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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