May 26-27, 2010:

Winding down, getting ready to travel to Scotland. This means packing (usually I don’t carry many clothes, because I have a closet full over there. But having lost 40 pounds, I have little that fits. Shifting over US money to Scottish money. Getting my granddaughter and her boyfriend ready to completely take over the house. Sending off several boxes of books for research and to restock my JY shelves there.

Also a tooth filled, bank stuff done, visited friend Bob Marstall who has (alas) shingles and brought him dinner. (He says I am the Jewish Mother Theresa because he began to fill better the minute I got there!) Emailed all my editors about my shift to Summer Mode. Dinner with Heidi and Maddison. Last writers’ group for me till the fall. Hugs and kisses all around. Changed seats in the airplane. Got a driver for the airport.

No writing. . .but a possible (even probable) new picture book sale to be settled next week with my agent. A GREAT Publishers Weekly (no star, alas) review of Not All Princesses Dress in Pink. And continuing great and/or interesting reviews of both Foiled and Except the Queen.

After I get to Scotland (Saturday morning) and rest up from jet lag (I don’t ever sleep on the plane) I hope to tuck into some writing. This is the list of what I have to get done, which does not include something that might ambush me:  Novel–Snow in Summer (I am 3 chapters in). Nonfiction–Girls’ Bible (we want to get half done, or another 4 chapters.) Possibly (probably) more revisions on BUG and Curses, Foiled Again. More Bug Off poems. A final retold folktale for Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts. It will be interesting to see how much I actually get done in the 3 1/2 months to come.

I have a lunch date for Monday with friend Debby, she and Bob will most likely feed me Saturday night, and am invited to a dinner party for next week. Also I expect to have some tea dates and a movie date and. . .all fun stuff.

Volcano willing.

Now I have to check over everything once again.

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