Thursday, February 1, 2007


Hey, that's original. Hello, indeed. I'm mostly doing this because I'm stuck in bed after wrecking my back again and I'm bored. I'm sure my hordes of fans would like to hear that I hurt myself while engaged in a fierce struggle with my next-door neighbor, Mr. Bushida, or that I started a riot at Barnes and Noble and hurt myself trying to escape, or that I had a terrible accident with the anti-tourist jellyfish launcher.

The truth is, I was doing housework. There, I said it. Plain old housework with no monsters, enraged editors, speara guns, or exploding baristas. But boy, is my office clean! I shall post a picture of it in all its glory soon.

Here's the brave part. Even though I am wracked with hideous pain, I have managed to do my day's quota of writing, five pages to be exact. My current project is called SUPER! and it's about a boy who gains the ability to turn into an adult with amazing powers. Except that nothing happens like he expects, and he finds his life complicated in ways he never imagined. In other words, it's quite dark, a theme that appeals to me right now. Also, it doesn't appear to be a common theme for middle grade superhero novels. I've read a few, and they seem to take a lighthearted and fantastic view of the whole thing. I, on the other hand, shall take the more sinister and realistic road.

In other news, my big people book (as ace book reviewer Sue Corbett calls it) has had a couple of nice months, sales-wise. I'm not sure why, but people are buying it and that makes my agent and me happy. Not happy to the point where we've ordered up solid gold Ferraris, but happier than we were. No, I'm not going to say what book it is. I didn't spend all that time thinking up a cool pen name just to give the whole thing away.

A good MG book that I recently read: GROOVES: A KIND OF MYSTERY by Kevin Brockmeier. Interesting characters, weird plot, and lots of dry humor that had me chuckling. There's moist humor, too. That would the opposite of dry humor, right?

Another good MG: LARKLIGHT, by Philip Reeve. Jolly fun, that one. Lots of space travel, lots of pirates. I suspect that some of the humor will go over the heads of the target audience, as Reeve likes to tweak the British empire-building attitudes of the 19th century, but still, lots of action and colorful characters.

And now, today's email:

Dear Dr. Missy,

Sometimes your posts really scare me. Why is that?

Linda (not my real name)


Dear Linda,

They don't call me the Hunter S. Thompson of children's literature for nothing. Ha ha! Seriously, I have no idea why you are afraid of my posts. It's not like I know where you live or anything. Well, actually I do, but I've got the bad back thing going on and I have to stay in bed, so you're safe. Unless you read this, and then you'll be even more scared. I don't know what to do about that.

Your friend,
Dr. Missy

Okay, that's it for today! If I can figure out how to post pictures, then we'll really have some fun!



Phrogg said...

Dear Dr. Missy,

I wish you were on LiveJournal, so I could make you my "friend."

Will you be my friend anyway?

~An Admirer

ruthexpress said...

Hey Missy
Keep doing this please.
Sorry to hear about your back.
Happy to hear about your blog! :)
- Ruth

Peter Taylor - Author and Illustrator said...

Hi Missy

Love the new blog!

Back problems sure aren't fun - I know from experience. My back has been bad since before Christmas and I can't sit at my computer for long at a time, so I asked my son to back-up my emails.

After 18 years, you'd think I'd know how his mind works.

I have no idea what his plan was. Maybe to conveniently store all mail in one folder, for he emptied my Inbox into my Deleted Items folder. That wouldn't have been that bad if there weren't 11,000 emails in the Inbox and 25,000 in the Deleted Items - but they're all now mixed.

The new plan is to permanently delete 1000+ a day. I did well this morning. Just another 24,174 to go.

Take care!


Jackie said...

Hi Dr Missy,

I'm so glad you've started a blog - over the years I've always found your CW posts hilarious. So sorry you've hurt your back - housework does that to me too. When you get better - do yoga.

Jackie :-)

Natalie said...

Welcome to Blogdom, Missy!

Five pages written while in bed with back pain??

I need to find better excuses now...


Sock Girl said...

Great blog! I look forward to reading more. What is the name of your "big people book"?

Sorry to hear about the bad back. I hope you're feeling better soon.