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Friday, April 25, 2008

BAD WITH FOOD, GOOD WITH LOVE

Okay, seriously. I don’t ever want to pack my suitcase again. I know some people like a vagabond life on the road, riding the rails and sleeping rough and eating stew out of a can . . . but I am done for now. I have bounced from London to Bologna to DAPHNE’S WEDDING, to Texas, to Philadelphia for the election . . . and now I want to stay in the New York office for a little while and update my blog and eat snacks.



Me at the Texas Library Association Conference last week with fellow speaker Libba Bray and newfound friend "Scratchy Jack."


In fact, I just bought these little mint chocolate Tofuti Cutie ice cream sandwiches tonight. I love mint chocolate Tofuti Cuties, but I rarely buy them. It took me a while to get them home, and they really should have gone in the freezer for a while, but I really, really wanted one. And you know that way you can sometimes eat when no one is watching and you have something you really, really want . . . even if that something is a Tofuti Cutie ice cream sandwich that has long passed the solid stage. I am, on the whole, fairly decorous . . . but I abandoned all that and ripped one of those soggy things out of the box and now I have mint chocolate Tofuti Cutie on every single part of my body, including my knee.

So I am not at my best tonight. But I want to get back on the blog train. There are many things to tell you! Daphne’s wedding! Adventures in the Democratic process! Other stuff! Like . . . the real release of Suite Scarlett and all the stuff that comes with it! I have days and days of blog in me—and I am BACK. So I will start tonight and KEEP THE BALL ROLLING!

I should, however, give out some stuff first and foremost. And at the end of this, I will give out more stuff. I was slightly overwhelmed by the number of people who want Scarletts. I looked over at my pile and said, “Erp.” But I will do all I can to distribute what I have, and the books should be IN ALL STORES within the week.

But! PRIZES!

The ten sleep masks are going to:

Reader Rabbit
Kelly-Kathleen
Katie
Larisa
Lightforms
Jenn H
Emily
JK
Caillie
. . . and one anonymous person who left a question about the dining room in the hotel, which I cannot really answer here without giving too much info away.

And the randomly chosen winner of a signed copy is NINA, who wrote about herself in the third person.

Please e-mail me your names and addresses so that I can send your prizes at once!

Now, when you get behind on your blog because you have been in a near-constant state of transit for weeks, you also get behind on your e-mail. So when I sat here tonight reading through some of your precious letters, I discovered MANY GEMS. Including this one, which I though you guys would like, from a guy named Charlie.

(Not charlieissocool—though I have spoken to that Charlie as well. When I was in England a few weeks ago, minding my own business and settling down in front of the television with tea and biscuit to watch a little mindless programming about people buying houses, which is 90% of all British television . . . Charlie’s head popped on to the screen and started talking. His head was HUGE. Turns out, Charlie is in a commercial for BBC3. But I wasn’t expecting to see him. It startled me. Tea went in the air. Biscuit rolled under the sofa. I recovered, got a new cup of tea and biscuit, sat back down, and then . . . MY FRIEND GRACE DANGEROUS APPEARED ON TV. It was her old commercial, back again. Scene was repeated with tea and biscuit, and I was left wondering why I knew so many people in England who wound up on television. Is EVERYONE in England on television? Also, you probably think I have serious problems with food now, and I am starting to think you are right. I wrote to Charlie and reported this incident, and he advised me to hold my tea with both hands.)

Anyway, not that Charlie. Different Charlie. This is the note Charlie sent to me several weeks ago:

I recently found out that the favorite book of this girl who I am starting to date was something called "Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes." I was going to ask her to prom and wanted to ask her in a unique and creative way. I wanted to get to know her better, so I went out and bought your book. After reading the book, I came up with the perfect plan. I would create my own "Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes" and give them to her. I tried to follow what you did in the book, but I put my own spin on it. On each envelope, I put a direction as to when she needs to open that envelope. Inside each envelope is a special message to her or a date I have set up for the two of us. Dates ranging from going on walk on the beach, going to the zoo, or going to the theater. On the second envelope I put "Open Only When Told." So I sent her a dozen roses and in the card that came with the flowers, it said to open up that envelope. In that letter I told her how I felt about her and asked her to prom. She of course loved everything and said yes. I gave her my copy of your book with the envelopes and now the book is being passed from junior to junior at my high school. So thanks to your writing, I was able to ask her to the prom in a spectacular way and do something for her that she probably will never forget. She's keeping all of her friends updated on when she opens up each letter. She was ecstatic about everything!


What was that little pitter-patter in my chest? That was my heart growing EIGHT SIZES IN ONE DAY. How was this possible? How could I—notoriously the least romantic person in the tri-state area—inspire such an act of romantic wonderment?

I asked Charlie for more details, and he just sent me this excellent photo of he and his girlfriend at the prom. What an ad! I could have a whole career in setting up love matches! I could be the eharmony of YA!




READ MY BOOKS: GET RESULTS!


I’ve exhausted myself now. I need another Tofuti Cutie. Those things are small. I will be back in a MUCH MORE TIMELY FASHION with all kinds of important news . . . including THE BIG CONTEST ANNOUCEMENT!

To enter to win today’s signed copy of Suite Scarlett, simply leave a comment like last time. All comments welcome! Is there something you feel I must report on now that I am back on the blogging wagon? Something you need me to know? Do YOU need my now-famous LOVE ADVICE? Whatever! Just leave a comment, and one will be picked COMPLETELY AT RANDOM.

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111 Comments:

Anonymous Allyb said...

Sweet! Does Mrs. Amberson have something to do with JK? Idk why but she just reminds me of her.. except organic and buys her own tea

9:18 AM  
OpenID keisha-strick said...

I would very much like a copy of Suite Scarlett! I have to work tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day, and the next and the next... you get the point. This would brighten my outlook considerably! Thanks.

9:27 AM  
Blogger Meghan said...

Charlie's story is so adorable! If only the British boy I like so much would ask me out . . . sadly we tease each other mercilessly.

Moving on from my incessant rambling, I would very much love a copy of Suite Scarlett! I've been so incredibly busy lately (tonight I've had to memorize two scripts--one being a skit to perform in front of hundreds of people for a project, and the other being part of Macbeth for class). Needless to say, I've not had much time for errand running!

9:35 AM  
Anonymous Danica/Diamond D said...

Ahh! PROM. THIS WEEKEND. I'm so stoked, even more so after seeing that adorable picture.

As for things you need to blog about: DAPHNE'S WEDDING. I want to read all about it! Daphne Unfeasible is now Daphne Implosible!!

9:39 AM  
Anonymous Danica/Diamond D said...

(Wow, I spelled that wrong... You know what I mean.)

9:40 AM  
Blogger Breanna said...

Oh man those Tofuti Cutie ice cream sandwiches sound soooo good, and they should be with that mouthful of a name, lol. Granted I'm all ice creamed out having just eaten some Ben and Jerry's Phish Food, soooo nummy. I bet you're happy to be back!

Oh and Charlie's story was so cute!(and the picture of his girlfriend and him at prom is cute as well!) I wish a guy would do that for me. Now that I have twin daughters I'm not attracting any guys though, lol. All the love I need comes from my girls though =).

I'd love to win a copy of Suite Scarlett! Scarlett is one of my favorite names, one of my girls was almost a Scarlett. Wow, sorry for the long comment.

-Breanna
queenbloop@gmail.com

10:02 AM  
Blogger Jayme said...

cute story...ah, the memories of high schools (shudders inwardly)

ummmm...as for my random comment...i work at a library in Oklahoma and smile every time I see someone check out one of your books!

10:09 AM  
Anonymous Kayli said...

Winning a copy of Suite Scarlett would still make me possibly the happiest person ever, especially because I have not one but two tests tomorrow and one is in MATH.

And of course I could use your love advice, as the guy in question seems to delight in confusing me to no end, but I understand that this is normal guy behavior, so I am not unduly alarmed.

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Rose! said...

My friend Kate got me Suite Scarlett for my birthday, so I already have a copy, but if you give me a signed one, I'll give it to her, so we can both have one.

10:43 AM  
OpenID ohholyhorcrux said...

I want to know why ALL YOUNG ADULT WRITERS USE MACBOOKS. Ooohh It makes me all kinds of angry because I myself want to be a young adult writer but it seems that to be one, one must purchase and love [or in Libba's case, treat with respect for the Mac hotline] their Mac. I don't want a Mac... I either have to start a revolution or transfer all my ABBA files from Napster to iTunes. That would take so much time, Maureen. I can't be without ABBA that long. I just cant! What should I do?

10:47 AM  
OpenID alatarielsun said...

That is SUCH a sweet thing to do for a girl! I wish that someone had asked me out to prom that way...oh well. I still had fun at my senior prom. Even if it was three years ago.

11:06 AM  
Anonymous Beth said...

Tell us about Daphne's wedding! Was she beautiful? How was the food? Were there lots of writer-types around? Any interesting conversations?

11:14 AM  
Anonymous abba and mj fan said...

I love Tofutti cuties. Even more so now that I am lactose intolerant. Never had the mint though. Never even seen the mint in my store. I will now have to search them out.

Burning question I need to know the answer to: Which is the better ABBA song in your opinion? Gimme, Gimme, Gimme or Voulez-Vous? I can never quite decide between the two.

I'd love a signed Suite Scarlett, btw.

11:27 AM  
Blogger lightforms said...

A Huge ......AWwwwww!

props to charlie! and the kicker is that i feel your unromantic puzzlement. hilarious!

11:28 AM  
Blogger Katie C. said...

I just got my copies of Suite Scarlett and Girl at Sea in the mail yesterday, and I can't wait to sink my teeth into them! However, a signed copy would be totally jokes! :)

Here's to hoping the odds of randomness work out in my favor!

...I just had a very strong urge to sing Luck Be a Lady..but I will resist! :)

11:34 AM  
Anonymous JK said...

Yay! I won a sleep mask!

3:16 PM  
Blogger Rylie said...

I'd love a signed copy of Suite Scarlett!

5:20 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

Unfortunately, I am not on TV, despite being a much loved magician- However, I did a trick on a 4 year old girl in a pizza shop yesterday (at her request), and I think I have a new biggest fan. So it cannot be long now.
Rob

Ps. In that last photo, I really like Charlie's tie. I have been looking for a tie in that colour for AGES.

5:42 PM  
Blogger Elainareads said...

I'd love a signed copy of Suite Scarlett!!!! I'm dying to read it, I'm still begging my dear mom to buy it for me but she just won't listen.

5:47 PM  
Blogger Tara Parker said...

I gave my 90-year old grandmother 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES after I read it and she would very much like to read SUITE SCARLETT. And, as she says, she is a Young Adult at heart, so that should qualify her! (g)

5:48 PM  
Blogger Carrie said...

The Charlie thing is so CUTE! And I second the request to hear more about the white weddinghood.

Snarf.

Oh, and I would be the envy of all my friends with a signed copy of Suite Scarlett, so I've got my fingers crossed. My legs. I'd cross my arms, but then I wouldn't be able to type.

5:50 PM  
Blogger katesutton90 said...

I would absolutely love a copy of Suite Scarlett! (Do I get points if I beg? Because I so can. Or bribery, I will wash and kiss your feet, if that is what it will take! Pleaseeeeee:P)
xoxoxo

6:14 PM  
Anonymous Alyson Wonderland said...

I am still poor and I would still like a copy of Scarlett.

Something I must report on? Hmm.. well.. I'm lactose intolerant...and I like tofutti cuties and related products... and I have to report that the supermarket up the street doesn't carry them - and I don't drive, so if I want to buy dairy free ice cream I need to travel using public transportation to a supermarket the next town over and spend more money there...and they're usually melted when I get back... which is yet another reason why I'm poor and sad and cannot afford to buy Scarlett by myself at this moment.

Also, I never went to prom... and if I did, I doubt I would have ever found a date that knew how to read. I guess I do need love advice, then. I go to a school that's 96% female... I can has boyfriendz?

6:22 PM  
Anonymous Jasmine said...

If, by some weird force, this comment is picked, please choose another, because I already have both Suite Scarlett and a signed copy of Girl At Sea, and I remember how lonely it felt not to win anything. I just wanted to say that I loved the book (I rode my bike eight miles to B&N last weekend through the insane traffic of South Florida just to pick it up).
I'll mention the connection to Hamlet because of one thing--I just recently finished reading/watching it in my British Lit class, and have since been seeing it EVERYWHERE. I'm reading The Eyre Affair right now, and that brooding Dane pops up every once in a while, just as he was mentioned pretty frequently in Suite Scarlett (I hope that doesn't give much away, other than that there's a play). But seriously... I would have loved to see that performance. And Spencer. A lot.
Oh, and my favorite line ever: "Either that, or you've been reading my That's So Raven fanfiction again."
It was an ingenious convergence of sensibilities. Also, I couldn't stop laughing.
There were a lot of good throwaway lines, though. I won't write anymore, lest I allow something vital about the plot slip.
Toodles!

6:23 PM  
Blogger Savannah True said...

It's okay, you can keep the book... If I can have a Savannah-sized Spencer instead. =]

7:09 PM  
OpenID bellacaterina said...

I'd love a copy of Suite Scarlett, for I can't seem to get ahold of enough money for one right now. I read the first chapter of it on Inside a Dog, and I was hooked.

I just read Girl At Sea, and I loved it. I love all your books. :)

7:25 PM  
Blogger Pauline said...

Of course I would very much like a copy of Suite Scarlett! It's awesome!


Also: What happened to your podcast? It was great!

7:50 PM  
Anonymous HeatherMichelle said...

That was a really sweet story. I certainly wish that guys had done stuff like that when I was in high school!

8:07 PM  
OpenID edarra said...

Suite Scarlett!!! Keeping my fingers crossed...

8:27 PM  
Blogger Renata said...

I've been reading your books for a long time, and this Friday morning happened upon your website and blog. And how wonderful it is! I love your books (and was astonished to realize that there are a whole three of them that I have yet to read . . . Note to self: Go to B&N . . . NOW!!). The Bermudez Triangle has always been one of my favorites, and The Key to the Golden Firebird is one of the few books to make me seriously cry. Love them! Can't wait for more!!

9:23 PM  
Anonymous Cei Cei said...

Pick me PICK ME!

10:42 PM  
Anonymous Chelseyjane said...

i will totally still take a copy of scarlett. i saw it at borders the other day and it was beeyoootiful. and i wanted to hold it (i did) and take it home ( i did not, as that would be stealing.) . . .

:D

11:03 PM  
OpenID trudeau1031 said...

hey hey hey!

11:16 PM  
Anonymous jellybean said...

Yes, yes, needing a copy of Scarlett over here.

Question. When you travel, how do you avoid getting seated next to someone smelly/ill/terrifying on the plane? Notice I don't even want someone fabulous - just someone not scary. I am still scarred by a NYC-LA flight where my seatmate, a stranger to hygiene, took off his shoes and socks, then glued his feet to the seat in front of him for five hours. I choke at the memory.

11:33 PM  
Anonymous Kiersten said...

AWWWWWWW I WANT A CHARLIE!!!! I have a Joe, but he doesn't do cute stuff. I want a copy of Suite Scarlett! Also, are you going on tour for it? And if so, when are you going to the dates up on your spiffy new bulletins page?

11:39 PM  
Anonymous BUMMY BETH said...

AGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!. That is what I have to say about my awful day! I didn't event get my Entertainment Weekly magazine in the mail, and it's my Friday shining light, besides sleep! :( Now I'm listening to Doris Day and Judy Garland, reading MJ's blog and just feeling bummy- oh and someone's making snappy-shooty noises outside? Is it weird I'm not phased at all by them? Besides that, I didn't recieve the signed Suitte Scarlett book! :( MJ you tore my heart apart! So now I'm trying again to RECIEVE the SIGNED Suitte Scarlett! Besides having a poop week, I've never won a signed anything, and it would make me SMILE FURIOUSLY from ear to ear
:-D Hopefully things will get better around here, and you answer my pleads! :-{D

11:45 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

THAT IS SO SWEET. I know if a guy did something like that in relation to one of *my* favorite books, I would be swooning in no time. Or he could just recite some Shakespeare. heheh.

11:46 PM  
Anonymous Alysson said...

I would like a copy of suite Scarlett, plz! Also.. I have a few questions. Do you love Bonbel cheese (The little kind that come in circles wrapped in wax) and have you ever felt the urge to eat the wax as well as the cheese... I know I have.. instead I mold the wax into little hearts. It is of the utmost importance that I know your stance on the matter.

11:49 PM  
Blogger ambeen said...

I would love a copy of Suite Scarlett! I saw it at the bookstore and it was so shiny but I didn't have enough money for it. So sad. And then I find out today I didn't win it here either. But I was excited to see that you have more copies to give away! I would be thrilled if I was chosen.

12:07 AM  
OpenID dreamsnake21 said...

i'd like to enter to win a copy of suite scarlett, for my little sister.

12:17 AM  
Anonymous Charlie said...

Its interesting reading these comments about me, they're very flattering! I feel like casanova sometimes with the romantic ideas I have. If you thought the envelopes were cool, her birthday surprise I have planned out is even cooler.

12:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

awww...that's so sweet!! about the charlie who used your book to ask a girl to the prom!!

you must tell us about daphne's wedding (i mean, you said you would, yes?)!

*Emilee

12:35 AM  
Anonymous Nanner said...

Hey, i figured that I would try for Suite Scarlette again, because, well, why not, and also because my parents are telling me to stop buying so many books and to save my money for other things, like clothes. Maureen, I love everything that you write, but, sadly, i do not own any of your books! I REALLY want Scarlette!

love, Nanner

12:36 AM  
Blogger Hannah Rose said...

Maureen, I need help in the LOVE area, too! Desperately, in fact. Perhaps I will make my own little envelopes, and find someone sweet (or perhaps, 'suite') to send them to. But that's not what I want to ask you today:

Maureen, I want to tell you a story to start off with my question. Something I am very, very extremely upset about. For the past four months or so I have been working on finishing and editing a short story of mine, that I was going to submit to a local writing competition, the winners of which would get published in a small paperback book. So I was really REALLY excited. I mean, I think I've really got something good here!

So I write it, edit it, finish it, put a coverpage on it, tell EVERY SINGLE PERSON I KNOW ABOUT IT, and finally send it in.

...and I get a letter back. Telling me that they "forgot" to put up the word count restriction on the website with the rules, and that my story was too long and therefore out.

I'm kinda heart broken. I have NEVER entered one of my stories in ANYTHING. Also, I have never before let anyone READ my writing. So now I have to tell everyone it ain't happening. That part sucked quite a bit. I mean...THAT STINGS! So while nursing my wounds I was able to reread Suite Scarlett, which helped. (Can I just mention that one of the things I like best about your books is that your characters have PROBLEMS! And not huge catastrophic things like seeing their parental units murder or something from Law and Order, but things like no waffles on their birthdays, or having crazy old women steal tuna and blame in on them. It helps, honestly. But I do wish Scarlett the best, don't get me wrong.)

So I guess there's a question attatched to this. My story is 4,385 words long. In Times New Roman 12 point font it's 15 pages long. But...I SWEAR I've read shorts that are longer.

So question time: How long is a typical short story? When does something change from a short to a novella to a novel?

Of course I would LOVE to win something, and a SIGNED copy would be amazing, I would probably have to frame it or something, but an answer to my question would be pretty peachy too.

And..PLEASE TELL US ABOUT THE BIG CONTEST IN NEW YORK!


All my love,

Hannah Rose

1:01 AM  
Anonymous Caitlyn said...

I would like a signed copy of Suite Scarlett, please!

But I have two questions for you. One, is Mrs. Amberson somewhat based on JK? Because they seem uncannily alike. Two, can you tell us the story of setting yourself on fire? Your acknowledgements made me curious...

1:03 AM  
Anonymous Haddy said...

thats a sweet story
i want the give away
and do you know why scott westerfeld names all the planets in his short stories tau.

1:04 AM  
Blogger Hannah Rose said...

PS. I know I wrote a ton, something that I am now totally embarassed about, but: I THINK WE ALL HAVE HUGE CRUSHES ON CHARLIE! I can only hope someone will do that for me, someday.

1:05 AM  
Blogger rhymes with schmegan said...

I would like a copy of Suite Scarlett EVEN MORE than I would like to meet Rupert Grint.
Which is a lot.
Also, Tofuti makes the best ice cream. Ever. Yayyyy vegetarians.

1:12 AM  
Blogger SaMe said...

I am really craving some Tofuti Cutie ice cream sanwiches now, and I haven't even heard of them before.
And I think that Charlie's story was amazing and that the whole thing is obviously a sign. You have a gift!

1:46 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

still waiting for money, so I would loveee a copy of Suite Scarlett.

And I have never heard of Tofuti Cutie ice cream sandwiches. But if you say they are good, they must be.

And I was wondering, what is the most romantic thing that has ever happened to you? Anything like Charlie's?

1:53 AM  
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2:01 AM  
Blogger Alysa said...

Still dying for a free Scarlett. :)

2:03 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

I'm not the world's biggest tofu toter, but those Tofuti Cuties sound mighty nice.
Also, I'd love a copy of Suite Scarlett. My library is made of tragedy so I'm kind of running out of books to read.

2:06 AM  
Anonymous Raelyn said...

Tofuti Cuties... I'd never even heard of them, I still don't know what they look like exactly... but you've kind of made me want one REALLY bad. thanks a lot mj. they probably don't even sell them anywhere near where I live :( ;)

2:19 AM  
Blogger Carrie said...

I don't need any love advice, because I don't have a love life! Yay for simple lives!

Um. . so. . I have a question! Do you know what pudding pops are?

(That story about Charlie is adorable.)

2:25 AM  
Anonymous Miranda K said...

I still haven't read Suite Scarlett, and would love a signed copy!!! (this means i want to enter the contest)

-MiRaNdA K.

2:30 AM  
Blogger Hillary said...

I wanna win. I definitely want to read this.

2:33 AM  
Anonymous Kelsey said...

I haven't been able to read Suite Scarlett yet, or see any copy at all. Honestly, it is the one thing right now that I really want. It would be especially great to have a signed copy, so I'll keep my fingers crossed and my hopes up! I also need to introduce my sister to the wonders of Suite Scarlett which I've only yet heard of...Please send me a copy!! Please please please!

2:35 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Your heart grew! Like the Grinch.
(I mean that, of course, in the nicest way possible.) And as each and every other girl to respond to this post has, I feel I must comment on the utter, complete, insane adorable-ness of Charlie's scheme. But I think that I appreciate this adorable-ness especially, because of the lack of romance in the history of my life.
For instance, when I was nine, a boy told me that he liked me. He first, however, stole my favorite jacket and my Nestle Wonderball and I never saw either ever again.
And the first time a (different) boy asked me out, he did so on a series of post-it notes.
I'm certain that however (if ever) I am asked to prom, it will pale in comparison. Seriously pale. Me(bookworm of Irish heritage) vs. Model in Cruise Ship Commerial pale. I will probably be shouting at the guy, like, "Yeah, fine, I'll go... BUT WHY COULDN'T YOU BE MORE LIKE CHARLIE?"
He'd probably revoke the offer, in reaction to my demonic shouting. Hmm.
(Clearly, I could use your love advice...)
And, I could also use a copy of SUITE SCARLETT!
Please?
Don't I sound pathetic enough?
Read the comment again if you aren't sure. I am pathetic enough.

Caroline

2:37 AM  
Anonymous keziah said...

aww, charlie's story is adorable! if only there were guys like that at my school =[ i might actually be able to tolerate high school if that was the case...sadly, the closest to male interest in moi is their inexplicable obsession with provoking me into embarrassment. why do they find my reaction so fascinating?

cuties! love them =]

anyways, would totally love to win a copy of suite scarlett =] *crosses fingers*

2:51 AM  
Blogger Renee said...

Ok so this isn't really a question just a comment...

I'm going to Europe this summer and I'm pretty much really stoked!

I love going on vacation, but I REALLY enjoy coming home. I'm not a Forest Gump girl. ("Vacation is where you go away and you never ever come back.")
Anyway, There goes my two cents!

3:40 AM  
Anonymous Erin W. said...

Hi!! I still want a copy Suite Scarlett, same as the last contest...kthxbai

3:45 AM  
Anonymous Erin W. said...

And I'm going to leave one more comment because the little verification thinga-majig is really funny...the first six letters are "eelsru" which strikes me as extremely funny because, contrary to what the verification thing says, I am not, in fact, an eel.

3:47 AM  
Anonymous allyw said...

Holy ADORABLE!
Charlie needs to come to my school and give the guys some lessons!
And I'm still hopelessly Scarlettless. :(

4:00 AM  
Anonymous Faith said...

I have a blog topic! Many of your books feature girls doing something slightly... not what they're supposed to be doing... illegal or simply frowned upon. Tell us some of your bad girl MJ stories! We've all heard about you and Kate in Paris, and we know the Catholic school drudgery, but come! What else?

Also, consider this an official entry in the WIN SHINY NEW SCARLETT contest.

4:04 AM  
Anonymous danielle said...

I'd really love a copy of Suite Scarlett.

4:35 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

Awwwww Charlie's story is so sweet. I would love it if a guy did that for me.
I just read (and finished) 13 Little Blue Envelopes. I absolutely loved it! Also it made me more stoked for going to Europe next year (my friends and I are planning a trip).

P.S. I would LOVE a copy of Suite Scarlett!!!!

4:41 AM  
Blogger Heather♥ said...

me wants a copy of Suite Scarlett! Also, I would like to thank you profusely for introducing Charlieissocool to me! He is HILARIOUS!!!! And I love English accents, so that's always a bonus. Thank you thank you thank you! Now I have something else funny to watch beside Brotherhood 2.0

5:01 AM  
Blogger Reese said...

awwwww.

that's so nice.

6:24 AM  
Blogger balexa said...

I would ABSOLUTELY LOVE a copy of Suite Scarlett!!!!!!!I should start telling guys what my favoritte books are!!Also,I pretty much used to live off of tofuti cuies!!!

7:16 AM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Copy of Suite Scarlett + me = my extreme happiness and complete adoration of you. Not that I don't already adore you. I don't adore you in a creepy way though. You know what I mean. Whatever. I will stop talking now. Or typing. Same difference.

7:36 AM  
Anonymous AJ said...

If you were to write a novel about a zombie apocalypse, would your main character most likely be:

A)A zombie that never quite fit in with the other undead and rises up and saves the world from the rest of the zombies.
B)An anatomy expert that becomes rich by selling armor to protect the most edible parts of the human body.
C) A nun that can fly.
D) An insane man that survives by eating zombies before they can eat him.
E) All of the above.

8:15 AM  
Anonymous Marlena said...

awwww! NERDFIGHTERLIKE!

8:45 AM  
OpenID theteenageangel said...

A copy of Suite Scarlett.. *sighs, and dreams of the impossible*

I need one, Maureen. Truly, I do.


^^^, Sarah and penguin (who refuses to let go of the fish)

12:32 PM  
Anonymous Nuwon Wearspants said...

I don't remember what I wrote last time, but since it is 7:30 in the morning I am slightly less witty.

So - Suite Scarlett would be really awesome. I went by my local B&N but did not happen to find one. Alas.


On Libba Bray's blog, she revealed some embarrasing details of her adolescence. I was wondering if you would ever do the same for your readers...

5:20 PM  
Anonymous Cortney T said...

MJ, I would love a copy of Sweet Scarlett. It would make my day, no my week, no my MONTH! Maybe even my whole year, and being a poor student, I have no money to spend on such luxuries as books...all my money goes towards gas in my car.

5:32 PM  
Anonymous Katie said...

Of course, I would love a copy, just as I commented before. I will weep big beluga tears of joy if I win...just you watch!

6:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I would like to have a copy of Suite Scarlett!! My Barnes and Noble doesn't have it yet either. And my birthday is soon...

Sarah W.

6:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

0keydokey sooo first I have to post this cause her email doesn't work but... you owe me a a dallar shaylaluna I know makes no sence but we had a bet going which kinda invalved how many people posted on the last blog while we were waiting in line for our spring pitures and our friend looking at us very strangly which isn't relly new but anywho I am upset cause you didn't pick me but I checked with my mom and she said its ok if I enter aslong as you dont send my email adress spam ( please don't i have dial up and my computer is ooober slow)
I think that is the cutest thing in the world the whole charlie thing i wish my crush would do that with like shakespeare or something like that... hehe my crush using shakespeare thats funny

also i'd like to say Im mad at my jonny depp sweeny todd loving friend who so kindly as we were making chocolate for my cusins baby shower decided " ooo I should call all the people I(guys)hate and tell them she is madly in love with them"which she did and ended up convicing one of them and also I found out that this one guy in my algebra class ( who she calld and said that I love him) diched class and went to palm springs interesting isnt it

well on top of all this fun stuff the constuction workers decided hay lets start working on the house because we're behind schedual at 7:oo in the morning on a frekin saturday
anywho morle of this story suite scarlette and the dallar from my friend should make my day
im going to stop writing cause i write to much and is going to take a page for this post to be published

10:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry the last one was from me karozo

10:44 PM  
Anonymous cei cei said...

i would love to have Suite Scarlett, signed or not, the only way i have to get it is through this; because my mom's hours got cut so we don't have enough money for books, and it would mean a lot to me if i could win this one thing.

10:47 PM  
Anonymous Becky S said...

i would LOVEEE a copy of suite scarlett!! also, i was wondering if you had any tricks to destress... i'm a junior and have WAYY too much stuff to be doing... thanks!

10:59 PM  
Anonymous VT GIrl said...

Please please please, I want one!

12:32 AM  
Anonymous Sarahluna said...

Maureen! Help me! Zombies are coming to eat me! They're pounding on my door, pounding and pounding. I fear they are after one of your books. Perhaps if I had a signed one, they would go away?

I like my brains. Please, help this worthy cause!

1:13 AM  
Blogger Bria said...

Oh i would defintely join your eharmony. Love in the booklane!

2:13 AM  
Anonymous amani~a said...

Hey Maureen! I would love a copy of suite scarlett :P

3:20 AM  
Anonymous Rema said...

Hey! I would really like a copy of suite scarlett, ireally loved the story about Charlie and his great idea it's so cool how he came up with the idea :)

3:23 AM  
Anonymous shaylaluna said...

Oh my gosh mj. I want a book so badly. I totally need one cause I owe 4 of my friends presents(long story) and now I own Katherine a dollar. Perhaps if I won a copy of the book I could lend it to Katherine and she would nto still want a dollar.

3:25 AM  
Blogger chantel simmons said...

Is Tofuti Cutie Ice Cream made of Tofu? And if so, why? Isn't tofu supposed to replace meat? So does Tofuti Cutie Ice Cream taste like meat? Are there different flavours - like Beef Bourgignon and Chicken a la Zombies?
PS I'm excited for your SS - your books are like the pink shoes of storytelling. Totally coveted.

3:45 AM  
Blogger Little Willow said...

That's pretty fantastic. Good job, Charlie.

3:46 AM  
Anonymous AJ said...

I saw Suite Scarlet at the bookstore today, but I didn't get it because I'd already posted here. And a signed copy would be so cool! I did get 13 Little Blue Envelopes though. I haven't started reading it yet, but it looks really good.

4:52 AM  
Anonymous Pickle said...

hi maureen,
besides wanting to read Suite Scarlett, i would love to hear about your travels and what it's like knowing other amazing YA authors like yourself. is it wierd being frineds with some of your competition?

5:00 AM  
Blogger Penny said...

I didn't mean to call you a genius on my book review and summary blog. It just happened. What kind of mind tricks are you using?

http://readingthetreeleaves.blogspot.com/2008/04/i-almost-dont-want-to-say-maureen.html

Here's to hoping my students pay attention for once and buy your books.
--Penny

5:18 AM  
Anonymous Kiki-la said...

I just finished reading Suite Scarlett! Arguably my favorite book you've ever written. You know, Mrs. A reminds me a lot of Jk Rowling... Could this be some sort of secret message? Must go reread it looking for secret ways to destroy her and save Alan Rickman.

5:21 AM  
Blogger Shausto-la said...

aww..such a cute love story. and I'm sure they're thrilled that their story is now all over the internet for everyone to read and for them to be embarrassed by many years later. :D

but i must admit a copy of Suite Scarlett would be lovely, especially since i blew all my money on a book spree recently and my supplies have not yet been replenished. not to mention the grumpy book store lady who still doesnt like me and refuses to tell me when Suite Scarlett comes in.

in other news, i just found out today that dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors. I dont quite know why, but I found that rather amusing. It's actually pretty gruesome when you think about it..but in the end, duelling is pretty fawesome. I may move to Paraguay someday just for that.

8:27 AM  
OpenID ohholyhorcrux said...

I just bought Tofuti Cutie's due to how much you raved about them on here and I think you should know that it's probably going to be the death of me. These things are AFREAKINGMAZING. I don't even know what to do with myself now. Thank you for being the best go-to on the vegetarian/vegan ice cream front. You win.

8:54 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

How do you stay up (to finish work) when you are very, very tired?

Also: mint chocolate is quite possibly the best flavor combination in the world. (It's possible!

10:53 AM  
Blogger Sarahbear9789 said...

Charlie's story is so adorable.
I would love a signed copy of Suite Scarlett. It would make my week.

12:25 PM  
OpenID jackiedogs91793 said...

Yumm i love mint chocolate, although i've never had a mint chocolate Tofuti Cutie ice cream sandwich I'll try to find them in the grocery store! UMMMM... UHHH... O yeah i would really, really, really, really, like a copy of Suite Scarlet, pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease! I love your books, and when the library has them on the shelf i freak out, and grap it as fast as i can, even though there is usually no one else there. So please i would really like a copy of the book, bitte bitte bitte!!! (please please please in German!)

8:16 PM  
Anonymous Caryn said...

Smart girl, going for the nice guy. :-) I love that he put so much thought into asking her. It will be a story for a long time to come.

8:38 PM  
Blogger ari :o) said...

Ok, so I really need your book because frankly, my love life stinks....well, ok I guess something nonexistent can't have an oder, but still! And so not only do I desperately want to read it because you are a good writer, but also because also your amazingly awesome matchmaker skills would be highly appreciated!

10:14 PM  
Blogger courtneylynne said...

I would love a copy of you book.
Because, I was hungry, so I put a potato in the microwave. When I got it out, I dropped it on my foot. Then the dog ate it. So now my foot is burned, and my dog ate my potato.

Somehow, I guess that means I should get a copy of your book? It would definitely make me feel better.

11:35 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

i literally just started crying. please see my email, mj.

erin

11:38 PM  
Anonymous Hillary! said...

I want Suite Scarlett because I need soething else to do onther than sit in my room all day picking my nose.;)

11:53 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

It wasn't ispired by your book (because it hadn't even been written yet) but I actually asked my prom date in almost exactly the same way. I had a long set of riddles and tasts that led everywhere, an she had no idea who was leading her around school and town on this hunt, so I obliged to help her solve it... There were a few instances where I planted things as we walked by, and then pointed to them and said, "hey, what's this?" All of my friends helped as well, and at the end when I asked her out, she almost cried.

13 LBE did inspire me though, and now I am moving to Germany to travel Europe in August, and my girl (not the same one, although I have known her since high school- 9 years) is leaving in one month's time. She will go and apply to schools there, I will continue to work here and send money until she gets a job. If it had not been for that book, I wouldn't have the desire to go and see half of the places in there. So wish us luck.

Oh, and I would like a copy!

1:22 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

How funny - I JUST finished a tofuti ice cream sandwich myself. And boy, did I enjoy it. :]

3:39 AM  
Blogger Kayley said...

That's such a sweet story. :)

Libba Bray is actually somewhat responsible for my current relationship. I was reading the comments on her blog and discovered one by a girl named Kayley (my name, spelled exactly the same) who was like "Hi Libba, I'm the girl you met at the Lake Forest Park book signing who told you about my brother Andrew Hyde who was in that indie movie, Zombies of Mass Destruction!" And I was all, OMG, a) I was also at that book signing, and b) I think that guy Andrew lives on the floor below me in my dorm. So I struck up a conversation with him about the craziness of our coincidences, and now we've been dating for two and a half months. :)

You crazy YA authors and your incidental matching abilities!

6:32 AM  
OpenID kuki-skoldpadda said...

... this cutie tofutie business intrigues me.. I'm not a vegetarian, but that fact doesn't keep me from enjoying vegetarian food stuffs ... I should probably just convert... but that is where my indecisiveness kicks in... oh well... i need a mighty good dose of guilt to scare me off meat for good...

how goes life for free monkey and his cousins?
and your microbe?... omg!!! i gifted one of them to my best friend this past christmas... T4 if I remmeber correctly... I'm expecting penicillin, or a brain cell for my birthday... yayness! i just randomly remembered that... awesome!

... *yawn* I am going to lie on my ceiling now... to dredge up old memories and enjoy the "tropicalness" of my home.
and, no... tropicalness is not a word...

1:17 AM  
Blogger Lexi Lou said...

Hi Maureen. I have a little story to tell you:

There once was a girl with brown hair and green eyes, who had a cat that thought she was a chinchilla. Now, one day, the girl with brown hair, green eyes and the chinchilla-cat wanted a book called Suite Scarlet, but her mummy said no because the bookstore was too far away. So the girl asked the chinchilla-cat what she should do, and the chinchilla-cat said:
'You should ask the author'. At least, that is what we assume the chinchilla cat said, since I don't speak chinchilla... or cat. So the girl with the brown hair and green eyes did. And then Atlantis sank. The end.

Don't you love happy stories?

3:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Maureen,
I love, love, LOVE your blog!
And I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all of the books of yours that I have read. Unfortunately, I have not been able to read the Bermudez Triangle, it's not at the library, only on our "Book Mobile" and (I feel silly to admit) I do not get how you access books on the book mobile, when they do not come to your school (as they do not come to mine, I think).
And I have not read Suite Scarlet, because it is not at the library yet, and I haven't yet seen it at the book store. So...
I would absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to have a copy of Suite Scarlet.
Anna

6:51 AM  
Blogger Kimber Alice said...

I would love to be entered to win a signed copy of Suite Scarlett.

8:04 AM  

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