Friday FIve

2 posts in one day? What sort of blogging cyborg has taken over your body, Lindsey? It's called My Kid's Are All Sitting Here Miraculously Watching PBS So I Gots To Get These Things Out While I Can, Yo.

1. Speaking of blogging (that's what we were speaking of, yes?) I am in the process of designing a new blog over at blogger. Sorry, LJ, after 6 1/2 years, things just aren't working out anymore. I'll post a link update, but it shall be New! And Fresh! And Ad-free! I finally figured out my blogging aversion was due to LJ, so I'm excited to blog more often. Aren't you excited to read more often? AREN'T YOU???

2. It's the end of January, so you're probably looking for an end of January pick-me-up. So I have one for you in book form. And by pick-me-up, I mean you might end up in a ball sobbing at one point, but in a good way. The best way.

This is the review I posted on goodreads right after I read: This book made my soul hurt in all those achey soul places. loved loved loved loved. If you're tired of paranormal, don't let the cover (the FABULOUS cover) dissuade you. This is a yummy mix of mythology, and I can't wait to see where Brodi takes this series.
And now, months later, I'm still thinking about this book. The emotional poignancy in this story really caught me by surprise.

3. Right now I'm revising my fifth novel. One of the common questions I get asked at school visits is "Does writing a book get easier?" And the answer is Yes. And Not Really. Yes because I now know the components of a novel, how to add richness to a character, how to outline, how to plot, how to revise. But just because I have those tools doesn't mean I don't have to use them to build something new Every Single Time. (Also, I obviously haven't learned how to hold off on Capitalization). This fifth book is harder is some ways than previous ones, partially because of expectations, but mostly because I'm better at recognizing what is good and I know I'm not there yet. But that's why God gave us revision, kids.

4. Oh! Super great news. SEAN GRISWOLD'S HEAD made the 2012 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adult's list. Out of thousands of YA titles, just over a hundred are named, so it was exciting that the committee thought Sean met "the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens". Most important, librarians use these lists to help them make selections, so hopefully SGH will get into even more hands.

5. Las Vegas had the most glorious sunset last night. My facebook feed was filled with much better pictures from local friends, but thought I'd share my quick neighborhood shot. My five-year-old asked me if the sky was on fire.


Making the Web Work for You!

I'm ridiculously excited to be a part of the Highlight's Foundation Founder's Workshop: Making the Web Work for You! For long time blog readers, you will recall I was granted a scholarship to attend Highlight's Chautauqua workshop in 2006, and this workshop is the reason I am a published writer. Perhaps not the only reason, but a huge one. You can read about those adventures here. I'm very glad I'm not pregnant for this next conference, because I swear I cried on every author I met before. Just to be safe, you might not want to sit in my splash zone during workshops.
This workshop is for writers at all different points in the publishing process and hopefully by the end of the week you'll have a clear blueprint for online promotion. The other speakers are AMAZING, and I've already learned so much from them already. I'll also be offering manuscripts critiques during the week, and Honesdale is picturesque paradise, so you're going to be inspired across the writerly board. And I hear the food is good. Not that that was a qualifier in my professional commitment. Well, not the MAIN qualifier.
If you do sign up, let me know! They offer dozens of workshops, so check the website

The Highlights Foundation, Honesdale, PA, kicks off 2012 with the workshop, "Making the Web Work for You,” March 4-8. 
Making the Web Work for You with Laurina Cashin, Bobbie Combs, Katie Davis, and Lindsey Leavitt and special guests:  Paul Crichton, the Director of Publicity for Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing, and Jules Danielson, the co-creator of the wildly popular children’s book blog “Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast.” 
It takes more than a stellar book to make an impact in today’s publishing climate. Media promotion through websites, blogs, social media, social cataloging, Skype, and podcasts is integral to successfully launching a children’s book and a writing career! 
To apply for a spot, contact Jo Lloyd at Or phone, (570) 253-1192.


2011: A Writing Year in Review

2011 was my busiest year yet in the writing realm, and I pretty much learned that while I like The Busy, too much does not a sane Lindsey make. So I'm glad 2012 has less on the horizon as of now. I have this two-year-old I'm very excited to see grow up (not to mention those other two kids that sort of look like her), and once Logan is in preschool, we can get crazy again. For now, she's providing plenty of Real Life insanity. The good kind.

BTW, I'm copying my buddy Lisa Schroeder on this one, who in her post noted that we saw each other 4 times this year.
4 times is still not enough, thus I am still plotting the writing commune I one day hope to establish. Like the world could handle that much awesome.

--Utah writing retreat with Lisa Schroeder, Becca Fitzpatrick, Rachel Hawkins and Emily Wing-Smith. Words can not do this experience justice, but if I tried it would be lots of WAHOO! and OMG! and FUNFUNFUNFUN!!!
--Scholastic version of PRINCESS FOR HIRE is spotted at bookfairs and later in book orders. 13 year-old Lindsey faints from joy

--One of my dearest writing friends, Lisa Madigan passes away from pancreatic cancer. Almost a year later, and I still can't believe that I'm typing that. Such a bright light for this world to lose.
--Give my first keynote address at SCWBI Southern Breeze Spring Mingle. Spoke with my fabulous agent, Sarah Davies, as well. Also got to tour Margaret Mitchell's house with Birmingham Bestie, Irene Latham.
--Sell 2 more books to Bloomsbury, including my next contemporary novel, AUTHENTICALLY VINTAGE. Books will release in 2013 and 2014. I get to write more books! And someone will pay me to publish them! Still a miracle? You betcha.

--SEAN GRISWOLD'S HEAD releases! Celebrate with loads of signings, skype visits, blog interviews, and school events,
--including Not Your Mother's Book Club at Books Inc. in San Francisco. Always a dream of mine to sign at this store.
--Paperback of PRINCESS FOR HIRE releases

--Turn in first draft of third princess for hire book, which at that time was still called third princess for hire book :)
--Find out SEAN GRISWOLD'S HEAD has been nominated for the Kentucky Bluegrass award. This is my first nomination for a state list, which isn't a huge deal, but a milestone for me. 
--Houston Teen Festival and visit to The Kinkaid school and my fifth grade cousin's classroom. Texas knows how to host an event. Lose to author Stephanie Perkins in table shuffleboard, a game I have been practicing ever since.
--Do six visits in central California, including the school my older brother works at as a vice principal. Give one lucky class 30 copies of Princess for Hire. Not something I'm able to do often (if ever again), but was truly a Santa Claus moment. Ho Ho.

--THE ROYAL TREATMENT releases! The tiaras return, and we dance in giddy glee.
--Signing in Las Vegas at my local BN, and at my very favorite independent bookstore, The King's English in Salt Lake City. Friends from different periods of my life show up to both, making me grateful for both friends and life.
--Speak on panel for IRA in Orlando. Husband joins me and we visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter as well. Fly to Philadelphia and New York to visit family and also have a chance to see my Bloomsbury editor, Caroline. Sadly, we also learn on this trip that a close friend of ours took his life, and as a result I have one of those life-assessing summers that involved less authorly duties, more writing, and loads of family time.

June & July
--WRITE MY FACE OFF. Work on revisions for A FAREWELL TO CHARMS, which I turn in right before my birthday in August. Also begin AUTHENTICALLY VINTAGE. My sister-in-law babysits two afternoons a week for me, and I finally see the light that this is the way to go, because the writing-only-at-night thing is turning me into Zombie Mommy. 
--SEAN GRISWOLD'S HEAD releases in the UK.

--SCBWI in LA conference. Blogged extensively about this. Saw my agent again, always a happy event.
--sell AUTHENTICALLY VINTAGE to scholastic UK

--Sean Griswold's Head now available in Scholastic book orders. 13-year-old Lindsey, who finally was back to sorts, faints again.
--Work on AUTHENTICALLY VINTAGE. Do more revisions on P4H3. Do a few skype visits, but mostly spend this time focusing on writing because I know what the next month looks like...

Travel Galore!!
--Orange County Book Festival and Disneyland with my family.
--Wordstock in Portland. I want to live in this place.
--Tween Reads book festival, again in Houston (put on by Blue Willow bookstore. These ladies know how to sell books)
--Week of local and skype visits for Teen Reads Week
Busy, busy month.

--Vegas Valley Book Festival!
I'm AWFUL for not blogging this. Spoke on a panel. moderated another, and met loads of new authors.  AND let's not forget the paranormal ball. One of the best writing-related weekends of my life, in my home-town nonetheless, thanks largely to the efforts of bookseller and friend Crystal Perkins.
Since I have yet to post pics of this one, here they be...

Angel Becca Fitzpatrick (HUSH, HUSH) and a-whole-bunch-of-paranormal-characters-in-her-book, Rachel Hawkins (HEX HALL) and me, the Zombie Princess

Love how contemplative I look here. Or maybe mad? Need to work on my panel face

The crew. Daisy Whitney, Tera Lynn Childs, Lindsey Leavitt, Lisa Schroeder, Emily Wing Smith, Heather Davis, Liz Gallagher, James Dashner, Rachel Erin Moore, Sophie Jordan, Becca Roberts Fitzpatrick, Rachel Caine, Suzanne Young, Bree Biesinger Despain, Veronica Wolff, Brodi Ashton, Jay Asher and Cat Patrick.

--My whole family went Hawaii over Thanksgiving break. And here is the real shocker. I DID NOT TAKE MY COMPUTER. Or my copyedits. I did read some books for research, but this was a glorious change for me. Decide that a life of leisure is not a bad thing.

--Guest blog on the IRA Engage teacher to teacher blog. Honored. Read post here.
--Turn first draft of AUTHENTICALLY VINTAGE to my editor, Caroline. Sleep for a whole afternoon after. Take a writing sabbatical for the rest of the month.

And there it is. Released 2 novels, wrote 2 more novels, and traveled to 10 states, including many repeat visits in the southwest. 2012 will see the release of A FAREWELL TO CHARMS, and the paperback release of THE ROYAL TREATMENT and SEAN GRISWOLD'S HEAD. Otherwise, I hope to get loads of writing done, both for contracted books and other ideas I'm currently loving. As much as I love the author part, the writing is still my very favorite. I hope to have the chance to do this for a long time to come :)

A FAREWELL TO CHARMS Cover Reveal! (sort of)

I get a couple emails a week asking me if there will be a third book a week and when it will be out, so I'm posting this for reference sake.
Yes. There's another book. And it's up on Amazon (FOR PREORDER RIGHT HERE. Buy it now, and the book shall magically appear in oh, 8 months. Set it and forget it!). I'm guessing it's okay to share the cover for A FAREWELL TO CHARMS. 
Which is the third and final book in The Princess for Hire series.
Which will be out June 26, 2012.
Which is the book where BIG STUFF GOES DOWN.

I can't wait for you to all to read this book and figure out who that is in the locket and just what charms are in store. Here's the jacket flap info (if you have not read the first two books, SPOILER AHOY)


With her rare magical powers and a gift for getting herself out of trouble, Desi Bascomb has become the darling of the Façade Agency. She’s the youngest girl ever to advance to level three as a full-time royal sub. 
Now all eyes are on Desi, but she just wants a moment alone to talk to her crush Reed, who she’s discovered is actually a sub for princes! Except spending time with him might be Desi’s worst idea yet—Façade is spying on their every move, and her best friend Kylie has a crush on Reed, too. 
But Desi also has deeper problems than lying to her BFF—Façade is hiding something big. Behind the glitz and glam of the agency is a dark secret: the misuse of magic. Desi knows it’s up to her to fix Façade’s suspicious practices, but if she gets caught, her magic and memories will be erased. Is she willing to sacrifice her time with Reed and job as a princess sub to do what’s right? 
Desi’s last stand is her most triumphant, hilarious and unexpected adventure yet. Don’t underestimate this damsel in distress in the charming finale of the Princess for Hire series. 



One of those most common questions I get asked is where do I get my inspiration? And I often pull out a quick/funny/trite answer, but really? The answer is life. I keep a notebook by my bed, in my purse, in my car, in my office, and sometimes I'm driving and a-ha happens, sometimes I meet someone or hear something and the idea clicks into one of my stories, or spawns a whole new book. Here are a couple inspired moments from October


(You know I'm going with the stache picture)

I went to a Paul Simon concert  with my parents at the Caesar's Palace Colosseum (where Celine Dion sings. I know). The median age at this concert was probably 44, and Paul Simon just turned 70, and I still felt like I did when I was 16, sitting on the jetty at a beach in Mexico, my walkman (yes, walkman) blaring THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK. My mom's first concert was Simon and Garfunkel when she was 16, and we both look like old men when we dance, so it was a night that bridged generations.
The man is a master lyricist. And it was somewhere in the middle of the concert that I closed my eyes and thought about the background to one particular song and.... there it was. The lacking emotion in the end of my WIP. I might even put one of the quotes somewhere in my book. Uh, if it doesn't cost too much.
One of his recent songs that I really enjoyed is called Rewrite. My dad says it's about rewriting a life, which sure, SOUNDS deep, but I'm going with the literal definition because I feel like I'm always in the middle of a rewrite. Always.

Here's my favorite verse with chorus.

I’m working on my rewrite, that’s right
I’m gonna change the ending
Gonna throw away my title
And toss it in the trash
Every minute after midnight
All the time I’m spending
Is just for working on my rewrite, that’s right
I’m gonna turn it into cash
I’ll eliminate the pages
Where the father has a breakdown
And he has to leave the family
But he really meant no harm
Gonna substitute a car chase
And a race across the rooftops
When the father saves the children
And he holds them in his arms
© 2010 Words and Music by Paul Simon


October has been a busy travel month. So Cal, Portland, half a dozen skype and school visits, and tomorrow I leave for Houston for Tweens Read conference at Bobby Shaw Middle School in Pasadena TX on Saturday at 10. More info here

I never did write about Portland, but that's why I have Lisa Schroeder in my life. Because she's a better blogger.
I've wanted to visit Portland for eons, and she did not disappoint. If I were nomadic, I would nomad myself right to the NW. Vibrant downtown, beautiful wildlife, green, foggy, everything that my hometown is not (okay, so Vegas has downtown stuff going on, but not the arts scene I prefer in Portland). And Wordstock was a wonderfully organized event. I was on a contemporary panel with Lisa Schroeder and John Corey Whaley (the dude above, along with the adorable Suzanne Young). I also did a tween chat with Lisa concerning her cupcakes books (Sprinkles and Secrets is now out!) and the Princess for Hire series. I love this pic from our teen panel. To say the least, I was very entertained.


If I were to pie chart my life, writing would be a sliver. A substantial sliver, but not a chunk. See the difference? My chunkiest chunk is sleep, then children. Wait. Reverse. Children then sleep. To two tend to contradict each other, by the way. Fascinating pie chart, no?
The awesome thing about having children, besides, you know, having children, is that they provide me with endless ideas. My latest book idea that I am SO FREAKING EXITED ABOUT came from five-year-old waking me up in the middle of the night because she'd had a bad dream. And... okay, I can't say more because then I'll give away the idea that I am SO FREAKING EXCITED ABOUT. But it was her late-night comment that spawned the even later night note taking. Then I slept and dreamt about the idea, let it grow. See? Sleep and children. Inspiration city.

3 hour plane ride tomorrow, so solid writing time ahoy. And Richard Peck will be at this conference, so that will be sufficient inspiration right there.


I heart you hard, Scholastic and OCCBF!

IF you're a teen/have a teen in your possession and IF said teen attends a school in US and IF that school has an English/Reading teacher, than chances are high (roughly 73% by my calculations) that you can have access to scholastic book clubs. And you really want access, like, NOW so you can go to the October TAB book order and order Sean Griswold's Head for the low low LOW price of 5. I already ordered, because i'm narsacistic like that (but not too narsacistic that i know how to spell that word) and also bought another copy of I HEART YOU, YOU HEART ME by Lisa Schroeder and GIRL, STOLEN by April Henry. That's three authors from RAD. Here's the screen shot for SGH. The big surprise bonus was that it's also a featured booktalk title, which you can what here

Isn't he adorbs? Pretty much one of the most exciting things to happen yet as an author. I lived for scholastic book orders when I was a kid, spent all my babysitting money on books. Gleeful fun ordering my own book now as an adult, with daughters over shoulder saying "Buy that best friend journal instead!"
Also, had a fabulous Disney adventure. I think you can't say trip, it has to be adventure, right? I thought I signed a contract that said that. Afterwards, I was the last-minute moderator for the Orange County Children's Book Festival "Keepin it Real" panel with Jessi Kirby, Kirsten Hubbard and Andrew Smith. Someone filmed and posted on YouTube (this happens. Usually when your posture is especially bad and you know you're mom is going to call and say STAND UP STRAIGHT) But nonetheless, here it is. And now, I must away. I will be in Portland this weekend for the WORDSTOCK festival, speaking Sunday on two panels, SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT at 2 and a chat with buddy Lisa Schroeder at 4. See you there!


Are you there blog? It's me, Lindsey

I started my first journal when I was twelve. It mostly consisted of lists of my friends, or lists of boys I liked, or lists of things I did. It almost always began with an apology for the amount of time that had passed since the previous entry. I look back now, and there are a lot of sorries and not a whole lot of content.

So I'm not going to do that now, apologize to the faceless readers who no doubt have dwindled thanks to my sporadic blog posts. But I do want to talk about how I've changed as a writer, as a person, since I first started this blog and where I've been and where I want to be.

I quit journaling when I started this blog 6 (seriously, 6?) years ago.  When I posted my first entry, I was 25, had a one-year-old baby, lived in a tiny student apartment, had been writing seriously for only a few months, and knew next to zilch about publishing. This blog was the vessel that allowed me to be heard, to interact, to reach out and connect with readers, writers, and friends. I savored discussions and comments and kept a little hit counter that let me know people were actually READING. And that's what I wanted, it's what I've always wanted. Readers. The difference is now I have books to write, contracted books that will someday be published. I try to respond to reader email. I tweet and facebook and skype and market and do signings and even teach classes on how to social network. I love my little internet bubble.
But this year, the bubble popped for me. I had two books come out within two months of each other, another two books to write within one year. I did about forty online interviews, traveled for book signings and festivals, and skyped my face off. And, frankly, I got sick of myself. I started to dread questions like "Where do you get your ideas?" or "What's it like being an author?" I felt like all I ever talked about was writing, that I'd become a marketing robot. I became scared to share me, especially on this blog, because I felt so over-exposed already. So much of me was tucked into my stories, wasn't that enough? Not to mention, I dreaded sounding ungrateful because that wasn't it at all--I loved all the authorly things. It was more like I'd gotten a hot fudge sundae with every topping imaginable, and had a stomachache from eating so much.

And so I often went days without getting online, because my computer time had to be writing time if I was ever going to make the next deadline. I also gained weight, hurt my wrist, and realized that a lot of other things I wanted to do in life weren't happening because I was spending so much time on book things.

I don't know if it was even a conscious decision, but I started to let work-related things slide--this blog being one. I started to say no to interviews, stopped logging into writing sites, and even lost contact with some writing friends. I felt like a fraud doing this, because at the same time I was doing panels and interviews on the joys of social networking. On the flip side, I started to say yes to more book clubs, working out, vacations, kids' activities, dates with hubby, time with family, school volunteering. Life. I have a much fuller plate than I did when I first started writing, with three kids at various ages, who either need to be picked up from preschool, dropped off at playgroup or shuttled to dance, soccer, signing, doctor's appointments. I also broke down and got a sitter two afternoons a week, so I could have solid chunks of writing time, and thus solid chunks of quality mommy time.

I am the two things I've always wanted to be. But I've found that getting what you want doesn't mean work isn't involved. It doesn't mean I don't get stressed out and spend most of my time feeling like maybe I should either quit working altogether or get full time childcare and write all the time because I worry I'll only be good at both things, never great, and why try if I can't be the very best? It's a joke in our house, what kind of mommy are we going to get today? Is she baking cookies or hiding in the closet with her laptop?

Last week I seriously considered writing a goodbye post on this blog, to say hey! Come read my 140 characters on twitter instead! But I realized, I would miss this space. Miss this open platform that isn't filled with traveling princesses or teen tension, but just a place where I can spout off about whatever I want whenever I want. Or be super Meta and write a blog about blogging. So I'm not going to promise that I'm suddenly going to go back to my previous blog greatness, but I'm also not going to avoid the chance to share my thoughts just because I think I need to catch up every time I post. I'll pop in when I can. I hope you do the same. In fact, if you're reading this now, I hope you'll take the time to comment and let me know what you've been up to, how YOU find the time to juggle your various callings in life.

In updatey news, I'm going with my family to Disneyland on Friday (I omitted the exclamation point because I'm trying to act like I haven't lost sleep every night, laying in bed, imagining my daughters' reactions). I'll also be signing at the Orange County Children's Book Festival on October second on the Keepin' it Real panel. If you're in the area, I hope you'll drop by! I may or may not remove my mickey mouse ears by then.

So. Two more hours of childcare and hopefully one chapter to write. Thanks for listening, and thank you for reading :)

LA SCBWI conference

In the last year or so, I've gone to some great conferences and book festivals and signings and schmoozes and get togethers. They're all fun, I meet great people everywhere I go, and I always come home and nap for about three weeks afterwards. Don't worry--I put some cereal on the table for my kids and turn on Disney channel. I have learned children can survive months with these basic staples.
But my most favoritest concert in the galaxy is LA SCBWI aka kids camp for kids writers. At other writerly shin digs, I'm either speaking or signing or meeting important people, and this all means I have to prepare and worry and put on my professional face (which closely resembles my fun face, just with more twitching). At this conference,  I can sit in the lobby and talk with writing friends I only get to see every year. Yes, I also go to classes taught by acclaimed, wise authors, BUT i was so gold star in high school that i never ditched so I have to live out those fantasies now. At writing conferences. That I paid for. 
This years conference, although an utter blast, was also bittersweet, remembering my dearly missed friend, LK Madigan. Our first in-person meeting happened two years ago in the conference hallway, and no, she was not wearing pants. Good times. Another best writing bud, Lisa Schroeder, was also noticeably absent, but she did come to Las Vegas to see the band LIFEHOUSE the previous weekend, and we played with my girls and ate cupcakes and had an overall grand time. I don't have a picture of us, because I am THE WORST at documenting major life events, but here is one picture from the poolside conference.

And now some highlights from the conference.

1. Author signing
I'm used to going to signings and having the majority of buyers either not know who I am or have not yet read my book. At the published author reception, i spoke with other writers who knew me and my work and it was pretty hard not to reverse fan girl and thank them for reading. Having readers is still pretty mind blowing, truly. Also, that people spend their money on my book? Forgetaboutit.

2. Adjoining rooms
Like I said, seeing friends is the best part of the conference for me, and this group of Utah authors are some of my favorite. I don't have an in-person writing group in Las Vegas, but I do travel to Salt Lake City regularly, so I'm like an occasional honorary member at their lunch table. Brodi Ashton (upcoming book is EVERNEATH. I will blog about this book in January. It is on my top 5 YA list for the year) had the idea, and lo, the adjoining rooms were genius. Along with Bree Despain (THE DARK DIVINE) and Emily WIng Smith (BACK WHEN YOU WERE EASIER TO LOVE), we had many late night giggles with the doors between our room open. Seriously, like camp, minus campfire and plus king-sized beds and maid service and balconies and room service. Which is how I like to roll.

3. The pajama party
I was bummed that the annual ball wasn't dress up this year, until I got my PJs on. And then I realized it is easier to cabbage patch in pink slippers and plaid pants. I am also in professional love with this DJ. Yes, if I say PROFESSIONAL, than it is totally kosher. And this was a professional conference, so...


4. Libba Bray made me cry. Twice.
Tears 1: Libba Bray (Printz winner, bestseller, author of BEAUTY QUEENS and A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY) gave a hilarious talk about writing the third book in her career launching trilogy. Did I mention I too am finishing the third book in my trilogy? She said it was hard. That she had to rewrite the entire book. That she was late on deadline, that she was a mess and... this is Libba Bray. This is an author who, from my internet vantage point, seemed to always have her stuff together. So wow, even the incomparable Libba Bray feels those same crazy feelings I've been going through? I'm not alone? This is NORMAL?  I'm NORMAL? 
Tears 2: Running into Libba Bray, and explaining to her that no one understands me but her and we should be best friends now, all while holding a blow up monkey I found on the ground at the dance. And using said monkey to wipe my tears. Impression? Made. Restraining order? Filed.

5. Craft
The best class I attended craft-wise was by Bruce Coville on intersecting plot and character. I took seven pages of notes. I replotted out my next MG idea. I do not feel like rewriting these notes now, but I will. Or, uh, link to someone who typed notes. Yeah, I'm a tease.

6. My agent. Agents.
I love her. My agent--Sarah Davies. Whenever I get the chance to spend time with her, I do, even if it means flying down for a conference during deadline (Which We Will Not Speak Of). Because Sarah? Makes things happen. During this trip, I also had a chance to meet with my film agent, Jason Dravis, and talk about some possibilities for various, er, works. Vague, much? Yes. But possibility is always lovely.

7. Close Encounters of the Author Kind

My daughter just started The Magic Tree House books, and keeps begging me to write a chapter book that she can read now. Since that is impossible, being as publishing takes eons and kids grow up, I did the next best thing and took a picture with Mary Pope Osbourne. Notice the glint in my eye. I can't decide if it's excitable or manic. 

Lunch with authors that I stole from Leigh Fallon. We moved for the picture. We didn't eat Last Supper style the whole time.
(from the left) Josephine Angelini (Starcrossed), Bree Despain (The Dark Divine), Brodi Ashton (Everneath), Lindsey Leavitt (Princess For Hire),  Lani Woodland (Intrinsical), Leigh Fallon (Carrier of the Mark), Morgan Shamy (writer), Alexandra Monir (Timeless), Gretchen McNeil (Possess).

And now! Back to that deadline. I am painfully behind due to these two back to back deadlines, so please forgive my lack of blogging and/or email response. I should be back sometime in, oh, 2012. That is the year after this one, right?

You know that third princess book? Yeah, it has a name...

 Newsletter subscribers already got the insider tip on the new title, and now, as a blog reader, you are next. (I like making y'all feel privelaged. Feel it?)
This title was nearly the end of me–I wrote out dozens of list, brainstormed hundreds of words, sent, well, LOTS of emails to my editor and the end result is something fun, quirky, and hopefully will have lots of meaning once you ready the book. You ready? Me too. Okay, deep breaths… here it is.
For those who say I’m no Hemingway, I’m now certainly close. Closer. And yeah, get used to the purple. Because you might just see that lovely hue again on the cover.

I also need your help. I'm updating the FAQ section of my site, and I need more questions. Anything about the P4H series you're dying to know? Non-Spoilery things, of course? Ask in comments, email or tweet me. Bring it.

HP: Saving The End

 I didn't see Harry Potter last night. I actually haven't seen Deathly Hallows 1 yet. I've been saving it. I do this whenever beloved series end. I STILL haven't seen the last episode of LOST. I like knowing it's there. I know, weird, but once I see these movies, I've seen them all, and there is no more new Harry to look forward to.
Except there is, because part of the joy of being a parent is sharing magic with my kids, and now my seven year old is almost ready to be Potterized (the movies scare her, understandably so, but we're starting Sorcerer's Stone. Rereading for the 10th time, I'm still amazed by Rowling's voice and characterization and world building. Truly truly genius).
And actually, Rylee has already been exposed to plenty of Potter over the years. Here's her first/last midnight release party from four years back. Dang, she was cute. Full recap of that magical night here
Happy Harry y'all!