February 2-10, 2010:

My wheels have been spinning and I have sadly neglected this journal. So here is my catch-up.

Book stuff: Received the lovely first proofs for Elsie’s Bird, the picture book with David Small. Went over them carefully. Sent in email three of the first finishes for Sleeping Monsters with absolutely stunningly funny pictures by Kelly Murphy. (I see board game, stuffed animals, maybe even a movie.) Rebecca Guay is still sending us the gorgeous finishes for the graphic novel The Last Dragon. Copies of Bedtime for Bunny arrived. Ditto the audio books for two of the Unsolved Mysteries that Heidi and I have done: Salem Witch Trials and Roanoke.

A starred review in PW for All-Star. Starred review in Kirkus for An Egret’s Day. And How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You debuted at #10 this week on the New York Times Children’s Book bestsellers.

I worked on my speech for SCBWI Atlanta. Organized stuff for Boskone this coming weekend. Did readings/signings on Saturday first at B&N to help raise money for the Chinese Immersion School, then down to West Hartford for the Noah Webster House which was a full house of admiring and chatty children and adults.

I did some revisions on the first section of Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts which I sent to Heidi, including a new found story for blintzes. Worked a lot on the revisions for Curses, Foiled Again though there is much more to go. Did some more work on the proposal for Joey Dante’s Trip to Heck graphic novel and sent it to my co-author, Bob Harris. Wrote several poems, including three for the Bordertown anthology. Two have been accepted, one waiting. Adam and I have planned to talk about the revisions for BUG. I worked over the final edits on The Emily Sonnets.

And of course the requisite three rejections. Plus one book that Patty Gauch and I worked on before she resigned as editor at Philomel, that I have been fully paid for, was handed back.

That kind of week.

Plus: a lot of doctor’s appointments, tests. Saw “The Young Victoria” with friend Bob Marstall. (Liked it  not blown away by it.) Lunch with friend Betsey Harries, professor emeritus at Smith. Went to a dynamite jazz concert by Jerry Noble and friends at Smith College. The writers’ group twice, the second time a mini-birthday party for me. And dinner at Heidi’s the evening before my actual birthday, with the Masschusetts grands.


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