Friday, November 20, 2009

Whew, we're home!

It's been an amazing week! I have so many thoughts and photos to organize, but I wanted to jump in here and apologize for the absence (I've tweeted a little, but forgot to say to check the sidebar for updates) and to follow up on that last post, wherein I was pinching myself with amazement that Arthur Levine was coordinating his tie to my hair for the National Book Awards ceremony!!! I mean, in what dreamland does that happen?

Apparently, in the same one that this happens . . .

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OH MY GOD!!!!! ARTHUR LEVINE DYED HIS BEARD PINK!!!!!!

hahahahahaha! How awesome is that????

Everything everything everything was completely amazing, and I WILL be back with more photos! In the meantime, huge congratulations to Phillip Hoose for his win, and to Claudette Colvin, who must be very gratified to have her tremendous story recognized in this way. And to my fellow nominees: it was so great to meet you all! And to the judges who selected my book for this honor -- Nancy Werlin, Coe Booth, Gene Yang, Carolyn Coman, and Kathi Appelt -- thank you from the bottom of my heart.

And now . . . back to playing catch-up (and in a few hours, getting H1N1 vaccines. Phleh.). If you've emailed me, please be patient. Though I was on the road with a new i-phone, I'm too spastic a one-thumb typer to have kept up with correspondence. I will get through the 500+ emails over the next couple of days :-)

And thank you so much for all the happy wishes. This has been an experience of a lifetime, and I love all of you here who were supporters of Lips Touch even before it had a shiny silver sticker on the cover. Mwah!

Oh, wait. Some linkies.

Winter Blog Blast Tour at Shelf Elf; interview with moi. Thanks, Kerry! I love your intro :-)

And Winter Blog Blast Tour interview with Jim at Seven Impossible Things; thank you Jules!

The Oregonian story on us from last Sunday. Thank you, Jeff Baker!

And the wonderful review of Lips Touch in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

24 comments:

Amy Baskin said...

That's incredibly awesome, and a fitting tribute to your pink awesomeness. Arthur is lovely. What a mensch.

Congratulations again for the nomination and the breadth of experience that comes from writing such a luscious book!

tone almhjell said...

Sounds like you had an amazing time! So cool! You looked great, by the way. How did Clementine like the journey? Peter and I had our flu shots last week. Our arms were sore for a couple of days, but other than that, it was fine. Hope you don't get any nasty side effects. By the way, did you read that the virus has mutated here? Not nice at all, and now I'm glad we took the shots.

Amber Lough said...

You live in an awesome dreamworld, Laini. :-)

Sara Virtanen said...

Oh my gosh, that beard is awesome! :D

Completely off-topic: I received and read my Silksinger a good while ago, and it was utterly wonderful, I cannot wait for the next installment in the series! :)

Amber said...

HUGE smiles for you!

:)

Jennifer D said...

Wow! Congrats. You must be so flattered.

Annie said...

What a joyous time for you, Laini. And it's just the beginning. Someday this will happen again and someday you will be up there.

Love Levine's pink beard. High praise.

Annie

Natalie Whipple said...

Athur with pink beard is hands down the COOLEST thing I've seen all month.

Glad you made it back home safe!

Suzanne Young said...

Can't wait to see your pictures. We were there with you in spirit (otherwise known as twitter)

:-)

Dawn Hullender said...

Lol, it looks like he dipped his chin in pink icing! Cute and so very sweet.

Myrna Foster said...

You have the BEST EDITOR! What a happy bunch of pictures!

holly cupala said...

Hooray! So happy for you, Laini!

Marissa said...

I love your smile while you're pointing to his beard as if you still can't believe he actually did that. That needs to be an 8 x 10 in a place of honor in your home! Congratulations and welcome home!

Katie said...

Oh my, y'all look so cute! Your outfit looks beautiful! From the neck up at least :-)

and Arthur... Divine! Now THAT's love!

I can't wait see more pics.

nova said...

The pink beard: Absolutely incredible! Major congratulations on the nomination!

Anonymous said...

Lovely pink beard, what could be better? :-)

Sounds like you all had a fabulous time, congratulations on being nominated!


-QZQ

Elena said...

Sounds like it was a lot of fun!

MJ said...

YAY! Congrats to you both for having a most excellent adventure! I loved the Oregonian piece! Lovely.

You are an inspiration to me!

~Martine

Jake said...

So now my pre-award Lips Touch is extra special, since from now on they'll all have the sticker. Congratulations on winning!

And what, no Clementine interview?

jesse joshua watson said...

Ok. I love Arthur even more now. Haha! That is just rad. so so rad.

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Stephanie Perkins said...

No. WAY.

Just when I thought Arthur couldn't get any cooler! I can't believe he did that. WOW! Love him! :)

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