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.