Yikes, it’s been forever!
I just realized my last post was a month ago. How did that happen?
So, I went to Project Book Babe and it was a blast. Seriously. Who knew writers were so funny? Stephenie Meyer was great. I got to hang with a bunch of old pals and an enormous amount of money was raised for Faith’s breast cancer treatment. I don’t know the total, but it was close to a hundred thousand dollars.
I even wore a dress.
Now, to be fair, all the writers did something sort of stupid — James Owen sang (God bless him). A bunch of the others were backup dancers to his song (God bless them). And I modeled Stephenie Meyer’s prom dress (escorted by the very dashing and lupine PJ Haarsma).
It sold at auction for several thousand dollars. Stephenie said she was just glad I wasn’t able to zip it up or she would have been despondent. I suggested we take a poll to find out who the audience thought wore it better, which she nixed immediately because:
Stephenie (horrorstruck): What if you WIN?!
It was a lot of fun. Unfortunately, while talking to my wife on the phone (hands free!) on the long drive back from Arizona, my window got shattered by a pebble from a truck. And this is the second time that’s happened — driving back from Arizona, talking to my wife. I blame either Arizona or my wife — not sure which.
In other news, the writer’s room on ‘TIL DEATH is grooving along wonderfully. I love this staff. We’ve accomplished so much so quickly that I hesitate to even publicly state how much we’ve gotten done, but if any TV executive has a show that they need to get on the rails fast, they should immediately hire Don Reo to run it and this staff to write it. Seriously.
The kids have been out of school for spring break, which dovetailed with my younger son’s (Alex’s) 8th birthday, so we went to Disneyland for a couple days to celebrate. The weather was perfect and the trip was particularly meaningful to Alex because this was the first time he was tall enough to ride the Indiana Jones ride. You have to understand — the Indiana Jones ride has been Alex’s Holy Grail. EVERY SINGLE TIME we go to the park he immediately wants to see if he’s big enough to ride the thing and EVERY SINGLE TIME he doesn’t quite make the height requirement.
Not this time.
So, we had fun on that and we also enjoyed the Tower of Terror and the rafting expedition thing in California Adventure, which we rode over and over because the wait was only five minutes (at night, when it was cold, but still…) You ride it with several other people and we always were grouped with teenagers, which ended up being fun because they were ALL really sweet kids. Amazing. I told Elizabeth “this gives me hope for the future.”
So, this weekend I did something I’ve never done before — I went out cycling with my friends Vinnie and Serena. I’ve never been on that kind of bike before and was a little shocked at how gear intensive the sport is, but Vinnie and Serena and their friends got me completely outfitted. It was hard. REALLY hard. But a blast.
We rode about 22 miles in two hours in heat that approached 100 degrees. There was a hill at the end that nearly killed me. I thought they were going to have to helicopter me out. If you’ve never been on that kind of a bike (and I haven’t) it’s weird to get used to — hunched forward, gear-shifting, feet locked into the pedals. It reminded me of driving on the opposite side of the road in Europe — it’s sort of familiar but completely alien at the same time.
I’m sore today, but happy. I want to try it again and I will. Aside from the cycling, this weekend has been taken up with errands. We updated the kid’s and Elizabeth’s passports because we’re considering a trip to London later this summer for the UK release of NIGHTMARE ACADEMY 3: MONSTER WAR. I was thinking of doing some signings. If there’s enough desire for it, we’ll probably go. I also sent out a lot of signed, personalized bookplates for kids to put in their books. A teacher in the UK (John Kenyon, I think) asked for a bunch of them for his class and that’s something I think I might look to do more of — send bookplates to classes of kids. If any teachers are interested, let me know…
And that’s all for now. Hopefully, I’ll be a little more timely with my posts in the future.