Books, travel & zombies Egads. Lately, I feel like I’ve been shot out of a cannon and am waving my arms wildly in order not to hit the ground. I’m doing a quick round-up and hope to FINALLY post notes from these events next week. (Sorry, Camp Awesomeness 2009. Thanks for your patience.) 

In the past month, I’ve been to the Ivy Bookshop, Baltimore Book Festival, Anderson’s YA Conference, Naperville and Woodstock, IL, Doylestown, PA, the Brooklyn Barnes & Noble, and The Austin Teen Book Festival. On Sunday, I fly to Austin again, just for the day, to do the Texas Festival of Books. I’ve written two speeches, done three school visits, and need to get my act together for the Book Notes series that will be happening with Lev Grossman (The Magicians) at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on Sunday, Nov. 8th. (Sadly, the link to this event is showing a server error. *frowns*) Lev and I will talk about the music that inspired our books and read a bit. Here’s a feel for what it is: 

Meanwhile, I have a short story due in January and a novel due in December. Yeah. That. Desperately need some writing time, especially since my new novel seems to be turning into a Pedro Almodovar film before my eyes. Honestly, I set out to write a straightfoward little book and once again, I’m veering off into bizarro land.

Anyway, Tomorrow, David Levithan & I drive up to Wellesley and the Wellesley Bookshop for an event at 6:30 PM:;jsessionid=bacPqk5Gp_l479qECDBss
And then we turn around and drive right back to NYC, singing along to whatever songs will keep us awake. Because we’re insane like that. 

Next week, on Thursday, Nov. 5th at 7:00 PM, I’ll join the wonderful Robin Wasserman  & Carolyn MacCullough at Word Bookstore in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, for an event called, "Sex, Drugs & Vampires: Everything You Secretly Wanted to Know About YA but Were Afraid to Ask.

That’s tonight at 9:00 PM EST/6:00 PM PST. Come join the conversation. I will answer all your burning questions. Unless your burning questions involve Neosporin and a Band-Aid. 

And now, I must do two things: Have lunch with my German publisher, whom I adore, and shop for cheap costume stuff for Halloween. We have decided to go as Plants Vs. Zombies, and now I can’t get this tune out of my head.

"There’s a zombie on your lawn…
there’s a zombie on your lawn…"

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