Good Richard & Judy news!
Apologies for not having blogged in such a long time. I've spent the last few weeks working on two projects, one a non-fiction book that may or may not come to fruition, the other a young adult novel that I'm experimenting with. The young adult novel has caught my fancy a bit more, so I've spent the last week working on it. I told Mark last night that I really felt the book (I'm up to chapter 4) is destined to become a classic. Is that confidence or what? With Schuyler away and Sam at camp everyday, I'm able to spend 7 hours a day writing which is the most delicious pleasure. If only I could figure out how to keep my butt from falling asleep.
Haven't been exercising however and I'm getting fatter by the minute. I'll be a cow by fall. I bought a new pair of shoes last week and the first time I put them on I walked across the floor and the right shoe seemed to crumple under me and next thing I knew I had a severely sprained ankle. Of course I took the shoes back a week later when I could walk, but little consolation. So now I'm limping around and not able to exercise. What's really sad is that I secretly love having the sprained ankle as an excuse not to exercise. That's how much I hate exercise. But of course, not exercising isn't even an option. By next week I'm back on the treadmill even if I can only walk. The weight/exercise battle is one I haven't been able to win.
Very exciting news on the Richard and Judy front. My book was reviewed yesterday on the show and apparently all the reviewers (including a supermodel!) really loved it. I was thrilled to hear it and now Ivy is selling like mad in London. I've been checking Amazon.com pretty regularly and at one point, Ivy was #12 of all the Amazon books selling in the UK. We have 200,000 books out in the UK which I think is a lot. I don't have much to compare it to, but my sense is, for a new writer, this is good. I'm so happy and grateful that this is happening. Richard and Judy are the best. They can come to my house for dinner anytime. I've also gotten the nicest notes from my English readers. It makes me want to move to London.
I've also sent book #2 to my editors both in the U.S. and London. I'm waiting with bated (or is it baited?) breath to find out if they like it. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
We're going to see Schuyler at camp on Saturday. I cannot wait to see her. We've been IM'ing a lot since she's been gone. She seems to be very happy, although there was a terrible tragedy the first week. Three counselors were in a car accident and two died. Schuyler was devastated because one of the kids who died was like a brother to her. She told me she would need serious therapy when she returned home to get over it. I hope not. Apparently they have grief counselors for the kids. But what sadness, eh? - to go to camp and have two counselors die. You can't get away from real life, can you?
Anyway, I'm off to watch Being Bobby Brown which my friend Brook insists that I watch. It is pretty hysterical. When I see the way Bobby Christina acts, it makes me feel my children are little angels. What a brat that child is! And Whitney Houston - ooooooh she's a bitch. You should watch it. It's like seeing a train wreck happen before your very eyes.
Until next time...
Thursday, July 14, 2005