Victory is Mine–But I Should Have Washed My Hair.

February 22nd, 2008

We just gave away a bunch of copies of Princess Mia. Now we’re giving away a bunch of copies of Allie Finkle’s Rules For Girls. Just click here!

Being an author can be completely surreal sometimes. This morning I was eating my Cheerios while reading the local paper which I always enjoy immensely because it has fantastic stories about drunk tourists whose children call 911 on them, when I turned the page and BAM! A story about ME!

What the heck? How did THAT get in there? (I think it was publicity in advance of the re-issue of She Went All The Way.)

It’s just so WEIRD to be reading something you look at every day, and suddenly…you’re IN it.

Take Publishers Weekly, for instance:

I am pleased to announce that, after years—a decade, almost–of struggle it has been confirmed that (at least according to this recent PW article) I have succeeded in my campaign to convince parents (and apparently booksellers) that my YAs are just sweet, harmless fluff that they don’t need to worry about.

Really, I thank you, the readers, for keeping this huge secret. Because of you, booksellers are apparently going to continue to keep my “harmless” books in the kids’ section, where I’ll reach even more impressionable tween readers.

So, obviously–I’ve won. I would relax a bit now, but spreading the word about the Meg Cabot Way (practice safe sex, be kind to others, don’t date boys who disrespect you, stay away from black magic, the handheld shower nozzle isn’t just for rinsing your hair, etc) is a never ending battle.

And I must remain ever vigilant against those who would try to stop me.

Moving on, another thing I’m very proud and excited about is that I’m contributing to the book Declare Yourself–the national nonpartisan, nonprofit youth voter initiative aimed at empowering and encouraging America’s youth to register and vote in the 2008 primaries and general election:

Declare Yourself: Speak. Connect. Vote. 50 Celebrated Americans Tell You Why (on sale: May 20, 2008) — A book to inspire, educate, entertain, and engage teens in the political process.”

I’ll be contributing along with Maya Angelou, Sasha Cohen, Lauren Conrad, Chris Crutcher, Rosario Dawson, Adrian Grenier (no, I have not gotten to meet him, shut up—but I did once sit across the aisle from him on a plane and he really is that cute), Molly Ivins, Norman Lear, Maroon 5, Megan McCafferty, Hayden Panettiere, Henry Rollins, Amber Tamblyn, Aisha Tyler, Gabrielle Union, Wilmer Valderrama, Alice Walker, and many, many other cool people. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Declare Yourself’s ongoing voter registration outreach initiatives. And book is edited by…get ready….

America Ferrara!

Yeah, I’m SUPER STOKED about contributing to this book. And you BETTER buy a copy when it comes out…if not for yourself, than for anyone you know who may not feel his or her vote counts…I’ll tell you in my piece why it does, this year more than EVER before!

Oh, and girls? This article was very cool. Rock and roll! (Well, except for the part about how interest in computers falls off as girls age.) Don’t think this won’t be addressed in a future book of mine. (Airhead. But don’t worry, non-computer lovers, I also reveal what a Manolo tip is. Well, not really, I just hint at it, but I will reveal all in the sequel.)

As for this, well, I’m not going to write about it, but I do think my hair looks better if I don’t wash it for a few days. I had no idea I was part of a trend!

Although I’m seriously reconsidering this whole non-hair washing thing since I saw the picture that accompanied this interview I did on Newsweek.com.

This should serve as a powerful lesson that you really should style your hair EVERY SINGLE day. Because you never know when someone is going to pop out and snap your photo and stick it on Newsweek.com where thousands of people might see it.

Now I know why people get hair extensions.

More later.

Much love,

Meg