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Friday, March 05, 2010

Movie News

Doesn't my post title sound exciting? Well, it's not really. The only actual movie news (and by that I mean movie news about my books) is this blog post where they try to cast my novel, INTO THE WILD NERD YONDER. They also say some nice things about the book, and some not as nice things regarding all of the ASIDES and PARENTHESES I use (I enjoy a good parenthesis. So nyah.). I like the casting, except for the Barrett guy. The person they chose, Jesse Bradford, just looks like some dumb jock. Not that I know who I'd cast. Ooh! Yes I do! It would be that guy, Charlie Hunnam, who played Nicholas Nickleby in the movie of the same name, if he were still that young. Casting is fun! But I am too tired to cast any more. And I do realize, for anyone who noticed, that I am once again two weeks behind on my Proust Questionnaires. I will get to them some day. These days, I am too busy dreaming about what I will wear to the Oscars.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

How Cute is This?

Something I found while surfing the web (do people say that anymore? Well, I do!):


Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Future is Now

I have no idea what the subject of this post means. I was going to call it "1 in 4 women can misread a traditional pregnancy test," because that commercial was just on, but that doesn't make any sense, either. And who are these moronic women?

The big news is that this summer (or sooner?) I start work on a sort of sequel to my first novel, GET WELL SOON. I never thought I'd do a sequel to anything, but when I was brainstorming (which really just means sitting there one day and then having a thought pop into my brain) my idea for my next novel, I kept coming back to the question that a lot of teens ask me: how did I get through it? Referring to my depression. And then I thought, what a great idea for a novel: How do you feel normal when you just got out of a mental hospital? And then I looked back at my own post-crazy experience, and though, well, that's not very interesting, but if I turn it into a work of fiction, hey, it actually could be interesting! Hence, the sequel. Which I will begin work on when I finish my revisions on my third novel, DON'T STOP NOW, which I will receive from my editor next week. Those revisions shouldn't be too hard, except that my editor wants me to go further into this part of the book that is kind of dark and not fun. But the rest of it was so fun to write! That must be why I neglected the not so fun parts.

Lastly, I have a beef with the Girl Scouts (I've actually always had a beef with them, but this new one has to do with the cookies): why do you keep changing your cookie recipes? The lemon sandwich cookies are totally different-- too small, and too hard of a cookie, plus too little of the lemon creme center. What gives? And then the peanut butter chocolate things, sometimes called Tagalongs, are obviously skimped. They're super-thin, and the layer of peanut butter is almost non-existent. Don't blame this on the economy, either! If that's the case, than my own personal economy will be better spent elsewhere in the future. Take that, Troops! You may have just lost the sale of three whole boxes of cookies! Hmmm. That gets me thinking: will Romy want to be a Girl Scout?

Friday, February 19, 2010

I was great, and I've been challenged!

First off, thank you so much to everyone at Fremd High School for welcoming me into your lovely theater during Writer's Week. I loved that I got such big laughs from the scene I was fretting over, and it felt great to have made the right decision about what to read. It was also wonderful to meet some of my readers. In my excitement and nervousness, I completely forgot to turn on my recorder, so I have no account of my speech. Sigh. I want to hear the laughs again! Maybe I missed a calling as a stand-up comic.

In other super exciting news, GET WELL SOON has been challenged at a middle school in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, along with ONE OF THOSE HIDEOUS BOOKS WHERE THE MOTHER DIES by Sonya Sones (which last night made it through the ONE PERSON challenge with the school board) and the SISTERHOOD series. The mother still plans to hit each book individually, so GET WELL SOON may have its day in front of the school board. I have already spoken with the librarian, as well as Sonya (who, intriguingly, is coming to my school in April), who has been through this before. I am drafting my letter to the board as we speak (Well, not as we speak, since we are not technically speaking, and I couldn't possibly be drafting a letter at the same time as I'm typing this blog post. But, you know.). Here is the news report about last night's board meeting:

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Proust Questionnaire Thursday! Today's Special Guest: Cynthia Omololu

Cynthia Omololu (or is it C.J.? Or Cynthia Jaynes? So many choices!) is the author of the new novel, Dirty Little Secrets. This book has a lovely teenager on the cover with sexy, puffy lips, a new trend in YA. Where do they find all of these girls with puffy lips? How do they get their jobs as book cover starlets? The answer to questions other than these can be found at Cynthia's website.

The following questions are based on James Lipton's questions from Inside the Actors Studio, which, in turn, are based on the Proust Questionnaire. One of the questions is about swearing, so please excuse our French.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present Cynthia Omololu!

1. What is your favorite word?
Thanks.

2. What is your least favorite word?
Hate.

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
My favorite song - whichever one that is at the moment.

4. What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
When I wake up in the middle of the night obsessively worrying about
something stupid. It's never that bad in the morning.

5. What sound or noise do you love?
My kids coming through the door after school.

6. What sound or noise do you hate?
The dog howling when my son plays the trumpet.

7. What is your favorite curse word?
Damnable. Unfortunately, you had to say it in the 19th century to not look
like an ass.

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
CSI investigator, but only like it is on TV.

9. What profession would you not like to do?
Social worker. Everyday heartbreak.

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at
the Pearly Gates?
Dangit, we grabbed the wrong list again - you really have thirty more years.
Oh, and because we messed up the body you had, we're going to have to give
you this one. It's only 28 years old, but still in good shape.

Next week's author: Jessica Leader!

We'll See. We Shall See.

I have decided what to do. I am going to read the Krispy Kreme passage tomorrow. I deleted the piece from the post below, just in case a student goes to my blog beforehand. Maybe it will be more entertaining if they haven't read it before. Maybe not. Who knows. Thanks to everyone for their advice (Isaac-- I love the enthusiasm!). It really helped me make my decision. I am going to try and wear my little digital recorder so I can post the recording on my blog. We'll see if I remember to do that in all of my performance jitters. I'll let you know how it goes!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Need your help: Krispy Kremes or No?

As I've told you before, I am speaking at a high school in front of 500 or so students this Thursday about writing. I was freaking out, as you know, about what to say. Today, I figured it all out, wrote some stuff out, and found a few passages to read. I was all excited and ready, or so I thought. And then I asked just to double check about questionable content. Can I read the f-bomb on the first page of GET WELL SOON? Can I read the (still hilarious every time I read it) uber-vulgar Krispy Kreme scene in INTO THE WILD NERD YONDER? Well, I don't know. I haven't had any clear answers from the school. It's basically: some previous visiting authors have sworn, some people haven't been asked back, some people have. Some people get parent phone calls, some don't. So, since I really do need your help on this, I am going to post the questionable scene from NERD below. Just know that it is PG-13 in content, kind of pervy, definitely gross, but very funny. Keep in mind the audience is 14-18 year-olds, which seems old enough to me, but apparently may have some conservative students and/or parents. What do you think I should do???

Passage deleted for the element of surprise!