Country roads

It is indeed a beautiful day in the neighborhood. I took the Creature With Fangs for a long walk this morning, tunes courtesy of James Taylor and the Allman Brothers. I think it is time to rename the dog. She has stopped chomping and nipping those she loves best. She is massive… 8 months old and 56 pounds of pure-bred German Shepherd. Taking her for a walk is more like being taken for a drag, at least the first mile is. I think I’ll call her Baby Monster Girl for a while.

So BMG and me was walking. If you know the area (hi Lori!) we walked down Green Rd. from the other side of Hurlbut down to Rt. 64 and back. It is a gorgeous morning here; bright sunshine, high clouds, birds everywhere. We passed a large, scraggly hawk watching over his meadow, waiting for breakfast to come out of its hole. We had minor encounters with two dogs that weren’t leashed in their yards. That was a little scary – one was a pitbull. I’m going to call a vet and find what I should be carrying to discourage these encounters…. not the encounters themselves, but if they turn ugly. But it all worked out.

I’m going to write for a couple hours, then we’re going to the movies. Yes, THAT one. I’ll let you know what I think.

PS – what happened at H-H on Thursday?

Peaceful, easy feeling

Salutations and greetings from Mexico, NY!

The apple blossoms are just fading and lilacs are bursting everywhere. I worked for a while on the end of the troublesome barbeque scene in the new book; still not happy with it. We took a trip to Oswego (nearest big town) and tried to introduce Kezzie, our Creature With Fangs, to Lake Ontario. Kezzie does not like lakes. Bad lake, bad, bad lake. She thought it was trying to attack her, the waves scary. Big, mean lake.

Beloved Husband is about to start a fire outside and cook dinner. The air is cool and the pansies are bright. When the sun sets there will be stars.

Coolest prom story ever

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. Proms rock. Everybody needs to dance.

Check it out.

(If the link above doesn’t work, I’ll cut and paste the article tonight. Right now I’m getting in the car and heading north!!)

Many thanks to Greg for tipping me off to the story. Have fun at Disney, youse guys!

Errand Day

Usually I hate errand days, but today wasn’t so bad. I got to have lunch with Mer, and I got caught up on a long list of small, annoying to-dos. Didn’t write anything or get to the gym, but I guess you can’t have everything.

Most of the Anderson-Kressley clan heads to Disney World tomorrow, so I’m heading north to husband, son, and dog. The car is packed and gassed up. I’m looking forward to sunrises, sunsets, and writing time… along with lots of TLC.

Anonymous writes: Hi, I was just wondering if you could tell me if anything in your life had to do with your writing of Fever 1793. We are doing a book project and we are supposed to find a resemblence or something of that sort from the author’s life and why they may have written the book. I would greatly appreciate it if you could get back to me but I understand if you don’t. Thanks for your time.

Ummmmm…. When I started the book, there were no parallels between it and my life. As I was working on in, my mother became very ill. I traveled to Florida convinced she was going to die. (She didn’t.) It would be fair to say I drew from those emotions for the scenes in Fever when Mattie’s mother is sick.

a librarian named Patty writes: Here at our library we got information regarding a writing contest about “Prom” that was to be sponsored by Baker and Taylor. I haven’t been able to find any information beyond this original flier. What has happened with the contest?

You can find the cool PROM fanfiction contest details here!

Haley writes: Hi I’ve read a couple of your books and I have an idea for one. Girls these days have found that cutting themselves works as a good release for stress or anger. Me being on of those girls have found that it really does work as other girls describes it working. I think it would be a good idea to write about a girl that cuts herslff cause I have only seen one books bout that and to be honestest I hated it. It wasn’t too realistic.That book didn’t describe it like it really is and I know you can that. Thanks for taking the time to read my email and it’s okay if you use my name.

I’ve talked to a lot of girls and a couple of guys who have done/are doing this. It will turn up in one of my books – you can count on it. Thanks for the suggestion.