Meg Cabot Day
So I'm on my book tour for Teen Idol in the great state of Indiana. I had a great signing in Carmel last night, and met tons of really cool readers, as well as saw some really fun people I knew in high school (and even second grade—hi, Laura, Rhea, Betsy, and Deann)! So I'm having a pretty good time.
THEN I found out that tomorrow, July 31, is…get this: Meg Cabot Day. Yes.
Not world wide or anything. But in Bloomington, IN, it is. Seriously. Probably ALL DAY is Meg Cabot day. The mayor is making a proclamation and everything. It won't be on CNN or even the local news, probably, so I am posting it here, in case you don't believe me:
WHEREAS, Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana and spent her childhood in pursuit of air conditioning, which she found at the Monroe County Public Library; and
WHEREAS, Meg whiled away many hours in the library, reading the complete works of Jane Austen, Judy Blume, and Barbara Cartland; and
WHEREAS, armed with a Fine Arts degree from Indiana University, she moved to New York City intent on an illustration career, but when that failed to materialize, got a job as the assistant manager of an undergraduate dormitory at New York University where she wrote novels on the weekends; and
WHEREAS, Meg still calls New York City home, along with her IU graduate husband and one eyed alley cat named Henrietta; and,
WHEREAS, Meg has published over thirty novels for younger readers as well as adults, including The Princess Diaries series, The Mediator series, and 1-800-WHERE-R-YOU; and
WHEREAS, Lifetime network is making a series from 1-800-WHERE-R-YOU where students attend Ernie Pyle High School, a reference back to Bloomington, home to IU's Ernie Pyle School of Journalism; and
WHEREAS, film rights to The Princess Diaries were sold to Disney, and a feature length film based on the book was released in August 2001; and
WHEREAS, Disney has also purchased the film rights to All-American Girl; and
WHEREAS, Meg's has an upcoming book, Teen Idol, set in Indiana, and is scheduled to be the lunch speaker at the Girl Scout Leadership meeting at Indiana University.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Mark Kruzan, Mayor of Bloomington, Indiana, do hereby declare Saturday,
July 31 as
MEG CABOT DAY
to celebrate her return to Bloomington.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Seal of the City of Bloomington this 15th day of July, 2004.
Can you BELIEVE that? Meg Cabot Day???? I can't believe I get my own day!!! I am so flattered and honored. No one has ever named a DAY for me before.
I really don't know how I'm going to spend Meg Cabot Day. Well, I know I'm addressing the Girl Scouts in the morning, and a big signing at the Bloomington Barnes and Noble in the afternoon. But that's all I know.
Of course, as we know from Spiderman, with great power comes great responsibility. I don't really plan on making any vast civic changes to the city of Bloomington during Meg Cabot Day. I'm thinking all I'm going to do is ask everyone to really, really look at their lives and homes, and see if they can't adopt a pet from the local animal shelter if they think they might have room in their hearts for it (and the money to pay for its food and vet care). That's a good platform for Meg Cabot Day, right?
So for those of you who won't be in my hometown of Bloomington, IN, on Meg Cabot Day, feel free to celebrate on your own in your own way in your cities, for instance by lying in bed all day watching TV; and/or writing a book; drinking life-sustaining Tab; and/or examining your life to see if you can take in ONE MORE ADORABLE stray cat or dog who will love you to death.
That's an excellent way to spend ANY day, in my opinion.
Hope to see some of you tonight at the signing in Avon, IN, or tomorrow in Bloomington for MEG CABOT DAY!!!!
(I think this picture is pretty good, considering I took it myself, holding the camera out, the day I got my first pink streak!)