Monday, September 27, 2010


Happy Monday, everybody!  I hope you had a good weekend.

Mine was kind of crazy

Friday evening, I took my older one to the bookstore to meet Natale Ghent.  She was coming to the tween book club meeting that night because the kids had all read her book THE ODDS GET EVEN, which my own little odd fellow really related to.  It deals with bullying in a funny and liberating and wonderfully awesome way and you need to read it if you read middle grade at all.  (It was shortlisted for the Silver Birch Award this year, guys.  READ IT.)  And Natale was funny and warm and related SO well to the kids.  I am her newest fan, and meeting her was the highlight of my week.  And we talked BOOKS!

Then came Saturday, which was a little bit awesome - it involved seven Smart Chicks, some microphones, flying keyrings, and a few hundred people screaming and hooting.  I was one of the screaming people.  In case you haven't figured it out, I'll post pictures tomorrow that will explain everything.  But believe me when I say, it was AWESOME.  Oh, and: BOOKS.

And then yesterday, my family took a road trip to this place:

to meet this lady, who also dragged her family there on a road trip of their own.  And we had a lovely afternoon chatting about all things writing while our spouses entertained the kids.  Somewhere else.  They say it was the Children's Museum, but based on the volume of sand that came out of my littler one's shoes, I'm guessing they tried digging their own version of the Chunnel under Lake Ontario.

So, MORE awesome.  And also, MORE BOOKS!

So, yeah.  Three days, three bookstore visits, one weekend of awesomeness.  I'm wishing it were Friday all over again.

How was your weekend?


  1. hey Ishta, my weekend was great. My parents came down for a visit. I've got 4 chapters left to write in my book. I planted 40 tulip bulbs in my garden. My husband built a tree house for the kids. I didn't have to make supper yesterday. Yeah for optimism!

  2. Wow! Sounds like you had a great weekend, Phyllis! You go, girl.

  3. Sounds like a great weekend. Mine was fun but not eventful as yours. I spent good quality time with my wife and with friends.

  4. Ah, that sounds nice, Paul. Never underestimate the importance of downtime.

  5. Hey, Ishta, it was lovely to meet you and your adorable son. Thank you for the sweet post. I'm going to link it on my facebook page. Happy writing!

  6. Hi, Natale! It was lovely to meet you, too. Thanks for linking to my blog on your facebook page! And happy writing to you, too! (OMG, Natale Ghent just commented on my blog. I can't stop grinning.)