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Ellen Meister takes the Fly Survey

Applewood_cover_art_1Okay, I really AM on vacation. Today involved a leisurely swap meet, some birdwatching, some time in the library, catching some crabs, and drinking diet root beer while staring at boats. My idea of a good time.
But
it is GCC time again!

Ellen Meister has her debut novel on audiobook read by Lisa Kudrow. Click here for the clip. How cool is that?

The book is SECRET CONFESSIONS OF THE APPLEWOOD PTA, and it's a distinctly adult tale of three conflicted Long Island housewives whose lives come apart when a Hollywood location scout comes to town. Library Journal gave it a starred review and said: "Meister's debut novel is heartbreakingly funny, her characters facing life's dramas and disappointments head on with wit and spunk." And you can read a preview here.

Her blog is good fun, and she has all the GCC members pitch and cast their book as a Hollywood movie. (I'm up in a couple months for the Boy Book, but haven't done it yet!) So if you're curious about what all those funny women from my blog fantasize about when the imagine their books as movies, head on over. Cute pictures of Josh Lucas, Adrian Grenier, Christian Coulson and the like, don'tcha know?

Anyway, read on to see Ellen's Fly survey, in which she made me think about Superman in a whole new way.

--E


The Fly on the Wall Survey
questions by ME, answers by Ellen Meister

1) If you could be a fly on the wall somewhere, anywhere – where?

kk Backstage at the Oprah show when they're discussing book recommendations.

2) If you could have one superpower, what?

A Since I have 60 hours of work to do every day, I think it might come in handy if I could move like The Flash.

3) What is your superhero name? Why?

Multimom, capable of doing so many tasks at once it seems like there's more than one of me

4) Who is your favorite superhero?

Superman, of course. I mean, he's the man of steel. Use your imagination.

5) Favorite non-super hero?

A certain wonderkid who's overcome more obstacles than anyone should have to.

6) Recommend us a superhero movie.

I'm not much of an action movie fan, but I liked Spiderman.

7) If you could turn in to any animal, what? Why?

A dog. They're the loyalest friends.

8) Do you (or have you ever) read comic books? What? When?

As a kid, I was a fiend for Superman comics.


Stephanie Lehmann takes the Fly Survey

Okay, I am out of town and supposedly not posting, but hey -- that lasted a day. Because my GCC duty calls, and there's a fun Fly survey!

(Why Fly surveys, you ask? Gretchen Yee, heroine of my book Fly on the Wall, is all about the superheroes.)

Dobetter187 Stephanie Lehmann is the author of several ADULT books (sample title: The Art of Undressing) but her new novel is more fun and romance: YOU COULD DO BETTER is about a woman trying to choose between the man of her dreams -- and her fiancé. Preview it here! She also writes smart articles on Salon about sex and parenting.

The heroine is also a TV addict -- she even works for the museum of Television! -- so for those of you who love that box, this is the book for you! Johanna Edwards, author of The Next Big Thing (also about TV) says YOU COULD DO BETTER IS "Sharp, fresh, and clever… Simply put, it doesn’t get much better than this.”

Stephanie is the one who interviewed me about my favorite TV-shows when I did my GCC tour, and her blog, The History of Television, is smart reading.

THE FLY SURVEY
questions by me, answers by Stephanie Lehmann

1) If you could be a fly on the wall somewhere, anywhere – where?
A psychiatrist’s office.

2) If you could have one superpower, what?
To live forever.

3) What is your superhero name? Why?
Immortal Chick. I’m not sure how I would help other people. Perhaps I would impart knowledge and wisdom because of my age-old experience.

4) Who is your favorite superhero?
Supergirl. Who needs Superman? Girl power!

5) Favorite non-super hero?
Right now it's Morgan Sperlock, the guy who directed that movie SUPERSIZE ME. He actually raised awareness and brought about change. My son now hates McDonalds, which is major!

6) Recommend us a superhero movie.
I guess I liked SPIDERMAN, what with all the flying around from building to building -- looks fun. And as a child, I liked the cartoon UNDERDOG.

7) If you could turn in to any animal, what? Why?
It would have to be a dog. Just because I love dogs. And I think they’re pretty happy, in general. It doesn’t take a lot to make a dog happy. (Unlike me.)

8) Do you (or have you ever) read comic books? What? When?
I have wonderful memories of walking with my father in the evening after dinner to the newsstand on Chestnut Street, a few blocks from our house. He would get cigars and I would get comic books. Betty and Veronica, Millie the Model, Modern Romance. Then maybe we’d get donuts at Hunts or ice cream at the Herbert Sherbet Shop.


Another excerpt, The Boy Book

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The Random House website posts a similar but slightly different excerpt from The Boy Book than the one I've got here. If you have boobs, or if you find them interesting, I highly recommend you read this bit.
The book comes out Sept 26.

P.S. I am going out of town for two weeks or so. Live it up the last bit of summer without me! I'm going to the land of dial-up, babies, and hopefully very little of that. /E


Another Survey! Woohoo!

I got this from Cecil Castelluci (author of Boy Proof and Queen of Cool) via email and filled it out -- but didn't post it on my blog until John Green (Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines) made me do it! And Holly Black (author of Tithe, Valiant and Spiderwick) and Sara Zarr (Story of a Girl, out soon!) did it too, which made it even cooler.
I changed some answers, though – because only Cecil gets THE TOP SECRET DIRT.

1. FIRST NAME? oh, it is so much more fun to be mysterious

2. ARE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? a famous writer

3. WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY? three days ago, thinking about my 90 year old grandmothers and how I can not really help them

4. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? I love it, cultivated it. No one can read it, however, so I usually adopt an elementary school teacher print

5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? I do not eat meat. My favorite inside of a sandwich involves saga cheese and pepperoncini

6. KIDS? is a song from Bye Bye Birdie that I find very amusing

7. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? Yes, but I would find myself hard to get to know.

8. DO YOU HAVE A JOURNAL? No, not really. I have this blog that is not a journal at all.

9. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? No. I am direct.

10. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Yes.

11. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? No. But I have been rolfed.

12. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Quaker 100% Natural.

13. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? I am a slip-on gal.

14. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? Yes.

15. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Dulce de leche.

16. SHOE SIZE? 8

17. RED OR PINK? pink and red together.

18. WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? My anxiety.

19. WHOM DO YOU MISS THE MOST? I miss my spread-apart family, especially the old ladies, and wish they all lived in my city.

20. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU? Yes, I love these little glimpses into people's lives.

21. WHAT COLOR OF PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING RIGHT NOW? Green corduroy skirt and blue slides.

22. FAVORITE WRITER/BOOK/MOVIE? writer: Wodehouse book: so many. The Good Apprentice by Iris Murdoch is one I've often given to friends. Movie: Singin' in the Rain.

23, WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? air conditioner

24. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? charcoal

25. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE SMELLS? Gardenia. Cooking onions. Coffee.

26. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU SPOKE ON THE PHONE WITH? My friend Eva. I was washing cilantro while I talked to her.

27. THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE YOU ARE ATTRACTED TO? The strut.

28. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? I admire her tremendously and find her so charming in person I feel a little uncool next to her. (That is, Cecil). John – actually, the same applies to John as well.

29. FAVORITE DRINK? diet ginger ale.

30. FAVORITE SPORT? Swimming. But when it comes down to it, I do the rowing machine because I am too lazy to get to the pool and I always worry it will be crowded. I like physical activities, not sports. I like to watch Olympic diving.

31. HAIR COLOR? Four colors light brown. It takes hours to do. The natural color is a pleasant shade of mouse.

32. EYE COLOR? Blue-gray.

33. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? 20/20

34. FAVORITE FOOD? Avocado.

35. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDING? Happy endings.

36. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? I am watching Entourage on DVD. I am obsessed.

37. COLOR OF SHIRT YOU ARE WEARING? Navy.

38. WINTER OR SUMMER? Fall.

39. HUGS OR KISSES? From whom?

40. FAVORITE DESSERT? Italian rainbow cookies.

41. WHO IS MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? Debbi? I know she loves a survey!

42. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND? crap shoot

43. WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU READING? There are usually at least 10 going at a time. Secret Society Girl by Diana Peterfreund. The Code of the Woosters, by P.G. Wodehouse. Fugitives and Refugees by Chuck Palahnuik. Those are on top at the moment.

44. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? My mouse goes commando.

45. FAVORITE SOUNDS? laughter.

46. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT? Total TV (excluding Entourage on DVD) watched in past month: none.

47. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Beatles.

48. THE FURTHEST YOU'VE BEEN FROM HOME? Berlin

49. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? I am good at packing suitcases. I am unusually verbose.

50. WHEN AND WHERE WERE YOU BORN? (cough!) New York City


Senior Year Quiz

Got this "Senior Year of High School" quiz from Eric Luper, whose YA novel The Big Slick will come out in 07.


1. Who was your best friend?:
My boyfriend.

2. What sports did you play?
Ballet.

3. What kind of car did you drive?:
1964 Volvo

4. It's Friday night, where were you?:
in Wendy's hot tub

5. Were you a party animal?:
my nature is inherently moderate.

6. Were you considered a flirt?
this is entirely possible

7. Ever skip school?
yes, classes – never a whole day

9. Were you a nerd?
at heart

10. Ever get suspended/expelled?
never

11. Can you sing the Alma mater?
no way, don't even know if there was one

12. Who was your favorite teacher?:
I honestly don't have strong memories of my teachers except of their physical quirks

13. Favorite class?
English

14. What was your school's full name?:
I have written too much about high school to mention it

15. School mascot?:
no idea

16. Did you go to Prom?
Yes, it was in the space needle, which is this giant world's fair relic with a revolving restaurant. I wore a dress from the 1920s and a feather boa.

17. If you could go back and do it over, would you?
please don't make me go back

18. What do you remember most about graduation?
Kirsten wore a dress with an open back

19. Favorite memory of your Senior Year?
dancing with a friend to a walkman with two sets of headphones

20. Were you ever posted up on the senior wall?:
what is that?

21. Did you have a job?
not until the summer, then I worked in a Birkenstock store

22. Whom did you date?
the most unusual boy there

23. Where did you go most often for lunch?:
we didn't go out, we ate in the cafeteria

24. Have you gained weight since then?
of course, that would be a bit strange if I hadn't

25. What did you do after graduation?
went to college

26. Who was your crush?
Kevin Bacon

27. When did you graduate?
let's just say, Madonna was young


Better Living through Footnotes

Recent YA novels with footnotes:

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (out in Sept, hold your horses!)
my own The Boyfriend List, plus The Boy Book (also out in Sept; the link is to an excerpt that I have actually cut the footnotes out of for internet formatting purposes)
Bad Kitty by Michelle Jaffe
Drawing a Blank by Daniel Ehrenhaft
The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Johnathan Stroud

Here, Green & his readers (including me) discuss the sources of what is apparently a GINORMOUS TREND! And everyone uses footnotes while they do it -- it is pretty funny.


Why I Let My Hair Grow Out

My friend Maryrose Wood (author of Sex Kittens & Horn Dawgs Fall in Love) gives the scoop on her new book, and reveals the cover!

The book is called Why I Let My Hair Grow Out. I have already read it. Why?
Because she is my friend.
It is a rockin' book! It includes a dude who is madly in love with a toad and speaks romantic soliloquies to it that are very funny; a talking horse; several extremely hot guys; magical mysteries; a character called Mrs. Boob, and much more that makes me recommend it very extremely highly.

xo
E