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what a weekend!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

My husband's graduation was very impressive. Seeing him walk across the stage, all dressed up in his robe and beret (I'm sure there's a fancier term for it, but it sure looked liked a beret. I guess advanced degrees come with special hats!) was one of the best moments of my life. I'm so proud of him, and it was nice to have his family and mine in town for the weekend to celebrate. I made my (in)famous chocolate death cake, which is a super rich double layer chocolate cake filled with homemade vanilla whipped cream and frosted with what is basically fudge. I don't make it often, mostly because it dirties every mixing bowl I own and makes me wish I could eat chocolate, but everyone seemed to enjoy it, which was pretty cool.

BEA was amazing. Picture a huge warehouse, and now fill it with booths of presses, all staffed by people who not only want to tell you about their upcoming releases, but will give you copies of them! I seriously felt like I was in a dream, and spent a good portion of Friday morning saying, "Can I have a copy of this? Really? YAY!!!" I also met with my editor at HarperCollins, who is *so* smart and *so* much fun, and had a great conversation with her.

But that isn't all! I also got to meet Sarah Dessen. Yes, THAT Sarah Dessen.

I got to BEA around nine on Friday, because she was autographing copies of her amazing new book, Just Listen, starting at 9:30. First thing I did was head up to the autographing area (which was in a completely different area than most of the publisher booths, and I swear was actually in another building, but the Washington Convention Center is so strangely laid out I'm still not sure if it's a couple of separate buildings, or one huge building that has a few very inconvenient and mostly hidden ways to get to various levels. But I digress.)

Anyway, fate was truly on my side, because I was the first (yes, the FIRST) person in line for Sarah Dessen. I was giddy, and a wonderful librarian from Richmond, who was in line behind me, listened to me gush and talked to me about what kids at her school are reading. I learned a lot about middle grade books, which I knew nothing about before, and talking to her totally reaffirmed my belief that librarians are just about the nicest people in the world, and can always tell you about an amazing book (or twelve) that you should go read right now.

Then Sarah Dessen came out. I've seen her picture on her book jacket, of course, but in person she's even prettier, and she was just so THERE, you know? Sarah Dessen, twenty feet away from me! By the time the autographing line opened, I was so awe-struck I could only stammer out "I love your writing!" and remember my name (barely) when she asked who I wanted the book made out to.

So, to sum up this weekend=VERY good. Free books, seeing Sarah Dessen (and talking to her! even if I was inarticulate!), talking to my amazing editor, and seeing my husband graduate.

graduation

Thursday, May 18, 2006

My husband is graduating from law school this weekend, and I am so proud of him! He's spent the past six thousand years (okay, it wasn't really that long, but it felt like it sometimes!) getting up, going to work, and then going to school at night. It was a brutal schedule, but he did it, and I can't wait to see him with his degree in hand. Plus he has to wear the whole cap and gown thing, and since neither one of us attended our undergraduate graduation it'll be the first one either of us has attended since high school. (The university we went to was so large that your name wasn't called during graduation--your major was called and you stood up, which, in both our opinions, wasn't much of a graduation, so we skipped it)

In other news, I'll be at BEA on Friday morning, and then again briefly on Sunday (hopefully), and I'm really looking forward to it because I hear that you can get sneak peeks at books that are coming out this fall and, well--what's not to love about that?

improved blog!

Friday, May 12, 2006

I seem to have contracted the world's most evil cold, which is completely unfair because I hate being sick and I want to rejoice in my vastly improved blog, with its pretty layout and lovely font, which makes everything I type look somehow much more meaningful. (I was going to say it makes everything I say look smarter, but I think even the best font can only do so much)

Credit for my spiffy new layout goes to Silas Dilworth, who is actually doing a whole website for me, and has been nice enough to not run away screaming when I send him emails like "Okay, I want a page about my books, only none of them are out yet and so mostly what's going to have to be there is BOOK X: COMING SOON!"

Also, blogger never notified me about comments, and I can't find them to approve them so they seem to have been sucked into a vortex of doom. So if you have commented, thank you!--and I think I fixed things so new comments will show up. I hope.

And now I have to go lie down because my evil cold is rapidly defeating the cold medicine I took earlier.

books!

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Today I met Diana Peterfreund, whose book, Secret Society Girl, is coming out in July, and it was fabulous! She's smart and funny and well, anyone who appreciates the fabulousness that is Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has to be awesome, you know?

In other news, it's nice to know I'm not the only person addicted to Amazon Prime -- as John Scalzi says, it truly is teh crack! I don't see how the company can possibly be making any money on it, especially as they seem to send every book in a multi-book order in a separate box. But whatever! I get every book I order in two days so I'm happy.