Okay, I never thought I’d be so excited to dress up in a clown costume, but I am. I’m gearing up right now for the Pulpwood Queens Girlfriend Weekend in Jefferson, TX (The Most Haunted Small Town in America!)

Kathy Patrick is the Grand Doyenne of Pulpwood, the creator of the Pulpwood Queens, which has more than 500 chapters around the US and in other countries. Kathy is a one-woman force who runs a beauty parlor-cum-bookstore in Every year, she invites a bunch of authors to come meet these book club patrons in a 4 day fest of author-interactive fun.

So, Thursday night, the authors serve dinner whilst dressed…you got it…as clowns! Hopefully no one will be a scary clown. I got a clown dress thing in a One Size Fits All (4-10) which therefore is really really short on me, thus requiring pants. So it’s more like a clown tunic.

Friday Night is the Pretty in Pink ball, for which my friend Megan gave me her Pretty in Pink prom dress from 1988! Like, ohmahgawd! I even went to the swap meet and scored strands of super long pearls (remember that fad?). Because Megan was quite small in high school, I had to let out the dress, so I went all Molly Ringwald on it (remember her character made her own dress in that movie like she was Scarlett O’Hara with curtains?) and added panels of satin. Luckily the skirt is full, so it fit fine.

Then on Saturday there’s the grand gala, the circus event, for which I got a circus costume that is not a clown. I will post pics later.

And of course sandwiched in between these costume galas are lots of panels and signings and such.

And did I mention the authors coming?

I didn’t?

Caroline Leavitt (Pictures of You), Sarah Jio (The Bungalow and The Violets of March), Eleanor Brown (The Weird Sisters), Carolyn Turgeon (Mermaid), Rebecca Rasmussen (The Bird Sisters), Therese Fowler (Exposure), Lisa Wingate (Dandelion Summer) and lots more…those are the ones I remember offhand. Whew.

Best of all, my friend Julie Kibler is picking me up at el aeropuerto and we are going over there together.

So here’s to much clownery and tomfoolery coming up!