My weekend writing spot (a members-only organization in Manhattan) has a lot of rules: No talking in the room. No slamming doors. No hogging bathroom keys. No swiping magazines. No leaving desk unattended for more than an hour. No leaving dirty dishes in the sink. No leaving the coffeepot empty. No leaving food in fridge … Continue reading Writing Spot on Lockdown
It's been a week since I learned I'm actually going to publish a novel. (The delirium can be re-experienced here.) Yes, it's now a week later, and though my editor asked for my information including social security number and the name I want the copyright to be under for the contract I am still floating … Continue reading One Week Later
Annika tagged me to reveal 5 unusual things about myself and I am having a hard time thinking of any! I must be more normal than I realized. I may have revealed some possibly unusual secrets here, but I'll try to think of some new ones. 1. I hate donuts. Now, I'm sure there are … Continue reading 5 Unusual Things
Good things first: e got me a "Happy Book Deal" cake this weekend and even as I type this I want another slice. (No, really, where is it? I want another slice.) I asked him if I would get a cake for every book deal and he said yes. Isn't he wonderful? I hope this … Continue reading Writers Helping Writers, Assumed Rejections, and Cake!
I am so flattered and surprised by the outpouring of support from my announcement about my tween novel. How can I say thank you enough? Thank you! I formally accepted my formal offer from S&S* on Friday, so this whole publishing-a-book fantasy is real. (I think. I'm still in shock about the whole thing.) I … Continue reading Saying Yes to a Yes
Below I expunged all the things that haven't come my way lately, and do you know why? Because things were brewing for reals and I am—no joke—about to tell you some good news that I was hinting at before: I just got a formal offer on my first original tween novel from Simon & Schuster! … Continue reading What HAS Happened: I’m Publishing a Book!
I did not get a residency to the writers colony in the old haunted mansion where I would have most likely been unable to sleep for fear of seeing/hearing/feeling the fingers on my face of ghosts, and, besides, I don't have the vacation time at work to do something like that, and, not to mention, … Continue reading Things That Have Not Happened
You get the flu! No, really! I've been sick since Wednesday night—basically immobile since Thursday night—and have so much work to do! There were times during the high points of my fever when I couldn't even stress over the upcoming deadline, I just thought of it all in lazy colored shapes, easily confused, forgotten. I … Continue reading The Absolute Best Thing That Could Happen When You Are Racing Toward a Deadline:
Today is Yojo's birthday. She hasn't been feeling well, so I hope this finds her feeling better. I hope her voice returned. I hope she enjoys her day. I think I first met Yojo my second year at college. I don't remember exactly if it was that year or the one before, but I do … Continue reading For Yojo*
Oh so I'm living in a land without answers. I used to have a tent here, and visit every once in a while, but over the years things have gotten much more permanent. I’m digging in, pouring concrete. You try and you try and you try and you try and you try and you try … Continue reading Breathless