Tuesday, May 12, 2009
It's Launch Day!
Today is the day my debut novel "Neil Armstrong is My Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me" goes out into the world.
I thought I'd be filled with butterflies, but instead I'm strangely calm. I suspect the butterflies will make their appearance later when I'm celebrating with 80 4th and 5th graders.
The launch party is with my sister, a 5th grade teacher who also happens to have a character named after her in my book, and the 4th and 5th grade classes in her school.
I feel like I know these kids. They've written me letters. They've read at least part of the ARC. They know the story. One girl even dressed up as one of my characters for Book Character Day! (btw, if you have silky hair, a matchy matchy outfit and 13 Barbie dolls, you too can dress up as MaryBeth Grabowsky)
We're watching part of the Apollo 11 moon landing. We're going to figure out what sound a slinky really makes (I played with a slinky for hours trying to figure it out. Of course it was all in the name of research.) I'm reading a chapter. It's time to party!