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Friday Five

1.  I'm going to an (anti-) banned book party tonight!

2.  It's my son's adoption day today!  :o)

3.  My son is home from boarding school, along with a super-nice friend.

4.  I got a royalty check!  (It's not much but it's more than zero!)   

5.  MOCKINGBIRD was nominated for the Cybils (wow!).
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Five for Friday

 1.  I'm grateful for a wonderful book tour!  I'm happy that I had my daughter's company, saw friends, and met many wonderful people.

2.  I feel guilty that I haven't yet sent thank you notes to the above friends and many wonderful people.

3.  I just wrote the jacket flap for my latest book.  It sucks.  I will think on it more and try again.

4.  I have a book signing tomorrow!!  Over the Moon -- it's the cutest new indie in Crozet, VA.

5.  My son is out trying to catch me some catfish for dinner.  I love that dude, even if he doesn't catch any fish.
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Five for Friday

1. First born got his permit today -- wow!

2. Love my new writing class -- what great students!

3. Second born is sleeping out in the tent by herself tonight. Well, along with the dog and a big supply of biscuits.

4. Feeling inspired to write, write, write!

5. Got to spend the day with wonderful friends from way back. Sigh.
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Friday Five

1. Really enjoying FALLING IN by Frances O'Roark Dowell. So did not want to read the fantasy. Lesson learned: Open that mind.

2. Why is it that when your child takes drivers ed, you start doing things like swerving, running red lights, hitting curbs, driving up on curbs . . . am I just trying to make him feel better?

3. DH is buying me the new iPhone so I have video and much better photo ability. I'm happy about those features, still unaware of the other 999. Otherwise, it's my usual question for cars & electronics: What color is it?

4. New iPhone is for MOCKINGBIRD Tour of the South so I can blog as I go. Can't wait!

5. Still thinking about Sainsbury's lemon tarts, thanks to Jama! The gluten free lemon cookies are holding me over . . . for now.
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Friday Five

1. MOCKINGBIRD is being picked up by Scholastic --yay! It'll be out January next year.

2. My flute is in the shop because I haven't played it since I was a teenager. In 2 weeks, I start flute lessons. There. I said it. Now I can't back out.

3. Mother / daughter trip to deep South is in the making . . . maybe Harper Lee's home town???
What should we not miss in Alabama and Mizzz-ippi?

4. Finished teaching my first writing class last night. What a great group of adults! Can't wait to start again.

5. Must wake son for his exam. Shout upstairs. Then pour in coffee. Repeat.
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Five for Friday

1. It's my anniversary -- woo hoo!
2. My son got accepted to a wonderful school which I think will be very good for him -- yay!
3. I actually wrote today -- wow!
4. I think Google Earth is way too fun because it keeps me from doing more of #3, above.
5. There is NO good chocolate in this house so now I must leave to make an emergency run to the store.
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I'd like to invite anyone who can make it to HOORAY FOR BOOKS in Alexandria, VA on Saturday, April 17th @ 1 pm for my book launch.

If people can go out for tapas, or whatever, afterwards, that would be fun, too!

Hope to see some of you there,
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Friday Five

1. My sister is coming tomorrow!
Relationship to writing: We'll be planning my Skype visit to her classroom.

2. I need chocolate.
Relationship to writing: Well, like, duh, I can't write without chocolate.

3. My husband is still in pain after surgery.
Relationship to writing: It's hard to focus when I feel so bad for him. :o(

4. I get to call a friend in NY.
Relationship to writing: We're writing a proposal to teach an online writing class together.

5. Another friend sent me a prezzie. :o)
Relationship to writing: It's a flyer about my upcoming book that I can email to everyone. Thank you, AM!
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StoryMill / MillStone

Continuing my love / hate relationship with:

WHERE did the text go? [Underneath 2 paragraphs of white space so you can't see it in the window.]

WHY are the scenes in the wrong order? [Because for some reason the drag & drop feature isn't working today!]

WHY does the sort function work like this: Chapter 1, Chapter 10, Chapter 2, etc. Did no one think to put in an invisible "0" before 1 thru 9 so this wouldn't happen?? [No. You must do it yourself.]

OK, I need this, really, because I need to organize my writing and I would recommend it, sort of, for people like me. But sometimes it's more of a millstone around my neck!!