Thursday, August 27, 2009

Launch Party!

Party time!

I am pleased as punch to invite y'all to my book launch party. What better way to celebrate a book about Gossip Girl than by watching the season 3 premiere as a Gossip Girl Gang? So the party's on the eve of the premiere, and there will be snacks and books and games and prizes. I have some funny game ideas brewing . . . think "New Haven Can Wait."

The details:

Monday September 14
8:00 p.m.
(the show starts at 9)

The Queen and Beaver Public House
35 Elm Street, Toronto, Second Floor
(facebook invite page here)

Hope y'all can make it! And if you're not a Torontonian, you might want to consider flying into town JUST for my party.

For those of you who mysteriously do not like or watch Gossip Girl (for shame), there is an outside patio area, and a downstairs bar, where you can hang out with the other haters while the show is on. (You know I still love you.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

My Sister Is Funny

Watch out Ryan North of Dinosaur Comics! My sister made me a very special birthday edition of Dinosaur Comics and it really makes me laff and laff.

There it is! You may have to give it a clicky-click so it is giant and legible.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Talking Gossip After Dark Podcast!

Guess what y'all? I had the pleasure of chatting with Angela and Missy from Talking Gossip the other day, for this week's podcast! You can subscribe in iTunes or listen from their site — Episode #50: Good Girls Go Bad It was a lot of fun talking to Gossip Girl Super Fans about writing Spotted, and about why I heart GG so very much. (Of course, listening to myself talk? Less fun! I am a rambler and my sentence structure is wacky!)

The toughest question they asked me was who my favorite character on the show is. I had to think really, really hard about that one...

Ah wait! No, I didn't -- easy!
(the picspam comes from this post, which is out of control Leighton awesome overload.)

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Les News

It kinda hurts to look at them, doesn't it? Leighton Meester & Ed Westwick got their Goth on for an upcoming issue of Elle, and it's now my desktop image. How will I get any work done? Who cares. They are hott. (That's an HQ version; click on it & it can be on your desktop too!)

It's an exciting time in the Gossipverse: this tuesday (my b-day!) the season 2 DVDs come out and my book is already shipping from the Amazons (.com and .ca).

I'm generally anti-spoiler but I haven't been able to NOT look at the gorgeous on-set pictures popping up — I think everyone's better looking this season. I like Dan's new hair. I like Jenny's super extensions. I like Chuck's tan. And it feels like there are even more guest stars: Tyra, Hilary Duff, and Sonic Youth! (Remember the cover of "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker" that played at Jenny's guerrilla fashion show last season? That was Thurston Moore, of Sonic Youth, with Jemina Pearl — a cover just for Gossip Girl.)

The other night I dreamed that I watched the premiere of season 3. I don't remember what happened in the dream version, but I do remember that there was no Lily and Rufus, no Vanessa (but Dan said he wasn't speaking to her), and no Jenny. I think that may have something to do with the lack of WTF promos for those characters. My favorite is this Blair/Dan one:

(The next line, in my head, after D touches her, Blair says, "Only my boyfriend gets to touch my hair.")

And we've booked a date for the launch party of my book: Monday September 14! I'll post the details soon, but the general game plan: cocktails & snacks & general merriment followed by the premiere of season 3! So save the date, Torontonians.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

The Unanswered Question from the Twilight Saga

After resisting for many years, I've caved to Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga, and have read all but Breaking Dawn. I'm well on my way from mocking the series to earnest enjoyment of it. I'm not there yet -- I still yell "You're so stupid" to the books even though I can't put them down.

There's a scene in Eclipse (so far my favorite) where Jacob cuts himself in Bella's kitchen and Bella goes on a tear cleaning up any trace of his blood (except on the knife..."You're so stupid!") so Edward won't freak the frak out when he returns to the Swan residence. It forced me to confront the question that was lurking in the back of my mind since the first book: if Edward is overcome by the scent of Bella, if she is his own personal brand of heroin, and they spend every possible second together and he sleeps over at Bella's, like, all the time — what happens when Bella gets her period?

Luckily Jen K, of The Keepin' It Real Book Club, knows Beth. And Beth doesn't just ask the questions; she takes it upon herself to answer them.

Twilight: The Lost Chapter
Bella groaned and rolled over in her bed. The bright sun streaking across her room had woken her earlier than she’d intended to rise. The brightness in the room told her it was going to be an exceptionally sunny day in the usually gloomy town of Forks. Bella curled up, sinking deeper into her bed, enjoying the warm cocoon of pillows and sheets, thinking of what she would do with this unexpected day of sunshine. As her mind raced over possibilities, she thought “Maybe Edward and I can go out on a picnic!”

The thought of a picnic with Edward, his skin shimmering in the sunlight, was enough to rouse Bella. As she sprung up in her bed, however, she doubled over in pain, wincing as she felt the tightness in her lower abdomen.

“Ugh, no, no, no,” she muttered to herself, folding her arms across her waist. Bella recognized the pain as the cramping which accompanied the onset of her monthly courses. Her eyes darted to the calendar tacked to her wall, and a quick calculation of dates confirmed that she was indeed due for her period.

Head hung, Bella rose from her bed, sighing heavily. She hated this stretch of time, this painful, but necessary separation from Edward. During her monthly time, Bella and Edward were forced to refrain from seeing each other. In fact, Bella was unable to see any of the members of Edward’s family during this week of her month.

Seeing as Edward and his entire family were vampires, it was impossible for them to be near her while she menstruated. Her blood was intoxicating to them, particularly to Edward, and when she menstruated it was extremely imprudent for her to be in their company. In addition to the danger raised by the temptation of the blood in the menses she shed, her body’s scent was apparently heightened during this time of her cycle, making her all the more appetizing to them.

Initially, when it was realized that Bella’s period was a significant issue in their physical relationship, Bella experimented with suppressing her menstruation, first taking birth control pills throughout the entire month, never giving her body a chance to cleanse itself. Bella, however, was clumsy and often dropped the pills, losing them under her bed, so she quickly switched to the shot. While Bella initially delighted in skipping her menses, Edward told her that her scent changed with the manipulation of her hormones, so she put an end to the birth control regiment. She couldn’t bear the thought of Edward’s primal attraction to her being tampered with.

Out of bed, Bella left her room, heading downstairs to the telephone, needing to inform Edward of the onset of her courses. As she passed the front door, she glanced out and saw that Charlie’s cruiser was already gone for the day, most likely he was out fishing, she thought. Bella leaned heavily against the wall the phone was fixed to, and unhooked it from the receiver. She cradled the phone between her shoulder and ear and quickly punched in Edward’s number, miserably resting her head against the cool wall.

The phone rang hollowly a few times, then Edward picked up, his voice purring her name before she even said hello, “Bella, dearest, how are you this fine morning?”

“Edward, I’ve started my period,” she offered desolately.

A cold pause met her announcement.

“It’s the right date, I just… forgot to look at my calendar this week, I guess,” she apologized.

“It’s fine, Bella, really. I can take this time to hunt with my family,” Edward said, quickly recovering his composure.

Bella smiled to herself. Her boyfriend’s consideration and control never failed to impress her. The only time the tremendous age difference between them was evident was when Edward remained infinitely patient with the inconveniences brought on by her human condition. He was so perfect, excelling at everything, and she was just an awkward teenage girl who happened to have a delicious blood scent. As she said goodbye to him and hung up the phone, she thanked whatever fate there was that brought this smoldering vampire to her.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Why Buy It When You Can WIN It!

The lovely folks over at Talking Gossip After Dark are running a bunch of contests to celebrate their one year anniversary and this week's prize is my book! And it's signed by the author! Head over here to enter to win!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Gossip Girl Season 3 promo!

Is it possible that this impossibly good-looking cast got better looking? Blair's little nod at the end is hilarious. I am officially excited.

(via Talking Gossip After Dark)

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Party like a mad man

What are you guys doing on Wednesday? You should come to the launch for Jesse McLean's new book -- Kings of Madison Avenue: The Unofficial Guide to Mad Men!

Pictured at left is what I will be wearing, and yes, if Joan Holloway could see me, she would give me that same withering glance, the glance that says, Nice try, but no.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

7:00pm - 11:00pm
McNally Robinson Toronto at the Shops of Don Mills
Author Jesse McLean and Globe & Mail TV critic John Doyle discuss the impact of the popular AMC series Mad Men.
(all the details on the facebook invite page)