- My desk, revising DISSONANCE, drinking lots of coffee.
- Parent-Child Night at Big Marshmallow's school. I have been informed that I will "cry tears of joy" during the big finale. This is probably true.
- This Wednesday, I'll be at Anderson's Bookshop for the THREERIFFIC AUTHOR NIGHT! Jenn Rush is coming into town to celebrate the release of the amazing ALTERED, Julie Cross will be celebrating the release of VORTEX, the second book in her time-travel TEMPEST series, and I will be signing the TORN trilogy and (maybe) answering some questions about DISSONANCE. Jenn and Julie are both fabulous, funny women and I think it's really going to be a great time, so feel free to come by. If you can't make it, you can still get a signed copy by ordering from Andersons using the link above. I am fairly certain there will be lots of swag, too.
- Saturday, I'll be at Anderson's Children's Literature Breakfast. This is kind of mind-blowing, guys. The lineup of speakers includes Amy Krause Rosenthal, who wrote our beloved LITTLE PEA, and BLUE FREAKING BALLIETT, who wrote CHASING VERMEER and its companions, THE WRIGHT THREE and THE CALDER GAME, and who has a new release (HOLD FAST) coming out. Every time I feel a little grumpy about writing in my laundry room, I remind myself that if it is good enough for BLUE BALLIETT, it is good enough for me. Anyway, I will be there, signing books and chatting and drinking coffee, but mostly I will be stalking BLUE BALLIETT. You do need a ticket to get in, and please note that the breakfast is being held off-site, not at Anderson's Naperville location.
(Let us take a moment to talk about the delight that is Anderson's Bookshop. It's a beautiful store, the people who work there genuniely love books and readers and authors, and every signing, whether as an author or a squeeing fangirl has been thougtfully and efficiently handled. The quality and variety of authors who hold events there is staggering. There are no indie bookstores near my house, which breaks my heart, but Anderson's is well worth the drive. It's one of those places where you walk in and immediately think, "These are my people." If you can get there, you should, even if it's just on a random Sunday to browse. You won't regret it.)
- In the kitchen, brewing another pot of coffee to drink while I do more revisions on DISSONANCE. (This is my way of saying that things here on Ye Olde Blogge will be pretty quiet for the rest of the month, though I will probably pop in and ask you to help me choose a new author photo soon. I promise to be much more entertaining in March.) If you're curious about where I've been, the best thing to do is head over to my friend Doug Mack's blog, Five Bad Ideas, where he will tell you all about the cruise we taught on last December. He's funnier and posting more regularly than I am, too. While you're at it, read his book -- EUROPE ON FIVE WRONG TURNS A DAY, which made me laugh so hard I kept waking up my husband.
I'll be back eventually with author pics and other shenanigans.