Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Momondo: Patricia

I've been lucky/cursed with a whole deluge of freelance work these past couple weeks, so I'm still struggling to get back to this blog. Of course, in just a day I'll be heading off to southern France for a wedding (congratulations, Delphine and Sige!!). After that, I'll be enjoying a whole week in Barcelona. I canNOT wait--it's been so long since I've been to Spain (not counting the Canaries, um, illogically), and I've never been to this part of it before. Bert and Francisco will be going with us, and they know their way around town, so it'll be my favorite kind of trip: the kind that requires no planning or effort on my part. 

Meanwhile (and speaking of Bert and Frasse), I am pleased to direct you all to one of the several freelance pieces I've been working on: Momondo just posted my latest contribution, "Dancin' till Dawn on the Booze Cruise". It's about Patricia, naturally. Enjoy!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Ready to Engage

Sorry, I've been a bit MIA this past week, it's been a crazy-busy time for me--new contracts, a load of freelance work, more potential gigs, the works. It almost makes me long for my doldrums of 2008. 

Almost, but not quite.  

And can you believe the past month's developments for marriage equality?! From the first day of this month with Sweden's announcement, then Iowa, then the nail-biter in Vermont, and now the media buzz about New York--and did you see Frank Rich's piece in The New York Times? Goodness, to think it's only the 19th.

Has public opinion shifted so radically, so quickly? (It's about time Pres. Obama embraced the issue, his lame position on this is so beneath him.)

*ahem*

Well, it must be in the air. You knew this moment would come, it's been inevitable since the start: 

So hear ye, hear ye! As of this weekend, Jan and I are now officially engaged to marry.

*cue orchestral swoon* 

Monday, April 13, 2009

Lost in the Amazon

So, have you heard about the whole Amazon hubbub? The whole thing is odd and disturbing.

And it turns out that Gay America is part of it, too!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Fame!

One of the perks of being a Very Famous Person (*snort!*) is that every once in a while, the mailman brings you a packet full of Awesomeness. 

Behold:


All the way from the library at Lincoln Heights Elementary School in Spokane, Washington come these amazing illustrations and letters about Peanut. Was I nearly as talented as they are? (Am I now?)

Reading through them, I am reminded of the incredible visit I enjoyed at Reilly Elementary in Austin, Texas back on Halloween of last year:


The kids there made me feel like a celebrity. (After all, this was for the "Reading Rock Stars" program run by the Texas Book Festival.) From the snacks waiting for me and fellow author Elizabeth Singer Hunt in the "green room" to the huge reproductions of images from my book (thanks to dedicated parents), I was given the full red-carpet treatment.


And one of the best parts of the trip was getting my copy of Peanut Goes to Reilly, an absolute masterpiece.


I will treasure it always, right next to the new letters from Lincoln Heights Elementary.

So it's on days like this (as opposed to, say, when I'm doing my taxes) that I realize I truly do have the best job in the whole world.

I'd Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus*

So I was all excited yesterday because I looked out my studio's window...


...and it appeared that two pigeons were occupying a preexisting nest in the tree below! How fun! Just think: a bird's-eye view (sorry, couldn't resist) of little eggs hatching, tiny peeping chicks, the first clumsy attempts at flight...!


Back in New York, I used to dislike pigeons (the whole "flying rats" thing), but I have to say, parrot ownership has totally melted my heart toward all members of the bird family.


But there are no pigeons there today. Maybe they foreclosed on their mortgage, too?

:( 


* For those who missed the reference, buy this book. Immediately.