Back to the real world (sighing)

It’s all in how you look at it. We came within three points of beating the current football dynasty. I can live with that. In fact, I am really proud of my team. I think they did a great job. And we don’t want to be selfish. Philly already has a national championship football team.

And now…. NCAA basketball.

No, wait, I’m an author, allegedly, not a full-time sports commentator.

Katie wrote me a very, very nice note that included this question: “Do you ever get tired of people telling you how awesome your books are? Do you ever just want to tell them to be quiet when they are going on and on about how wonderful they are?”

Weird fact #304 about being an author: It feels strange and awkward when people gush and tell me they really like what I write. I think a lot of writers feel this way. Why? Because the reader only sees the final, final product. I live with the book in the ugly stages – when the plot meanders, the characters are flat, the dialog long-winded, and the language is dull. Don’t get me wrong – I love revising. It’s the best part of the writing process, as far as I’m concerned. But I guess my little brain stays stuck on the horrendous early drafts (which no one else on the planet gets to see), and so, yeah, it feels weird when people compliment a story.

But it is nice to hear.

Max wrote with this contact information for Showtime if you want to encourage them to schedule the SPEAK movie, or bring it out on DVD. Thanks, Max.

It’s going to be a full day of writing and writing business stuff. I’ll bow to reality this evening and change this LJ out of the rabid Eagles fan theme.

(More sighing.)

Thanks, guys…

Dear Eagles,

You are always number one with us. Thanks for playing with heart and courage and integrity. Thanks for representing our city so well and showing the world what we’re made of.

Respect and a tip of eagle wings to the Patriots for making it a fun game. If we had to lose, I’m glad it was like this.

I’m going to cry into my cheesesteak now and get some sleep. Next year’s season starts tomorrow…


Let the game begin!

Just tuned in for the last of the pre-game show… Gretchen Wilson and Charlie Daniels!!! I love them both!! And the Black-Eyed Peas are coming soon, after more stupid cellphone, car, and beer commercials. What I wouldn’t give to be kicking up my heels on that field!

Go, Eagles, go.

Come on, guys… One team, one city, one dream!

Sunday Morning scribbling and a website question

Had a good working day yesterday and never made it to the grocery store. Mer and Mike went shopping after dinner and came back with some clothes, a Donato’s pizza, and a movie – Dodgeball. They made me stop working and chill with them. Yes, the movie was stupid. But it was a good stupid. A painful, predictable stupid and it was fun to laugh with them. So it was a good night.

Back to work in a few minutes. I’ve been neck-deep in the American Revolution, comparing interpretations of various historians and trying to understand the events that unfolded both in the context of their own time period, and through our modern lens. It makes my head hurt. It also really pisses me off when different books have different dates for the SAME EXACT THING. Argh!

So today is more of the history stuff, then THE SUPERBOWL!!!!!!!! Philly has gone nuts, no other way to describe it. I’ll report on that later.

I do have a question for everyone out there – what is not working about my website? I love it (thank you, thank you theoblack), but I keep getting email from kids doing author reports who want information about me. We have a whole section of the site called About Me, but I guess they aren’t seeing it. Any suggestions?