Hi hi hi! I’ve been in the midst of busyness, but I wanted to pop on to say a few things.
1. I was the keynote speaker last week at Random House Children’s Summer 2015 Preview. Beforehand, I was really nervous. Afterward, I was like
(I realize this photo of me in front of two other me’s is kind of intense, but I’m posting it anyway. I apologize.)
I talked about loving books so much as a kid that I slept with them, starting to write Denton because my acting career was making me miserable, the power of laughter, and
using books to build empathy and battle our phone-cultivated short
Random House awesomely supplied me with candy to throw into the audience at the end of my speech, much like Denton does at the end of his self-eulogy. But I forgot about it in the moment. My b, Random House. Thanks for the cool thought.
I met lots of lovely librarians and teachers and bloggers. And also some lovely RH folk I hadn’t met yet. Thanks for being so kind, everybody! Looking forward to crossing paths again soon.
Here’s a photo from that day of Denton’s fantastic editor Nancy Siscoe and me.
2. Denton is on the Indie Next List. Such a nice honor to be a recommendation of independent bookstores, which are wonderful, magical places.
3. I think the NPH Oscars backlash was a little over-the-top. Obviously NPH is gonna be just fine, but the internet has become an overwhelming and critical beast. I know choosing to infuse the internet with love instead of snark is probably less fun, but it’d be great to live in a world where that was happening more.
That’s all for today. I now return to the anxiety-provoking world of rewriting my second book in time for a very-soon deadline. Happy Thursday!