I’ve been hesitant to post the title of my fifth book. Titles can change, even at the last minute. But it looks like we’re keeping this one. I love it when titles work on several different levels, which this one does. So I’m happy to tell you that the title of my fifth book is So Much Closer. I hope you love it as much as I do. I’m aware that Goodreads has posted a pub date. However, the pub date is still being finalized. As soon as I have it, I’ll of course let you know.
This next bit of news is way more exciting for me than it is for you. But I just have to share that our laundry room was totally renovated and new machines were brought in that use smart cards instead of quarters. Those of you who live here in New York or are in college can relate to my joy. You know what this means. No more scavenging for quarters! You put money on the smart card online, then get your laundry on. The whole laundry thing has always been a mystery to me. Why does it have to be such an ordeal? All I have to do is take the elevator down to the basement to do a wash. I don’t even have to schlep over to Wash World anymore. Somehow laundry still manages to take a way bigger chunk out of the day than it rightly should. Part of my ideal New York lifestyle involves a laundry room in my place. Clearly, I have a way to go before I’m living the high life.
Like with air conditioning. My ideal lifestyle involves some serious central air. Not an air conditioner I avoid turning on as much as I can because I’d rather be hot than produce pollutants and greenhouse gases and waste energy. Yesterday was the first day I had to turn my air conditioner on. Only three days after the summer solstice! What a disgrace. But man, when it’s hot and humid in the city, breathing can be a challenge. That’s why I’m thankful for the Colasanti Tree. Fellow YA author Eric Luper planted a Japanese maple in his yard to help reverse the effects of my air conditioner. How awesome is he? Very, I know.
If you can’t be someplace refreshing when it’s gross out, the next best thing is a Pina Colada cupcake from Crumbs. Vanilla cake, pineapple filling, coconut frosting, with an umbrella and a cherry on top. It’s almost like you’re lounging on an island with one of those touristy pineapple drinks I love. Almost.