Caffeinated and craving order

My poor family.

I woke up in one of those moods today. One of those hey! it’s 6am and the sun will be up soon and you know what? it’s Saturday and that means for some strange reason I have all this extra energy that used to go into watching cartoons only now most cartoons suck so I want to…. organize my office! Yes! YES! and answer the email and pay the bills and dust and vacuum and get ready for next week’s trip and play loud music and organize all my photos and clean out my desk drawers and, and, hey – who are you? What are you doing here? Put me down. Give me that dust rag. Unhand my vacuum cleaner, you scoundrel!!!

::a new, mysterious voice leans in towards the microphone::

We interrupt this blog entry to announce that Laurie might be just a tiny bit overcaffeinated. She will be allowed to run around like a crazy person until she falls asleep on the floor in front of The Ohio State football game.

::laurie grabs the microphone back::



Friday 5

What’s something that’s hanging from your ceiling?
A small glass star, filled with wishes.

What’s something that’s hanging on your wall?
A poem by Louis Erdrich. (scroll to May 29th.)

What’s something that’s hanging in your closet?
Enough sweatshirts to get me through the winter.

What’s hanging from your rear-view mirror? (for those without cars, what’s something hanging from the rear-view mirror of a car you’ve recently ridden in?)
Nothing. I don’t like distractions.

What have you been hanging onto for too long?
A couple of ancient resentments. Must throw them into the fire and release them.

Want to play? I tag everybody.

TWISTED love & SPEAK on the stage

Thank you, elves at! TWISTED was named one of their Best Teen Books of 2007!!

::dances on the crust of snow frozen over the fallen maple leaves::

SPEAK is coming the stage in Central New York this weekend!! It is premiering at one of my alma maters, Fayetteville-Manlius High School, and in a few weeks it will be onstage at my almost-mater, Nottingham High School. All details here. (Note: the production is not suitable for little kids – get a babysitter, please.) The director, Steve Braddock, is the fellow who brought FEVER 1793 to the stage a couple of years ago. I am very excited to see his adaptation, and see what the actors have done with the material.

Post Standard reporter Laura Ryan attended a rehearsal and has some great quotes from Steve (and a couple from me).

The Syracuse New Times has an article, too, and photos of rehearsal. One note – I did not attend Nottingham, as the article says, but if we hadn’t moved the summer before high school started, I would have.

In closing – what would Charles think?

TWISTED reviews from real live readers (as opposed to the dead, stuffed kind)

The Galley Group (a teen book club in Allegan, Michigan) read TWISTED and wrote reviews that I would like to paper the entire inside of my house with. You might enjoy reading them, too.

You can also see the real, live author interviewed about the book. (Be patient. The clip might take a minute to load.)

I am writing. The Creature With Fangs is guarding me.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Be afraid. Be very afraid.

My adventure

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Yep. BH and I spent a long weekend at the 2007 World Fantasy Convention in Saratoga Springs, NY.

“But Laurie,” you say. “You don’t write fantasy. You don’t write science fiction. You write contemporary YA and dabble in historical fiction. What on earth were you doing there?”

For years, whenever teen audiences would ask what I read when I was in high school, I’d blush and confess that I wouldn’t touch realistic stories back then with a ten-foot pole. I would only read sci-fi and fantasy. I don’t know that I will ever write in those genres, but I love them, and I adore many of the practitioners of the art. So I decided to treat myself and attend a conference as a fan instead of a speaker, to sit in the audience, to be nameless and faceless and perfectly content.

It was a blast. We saw Sharyn November () who was nominated for the Anthology award, and Theo and Holly Black . I sat in on panels exploring ghost stories, fantasy worlds, Australian writers, female fantasy authors from the last two hundred years, archetypes, and then some more ghosts.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Plus I got to fangrrl over a few heroes, like Tamora Pierce (who gave a wonderful reading)

Image and video hosting by TinyPic and Garth Nix.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic We loved the city of Saratoga Springs. We ate (and drank) a lot at Saratoga Coffee Traders, chatted up Dale the Cheese/Meat Guy at Putnam Market, and barely escaped spending every last dime on yarn at Saratoga Needle Arts.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic We stayed at a terrific B&B, The Mansion, outside of town.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic They serve a killer breakfast there.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic This lady stared at us while we slept. That was a little creepy, I admit.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic We also took several trips out to the Saratoga National Battlefield. On Saturday we snuck in a run through a good portion of it. This is the view looking southeast from Bemis Heights. Definitely need to go back.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Before heading home, we wandered north into the Adirondacks to visit the graves of my grandparents and this, their last home. Shed some good tears, held them in my heart, and was very, very filled with happy memories.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Then I introduced my husband to Oscar’s Smokehouse, close to Grandpa’s. We stocked up on nitrate-laden fatty animal products and headed home.

For those who have heard one of my recent speeches, this was a weekend of well-filling. Will anything I saw or experienced turn up in a story? I dunno. That wasn’t the point. The point was to stretch myself, to do something new, to laugh and eat and have fun.

Mission accomplished. My muse is fat and happy and the well is filled to the brim.