Is it October yet?

June 10th and I’m already moping about the heat.

Hot weather sucks. It makes you stick to furniture and lose your appetite and your car is an oven and the air is foul and the garbage rots in an instant and your feet smell bad. If your skin is as white as mine, you have to stay out of the sun or cover yourself in yards of cloth or worse, white, sticky goo so you don’t fry up and turn to ash. And if you have crackly, asthmatic lungs, forget about it. Between heat, humidity, and ozone, you need a stupid Darth Vader ventilator.

Yeah, I’m cranky. Want to make something of it?

OK – here is a real-time effort to change my mood. (Happy thoughts, happy thoughts, happy thoughts.) Happy birthday, Maurice Sendak. And a million tulips of the heart to daughter Meredith, who kicked righteous butt at Senior Awards Night last night, bringing home an armload of recognition for her work for the marching band, on various committees, including Prom and GSA, and who also got a Golden Apple, because she is such an amazing woman. (Yes, I cried. Again.)

Didn’t get much writing done yesterday (which is also contributing to this mood) so I updated the website. Check out the PROM discussion questions. Please send me more, via this journal. Let me know if you want me to credit your name. Also updated the What’s New page and my CV.

If you’re bored today, read this interview with Jon Scieska. Me, I’m going to lay down on an air conditioning vent.

33 Replies to “Is it October yet?”

  1. The Weather

    Here in Rochester, NY it’s been 80-90 degrees all week… aye yi yi. With a chance of a thunder storm EVERY day. The weather people don’t want us angry if they don’t predict a storm and there is one.. so in the summer they predict one for every day! I just wish it would actually come true because our grass is pathetic. I want its greenness to return! The sun is a bully!

  2. The Weather

    Here in Rochester, NY it’s been 80-90 degrees all week… aye yi yi. With a chance of a thunder storm EVERY day. The weather people don’t want us angry if they don’t predict a storm and there is one.. so in the summer they predict one for every day! I just wish it would actually come true because our grass is pathetic. I want its greenness to return! The sun is a bully!

  3. The Weather

    Here in Rochester, NY it’s been 80-90 degrees all week… aye yi yi. With a chance of a thunder storm EVERY day. The weather people don’t want us angry if they don’t predict a storm and there is one.. so in the summer they predict one for every day! I just wish it would actually come true because our grass is pathetic. I want its greenness to return! The sun is a bully!

  4. I’ve been making plans to move to Alaska, who wants to go with me? Too bad they arent real plans. I work in a nursing home, and it isnt air conditioned, and we cant wear shorts. Yea. I’m looking for a new job.

    Good luck with the writing! As hard as it is, dont let the heat get you down. Turn the air conditioning up as high as possible and every few minutes put ice down your shirt.

  5. I’ve been making plans to move to Alaska, who wants to go with me? Too bad they arent real plans. I work in a nursing home, and it isnt air conditioned, and we cant wear shorts. Yea. I’m looking for a new job.

    Good luck with the writing! As hard as it is, dont let the heat get you down. Turn the air conditioning up as high as possible and every few minutes put ice down your shirt.

  6. I’ve been making plans to move to Alaska, who wants to go with me? Too bad they arent real plans. I work in a nursing home, and it isnt air conditioned, and we cant wear shorts. Yea. I’m looking for a new job.

    Good luck with the writing! As hard as it is, dont let the heat get you down. Turn the air conditioning up as high as possible and every few minutes put ice down your shirt.

  7. hey laurie! sorry you’re cranky about the hot weather & everything. i don’t like it either. but here in carlisle it’s raining. i don’t know about you, but i love rain. i love seeing rainbows too. how’s your WIP coming along? i can’t wait to see speak on tv. i’m gonna watch it on lifetime b/c i actually get that channel. are you excited about speak being a movie? what does it feel like to have one of your books made into a movie? well i’d better go. i have 3 summer reading books to read this summer: rocket boys by homer hickam jr, death of a salesman by arthur miller, and pigs in heaven by barbara kingsolver. have you read any of these books? did you like them? love, ashley 🙂

  8. hey laurie! sorry you’re cranky about the hot weather & everything. i don’t like it either. but here in carlisle it’s raining. i don’t know about you, but i love rain. i love seeing rainbows too. how’s your WIP coming along? i can’t wait to see speak on tv. i’m gonna watch it on lifetime b/c i actually get that channel. are you excited about speak being a movie? what does it feel like to have one of your books made into a movie? well i’d better go. i have 3 summer reading books to read this summer: rocket boys by homer hickam jr, death of a salesman by arthur miller, and pigs in heaven by barbara kingsolver. have you read any of these books? did you like them? love, ashley 🙂

    1. Rainy days are loverly! WIP is OK, not great yet, but good enough for right now.

      I think I’m going to hold onto my thoughts about movie until after it’s shown. I want you guys to form your own opinions.

      I really love Death of a Salesman – it is on my all-time favorite list. Enjoy!!

  9. hey laurie! sorry you’re cranky about the hot weather & everything. i don’t like it either. but here in carlisle it’s raining. i don’t know about you, but i love rain. i love seeing rainbows too. how’s your WIP coming along? i can’t wait to see speak on tv. i’m gonna watch it on lifetime b/c i actually get that channel. are you excited about speak being a movie? what does it feel like to have one of your books made into a movie? well i’d better go. i have 3 summer reading books to read this summer: rocket boys by homer hickam jr, death of a salesman by arthur miller, and pigs in heaven by barbara kingsolver. have you read any of these books? did you like them? love, ashley 🙂

  10. I love the heat. Granted Im white, ghostly white. Ok maybe not that bad but I still have to put sunscreen on and be careful outside. I get so tired of hearing you need to get a tan, go out in the sun. Yes so I can get skin cancer and turn in to a lobster, sounds like fun.

    I live in TX, you can only imagine how hot it gets :] Sucks cause my ac in my car is out.

    Have a great day & try to cool down!

  11. I love the heat. Granted Im white, ghostly white. Ok maybe not that bad but I still have to put sunscreen on and be careful outside. I get so tired of hearing you need to get a tan, go out in the sun. Yes so I can get skin cancer and turn in to a lobster, sounds like fun.

    I live in TX, you can only imagine how hot it gets :] Sucks cause my ac in my car is out.

    Have a great day & try to cool down!

  12. I love the heat. Granted Im white, ghostly white. Ok maybe not that bad but I still have to put sunscreen on and be careful outside. I get so tired of hearing you need to get a tan, go out in the sun. Yes so I can get skin cancer and turn in to a lobster, sounds like fun.

    I live in TX, you can only imagine how hot it gets :] Sucks cause my ac in my car is out.

    Have a great day & try to cool down!

  13. So, you’re a little toasty are you?
    Here’s a cool-down tip from Arizona. Freeze Capri Sun drink pouchs. After they are good and frozen, pull one out and let it sit on the counter until it’s soft. (although my 12 yo has no patience for this, since I won’t let him waste the warm water sofening it…and I’m so happy he asked BEFORE he put the metal pouch into the microwave, he just opens it up and eats it solid, chipping away at it with a spoon) When it’s soft enough to squish, squish it up and enjoy a refreshing slushie. Cools you down instantly, wild cherry is my favorite flavor.

    It’s that and/or putting a plastic baby pool in you living room filled with ice blocks and water so you can sit in it and watch tv while sucking on an iced tea.

    Congrats to your brilliant daughter!

  14. So, you’re a little toasty are you?
    Here’s a cool-down tip from Arizona. Freeze Capri Sun drink pouchs. After they are good and frozen, pull one out and let it sit on the counter until it’s soft. (although my 12 yo has no patience for this, since I won’t let him waste the warm water sofening it…and I’m so happy he asked BEFORE he put the metal pouch into the microwave, he just opens it up and eats it solid, chipping away at it with a spoon) When it’s soft enough to squish, squish it up and enjoy a refreshing slushie. Cools you down instantly, wild cherry is my favorite flavor.

    It’s that and/or putting a plastic baby pool in you living room filled with ice blocks and water so you can sit in it and watch tv while sucking on an iced tea.

    Congrats to your brilliant daughter!

  15. So, you’re a little toasty are you?
    Here’s a cool-down tip from Arizona. Freeze Capri Sun drink pouchs. After they are good and frozen, pull one out and let it sit on the counter until it’s soft. (although my 12 yo has no patience for this, since I won’t let him waste the warm water sofening it…and I’m so happy he asked BEFORE he put the metal pouch into the microwave, he just opens it up and eats it solid, chipping away at it with a spoon) When it’s soft enough to squish, squish it up and enjoy a refreshing slushie. Cools you down instantly, wild cherry is my favorite flavor.

    It’s that and/or putting a plastic baby pool in you living room filled with ice blocks and water so you can sit in it and watch tv while sucking on an iced tea.

    Congrats to your brilliant daughter!

  16. Rainy days are loverly! WIP is OK, not great yet, but good enough for right now.

    I think I’m going to hold onto my thoughts about movie until after it’s shown. I want you guys to form your own opinions.

    I really love Death of a Salesman – it is on my all-time favorite list. Enjoy!!

  17. Rainy days are loverly! WIP is OK, not great yet, but good enough for right now.

    I think I’m going to hold onto my thoughts about movie until after it’s shown. I want you guys to form your own opinions.

    I really love Death of a Salesman – it is on my all-time favorite list. Enjoy!!

  18. Speak

    Laurie,I’m a big fan of your book Speak, and also a big Michael Angarano fan,I know he is in the movie Speak that was made, and I was wondering if you knew the release date of the movie. If you do know,and if you can post it on your website, that would be helpful. Thanks!

  19. Speak

    Laurie,I’m a big fan of your book Speak, and also a big Michael Angarano fan,I know he is in the movie Speak that was made, and I was wondering if you knew the release date of the movie. If you do know,and if you can post it on your website, that would be helpful. Thanks!

  20. Speak

    Laurie,I’m a big fan of your book Speak, and also a big Michael Angarano fan,I know he is in the movie Speak that was made, and I was wondering if you knew the release date of the movie. If you do know,and if you can post it on your website, that would be helpful. Thanks!

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