Happy post-ALA news

Word came today that both SPEAK and FEVER 1793 were chosen for the 100 Best of the Best list compiled by YALSA. (Thank you, lovely librarians!) I haven’t been able to find an ala.org link to the entire list yet. If somebody knows the coordinates, let me know so I can post it and we can all enjoy it.

Scheduling utility shut-offs didn’t take as long as I feared. I used the extra time to write a poem. Now I have to pack the extra sheets and pots and pans.

I am NOT going downtown for Live 8 tomorrow. I am a weenie about sun and heat, and I’ve heard they are going to be stingy with public bathrooms. Are any of you guys going? If so, be sure to report back.

A thunderstorm is rolling in. The kitties living on the deck have taken cover under the folding chairs.

54 Replies to “Happy post-ALA news”

    1. I’ve read 4 so far, just got 2 more from the library. I’ll let you know my favs at the end of the month. If I forget, please remind me!

  1. Congratulations on your books making that list! That’s got to be great for you. 🙂

    We’ve had some nice storms in the past few days. Pffft, figures, though. Right after everything passes us, the storms actually get stronger. Boo.

  2. Congratulations on your books making that list! That’s got to be great for you. 🙂

    We’ve had some nice storms in the past few days. Pffft, figures, though. Right after everything passes us, the storms actually get stronger. Boo.

  3. Congratulations on your books making that list! That’s got to be great for you. 🙂

    We’ve had some nice storms in the past few days. Pffft, figures, though. Right after everything passes us, the storms actually get stronger. Boo.

  4. I’ve read 4 so far, just got 2 more from the library. I’ll let you know my favs at the end of the month. If I forget, please remind me!

  5. I’ve read 4 so far, just got 2 more from the library. I’ll let you know my favs at the end of the month. If I forget, please remind me!

  6. Live 8 Concert

    If you don’t feel like going out to the concert and you don’t have anything to do tomorrow (unless you’re planning on working with the new novel which I support you doing as well) then you can watch the concerts on MTV or VH1. I’m definitely going to be watching them. It will be cool.

  7. Live 8 Concert

    If you don’t feel like going out to the concert and you don’t have anything to do tomorrow (unless you’re planning on working with the new novel which I support you doing as well) then you can watch the concerts on MTV or VH1. I’m definitely going to be watching them. It will be cool.

    1. Re: Live 8 Concert

      Excellent!!! I will def be tuned in. That’s how I watched the Live Aid concert 20 years ago, when I was living in Washington DC and had a brand new baby. I am very picky about outdoor concerts – they need to be held in a temperature range of 55-75 degrees (F), and the ground has to be dry. Oh, and a big crowd, but not a scary big crowd. And water has to be free.

      This explains why I do not go to many outdoor concerts.

  8. Live 8 Concert

    If you don’t feel like going out to the concert and you don’t have anything to do tomorrow (unless you’re planning on working with the new novel which I support you doing as well) then you can watch the concerts on MTV or VH1. I’m definitely going to be watching them. It will be cool.

  9. Re: Live 8 Concert

    Excellent!!! I will def be tuned in. That’s how I watched the Live Aid concert 20 years ago, when I was living in Washington DC and had a brand new baby. I am very picky about outdoor concerts – they need to be held in a temperature range of 55-75 degrees (F), and the ground has to be dry. Oh, and a big crowd, but not a scary big crowd. And water has to be free.

    This explains why I do not go to many outdoor concerts.

  10. Re: Live 8 Concert

    Excellent!!! I will def be tuned in. That’s how I watched the Live Aid concert 20 years ago, when I was living in Washington DC and had a brand new baby. I am very picky about outdoor concerts – they need to be held in a temperature range of 55-75 degrees (F), and the ground has to be dry. Oh, and a big crowd, but not a scary big crowd. And water has to be free.

    This explains why I do not go to many outdoor concerts.

  11. kitties:-)!

    yeah too bad i couldn’t do it:-(. oh well. i’ll send you a picture in snail mail ok? oh by the way we got another “back porch” cat this morning (well actually it was more like “front porch” LOL):-). we call her eeyore because she’s all gray. she’s so cute. i’m glad your back porch kitties are doing all right:-)! did you name them? -ashley 🙂

  12. kitties:-)!

    yeah too bad i couldn’t do it:-(. oh well. i’ll send you a picture in snail mail ok? oh by the way we got another “back porch” cat this morning (well actually it was more like “front porch” LOL):-). we call her eeyore because she’s all gray. she’s so cute. i’m glad your back porch kitties are doing all right:-)! did you name them? -ashley 🙂

  13. kitties:-)!

    yeah too bad i couldn’t do it:-(. oh well. i’ll send you a picture in snail mail ok? oh by the way we got another “back porch” cat this morning (well actually it was more like “front porch” LOL):-). we call her eeyore because she’s all gray. she’s so cute. i’m glad your back porch kitties are doing all right:-)! did you name them? -ashley 🙂

  14. one more thing

    oh, by the way, congrats on speak and fever getting picked for the 100 best of the best list:-)! and i saw a review of prom in our local paper:-). it was good. i saved it in my “laurie” file. -ashley 🙂

  15. one more thing

    oh, by the way, congrats on speak and fever getting picked for the 100 best of the best list:-)! and i saw a review of prom in our local paper:-). it was good. i saved it in my “laurie” file. -ashley 🙂

  16. one more thing

    oh, by the way, congrats on speak and fever getting picked for the 100 best of the best list:-)! and i saw a review of prom in our local paper:-). it was good. i saved it in my “laurie” file. -ashley 🙂

  17. Many deserved congratulations!

    I hope the next people are kind to the kitties. A capture with a spay and/or neuter would be nice too.

  18. Many deserved congratulations!

    I hope the next people are kind to the kitties. A capture with a spay and/or neuter would be nice too.

  19. Many deserved congratulations!

    I hope the next people are kind to the kitties. A capture with a spay and/or neuter would be nice too.

  20. The list is currently only available to YALSA members but if you don’t mind a really long comment, I could cut and paste the titles for you.

  21. The list is currently only available to YALSA members but if you don’t mind a really long comment, I could cut and paste the titles for you.

  22. The list is currently only available to YALSA members but if you don’t mind a really long comment, I could cut and paste the titles for you.

  23. Ah, yes, LIVE8. I am venturing out tomorrow. I figure worsecase scenario, I can just walk back home and watch it on TV if it is an absolutely ridiculous madhouse. I may even be able to hear it if I keep my windows open. Rumors have it that with the number of porta potties they have, it’s estimated that there is one per 3,000 people. I feel horrible for people who are jaunting into the city for this. I just figure that I’m here already–why not!

    If you do get a chance, I suggest coming down for the Freedom Concert on the 4th (same location as LIVE8 on the Parkway)–at least there’ll be fireworks and at 8:30pm, sunset, and Elton John and others.

    Full reports to come.

  24. Ah, yes, LIVE8. I am venturing out tomorrow. I figure worsecase scenario, I can just walk back home and watch it on TV if it is an absolutely ridiculous madhouse. I may even be able to hear it if I keep my windows open. Rumors have it that with the number of porta potties they have, it’s estimated that there is one per 3,000 people. I feel horrible for people who are jaunting into the city for this. I just figure that I’m here already–why not!

    If you do get a chance, I suggest coming down for the Freedom Concert on the 4th (same location as LIVE8 on the Parkway)–at least there’ll be fireworks and at 8:30pm, sunset, and Elton John and others.

    Full reports to come.

    1. “Rumors have it that with the number of porta potties they have, it’s estimated that there is one per 3,000 people.”

      This is why I predict an icky day. Step very carefully around the bushes and trees!!

  25. Ah, yes, LIVE8. I am venturing out tomorrow. I figure worsecase scenario, I can just walk back home and watch it on TV if it is an absolutely ridiculous madhouse. I may even be able to hear it if I keep my windows open. Rumors have it that with the number of porta potties they have, it’s estimated that there is one per 3,000 people. I feel horrible for people who are jaunting into the city for this. I just figure that I’m here already–why not!

    If you do get a chance, I suggest coming down for the Freedom Concert on the 4th (same location as LIVE8 on the Parkway)–at least there’ll be fireworks and at 8:30pm, sunset, and Elton John and others.

    Full reports to come.

  26. “Rumors have it that with the number of porta potties they have, it’s estimated that there is one per 3,000 people.”

    This is why I predict an icky day. Step very carefully around the bushes and trees!!

  27. “Rumors have it that with the number of porta potties they have, it’s estimated that there is one per 3,000 people.”

    This is why I predict an icky day. Step very carefully around the bushes and trees!!

  28. Congrats

    I really must read Fever. It sounds awesome. My friend’s little ister loves that book. She was green with envy when I told her ‘d met you. Heehee. 😀
    Keep cool. It’s really hto here in Cali too.
    Caitlin

  29. Congrats

    I really must read Fever. It sounds awesome. My friend’s little ister loves that book. She was green with envy when I told her ‘d met you. Heehee. 😀
    Keep cool. It’s really hto here in Cali too.
    Caitlin

  30. Congrats

    I really must read Fever. It sounds awesome. My friend’s little ister loves that book. She was green with envy when I told her ‘d met you. Heehee. 😀
    Keep cool. It’s really hto here in Cali too.
    Caitlin

  31. Congratulations! I finished Fever 1793 this past weekend and it was so enjoyable. Ive always liked history and loved how Mattie is like girls now days. I would love to have gone to Live 8 but im stuck in TX.

  32. Congratulations! I finished Fever 1793 this past weekend and it was so enjoyable. Ive always liked history and loved how Mattie is like girls now days. I would love to have gone to Live 8 but im stuck in TX.

  33. Congratulations! I finished Fever 1793 this past weekend and it was so enjoyable. Ive always liked history and loved how Mattie is like girls now days. I would love to have gone to Live 8 but im stuck in TX.

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