Happy 2013 my friends!

This is going to be a great year. I can feel it in my eyes, which are so swollen I had to wear sunglasses in the shout out picture below. Since I am starting the year off full of positivity I’ll assume that the random inflamation had been caused by an excess of good luck inside my body. It’s putting pressure on my skin, trying to find a way out so it can start working for me. Same explanation for my expanding belly. More good luck.

Do I have a new title for Phoenix Five yet? Nope. My editor Erin, (whom I ah-dore) is still encouraging (positive term) me to come up with something new. Yes, she saw your suggestions. Yes, she loved them. Just not enough to pick one. But, thanks to the good fortune gathering strength behind my skin, that title is going to ride the tidal wave of luck right out of my brain and into her inbox. Any day now… I swear.

And while we wait for that title-tidal-wave please enjoy another leak peek at an entry from my soon-to-be-named novel due for release Sept. 2013. This is Duffy’s first journal entry. Well, his name is actually Andrew Duffy but everyone calls him Duffy and it works because he’s hot.


Andrew Duffy. Andrew Duffy. Andrew Duffy. Andrew Duffy. Andrew Duffy. Andrew Duffy. Andrew Duffy. Everyone calls me Duffy. Duffy. Duffy. Duffy. Duffyyyyyyyyyyy.








Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um.

Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um.

Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um .

How am I supposed to write 250 pages about feelings in one year? Do we even have 250 feelings?

I’d ask Ms. Silver but she said no questions. Just write. Don’t worry about spelling or grammar or structure. Just write. She said some other stuff about pressure and being a freshman, but I yawned, and when I yawn I go deaf for a second. So I missed that part. Then she gave out these cases with locks so our thoughts stay private. But the logo on my bag is the same as the one on those girly boxes my sisters jam in the trash. Like a half-open flower or something.

Uh, thanks Ms. Silver but I don’t see how carrying a purse full of feelings is gonna help me deal with being a freshman. It might get me killed though.

Some skinny dude by the window is drumming on his journal with a pencil. It’s kinda annoying and kinda bold cuz it’s a major diss to the teacher. She keeps looking up from her laptop but he’s not stopping. I bet he’s gonna be this year’s Class-ick. Last year it was Benji Stryker. He stole Hud’s DS and offered to sell it back to him for double the price. And Hud actually—

Ms. Silver just busted the drummer. He’s wearing this old Rolling Stones concert shirt and she called him Mick. Mostly everyone laughed. I didn’t. It would have been cooler if she called him Charlie Watts, cuz Charlie’s the drummer in the Stones. The guy does have a Mick thing going on though even though the real Mick’s hair is brown and the Class-ick’s is auburn (I know that means reddish-brown because my sister Mandy is always stinking up the bathroom with her hair color kits.) But their cuts are similar. You know, long and choppy. And he’s got that frog face girls would like if he was famous. Anyway, he stopped pencil drumming so that’s good.

I want to look behind me and see what Coops is doing so I will. I will look behind me and see what Coops is doing. One, two, three…

I just saw Coops’ scalp. Either he has lice or dandruff because there were these white specks in his hair. His head is down like he’s taking a test. What is he writing about? Our other buddy Hudson is in a different class. Which is fine, I guess. We’ll all be on the basketball team together. I can’t wait for tryouts. Playing varsity is going to be so cool.

Now what? Now what?

Now what?

Now what?


Those What I did Over Summer Vacation essays were cool because I got to write the same thing every year.

  1. Listen to my older sisters fight.
  2. Basketball camp.
  3. Shoot hoops with Coops and Hud after camp so I don’t have to listen to my older sisters fight.
  4. Go on a boys only fly fishing trip with my dad so we don’t have to listen to my older sisters fight.

My essay was in paragraph form of course. But I decided to do it this way because numbering takes up more space.

Duffy. Duffy has the ball. Duffy is on fire. Duffy is unstoppable. Duffy shoots the winning basket!


Some girl in a yellow dress saw me making those o’s. Then she smiled. She has red lipstick on her tooth. I turned away really fast like I had some big feeling that needed to be written down. And now I’m just writing and writing to look busy. I hope someone tells her about her tooth. It looks like blood but I know it’s not, because my Bubbie Libby gets that all the time.

Bubbie is what Jewish people call their grandmothers. We’re not Jewish. But Bubbie Libby is. She converted when my grandfather died because she thinks Jewish men are good listeners, and she wants to die knowing what it feels like to have a real conversation. So she lives with us and waits for the Chosen One. Whatever that’s about.

Maybe I’ll email Amelia tonight. She got a scholarship to an all girls college in New York. She’s into poetry and women’s rights and talking about girl things that me and my dad do NOT want to hear about. She’s smart with journals and has tons of them locked in a safe. Like anyone would ever want to read this stuff.

The bell.


FYI: Check out Duffy’s Pintrest board if you want a visual. (Mom, see the pink P button up there in the top right corner? Click on that.)He’s the blond guy on the boards. The brunette is there to show off his style. KEEP IN MIND: The clothes in Duffy’s  boards don’t seem to go with his character NOW but they will as the story progresses. Once you read the book you’ll understand why. He starts off as a hoodie, sneakers, tee shirt kind of babe. Totally crush-able.
Have a positive, fabulous, ideal 2013!!
Photo on 1-2-13 at 3.18 PM #2
You too Arianna. No more negativity.
P.S. See that shot of BeeBee at the bottom? She’s in her Monster High blanket.


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  • Zula says:

    No worries Hayleebear, long post and enthusiasm are great 🙂 Although, I only watched like the first 3 episodes of OTH, so I dont realllllly know what you’re on about 😛 But you’re totally right about Percy Jackson, It’s so different and original plots, not the same re-worked love stories (although I do love a good love story too!) And I’m emotionally invested too, I love those characters like they’re my best friends, god only knows what I’ll do when it ends! It’ll be hp all over again! But the character development, its so smoothly done, I wish I could write like that. Like, I think Thalia’s and Annabeths development over the books have been my favourite 🙂 They just are like my role models in a way! and They just have so many layers to their personalities. buttt OTH better than Gossip Girl?! Not yet its not, but I havent seen it all yet! but still, Chair is my OTP, I love them, and adore Blair as a character, she’s so strong and funny and smart, not to mention well dressed, I wish I could be like her, even when life knocks her down she gets up running again. She’s just fabulous! Talk soooooon

    • Haylee says:

      🙂 You only watched the first 3 eps? I remember when I first started watching OTH back in 2010, I watched the first 9 episodes right away. But based the episodes you’ve seen, do you like Lucas and Peyton together? And the episode that Lucas and Peyton go on a roadtrip is the 12th episode of season 1 and I honestly can’t decide which motel makeout was hotter Delena or Leyton’s. The episode name is called Crash Course in Poilte Conversation. I hate GG it’s my least favorite show of all time, but the first two seasons were good. Personally I think OTH, The OC and Dawson’s Creek are much better than GG, with better writing and more substance and quality. I love Dan and Blair together, but I love Joey/Pacey (Dawson’s Creek), Lucas and Peyton (OTH) and Seth and Summer (The OC) way more. And also OTH has the best music out of any show I’ve seen (except maybe TVD, PLL and GA), better characters, etc. I’d say Brooke reminds me of Blair and Peyton reminds me of Elena, but OTH came before GG and TVD. I loved Blair’s character the first two seasons (she was deliciously bitchy, funny and strong.) but later the writing got bad so I didn’t like her that much because of her OOC-ness. I know a lot of people hate Elena, but I love her. She reminds me a lot of Peyton. They’ve both lost the people they cared about (Elena and Peyton were both given up for adoption by their birth parents, their birth moms are dead, Elena’s birth father is dead, Peyton’s adopted mom is dead, on some occasions they had to witness the people they care about die, etc), they are both really sad girls but remain strong throughout, Peyton loves to draw while Elena loves to write, etc. But Brooke over Blair and Peyton and Elena both (don’t make me choose between Elena and Peyton. But if I had to choose, I’d say Peyton.) And I know that Dair wasn’t the best writing either, but I liked their development better than Chair. Do you ship Delena more or Chair? I’ve noticed most Leyton/Delena fans tend to ship Chair, so I guess I’m kind of an odd-man out 😛 But I ship Delena and Leyton at an equal amount, I can’t pick between the two! And finish the first season! And I love Annabeth, Thalia, Percy and Leo! And I love this song:youtube.com/watch?v=auevUy7rbfE

  • Zula says:

    Thats dedication! I honestly just cant, i’ve sat here since half 9 my time and now its 1 am, and i still only kind of understand the sine rule :/ I normally only cram and then do badly on tests, but I’ve been trying to revise for these ones, they’re kind of important, but it’s two weeks of two exams a day, Im just exhausted. Yeah, he makes me happy and thats whats important, just wish he lived closer! Good luck with your crush! I’ve got my fingers crossed for you two 🙂 ooooh! Im glad you enjoyed it! I loved Mark of Athena, finished it the same day! I just love it that Annabeth and Percy are together again, I was sad there was nothing of them together in the last one, I wasnt a huge Jason fan either, but he’s a good guy with good intentions really 🙂 Normally I just and an eeee sound to the end of names for nicknames, but you already have that so yours is more original, and cheesy, buttttt I am cheesy! :L ps: Phillip Phillips! In love with his song gone gone gone, heard it the other day and im constantly playing it all the time! You are so lucky with your x factor people! Its so cute and upbeat but not too poppy or peppy :L hope you have a great friday! xxx

    • Haylee says:

      I’m not that smart, I don’t understand stuff easily either, and in some subjects I’m really not that good. And thanks 🙂 Really you finished it the same day? And I love Percy and Annabeth too! I also like Jason/Piper, Leo/Hazel and I like Percy/Jason as a bromance. And I know we haven’t talked about this in a while, but you should watch OTH! It’s an amazing show and Lucas/Peyton are such an amazing couple, they’re like OTH’s Delena! Speaking of Delena have you been caught up? I’m happy that they hooked up and this season I actually love Tyler again! He’s perfect and just one of my favorite characters really. I’ve been enjoying his plot this season and him and caroline are so cute, but at the same time I’m mad at Caroline because she blabbed Tyler’s plan to Stefan.

      • Zula says:

        But thats normal, everyone has subjects they’re better at than others, for me I just blank on physics! 😛 Yeahhh, I read all my books the same day now, its kind of annoying, I stay up till like 2/3am to do so, but I cant leave it unfinished! Jason and Piper are cute but I feel so bad for Reyna 🙁 But the plot line is amazing as well, I love the actual mark of athena quest being all about overcoming your fears, thats super positive. I started with OTH, but then… life got busy again I guess, the first few episode were awesome though. And yeeeeees, I am all caught up on vampire diaries, and wow. This season is amazing! The bonnie story! With the super dark magic and the creepy guy, kind of loving it here, and of course i was super happy about Delena 🙂

      • Haylee says:

        I’m wired the same way (I read all my books the same day as I start them too!) I feel bad for Reyna too, but I loved Jasper(Jason and Piper’s ship name.) since the Lost Hero. An yes the plot is amazing! 🙂 Percy Jackson has been my favorite series since HP! I’m really emotionally invested in it.You did?! *grins* And yeah I love the first 5 seasons, they are flawless but the last few seasons are good too. Isn’t it so much better than GG? My favorite characters are Peyton, Brooke, Rachel, Nathan, Chris Keller, Keith and Coach Whitey Durham. What couple do you like more? I personally prefer Lucas with Peyton, but Jake/Peyton and Brooke/Lucas are cute too. But it’s just that I think that Leyton have a more deeper emotional connection than Brucas and Jeyton. I think that Brooke and Lucas are better off as friends than a couple because towards the end of their relationship they weren’t comfortable around each other. What Brooke said to Lucas made me feel bad for her “I’m not pushing you away Lucas, I’m holding onto you for dear life.” But when they were friends they were much more relaxed around each other. Have you seen the episode where Lucas and Peyton go on a roadtrip together and make out? That scene was so hot!

      • Haylee says:

        And sorry about the long post, but one thing that I love about the Percy Jackson series is that unlike most series I’ve read, the characters don’t get what they want easily and they don’t get everything they want, there’s actually a moral compass, there is a lot a of character development and also the relationships not necesscarily romantic evolve and they always face consequences for their actions, wooow now I’m babbling :P-Hayleebear

  • Zula says:

    Wow. Okay, so I haven’t commented in forever, literally forever. I’m sorry, school and the holidays, I’ve missed everyone on here! Lisi the new book sounds like its coming along amazingly! I cant wait to read it all, I kept a list of every book I read in 2012 and it was severely lacking in Lisi Harrison work! Probably not going to comment for a while again, so much work to do 🙁 BUT I will always read, every wednesday! Keep up the good work Lisi, Im trying to keep positive like you said, but school is a nightmare, I cannot wait for summer, I get to see my boyfriend, sleep, do dance summer schools and read, what could be more perfect?! only 7 more months, only 7… Love to you all xxx

    • Maggie says:

      plus you get to wear a dress when you don’t want to wear pants 😛

    • Haylee says:

      Hi, I’ve missed you 😀 And yes school can get incredibly stressful which is why summer won’t come too soon. 🙁 But I’m glad that you and your bf are still together. I really want to ask my crush out, but I don’t know exactly what to do. He’s such a neat freak, he sometimes like to clean up after me which is so annoying but at the same time endearing. And I know you probs won’t see this but xoxo to you too bby 🙂

      • Zula says:

        I just feel like every night I sit down to revise, and I physically cant, I just want to cry instead, and then I’m underprepared which makes me want to cry in the exam too 🙁 Thank gawwwwd the weekend is almost here! Yeah, it’ll be 3 months together on the 22nd 🙂 I get how that could be annoying, but at least its not something you cant stand, no-ones perfect and in a way I think you learn to love the things like that, if you really like him, take a jump and ask him out for a movie then coffee? (though maybe avoid les mis, all the crying… 😛 ) then you can cut coffee short or completely if its awkward, but keep it and have amazing chats if its not! But be brave Hayleebear! Even if it doesn’t work out you can still stay friends? xxx

      • Haylee says:

        I know right? Once I got writer’s block for 6 months and to help overcome it I wrote drabbles, FFs and I made myself write at least one or two essays a week over the summer that didn’t even have anything to do with school and it helped. I know right? I’m pretty good when it comes to mathematics and reading-related stuff, but in the scientific parts I’m bad if I didn’t study. I have to read something at least a few times, but not cram it into my brain.But if I do read and try, I can visually recognise the answer by reading the question on the test. Thanks for the advice! 🙂 I’m going to try that maybe sometime next week. And I’m so happy for you! 🙂 Third time’s a charm, I’m glad that you guys seem serious. And he’s a pretty nice guy, different from most guys I know, so even if it get awkward if it doesn’t work out, he’ll still probably act civilly to me. I recently finished the Mark of Athena recently. I really loved this book, it was much better than Son of Neptune. That scene where Percy and Annabeth get caught waking up was funny! I loved how they got grounded for that, even though it was unintentional. And I really like Jason now. I wasn’t his biggest fan initially, he was OK, but now he’s been growing on me and I like him. xoxo Hayleebear (I like that nickname. It’s kind of corny but cute.)

  • Maggie says:

    God. Justin Bieber got ANOTHER tattoo. He’s hot but if he keeps ink’n up his body he might not be.

  • Mira says:

    So I’m a little late, but Happy New Years Lisi! Also I love the entry!

  • Cecilia says:

    Hey Lisi,

    Happy New Years! How about…”Flawed Perfection” or something along the lines of that?
    Loved the sneak peek and can’t wait for the book!

    Love, C.

  • Hi Lisi (and Erin)! Have you considered “Freshman Year Confidential”?

  • Haylee says:

    Doing a HP rewatch. Said this once and I’ll say it again: Harry marrying Ginny is like President Obama marrying Ellen DeGeneres LOL

  • Maggie says:




  • emily* says:

    happy new year lisi!

  • Haylee says:

    Happy New Year Lisi! And i loved the sneak peek! I’m already interested in Duffy’s character! And I hope you pick an amazing title for P5!

  • MAYa says:

    Happy new years to you too, Lisi!! I liked the sneak peek into Duffy’s head– he sounds like one of those guys who are kinda hot and the fact that they don’t realise it makes them even more appealing.
    Good luck with the P5 title!
    xox, Maya

  • SAM says:

    happy (late) new year how about this name the jersey journal

  • Yasmine says:

    I watch Glee, Nadia! Well, I used to. I don’t really like this season. Anyway, I haven’t been on in forever. How are you Arianna?

  • I love the sneak preview! I can already tell Duffy will be my second favorite character!

    Ps does anyone watch Glee?

    • Haylee says:

      I watch Glee but I hate this new season. And I loathe both Finn and Brody. And I don’t like how they’re trying to hook up Sam and Brittany. It’s weird. It’s kind of like how on Gossip Girl (which I also hate) they make everyone hook up with everyone. Even the siblings!

      • nadiabean21 says:

        Yeah I know what you mean. Sam and Brittany just aren’t a good couple. I like Sam with Mercedes and Santana with Brittany. I used to watch Gossip Girl but I couldn’t get into it. It’s strange how Serena and Dan were together when they’re half siblings. I love Brody so much but Blaine is my favorite.

  • Happy New Year!


  • Maggie says:

    Duffy seems like a totally epic character 🙂 I’m glad things are looking up for you!
    Off to eat cotton candy dog style!
    I will still be here tomorrow to high five you yesterday my friend’ peace.
    Lol royal tart toter there, peace!

  • Julia says:

    It sounds ah-mazing, Lisi! Is the girl with the red lipstick on her tooth the girl in the first snipit you gave us?

  • squiddy86 says:

    Happy New Year, Lisi! I’m excited for the new series whatever it ends up being called 🙂

  • Angela says:

    Happy New Year! Good luck! The book is great!
    P.S. I’m glad you cheered up this week!

  • Madeleine says:

    Happy New Year! I loved the sneak peek and good luck in finding a title!


  • Laila N says:

    Wowzer, way to kick off the new year x) I’d like to take a moment to say we, down in Oz, got here first, so…


    I like this Duffy dude ^^ I can actually associate his character to guys I know 😛

  • Hey Guys! My birthday is on Jan.16th Cant’ wait!
    By the way, some stuff I do is connected to other things I do.
    Kat10235 has a stardoll pic as her avatar and I play Stardoll!

  • kat10235 says:

    September? Lisi I don’t think I can wait that long! I guess it’s just one more thing I can add to my list of things to look forward to in my senior year of high school. 😀

  • Arianna says:

    I’ll be less negative when things start looking up for me. Happy 2013, Lisi! Hope it’s good to you!

  • Lauren :) says:

    Happy New Year, Lisi! Loved the post today! I have a question I’d really like to know the answer to. How does your skin look so perfect?! In all your pics, your skin is flawless! You have better skin than I do and I’m younger! What are your skin care routines?

  • Happy New Year Lisi! Today was an incredibly lucky day for my family and I! I’m so happy. And BeeBee looks adorable!

  • Laura says:

    Oh, it sounds so good! I can’t remember and I’m too lazy to check, but was the lipstick girl the actress one, or no? Anyways, I can’t wait until it comes out. Sorry you still don’t have a title, but I’m sure it’ll come to you!
    btw: 2013 is going to be GREAT year. I can just feel it.

  • Olive says:

    Happy New Year and have a great 2013! 🙂

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