Vacation, Interviews, Adam Lambert, and a Dream about The Hotel of Blueberry Goodness

I am going to the Smokies today for spring break! HOORAY! The cabin we rented is extremely remote--it's the only cabin in a 200-acre spread set on a ridge in the mountains. I can't wait! I'm bringing my camera in hopes of capturing mountain wildlife (with telephoto, not too up-close-and-personal).

Interviews: Sandy Nawrot is an Orlando writer who read Violet Raines, and--drumroll, please--she recognized the bridge in the book! Yes, Sandy not only recognized the bridge, she has actually walked across it! I, on the other hand, was too scared and sailed under it in a canoe with my husband. Please check out the interview at Sandy's blog: You've GOTTA Read This! Also, MG/YA writer Jennifer Blom interviewed me for her blog Jen K Blom. Both writers were fun to work with and I hope you'll check them out.

Adam Lambert: YES! What else is there to say? I actually voted. Ten times. Was it just me, or did Smokey have tears in his eyes?

My dream: I dreamt about The Hotel of Blueberry Goodness last night! (My new manuscript, yay! Due 2010 with Walker Books.) We were trying to get a room and there was so much trouble that my husband got frustrated and just bought the hotel. I was thrilled because now I could legally sneak into all the abandoned floors and the tunnels below. The living suite was opulent, reds and dark cherry furniture, a little too formal for me; I wanted to sleep in the Honeymoon Suite, which, in the dream, was set up like a porch room with one wall of windows that were thrown open to the glorious smell of summer. (In my dream, it was not hot.) Then I started to think my sister would need to quit her job and help me, and my husband would have to quit his job too, because I can't run this place by myself. The dream ended with me telling my sister, "And we get to eat the Sunday brunch FOR FREE!"

Okay, I've got laundry to do and all kinds of packing! If you're going on spring break, too, have fun. For now, Danette has left the building.


Charles Gramlich said...

That cabin sounds wonderful

Kim Kasch said...

My aunt used to own a lake cabin - used to love going there. Hope you have a wonderful time.

Yeah to, I have to go to work :(

Jacqui said...

The Hotel of Blueberry Goodness is an awesome title.

Have fun!

Martha Flynn said...

Have a lovely vacation! The cabin is remote - but does it have a TV? Will you be able to catch the results show??? :)

While I'm always impressed with Adam, he usually leaves me realizing I haven't connected to the song or his performance - I've more just been watching him as a novelty - but last night was amazing all around!

Danette Haworth said...

I'm still here! Got the laundry going, dishes done, etc. I can't stand coming back to a messy house.

Charles, you and I always stand in agreement on the mountains.

Thanks, Kim! Work, bummer!

Jacqui, thanks for the kudos on the title!

Martha, you are so right! We might still be driving while results are in progress and GASP! we will not have Internet! We might not even have cell phone service!!! But we will have a TV.

My DVR is set to record and protect tonight's installment, as well as next week's. Hope the dish doesn't go down!

Catherine J Gardner said...

Ooh, abandoned floors and tunnels - sounds like it's going to be my kind of book.

Sandy Nawrot said...

OK, by the time I answer this I'm sure you are on your way to your happy place. Mary Carico and I were sweating and setting up my book fair today, and I haven't been at my computer for the entire day!! By the way, my daughter and two of her friends got on the morning video announcements at their school and reviewed your book! It was so cute, and I was proud.

Thanks for the mention...I loved doing the interview! There was definitely karma there, because of that darned bridge!

If I may interpret your dream, I think it means that you will find such huge overwhelming success from your Hotel of Blueberry Goodness book, that they will all be able to quit their jobs and just be at your side to do your bidding. In my humble opinion!

My husband had to mop my pathetic middle aged butt off the floor after that performance by Adam last night. Another jaw dropper!

Have a wonderful week!

Danette said...

I know you're away relaxing and stuff but things are happening in NYC. One word: Bono. Check out Neesha's blog:



Rena said...

I hope you have/had fun!