Writing quote

Sure, it's simple writing for kids...Just as simple as raising them.
— Ursula K. LeGuin

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


   I attended the official launch of Goosebottom Books and its new series, The Thinking Girl's Treasury of Real Princesses at Books, Inc. in San Francisco on Oct. 2. The turn out was decent, but not great by any means, but the books definitely generated much interest for those who were there. Publisher and author, Shirin Yim Bridges, introduced the original thinking girl who inspired the stories of real princesses—my daughter, Tiegan!—and talked about how the concept for the books took shape. A few were disappointed that there was no reading, but the limited time-frame did not allow for that. She signed books and answered questions, while illustrator, Albert Nguyen, drew princesses on demand for girls who attended the event. Boys, on the other hand, made the usual requests for spiderman pictures.
   I ran into an old acquaintance I hadn't seen for 30 years! Okay, the brother of my high school boyfriend, if you must know. And met up again with Susan McCombs, the editor at Tricycle Press who first took my manuscript Goldy Luck and the Three Chans to an editorial meeting. It was nice to chat about the book, royalty contracts, and all things literary. 
   Attendees got to munch on sushi, crackers and cheese, topped off with champagne, wine, and coffee for teetotalers like me. 
   After the event, the family and I went to dinner at Max's cafe next door. It was a very enjoyable evening, and I much admired Shirin's hardwork and efforts in promoting her new business and books.