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Friday, August 03, 2007


If you had asked me on Monday night, when I first posted the costume poll, I was sure that Tonks was going to win. I started resigning myself to the idea of temporarily dying my hair pink.

The more I read about pink hair dye, the clearer it became to me that the temporary spray would not be good enough. I was going to have to have my hair turned pink professionally, and then I would have it until I changed it back. This, I was pretty much okay with. One of the many perks of being a writer is that you can turn your hair pink, and no one can say a word to you about it. In fact, they kind of expect you to do something like that.

Then, out of nowhere, came the Wonder Woman army . . . and by the power of Hera they put up a fight. It was brutal. It was Tonks, Wonder Woman, Tonks, Wonder Woman . . . And then, rushing out of the sidelines, came the Leia Bikini people.

Here is something I have learned.

Some of you have very strong . . . feelings . . . about the Leia bikini. I only suggested the Leia bikini in the first place because it was the only scifi costume that popped into my mind. I knew it was famous—but I didn’t know how important it was to some of you, and what kind of a role it played in your personal development.

Lesson learned!

It was a passionate battle, very occasionally verging towards the creepy. Good arguments were made on all sides.

Here were the votes when I stopped counting (more have come in since):

Tonks: 28 votes
Leia Bikini: 15 votes
Bellatrix LeStrange: 9 votes

Magenta got three and the devil struggled in with one vote, and astonishingly . . . NONE of you voted for Classic Leia.

But the winner, with a total of 46 votes, was WONDER WOMAN!


I can confess now that I was rooting for Wonder Woman all along—although I think I hinted at that pretty clearly. I had to watch this to get ready:


Although, I confess, I remembered the song . . . but not how insane the lyrics are. “In your satin tights/fighting for your rights/and the old red, white, and blue”? Really? “Make a hawk a dove/stop a war with love/make a liar tell the truth”? Or, perhaps my favorite, “Stop a bullet cold/make the axis fold.”

And was there really a guy named Lyle Waggoner in it? How did I miss that before?

I am already practicing my spinning, and I am getting real Wonder Woman boots! This must be done Right. Do you know why? Well, for a start, the Weasley Twins are going to be there! Yes! The ones from the movie!

Ah may faint.

And if you remember by post about TV crushes, you may recall that I had a childhood obsession with William Katt that caused me to develop a condition called William Katt Love Hangover and a terminal attraction to curly hair.


Seriously. Four year-old mj is not going to be able to take this.

The videos of this event—what with the Wonder Woman, William Katt, the Weasleys—and my excellent company (Scott, Justine, Holly, and Cassie) . . . they should be something very, very special.


If you get my newsletter (and if you don’t—why not sign up now?), you’ll know that I put a challenge out there for the best photo representing Girl At Sea. The prize: signed copies of Girl At Sea and Devilish, in a limited edition Harry Potter bag, swiped from the prime Scholastic stash by my editor, Emma Lollipop. (See, it pays to read the newsletter.)

I very much enjoyed this photo:

Also, I was completely fascinated by this.

But a winner had to be chosen. I’m terrible at picking winners, but fortunately . . . FREE MONKEY CAME HOME!

I didn’t tell you guys that he actually got lost for a while. I didn’t want to worry you.

Believe it or not, he vanished after leaving Bartlesville. Ten entire days went by with no word. I feared the worst and was on the verge of making the announcement that he was missing . . . when all of a sudden, a box appeared, and he popped out of it.

Anyway, I showed all the entries to him, and he ended up picking these artistic photos of Girl At Sea, taken by Ally B.

Thank you to all who entered! I have one more of these bags to give away, along with more copies of Girl at Sea. I’ll have to think of another good summer contest. Or maybe I’ll just give one away at random to whoever leaves the best comment.

Yes. I’ll do that. Leave a good comment, and on Sunday, I’ll pick one and send you a book! I don't care what it's about. Just speak your mind! Why not? I’m WONDER WOMAN! I can stop a war with love, and I fight in satin tights!

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Anonymous Elise said...

Wonder Woman is really cool. That Alien "Girl at Sea" thing was entirely fascinating. Wow. Have fun with the Weasley twins!

7:17 PM  
Anonymous kinderny said...

Hmm... I wonder what constitutes a good comment? How about altruism? My daughter is starting in a brand new public high school with a focus on science and math (kind of a charter school, but not exactly) and she loves, loves to read. The school will be in temp quarters for a couple of years. When asked what they were doing about a library for recreational reading, they said something vague about making research resources available for the students. So some parents and kids are trying to put together an informal lending library to continue to foster students' love of reading. We are finding donations wherever we can. The donation of a signed copy of Girl at Sea would be welcome (and exceedingly lovely).

PS I think Molly Weasley or Minerva McGonagal(sp?) would have been great options, too.

7:43 PM  
Anonymous Keisha said...

YES! Wonder Woman won! I was one of the first to vote for Wonder Woman. I think it is by far the superior costume. Although, you dying your hair pink would have been fun. Last year one of my best friends temporarily dyed her hair purple and went to school like that to see what kind of a reaction she would get from people, and also to see if any of her friends would still claim her. We did and people stared and did double takes. It was a lot of fun. To kinderny above, research resources available? Math and Science? That is like my own personal hell. I wish you luck in making a library for the students. It is a good idea.

8:08 PM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

kinderny, my thoughts exactly.

Should it be long and thoughtful? Short and random?

To be quite frank, I have no idea, therefore, I will explain my love for Girl at Sea.

1. Aidan. I totally fell in love with him, despite the fact that he was sarcastic and mean. What does that say about my choice in men? That just horrible, isn't it?

2. Jellyfish. I've had a fear of the neasty little things since I was jet-skiing in Galveston, TX and I touched one. Not stung, just touched. And I cried. A lot.

3. Science. Yes, I'm a nerd and enjoyed the tid-bit of science.

So there you have it. Why Jessica loves Girl at Sea and possible free signed books. :D

9:35 PM  
Anonymous Ally said...

Yes! Yes! Yes!

(does happy dance in her pj's)

9:50 PM  
Anonymous Agustina said...

Hello, or hola as we say in my country. First Maureen i gotta tell you I love your blog, it´s just hilarious, and I love you, you´re the projection of who I wanna be in a couple of years,you´re fabulous. Why should I get the free signed copy? Because in my country I can´t get a copy of your book, and buying it over the internet would really set me back, since 1 american dollar is like 4 pesos argentinos...

Anyway I love you, keep the good write, and good luck with Wonder Woman. Also, please give the Weasley brothers my love and tell them I adore them.

10:53 PM  
Anonymous Jas said...

You're gonna meet James and Oliver?! How completely awesome is that? I really wish I was going to Dragoncon now. Like, really really really wish I was. I love Fred and George. They're my favorite characters. Tell them that I said hi.
And I bet William Katt will be very happy to talk to Wonder Woman.
Have fun!

11:09 PM  
Blogger La ReinaLexa said...

Weasley twins.
Wonder woman.
Girl at Sea.
William Katt.

All in one post. Honestly, I don't know how you do it. Your transition from each topic is so flawless, it keeps my head spinning (not in the nasty Linda Blair way, but I hope you get the point.)

It's almost like when you're trying to stuff something in the refrigerator before it falls out, or inhibits the door from shutting the whole way. But you've slammed the fridge door on this one, Maureen! Way to go.


12:18 AM  
Blogger La ReinaLexa said...

And Free Monkey is included in that list. Can't forget Free Monkey.

12:19 AM  
Anonymous redheadedali said...

Dude! The Greatest American Hero! Outstanding!

Believe it or not, I'm walking on air, I never thought I could feel so free-ee-ee...

12:39 AM  
Anonymous Kiersten said...

The Weasly twins? NO WAY! *is extremely jealous* I can't wait to see the videos of it. I hope you get to talk to William Katt. Best of luck finding Wonder Woman boots. The pigion Girl at Sea picture is amazing as is the slide show. The artistic shots are very pretty although getting pollen on my book would be a set back because I would sneeze every time I opened it. Totally off topic but, IKEA HOSTEL! http://www.styledash.com/2007/07/29/ikea-opens-free-hostel-so-shoppers-never-have-to-leave/
The web adress says it all. WE NEVER HAVE TO LEAVE!

1:18 AM  
Anonymous Amani said...

WONDERWOMAN!! I knew it! I love the girl at sea pic with the flower its really cute! And im sure everyone is as happy as i am about FREE MONKEY COMING HOME! Also i got temporary pink highlights in once they lasted a couple of days and sadly i forgot to take a pic of them but they were so cool! I looked cute! I HOPE THIS WAS A GOOD COMMENT!?? THX FROM THE GIRL WHO USED TO HAVE PINK HIGHLIGHTS,AMANI

5:48 AM  
Blogger Cinthya Rodriguez said...

Hey Maureen!
I can't comment properly before stating my undending love for your deliciously delicious blog. It's so lovingly funny, it definitley brings a smile to face when the systen tries to bring my aspirations down. (Keep fighting Bartlesville!) The system needs well a few adjustments.

Reading is your future they say. First of all, they never introduce you to good books, and once you find them, what do they do, they ban them. Not cool. I will keep reading, reading is my future, I love to read, and I don't care what the system says.

What is the system? (Always fight if the system is unfair!) The system, hard to explain, really anything, in my predicament, my school.

Maureen I tremendously admire you for your effort to keep the system down, (Fight book banning!) and I've managed to take my situation and change my thinking through your example.

You see, here in Chicago, specifically by the Midway International Airport, more people move in, and crowding becomes an issue, especially in schools. So, our school is overcrowded. Therefore, my school, is year round. We have four tracks, or four schedules, depending on your track, you go to school for three months and are out one month. I just started school on Thursday, August 2. I am in eigth grade, and due to the overcrowding issue, the system sent us to a nearby school, the eight grade, and their we have our classes. The thing is, lets just say the system got a bit strict, yeah a bit. We are not nearly as bad as last years class. The system did not do anything bad to them. The system is ignoring some of my civil rights and not encouraging whatsoever. Following an incident today, I knew the sytem needed help, desperately.

Thanks to you Maureen, I have changed my perspective about the well, very crappy situation. I just finsihed American Evita (A biography about Senator and pesedential candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton, her dark side, and determination. A very good book, I recommend it.)
and it inspired me. Then, after reading your blog, I was fully inspired. These things I see unfair and unencouraging to today's youth. I want to change the system, I want to be the change. And both your books, and yourself have inspired me. One day I want to be a leader, not of school, government maybe, but I want to make the system as great as possible. Not perfect, nothings perfect, but close enough that youth and children are inspired to reach their full potential and spread their wings and fly, fly, fly. That they feel safe and confident enough to speak up and stand up. That they fell the system is fair.

Excuse me for the long post Maureen, but i just want to thank you for being a great inspiration and conveying a message of helping and determination in your awesome books.

The system will be different someday, and I hope I can help make that difference. It wil be a long struggle but you have inspired me very deeply.


I don't quit. I keep going.
-Hillary Rodham Clinton

6:07 AM  
Anonymous Amani said...

I CANT BELIEVE I FORGOT TO PUT IN THAT YOUR MEETING THE WEASLEY TWINS YOUR SOO LUCKY!!! There my favourite characters in the harry potter books and in the movies! Wish i could be there! ONCE AGAIN FROM THE GIRL WHO USED TO HAVE PINK HIGHLIGHTS, AMANI

6:12 AM  
Anonymous Bridget said...

Wow! After watching the Wonder Woman theme song, I believe that we could totally have a new female candidate for president. Seriously, what's not to love? She can turn a hawk into a dove...clearly she has an exit strategy for Iraq. She has the power to "make the axis fold"...hello foreign policy with North Korea and Iran. And as a totally awesome feminist bonus, she "fights for her rights"...clearly she plans to uphold Roe v. Wade! Forget Clinton, my vote is going to Wonder Woman!

7:18 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Gee, I wish I had satin tights. All I have are crummy holey ones I got in Hong Kong for approximately sixty cents.

Good comment...good comment, hmm...well, I think I'd like to tell you and anyone else who might read this about a dream I had last night. I seemed to have traveled back in time, because I was reliving the first day of eighth grade. I wasn't as sorrowful as I had been, though, because I already knew that I'd have a pretty jokes year.

Anyway, so in my dream I kind of skipped forward to the next day of school, but for some reason it was already June and nearly the end of the school year! I was completely shocked, and I asked my locker buddy (who I don't particularly like--he's spoiled and mean, and practically a walking Abercrombie advertisement) what was the deal. He seemed surprised and confused by my question, saying quite calmly, "Um...the first day of school wasn't yesterday. It was about nine months ago."
"Nine months?! I don't remember the last nine months of my life?! I'm telling you, Mr. Abercrombie-I remember the first day of school as clearly as if it were yesterday, and my brain seems to think that it was yesterday. I remember you were wearing those Abercrombie red sweat-pants with the white insignia on your upper thigh, though I suppose that's not very significant since you wear those at least once a week...But do you see my point?"
"I certainly do not wear those pants once a week!" He turned to ask my other locker buddy about it, and the boy confirmed that he does indeed wear those pants very often.
"What about my problem? My nine-month-memory-block is way more catastrophic than your realization that you are not as fashionable as you seem to think!"
He ignored my panic, and then my French teacher walked by holding the leashes of at least a dozen Bichon Frise dogs. Then the dream ended. Isn't that frightening? At least my real-life-self remembers mostly everythng...or, at least, the major events of the past year. I think.

8:48 AM  
Anonymous Dawn said...

I know I can't really compete in this contest...I leave really poor comments. Hank and John rarely every respond to my often exclamation filled love for the Brotherhood, and when I leave Justine comments...they're usually not that respond-back-able. Respond-back-able? Meh. It's after midnight. I'm allowed to make up my own...stuff.

I'm also proud to be the single vote for the Devil costume! I mean, maybe it is kind of cheesy to match a book that you published when going to an event, but hey! It still could have worked. I'm sure it could have!

I'm glad for you that the one you wanted to win, did. Nothing can really match the feeling of getting what you want. :)

9:11 AM  
Anonymous Wes said...

Here's a guy's point of view: You're hot. And evil. That is all.

1:35 PM  
Anonymous Jaimie said...

Wow! Thos pics are awesome! Well anyway, I really was hoping that you could get some red glittery boots(kinda like dorthys but boots) Those would be totally awesome!!!!!!!!!It is sad that we always memorize random songs,commercials, and theme songs, yet when we go to school it is sooo diffucult for me to memorize poems!!!!!!!!!!!!Next time you see Scott Westerfield(sp)try to make him wear a Yoda costume to the next events. Also, Don't forget your camera!!I want pics of you dressed as Wonder Woman.That's all I guess... Have fun spinning!

5:30 PM  
Anonymous sockmonster sarai, the anti-librocidal maniac said...

Hi Maureen!

I had a moment of insanity that made me think of you! I was at the public library with a friend of mine, doing paperwork for the adult literacy classes and shamelessly evesdropping on the librarians. (Librarians have the best gossip! Wait'll you hear what Lord Byron did in the back of the pub with.. er okay, so that's not a pg 13 example...) But anyway. The afterschool program this fall is using "the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" for a project. They're going to read a chapter or so aloud once a week and then do a project based on the reading. The frazzled librarian running the program had two complaint letters regarding the book. One mother identified herself as Christian and wanted the book pulled because of the use of magic and mythical creatures; specifically the characters of Jadis (because she's a witch) and Mr. Tumnus (because he's a devil. Apparently Fauns are devils.) The other parent complained on the basis that the book is a Christian allegory, and the library has no business teaching Christian doctrine. How surreal and bizarre is that! The final outcome was a nice, reassuring letter to each parent that reminds them that the program is free and voluntary, and that families are free to choose which sessions to attend. Basically, they're not pulling the book.

9:44 PM  
Anonymous Sasha said...

I am a perfectionist. Therefore, this comment must be perfect. And what is more perfect than a song?

Oh, Girl at Sea,
What shall I say about thee...
If I were at sea,
Then you would be a girl like me.
At sea.
And a girl.
Who loves to twirl,
because I love to twirl,
And being a girl
You must love to twirl too
(Because who doesn't).
Oh, Girl at Sea,
What would you be
If you were not at sea.
Just a girl?
Or nothing at all.
A ponderous question.
Would you be
A girl in the city?
Or a girl in the country?
Or a girl on a plane
Flying over the sea?
Or just a girl,
Who loves to twirl.
Just like me!

There we go. A short song, from me to you. As you can tell, I will one day become a famous songwriter.

10:19 PM  
Anonymous Raelyn said...

so i came into the greenhouse my mom was trying to get deals on plants on, in hopes of finding a garbage can to throw my nasty tim horton's would-be cheesecake thing away... when i find a computer! in a GREENHOUSE! who knew? so i am pretending to be totally enthralled with lilac bacterial blight facts while really reading your blog. daring i know! go wonder woman and girl at sea!!! :D

1:55 AM  
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5:14 AM  
Blogger Jordyn said...

I am the queen of book recommendations. Not to be braggy or anything, but I am.
And recently my mother, who always states that she has "NO TIME" to read (and I always silently swear to myself that I will ALWAYS have time to read) went to Scotland.
Scotland is far away. The flying time is long. Much time for the flipping of pages.

So I said, "Let me give you a book to read."
And she said okay.
And I gave her 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES. And she (amazingly enough) read it. When she got home, I asked her if she liked it. Upon which she told me that yes, it was the perfect book to read for her Europe trip.
So I was pretty pleased with myself and I thought I should share that with you. Since, after all, you did WRITE the book.

5:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonder Woman rocks!

7:00 AM  
Blogger Laursie said...

As much as I would have loved the Magenta costume, Wonder Woman is a pretty good choice. I mean, who WOULDN'T want an invisible plane to fly? Or a Lasso of Truth?

I FINALLY got to read The Bermudez Triangle after it sat on my bookshelf for a month because I was preparing to read Deathly Hallows. I adore Parker, and my new favorite saying is, "The raccoon in me likes the shiny thing." Also, I thought it handled the topic of being gay and discovering your sexuality really well. But I thought it was more about friendships changing as you grow older and fall into relationships. Bartlesville doesn't know what it's missing...literally, since most of the people who restricted it didn't even read the book.

I am freaking out about James and Oliver Phelps being at DragonCon! And Matthew Lewis! Why oh why does it have to be Labor Day weekend? I have been in love with the Phelps twins since the first movie (they're only 3 days younger than me! ahh!) and it would be a half a lifelong...er, a dream from half of my life to meet them. You absolutely must get their autographs, MJ. Sigh...so close yet so far.

9:46 AM  
Blogger Kell said...

It is officially 3:10 a.m. Ohio time and I just returned from a bachelorette party. Woo!

I was away in remote Tennessee with next to no contact to civilization for nearly a week prior to last night (or this night, depending on how you look at it...but that's a whole nother comment) and I have two things to add:

A. I totally would have voted for the Leia Bikini, not because I'm a crazy huge star wars fan (although it is incredibly witty, which i enjoy), but more because that was the nature of the bet and that the outfit that was so hard to find came through in three different arenas! Like magic!

B. I'm soooooooooo jealous you get to meet the Weasley twins from the movie. Although they don't have ginger hair normally, so that I think would throw me off and I'd totally be standing right next to them and say something like "Hey! Those movie twin Weasley's have some nerve not showing up to this shindig." And then they'd hate me. I just thought I'd give you fair warning.

Anyway, you said to speak me mind, and while I'm not entirely sure my mind is clear and focused (mostly due to exhaustion and sore feet, not due to alcohol as some might think -- it's a family board people!!! [kidding]) I just left my two notes of interest.

Oh and good luck with Suite Scarlett. And travel safe!

10:49 AM  
Blogger Tobias said...

Although I still prefer Slave Leia and Tonks (you've got to love the pink hair), wonder woman is also made of awesome.

I just wonder what Scott thinks of this..... You did promise him you'd go in the Leia Bikini and now you don't. But I guess we'll have to wait to find out.

Now if you'll excuse me. I'm going to lie in our hammock reading a guide about how to survive a robot uprising (they are coming, you'd better prepare. And I don't think stun guns will do the trick!).

2:50 PM  
Blogger Tobias said...

a quick note: giving something away at random to whoever leaves the best comment is contradictory.

If you would give it away at random it wouldn't matter how good the comment is.

Ugh, I'm such an antfucker.

11:24 PM  
Anonymous Elizabeth said...

I just spent the afternoon erecting a 10ft pool (What can I say. I'm a sucker for end of summer sales. It's got a pump and filter and everything!) in my backyard. And then I bought an flip flop raft to float on in my new pool. But, alas, I now realize I have NOTHING TO READ in my new pool. A copy of Girl At Sea would solve my problem nicely, and it really strikes me as the kind of book that ought to be read while floating on a flip flip in an inflatable pool. If you send me a copy, I will send you a picture of me reading Girl at Sea on my flip flop in my pool.

11:25 PM  
Anonymous Katie R said...

The Weasley Twins? 'Ear 'Ear! Lucky Lady.

12:30 AM  
Anonymous jocelyn said...

Yay for the Weasley twins! Fred Weasley = my favorite fictional character EVER, pretty much. I cried on page 637 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (don't want to give it away for those who don't know what that is).

In other news, I am reading Catcher In The Rye, and I cannot figure out why it is a classic. It's an okay book, sure, but it doesn't seem like it's better than most of the other books on my (overflowing) shelves or in the stacks that I have had to make because my entire wall of shelves will not hold my books (but a new bookshelf is on its way to me now from a warehouse somewhere owned by Office Max! So I need books to fill it!). Now, Girl At Sea, that should be a classic! I enjoyed it sooooo much more than Catcher in the Rye. It seems so unfair that JD Salinger gets his books read by thousands of students in English classrooms everywhere but you do not. Then again, maybe it's a good thing; it's always harder to enjoy reading when it's required. But it wouldn't be if they picked more enjoyable books!

2:21 AM  
Anonymous Nikki Riggs said...

I guess I could be constituted as a brand new fan. My sister and I recently started reading your books, (devouring really) and I have not been able to get Girl at Sea yet. My sister is going to college in a few weeks and it would be the best present ever if I could present her with a signed copy of a book by her FAVORITE author. She is a great sister, always helping me out, and I have been debating for awhile what to get her for her help. Hoping you can help me out-

8:55 PM  
Anonymous Amy said...


This is totally off subject, but I have some very important information I wanted to make you aware of ASAP. (Okay, not really so important, but I still think you will think it is cool.) I just got back from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. I don't know if you have ever been there, but the first thing I wanted to tell you is that there is a Vespa store on the main drag. Delaware is, of course, famous for its tax-free shopping, so you could save a few bucks if you purchased there. But even more exciting than that was a discovery I made at the very cool Browseabout Books, the local bookstore. There was your "The Bermudez Triangle" with a special splashproof cover. What could be better than reading a great book at the beach with the slightly added protection of a splashproof cover?! I'm assuming you know that your book has been published this way, but I did not know about it until I saw the display and I showed it to everyone I saw. Great idea! Hope all of your books will be available this way.

4:18 AM  
Anonymous Mel said...

I, an avid book reader, search the internet (AKA amazon) constantly to find good books to read so when I go to the library, I have a good solid list of about fifteen books that I'm going to get. Why do I read so much, one may ask? My friends say 'cause I'm a booknerd (loving friends, might I add). But the real reason is that when I read a book, I want to disappear into another world. When I read 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES, I got not only to go to another world, but got to go to countries I'll probably never go to because I'm not from a rich family - I haven't even left the East Coast of the USA. While all my friends as off in Italy or in England, I'm stuck here, in my boring town, with hardly any interesting, exotic stories. But when I read your book, I got to visit these places and I've got to say: if I never do get to go to these places, I just want to say thanks for taking me there in my imagination. I'm not sure if you're still doing the free book thing but if you are, it'll mean a lot to have another piece of adventure to read, another place to go to even while I'm stuck here in my town.

6:46 AM  
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