The Casanova of Mockingbirds who lives outside my bedroom window stayed in last night. It might have been the weather. The temperature dipped down to the high 30s. He seems to be more of a hot night kind of guy. I wasn’t woken up until 5:15, which is a little earlier than I’d like, but infinitely better than the previous two mornings. Here’s hoping for frost tonight.
The writing was slower yesterday, but I knew that would happen. Mon-Wed I wrote with a speed and concentration I’ve never had before. Yesterday I focused on a very small piece of the Work In Progress, instead of sprinting. Today will be more of the same, I suspect.
Mer’s prom is in one week!! In honor of that, I’ll update you on PROM (the book) news:
It has been on The New York Times Bestseller List three weeks (my first book to ever make The List in hardback). This is the accolade that my father really, really, really cares about. It was a magical moment when I was able to tell him I made it. Deep and humble thanks to everyone in America who helped make that happen.
I’ve been receiving lots of nice notes from friends and total strangers who enjoyed the book. Special thanks to Coleen Paratore (check out HER stuff), Jackie White in Kentucky, Susan Mowery from Upper Dublin, Rachel, Sarah, and everyone else.
When I started to brainstorm PROM, I came up with the idea of having the teacher/prom adviser steal the money right away. Then I researched to see if this had ever happened, or if it was an absurd idea. It took me five minutes on the Internet to find a newspaper article that described exactly that scenario. Once I knew the story was grounded in reality, I never looked back.
Then last week Julia, a friend of mine up in Syracuse, emailed me an article about West Genesee Senior High School. The teacher adviser left $14,000 in cash and checks in a locked cabinet in a classroom. The keys were left in an unlocked drawer in the same room. The money was stolen. District officials speculate it was an employee. “There is a thief amongst us,” the superintendent said. The good news is that the district has an insurance policy that protects against this kind of loss, so the prom will go on as scheduled tonight at 6:30 pm.
And they say we make this stuff up…