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PRINCESS IN PINK TOUR: Day 3

What a turn-out we had at last night's Princess in Pink signing in Thousand Oaks, CA! Wow, it was a blast. And people brought me PRESENTS. I got Girl Scout cookies (how did you KNOW???) and a hilarious book, and all sorts of great stuff.

But seriously, you guys, you don't have to bring me stuff when you come to my signing. All you have to bring is yourself…and your books (call the bookstore ahead of time though and ask if it's OK to bring books from home. Some bookstores will only let me sign books purchased from their store that day).

I already got a great present today and I haven't even been to my signing yet: Princess Diaries 5 is number 3 on the New York Times children's chapter book bestseller list! And Princess in Waiting is number 7 on the paperback list! Yay!

Also–this is entirely for your edification, I swear–I'm in Time Magazine this week. Check out the article in the Movie section called The Princess Paradox, and you'll see a TINY quote by me about how princess stories only work today if the princesses are socially conscious. I said a lot more stuff that didn't make it into the magazine—like I offered Prince William some dating tips. I think he could have really used them, too. But oh well.

Anyway, I'm in sunny LA right now, and was forced to spend the day by the pool here at my hotel, being offered frozen grapes by the pool staff. This may sound like I was slacking off, but really, after signing so many books, I NEED to sit absolutely still and not talk to anyone for a while. So it's kind of therapy, in a way.

My poolside enjoyment was somewhat hampered by the icky businessmen sitting a few chaises down from me who insisted on smoking disgusting cigars while I was trying to enjoy the breeze that was rustling through the nearby lemon tree branches but instead was blowing their cigar smoke right at me. Note to Cigar Smoking Business Guys in My Hotel (you know who you are): Ew.

Pool therapy was still fun today though, despite the cigar smoke, because I had so many good books to read, including Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke (thanks to Melinda for giving it to me); Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella (adorable…I can't wait for the movie with Kate Hudson); and Life's A Stitch, a collection of women's humor one of the contributors (thanks Laura!) generously gave me last night. Those books, coupled with the ROCKING CDs another reader sent me (Thanks, Anne), made the day fly by so fast…next thing I knew, it was time to degrime for the signing.

I don't know how I can thank all of you readers for being so nice to me while I'm on the road. I do have a SECRET PLAN for something I hope you're all going to get a kick out of (Allison M, the only soul who knows, is hereby sworn to secrecy until notified otherwise) but I can't tell you what it is until later this month…but I think you're going to like it. And no, it's not a new book….

Well, I have to get ready to go to Storyopolis. Hope I see some of you there!

More later,

Love

Meg

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