Monday, November 4, 2013

I have secrets.

Photo cred: E.E. Charlton-Trujillo
MSP airport sighting!
Good news abounds.
But I can't tell you about any of it.

I know how cruel that is. But it's how things go, man. So here's some random personal news that might fill the void until I can share things with you.

Tomorrow I will trade in my long-loved and trusted 1997 Dodge Neon with no air conditioning for another used car, but one with AC (and fog lights) that presently smells like a dog and an ashtray had sex in the back seat, but I will fix that as soon as possible after I buy it.

I loved that old Neon. I really did. The car got me so many places and it never gave up on me once. It came to me cheap (because the head gasket had blown and it was rebuilt) and I loved it like I love a favorite pair of Doc Marten boots or something.

I never cared that in July I had to bring changes of clothes to author events because I'd be drenched by the time I got there. (Farley's in New Hope & Clinton Books, I appreciate the bathroom space to change.) I didn't care that day I was at a colleague's house and a potential new friend arrived and said, "Is that your car out there?"
Then..."Isn't it a little old and beat up?"

Yes. Yes it was old and beat up. And I loved it. And tomorrow we will part.
Her name was Violet. She will be missed.
(And no, no one who puts down your car on a first meeting really becomes a friend. Remember this, posse. Also, good friends don't judge. Period. They just don't.)


You have THREE chances to see me this week on the East Coast. Hope to see you there!

Photo credit: Beth Kephart
Children's Book World
17 Haverford Station Rd.
Haverford, PA 19041
November 7, 2013 7pm 

(p.s. if you're in the NYC area on Thursday night, Books of Wonder has a fantastic event that night too. My friends Andrew Smith and Ellen Hopkins will be there as well as three other awesome authors.)

Clinton Book Shop
12 E Main St
Clinton, NJ 08809
November 8, 2013 7pm

Lititz KidLit Festival
(Aaron's Books)
Linden Hall School Lititz, PA
Nov 9th, 2013
(Check for details! So many cool authors coming into town for this!)


It's about how landscape informs books. But really it's about how I started writing a new book yesterday morning after something that happened the night before.

You should just read it. 

I have nothing else. Three days off and I'm tearing through my to-do list.
Next week: Speaking at Western New England College, AASL in Hartford.
Week after: NCTE/ALAN in Boston. TWO public events there as well! More on those soon!


Matthew MacNish said...

I drive a 2001 Honda Civic. If I ever have the money to afford a nice car, I will spend it on something more important.

Joe Lunievicz said...

I'm so sorry I missed you and Andrew Smith at Books of Wonder last night. It's my favorite bookstore in NYC and I don't work far from there. My son had his last soccer game of the year and I couldn't miss it. I'd missed too many already this year. I did get and finish Reality Boy and it is wonderful. I teared up three times, really, I did. Gerald's story really hit me. The Hocky Lady did me in early and I never recovered. You so get developmental issues in your writing and have the most incredible way of showing it in your narration. And about cars... once you name it it's part of the family.