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Friday Updates

It’s Friday and life, as usual, is a jumble of all sorts of things. I’m wearing a maxi dress today. That’s how pregnant I’ve become. I’m just about 30 weeks and really feeling it. I’ve been experiencing a witching hour of sorts between 3 and 4AM every night, during which I think about things like who is going to watch Vera when I go into labor, how I probably need to get out the baby clothes from the garage soon and wash them, and whether or not I should bother packing a hospital bag (remember what a big deal the hospital bag was the first time around?).

Then I fall back asleep until 6AM when Vera comes in bed with us, at which point my mind again begins spinning about how much our whole little family dynamic is about to change. It’s like I came down from book tour right into crazy baby land. Life never stops, does it?

These days I have to bribe Vera to let me take good photos of her. I would tell you what I bribed her with, but then you’d think I’m a bad mom. Oh okay, it was chocolate. But look at this shot:

A few amazing things happened this week. Last night I skyped with a book club in Shaker Heights, Ohio. I’ve talked to a few book clubs now who have chosen my book as their monthly selection, even visiting one in Manhattan Beach last month, and each time I come away from the experience feeling wildly guilty. I feel guilty because doing this is the single-most gratifying experience I’ve had yet as a writer. To spend an hour or more with a group of women who tell you over and over how much they love your book, their favorite passages, (one even told me how pretty I am last night!), and how thrilled they are just to be talking with you, is something that every person, not just every writer, should get to experience. Seriously, each time I walk away glowing like I just spend eight hours at the spa. Amazing.

Also incredible this week was this review and interview with me on Tethered by Letters. I did this interview with editor Dani Hedlund over Skype too and it was so much fun. I’m blown away by the thoughtful article she created from it all. Definitely my favorite write-up so far about me and my book.

As if those things weren’t enough, I had the pleasure of contributing to Maria Shriver’s site this week, with a piece I’m particularly proud of having written: The Other Side of Grief.

Lastly, here’s a reminder of some events I have coming up. I’d love to see you there!

First off is this Nervous Breakdown event, about which I’m really excited:


Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
Panel: Memoir: The Ties That Bind (with Samantha Dunn, Benjamin Busch, Alexandra Styron, & Mark Whitaker)
UCLA Campus Los Angeles, CA
April 21st, 10:30AM

Reading & Signing
Pages Bookstore, Manhattan Beach California
April 26, 2012 7:00pm

Powell's Books Penguin Indie Bound
Amazon Barnes & Noble
Want to buy my book? Do so at any of the above!


  1. Vera is SO BEAUTIFUL!

    Comment by Tara on April 7, 2012 at 1:45 am

  2. Hmmm… you had to bribe her with chocolate to get the picture. So she is beginning to realize that she has leverage. She is bewitchingly beautiful and she will soon capitalize on the advantages of this. This is no criticism of Vera, just the way things play out. It is your duty to balance this out and equip her with feet of clay.

    Comment by Paul Tredgett on April 7, 2012 at 7:40 am

  3. Thank you, Tara!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on April 7, 2012 at 8:10 am

  4. As always, Paul, a wise assessment.

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on April 7, 2012 at 8:11 am

  5. Wow, forgive me if anyone has already said it (i am a new reader) but your beautiful daughter looks a lot like your mom from the pics i have seen of her. Loved the book! Lucy in sf

    Comment by Lucy on April 7, 2012 at 7:10 pm

  6. Thanks, Lucy! That’s so nice to hear!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on April 8, 2012 at 8:41 pm

  7. Look at those blue eyes! I get to start reading your book this week. Sorry, but have to check it out from the library, as I just can’t afford to buy it right now.

    Comment by sarah on April 9, 2012 at 6:34 pm

  8. Aw, I totally understand, Sarah! I can’t afford to buy it either. Really. :)

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on April 9, 2012 at 7:55 pm

  9. Totally worth the chocolate ;)

    Comment by bron@expressivecompulsive on April 10, 2012 at 2:16 am

  10. I agree!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on April 10, 2012 at 7:46 am

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