– the fact that when Rodeo and I were walking in Smithers and Rodeo was chased by a bear, Rodeo was the speedier of the two.
-the fact that the bear didn’t seem to realize that I would make a more delicious and sizable snack than Rodeo. I’m not faster than your average bear and between my tour and my visit to my mother, I’d make a full meal for even a large bear these days.
-being part of the wonderful review line-up by Shannon Ozirny in the Globe and Mail! I will quote the whole review because I’m like that. Braggy. Not even humble-braggy. Just straight braggy braggy.
“Susan Juby is one of our country’s great court jesters with her hilariously astute depictions of small-town life that always favour loving mockery over flippant derision. Her latest is no exception. At a prestigious fictional arts high school in Nanaimo B.C., Normandy Pale is living under the shadow of her comics phenom of an older sister. There is everything you would expect in a Juby novel: the bone-dry humour, the barrage of pop culture references so cool they border on hypothermic and the comfortable straddling of teen and adult fiction. But there is also a mystery surrounding Normandy’s sister that veers in an unexpectedly dark but fascinating direction. The best humour writers never settle for the expected – Juby is among them and this is her finest novel yet.”
-the exceedingly gracious and articulate David Chau taking the time to interview me for the Georgia Straight. He has a positive genius for coming up with quotes from famous writers. I adore people who can do that.
-the delightful Erin McPhee for her piece in the North Shore News.
-not losing my hair. Sometimes I think it’s all falling out. But then some of it stays on my head and I’m glad.
-the fact that Jennifer Hubert Swan was kind enough to write a review of The Truth Commission for Reading Rants, long one of my favourite book review sites.
-the fantastically funny and excellent Meg Cabot has THREE new books out, including From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess, which Meg, who went to art school, illustrated, and Royal Wedding, another PD book fifteen years after her first. Also, I just read that Disney has confirmed a third Princess Diaries movie. Meg has always been incredibly generous to other authors, including me. She’s lent her star power to most of my books in the form of a blurb and I wish her and the new books every success and I can’t wait to read them.
-countless other things, including the giant box containing two cases of Wiley Wallaby Australian Style Gourmet Red Liquorice that just arrived. Now that I have around 20 lbs of candy to eat, I feel well-prepared to finish the book I’m working on.
Until I brag-blog again.