Flight Risk

My ah-mazing editor Erin Stein flew in from NYC today. We were going to spend the day in Laguna doing all sorts of author-editor activities and I was all set to have you tag along. My plan was to take tons of pictures and post them on today’s blah-g. Of course I would include charming captions so you could experience the love, laughter, and synergy first hand. In my mind it was going to be an ah-dorable, informative, and entertaining post.

Erin was due to land at LAX around noon and arrive at my office at 1pm. From there we would power-lunch somewhere fabulous with an unobstructed view of the surfers. We would talk about life in New York, my fall book tour, our pets, our life-crushes, and our outfits. Once we got that out of our systems we’d head over to Gorjana’s design studio and look at the samples of my Gracelets. They just arrived and I was told we could take one or two home with us if we were good. From there we’d get lattes andΒ  go back to my office so I could pitch my outline for Pretenders book #2 and pray that Erin approved so I could start writing. After that we’d probably wander the streets, shop, get a gellato, and share spaghetti like Lady and the Tramp.

But NO!


sad erin

Β Here she is, live from the Hertz rent-a-car line where she JUST arrived. She is wearing a cute lace shirt and I only get to see the neckline. How is that fair? I had to pitch my book to her over the phone while she grumpily waited for her Ford Taurus. Each one of those cards represents a character’s story. It’s elaborate.

Β cards

(FYI- I intentionally took a blurry pic so you couldn’t read the cards.) The thing is, I am terrible at pitching my ideas. They are usually a little out there and are much better in the actual book than they are when I’m trying to describe them. Just ask Erin. She is terrified by what I just tried to sell her. Terr-i-FIED!

Oh, and the Gracelets? They were delivered to my office instead. At least some good came of the day.graelets

Sadly, not for Erin. This was for her.


Is there a point to this Blah-g? I’m sure we could find a one if we tried. Like, don’t miss your flight, or don’t pitch books over the phone, or always have a back up blah-g idea in case your first one falls through. But in the writing world that’s called being “too on the nose” aka too obvious and Erin would not approve of that. So the moral of this blah-g is find a way to make it work. It might not be what you planned, it might not even be good, but it can still be something.


Lisi (I even showered for you. Okay, enough. I’m over it.)


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  • Zula says:

    I think the Gracelets come out around the same time as Pretenders? I’m sure Lisi said in one of her first posts about it that it was one of the characters designs?

  • Kathy says:

    Lisi, I need some advice. I’m on vacation now. I know you’d think that’s a good thing, and it really is, only a lot of my friends are moving over the summer. When I say a lot, I mean a LOT. I counted. It was something like 15. One of my best friends is moving overseas, a friend of mine since kidergarden is too!! It breaks me up. I’m really sad πŸ™
    My question is, do you have any ideas on how to cope? Any ways to keep in touch? I have a deal with one of my closest friends that’s leaving to Skype every Saturday. We promised to check our mails. He’s gunna visit once a year. But other than that is there anything I can do? And do you have any advice on how to be less upset about one of my best friends for the past few years leaving? Motivational songs :P?

    Thank you Lisi, or anyone else who takes the time to read this, and maybe answer?
    Thank you!!

  • Kathy says:

    Can’t wait to get a Gracelet!! That’s such a cute idea πŸ™‚

  • Siran says:

    The gracelets are so CUTE a cant wait to get mine πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

  • Laura says:

    Sorry about Erin missing her flight! I’m really excited for Pretenders though, and the Gracelets look really fabulous. πŸ™‚ β™₯

  • Haylee says:

    I’m feel bad about Erin missing her flight and you having to wait for her and do everything but nothing comes out of it. And I know how tensed I feel when I have all these expectations and nothing.
    And oh omg the gracelets came out! πŸ˜€ Finally.
    Also, is it just me or does WeHeartIt.com sound like something you could’ve come up with yourself Lisi?
    At least you can come up with more then one blah-g idea at last minute. It takes me a longer time than you in writing things for school.

  • Laila N says:

    How perfectly poised your doggy looks (: And c’est la vie, I guess. Mishaps happen. But as always, I love seeing the positive attitude ^_^

  • Julia says:

    I cannot go on airplanes; I have a huge air-sickness thingy. Poor Erin, though! I hate airports….

  • Erin says:

    Lisi you look lovely–thank you for showering! Is that a new haircut??? xo Erin

  • Rebecca says:

    Please update us on the Gracelet! What colors did you end up choosing? I really want to buy one when it comes out!

  • i tottally aggee with hedi.

  • Awh! Sorry Erin missed her flight! πŸ™

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