Friday, April 30, 2010

The Page 69 Test and James River Writers

I took The Page 69 Test. This is the coolest blog because it asks the question NOT necessarily on everyone's mind, but a really cool question: Does page 69 in the book that you wrote represent the overall story or theme of your novel?

My answer is posted today. Check it out!

And I had such a wonderful time last night participating in the James River Writers' Writing Show Panel at the Children's Museum. In this photograph are my agent Michelle, me, my editor, Sarah, and local fiction writer and JRW Co-Chair and last night's moderator, Ginny Pye. The audience of writers was insightful and inspiring. I had a blast! Thanks to everyone who came out and thanks to Michelle and Sarah for flying down from New York and to James River Writers' for hosting them.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Here I go again on my own...

We have had the best time in Chapel Hill and Durham, North Carolina. Thank you to Regulator Books and Flyleaf Books for their kindness. And thank you to DG Martin for interviewing me for 1360 WCHL Chapel Hill. He's a delight!

Last night after my reading at Flyleaf, I was at a local pizza place, IP 3 (rocked!!) and saw the White Snake video with Tawny Kitaen rolling all over the car, and I felt really happy that I'm not "traveling down the only road I've ever known". Not to mention, every single time that I see that White Snake video I want to roll around on a Trans Am or Camaro or whatever muscle car that is. Here's to Tawny Kitaen! I first encountered her in the movie Bachelor Party--I think. I'm showing my age.

Hat's off to Tawny.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Regulator Books in Durham, NC

And... if you miss me at Flyleaf Books, catch me Wednesday at Regulator Books in Durham, NC. I'll be reading from THE HANDBOOK FOR LIGHTNING STRIKE SURVIVORS and signing books. I hope to see you there.


Monday, April 26, 2010

Flyleaf Books Tuesday, 7 pm

Hi folks. If you're in Chapel Hill, Tuesday. Come see me at Flyleaf Books, 7 pm.
I'm really looking forward to it!!


Friday, April 23, 2010

Endearing Losers

From left to right, my sister, me, and my dad.

I'm guest blogging today over at The Book Lady's Blog, writing about what it means to be an "endearing loser." There are some fun pics. Check it out!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Book Lady's Blog!!!!!!!!!!!

I love this woman!

Check out her blog, and the stunning review she gave THE HANDBOOK FOR LIGHTNING STRIKE SURVIVORS!!!!!!!!!!

See you at 6:30, Fountain Bookstore, Shockoe Bottom: Reading and book signing.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Book Launch Party a HUGE success

The party was a blast! I'd imagined this party for years, and it didn't disappoint.

Thanks Coby, Wells, Stephen and Sara--for the great introduction and Ward and Curtis.

We had a blast! And thanks for coming and getting your book signed. I hope everyone had FUN!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Michele Young-Stone at Gallery 5 Sunday, April 18th

Please join me in celebrating the release of my debut novel, THE HANDBOOK FOR LIGHTNING STRIKE SURVIVORS.

Gallery 5, 200 West Marshall Street, Richmond, VA,

Sunday, April 18th, 5 - 7 pm.

Books for sale by Chop Suey Books.

Reading, signing, live music, food and libations.

I hope to see you there. XXOO michele

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Reading tonight in Chester, VA!!

So, I think it should've dawned on me before this afternoon that my writing career started in Chester, Virginia. I have my first memories of sitting and writing stories and poems. It's pretty cool that my first public reading is going to be back where I first met my muse. I'm really looking forward to it!

This is Mrs. Emma Peel (left). XXOO

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Thank you to my fellow fiction writers Sheri Reynolds, Therese Fowler, Rebecca Rasmussen, Bill Tester and Heidi Durrow for their words of advice and wisdom. And thank you to all the fiction folks I forgot. I am having a great day. And thank you to my friends and family for all their love and support. And Sarah and Michelle and Annsley and Kira and Ward and a million other folks. This day has been a long time in the making. To Sarah: "You had me at John Irving."


Today is the day!
What more to say?
Dreams really do come true...

"When you wish upon a star,
makes no difference who you are..."

"Don't stop believing,
hold onto that feeling..."

I think I'm high! Off to the gym, but I'll be blogging all day today. Wow! I am really totally freaky excited. YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, April 12, 2010


One day to go, and The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors got a wonderful review in The Boston Globe. What could be better?

An excerpt: “[N]othing in this novel is predictable, which is one of many reasons that it’s a delight. Young-Stone has written an exceptionally rich and sure-handed debut, full of complex characters, brilliantly described. . . . [H]er style certainly has an electric immediacy.”

In celebration of my debut novel THE HANDBOOK FOR LIGHTNING STRIKE SURVIVORS: I offer an excerpt from novel #3 in progress, as yet untitled:

For her art project, Meredith made wings. They were what you’d imagine homemade wings to be: four feet in length, curved, ten inches across at the widest point, narrowing to the bottom, layered with clean white feathers, synthetic things, bought at the Craft Emporium. It seemed only right that when she’d been assigned to build something three dimensional, Meredith would make wings. She’d been born with them or something like them. The doctors called her wings a birth defect, an anomaly, how some children are born with tails and others with cleft palates, Meredith had bifurcated protrusions extending from her back. Wings, her mother had reckoned. An angel born to the wrong world. Wings, Meredith thought, even after her mother stopped saying kind things. Wings, she believed, even after her mother became addicted to cocaine and coco-puffs. Years ago, before the cocaine, Meredith’s mother said that the wings were attached until Meredith was two months old—when it was safer to operate, to cut them cleanly, two stitched seams in their stead. Once, Meredith remembered her mother saying, “I felt them flutter when I fed you your bottle.” Meredith’s mother dismissed such bullshit nowadays. She didn’t like talking about wings or flights, not to distant lands, not away from Vilento Beach, not flights of fancy. Nothing.

c. Michele Young-Stone, 2010

Sunday, April 11, 2010


Wow! I sort of look like "That Girl" minus the hat flying in the air. I'm down south in Savannah, enjoying a Monkey Shine slushie at Wet Willie's.

I guess it's time to go home. I hope I see you Tuesday (Book launch day, April 13th) at Chop Suey Books, 4-5 pm.

or April 15th, Thursday at Chester Library, Chester, VA, 6:30 pm,

and/or Sunday, April 18th, Book Launch Party Day, Gallery 5, 200 W. Marshall Street, 5 - 7 pm

Friday, April 9, 2010


4 Days to go
We're still in St. Augustine, having the finest time, wishing we didn't have to leave tomorrow, but as always, I miss home. Christopher misses home. Danny could pitch his tent right here for forever. There's the beach and bikini-clad girls. And waves. Pauvre Danny.

These are some of the great friends I made: Patty and Elizabeth. The best part about traveling are the people you meet. XXOO

Big kudos to Patty for telling everyone about my book. She's the best. Love her!!

Thursday, April 8, 2010


Day 5 and I'm staying alive. I've wrestled an alligator and the Atlantic Ocean. My son told me that the skin on my chest looks wrinkly--"Is that going to happen to me?"--so I'm avoiding a suntan, much less a burn.

He also asked, just today: "If I eat broccoli every day, will I live to be as old as Jesus?"

"Which Jesus?" I mean, there's Jesus, the Christ, and then there's Jesus the carpenter. To simplify things, I assumed he meant Jesus the carpenter, and told him most certainly he'll live that long, probably and hopefully longer.

Today, I drove to St. Augustine Shores and met my mom's cousin Bill--whom she hasn't seen in 50 years. Got some history lessons. Worked on my new novel, 3rd one, about a girl born with wings--a deformity. Feel like I've grown some wings since I've been in Florida. Bill's wife Laura said, "Are you feeling nervous about your book coming out?" and I wasn't sure what to say. I don't even know if I'm nervous. I guess I am. I know that I'm excited, a little tentative, uncertain, but I haven't been throwing up. I have a gorgeous boy who likes to build castles and dig in the sand. Writing a book is a big deal, I guess, but nothing like having a family. Nothing like having a son. Without him, without them, I wouldn't be who I am and having a book come out in 5 days wouldn't mean squat. I love my family. My mom says, "Who's going to keep you grounded if your book does well?" Easy answer!

Nightmares now? No no no...

Countdown interrupted. Anxiety dreams erupting. I'm flirting with guys swilling Budweiser in T-tops. I'm not married. I didn't write a book. I don't have a dreamy husband and a sweet dog. I don't have great friends and family.

Crud!!! I should've brought the dream catcher on vacation with us!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


7 days! Perched and ready to fly. Full-up on wine and waves here in St. Augustine. And in one week, I'll be hanging out at Chop Suey Books 4 - 5 hoping to see you, to sign your book.

Hoorah for spring.

Monday, April 5, 2010


Eight days a week, I luuuuuv you... Eight days a week is not enough to show I care.

I confess. I am mathematically challenged. I lost a day somewhere--so maybe it's seven days--but we'll stick with eight days until publication because I'm on Florida time.

I watched the sun rise this morning and took a three hour nap this afternoon. I do NOT nap. I can't relax or shut my brain down so I never attempt napping. I end up frustrated. Just the same, today, I napped!
I am relaxed here at the House of Sea and Sun, where I've met delightful people. First and foremost, the owner Patty, who treats everyone like family. The sound of the ocean is our constant companion. The skies are blue. The sand white. I have come to St. Augustine to research my third book, and, if anything, thus far, I will take away a sense of this northern Florida coast, the difference between the sea here and the ocean in North Carolina. One fierce and often gray, and this one rolling and rippling the sand. I love the North Carolina coast. I'm only biased because I'm here. And I had my picture taken with a singing Leprechaun today. And my son is happy that he's made a friend--Sammy--whose grandmother Helen is visiting from Scotland. And it's all so beautiful like I hoped it would be, except for this blog which is kind of mushy and mish-mashed and sentimental. Oh well. I like that too. Love to everyone in Richmond and elsewhere.

Sunday, April 4, 2010


9 dAyS to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We are relaxing in St. Augustine. For Easter, we went on an Easter egg hunt at The Surf Station.
We won a free T-Shirt.

Christopher says, "St. Augustine is great because there aren't any leaves to rake."

Check out the Surf Station's website. They were a gas station until 1984. Everyone there is super nice.

Friday, April 2, 2010


Ten days to go!!!

All right: You know that you live in a wonderful neighborhood when you need a professional color photograph sent to your publicist and all you have to do is call up your neighbor and dear friend down the street, and say, "Hey, I need you to shoot like 100 pictures of me. Yeah. Like, now." And you take pictures in the grass, against the tree, against her house, and finally, the best picture is of you standing in her dog run where one of your favorite dogs, Brutus (aka Rudy) digs his holes.

Note Annie's little feet in the picture: she's a serious renaissance gal: sculptor, painter, photographer, teacher, Mom, wife, boogie-woogie dancer. The list goes on and on.

I moved to this magical neighborhood--where my neighbors are family--in 1999. You can tell I'm surrounded by good vibrations just by the look on my face.

Thursday, April 1, 2010


11 DAYS TO GO!!!

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