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    No longer the ugliest thing in my house

    I LOVE fan mail from kids. Not to insult fan mail from adults in any way, but lately I’ve been getting emails from readers of the Eighth Day series. I especially love answering questions that show in-depth thinking about the book. (ex: “Why didn’t Giana’s hostility to Jax wear off after he accidentally used his compulsion talent on her, the way Jax’s hostility to Riley wore off after a couple days?” Answer: Giana wasn’t a nice person to start with. She was a bully who enjoyed being mean to people.) And I love hearing from readers who are worried about my characters and what’s going to happen to them next.

  • Sometimes, you look at something in your house that has needed painting for years – let’s say, a window pane and sill that’s water-stained from a leak that was fixed a long time ago. And you say, today’s the day! So you get out the sanding tool and the trim paint and the brush. You finally paint over all the flaws, and you stand back with satisfaction and say, “There! I just fixed the ugliest thing in my house!”  Then you turn around and guess what? The second ugliest thing in your house is now glaringly obvious. Dang it.
  • I’ve been asked to do something really fun next summer: Be one of the guest authors in Fiona Claire’s Ireland Writer Tours. Julie Dao participated in this writing conference/Irish tour this summer and has been blogging about the experience, if you want to check it out. Basically, this would be a working vacation for me – running workshops and classes in between tours of beautiful Galway, Ireland – with someone else paying my expenses. How could I say no? I’ll share more as details become available.
  • Nothing’s funnier than watching a small cat chase a large spider around the inside of a big mopping bucket. Especially when sometimes it looks like the spider might be chasing the cat. I’m really, really sorry I didn’t get a picture/video of this. I was too busy laughing.
  • The Baltimore Book Festival is coming up at the end of this month – and that makes me really happy! If you live anywhere near Baltimore and are available September 25-27, come visit me at the KidLit Author booth in the Baltimore Inner Harbor. It will probably look a little like last year’s booth:

KLAC booth on Baltimore harbor

  • Except that after having “banner envy” over Timothy Young’s eye-catching banner (see it behind the lady on the right?), I asked him to design one for me, too. And it’s awesome!

Eighth Day Banner

  • Plus, my husband is threatening to decorate our booth with some flashy lights. Can’t go wrong there! I hope the weather is as gorgeous as last year, except maybe just 10 degrees cooler.

That’s how my September is going. How is yours?