Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Happiness is a dreary Tuesday...

Well, despite the fact that I have been absolutely drowning in work, there's been some funnage going on of late, as well.

For starters, N and I celebrated two years last night, for which I was gifted 24 roses (it took me WAY too long to realize that it was one per month since we'd met; I've never been one for math) and a lovely dinner at Top Chef Season One winner Harold's restaurant Perilla. Olive oil poached sea bass=YUM.

We also had the pleasure of attending the first ever Kidlitosphere conference this past weekend in Chicago (http://www.robinbrande.com/1st-annual-kidlitosphere-conference-rsvp-list/), where we got to meet and chat with some very cool people, including Laini Taylor & her illustrator hubby, Ysebeau Wilce, Barry Lyga, Robin Brande, Esme Codell, and a zillion others that I am leaving out only because, well, the attendee list is included in the link above. But rest assured, a great time was had by all, and I'm looking forward to next year in Portland.

Alas, N and I are missing from any group pic you might find online, as Saturday night we missed the group dinner to hit the US premiere of "Tehilim" at the Chicago Film Festival! I wore fabulous shoes and N Q&A'd the eve away. Then it was back to the hotel for some much needed room service and r & r.

Meanwhile, my Media Bistro students are KICKING my butt--in the best possible way, that is. They rock so hard, and came to class super-prepared. I am going to have to stay on my toes for the next 11 weeks.

And finally, I am thrilled as peaches to announce that CRUSH DU JOUR releases today! It's my third S&S romantic comedy, with a fun (IMHO, anyway) cooking theme. So, you know, pick up a copy and get cooking! (sorry).

Now, back to my regularly scheduled manuscripting.


Jennifer Echols said...

LOL! I laughed with you when I saw this pic. The two of you always seem to be having loads of fun.

Happy book release Day!!!

P.J. Ruditis said...

Isn’t drowning in work the most wonderfully awful feeling? Congrats on all the good news and the book release!

You and N are too cute for words!!


Micol Ostow said...

PAUL--I recommended your series to my class last night!

Sara said...

So nice to meet you in Chicago! I was so totally checking out your book covers from my sideways seat near you at the Meet the Authors Event. Congrats on your book launch today!

Kelly McClymer said...

I am beyond jealous that you got to eat at Harold's restaurant. I watch Top Chef and drool -- and yet, the food we see and hear described cannot be tasted or smelled.

They need to come up with something to fix that. I could try a recipe or two...but my cooking isn't usually up to the recipe on the back of the Hamburger Helping box, so I don't think I'd get the full experience.


Wendy Toliver said...

Cute pic! I am reading Crush Du Jour and I'm almost finished. It's great fun!

Laini Taylor said...

Hi Micol! Wish I'd gotten a chance to talk to you in Chicago! Where did the time go?? Next year in Portland -- looking forward to it!!

P.J. Ruditis said...

Thanks, Micol!!