So: you know all about the Twitterhood of the Butt-Lifting Pajants, do you not?
Okay. Are you up to speed? Good. Now the pants have been rocked by: Julia DeVillers, Lauren Myracle, Sarah Mlynowski, Elizabeth Eulberg, Susane Colasanti, Courtney Sheinmel and Lauren Oliver. From me they go to Melissa Walker, then Tara Altebrando, Maureen Johnson, David MacGinnis Gill and WHO KNOWS HOW MANY OTHER YA WRITERS.
But I have them. Right now! I got them from Courtney Sheinmel, author of Positively, My So-Called Family and more -- today underneath a dino skeleton at The American Museum of Natural History. She wore them to a Passover Seder with Lauren Oliver, author of Before I Fall and Delerium. (I have never met Lauren, but her sister befriended MY sister all the way in Oxford, England, where they were both studying philosophy. Isn't that wild?)
Anyway, the pants were apparently clean and I PUT THEM ON right away in the primates exhibit. Yes, I put them on RIGHT IN THE EXHIBIT! No one looked twice. Is New York Effing City, and people put pajants on next to the chimpanzee skeletons all the time, no doubt. Also, I was wearing a dress, which looks like a tunic in the picture because I hiked it up for better pajants viewing.
It was too dark in there to get near any seriously big apes, I am sad to say. The pajants had to be photographed with some rhesus monkeys and I don't know what all else -- but little guys.
I was then VERY overheated in the pajants, because ALL OF HUMANITY was in the ANHM, since it was about 1:30 pm of the fourth day of public school spring break. The human-type primates were running amok and generating way too much body heat. So I just pulled them off like the primate that I am, tucked them in the shopping bag Courtney provided, and went home with dignity almost in tact.
I think I am passing them to Melissa Walker on Saturday. She wrote Small Town Sinners, Violet on the Runway, etc.
But I have to decorate them first. I am thinking....fluffy bunny on the butt. Stay tuned. Happy Easter.
I'm having a Twitter contest. The hashtag is #invisibleinkling and details are on my Twitter page, but if you're seeing this kinda late, here's what it says (below). Come enter! Spread the word!
The Seattle Public LIbrary event was really fun -- thanks to all who came out! The awesome SPL librarians and Random House got together for pumpkin and frog-themed cupcakes, and the library itself is famously designed by Rem Koolhaus -- you can see a pic below of their teen space. It's unbelievable.
Now I'm at SCBWI's annual conference here in Washington, meeting great children's writers. Then I go back to my regular life and try to write a book.
xo from Seattle (well, the greater Seattle area)
I am in Seattle. It is strange. I grew up here but don't go back very often. The Ruby Oliver books are all set here. It's like driving through Roo's life. In a town car, though. And also driving through my childhood, which was not really like Roo's, but which has some of the same settings.
I drank two lattes, both made as if a latte is just what you are offering when you say "you want a cup of coffee?" -- whereas where I live, it's a pot you probably made an hour ago, and that's fine. But the lattes were really good. I was hyper!
I went to
Mockingbird Bookstore, a charming children's shop in my old home neighborhood of Greenlake;
Third Place Books in Lake Forest, which is huge and has extremely knowledgeable kids book staff,
Elliott Bay, which wins the beauty pageant, it is so gorgeous and I shopped there all the time as a kid and they still have the castle you can play in!
and Secret Garden, which is really charming and I had so much fun there I had to leave before I'd properly inspected the children's area.
All these stores have SIGNED copies of Invisible Inkling, yes, early! I also signed most Lockhart titles, some picture books and Toys books at all places. Thank you to all the great booksellers I met.
Tomorrow (Wed), I am off the Seattle grid, cavorting with old high school pals, but you can read my ramblings about trying to be a good person and the Ruby Oliver books over at Readergirlz -- where they are also giving away a set of Roo books during their awesome Rock the Drop initiative. Read more about it here.
Thursday, Seattle Public Library downtown! Teen event, 4:30 pm. Librarians and other adult-type peeps, 7 pm. Please come. They promise cupcakes, in celebration of Treasure Map of Boys.
Friday thru Saturday I'm at the (all sold-out) awesome SCBWI Western Washington conference, along with Joe Monti, Holly Black, Dan Santat and a host of other interesting writers and editors. Looking forward to it.
Then back to kind-of normal life.
Seattelites, I am rocking the downtown Seattle Public Library on April 14th and there will be cupcakes.
Teens, your event is at 4:30. Librarians, you're at 7:00. Please come out and see me in my home town, where all the Ruby Oliver books are set! Also, I will sign books, courtesy of University Bookstore, one of my fave bookstores ever, where I spent hours and hours of my otherwise misspent youth.
My newest book.* Out today!
YA MAFIA, a collection of short stories
compiled by E. Lockhart and John Green
The cool kids rule in this anthology of tales that leaves the losers behind.
* Happy April Fool's day. This awesome cover and flap copy, and the whole idea, brought to you by The Horn Book.