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I am a pervy fly.

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A QUIZ based on my new book, Fly on the Wall! with adorable animated fly graphics.
I can't say I'm surprised at my result. I did write the book, after all...

--E

What's Your Fly Style?

the pervy fly.
You’re a good person – honest, ethical, kind to small kids and old people – but given the opportunity, you would totally peek into a hottie’s dressing room. And hey, we can’t really blame you. (Totally blushing over here.) But we can offer you a warning: be careful to treat people like people, not like objects. Because as soon as you do, you’ll find yourself transformed into the body of a fly and stuck forever in a boys’ locker room. Or something like that.


Dramarama

ooh, I've been seeing drafts of cover art for Dramarama, my 2007 book about summer theater camp.

I think it's going to look really cool. Probably a silhouette of someone who looks something like Liza Minnelli in Cabaret.

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My characters are obsessed with that movie.

Okay. I still have to rewrite the thing. Back to work!

--E


Cindy Cruciger's Scary Boyfriend list

RglgRevenge Gifts, by Cindy Cruciger (who is on the Girlfriends Cyber Circuit with me) is "romance for the lunatic fringe." It's about a woman -- Tara -- who is a lighting rod for ghosts, specifically ghosts seeking revenge. When the spirit goddess of love, envy, jealousy and revenge fixes on her, Tara's life turns around and her ten-year dating dry spell lifts. "But with all things good in a garden of evil a price must be paid..."

So. You can guess that Cindy's boyfriend list will be off the beaten path. And you'd be right! Plus, she sent over some darling pictures. And she married her best friend from high school!


Death by Dating
by Cindy Cruciger

1. --- and incidentally the worst date ever.

The guy picks me up and asks if I prefer a water bed or regular mattress. He said we were definitely "going to dinner and stuff" but he wanted to be sure he didn't blow the seduction thing later on. Apparently his previous date refused to "put out" because he had a waterbed and he'd arranged a back up location just in case for our date should it be needed.

The date ended right then and there and I never accepted a blind date ever again.

2. --- amazingly not a bad place but … Dude. Not happening. Ever …

First and only date. We went to a sports bar where – surprised the hell out of me – there was a Miss Tequila contest going on. Tequila is the reason I never ever drink more than two in twenty-four hours. Bad craziness happens. The female rep for the company came over and asked me directly to my face to enter the contest. She said she would wave the fees.

Hey! I cleaned up nice back then:

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I said no. The date (Not the guy pictured with me above) was beside himself. Clearly, I was not the fun “Girl Gone Wild” he’d imagined. As he watched the models on stage pour water on their t-shirts and then rip them off, the date went further and further south with each foot of skin revealed. I ended the torment by introducing him to one of the losers and calling a friend to come get me.

3. --- I dated this one a few times but ..

I knew we would never hit it off when he insisted we would make the cutest engineer couple ever. Girl engineers did not want to be cute “anything” back then. We were fierce genius women and there was nothing cute, adorable or cuddly about us. There were five women in my class of five hundred men. Eat me, cute engineer man. Go troll the business college for dates.

--- Doomed because … well … he had bigger breasts than me

Ex-Quarter Back and I won’t say for which team. He cooked like a freaking dream and was handsome as hell. But. BUT. When he took off his shirt he had a better chest than me! I could not keep the women off of him and decided to set him free. To his credit he called repeatedly and did not want to accept that being too good looking was a negative in the dating world, but there you have it. Men like that are too much work.

5 --- Another football player for different nameless team ….

And my sorority sister has a lot to answer for with this one. If not for her I would never have met either of the two. He wasn’t hot in a traditional sense, but more importantly, he kept calling me Sweetie-pie. Not masculine and … see my engineer aversion to cuteness in any form.

My mind is blanking on details of the remaining few. I married my best friend from high school who also cooks like a dream and has never, ever called me Sweetie-pie. He calls me Sweat Pea but only when he requires a beating.

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Westerfeld, Larbalestier, Zusak, etc.

Saturday, March 18th,
from noon-2pm
at Books of Wonder in NYC
18th street between 5th and 6th

JUSTINE LARBALESTIER (Magic Lessons, the second book in her Magic or Madness series)
SCOTT WESTERFELD (Blue Noon, the third book in the Midnighters series)
MARKUS ZUSAK (The Book Thief, the tale of a young foster girl in Nazi Germany)
SARAH DURKEE (The Fruit Bowl Project, about a classroom writing assignment that gets the whole school buzzing)
and
LINZI GLASS (The Year the Gypsies Came, a tale of a young girl living in South Africa during Apartheid.)

The authors will give a brief presentation of their books, answer questions, then sign copies of all their books.

This sounds like a really great event to me, and it's a great bookstore with a radically improved teen section, since their move to the bigger space next door. Check it out!

--E


Naomi Wolf

Today's edition of the New York Times Book Review features Naomi Wolf, author of Fire with Fire, The Beauty Myth and lots of other books,
ripping into Gossip Girl, The A List and The Clique for a page and a half. She writes:

"While the tacky sex scenes in them are annoying, they aren't really the problem. The problem is a value system in which meanness rules, parents check out, conformity is everything and stressed-out adult values are presumed to be meaningful to teenagers...The great reads of adolescence have classically been critiques of the corrupt or banal adult world. It's sad if the point of reading for many girls now is no longer to take the adult world apart but to squeeze into it all the more compliantly."

Wolf is saying that these particular books are all encouraging conformity, compliance with the status quo, and that what looks like rebellion (sex, drugs, etc.) is really just early capitulation to the mores of the adult world these characters inhabit.

The Times's list of quality YA novels, complied by Justine Henning from Reading Pen Pals:

Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini
Sandpiper by Ellen Wittlinger
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty
Flipped by Wendelin Van Drannen
If you Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson
Life is Funny by E.R. Frank
Looking for Alaska by John Green
The Skin I'm In by Sharon G. Flake
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld


A Bad Scene in Oklahoma

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From the wonderful As If! (Authors Supporting Intellectual Freedom) website, this:

A bill in Oklahoma would withhold state money from public libraries that do not move age-appropriate gay-themed children's books out of children's areas.

Jeanie Johnson, president of the Oklahoma Library Association, said the bill "flies in the face of the idea of a public library."

"Every parent has the right to monitor what their children are reading, and should," she said. "But I don't have the right to choose for another parent what is right for their child."

The bill is similar to a non-binding resolution passed by the House last year and led to libraries in several cities moving gay themed books.

If these bills keep passing, what this means is that YOU, my teenage readers, will NOT BE ABLE to get Fly on the Wall at your local library. You won't be able to get Dramarama, which I just finished writing, either.

You will not be able to get Boy Meets Boy, by David Levithan, which is completely free of any sex whatsoever, beyond kissing. You will not be able to get Kissing Kate by Lauren Myracle, or Geography Club by Brent Hartinger. You'll miss out on books by the best and most amusing writers making books for teenagers today, because your local library will be forced to keep them away from you.

So. You can do at least one tiny thing to help prevent this happening.
Talk to your friends about it. Just spread the word so people know it's occurring.
Post about it on your blog or on any discussion groups you're part of.
Go get one of these books out of the library, and tell the librarian at the Info desk why you're taking it out, which can give him or her strength for fighting such challenges when they come.
Buy one of these books, or any other on this list of frequently banned books for teenagers.


Another narcissitic Survey

I can never resist a narcissistic survey!

Q: WHAT WERE YOU D0ING AT MIDNIGHT LAST NIGHT?
A: Sleeping.

Q: WHATS THE LAST TEXT MESSAGE ON YOUR CELL PHONE SAY
A: I eschew cell phones. I do not own one.

Q: WHOSE BED DID YOU SLEEP IN LAST NIGHT?
A: My own.

Q: WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
A: Not dressed yet. Navy blue is most usual.

Q: MOST RECENT MOVIE THAT YOU WATCHED?
A: Two Weeks Notice on DVD. It was okay. Hugh Grant still does it for me. He is just so funny.

Q: NAME 4 THINGS THAT YOU HAVE ON YOU AT ALL TIMES?
A: Lipgloss, mint gum, keys, a book

Q: WHAT'S THE COLOR OF YOUR BEDSHEETS?
A: Tan flannel.

Q: HOW MUCH CASH DO YOU HAVE ON YOU RIGHT NOW?
A: Probably $40.

Q: What is your favorite part of the chicken?
A: I prefer my chickens alive. I don't eat them. My favote part is the downy chest.

Q: When was the last time you saw your mom?
A: Two weeks ago. We ate a lot of Thai food.

Q: When was the last time you saw your dad?
A: Sunday. He came over at 7:30 in the morning. We talked about his website (!!!)

Q: What did you have for dinner LAST NIGHT?
A: Toast and saga blue cheese. A glass of wine.

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Q: Look to your left. What's there?
A: A window with a view down onto the neighbor's deck. Stacks of my new bookmarks with The Boy Book cover on them. A box decorated with old photographs taken in a black and white photo booth.

Q: What's the last piece of clothing you borrowed from someone?
A: My friend Heather gave me a red wooly hat that doesn't fit her. But it's for keeps.

Q: What website(s) do you visit the most during the day?
A: my LJ Friends Page

Q: Do you have an air freshener in your car?
A: I have no car.

Q: Does anything hurt on your body right now?
A: Yes, but only a little.

Q: What city was your last taxicab ride in?
A: Brooklyn.

Q: Do you own a picture phone?
A: No.

Q: Would you have a problem if your friend went after your ex boyfriend/girlfriend?
A: Probably. I have written books on the subject.


_______Last________
1. Person you saw besides family: my friend Alexa, who made me hot tea and has painted her house wonderfully bright colors
2. Talk on the phone with: my man.
3. Hugged: same as always.
4. IM: IM is not my friend, I can't work it. Once, six months ago, I IM'd Lisa.

_______Today________
1. What are you doing tonight: writing.
2. what did you wear today: yesterday: pink tweed skirt, black sweater, brown boots, gray scarf.
3.what was fun about today: yesterday: emailing back and forth with Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Myracle

________Tomorrow___________
1. Is: the day I go to Boston
2. Got any plans: Yes! theater, romance, travel
3. Goal: relax
4. Dislikes about tomorrow: air travel
5. Do you have to work: No, I'm taking the day off


Plan B

My online pal Jenny O'Connell's first YA novel, PLAN B, hits stores today. Here's the jist:

Coast through senior year. Graduate. Travel around Europe. Join boyfriend out East for college.

That's the plan. Then the phone rings.

Vanessa has the next year of her life pretty much figured out. Sure, there's some parental convincing to do but she and her celebrity-obsessed gal pal Taylor pretty much think their plan is airtight.
Then Vanessa's parents get a mysterious phone call and drop a bombshell on her that she never could have imagined. She has a half brother. And he's coming to live with them.

If that wasn't bad enough, this half brother is none other than Hollywood bad boy Reed Vaughn. He's famous. He's going to be a senior, too. And he's going to ruin Vanessa's life for sure....