December 7, 2009

In Which I Die of Something. Probably Swine Flu.

I have three things to tell you.

1) I feel like any minute I am going to go creep under a house and die like an inconvenient and terminal woodland creature. There I will begin to smell and ruin everyone’s dinner. I think I will choose the house of the fellow who walked around our cul-de-sac today and let both of his SIMPLY ENORMOUS DOGS crap right beside my driveway on my grass. You do not bag your dogs’ biological effluvia? FINE. I shall not bag my swine flu riddled corpse. Fair’s fair.

2) GCP sent me the WHOLE cover for Backseat Saints, and EVEN THOUGH I have shown you the cover I now have to show it to you again with the spine and the back because I can’t GET OVER IT. So pretty. I think they did the back cover this way because there was a small but consistent percent of folks who were creeped out because they were not sure EXACTLY WHOSE HAIR THAT IS Rose is holding.

If a woman cuts off her own long hair, there is built in context from psychology and literature there: She is unburdening in some way, or she is going through an identity change, or she is discovering sexual freedom, things like that.

If, however, a woman goes around with blades all snicker-snackery to whack off someone ELSE’S hair....Yeah. Creepy.


Now Rose is on the back LOFTING her braid in triumph with her chopped off crazy-ragged back hair making it clear she isn’t some sort of psychotic hair thief. I love the ENERGY of it---the VICTORY of the rigid arm! GO, ROSE.

3) A lot of my friends are Crazy Homeschoolers, including my friend Lydia, who has been the evilest of ALL my evil cohorts for, Lo, these 15 years or more. Maybe 17. I am bad at math. She is a pathological organizer of events and projects. One of her pet projects is a home school Science Fair, so kids who are receiving alternative education don’t miss out on the chance to time hamsters in mazes, explain the workings of volcanoes via paper mache and baking soda, or diagram how to bend time and leap all the way across space in a nano-second. (Some of these home school kids are SPOOKY smart.)

Lydia asked everyone she knows who blogs to give her some space to thank the businesses that provided the wonderful support that made her fair possible. SO Here is Lyd:

Thank you to the following homeschool-friendly businesses for supporting the GUESS Homeschool Science Fair and the young scientists of Hampton Roads!

Green Olive Tree is an internet company based in Portsmouth, Virginia and owned and operated by a homeschooling family. They offer a broad range of internet services, from reliable web hosting to corporate infrastructure solutions and server administration.

SKS Science supplies homeschoolers and other educators with all the science supplies you need to turn your dining room table into a proper laboratory. Browse their site for test tubes, bottles, face masks and other lab supplies and books.

Book Exchange is the largest used bookstore in Eastern Virginia. Unlike most musty and confusing used stores, this one is clean, bright, inviting, and has a huge selection of used homeschool books. There's always an interesting curriculum find on these shelves!

Folkmanis Puppets makes the most delightful animal puppets available outside Santa's workshop. Meet their most unusual creations like llamas, Chinese dragons, ostriches, flying squirrels. Unusual materials create realistic textures, and they all move in very realistic ways. Irresistible.
The Happy Scientist, Robert Krampf, hosts an online wonderland for budding scientists. With online science lessons, experiments to try at home, a science photo of the day, and new content added all the time, you'll love setting your kids loose on this site.

Mad Science is Hampton Roads' premier provider of science enrichment classes for children. Summer classes include "Crazy Chemistry" and a space camp developed with NASA! New homeschool science classes are being offered in Norfolk and VA Beach, with more planned for fall.

Moore Expressions is a homeschool bookstore in Virginia Beach, VA. They sell used and new homeschooling curriculum, host a support group, and publish a newsletter called the Bayith Educator. They are the premier source for homeschooling books in the Hampton Roads area.

Norfolk Karate Academy offers classes in Tang Soo Do (Korean karate) and Gracie Jiu Jitsu (Brazilian grappling and self-defense). With classes for children, teens, and adults, it's a great way for anyone to get in shape and kick things in a socially acceptable way!

Brooks Systems offers standalone software and web applications that check legal compliance in all municipalities in all fifty states, and create truth-in-lending documents for residential lenders. Using Brooks for your automated mortgage compliance, you can be sure your loans are safe.

eScienceLabs creates boxes of joy for science loving homeschoolers. In each kit is a complete science experience -- from individual lessons to full years of high school labs. Hands-on science kits are the answer to your laboratory woes. Everything is in there: test tubes, goggles, and fun.

Mariner's Museum has amazing programs for homeschoolers learning about maritime science, history, and even pirates! Their spring homeschool series features lessons about the Civil War. Visit Mariner's Museum for historical exhibits and educational programming.

Virginia Air and Space Center was host to the homeschool science fair this year, and delivered awesome science classes for homeschoolers from their education department. The VASC is the educator resource center for the NASA Langley Research Center.

Posted by joshilyn at December 7, 2009 3:52 PM

Having whacked off my own hair recently, I knew exactly whose hair Rose was holding, but the power of the back photo makes the front photo even better!

And I'm not sure which one I covet more: that dress or the ability to not look like a tomato in that dress :)

Posted by: Beth R at December 7, 2009 4:25 PM

That cover is freakishly awesome! Brilliant!

Posted by: edj at December 7, 2009 4:35 PM

I don't know is cutting off someone else's hair is ALWAYS creepy. Sometimes is just revenge. See Bernice Bobs Her Hair. True, she empowers herself and gets her own hair cut off, but the best part of the story is when she cuts off Marjorie's hair.

Posted by: Haley at December 7, 2009 5:17 PM

Just put the book on my Amazon wish list today...the audio version. Any idea when it's coming out for us listening readers?

Posted by: Chris at December 7, 2009 5:22 PM

June 8 ---Same day as the hardback and THANK YOU!

I go into the studio in late January to read it :)

Posted by: Joshilyn at December 7, 2009 6:12 PM


Posted by: Lydia at December 7, 2009 6:41 PM

It's beautiful. I can't wait to read it. You're such a tease with all this cover nonsense.

Posted by: Nikki at December 8, 2009 1:08 AM

I was never in any doubt about whose hair she was holding. . .and I'm with Beth R up there. . .that dress is awesome. . .it's gorgeous, but the black hair and the green grass with the red dress with the. . .it's all just perfect. It's really and FOR TRUE one of the best covers I've ever seen EVER.

Posted by: Roxanne at December 8, 2009 8:02 AM

Photographer Cig Harvey -- the stuff she does with color blows the top of my head off.

Posted by: Joshilyn at December 8, 2009 9:00 AM

June 8 huh??? Is now too early to get on the library waiting list for it I like to be first in line with my favorite authors...

Posted by: Linda J at December 8, 2009 12:03 PM

STILL super love that cover and covet that dress. I pre-ordered my copy the day I saw the cover on your website and went off squeeing. . . . also, I do wish she were in heels, the flats look kinda stumpy. I wish my hair were that thick and pretty, but, yanno, attached to my head still.

Posted by: Jess at December 8, 2009 2:30 PM

Oh Emm Gee - I am so excited that you are going to be reading Backseat Saints. I discovered you by renting the audiobook of Between, Georgia and fell in love with your Perfect Southern Accent.

Posted by: Anna Marie at December 8, 2009 2:33 PM

The cover is truly gorgeous and expressive - and I'm so sorry that you're feeling ill!

Get well soon.

Posted by: Diane (TT) at December 8, 2009 5:30 PM

Just finished The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold and really can't take the image of a lone chopped off braid!! Yay for the back cover! :)

Posted by: Reagan at December 8, 2009 11:32 PM