May 2, 2010:

Worked most of the day on the edited Bad Girls, trying to get as much done as possible, but not rushing it. Heidi will get her turn next. Got about halfway through. This next-to-last time with the manuscript (I hope) gives me a chance to read it aloud and hear it again. For me, the ear is as important in good writing as the eye.

I did some more cleaning up of the house. Gave my wonderful cleaning lady six pieces of clothing that are now too large for me and she was thrilled.

The early evening I met friends Shelly Rotner (photographer/author) and Diane deGroat (author/illustrator) and off we drove to the foothills of the Berkshires for dinner with Susan Pearson (author/editor) and her partner Alice Schertle (poet/author)/ at their house. Four hours of gossip, sharing stories and new books, passionate discussion, hearty laughs, and sighs over the wonderful food later, Diane and Shelly and I drove home. Ah. . .the good life.

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