Hi everyone! I realize that it’s been a while since I said “HI”, so…HI! I hope you’re having a great December so far. Edie and I are back in LA and getting used to the land of palm trees and parking structures once again. As those of you who read my other posts probably know, our 3 months in New York were amazing. Edie was a huge hit on the mean streets of Manhattan. Wherever we went she caused a stir. Central Park, Lincoln Center, Columbus Avenue… New York was her town. Particularly the pet store across the street, where she would drag me at least three times a day! She even managed to capture the heart of Marian, one of the doormen in my building:
Other highlights: launching the newest Daughters book, THE DAUGHTERS JOIN THE PARTY at Books of Wonder – a must-visit children’s bookstore on 18th street in Manhattan:
I also got to hang out in Central Park on some truly glorious autumn days:
And another BIG highlight was being inducted into The Twitterhood of the Butt-Lifting Pajants. Er, let me explain… Sarah Mlynowski, the author of the Bras and Broomsticks series and Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have), and I met one night in TriBeCa. Sarah is a whirling dervish of creativity AND friendliness. At one point she grabbed my hand and said excitedly, “You should wear the Pajants!” The Pajants are a pair of “butt-lifting” pajama jeans that were given as a joke to author Julia DeVillers (she wrote the amazing Liberty Porter series.) Thinking they were funny, Julia wore the jeans to a formal event with her husband. Then she signed them. Then she passed them on to another writer to wear to a completely inappropriate event. A year later, authors like Sarah Mlynowski, Maureen Johnson, Courtney Sheinmel, Elizabeth Eulberg, and Lauren Oliver had all taken a turn in the pants and signed them, a la the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants:
So on a Friday in October, it was my turn! I wore them, danced in them, and of course, signed them:
Authors Sarah Mlynowski, Adele Griffin, Courtney Sheinmel, Alyssa Sheinmel, and Elizabeth Eulberg were all on hand that day to lend me their Pajants support!
Wearing the Pajants was a great way to get to know some wonderful people, and to see how supportive the young-adult writing world is. There was even a huge event at Books of Wonder on December 3rd to celebrate the Pajants (which I missed, sniff sniff!) So everyone, check out these authors if you haven’t already! They are incredible! And to learn more about the Twitterhood of the Butt-Lifting Pajants, which will be auctioned off to support reading and literacy, go to their Facebook page:
Last, but not least, I was able to attend my dad’s very last show. For those of you who may not know, he is a cohost on a morning program called LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY. He’s been doing the show for almost thirty years. The final show was SO well-done, with many funny and touching clips from over the years. One moment my sister and I were laughing, another we had tears in my eyes. I think my dad appreciated it, too. But right after it was over I had to get out of my dress and walk Edie. Here we are that morning (our last morning in NYC):
And now, we’re home. SIGH. But seriously, it’s all good. I’m working on my new book, The Rules of Summer, and I’ve gotten a lot of cuddle time in with my niece and nephew. While I miss New York, I know that it will be waiting for me when I can go back again.
And this Friday, December 9th, I’ll be at Mrs. Nelson’s Book and Toy Shop in La Verne, California where I’ll be reading from and signing copies of THE DAUGHTERS JOIN THE PARTY. (For more info, check out the Events page of this site.) Please come say hi!
I hope all is going well in your world. Talk to you soon!