Publication Day!

March 9th, 2009

I can’t believe it! This day totally snuck up on me. I only got off the plane for New York City (yes! The Big Apple! Actually, I hate it when people call it that, because, whatever, there really aren’t that many more apples here than anywhere else) yesterday, and next thing I knew—Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls #3, Best Friends and Drama Queens is in stores today!

(Guess what? You don’t have to have read Book 1 and 2 to catch on to what is happening in Book 3. Although I guess it wouldn’t hurt.)

When I told He Who Shall Not Be Named In This Blog that I was going to New York this week to promote my new book and go to Allie Finkle’s Super Sleepover, he said, “But who is going to cut my meat?”

That sounds a bit dirty, but it’s actually not. He has a cast from his knuckles to his armpit on his left hand from a bike accident, and he can’t cut his food to eat it, and I have been gone for two out of the four weeks he’s had a cast!

I pretty much stink as a wife.

But seriously, I can’t help that I am a working woman! I just saw on the news that for the first time in US history, the percentage of women with jobs will soon surpass men.

This is because men mostly work in the hard hit fields of construction and manufacturing (or my husband’s former field, finance), whereas fields which primarily employ women, healthcare and education, have not been hit as hard by the recession.

In my own defense, I hired one of the nation’s many working women, Nurse Kady, to help HWSNBNITB (not with cutting the meat, though. He will have to eat soft foods while I am gone)! She is taking him to his doctors appointments and to grocery shop and stuff, since he still can’t drive.

Meanwhile, here in Manhattan, I’m working on my advice columns for all of you, based on the HUNDREDS of letters I received from you last week! Your requests for advice seem to fall into three basic categories:

Romance—50% (I can tell you right now: I don’t know any vampires or faerie kings! Sorry!)
Career—30%
Other—20%

Expect some advice from Dr. Michele Jaffe and me SOON!

In the meantime, I am running myself ragged looking for PAJAMAS to wear to my sleepover on Thursday. I have basically narrowed it down to the PJs on this page (when you go there you will see why. Jennifer Love Hewitt and Rachael Ray? I am so there).

But still, I have my Target Nick and Nora PJs for backup. I LOVE my Target PJs and have about eight pairs (I wear them to write in as well as sleep in) and nothing will get me out of them: UNLESS the Tepper Jacksons really feel great.

Nick and Nora may have some competition!

So we’ll have to see what I end up wearing Thursday night for the big sleepover!

The big question is: WHAT WILL CAROLINE RHEA BE WEARING? I don’t know.

But if it’s Caroline, you know it’s going to be good. I can’t wait!

OK, gotta go…I have a big day ahead of me. I have to run to all the local bookstores and make sure their copies of Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls, Best Friends and Drama Queens are turned face out (yes, I still do that. I always will. It’s pub day tradition)!

More later.

Much love,

Meg