Best Intentions

Remember when I used to blog? A lot? Well. I got out of the blogging habit during the FORGE booktour! ARGH! I’m sorry! I miss you guys!

So I am trying to get back into the habit.

Right now.

I think one of the things that has been holding me back (other than catching up on my sleep) is that I felt as if I had to write a gigunda blog post in which I would mention absolutely EVERYTHING that happened in the tour. And the mere thought of composing such a long post made me need another nap all over again.


I’m going to sneak the highlights of the tour in gradually, if its OK with you. Like this:











This mural graces the hall of one of the KIPP Academy schools I visited in Washington, DC courtesy of the completely amazing people at RIF.

(BTW – you’ve been looking for a reason to bug your Congressfolk, right? Some confused people running the country don’t want to continue to fund RIF, thereby depriving 4.4 million children of books!! YOU CAN HELP RIGHT NOW!)

I’m also going to get back to the regular blogging flow of life in the country, my writing process, my dogs, and whatever else strikes my fancy. So…

1. It has been snowing here since Saturday. This is a Good Thing because

2. I’m working on a new book, but I can’t tell you about it yet because I am superstitious and

3. The dogs say “Hi! Hi! Got a ball! I have a ball! In my mouth. It is big and red and slimy!! I want to put this ball in your hand. NO! I want to rub this ball in your hair so you’ll smell just like me!! Wait! Where you going?”

4. Tonight my heart is with the children of Elizabeth Edwards. They have been through more than their share of sadness.

And here endeth this post. As far as returns go, it’s a little uneven, but as with all writing, it will improve with some daily practice.

See you tomorrow.

14 Replies to “Best Intentions”

  1. #3 makes me miss those lovable, slobbering kids! Throw the ball for me.

    #4 makes me sad too.

    #1 and #2 make me glad you are back home!

  2. What a powerful mural! I would love to have a print of that.

    Also, I am with you about the children of Elizabeth Edwards – bless their hearts.

    I also have to tell you that I just read ‘Chains’ and ‘Forge’ in preparation for a Revolutionary War unit that I am putting together and oh my goodness – I CANNOT wait for ‘Ashes’!!


  3. I like this post. I think it is valuable to show that the writing process can take many different forms long, short, etc. I am teaching my students to blog and they will appreciate that published authors don’t always write long blog posts. Welcome home!

  4. I love quotes like that one. They’re so great. My favorite one is “I cannot live without books” by Thomas Jefferson.
    Glad you’re recovering from the book tour and enjoying the snow with the dogs. Can’t wait to hear all about the tour.

  5. Phenomenal quote.

    Cringed when I heard the tee-up to the Elizabeth Edwards story on the radio, hoping against hope it wouldn’t end the way I knew it would. Very sad.

    Just finished Forge. Never have I been so sad to see that there will be a follow-up to two books I love. Curzon and Isabel have already been through so much, it kills me that they’re living in a time where they can’t just be left alone and happy.

    That said, I’m of course reading Ashes the second it comes out. 🙂

  6. So, so sad about Elizabeth Edwards as well and what her life tells us about our lives in the world today. I think of her children and what they’ve been through and her older daughter and the responsibilties that have been thrust upon her. Having said that, keeping warm seems trivial, I want to curl up with my dog and snuggle but off to write
    s o m e t h i n g!

  7. welcome back.
    looking forward to hearing more about the writing days in the cabin.
    enjoy your snow.
    we have none. none.

  8. Hi Laurie, this isn’t quite so relevant to your post, but is there any way you could re-screen the addresses on the post where you gave away your Wintergirls discussion guides? They are all showing up on your website! Thank you!

  9. Yay! You’re back! I just wrote a paper for my communications class on the experience that was hearing you speak. Oh, I was at Keplers, with my sister. The short blondes. Yep, that’s us. I’ll be following now!

  10. So glad you’re back! I am looking forward to more.

    Our main library branch has quotes like the one in your post on the wall and columns all around the outside. I love just walking around the block reading them.

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