… in 48 hours, I’ll be in the Big Apple!
Then on Wednesday night, it’s time for the Edgar Awards — squeeeeeee! The event is black tie (“dress to kill,” the invitation says). I will be taking lots of pictures, as I don’t know when I’ll ever get my husband in a tuxedo again, and he looks fabulous. As for me, I have a snazzy formal dress and sparkly silver shoes to go with it. I’ve been practicing walking around in them, as heels are not something this writer wears very often and I’d hate to fall flat on my face in front of, say, Stephen King or something…
Stay tuned for a full post-event report, complete with pictures of my husband and me. Wait until you see the two of us — we look like we belong on top of a wedding cake!
So let’s write about … SPRING!
It’s so beautiful outside here in the Pacific Northwest that I could barely pull myself back indoors to get this Saturday Story Starter going.
For those of you who haven’t participated before, Saturday Story Starter is purely for fun, just a way to exercise those writing muscles (think of it as Heather’s Literary Gym). There are no prizes, only the simple joy of putting words on paper (well, OK, on the computer screen). Also, I won’t be offering critiques, just brief words of encouragement, but I will read all your entries, that I can promise! (And if you’d like to read some of the earlier stories that have been shared, click here and click here and here and click here and here and here and here and here and here andhereand here and here and here and here to browse to your heart’s content.)
So, back to this month’s story starter …
I spotted these gorgeous blossoms on my walk today, and couldn’t resist sharing them with you (click on the photo to enlarge the image). They speak to me of spring. So does soft rain, and the sound of frogs, and green shoots bursting from the earth. The world smells differently in the springtime, fresh and new and filled with promise.
What speaks to you of spring?
Brainstorm a list. Now, take that list and turn it into something to delight us. A poem, perhaps, if you’re so inclined (not me–I am SO not a poet!). A description. A fake weather report. A conversation between two friends on a walk, noticing the world around them. Or perhaps your list will spark something entirely different–a story, a scene, something magical or humorous, who knows? Let the words take you in whatever direction they will.
Ready, set, WRITE!
It’s that time of the week again!
Before I share this week’s mail with you, though, I have something exciting to announce. We finally have a title for MDBC #7!!
MOTHER-DAUGHTER BOOK CAMP
I love it. Love it! And I’m enormously grateful to Justin Chanda, one of Simon & Schuster’s resident geniuses, for the suggestion. My editor and I kept throwing spaghetti at the wall, but nothing was sticking …
Anyway, a sneak preview of the book will be coming along later this spring, so stay tuned. I also happen to know that one of the goddesses in the S&S art department (Lucy, I’m looking at you!) has a REALLY cool idea for the cover, so once it’s been designed I’ll post it here on my blog.
I think you’re going to like this new book (she says modestly). And yes, it really is the FINAL one in the series, in case you’re wondering. I had such a great time writing this story, and I can’t wait to share it with the world!
So, on to more important things here — your mail! This week, I have a couple of great drawings to show you from Brooke. Her favorite book in the series is PIES & PREJUDICE, so she chose to picture the girls in their ballgowns:
Don’t you love it?
But wait! That’s not all! Brooke also sent along a drawing of the MDBC moms:
This is SUCH fun. I don’t get to see the mothers as often — well, aside from in my mind’s eye. Did you catch the slogan on Mrs. Wong’s T-shirt? Well done, Brooke! You’re awesome.
As always, many thanks for your letters and emails. They’re the cherry on top of the ice cream sundae that is my life as an author!