few episodes of The Real Housewives that I am allowing myself to watch on the plane even though I am NOT going to be exercising while doing so (my usual rule is that I must be burning calories while watching, a kind of penance). This is the toll that all this travel is taking on me: I am breaking my own rules all over the place. Although there is also the penance involved of watching The Housewives on the plane while your seatmate looks on, disapprovingly. So there’s that. Does SHAME burn calories? God, if it did I’d never have to get on the treadmill again. I mean, I WOULD. But it would all be gravy.
4. Okay, so now it IS actually Friday and I’m in my hotel room, getting ready to head out to the YALSA pre-conference. Last night, when I got here, I headed out to buy some water (because I can NEVER drink the pricey in-room botted water, I only hear my dad in my head saying “FIVE DOLLARS? FOR WATER?”). I was standing waiting to cross the street when I had a total moment that I was SURE that the place I was at that moment was in a movie I’d seen. I think was the elevated train (The El?) but I was SURE I was, like, inches from the apartment where Jake and Elwood Blues crashed on Jake’s first night out of prison in The Blues Brothers, a movie I have seen about a hundred times. (My husband adores it: we used to have a Great Dane named Elwood Blues. I still miss him! But I digress.) That’s the weird thing, for me anyway, about traveling to new places. I only know some of the world from TV and movies, and even then I don’t know EXACTLY where I’ve seen them. I do, however, love the idea of being thisclose to The Blues Brothers, even if I AM imagining it. Thanks, Chicago!
5. Okay, now it’s Friday afternoon. This is why trying to pre-write this Five is always so dicey: it’s like time traveling, but in the past tense. Does that sound crazy? It probably does. I was at the YALSA pre-conference all day today, talking about The Teens Top Ten list AND blogging, with a quick dart out to Nordstrom in between. It’s was so funny to be on a panel about blogging when I feel like, lately, I am the Worst Blogger Ever. I mean, I DO try to show up here every Friday (or Thursday, pretending it’s Friday, and then adding more later, only to confuse myself and everyone else) and be somewhat interesting. But I used to blog SO MUCH, seven days a week, then five, then three. Now it’s like pulling teeth to get this ONE entry done. So why AM I here? Well, I just can’t give it up entirely. With Twitter, there’s a length limit. With Tumblr, things get buried. And Pinterest is a black hole I can disappear down, never to return. But here, at least, I can say whatever I want, however I want to say it, and know people will find it if they come looking. Plus, the nice thing is I can THEN link to everything else all over social media, like this Pinterest board (warning: black hole danger!) that I put together this week of all the pictures readers have tweeted me lately of themselves reading THE MOON AND MORE in summer settings.The bottom line, I guess, is that this blog is a lot like me. Strong some weeks, scattered others. A bit behind the times, but hopefully not in TOO dorky of a sense. And, after all these years—almost thirteen, I think?—still here. Thanks for reading.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
1. Today is the first OFFICIAL day of summer, as well as the longest day of the year. It’s like it was made JUST for a summer loving girl like myself. (Yeah, it’s all about me, even the seasons. I kid!) Despite the long day today, I feel like the summer is already speeding past me in a blur. The early part of this month was all about touring, and the time since trying to get rested up. Next week I have a bookstore event and ALA 2013 in Chicago, then I’m officially done with work stuff, at least for a little while. It’s the weirdest contrast, and happens every single time I go through the process of a book release. There’s all this buildup, and excitement, followed by a blur of activity and then the sudden realization that it’s kind of, well, over. At least until the next book release. Which I can’t even think about right now. And now I need a nap. Whew.
2. As I said, I have a few events coming up this week. First up, on Tuesday the 25th, I’ll be answering your questions all day long over at Goodreads. You can follow the discussion (or post a question) by going here. Then, Wednesday night, June 26th, I’m at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, one of my VERY favorite local indies. You need a ticket for the signing line, and all the info is here. After that (whew!) I’m off to Chicago for ALA 2013, one of my VERY Favorite conferences. If you are a teacher or librarian attending, here’s where I’ll be:
Friday, June 28th:
YALSA Pre-Conference, “Ten Years of YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten”
YALSA Pre-Conference, “YA Lit Blogger’s Summit”
Saturday, June 29th:
10am: : Signing at Penguin Young Readers Group, Booth #2320
1pm: Signing at Follett
3pm: Signing at Perma-Bound Booth, #1905
And THEN, a week from this Sunday, on July 30th, I’m doing a chat with Penguin UK and the fab writer Cathy Cassidy. I’ll have more about this leading up to the event, but here’s the early details:
Reading over all this, I see I’m actually a lot busier than I thought. Hmmm. Better start stocking up on sleep again….
3. In non-book news, it’s been a big week around here at the house. Yesterday, we finally moved our youngest chickens, the black Australorps, into the coop with our little bantam hens. This was the equivalent of moving kids from middle to high school, with all the enusing drama. The bantams were NOT happy, and stood off on one corner shooting sideways looks at the chicks, who clumped together in a far corner of the run, keeping to themselves. It was bringing back serious adolescent lunchroom memories for me, but I may be a BIT too invested in the lives of our poultry. Last night, my husband and I went out for date night and I wore one of the dresses I bought for BEA and cute shoes and carried a small, nonsensical purse. But when we got home, I changed into shorts and a t-shirt and threw my hair into a ponytail so I could go out and help chase and grab the chicks so they’d know where to roost. One minute I am in Trina Turk and having a nice glass of wine, the next I am grabbing a scrambling chicken as it bolts away from me. Sometimes, my life is just SO strange. But in a good way.
4. One thing about life slowing down a bit (chasing chickens aside) is I have a bit more time to catch up on summer reading. This week I finished J. Courtney Sullivan’s THE ENGAGEMENTS, which I began while on tour. It got me through several boring flights and made the time fly, and I LOVED it so much. Now I want to go back and read her last one, MAINE, which I haven’t gotten to yet. Next up is Kate Atkinson’s LIFE AFTER LIFE, followed by an ARC of Megan McCafferty’s Jessica Darling prequel (!) IT LIST #1. Then (can you tell I have a big stack waiting?) Sara Zarr’s THE LUCY VARIATIONS. On audio, I just finished listening to Brian Stelter’s TOP OF THE MORNING, which is all about the battle between GMA and Today and basically written JUST for a morning TV geek like myself. Now I’m listening to BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, the memoir on which the recent HBO movie (which I am totally obsessed with since watching it in my Boise hotel room while on tour) was based. There’s always this gap between finishing promoting a book and getting back to writing where my brain feels SO mushy I can’t do much of anything, and reading is one thing that feels just right. But I DO need to get back to writing, somehow. Someday. Okay, now I’m tired again.
5. Finally, another big thank you to everyone for your continuing support of THE MOON AND MORE. The book hung on for a another week on the New York Times Bestseller List (yay!) and I have just LOVED reading all your comments and tweets about it. I’ve been pretty bummed out that, as of now, I can’t swing a trip to my beloved Emerald Isle this year, due to so much other traveling and commitments, but people keep posting pics of the book on Twitter and Instagram with the ocean in the background, which is the next best thing. It’s so hard to be out talking about the beach so much and not getting there myself! The other day, on my laptop screensaver, a picture I took of a shrimpburger from the Big Oak in Salter Path, NC, came up and I almost wept. There were also onion rings. I mean, I am ONLY HUMAN! Okay, since you asked, I will share it. You’re welcome:
Okay, that seals it. I WILL get to Emerald Isle, even if it’s just for the day and one of these. How can I not? The pull is too strong. But until then, keep those beach and book pictures coming. You’re helping me more than you know. Then again, you always do.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
1. Whew. That’s all I can say on this particular Friday. Oh, wait, I can also say this: THANK YOU SO MUCH! Because of all the support from you guys, the readers, THE MOON AND MORE will hit the New York Times Bestseller list at #3. HOORAY! The list is REALLY hard to make these days so it means even more than ever before that I got a spot there. My cup runneth over. Seriously. It just keeps hitting me as I’m walking around and I get all wobbly. Although that MAY be the fact that I am still totally sleep deprived. I finished up my events in San Francisco Monday night, left very early Tuesday morning and flew all day to get back in time to put my daughter to bed. Then it was right back into the routine the next day, with day camp drop-off and pickup and grocery shopping, before heading off to Cary for an event at the Barnes and Noble there. Then on Thursday I was running on fumes, trying to keep moving because I knew if I stopped at any moment I’d just fall asleep standing up wherever I was. And, um, that moment came this morning, at about 9:15 am, when I had a million things to do in my office but instead fell back into bed and slept for two hours. I’m planning for a repeat performance once my babysitter arrives this afternoon. But it’s working! I can see the dark circles subsiding, slowly, and I’m slightly less scary to look at. Ah, sleep. The original Miracle Drug.
2. Another lingering effect of being gone so much is that my daughter now refuses to let me out of her sight. She is, as my husband keeps saying, “A stage 5 clinger,” just like in Wedding Crashers. I literally had to peel her off of me to go to Cary the other night, and that was just for a couple of hours. Oh, the tears and trembling lower lip and those little hands locking around your waist! I know I just have to keep proving to her that I AM here and not going anywhere, at least for awhile. (In less than two weeks, I head to ALA in Chicago, but that’s for just two nights, which is NOTHING after all this other travel. Not that I am telling her this. Yet.) It’s like an ongoing trust exercise, proving that if I go to the bathroom I WILL, in fact, return momentarily. But until she is convinced, she’s coming with me. Just to be on the safe side. It’s a little crazy but I have friends with older kids who are dealing with indifference and eye-rolls most of the time who tell me I should soak it up. So I am.
3. I can’t even begin to tell you guys how great the last two weeks have been, though, aside from the homeside heartbreaks. THE MOON AND MORE got the best welcome ever, and I LOVED meeting so many amazing fans and readers across the country, from D.C. to Boise to California. Wow. I got so many letters, which I am carefully pouring over now, as well as cupcakes and necklaces and just the kindest words, ever. I was especially struck by Angelene, who did nail art of all the things I love: my book, my home state of NC, GMA, coffee and Colby Realty. So freaking cool:
Did I mention I’m in awe of you guys? Well, I can’t say it enough. Whenever someone came through the line and told me that my books had some small part in getting them through high school, it was all I could do not to get choked up. Because I felt that way about reading, and music, back when I was that age. I was barely getting there, day after day, but I DID get there, with the help of some great characters whose creators I never got to thank personally. For all those people in the media out there who say teens these days do nothing but go on Instagram and play with their phones, you are WRONG. Girls are still reading, and reading a LOT. They’re out there. I saw it with my own eyes. And I am so, so grateful for that.
4. Speaking of writing, this week my editor Regina Hayes and I did this really cool piece for Slate.com about our joint process for seeing a book from draft to publication. We emailed back and forth all through Memorial Day weekend, just talking about all the books we’ve done together (seven in all!) and THE MOON AND MORE. I always say I have former editors the way other people have ex-boyfriends. Some left me, I left others, and with some it was mutual. But Regina is, and always has been, my Just Right. We have SO MUCH fun together and I admire her so much. It was really cool to think back on all those books and the work we put into them (although we had to wrack our brains a bit, seven is a lot!). I think these days, when self-publishing is such the rage, people can think maybe editors aren’t as crucial as they once were. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I’d be NOWHERE without someone to help me clean up and hone my messy first, second and even third drafts. It’s pivotal. Every single time.
5. As I said, I’m done with events for awhile. My next one is Wednesday, June 26th at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, followed by ALA. So it’s not a full stop right now as much as a pause, but a really nice one. I have never so looked forward to organizing drawers and busting out my labelmaker as I get settled back in and do some post-tour super decluttering. (There is something about being on book tour that makes you want to Make Changes In Your Life: not sure what it is, but happens each and every time.) All this travel, and new places and faces, was fun. But it is SO good to be home. As I said above, I feel like it’s all kind of one big blur of turkey wraps (which I ate for breakfast, lunch and dinner, sometimes all three on the same day) and views from airport windows. Now I’m fixing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for my kid, and watching my husband and Will, the guy he works with, stroll leisurely down the driveway with a pellet gun to take out a few of our thousand or so voracious squirrels. The garden is coming in like crazy, and we have enough eggs in the fridge for as many deviled ones as I chose to make. But I know once I’m rested up (someday) I’ll feel a bit wistful for everything I just did. Highs and lows, I guess. And other things….
Have a great weekend, everyone!
1. Okay, so this has been SUCH a wild week I didn’t event GET this Five before now, Saturday morning. I don’t even know where to begin. I did my local kickoff fo THE MOON AND MORE on Monday evening at the Regulator in Durham, the book was released the next day AND I also hit the road. Whew! I’m actually writing this from the airport Saturday morning, waiting to catch a flight to Boise. Then it’s two dates in the San Francisco area and HOME. But for now, a recap. First, of course, there was my moment on GMA Live, which I STILL can’t believe actually happened. But it did! Then I headed to DC, where I had a great event with Politics and Prose, and the next day to Boston, where a ton of folks turned out my event in Natick with Wellesley Books. I even got an amazing necklace for a pre-birthday gift from reader Shana. LOVE.
It even has the first couple of lines printed on real pages inside, so I’ll never forget them. Nice!
2. Then, on Thursday, it was my birthday. I mean, seriously: book release AND turning 43 all in the same week? That’s just crackers. Anyway, I woke up in Boston, got a sweet video of my kid wishing me a happy birthday, then headed to the airport to fly to Houston. While I was sitting at the gate, I got a happy birthday text from my friend Cap at GMA, saying I should watch the crowd that morning during the show. I panicked, as was nowhere near a TV, but then spotted a sportsbar open for breakfast. I asked the bartender to switch the channel to GMA (I’m sure she thought I was nuts, but whatever) and then totally shrieked out loud (confirming her hunch) when I saw this right before the 8am hour began:
I love my GMA friends. Have I ever told you that before? (A joke: I know I talk about it WAY TOO MUCH.)
3. In Houston, I had a great event with Blue Willow books. I was a little sad to be away from my husband and kid on my birthday—it’s the first one I’ve spent without her since she was born, and without my husband since I was eighteen—but the folks at the bookstore and my Penguin rep Jill made sure I got a proper celebration. Also some of my loyal readers brought me cupcakes and cards, which just confirms what I already knew: I have the best fans ever. Here’s me with my Penguin pal Jill, and the red velvet cupcakes she brought me:
I ate one before bed that night. And I am NOT EVEN SORRY. (Although I did somehow manage to get frosting all over my phone screen while doing so. I’m a bit sorry about that.)
4. Then it was off to Cincinnati, where I had a fabulous event last night at Joseph-Beth. It was so totally summer themed, with leis and beach toys, that I could almost SMELL the suncreen and hear the waves. (I would normally be at the beach right now, for my birthday/anniversary week, so it isn’t so hard for me to visualize this.) Plus they had the BIGGEST sign for THE MOON AND MORE ever:
They told me I could have this to take with me, but 1) I couldn’t fit it in my suitcase and 2) I couldn’t imagine trying to convince my husband that I needed to hang it up somewhere in the house. So I gave it to this lovely reader instead, who I KNOW will give it a good home.
During the event, while I was signing, a girl came up and wondered if she could ask me something. I said sure, thinking it was probably about writing or the book. But she said, “I wondered if you have any advice on getting through high school.” People: my heart just ached. Because that was SO ME, back at that age. I just wanted to know if there was something, ANYTHING, I could be doing to make things easier. I didn’t even know the right thing to say, but I tried anyway. I told her that I totally understood. That is would be okay. That even if things were great now, high school was short and life was LONG. That she’d made it, and maybe even have some good stories to tell. And I told her to hang in there. And then when she left, I swallowed hard, cleared my head, and smiled at the next person in line. But man. I won’t forget that anytime soon.
5. So now, as I said, I am on my way to Boise, ID to do an event today, Saturday the 8th, at Hastings Bookstore at 3pm. I’m writing this from the sky somewhere between Cincinnati and Salt Lake City, where I have a connection. Never been to Idaho and am EXCITED to see what it’s all about. This trip has been so fun, but also tinged with homesickness now and then. It’s always about the highs and lows, right? I have a birthday wish from GMA, but my kid sobs uncontrollably when I leave for the airport. So many amazing readers who are so kind to me, but then my husband texts me a picture of my dogs and my heart pangs. But I know that I’ll be home soon, with so many great memories I can pull up during those hard writing days when I feel like I want to tear my hair out. And really, I have a job I love, and for that I am forever grateful. The best, though, is when my two worlds collide, work and home, in the best way. Like this:
Thanks to you ALL for the comments, tweets and reblogs on Tumblr during this fun, crazy week. I’ve got three events left on this tour, including today’s. Get all the info here.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
Okay, so you all know this day was already big for me. Like, HUGE big. But then this happened. I so wanted to tell you guys about it, but I was scared to jinx it. I’m sure you can only imagine how totally crazy psyched I was (and am). Life’s dream achieved!
Okay, now onto my DC appearance in two hours. Pub day goes on!!!
THE MOON AND MORE is now available wherever books are sold! I’m so excited. And nervous. But mostly excited. Or nervous.
Today, I leave for DC and the beginning of the book tour. You can get a full listing of events and times here. Many of the events are ticketed, so be sure to check with the bookstores before you go!
I had a GREAT event at the Regulator Bookshop in Durham last night. Despite a total downpour, a ton of folks came out, and I had a lot of friends and family there as well. It was just SO nice. (Thanks especially to the girls who drove LONG distances to be there. I hope it was worth the trip!)
Thanks again to everyone for the support and comments. I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for this day to come! Whew. Here we go…..
Have a great day, everyone!
1. I’m starting this Five on Thursday morning, as I am en route to the airport. I’m going to New York for BookExpo America, the big publishing convention that is always tons of fun. And hectic. Which is why I think tomorrow, when I am scheduled basically from 10am until I go to bed, will NOT be the ideal time to be trying to blog. Just a hunch. Once I get to NYC today, I’m going to a fancy party (thrown by People magazine, OMG, regular readers KNOW how excited/nervous/insanely neurotic I am to be invited) and then to the great panel I am a part of at the Barnes and Noble in Union Square. Before I do any of that, however, I have to go to the Disney Store in Times Square, because I promised my kid I would. Have you been to this store? Even for Times Square, it’s intense. My teeth start chattering from all the stimulation. The things I do to go out of town, I swear.
2. Speaking of my kid, I totally put her through the ringer this week. First, on Tuesday, we went in for her kindergarten shots. I didn’t tell her about this until we were almost at the doctor’s, which was good because she immediately burst into tears. Luckily it was only two, and they did them quick. A trip to Target and all was forgiven. (Yes, I too am sensing a parenting pattern here.) Then yesterday, it was the dentist to get a cavity filled. This was NOT quick and we both cried. I actually broke a sweat, it was that traumatic. And yes, I MIGHT have taken her to the toy store afterwards. Hopefully we are in the clear now for a little while. I don’t think my wallet (or our house, bursting with STUFF) can take any more appointments.
3. Of course, I am already a nervous wreck even without all this, because, you know, MY BOOK COMES OUT ON TUESDAY. Oh, my goodness. I’m so scared and ready, all at once. These last couple of weeks, waiting for the pub date and all this traveling to begin, have been excruciating. I kept trying to put it into words, without any luck, until I remembered going to marathons with my husband and watching all the runners in the last few minutes before the start. Everyone’s been training forever, and people are just waiting, jumping up and down, stretching, SO ready to just DO THIS. That’s how I feel right now. Like that starting gun can’t fire soon enough. Thank goodness I am going to do some work stuff right now or I might just explode. Nobody wants that.
4. Okay, so now I’m in NYC and it’s Friday. It’s like time travel! Anyway, so far my trip here has been AMAZING. I got here yesterday, then immediately went to brave the Disney store (see Bribery of my Child for various things, above). I tweeted I was en route there, then did a little browsing before I bumped into Jaclyn and her mom, who were in the area, follow me on Twitter, and came to say hello. They were headed to my panel that night at the B&N Union Square, but we got to hang out a bit in the Monsters Univeristy section of the Disney Store anyway. Then I did my shopping, scoring some plush Princesses for my daughter and a Phineas and Ferb playset for me and my husband. (We can’t wait to set Doofenschmirtz up in the dollhouse with Aurora.) Then it was back to the hotel to get ready for the People mag party. I was nervous about my outfit:
But my friend Jenny Han gave it a thumbs up, so I went for it.
Because of my panel, I could only stay at the People mag party for about a half hour, which I spent scoping for famous people. I saw Elizabeth Gilbert of EAT, PRAY, LOVE and Melissa Joan Hart. But the biggest score for me was meeting amazing author Jami Attenberg, whose book THE MIDDLESTEINS was one of the best I’ve read in ages:
I was nervous. But she was SO nice. If you don’t follow her on Twitter (@jamiattenberg) you are missing out. Then it was OFF in a mad dash (car ride) to the B&N, where I had a great time talking with Richelle Meade, Andrea Cremer, Rick Yancey and Marie Lu in front of about 350 of our best friends. Thank you to ALL that came out. You guys rock. Then I went back to my hotel, ordered a burger, and basically fell asleep while eating. No pictures of that. You’re welcome.
5. And now, it’s Friday, and I’ve spent a lot of the day dealing with my website, which is either under attack from spammers (still) or currently inhabited by gremlins. We’re not sure. Anyway, I’m just HOPING this post goes up and you can find it. This is not a good week for the site to be down, but oh, well. Maybe it’s just feeling anxious, too.While my awesome website guy Mark was dealing with things early this morning, I distracted myself by walking down to Times Square to catch a bit of GMA. They were getting ready to head to Central Park for a concert, but I got to say hello to Robin and Josh. Then I had some time to catch up with my friend Capp, a GMA stagehand who thinks my obsession with the show is hilarious. We met about a year back when I was in the studio and fangirling like crazy and she just rolled her eyes. Anyway, she’s been so nice, getting me in and giving me some inside scoop like us fans always want. We shot this pic as I left:
Okay, now to see if I can post this without spammers making the site implode. Fingers crossed…
Have a good weekend, everyone!
1.Okay, people: my pub date is getting SERIOUSLY close. In fact, this time next week I’ll be at BEA in New York, having already done this amazing event that I still can’t believe I am a part of:
If there is a JPEG image, it must be really happening, right? So that’s Thursday night. Friday I’m running around and have a big party thrown by my publisher, and then Saturday it is off to the Javits Center to sign books. (If you are attending BEA, I’ll be in the autographing area at Table 5 from 10-11am.) After that, I head home for a couple of days before THE MOON AND MORE’s big release event at The Regulator Bookshop in Durham on Monday, June 3rd at 7pm. The next morning, I fly out to DC to begin the tour. WHEW! To see full tour details, go here. I am so excited and totally nervous and may be having a BIT of a problem settling down, even this far in advance. I better try, though. Because once it all starts, I’ll be goinga million miles an hour. Whee!
2. Speaking of the new book—and fair warning: I’ll be doing a LOT of that in the next few weeks—this week the trailer for it was revealed over on MTV’s Hollywood Crush. Check it out here. It’s always really cool to see how someone else chooses to explain your book, and this was a particularly cool way. And, of course, it made me want to go to the beach. One of the downsides of this busy travel summer is that I haven’t yet been to Emerald Isle, and I don’t even know if I’ll GET there before my kid has to start kindergarten in the fall. I’m trying not to think about this, as I’m basically already having shrimpburger withdrawls, but every once in awhile a picture will come up on my iPhoto screen saver like this:
And I just so SIIIIIIGGGGGGHHHHH. I have to find a way to sneak there, even if it’s just for the day. I mean, look at that!
3. It’s not just work that is busy right now. On the domestic front, we have milestones aplenty, and I keep getting all emotional. First off, my kid got her first loose tooth this week. What? How is that even possible? It’s one of the front ones, and we have a daily Tooth Watch going to check its progress in falling out. I feel like I was just comforting her as a baby as those were coming IN, and now she’s losing them? What the heck is going on here? At the same time, today is the last day of preschool. I am sniffling just typing that. We’ve been SO lucky to be at such a great school for three wonderful years, and I have a feeling I will be a weeping mess when I do my last pickup there in a few hours. If you want to see the truly great and wonderful in the world, look no further than preschool directors and teachers. The ones we’ve been lucky enough to have are SUCH rock stars. I wish I could drag them all to kindergarten with us. (No, I really do: if I could, somehow, without breaking laws, I totally would.) I know this is how it is all supposed to go. Babies are born, they get teeth, teeth fall out, they start school, that school ends. But nobody told me it would be so hard on ME. Whoa.
4. I have no way to move into this next item other than to say this: it has been the earworms of ALL earworms the last few days. (And yes, I am including that one Taylor Swift song I can’t even speak the name of aloud or it becomes stuck in my head for at least a month.) I may have written here before about this one show my kid discovered at the beach one year called MAKING FIENDS. It was on a cartoon network, but I don’t really think it’s actually for kids. It’s about this evil little girl named Vendetta who holds her whole town, Clamburg, hostage to her bad deeds. She has a giant hamster for a sidekick and only eats beef jerky, clams and grape punch. The whole show basically revolves around her relationship with this other little girl, Charlotte, who is as sunny and cheerful as Vendetta is dark. It’s so twisted and nuts, and there’s this one song that is in one of the early episodes called “Why Don’t We Pretend to Be.” My kid knows it by HEART, which is hilarious considering it has lines about telemarketers and CEOs, and she has no idea what those are. But she sings loudly and proudly anyway. You probably will do. Fair warning. If you want to take the risk, enjoy.
5. Finally, today is the start of Memorial Day weekend AND the official beginning of summer. You all KNOW summer is my favorite season (see number 2, above) but not JUST because of the beach. There’s also flip-flops and daylight until practically bedtime and, of course, the FOOD. Only in summer can I justify a popsicle as a full meal, even breakfast. But regular readers also know that for me, summer is ALL about deviled eggs:
(These are from a few summers back. They don’t appear to have paprika on them, yet. But I am sure they did before they were devoured.) I’ve been asked before for my deviled egg recipe, but the truth is, I don’t really have one. I just boil eggs, peel them, then halve them and mash up the yolks. Then I add low-fat mayo, yellow mustard and sweet relish, going by instinct after all these years, plus salt and pepper to taste. Then I fill up the halves, sprinkle them with paprika, and eat. The funny thing is I am NOT someone who cooks without recipes: this is the only thing I can make that way. Which means something. Although I’m not sure what, nor do I care, because I can’t stop looking at that picture. YUM!
Have a great (and safe) holiday weekend, everyone!
…and it didn’t show up, my apologies! My site was attacked by some spambots ande everything got all wonky. What a mess. Thankfully my SUPER awesome web guy Mark is on the case, and things seem to be up and running again. We’re going to implement some things to hopefully keep it from happening again. Fingers crossed!
Anyway, while you’re here (or reading this, or whatever) I’ve updated my THE MOON AND MORE page with some background info about where I got the idea for the book. (Spoiler: it involves a shirtless pool guy. No, really!) You can read more here.
Two weeks until pub day. I don’t think there’s enough chocolate and coffee to calm me down, but I’ll certainly be finding out. Whew!
Have a good day, everyone!