Thursday, April 30, 2009


Great news! The book has officially been launched. This doesn't mean that it will be on bookshelves this month, but it does mean that we're getting significantly closer. My editor has officially pitched the book to the multiple hardworking departments and head honchos at Random House, building enthusiasm and excitement for the THE HANDBOOK FOR LIGHTNING STRIKE SURVIVORS.

The next phase is COPY EDITING. My copy editor will have the manuscript to me with his or her marks by May 20th. Copy editors are great people who check to make sure that if you mention a Betty Crocker Black Velvet cake mix in 1973, there really was such a thing around at that time. They check for date consistency (which is a must with my manuscript as a lot of time passes.)

I'll return the corrected ms. to my editor by June 2nd. The next phases include cover art, first pages (seeing the font and appearance of the actual printed work, what it will look like when it goes to print), and from there, we have galleys, which are first copies for one last run-through searching for mistakes, misprints, etc. It's like the hardback version but paperback with the preliminary cover art. So far, Shaye Areheart has been interested in my input in different stages, so I know that I get a little say in the cover art. If you've seen any of the novels they produce, you know the cover art is tremendous. Check it out.

Wow! I always knew that film was a collaborative form, but so are books. It's incredible. And wildly thrilling. It's hard to believe that 6 months ago I was wondering if I'd publish my first novel by my 60th birthday. The good news is: I always knew this would happen. It's important to have faith and keep faith.

That said: KEEP THE FAITH. This is all new to me so I will keep you posted. Love and peace to all of you, and Happy Mother's Day. (Though, in my opinion, Mother's Day is technically every day.)

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter or Death by Bunny

Religion aside: Let's focus on the pagan part, the Easter eggs, and my handsome husband, Bunny Dan. Despite a cloudy and cool climate, we had yet another deliciously fun celebration with more than a dozen kids participating in a three-legged race, a hopping race, a balancing-egg race, and our favorite: the Easter egg hunt. It was--once again--a great time. I am so lucky to have the life I've always wanted: with a great man, a beautiful son, and fun and interesting friends (I won't call them nice... we all know what that connotes). My life is idyllic. Seriously!

The Snowbird

Georgia Wren, Chrissy Robin and Finn hanging out at the Snowbird in Nags Head, April, 2009.

Spring into Kitty Hawk, NC

We had a great time in Kitty Hawk this April. The Outer Banks is one of my favorite places, partly because: I wrote much of my novel THE HANDBOOK FOR LIGHTNING STRIKE SURVIVORS, there, learned that I had been accepted into MFA school, learned that my book had sold... and best for last: got married and later conceived our beautiful son. Too much information--I know.