July 1st, 2014

Lisa's Totally Exciting and Interesting July Blog

 photo Photoon7-1-14at10_zpsae2c2b83.jpg

Whoa! How did it get to be July already? Didn't we just have June blog?

 photo IMG_6424_zps6782f8f4.jpg

Recently, National Public Radio asked me to come up with books involving travel for their Summer "Book Your Trip" series . . .

 photo trip_zpsf9a689e0.jpg

You can read my recommendations and others HERE. (Click on the transportation icons to read about books that have that mode of transportation as part of its storyline.)

LOOK! Here are some of the books I wrote about . . .

 photo IMG_6408_zpse98169e7.jpg

Some of you may remember when I did this by accident . . .

 photo 1526407_10201532367643771_720346313_n_zps7353c857.jpg
(I accidentally replaced ALL the blank spaces in my novel with the word "long." And then, in a panic, I hit "save.)

Well, brilliant young thespian Finn Davis did a reading of it -- and it's ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS!!!!

You can LISTEN HERE. (I couldn't figure out how to embed audio, so I made a video of his recording, and my piggy friend, Kevin Bacon, helped me.)

Because St. Louis is awesome, Peepy and I went back specifically to visit TWO amazing places. The first was the newly renovated St. Louis Public Library.

 photo IMG_6526_zpsa074259f.jpg  photo IMG_6528_zps38173b74.jpg  photo IMG_6537_zps341c9221.jpg  photo IMG_6538_zps811dc96b.jpg

The last time I was at the library, it was for the Read It Forward program, and Absolutely Maybe was the featured book! Here's a look back . . .

 photo IMG_2298.jpg

This time, I was totally discombobulated because when I entered the Teen Room, I saw a giant poster of one of my books!

 photo IMG_6533_zpsd72931dd.jpg  photo IMG_6532_zpseddbee17.jpg

Of course, Peepy wanted to talk to Nathan Schubert who works in the Teen Lounge . . .

 photo IMG_6536_zps1c19afe0.jpg

Look! The illustrator of my Bobby books, my lunch pal Dan Santat did this . . .

 photo IMG_6529_zps2039457b.jpg

And here's more library . . .

 photo IMG_6531_zpscd433c29.jpg  photo IMG_6530_zpse75673c8.jpg  photo IMG_6539_zpsd0c73335.jpg  photo IMG_6540_zps4b5ffb6c.jpg

 photo IMG_6541_zps3966999c.jpg

Now, if you visit St. Louis, Ted Drewes has the most awesome frozen custard, isn't that right, Katie Wools? (I had a "concrete" of lemon custard mixed with pineapple and Heath Bar.)

 photo IMG_6514_zps9d2167d5.jpg

On our way to our second YOU-HAVE-TO-VISIT-THIS-PLACE, we passed a hat shop . . .

 photo IMG_6544_zpsd03216b4.jpg  photo IMG_6542_zpsaf39cb6f.jpg

Then it was time for CITY MUSEUM!!!

 photo newcover_zpsc62a72ca.jpg

It's an old shoelace factory, and they still manufacture them . . .

 photo IMG_6570_zps95317110.jpg

I've been there twice before as seen here and here . . .

 photo IMG_4368_zps9f49ff94.jpg

But wanted to go back again. Here's why . . .

 photo IMG_6545_zps76f269d4.jpg  photo IMG_6551_zps8f0c0f97.jpg  photo Peepy_zps80241b34.jpg  photo jump_zpsce6080e8.jpg

So many salvaged and saved parts of St. Louis have retired here . . .

 photo IMG_6572_zpsf977fb7a.jpg  photo IMG_6579_zps0f83ea5f.jpg  photo IMG_6573_zps222b0211.jpg  photo IMG_6574_zpsdb07b566.jpg

 photo IMG_6576_zps4a949d10.jpg  photo IMG_6578_zps9f05b71d.jpg

Bugs!!! Robots!!!!

 photo IMG_6580_zps60adf9d2.jpg  photo IMG_6581_zpsfc47ced6.jpg  photo IMG_6584_zps390d052b.jpg

Carny stuff!!! Kitsch stuff!!!

 photo IMG_6586_zpsd30ad721.jpg  photo IMG_6590_zps8a9714be.jpg  photo IMG_6593_zpsa6d20101.jpg

Ooooh, you can make things . . .

 photo IMG_6597_zpsbb415da0.jpg  photo IMG_6600_zps2ecf78bb.jpg

This awesome City Museum art-person is also a member of the League of Lady Arm Wrestlers. How cool is that?

 photo IMG_6608_zps10cea991.jpg

If you like exploring and climbing, you can hike up and then go down a TEN STORY SLIDE IN THE DARK . . .

 photo IMG_6614_zpsa39657f2.jpg

And climb/crawl up wire tunnels up to the sky where the airplanes fly and giant bugs live . . .

 photo IMG_6624_zps4cea3826.jpg  photo IMG_6630_zpsfc8a0900.jpg  photo IMG_6637_zpsef28db1c.jpg  photo IMG_6661_zps08e56ca1.jpg  photo IMG_6663_zpsc203c725.jpg  photo IMG_6685_zps53aa5c31.jpg

See? What did I say? Awesome, isn't it?

Later, we ventured over to The Loop . . .

 photo IMG_6701_zpsad7d7bde.jpg

We bought art from a vending machine for $5. (The last time I bought vending machine art was HERE where I also had the best BBQ of my life). We also admired the cake(s) that are all over and decorated for the city's 250th birthday and had a local root beer . . .

 photo IMG_6688_zpscf7b2c19.jpg  photo IMG_6690_zpsf0f5c57f.jpg  photo IMG_6693_zpsabed316a.jpg

Dinner was at Chuck Berry's Blueberry Hill. He was jealous of Peepy . . .

 photo IMG_6691_zpse112c1d8.jpg  photo IMG_6698_zps849b8d05.jpg  photo IMG_6699_zpsa867838a.jpg

This was dessert . . .

 photo IMG_6704_zps82fa36a2.jpg

And so was this . . .

 photo IMG_6518_zps3bd45193.jpg
(The iron burn in the carpet was already in the hotel room. The GOOEY BUTTER CAKE was not. However, the burn mark remains. The Gooey Buttercake is now gone.)

Now, lest you think my life is all fun and games, I have oodles of important meetings I must attend. For example, my agent, Jodi Reamer, and I have an Annual Summit at an undisclosed location . . .

 photo DL_zps0fc5d49c.jpg

Here's proof of prior Annual Summits, here and here and here and . . . well you get it.

This time, as always, we discussed work, and did math, and refused to fun since we are all business. . .

 photo IMG_6747_zpsc6d34099.jpg  photo IMG_6771_zps235afb67.jpg  photo IMG_6751_zps19e4240f.jpg  photo IMG_6750_zps66f2dfd5.jpg  photo IMG_6779_zps71232f0b.jpg  photo IMG_6778_zpsb2d1370b.jpg  photo IMG_6766_zpsdf9ad183.jpg  photo IMG_6767_zpsd5509c05.jpg

We also eat and take selfies, for business reasons, of course . . .

 photo IMG_6759_zpsfe5296ae.jpg  photo IMG_6776_zps91fbba0b.jpg  photo IMG_6790_zps99fff1d3.jpg  photo IMG_6791_zps3291cfdd.jpg

Who did I eat those scallops with? (Besides my agent?) Why, Julie Strauss-Gabel, that's who. Julie is John Green's editor and I'm only mentioning that because of shameless name dropping . . .

 photo CIMG1651_2_zps8a1bf4eb.jpg
(Here's a way back interview I did with John Green before he became John Green.)

But back to food. Here's a lovely shot of Julie, Jodi and me before we had a slug-fest over the chocolate cake in the pink princess treasure chest . . .

 photo IMG_6793_zps386ba9e9.jpg

Speaking of eating, Mo Willems was in town via Paris where he currently resides. Peepy's been to Paris, too. Here she is on the set of Hugo . . .

 photo IMG_0609.jpg

Oops. Digression. Back to Mo. He was heading to ALA. However, between flights he met Bob Boyle and Tom Warburton and Moi for sushi . . .

 photo Mo_zps21053c97.jpg

Speaking of character development (pretend we were), here's a short video of me babbling about how I create my characters for my books. CLICK HERE.

Look! Leigh Bardugo had a book launch party for Ruin and Rising<.a> at one of my fave indies, The Last Bookstore.Check this out.

And here's the party!

 photo IMG_6503_zpsf9cdd50e.jpg  photo IMG_6496_zpsfee33979.jpg  photo IMG_6499_zpsb7ad8470.jpg  photo IMG_6500_zpsfddfd088.jpg

There was a hobnob of authors present. Here's me and Victoria Forester, and me and Michael Reisman, and me and Lissa Price . . .

 photo IMG_6506_zps0b284019.jpg

And finally, a tearful farewell to Scholastic's own John Mason, director of library and educational marketing. I first met John in 2003 when my novel Millicent Min, Girl Genius debuted, and he was with me through the publication of all eight of my Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic novels. Happy retirement, John. You will be missed . . .

 photo IMG_6400_zps0d9670f7.jpg


Oh, look! If you'd like an autographed book, order from Vroman's, tell them who you'd like me to sign it to, and they will mail it to you!"


Shop Indie Bookstores

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.

Lisa Yee
Follow LisaYee1 on Twitter

Google Groups

Subscribe to Lisa Yee's Blog and get her fresh baked blogs e-mailed to you!


Or you can click this for a RSS feed...http://www.wikio.com

Site Meter