Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas Eve

It's my first Christmas Eve in NYC and although it's shaping up to be snowless, the fact that I had to come home and put on a heavier jacket today before going for a walk in Riverside Park with my friend Patrick made me quite happy. I remember going to the beach in L.A. on Christmas one year and thinking it was just....wrong.

My friend Amy arrives at 6AM tomorrow morning and will be here for the week, which will be great -- especially since I handed in both Fairy Tale #2 and a book that I ghostwrote which means that I am DONE for the year. And what a year it's been:

1) I moved from LA to NYC.

2) I wrote 2 books and 100 pages of a third.

3) I went from being a blonde to a brunette.

So much more, but I think the sugar from the apple muffins I made in honor of Amy's arrival is starting to jack me up, making my self-diagnosed Adult Onset ADD flare up so I'll stop there.

The pic above is of me and my friend Christian Moerk at a party held at the NY Public Library a few weeks ago. Like me, Christian was also a film exec in a past life and we met around the time we both suffered momentary lapses of sanity and left our expense account existences to become struggling writers. Now he's got this huge cult following in Denmark, which is where he's from -- complete with TELEVISION COMMERCIALS PROMOTING HIS BOOK AND EVERYTHING. I had to put that in caps because I just love the idea that he's getting emails from Danish women who want to date him even though he lives in Brooklyn. Anyway, as far as I know there will be no Cindy Ella commercials coming to a network near you, but you can -- and should -- buy it when it comes out on February 7th. (You do realize that I'm obligated to work that into every post)

I wish you all (I don't even know why I'm writing "all" -- I don't even think I have one, let alone, many readers...) very happy holidays and a new year filled with not only good things but also stuff that makes you uncomfortable and forces you to grow.

Monday, December 17, 2007

'Tis The Season...For CINDY ELLA To Get Ready To Hit The Shelves!

This afternoon as I was working on implementing my lovely and wonderful agent Kate's insightful comments and changes on As-Yet-Untitled-Fairy-Tale-Number-2, the phone rang and it was my lovely and wonderful editor Jen with the uber exciting news that she was holding a copy of CINDY ELLA. Not the galley, but the actual book -- the one that will be in bookstores on February 7th -- the one that you MUST buy for every teen girl you know -- the one that is starting to get tons of great reviews (Okay, so far there's only been two. But they've both been great, so it's only a half-lie.)

Anyway, she said she'd messenger it over, but I haven't received it yet which might have to do with the fact that I haven't yet given the staff at my apartment building their holiday bonuses due to the fact that a) I've been trying to finish up Fairy Tale Number 2 by the end of this week so that I can actually enjoy my visit with my best friend Amy who's coming to visit for Xmas next week rather than have it hanging over my head and b) no one seems to be able to give me a good answer about how much to tip them so that they won't hate me and will continue to give me my packages when they arrive, such as the ones that include copies of my book.

So when they DO give it to me, I'll take a picture of it and post it here.

In other news --of which there is a great deal seeing that I haven't written her since SEPTEMBER -- my official website is almost complete and should be up and running by mid-January. I've got a bunch of bookstore appearances lined up already, including signing for Borders at the L.A. Times Book Festival which is BEYOND exciting seeing that when I used to go there when I lived in L.A. I'd say to myself "One day I'll come here as an author!" And I will be -- on April 27th. But before that, I'll be appearing at various Barnes & Nobles and Borders near you. Well, near you if you happen to live in New York or NJ or Connecticut. All that will be on the website.

So that's what's going on with the book stuff...other than that, I'm LOVING LOVING LOVING living in NYC, even though it's now officially winter, and even though I wore my Uggs in the rain and sleet the other day because I had yet to get snowboots and so I ended up having to walk around with wet feet the entire day. I've been consulting for MTV on their original straight-to-DVD movies which has been a ton of fun except for the fact that due to the Writers Guild strike I can't get my hands on any available scripts, or hire any writers to write the movies, which is sort of what job is supposed to be. So between the writing, and MTV, and yoga, and -- shockingly enough-- dating, I'm, like...busy, which is something I haven't been for a while. It turns out it's fun to be busy--well, it's not fun when you you're so busy that you can't find time to go the supermarket so when you open your fridge all you see is three half-empty water bottles, a bottle of soy sauce, and one wedge of Lite Laughing Cow cheese but, to be honest, I don't think that's because of the busy thing...I think it's more a lazy thing because, honestly, when it comes to cooking and stuff like that, I have next to no interest. Microwaving is a different story, but cooking? Not so much. Not to mention the fact that Balducci's is always going to make a better sandwich than I am, so it makes sense that I would stop there every afternoon and buy one rather than make my own at home for a quarter of the price.

Anyway, it's late and my eyes are starting to burn from spending most of the day at the computer and I have a feeling I'm starting to be incoherent so I'll stop for now.