Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Hello and pelicans and interview and things

Yikes - more than a month since my last post. Busy, busy, as usual.

But you know, I've been thinking that maybe it's not such a bad thing that I don't post more often. Whenever I fall behind on reading other people's blogs, I am always a little distressed to see 12 or 34 or 119 new posts waiting to be read on each blog I follow. Sometimes it's nice to see that only one or two posts have gone up while I've been too busy to read regularly. So maybe it's nice for anyone out there reading this blog to know that if you don't check in every day, you're not going to miss tons and tons of posts. I am the intermittent blog reader's blogger!

Anyway. Now that I'm here, quick update.

Just got back last night from a lovely vacation in sunny, sunny Florida with my nice boyfriend. We visited his friend Erin there, and had a great time. Here is a picture of me, in Florida:

There are lots of pelicans in Florida. They are cool, but also kind of creepy up close. They often look as though they are sizing you up for possible ingestion.

While I was in Florida, I stopped in at Haslam's Book Store, which is huge and wonderful and if you are in the area, you should go there. I happen to know there is a signed first edition of Library Lion waiting for you! Or at least there was, as of several days ago, when I signed it. They sell both new and used books. I bought a choose-your-own-adventure-type Dungeons & Dragons book from 1983 called Dragon of Doom. I am very excited to read it. I used to love those choose-your-own adventure stories. And with a dragon theme...well, it seems just up my alley. :)

I am now getting ready to head out again on Saturday for my next residency at The Vermont College of Fine Arts. I'll be kicking off my third semester in the program, and am very excited to see my VCFA friends and find out who my next advisor will be!

While I was away, Amy Kraft of Media Macaroni posted her recent interview with me. You can see it here, and there are some additional questions and answers on the Hooked on Phonics blog. There's a photo of me in the Media Macaroni interview that shows my dragon tattoo. (Nope, it's not Jakl - a lot of people ask me that!)

Amy and I actually sat down and talked in PERSON. It's the first interview I've done in a long time that wasn't conducted over email. It's harder to make your answers sound smart when you have to just, you know, SAY them, on the spot. But Amy asked such great questions and it was very fun to chat with her. Also, there was iced coffee.

OK - I am supposed to be doing a million things to get ready for school. But I wanted to check in because it had been so long, and also to let people know about the interview!

I hope you're all having a great summer so far. I probably won't post again until late July. So don't worry if you are going on vacation and will be away from your blog reader for a while. I won't get too far ahead of you, I promise. :)


  1. Oooh... B will love this:
    "choose-your-own-adventure-type Dungeons & Dragons book from 1983 called Dragon of Doom." You know he loves dragons but he also just started bringing home the CYOA books... GREAT! Exciting! Thanks! I have been meaning to tell you. H2 just went to her "well child visit" and received a BIG book for her visit. They have the bigger books for those final shotsbefore Kindergarten. WELLY WELL WELL... who happens to be on the cover (and in the book) but Library Lion because of your illustrator! I didn't know there were Maine connections. It was SUCH an exciting moment, which we of course shared with our pediatrition! CONGRATS!!!
    You are reaching scores!

  2. Oh and sorry I never sent the "thing" about Dragon. I lost it in my desk heaps, but will find it eventually and mail it. I promise. It could take time, but your address is written on the back so when I find it again, it is going in the mail. XO M

  3. Oh, how fun that B is reading the CYOA books! Maybe I'll bring the dragon one to Augustfest. SO COOL about H2 getting that book from the doc! I think I know the one you mean - it has a bunch of stories from Maine authors/illustrators, right? Oh and no worries about the dragon "thing" - it will be a nice surprise whenever you send it! :)

  4. Thanks again for lovely conversation over iced coffee. I'm seriously thinking about getting another tattoo in envy of your dragon tattoo.

  5. WHOOPIE!!!!!
    I just finished your book!
    I CANNOT WAIT for the sequal. Loved loved loved it.
    Way to go!

  6. Thanks, Heather! :)

    And Amy - you should TOTALLY get another tattoo. Let me know - I want to see it. :)