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PRINCESS IN PINK TOUR: Days 10-11-12

ER IS TRYING TO KILL ME

Really. I want to know if you guys feel the same way I do about the show ER. Because last night I staggered back to my hotel after my book signing and collapsed into bed and ER was on and it wasn't one I'd seen before and since that show hasn't sucked so much lately, I was like, “Oh, good, I'll watch this.”

And then, in the fine tradition ER has established over the past couple seasons, they promptly killed off a semi-regular character in a horrible manner. I won't say who, for readers who live overseas. But it was startling.

And then, as if that were not bad enough, the writers decided to kick all the other characters while they were down, in particular poor Carrie Weaver, who can be a pain, but COME ON!!! What they did to her was totally AWFUL. I couldn't sleep AT ALL after watching that. I just laid awake ALL NIGHT LONG going, “It's just a show. It's just a show. It didn't really happen….”

Can you blame me for wondering if the people who write for that show are out to get me?

Well, one thing they've accomplished: I'm never watching that show again. It's OC and Joan of Arcadia for me from now on. Oh, and maybe Extreme Makeovers. And High School Reunion. And Made. And What Not to Wear, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and House Hunters. And Degrassi. And Charmed.

That's enough shows, right?

Anyway, the book tour is over—the first part of it, anyway. I still have Illinois and Vancouver next week. Hey, people who wrote to me to ask why I never go to Canada…isn't Vancouver in Canada? And I was just in Toronto this fall. My question to you, Canadian readers, would be: Where were YOU?

But before I head off for VC and IL, I get a few days off, which I really need. I'm totally tired from all this running around. Although I had a blast in Seattle. I went to Archie McPhee's yesterday…such a fun store! I bought some mermaid cocktail glass decorations. You can't go wrong with mermaids.

I had a great time at All For Kids, Barnes and Noble, and The Secret Garden these past few days. You guys RULED!

Anyway, I finally got a chance to look at my mail. Answering it is another story. I will try to get to that soon…although it's getting to a point where I'm going to have to make a choice—or rather you, the readers, will have to make a choice: Do I write All American Girl 2, 1-800 5, and all of the other books you're asking for sequels to, or do I answer my emails? Because I seriously can't do both anymore. I'm just too busy. It sucks, but I think that's how it's going to have to be from now on. Let me know what you think.

Even though I can't ANSWER my email right now, I did READ it all. You guys are freaking hilarious. The vast majority of you agree with me about Daylight Savings Time—that it's confusing and weird. Some of you said you think it was invented for the farmers. I've heard that too, but there are lots of farmers in Indiana, and we don't have it there. So what's up with THAT?

A couple people wrote to me because they think I'm not taking my lyme disease seriously enough, and want me to stop joking about it. You know, people deal with illness in different ways depending on their personalities. Julia Sweeney jokes about her cancer in her hilarious book and one woman show, AND GOD SAID HA. Do you think SHE doesn't know cancer is a serious disease? No, that's just how she dealt with it. All of YOU guys know lyme disease is serious. I don't need to tell you.

And if I choose to deal with my serious disease by joking about it—when joking about it, in fact, actually makes me feel better—I think I should be allowed to, considering it's my disease. Oh, yeah, and my blog.

A lot of you seem to have really enjoyed Princess in Pink. I'm glad! Book 6 is on its way. Only one reader wrote to express her disappointment in PD5, and that was because of a mention or two about characters getting to second base in it, which really offended her. As a result, the reader feels she is no longer going to be able to read my books.

It has to be really exhausting, getting offended all the time that way. I'm glad the only thing that really offends me is murder. Oh, and open-mouthed gum-chewing.

So I'm on a plane to a secret location right now, where I'm going to recover from my tour. I can't tell you where I'm going, but I'm meeting my husband there, and we're going to have a BLAST this weekend. I won't be back in NYC until Monday night. The guy sitting next to me on this place is totally cool, he's working on his computer, too, and not chewing gum, so I'm happy.

And I have a great book to read, DO THE WINDOWS OPEN? By Julie Hecht. If you like sarcastic books, you have to read this, it's SO sarcastic and funny. It's a perfect plane book because the heroine freaks out over the same kind of stuff I do, like gum-chewing and people who burp out loud without saying excuse me. I totally love this book.

So, to sum up:

Should I answer emails? Or write books? Which do you prefer? I honestly can't do both anymore.

ER: Trying to kill me? I think so. Do you agree?

Now's your chance: Let me know.

More later,

Love,

Meg

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