March 15, 2008


I blogged here today. About Bartina.

Posted by joshilyn at March 15, 2008 7:10 AM

Ohhh what a beautiful story. You paint a picture with words like no other...

Posted by: pam at March 15, 2008 9:24 AM

argle flippin' bargle!

i had grand plans. grander than grand. i was going to take the kids with me from here (sparks, nevada) and happily drive the 4 hours to Novato to meet up with my girlfriend where we were going to leave our boys with her husband. from there, we were going to go with our two girls (mine 8, hers almost 8) and bring my between, georgia and buy TGWSS so that you could sign them both. the two girls were going to be overjoyed at being there - meeting a REALIO TRULIO author (they are both voracious readers - though their fare is more along the lines of the spiderwick chronicles, the pure dead series, and the chronicles of narnia than adult books *smile*) and of course, we'd buy them books as well. my girlie was going to be happy to meet the best friend of miss lydia. from there, we were going to get some lovely dessert and coffee for tanya and me and hot chocolate for the girlies.
then came the &#@* snow over the pass. snow that was going to continue for a few days.
and so, all my best laid plans got laid to waste. grrr argh!
so, i'm desperately sorry that we were not able to be at Book Passage and sorrier still that we didn't get to meet you in the flesh.

Posted by: kristen at March 15, 2008 11:17 AM

Alas, poor Bartina, Maisy knew him well... : ) Great story!!!

Speaking of great stories-- I finished TGWSS and I love, love, loved it!!! Excellent work!

Posted by: Jill at March 15, 2008 8:12 PM

ONe day. . .one day. . .please have your publishers put together a book of your "essays." LOVED, LOVED, LOVED your mother's take on the loss of Bartini. . .and growing up of Maisy.Loved it.

Posted by: Roxanne at March 15, 2008 8:34 PM

My husband and I were friends for four years before we began dating (for another three). The friend guys? Are the best.

I hope your home & family were missed by the scary tornado weather I saw was around Atlanta.

Posted by: amy at March 15, 2008 9:27 PM

My teenage daughter and I listened to TGWSS on the 6-hour drive from a soccer tournament at Jekyll Island yesterday, and drove an extra hour and a half around east Alabama, not wanting to go home until it was done. At one point, I asked her, "Should we plug DeLop into the GPS and go there to finish listening?"

"No way!" was her response. "That place scares me."

Your literary prowess is truly humbling.

(By the way of a belated birthday wish: Whit is wrong: The 40's are the new 20's. Not 30's.)

Posted by: Kalynne Pudner at March 16, 2008 2:15 PM

I had my husband read that passage because he doesn't really believe that you don't write comedies.

He LOVED it. He thought "Bartina" was the best name ever. I spent all day yesterday listening to him say "b-b-b-but, she was my BEST FRIEND!" every time we left stores or when we put the dog to sleep, etc. Lucky that he's so cute.

Posted by: Lindsey at March 17, 2008 12:00 AM

I meant to say "when we put the dog in her BED" not "when we put the dog to SLEEP." Our dog is still alive, thank goodness!

Posted by: Lindsey at March 17, 2008 12:01 AM

I totally pimped that story out to whoever I could think of. Because it was sweet and funny and Maisy needs a bigger fanbase.

Also, I SQUEEEEEEED today because my signed copy of TGWSS came today! SO MUCH LOVE!

Posted by: Casey at March 17, 2008 4:15 PM

I think my comments before were boinked. Then I tried email, but don't know if it reached you. I just want to tell you that I SUPER love your books. I have only read the first two and ate them entirely and am lusting for the newest right now. There has also been a week and a half of my life lost to the dedicated reading of ALL of your archives. I'm really not a stalker, just DEDICATED. ;0) In the email that may or may not have made it to you, I was wondering how to obtain signed copies, because I cannot seem to remember, even though I know I read it in here somewhere. Have a great day! BTW, you are SO pretty and totally thin! (no sarcasm, pure truth)

Posted by: Heather Porterfield at March 17, 2008 6:51 PM