I think this might be the longest absence in the history of this blog. Maybe? Not sure.
People might think I’ve been off celebrating the success of my book. And yes, there has been some amazing stuff to celebrate:
Hitting #39 in the Amazon Bestseller list and #1 in assorted categories across many retailers was pretty amazing.
I went out of town and stayed in a fancy hotel and was on TV again! And it was nothing like what happened the first time. (You can see clips here: San Diego Living and here: San Diego Fox Morning News.)
I had an article in Ladies’ Home Journal:
My book is in 800 Target stores! I did a radio tour and talked on over 20 stations across the country! You guys sent me photos of you with your books and that absolutely made my day! Other exciting things that I’m not remembering would go here!
But I haven’t been celebrating and drinking champagne and otherwise living a life that is far too glamorous for keeping up with this blog. In reality, I’ve been playing catch up with my family. When my book released (and especially the weeks leading up to it) I was working so much. So, so much. Every day my MIL or my mom would come over to watch the kids so I could work. Every night when Crappy Papa came home I’d immediately go upstairs… to work. He’d cook dinner and bring a plate upstairs for me to eat while I worked. Weekends? Work. After the kids went to bed? Work.
It was brutal and exhausting and exciting.
Then this started to happen each time I’d head upstairs to work:
And I started to realize how little time (especially quality time) I’d spent with them lately.
I released a parenting book and then sucked at my job as a parent. Ironic, right?
I also sucked as a friend. My dear friend Marisa once said, “The thing with writing a book is that by the time you have an event to celebrate, you have no more friends to invite.” So true. (But seriously, have I ever mentioned Marisa here? And her fabric line? I love her to pieces. Chicken fabric. You’re welcome.)
So this was a long way of saying I took a week off from this blog. I took a week off from everything, actually. Everything except tracing our shadows on the patio, baking cookies, walking the dog, pretending I was Princess Leia and concocting pseudo-scientific experiments in mason jars in the kitchen.
But I’m feeling refreshed and have stories to tell. (That is the bonus, I spend time with my kids which results in stories to write about! Vacations are essential for content!)
A real post coming soon. Probably even tomorrow.
Southern California People keep reading. (Everyone else, skip to the footnotes at the bottom.)
I’ll be at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC on Saturday! Admission is free.
11:00AM – noon At the Kobo Booth (#994, located near the main LA Times Stage in the Black Zone) I’ll be signing books. Plus, Kobo is hosting a contest! Fill in empty talking bubbles on my drawing and you could win a Kobo reader. I can’t wait to see what people come up with.
1:00PM – 2:00PM At the Harlequin Booth (#136, located along Trousdale Parkway in the Gold Zone) I’ll be signing books.
If you come see me I’ll not only sign your book and talk to you and be nice and stuff but I’ll ALSO take drawing requests. Simple ones. Like “Draw me a cat.” or “Draw me a clown.” Though I probably won’t have time to draw something like, “Draw me a Tuscan Villa scene with a woman wearing stripes and holding a basket of fruit next to a river with sailboats on it.” Course there is a huge chance you’ll be the only one asking me to sign/draw in which case I’ll totally rock your Tuscan Villa.
Seriously. Come see me. Go to LA Times Festival of Books for directions and such.
My heart goes out to Boston and all the families. Obviously, the tragedy there also influenced my laying low this week. When senseless stuff like that happens I find it difficult to write and be funny. And all I want to do is spend time with my kids. To soak up their innocence. To be thankful that they are safe. To savor this one and only time they will be the exact ages that they are. And so on. I’m sure you undertand.
Be back soon!