Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Jeffrey Katzenberg!

Well, color me excited! I just found out that the commencement speaker for my daughter's graduation ceremony is Jeffrey Katzenberg. I've always liked the guy - and felt miffed on his behalf when he didn't get the number one position at Disney. But if he had, then maybe we wouldn't have Dreamworks SKG today. Right? (I'm an inveterate Pollyanna)

Four of us friends liked that name so much, that we decided to call our plans for the future Dreamworks HO. Ho, as in a sailor's cry "Land, ho!" and also to stand for our last names, Hyzy and O'Shea. Cute, huh?

Anyway, I love so much of what Dreamworks SKG does, and I'm in awe of all Katzenberg, Spielberg, and Geffen have accomplished, that I can't wait to hear this commencement address!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

HAIL TO THE CHEF

No, I'm not singing my protagonist's, Ollie's, praises.

I'm announcing the title of the second book in the White House Chef Mystery series. I originally came up with a different, longer title, but the wise people at Berkley decided against my suggestion and have come up with: HAIL TO THE CHEF.

I like it a lot. And I think it suits the story very well.

This second book, after STATE OF THE ONION, takes place at the White House (natch) during the Thanksgiving holidays and just as the presidential mansion is opened for visitors for the holiday season. Although the book isn't scheduled to be released until January, 2009, I keep hoping for news that they'll bring it out early to coincide with the 2008 holiday season. Unlikely, I know. But a girl can hope, right?

Thanks for popping in. Have a great weekend! I'm currently at work on book #3. Appropriately enough, this one will be set during the White House Easter Egg Roll! I'm getting in the mood by downing plenty of Dove truffle eggs (available only this time of year).

Chocolate always helps the creative process and this is some eggscellent chocolate!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Acme Authors Link

Hey - if you're reading this, take a quick trip over to Acme Authors Link ACME AUTHORS LINK where I've been granted the honor of guest-blogging today! I talk about synesthesia (which I've mentioned here, briefly) and I'd love to hear your thoughts!

The Acme Authors are a great group of friends. They have lots to say and I know you'll enjoy their words of wisdom. Bookmark their site for fun and for info!

Have a great weekend!
Julie

Sunday, March 02, 2008

The Cruelest Month

I've heard April referred to as "The Cruelest Month" - but my high school math teacher, Sr. Dolorosa, insisted that distinction belonged to March. This year, however, I believe that cruel title belongs to February. I'm happy to see that month disappear and my only regret was that it was one day longer than it should have been.

Here it is, the second day of March, and things already look better on the horizon. We spent yesterday with old friends, and today dawned bright and beautiful. With a high of 48 degrees, this was practically t-shirt weather for winter-weary Chicagoans. We went out for a walk in the sunshine, and decided that things will be good again. Soon.

March is a long month. A full 31 days. I plan to enjoy every minute of every single day. I hope you do, too.