Storm clouds are rolling across the county, so our power should go out in a minute. Here’s my update:
1. My revision is proceeding well, despite last week’s chickenbutt moment. I won’t get the manuscript turned in by ALA, which I had hoped, but it should be there by the end of the month.
2. Father’s Day was great because I spent it with my Beloved Husband, my dad, my father-in-law, and I talked to my former husband (aka father of two of my kids). Got all the Dad-bases covered! The middle of June is the perfect time for Father’s Day. Kudos to whomever thought that one up.
3. I am running and working out again. Stress level is plummeting!
4. I leave for ALA on Friday. Here is my schedule. (Will any of you be there?)
Friday, June 22
8-10 pm Booklist Forum: “The 2000 Printz: A Reunion” at the Renaissance Washington Hotel. I am SO looking forward to this!!!!!!
10pm YALSA’s 50th Anniversary Reception, also at the Renaissance Washington Hotel. I will be the one asleep in the onion dip. I am an annoying perky morning person. I vote that the next time YALSA has a party, we make it a 5am pancake and French toast gig.
Saturday, June 23
10-11am Signing at the Penguin booth, #2710-2711
Spend an hour or two trying to get out of the convention center. (I remember the Washington Convention Center from BEA last year. It is a mammoth, ginormous building that self-replicates, adding on halls and floors every time you near an exit.)
1:30-3:30pm FOLUSA program “Teens Read!” This is where I get to meet Sherman Alexie!
4-4:40 Signing at the Simon & Schuster booth. #2111
6pm Penguin Young Readers Cocktail Party, Fairmont Hotel (I will probably not fall asleep in the onion dip. This is a good time for me, late evening.)
After the party, I’m going to have dinner with some awesome librarians. And coffee.
Sunday, June 24
8-10am YALSA Author Breakfast at the Renaissance Washington. Yes! A breakfast event!
11:30-1pm Penguin Teen Luncheon with John Green and the BBYA teen readers. Not sure if John and I will have time to hang out before or after this event. Must write to him.
Fly home and put suitcase in the basement for 12 weeks.
Rest of the Summer
1. Finish revision.
2. Eat strawberries.
3. Start a new book.