Friday, May 28, 2010

Have A Great Long Weekend If You Have A Long Weekend

I never know what to do about Memorial Day. It never feels right to wish people a happy Memorial Day. And there are people who read this blog who don't have Memorial Day for a holiday, or if they do, not necessarily this weekend.

Life is so complex.

Ironically, tonight is my father's Yahrzeit, which is the anniversary on the Jewish lunar calendar of his death. I bought a yahrzeit candle at ShopRite this morning, but the big issue is how to keep Scooter from knocking it over and setting the apartment on fire when I'm at New Paltz Crafts Fair tomorrow. My current plan is to leave the lit candle in the bathroom sink and close the door. Either that, or blow it out when I leave and relight it when I get home.

See, I told you life was complex.

I called the Warner Bros. store and told a very sympathetic woman about the problems with The Night The Bridge Collapsed Disc Two. She told me to mail it back and they'd send me a new one. When they do, I'll let you know (and I'll also let you know if Barbara Rush, last left screaming on the bridge, makes it off at the end).

I've listened to half of Listening Library's audiobook version of This World We Live In and it's just wonderful. Emily Bauer, who does the reading, is absolutely amazing. I loved her version of Life As We Knew It and, if anything, she's even better this time. I love how she differentiates amongst the characters. You'd expect her Mom to be excellent, but her Alex is astonishingly good. Miranda and Alex are about to go househunting, and I know I'm going to love that scene.

My editor emailed me yesterday about Blood Wounds. Thank goodness, she likes it. She needs to give it a second reading and then she'll make intelligent suggestions, but she mentioned, in particular, liking the last section, which was the part of the manuscript that I almost completely rewrote. So I guess my work paid off.

Speaking of my editor, I kept her busy this week, because in addition to the email I got from her, I got the master copyedited manuscript of This World We Live In from her in the real mail.
Since it has notes (mostly my frantic scribbled complaints), it might be of interest to the kind of college/university library that collects these sorts of things. If anyone out there works at a place like that and would like it, email me using that nifty link on the right. I'll give it a week or two, and the first representative of a university library who asks for it will get it. If no one does, I'll take it to recycling and let it be converted into paper towels.

It's time to listen to Disc 4 of TWWLI. Did I mention that each disc has Susan Beth Pfeffer printed on it, not once but twice? Spelled correctly at that.

I hope everyone has a memorable Memorial Day weekend. Or a memorable non-Memorial Day weekend. Oh heck. I hope you'll just remember me when June rolls around on Tuesday!

ETA: My friend Beth sent me pictures from my trip to Missouri to get the Truman Award for Life As We Knew It.

Here I am signing autographs.


Anonymous said...

Hi! It's Sunshine :-)!This is going to be a great Memorial Day weekend. I am getting a new spring wardrobe! It's going to have a lot of sundresses and an old rock and roll vibe to it (tastefully done at that). I also got the best idea for a story, so guess what I shall be doing. Writing! Any college/library will be very lucky to have that book. Don't take it to the recycling center if nobody wants it! That's special to keep. It has lots of memories in it. Keep it if nobody wants it. I am so glad that your editor likes Blood Wounds! I can't wait until that comes out. Also, you did a book signing?!? Those very lucky fans! Have you ever considered coming to Massachusetts (I live there)? Have fun at the New Paltz Crafts Fair, and sorry about your dad. I hope Scooter doesn't push over the candle and burn your apartment down. :-)
-Sunshine :-)

Anonymous said...

P.S- Congrats on the award for LAWKI! You deserved it!

Anonymous said...

It's Sunshine :-)! I just went on itunes and quess what I found? I found the LAWKI series! :-) Yay for all of us die hards! I wrote reviews for each of the books. However one of them is on the second page :-( *tear rolling down cheek*. That one is d&g. LAWKI I have the second message and TW I have the first message! I am so happy ther are on itunes!

-Sunshine :-)

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the LAWKI Award!!


Janet said...

Wow, you have been busy. the new format is gorgeous!


Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! I love your new format! It is sooooo pretty!!! Very creative and catchy.
-Sunshine :-)

Anonymous said...

OMG! I'm so used to the old format that I got completely confuzzled! It id georgous though!

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hi to Sunshine and Jade and Janet and Anonymous-

I've been enjoying my long weekend (and hope you have been also), but I'm exiled in the den while waiting for gigantic new TV set. So a couple of nights ago, I thought about making some small subtle changes to the appearance of the blog.

The next thing I knew, it looked completely different.

I wish things were as easy in my real appearance!