Where I had been and what I will have had happen.

Let’s see. I went to Bellingham and that was fun. I got to meet superfan Teecer, who was extremely sweet and had all my books, and superhero Jen, who was awesome (Thanks for the review, Jen!). Lots of people came to the book signing, a homeless man won my box of Kleenex, and someone in the audience asked if I ever thought about being a performer, which made my friend from college sitting in the back laugh his ass off. Continue reading

Tomato Nation Read Along — Going in Circles

Move over, Oprah. Sarah Bunting’s starting up her own book club. Her readers voted and chose Going in Circles as their first selection. They spent the past few weeks reading and today they begin their discussion in this thread following Sarah’s review.

I will also be participating in a live chat with the readers of Tomato Nation on Wednesday 30 June at 8 PM ET. Check the site for more details. Hooray for Tomato Nation.

interview: The Big Idea | Whatever

What happens in this novel bears little resemblance to what happened in my own. This is not a memoir. But the emotions the main character is struggling with that cause her to believe she might actually be going crazy — that’s where this story comes from. Because when things are in limbo like that, when your life seems stuck on pause, every question appears to have sixteen thousand equally plausible answers. When I was struggling with my own answers, I never seemed to have the ones people were looking for. I think it’s because human beings have a natural, very healthy, instinct to avoid pain. Going through a divorce or signing up for roller derby says to the world, “I am about to get hurt. A lot. Seemingly willingly.” Who could understand that?

I’m always proud to be a part of anything John Scalzi‘s doing, and I’m flattered to be the featured writer in today’s The Big Idea.

I’ll tell a Scalzi story, for those of you who have wandered over here from Whatever. Continue reading

g-l-a. m. o-r. o-u-s.

“I like the way my face looks when I have my hair swept up. That sounds so narcissistic! How do people answer these interviews?”

The thing is, I just shouldn’t do interviews while waiting for my coffee to kick in. So many run-ons. And I think I accidentally slammed Gwen Stefani, which is not what I meant at all. And Bette Davis likes brown mascara, not brown/black. I knew that. Why did I say something else yesterday?

I am no beauty expert!

chris alonzo saves the night.

Man, I’m grumpy tonight, even though I think the radio interview went well (and THANK YOU to the Teamster who called in to shout “YOU GO!” and say they were behind us all the way.), and I spent a few hours at the Guild getting ready for next week’s picketing–

(AMPTP! PLEASE COME BACK TO THE TABLE AND NEGOTIATE!)

— and I’ve still got emails to send to my team and blah, blah, blah strike strike strike, and I got all angry at Perez Hilton from my couch, which is just the dumbest temper tantrum I’ve had in a while because come on, so it was a lovely change of pace to read Chris’s post on how God’s been a pretty lame screenwriter with my life these days, and laugh my ass off.

Thanks, Chris. I needed that.

(more updates to come. i just need a mini-break.)