Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Blasts from the past

My publisher is working on a cover for the novel and has been sharing designs and asking my input. And they now have a page up on me here that will soon show the cover as well as the video they're making to promote the book. They have been very cool and wonderfully communicative.

In the spirit of the 1980s, the era in which my forthcoming novel takes place, my friend Nancy sent me this picture taken of us (she's on the left) at the Mountain Aire concert in summer 1980. Nancy brought these wacky sunglasses for us to wear because we were excited about a new "new wave" group that we'd never heard before ... which turned out to be Huey Lewis and the News ... that opened for the Doobie Brothers.

We did the 1980s proud with that big hair. We spent so many hours on our hair that could have been spent finding a cure for cancer or writing a bestseller. But those perfect feathers were worth it.

This must be nostalgia week because Annie and I have been watching DVDs of Freaks & Geeks (which is set in the early 1980s) and thoroughly enjoying them. The characters are great. The writing is so good it makes you laugh and cry, as well as empathize with each character. We wish more episodes had been made.

Also, I have reconnected via the internet with a high school friend, someone I haven't talked to in almost 30 years. I was a total straight girl in high school (graduating class of 1980) and really liked him a lot. But in retrospect, my gaydar sent off a few signals--and yes, I was right. He's been with his partner for more than 15 years, and they have a daughter. We're going to talk on the phone soon. Can't wait!

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