Book Stuff Afoot

On Friday, the paperback publisher, Berkley, is having a video production team come out to San Diego and film me for two days, to make a trailer.  The paperback will be part of the “What the World is Reading” campaign, so they’ll use this to help promote it.

It’s my first book trailer/official video, so I’m excited.  Because my main points of reference these days are children’s TV*, this was my reaction:

(And yes, my kids are all too old for this show and haven’t watched it in at least a year, but the song is STILL IN MY HEAD.  Insidious!)

But see, they’re going to film me at my house, at the beach, and at the Japanese Friendship Garden. Pretty nifty, right?

It’s Wednesday, and I’m wondering if I clean the house today, will it stay clean until Friday?  I don’t have time tomorrow to do it. (Answer: no)

Should it just be the writer in her natural state, surrounded by toys and school-related detritus? (answer: no. It’s high-def and I definitely need to be wearing make-up).

And what should I wear?

What if the gardeners show up during filming and begin blowing the leaf blowers at a crucial moment?

What if the cat chooses this moment to hurl/take a giant stinky litterbox break/chew on electrical cords?

What if my hair sticks up and I can’t fix it?

What if I frown during my sleep and I get a big wrinkle that won’t go away?  What if my hair turns gray overnight?  What if I eat broccoli and cause a huge bloat?

Yes, I know worrying is needless (there could be the Big One, the quake that breaks Cali from the mainland), but I’m so good at it!

I’m sure it will be fantastic.

I should get that printed on a bracelet.

And hey, check out my new Events page.  Hopefully I’ll be adding some more events soon.

*When I’m home alone, I invariably tune first to the Disney channel or Nickelodeon, realize my mistake and search for something else to watch, only to conclude there’s absolutely nothing on the two million extended cable channels during the day. Gotta cancel that cable.

Published by Margaret Dilloway

Middle grade and women's fiction novelist. FIVE THINGS ABOUT AVA ANDREWS, (Balzer + Bray 2020); SUMMER OF A THOUSAND PIES. MOMOTARO: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters (Disney Hyperion); TALE OF THE WARRIOR GEISHA and SISTERS OF HEART AND SNOW, out now from Putnam Books. HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE was a finalist for the John Gardner fiction award. THE CARE AND HANDLING OF ROSES WITH THORNS is the 2013 Literary Tastes Best Women's Fiction Pick for the American Library Association. Mother of three children, wife to one, slave to a cat, and caretaker of the best overgrown teddy bear on Earth, Gatsby the Goldendoodle.

One thought on “Book Stuff Afoot

  1. That Hot Dog song is quite catchy. It’s been known to stay in my head for days. And I can relate to your instinct of going straight to Disney and Nick. The only channel on our new ATT U-verse system I know by heart is Nick Jr.

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