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Jay Asher Answers Everything


As many of you know, I have a time honored tradition of interviewing a famous NY TIMES bestselling guy authors with one vowel in his first name every five years and eight months. The last interviewee was John Green when he was blog touring for AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES. You can read that HERE.

This time around, it was a different famous NY TIMES bestselling guy author with one vowel in his first name. This mystery author was criss-crossing the country on a book tour, so Peepy and I waited in the hotel lobby for him . . .

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Can you guess who it is? Here's a hint . . .

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Yes! It's Jay Asher, author of the mega-hit 13 REASONS WHY, and the new mega-hit, co-written with Carolyn Mackler, THE FUTURE OF US!!!

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Jay and I have been friends for a long time, hence the pink wig, so I knew that I could ask him the sort of personal, in-depth, top secret questions that not just anyone could ask. Are you ready? Okay, here we go . . .

LISA: What's your favorite salty snack?

JAY: Really? Um . . . er, Chili Cheese Fritos?

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LISA: I thought you'd say that, so I prepared these for you!!!

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LISA: Okay, I'm thinking of a number between 1 - 47. What is it?

JAY: 23.

LISA: Nope.

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LISA: How many cities are you visiting on this book tour?

JAY: Nine.

LISA: Correct!

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LISA: Do you ever take the small soaps and little bottles of lotion from the hotel room?

JAY: I use them, I don't take them.

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LISA: Please draw the cover of THE FUTURE OF US . . .

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LISA: Well done, Jay Asher, well done!

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LISA: You've been on a nine day, nine city tour with you co-author, Printz winner Carolyn Mackler. Tell us a secret about her and/or your ATM pin number.

JAY: I'll tell you about her. She likes to sing karaoke and I think I am better at it than she is. But she tries hard.

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LISA: Would you rather be a monk seal, a woolly mammoth, or a small possum?

JAY: Wooly mammoth. I've always liked Snuffleupagus and I think they are in the same family.

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LISA: What superpower would you like to have?

JAY: Flying, but only at night because if anyone saw me they'd want to control me.

LISA: What superpower do you currently have?

JAY: Invisibility.

LISA: What? I'm sorry, where are you?










LISA: Oh! There you are. I thought you disappeared for a moment. Hey, are you ready for the final question? Here it is . . . do you like soup?

JAY: Yes.

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After the searing interview, it was time for Jay to meet up with Carolyn and head to that marvelous indie bookstore in Montrose, CA, Once Upon a Time . . .

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(I asked Carolyn for a secret about Jay, and she said, "One time when Jay and I were writing the book we got so stressed out, we started crying on the phone.")

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Jay and Carolyn spoke to a packed house. However, all eyes were really on Peepy . . .

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After, the two authors got in a wild fight over my Peep and traumatized her . . .

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So we retreated to the restaurant next door and had cupcakes . . .

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Later, of course, all was well and everyone made up . . .

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(That's Jay in the bunny suit. I've got lots of photos of him in various fancy outfits.)


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Guess who made a cameo on The Simpsons? Why, that would be Ivy Ling, an American Girl character I wrote about in GOOD LUCK, IVY!!!

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Here's the Ivy doll and Ivy on the TV show. Can you spot her?

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Ivy was also on television when she first debuted. Only, she wasn't with any of the Simpsons, instead Ivy was with Oprah! . . .

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But enough about television, let's talk food. My agent, Jodi Reamer, was in town recently. We didn't have time to go to Disneyland, however she did take Dan Santat and me out to dinner. However, just like the last time the three of dined together, Mr. Santat did not wear pants.

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Dan was being a prima donna and insisted that we feed him . . .

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Things were going well, until he insisted that Jodi try the grilled fish. She developed an immediate aversion to it, claiming it looked like chicken . . .

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And if that weren't enough drama, Dan then passed out. Yes, right there on the table . . .

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As you might have guessed, I like to eat. Although not stuff like this . . .

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My favorite meal of the day, other than dinner, is lunch. (I love breakfast, but an never up in time for it.) Being an author, lunch is an important part of the writing process. Why? Because.

Not too long ago, I had lunch (smoked salmon on sour dough with onions and cream cheese) with YA author/poet/race track bettor, Ron Koertge. He had soup.

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On another day, I had lunch with animators/illustrators/writers James Burks and Bob Boyle . . .

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They had pizza. I had a salad with avocado, mushrooms, onions, sunflower seeds and feta cheese . . .

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Then, there was another time when Dan and I decided to do this new thing, where we try new places. In the past, we usually went to Pho 79 for lunch . . .

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Our first new place was Chico's in the Highland Park area of Los Angeles . . .

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Look who else was there! Greg Pincus, author/poet/social media expert . . .

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Greg had the fish stew and it was delicious. I know. I made him give me some. I had the verde pork and hominy soup. It was scrumptious . . .

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Dan had the carnitas platter . . .

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The most awesome soda store was nearby. Galco's.

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Dan had never been there before, and we both had TONS of work that needed to be done. So, naturally, we had to stop and shop . . .

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Here's what I bought!!!

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So hey, grab a soda and check out this cool new kidlit blog written by a college student and former big publishing house intern. You can read LOREMAI IPSUMUS by CLICKING HERE.

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Want to check out Lisa's NEW AND IMPROVED website? SImply CLICK HERE.

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Upcoming Events . . .

This month, I'll be in Austin, TX for the SCBWI Regional Conference and I'll also be in Vancouver for the Serendipity Conference . . .
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Then in April, you can find me HERE . . .

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Squeeee!!! WARP SPEED has been named a TOP SHELF book by VOYA (Voices of Youth Advocates)!

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WARP SPEED's also been named to the YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) Best Fiction for Young Adults list!!!

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Want to know more about the book? Why, I just happen to have this video clip of me speaking Klingon and describing it . . .


Here's another video about the book, and why I wrote it . . .


And here's more! Two anthologies that I've contributed to, DEAR BULLY and GEEKTASTIC have made the YALSA 2012 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults list!

So, of course, the best way to celebrate this cool news was to go to Los Angeles's Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown . . .

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Oops. I didn't have room to add this on my last blog, but after our signing at Apostrophe Books last week, we explored the Belmont Shores shopping district where indie bookstore is located. We stumbled across a Willy Wonka-worthy candy store called Powell's Sweet Shoppe. And sure enough! Willy Wonka, the movie, was playing . . .

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Nearby was Luna where they had lots of handmade jewelry and crafts and stuff. I was quite taken with the bugs . . .

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That's because recently there was a giant bug with a human head in our house, and I had to relocate it across the street. So, I decided to get a bug in honor of the other bug. I named him "Lowell," after the elementary school . . .

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The last place we stopped at before heading home was a wonderful bakery . . .

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I spent a long time trying to decide what to get, and finally settled on a gingerbread man. However, when I got home, I left it on my desk and when I returned, it was GONE!!!! I'm not naming names, but I have a suspect in mind . . .

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I suppose I should feel good about the cookie gone missing. It could have been worse. Here are some things Puppy had done in the past . . .

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Disclaimer: No proofreaders were harmed (or even used) in the creation of this blog.

Want to check out Lisa's NEW AND IMPROVED website? SImply CLICK HERE.

Interested in having Lisa speak at your school, library or conference? CLICK HERE for more information.

Upcoming Events . . .

In February, I'll be in Austin, TX for the SCBWI Regional Conference and I'll also be in Vancouver for the Serendipity Conference . . .
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Then in March, you can find me here . . .

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Some apostrophes are unnecessary, like these from the blog Apostrophe Abuse . . .

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However, other Apostrophes are absolutely, positively, totally, totally necessary . . . .

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That's right. I'm talking about that wonderful indie store Apostrophe Books in Long Beach, CA. I was there last year when WARP SPEED launched, and was back recently . . .

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All the author/illustrators who spoke at Lowell Elementary signed at the store the next day . . .

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And what a marvelous bookstore it is!!! There's something about a bookstore. You walk in and instantly feel good. Bookstore therapy. Yes, that's what is is.

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Oh sure, the internet is all fine and dandy. In fact, for some of us, we use it Waaaaaay Tooooo Much and need help discipling ourselves. And yes, there are e-books.

However, there's nothing like buying a book, a real book, one to have and to hold, in sickness and in heath, from this day forward until death do you part (or something like that.)

Here are a few books of mine that I am wedded to . . .

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I wrote a book called GOOD LUCK, IVY, about a Chinese American Girl growing up in San Francisco. In the story, she's a really good gymnast because I was a . . . really bad gymnast. Anyway, here's Ivy and me . . .

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Recently I heard from the fabulous Berkeley Book Worms from Berkeley Elementary in Westwood, NJ. They just started their book club and chose GOOD LUCK, IVY as their first pick to help celebrate Chinese New Year!!!

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Gung hei fat choy -- Happy Chinese New Year to the Berkeley Book Worms, and everyone who is Chinese, and to everyone who isn't Chinese, and anyone I may have left out!!!


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Disclaimer: No proofreaders were harmed (or even used) in the creation of this blog.

Want to check out Lisa's NEW AND IMPROVED website? SImply CLICK HERE.

Interested in having Lisa speak at your school, library or conference? CLICK HERE for more information.

Upcoming Events . . .

This Sunday, January, 29, 2012, I'll be at the Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse along with Susan Patron and other wonderful authors. CLICK HERE for more information.
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In February, I'll be in Austin, TX for the SCBWI Regional Conference and I'll also be in Vancouver for the Serendipity Conference . . .
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My first school visit of the new year was at Lowell Elementary in Long Beach, CA . . .

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I taught a workshop there last year, and must not have been too weird because they invited me back!

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Before the evening event, the authors/illustrators rendezvoused in the teacher's lounge . . .

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When I was a kid, I always wanted to know what the teacher's lounge looked like and what went on in that mysterious room . . .

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So it was a thrill to pass through the doors and into the forbidden zone. I wasn't disappointed . . .

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Off to the side of the main room (above) was another secret room where the cake was kept. So now you know! Behind those closed doors, teachers (and visiting authors and illustrators) lounge around and eat cake!!!

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Apres cake, it was time to go onstage and be introduced. Here's who else was there. It's always fun to see Fancy Nancy illustrator, Robin Priess Glasser. However, one of us felt underdressed . . .

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Robin has to coolest crown. Last time we saw each other, she hung out with Peepy . . .

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Then it was time to break into our workshop groups. My "How to Write a Story" was held in the library . . .

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Pssst . . . don't tell the librarian, but I stood on the chair so that everyone could see me . . .

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I gave my group some tough, but fun, writing assignments. Luckily, Peepy was there if anyone needed help . . .

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(Did you notice the girl with the pink hair? She matches the cover of ABSOLUTELY MAYBE!)

The kids (and adults) came up with such fabulous stories, we had to celebrate!! I told them, this is the one and only time you can stand on a chair in the library and shout . . .

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We capped off the evening with a book signing . . .

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When we got back to our hotel, we saw one of these intriguing signs in the elevator . . .

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Yes! You must be psychic -- it was the last sign.

So we went to the front desk and asked to see the Official Elevator Inspection Permit. But alas, the general manager was not on duty. Oh well. Next time.

Next Blog: Guess who had a book signing at Apostrophe Books????

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Disclaimer: No proofreaders were harmed (or even used) in the creation of this blog.

Upcoming Events . . .

Next week I'll be at the Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse along with Susan Patron and other wonderful authors. CLICK HERE for more information.
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In February, I'll be in Austin, TX for the SCBWI Regional Conference, then in Vancouver for this . . .
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Colin Firth, Craig Ferguson, and Me


It is possible that I am inordinately fond of Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy.

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It is possible that some incredibly kind people are aware of this and have sent him to my office.

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So, when Teen told me about Colin (we are on a first name basis) being on Craig Ferguson's Late Late Show, it is possible that I started screaming.

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Being a Craig (we are on a first name basis) fan, I have been to his show in the past. You may have seen me. I was the one in the audience who was waving.

The first time, the special guest was Robin Williams, and the second time it was Neil Patrick Harris . . .

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Because of my special fan status, and other things, I was awarded (I like to think that there was a committee of judges who decided this) priority access to the show . . .

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They wanted me there so badly, I was sent several follow-up emails to insure my presence . . .

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Not wanting to make a big deal about seeing COLIN FIRTH and CRAIG FERGUSON TOGETHER and IN PERSON, I mostly kept this information to myself and my Facebook and Twitter followers, plus the people in the 15 Items or Less line at the grocery store, and some strangers who thought I was harassing them.

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Before the show, we went to The Farmers Market, which is next to CBS, for lunch, and to say "hello!" to Ivy Ling at the American Girl Place. I wrote GOOD LUCK, IVY and recently they made a mini version of the doll and book!

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The line for the show was short. Maybe because we got there an hour and a half early.

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It was odd, they were even advertising free tickets . . .

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Soon enough, the line grew and grew and grew and even people who had tickets were turned away . . .
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However, I had nothing to fear because of my super special priority access tickets. So I used the time to plot, er, wonder, how to make a good impression on Colin . . .

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While we were in line, gameshow contestants marched past us . . .

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We weren't allowed to bring phones or cameras into the studio, however, few people know this about me . . . I am a semi-professional artist. Here's what happened, as best as I can recall . . .

Everyone had to go through security, yes, even me . . .

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I was in the second row, middle. However, a BIG man with a BIG head sat in front of me . . .

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Therefore, I was forced to invade the personal space of the stranger seated to my right, so I could get a good view of COLIN and CRAIG . . .

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They had to stop the show, when Colin and I made significant eye contact and he just had to know who I was, and he wanted to meet me right way!!!! Or at least, that's what maybe, possibly happened, or not. It's all sort of fuzzy now . . .

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Of course, Peepy has an entirely different account of what happened. She says that Craig dedicated the monologue to her . . .

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And that Colin was taken aback by her beauty and only had eyes for her . . .

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But whatever happened, this much is true -- the accents (English = Colin, Scottish = Craig) were incredible, and Colin was so wonderful and witty!!!

If you missed the show, you can see it HERE.

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(Thanks to Marylin Scott-Waters for capturing this completely candid and true photo of Colin and me.)

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Disclaimer: No proofreaders were harmed (or even used) in the creation of this blog.

Want to check out Lisa's NEW AND IMPROVED website? SImply CLICK HERE.

Interested in having Lisa speak at your school, library or conference? CLICK HERE for more information.

Upcoming Events . . .

Live in or near Long Beach, CA (or have access to a car, train, bus or plane)? Then come see me at Apostrophe Books on January 21, 2012. I'll be there from noon to 1:30 p.m.!

Later this month, I'll be at the Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse. CLICK HERE for more information.
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In February, I'll be in Austin, TX for the SCBWI Regional Conference, then in Vancouver for this . . .
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Taming My Internet Addiction


It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a writer in possession of a good computer cannot get any work done due to well-honed procrastination techniques. (My apologies to Jane Austen.)

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I have this love/hate relationship with the internet. I love it, but I hate it, but I love it. That's because it's SOOOOOOO hard to tear myself away from it and get any writing done. At least, that's how it was. Then I discovered FREEDOM. (Oh, man. This is sounding like a cheesy commercial, but I swear, it's all true!)

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In the past eight years and three months, I've had ten novels published, plus numerous short stories, essays and articles. "How can you do all this when you, Lisa Yee, are the Queen of procrastination and/or the inter webs?" you ask, or I ask, or someone else asks.

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Simple. I use cheap tricks, threats and what REAL SIMPLE describes as . . .
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If you are anything like me, when it comes to the internet, you have no self-control.

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But wait! Have no fear -- FREEDOM works for both Macs and PCs. This is from the official website . . .

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Via the internet (yes, irony!), I tracked down the creator of FREEDOM, Fred Stutzman . . .

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Then, I peppered him with questions. Here's what he had to say . . .

LISA: I ADORE Freedom. Being an internet junkie, it allows me to write without having to resort to a typewriter. Fred, do you have internet addiction problems or are you just empathic to those of us who have lack of control?

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FRED: I'll put it this way - I research social network sites for a living. There's very much a blurring between what constitutes work and what constitutes hours of mindless clicking of friends' pictures. I don't know if I'm addicted but I do know that this technology helps make those lines a little clearer.

LISA: Um . . .

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LISA: You do know that authors love you, right? When you were musing about, did you have writers in mind when creating Freedom?

FRED: I have been told this! In my perfect world, I get to spend most of my day writing, so I like to think I identify with writers. My reality - after meetings, service, etc. get subtracted - actually leaves very little time for writing, so I have to be efficient in that time. Freedom is a software for people who need to concentrate on long-form tasks, where concentration is essential. I think this appeals to writers.

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LISA: I noticed that you are a postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon, graduated from North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science, and have a BA in Economics, and have a graduate certificate in survey research (quantitative methodology) for Odum Institute for Research in Social Sciences. So then, what's your favorite breakfast cereal, and why?

FRED: All that education means I can locate my breakfast cereal in a values-sensitive interdisciplinary framework when studying it and designing technology to support it. Also: Granola.

LISA: I made this homemade granola just for you, Fred! (Okay, so maybe I didn't make it, but I would have if I had superior granola skills.)

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LISA: Can you tell us how many people are using Freedom? (Not at this very moment, but overall. Ironically, those using Freedom right now would not be able to read this.)

FRED: Over 300,000 have downloaded the trial!

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LISA: Did you have any idea it would take off like it did?

FRED: No, it was a surprise. But I knew when I used it for the first time I was on to something. It was if I had transformed my $2,500 computer into a typewriter, but that was exactly what I needed.

LISA: Me, too!

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LISA: You have another program called ANTI-SOCIAL, that locks out users from their social media sites. Is this A) as popular as Freedom, B) less popular than Freedom, C) equally as popular as Freedom, or D) Other?

FRED: By volume it is less popular (I don't have a Windows version yet), but I think the idea really appeals to people. I actually use Anti-Social and Freedom equally…Anti-Social is nice when I am doing research.

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LISA to Readers: Do you find this adorable?



WELL, STOP IT and GET BACK TO WORK!!! (After you finish this blog, of course.)

LISA to Fred: And finally, is there an internet tool that hasn't been invented yet, that would help you with your life? If so, what would that be?

FRED: Espresso by email? Sorry, I haven't had lunch yet, creativity is sapped.

LISA:

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Are you interested in FREEDOM? You can test drive it for FREE or own it for just 10 bucks by CLICKING HERE. It's the best writing investment I've ever made.

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Live in or near Long Beach, CA (or have access to a car, train, bus or plane)? Then come see me at Apostrophe Books on January 21, 2012. I'll be there from noon to 1:30 p.m.!

Disclaimer: No proofreaders were harmed (or even used) in the creation of this blog.

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I love hearing from teachers. My parents were teachers. My mother taught elementary school and my father taught high school. Both are now retired from Los Angeles Unified School District . . .

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I always have a teacher or librarian in my books because I believe that when you are in school, one great adult can have a lasting impact on your life. My seventh grade teacher Mr. Glick is featured in STANFORD WONG FLUNKS BIG-TIME. He scared the heebie jeebies out of his students, and they loved him for that . . .

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I used to be terrified of him, and still am a little, however we are now friends. Last year Mr. Glick even visited my house and scared the heebie jeebies out of me and Son . . .

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Then there's Mrs. Carlson, who taught Son when he was in elementary school. She was kind enough to let me borrow her name for the Bobby Ellis-Chan books about a fourth grader. Here's "Mrs. Carlson" as she appears in the novels and what she looks like in real life . . .

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I am always so impressed by the creative ways teachers have come up to teach my books. Here's Mr. Lee and some of the projects his student shared with me and Puppy . . .

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One teacher even brought Rover, Bobby's goldfish, into the classroom . . .

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So when I heard from Lisa Cromley who teaches 6th grade at Westtown School in West Chester, PA I was totally intrigued. Here's what she wrote:

"My students are big fans of Millicient Min and Stanford Wong. To capture plot, character, setting and other details from their summer reading books, students created FakeBook pages that focused on the timeline and information."

Here are some of their FakeBook pages . . .

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I don't have room to show all the terrific FakeBook pages, however I can show you Ms. Cromley's amazing students . . .

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Speaking school, I now have a resource page on my NEW AND IMPROVED website for teachers and librarians!"

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NEXT BLOG: How to stop procrastinating and start writing.

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Anatomy of My Website


We can all exhale. I did not destroy the internet!

Here's my old website that I created BY MYSELF on iWeb, which is going away. That is, both my old website and iWeb are going away.

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There were actual 147-ish other pages, but I decided not to show them all because . . . well, because. Plus they scrolled down, but I decided not to show that because I couldn't figure out how to take a photo of that.

So then, when I found out that iWeb was disappearing/no longer being supported by Apple, I realized I'd have to 1) pay someone to do my website, or 2) teach myself how to create a new one ALL BY MYSELF using a different program.

This alarmed several people, plus anyone using the internet, since I've had problems in the past . . .
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Since then, I've learned to slow down and (sort of) read directions. "How hard could it be?" I asked me. I decided to approach it scientifically and strategically plotted out even the most minor details . . .

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Needless to say, it was harder than I thought it would be . . .

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That's probably because I am self-taught. (Translation: I couldn't get anyone to do my website for me for free.) During the process, I decided to redesign the whole thing, rewrite it, and add new and exciting photos, plus make some sections scratch 'n' sniff.

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(Scratch above to smell computer scent.)

It was actually not too hard, this web design business, and I liked that it was drag and drop. Here's what the Weebly icons look like . ..

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All in all, it took me about ten months to create the site. (Nine months, three weeks and two days to whine about how long it would take, plus about five days to actually do it.)

Here's Neil Patrick Harris to help unveil the final result!!!!

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(Well, here are screen grabs of the banners.)

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And if you're feeling really high-tech-y CLICK HERE GO THE NEW SITE I CREATED ALL BY MYSELF WITHOUT BRINGING DOWN THE ENTIRE INTERWEBS!!!!!

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE AMAZING NEW WEBSITE

But, oh. I posted the site on Facebook, emailed my publisher, and Tweeted, and then it went down. I was soooooo embarrassed. So I posted that it no longer worked, emailed my publisher again, apologizing, and Tweeted the demise of the site.

Only to find out there's this thing called a cache -- not to be confused a sachet . . .
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Oh! Oh! Speaking of sachet, I got LIBRARY SCENTED PERFUME!!!!! It REALLY smells like the library, all warm, musty, bookish . . .

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Oops. I digressed. Where were we? That right, caches. Cache. Um, apparently the new site was always there, I just hadn't cleared out my cache in a billion years.

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That was sort of embarrassing. Hope your 2012 is going great so far! Mine is. I got ticket to this . . .

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The Cybils, The Dreamers & Me


Wooo hooo!!! It was a wonderful start of the New Year when I heard about WARP SPEED (via a Tweet from Cheryl Klein) being a finalist for the Cybils!!! I'm in there with lots of good company -- CLICK HERE to see the short list.

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On the last day of the year, I was mentioned, along with Kim Jong Il and
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Luckily, Dan and I, along with other Asian Americans, were mentioned in the Children's Literature section, and not in the recently-decesed-dictator-with-odd-hair category . . .

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(Um, that's Dan on the left and me in the middle.)


Hey there! In other good news, look who's our new National Ambassador for Young People's Literature . . .

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(The Ambassador is Walter Dean Myers, not Peepy. But don't tell her that. She's already getting measured for a sash and crown.)

The other day I went to Nucleus . . .

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Oops, not that Nucleus. This Nucleus . . .

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It was the last hour of the Jim Henson Tribute Exhibit at Nucleus Gallery . . .

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Here's some of what we saw . . .

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When I used to live in Florida, Jim Henson was a neighbor and a close personal friend. Well, he lived within walking distance and even if he had no idea who I was, I certainly knew who he was. I'd make it a point to walk past his house and linger (as opposed to stalk), in hopes that he'd come out and want to talk to me. Alas, it never happened, but still, I like to imagine that it did.


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Rose Parade Peep . . . 2012 Edition


Once a year, Peepy and I stay up late and to cheer on the Tournament of Roses Parade floats as the final touches are being done . . .

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In the past, we've walked the route where the floats line up on New Year's Eve. However this year, the Rose Parade is on Monday, January 2nd. Why? Because it's never on a Sunday.

Here's the Tournament of Roses headquarters . . .

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Other people had the same plan as we did and wanted to see the floats up close, early . . .

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Here's some of what we saw . . .

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Because of tree branches and wires overhead, the taller floats are built and transported in pieces and put together at the site . . .

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Peepy was quite taken with the Official Motor Scooters and caught a ride on one . . .

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Speaking of rides, here's a peek at where the driver sits on one of the floats . . .

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Look! It's our hometown float -- South Pasadena!!!

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Yes, those are POTATOES . . .

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So nice to see them, especially because there was a potato crisis. Just check out this Facebook post . . .

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Luckily, the community rallied around the Great Potato Shortage of South Pasadena and the float was completed!

Can you find Peepy?

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More floats ahead!!!

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And LOOK -- it's the Rose Parade Queen . . .

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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Last Year's News and Happy 2012!!!!


PHEW!

I don't know about you, but I'm exhausted. 2011 was a real whirlwind year. Here are some blog-lights (that's highlights, only in blog speak) . . .

JANUARY began with the announcement of American Girl's 2011 Girl of the Year . . . written by Moi!!!


I finally got to blog about how the book was written and all the research, including finding out about the endangered monk seals and learning to surf . . .

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There was author-esque dancing in San Diego at the American Library Association conference, plus literary It Guy Neil Gaiman, and others, got to meet Peepy . . .

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FEBRUARY marked the start of my American Girl Book Tour which began in Los Angeles, and included New York where I also squeezed in a Scholastic video interview . . .

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We also went to Atlanta and Peepy was pampered in Dallas . . .

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Then it was off to Minnesota and Chicago . . .

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MARCH was the book launch party for WARP SPEED and BOBBY THE BRAVE (SOMETIMES) . . .

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I also flew to Kauai for a week to help spread the word about the endangered Hawaiian monk seals, like those in Kanani's stories. The trip was, um, er, strictly business, of course . . .

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Also blogged in March was KANANI in Boston. While there I got to see The Blue Bunny bookstore, Peepy got to meet new fans, and later I was recused by my posse . . .

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APRIL is always the Annual Summit. That's where my agent and I go to Disneyland for highly important, very official, business meetings and whatnots . . .

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I also wrote about wrote about Beverly Cleary for the Huffington Post . . .



. . . and we shot our WARP SPEED book trailer . . .
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MAY was busy with the Los Angeles Times Book Festival and all that excitement, plus school visits and Kevin Bacon-ish author/illustrator friends . . .

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JUNE saw the debut of a new author named Ransom Riggs, also it was the month of BookExpo America in New York where, in addition to seeing great authors/illustrators I got to hang out with the most marvelous Jeannie Birdsall and my editors Cheryl Klein and Arthur Levine. I also signed lots and lots of Kanani books . . .

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JULY was my very first Comic Con in San Diego. I loved the parties and the drama of it all . . .
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Plus, my Klingon came in handy . . .


AUGUST is when the annual SCBWI Summer Conference takes place. It's illuminating to talk to super famous authors like Judy Blume and Richard Peck, even if they do argue over who gets to hold Peepy . . .

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SEPTEMBER was super packed. We were in New York at Scholastic headquarters, and San Luis Obispo, and Louisville, KY, and Tampa, FL. Plus, we blogged about Washington, DC and the National Book Festival where we were Wonderstruck by all the literary stars, including HUGO's Brian Selznick and his shoes . . .

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Heading toward, OCTOBER, we continued our blogs about the National Book Festival, this time reporting on Lauren Myracle's arrest and other incidents . . .

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In OCTOBER we traveled to Florida for FAME and also to headed to Alabama for some down home folk art and fun . . .

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NOVEMBER was filled with school visits and we got to speak at this awesome library . . .

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DECEMBER was all bloggy with photos and such the American Girl 25th Birthday cruise to Caribbean. Hey, it's hard work, but someone has to do it!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!


Live in or near Long Beach, CA (or have access to a car, train, bus or plane)? Then come see me at Apostrophe Books on January 21, 2012. I'll be there from noon to 1:30 p.m.!

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Blog Soup


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I've been so busy with the holidays and creating my new website, that I thought for this blog I'd just throw some stuff together, sort of like the way I make soup -- only without the chicken broth.

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(Above: Soon this will be replaced by a sparkly new website. That is, unless I destroy the internet first.)

Everyone should have a weasel, don't you think?

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My holidays were brighter because I got a gift certificate to my favorite chocolate shop, plus this awesome statement. Yes, you can bet I will be eating California Brittle (my chocolate of choice) while wearing the bumper sticker.

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Recent books I read include THE NIGHT CIRCUS and THE IMPERFECTIONISTS, both of which/whom I loved. Oh, and I am now a computer expert, and a tad discombobulated . . .

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Did you hear that Prince William and Kate (is she a princess?) came to help with the garden? They were pretty good with the flowers, but I'll tell you, they could not so great when it came time to plant cacti.
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This is not See's candy. It is . . . a cat toy!!! (I don't have a cat, but I play with the faux chocolates. They are made of cloth and have 63% fewer calories than regular chocolate.)

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And finally, there's this. Yes, another one of my secret talents, revealed . . .

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Revisiting a Twisted Christmas


HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

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I've been busy teaching myself Weebly, so I can create a new website. Therefore, I'm bringing back a blog I wrote a few Christmases (did I spell that right?) ago. Ready? Here it is . . .

You bake a pork roast with a special secret glaze and stir fry broccoli with garlic and a dash of soy. You teach Son how to roll dough into croissants and supervise the decorating of the gingerbread house.
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You bake cookies for Santa, slice oranges for the reindeer, and even get yummy Yuletide treats for Puppy. You make sure the stockings are hung by the chimney with care in hopes that Saint Nicolas would soon be there. But all Hubby, Son and Teen talk about is how this was "the Christmas Eve that Mom tortured us."

Remember that wonderful family movie, Oliver! The one with the cute little orphan boys singing "Food glorious food . . ." and the dancing through the bustling streets of London. Remember Fagin, a little scary, but kind. Remember how the film left you humming with a full heart and renewed faith in mankind?
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Well, I loved that film and wanted to share it with the family. We have this Christmas Eve tradition of watching a movie together while eating popcorn and anticipating the goodies Santa will bring. Two years ago the movie was Elf. Last year it was A Charlie Brown Christmas. This year it was Oliver.

So we popped the DVD in, fast forwarded to the film, and sat back to enjoy. We kept waiting and waiting for it to pick up and for the orphans to start dancing and singing. Only, they never did. Instead we saw Oliver get shot. We watched Nancy get bludgeoned to death. We saw Bill kill himself. We saw Fagin hang.

Why? Because I had accidentally got the Roman Polanski version of the film.
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By the time the movie was over the entire family, including Puppy, was traumatized and depressed.

Oh well. At least the next day was fun and festive.

BTW, whenever Puppy chewed things up, I thought she was being naughty. (Below: Her latest.)
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But really, she was being nice. Look what she gave the family for Christmas . . .
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(Above: A shadow box filled with the greatest hits of her work this year.)

OKAY, IT'S ME AGAIN, THIS TIME IN 2011. Just wanted to say the Puppy has grown up since that Christmas blog. Well, sort of.

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The End of a Cruise and a Big Cake


Even though my entries about my American Girl Caribbean cruise have extended over several blogs, the actual time on the ship flew past!

We celebrated Thanksgiving with a scrumptious meal . . .

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Before we knew it, it was time for the big 25th Birthday Party . . .

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There was soooo much food and fun . . .

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Then everyone gathered for the big announcement from American Girl executive Shawn Dennis . . .


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Now, I don't want you to get the wrong idea. I was working very hard my entire time on the cruise. If you don't believe me, here are some of the places I could be found writing . . .

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Happy 25th Birthday, American Girl!!!

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Yep, via our magical Time Machine, we are still in the Caribbean, but this time in St. Kitts!!!

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We loved exploring the fort at the top of the island . . .

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The forests were awesome . . .

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There were monkeys, birds and this exotic creature swinging on a vine . . .



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Later, there was the biggest slumber party, ever!!!

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All the girls came dressed in their pajamas. Here are some wearing Kanani PJs . . .

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Peepy loved the blanket toss . . .

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I ioved reading ALOHA, KANANI to the girls . . .

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And look! Mary Casanova read, too . . .

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Ah, what a wonderful evening.

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A Fashionable Cruise + Sunny St. Maarten


As you may know, Peepy is quite the fashion maven . . .

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So it was only fitting that she attended the Fashion Show during our American Girl 25th Birthday Cruise to the Caribbean. The girls/models took an afternoon out of their vacations to rehearse. Here are Shawn and Fran from American Girl prior to the show, and here's my seatmate . . .

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Meanwhile, backstage the girls were giddy with anticipation . . .

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What's an American Girl Fashion Show? It's where girls model the outfits from their favorite American Girl characters. These shows go on all over the United States as charity fundraisers and to date have raised over $26 million. Did I mention $26 MILLION?!!!

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Look! It's 2011 Girl of the Year, Kanani Akina, and Ivy Ling from GOOD LUCK, IVY, characters from my books . . .

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Speaking of Ivy, look!!! Yes, there's now a Ivy Mini Doll, plus a MINIATURE BOOK!!!!

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Oops, I digressed. back to the Caribbean! I'm not sure what the weather is where you are right now, but it was sunny in St. Maarten . . .

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Next Blog: Exploring St. Kitt's, plus a bedtime story . . .

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Food, Glorious Food + San Juan, Puerto Rico


Continuing on our American Girl 25th Birthday Cruise to the Caribbean, it is fair to say that I ate. A lot. Often. Can you blame me?

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Dinners were held in American Girl's own fancy dining room where everyone was treated like royalty, even the dolls . . .

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Of course, all the eating meant that exercise was also on the menu . . .

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(True confession: I had every good intention of exercising every day, but I was too busy eating and relaxing to follow through. However, Peepy managed to work out on the ship and keep her girlish figure.)

Since the girls were given our American Girl books, we had a couple of autograph sessions. Here are authors Mary Casanova and Valerie Tripp . . .

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I signed KANANI books, and so many of the girls were already knew about Kanani's efforts to help save the endangered Hawaiian monk seal.

When writing Kanani's stories, I went to Kauai and met with experts, and learned that there are only about 1,100 Hawaiian monk seals left . . .

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There's good news though -- over in Kona, Hawaii, the world's first rehabilitation hospital for sick or injured Monk seals is being built by the Marine Mammal Center!

Just as we finished our autograph session, our ship, the Celebrity Eclipse, approached San Juan, Puerto Rico . . .

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That evening, the hardworking Team American Girl got take time out for dinner on shore . . .

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Peep and I had a fabulous dinner with author Valerie and Mary, and American Girl V.P. and host of the cruise, Shawn Dennis. Can you stop the difference between these two groups of people?

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That's right! Valerie (left) and Mary (right) are in both photos, and I'm in one, and Shawn's in the other. It's true what they say about you -- you are so smart.

Now, I don't want you to think that I wasn't writing when I was on the cruise. Quite the contrary, I was working very hard.

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Next Blog: More hard work, this time in St. Kitt's, plus backstage at an American Girl fashion show

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Where to begin? Where to begin? Well, maybe I'll just begin with this . . .

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It's hard to believe that Peepy and I are back from our American Girl 25th Birthday Cruise to the Caribbean!

A few months ago I got a phone call inviting me to participate in the birthday celebration. Oh, and it's on a cruise ship, I was told. It took me all of .001 seconds to say, "YES!"

First we flew to Miami and then boarded the Celebrity Eclipse . . .
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The ship was huge and utterly gorgeous . . .

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I especially loved the American Girl Lounge where girls could drop by anytime to do crafts . . .

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And look! There was a library on board . . .

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I was allowed to bring a guest, so since there were so many mothers and daughters onboard, it was only fitting that I bring Teen. Here she is with me and American Girl authors Mary Casanova and Valerie Tripp . . .

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In honor of Kanani, the 2011 Girl of the Year, there was a spectacular luau . . .

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(I'm not sure why the photos of the fruit are so big.)

As part of the celebration, I talked about Kanani and her story, and the hardships I had to undergo for my craft. Here's a time lapse of my event . . .

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The audience was so enthusiastic, I felt like a rock star!!!

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Every girl got a copy of ALOHA, KANANI (and their dolls got grass skirts and other goodies). It was fun signing the books and meeting my fellow travelers . . .

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Every night before bed the girls got a special gift. Here's Peepy with one of the presents . . .

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Next Blog: Another hard day at the office . . .

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BTW, here's what happened in my home town this week. Yes, I returned just in time for the hurricane-like winds and destruction.




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See's Chocolates and Caribbean Kick-Off


I can't explain it, but my blog can be one place when I am in another.

For example, I went to the Caribbean on a spectacular cruise . . .

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And yet and blogging about a amazing school visit I had prior to setting sail. Yes, that's right, I was at St. John Eudes school in Chatsworth, CA!!!

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(Look, even the trim on the banner is Peepy themed!)

We set up our equipment (projector, iPod, universal remote, rocket launchers - well, most of those things) and then spoke to an awesome group of students . . .

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Oh wait, I wanted to show you the kindergarteners waiting patiently for me to begin . . .



And here's everyone during my presentations!

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While I spoke, Peepy went exploring and was thrilled to discover a room especially decorated for her . . .

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We had an awesome lunch . . .
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Then it was off to the library to sign books . . .

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Needless to say, Peepy had a large number of fans . . .

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During my talk I mentioned that See's Chocolates are my favorite and they fuel my writing -- and before I left, I was presented with a one pound box!!!!!

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Two days later, it was off to Miami to board the American Girl 25th Anniversary cruise. When we got to the hotel, we were thrilled to see that there were lots of authors in town . . .

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Look who we got to have breakfast with before boarding our ship!
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(Above: Jonathan Auxier, Mr. Orgami Yoda a.k.a. Tom Angleberger, Dan Santat, Grace Lin, and Moi)

Jonathan, who is an author/illustrator, drew this picture of Peepy. However, it looks like Tom was disturbed by it . . .

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But wait! There's some great news from Grace. Check out The Blue Rose Girls blog to find out her cake-tacular announcement!

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NEXT BLOG: Cruising the Caribbean with American Girl. . .

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