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Saturday, June 21, 2008

ROXY STUDIOUS

Regular readers of this blog may notice that I’ve gone slightly off the rails again! Yes, I am in a huge DEADLINE HOLE, finishing up work on the first draft of Suite Scarlett 2.

Before I tell you this week’s exciting story, let me get a whole bunch of business out of the way—because just because I am deep in the hole doesn’t mean that the world stops. There’s been loads going on that I need to tell you about.

DEPARTMENT OF SCARLETT’S ELEVEN

Scarlett’s Eleven—my crack team of Alan Rickman-freers and Scarlett supporters—has made this video, and it has EVERYTHING! Grandmas! Cleavage! Rule breaking! A dude without a shirt on! A cat that can read! Charlie the ferret!



DEPARTMENT OF PRIDE

I’ve wanted an audiobook FOREVER. Now I am getting TWO of them! In fact, one’s already out! The Bermudez Triangle is now available for your EARS. In fact, it’s a summer audio pick at Logo online, the LGBT network! (The other audiobook is Suite Scarlett, which is currently in production. I’ll let you know when that’s available.) Mostly, when I saw this I was delighted to find that I am featured on the same page as John Barrowman, better known as “that really hot guy from Torchwood and Doctor Who who makes out with everyone and everything.”

What a happy coincidence that it came out at the exact same time as the wonderful DAY OF MARRIAGE in California! I made this offer on Facebook, but I want to make it here as well. I want to get certified to marry people, and then offer my services to all takers. I am happy to marry people dressed as Wonder Woman, any member of Abba, classic Princess Leia (white outfit, not the bikini), John Green, or any other of your favorite characters! (Does anyone know how you actually go about getting certified to marry people? I MUST KNOW.)

In other awesome news on this front, my friend Winchester Grey invited me to be in the Gay Pride Parade in New York City with his group! This has been my DREAM for YEARS. So next Sunday I will be one of the thousands of people walking under the rainbows down Fifth Avenue. How happy am I? So happy. Of course, I may be writing AS I AM WALKING, but that is another matter . . .

DEPARTMENT OF CHARLIEISSOCOOL

Charlie sent me a note the other day, when my brains were dribbling out my ears. “I knew I had to send this video to someone as soon as I found it,” it said. “You have been chosen, please pass on the message.”

When Charlie sends you a video and asks you to pass on the message, it has to be done. And I think it also shows how well Charlie actually understands me, because I was compelled to watch this ten times in a row without blinking. This is exactly what my brain feels like on a deadline.



DEPARTMENT OF JELLYFISH

I told you so.

DEPARTMENT OF CLICK THIS TWO HUNDRED TIMES

Just keep clicking here. You’re welcome.

DEPARTMENT OF GIVING OUT BOOKS

Today’s winner: alysa

I feel so bad about how long I took to give out this book that I am going to give out THREE BOOKS this week. Yes, THREE random commenters will get books! Comment! And have you entered the sweepstakes yet? Do that too!

And now . . . let me tell you today’s story.

So I basically had a brain melt this week. It’s been coming on for a while now. I have been writing and writing away, but it turns out that your brain needs the occasional pause or it decides to stop working correctly. (Or at least mine does.) If you don’t take the pause, it takes it for you. So I was sitting there at my desk, and the world inside my head was a soft, sunny, rabbity place, not hugely productive.

In addition, it has always been the policy in the mj Office that I do everything. I read all the e-mails and answer them. I do the Facebook friending, the myspace clicking, the sending out of books and things . . . but the other day I was feeling it. I had piles of books everywhere, Scarlett notes in all directions, fifteen cups of tea, a thousand unanswered e-mails, and I may have been on fire. Scarlett two wasn’t done. My brain was dead.

“Someone help me,” I said out loud in a low voice.

And then, far in the distance, I heard a low rumble. I looked out my window to see what it was. There, on the street, was a girl dressed entirely in pink motorcycle leathers and a helmet and sitting astride a silver Vespa. She stood on the seat and made a leap for my fire escape, pulling herself up rung over rung until she was at my window.

At first I thought it was J.K. Rowling, because that only makes sense. She’s the only one who tries to get in through my fire escape. I mean, Free Monkey goes out and swings on it on occasion, but basically, it’s the J.K. entrance. So when this strange figure arrived, I immediately said, “I have no jam here. Get out.”

The figure handed me a hard that simply read, “Roxy Studious.” It was not J.K.

“Hello,” I said.

Roxy just stared at me. I could see nothing through the shiny black of her helmet.

“Are you . . . um . . . what are you doing here?”

Again, she said nothing. She just walked over and started sorting my piles of books. Then she cleared away the 15 cups of tea, brought me a fresh one, shoved me aside, and started updating my myspace page.

“Oh,” I said. “Okay. I’ll, uh . . . I’ll take these pages of Suite Scarlett 2 over here and I’ll just . . . I’ll edit them. Over here.”

Nothing. Just the sound of keys being hit in a brisk manner.

When I looked up next, she was straightening my cluttered desktop. And after that she was doing some shredding. Then, as quickly as she came, she went right back out the window and got back on her Vespa.

I think she may be my assistant now. I really don’t know.

I don’t know exactly what she’ll be doing or how long she will be staying, but if Roxy answers you, she will identify herself. If the note says “mj,” then it’s me. I guess, anyway.

Okay. Get commenting. I think I need questions to answer! I think my brain is coming back on!

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96 Comments:

Anonymous SAMantha said...

loved the video. i hope roxy comes back.

11:43 PM  
Blogger swiss_miss said...

BARACK OBAMA HELD YOUR HAND WHEN YOU WERE FRIGHTENED.

thats def my favorite one....i spent a while going through all of them, and made the executive decision to select the above as my favorite. i think it serves its purpose.

11:55 PM  
Blogger Crypt said...

That was awesome. Also I really want a book! It's not out in the UK :(
And as awesome as it would be to be married by you dressed as John Green, my girlfriend would probably not like it..:'-(
-Rob

12:11 AM  
Anonymous Kiersten said...

I wouldn't trust that Roxy Studious just yet. How do you know she is not actually a henchman of jk's (or jk in disguise?) You should make her do something to prove her loyalty to you. Also- I'm watching Die Hard. Yey Alan Rickman!

12:19 AM  
Anonymous Kiersten said...

P.S. A question of dire importance: Who's better Edmund Pevensie or Prince Caspian? I say Edmund.

12:20 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

OH GOOD. YOU HAVE TWITTER NOW. MWAHAHAHAHAHA. I have Twitter too. Twitter is fun. I usually either ignore it for months or post on it every two seconds. Depends on my mood.

I wish Barack Obama paid my speeding ticket. :P
YAY PRIDE PARADE!!!! I saw the most awesome story about these two little old ladies who finally got married. It was enough to make me teary. :D

12:20 AM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

I would be sufficently jazzed if I received a book!!! Plus, Barack Obama Is Your New Bicycle should be everyone's homepage--it really brightens your day. Hope all's well in the UK!

12:26 AM  
Anonymous megan said...

Okay, so...I have recently been rereading Girl at Sea (for about the billionth time), and yesterday I came across something that I had somehow missed before and confuses me. On page 231, Aidan says (about the Great Pyramid of Giza), "It makes the exact center of the world..." After reading this, my brain told me something wasn't right, and I paused for a moment before realizing - the Earth has no center. It is a ball. Right? So, needless to say, I don't get it. Could you please explain it? And maybe let me know if I'm just stupid?

1:04 AM  
Anonymous Diamond D said...

I think those skeletons are what the White Stripes would be if they were French and had no flesh.
And did I see a dancing pineapple, or is my brain playing tricks on me again??

Thanks for sharing that website! I'm going to spend the next few hours of my life clicking away.

And congrats on the audiobooks! I'm totally gonna jump on it (meaning jump on the bus to get to the bookstore so I can purchase them).

1:13 AM  
Blogger TheNerdDilettante said...

I have just one question: Why did Clio put on pants?

1:18 AM  
Blogger Hillary said...

I loved the videos! I can't wait until I get a chance to get Suite Scarlett!

1:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TELEFRANCAIS!
When I was in high school, we watched that show all the time. Singing skeletons and dancing pineapples are ALWAYS entertaining.

1:37 AM  
Blogger LibraryHermit said...

I just read Girl at Sea the other day. It was SO GOOD!!

2:07 AM  
OpenID dragonarider said...

That is pretty weird, wow. I would love Roxy Studious to come in the middle of a school year. It's when I feel like everything is going to blow up.

I watched that video charlieissocool sent you, I feel like that right now too. I love that video.

2:26 AM  
Anonymous Brioney said...

Could you perhaps marry me TO John Green...while dressed as John Green?

2:40 AM  
Blogger Molly 18 said...

I loved sweet scarlett I actually really like all of your books. I was wondering what would be ur dream summer vacation? I think the one in Girl at Sea would be awsome! except with out the killer jellyfish..

2:43 AM  
Anonymous Karen said...

Yay for the Suite Scarlett video! :)

Also, I'm really happy that your books are going to be audio tapes now. I LOVE books on tape and can't fall asleep without them. And they are so handy when you have to multitask. Do you get any say in who narrates them?

-Alley Kat

PS.. Pineapples are my favorite fruit. Yum!

2:52 AM  
Blogger lightforms said...

How about two people dressed as John Green being married by you dressed as Wonder Woman? The only thing about these darn parades, btw I'm envious, is that they clog up the streets when I'm trying to get across town! I don't know how often they have them over there, but it seems like every time I go into the city here in SF.

4:05 AM  
Anonymous Lolobelle said...

Wait wait wait....Are you saying this creepy stranger lady just walked into your office without saying anything and just did work for you? WOW!! I want a Roxy!!

4:12 AM  
Anonymous Hannah said...

I want a Roxy too! Does she have siblings?

And that Scarlett’s Eleven video - haha that was funny. Why aren't video camera's allowed into the store?

4:22 AM  
OpenID killersmile said...

Okay, as soon as you learn how to marry people, you should marry me to . . . whatever I find to marry. Dressing up as a nerd-tastic person sounds AWESOME.

And I would like a book, pretty please.

And YAY for audio books (though I prefer reading . . .).

Question:
-What's the first thing you think when you wake up in the morning?
-What genre of books do you like to read the best?
-If you could only read one author for the rest of your life [not you], who would it be?
-What's your favorite breakfast cereal?
-S'mores or brownies?
-Posterboard or oaktag?

4:28 AM  
OpenID reader-meg said...

Click. Click!
That's kind of addictive.

4:29 AM  
Anonymous katiek said...

TELEFRANCAIS!!! Talking pineapples ftw!!!!Basically that's the best thing about french 1, I didn't get to watch it in any of my other french classes. :(
My english sub got a marriage license (is that the correct term?) on the internet (i think). He said it cost like 25 dollars. He was the best sub ever, he was once a NBA star, an ap english teacher, he married former students (in the sense that he was the priest type whatever person, NOT actually marrying them lol that would be awkward), and told us that reciting poetry is the way to find true love.
p.s. still would LOVE LOVE LOVE a copy of Suite Scarlett.

4:31 AM  
Blogger Elainareads said...

I love the Scarlett Eleven video. With my new job at the bookstore I now have the honor of seeing Scarlett everyday, sadly I still do not own it. However, with my first pay check (which hopefully will come soon) I am so going to buy it because the book talks to me and it really wants me to buy it.

=D

4:56 AM  
Anonymous Laura said...

Hello Maureen...or Roxy.

I have a small inquiry about zombies, since you seem to know quite a bit about them. What do you think is the best way for zombification to occur? And by best I mean, which is the most entertaining, not necessarily the one you would like to undergo. Though, your answer to the latter would be very nice to read as well.

-Laura

4:57 AM  
Anonymous pepsivanilla said...

Even though I've already seen the Barack Obama site, I am now totally addicted to it AGAIN!

5:18 AM  
OpenID bellacaterina said...

I hope that your brain doesn't melt, as John Green's has been apt to.

Good luck!

5:31 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

A) If your brain hasn't turned into complete goo before, it probably won't now. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you, nevertheless.
B) I've been clicking on the Obama site for a solid 7 minutes, which is more than most anything aside from books or movies can hold my attention.
C) Your blogs make me smile.

The end.

5:41 AM  
Blogger Judy said...

When I click on the Charlie video, it says "We're sorry, this video is no longer available."
:(


Roxy sounds a lot like Pinkie Tuscadero...except that she does office work instead of racing cars...

5:45 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Oh.. my bad. You wanted a question... Hmmmm.....

What's your favorite letter in the alphabet?

5:45 AM  
Anonymous Jessica-ca-ca said...

When is Free Monkey going to go on another trip around the world. I'm missing his pictures and stories. :]

6:01 AM  
Blogger Mego said...

that would be so awesome if you were able to marry people!

and i would love a boooook!

keep on working on SS2! you can do it!

6:06 AM  
OpenID crazy-gabrielle said...

I saw a pink tazer at the store the other day. I just thought you should know.

6:18 AM  
OpenID lijuun said...

BUT I DON'T WANT A CUPCAKE, BARACK! I DON'T LIKE CUPCAKES! But, um, thanks for warming my car up for me. That was nice.

I can't stop refreshing that stupid page now. Thanks for that, MJ.

6:27 AM  
Anonymous Marie C. said...

This site will ordain you for free. As an ordained minister, you are officially qualified to perform legal wedding ceremonies.

http://www.themonastery.org/?destination=ordination

6:29 AM  
Blogger chanel.wa said...

Okay, this is seriously the last time I will type this question:

What music is played most in the YA Mansion? Who plays what? What do you play? Who's the loudest?

And, by the way, I really need a assistant/handy-dandy-magic-toolbox/magician like Roxi. Next time you see her, make sure to tape her up and send her to me. Either her or one of those fawesome Suite Scarletts you have stored up. It's up to you, MJ.

Please and Thank You,
Chanel~wa

6:34 AM  
Anonymous Nuwon Wearspants said...

I just got back from Florida!

I would loooove a copy of Suite Scarlett. It would just make my day.

I haven't been able to read your blog while I was gone.

What are your favorite classics?

Are there any spats/"wars" between YA writers? Like a group of your friends who don't get along with another group?

6:46 AM  
Anonymous poodle649 said...

Hi Maureen. Do you think I can borrow Roxy on one of her off days? I think we'd get along great, thanks!

7:04 AM  
Anonymous Haley said...

This Roxy Studious sounds like a wonderful, if rather quiet, person, and I would love to have one just like her. If you find out she has an identical twin, send her my way. Also, I would love a copy of Suite Scarlett.

7:07 AM  
OpenID allmightypen said...

Hey MJ. Your blog makes me so happy. You see, my bestfriend is moving far away, and It just hit me a few minutes ago that she really was moving. It hit me like a mac truck. Like an open cupboard door, like Alan Rickman running from J.K. Rowling with a stun gun in her hands. The point is, it hit me. And I started to cry. But then, I looked at your blog and I was happy again. So, the point I'm trying to make MJ, is that you rock harder than ABBA, Stun Guns, and Vespas combined. Which is pretty hard. So, thanks for making me feel better.

P.S. How are things going on the Free Alan Rickman front? I can lend you and the Scarlett's Eleven a bulldozer from my Dad's company if you need one. Just say the word.

8:08 AM  
Anonymous Leahr said...

You friend people on facebook? really?

Question:
how could you possibly mistake Roxy Black for JKR? That's like mistaking Hank for John. Or Barack Obama for Alan Rickman.

Can I have a copy of Suite Scarlett now?

8:52 AM  
OpenID becca-lovesyou3 said...

i think its random, but just in case your giving away of suite scarletts isn't random, i want to put in my reason for why i really need to read this book right now. i, becca garry, am living in a hotel. i'm moving this august and our renter already moved into our house, so we're kind of homeless and have just currently picked homewood suites as our place of residence... now, don't get me wrong, this hotel is probably not as cool as the hopewell (but since i haven't read the book i wouldn't really know...), but i think i could def relate to scarlett. so yea :]

9:23 AM  
Blogger courtneylynne said...

So, I was reading some of your old blogs, and I found one where you talked about how your phone always typed in 'werewolves', instead of whatever else you were trying to text. And that's hilarious, because my old phone did the same thing! Every time I pressed the 9 key, hoping to say 'your' or to write my brother's name 'zack', it would instead assume I was going to write 'werewolves.' I just felt the need to tell you that.

Sorry that your brain melted. I haven't read Scarlett yet (hint hint), but sounds amazing. And it makes me happy that it's a series, because I have major problems when your books end, because I always need more.

10:40 AM  
Blogger Chick-Lit Teens said...

I had never read any of your books before, but I saw Suite Scarlett at Barnes and Noble once a week (because yes I do go there that often) and I always meant to look at it but never really got around to it. But then one day I was watching your Libba Bray interview (which was hilariuous) and she mentioned Suite Scarlett and suddenly it clicked that you where the author and I was like "I HAVE TO HAVE THAT BOOK!" So I wea]nt out and bought it and I must say it ROCKED! I can't wait for the next one!
Well anyways I loved it so much I am going to go out and buy some of your other books.

11:13 AM  
Blogger klosekraft said...

My high school French teacher had us watch Telefrancais too. She also had us learn the theme song and sing it before every episode. I'm pretty sure that Monsieur Ananas (the limber and delightful pineapple/bandleader on the hood of the car) had his own song that we also had to sing on occasion.

6:05 PM  
OpenID trudeau1031 said...

I have a question!
Ok, so I was wondering how many characters you put in an average book?

7:19 PM  
OpenID trudeau1031 said...

PS: I already got a book :-)

7:20 PM  
Anonymous JK said...

Haha, I think most people need to let their brains rest at some point. Sometimes when I am studying, I will look at my notes, and all of a sudden not really remember how to read. And then everything goes kind fo blurry. At this point I usually take a break to regain my mind.

7:33 PM  
Blogger lanna-lovely said...

Nouse nouse appelons Les Squelettes...

Gah, that song is gonna be stuck in my head all day. :o/

You said you need questions... annnnd I can't think of any. Except!

1. What's your favourite cheesey 80's song(s) that you'll probably never grow out of?

2. What is your guilty TV/Movie/Literature pleasure? (like, we all have them - shows and books and things we like but cringe when admitting it... like Dawsons Creek for example)

3. Favourite place in the world?

4. Who is your favourite person and why?

5. If you could create a person from scratch what would they be like? (like someone who would be your perfect best friend/other half/soulmate/imaginary friend come to life/whatever... what would you call them, what personality traits and quirks would they have)

...not sure if that's the kind of questions you meant, you don't have to answer them but it'd be cool if you did. The last one is fun to answer (although you kinda do that anyway when writing, you create characters - but if you could make one REAL what would they be like?)

8:26 PM  
Anonymous *Allie* said...

lol, u had a really funny post today!!! the video was hilarious!
And i agree. Jellyfish are evil.
I would love a book!

8:33 PM  
Anonymous erin w said...

I'd like a copy of Suite Scarlett!!!

8:48 PM  
Blogger Carrie said...

Barack Obama can teach you to be a minister.

Okay, so the site didn't say that, but it should have. :)

8:52 PM  
OpenID jackiedogs91793 said...

Ha ha My favourite is Bararack Obama folded you an origami crane, cause origami cranes are awesome! could i have a book please :-)

10:18 PM  
Anonymous Kayli said...

Will you please dress up as John Green even if you don't get certified to marry people? This is something I feel the world needs to see.

11:44 PM  
Anonymous Chelsea said...

I loved the Obama thing. I was reading it with my friend, and we were laughing.

I pictured Roxy as a Pink Lady from Grease. Good luck with making your brain solid again. I hear if you throw it in the freezer for a few hours with some Jello mix, then it'll be back to normal in no time.

It would make my life complete to win a copy of Suite Scarlett. :O

11:48 PM  
Anonymous Suvi said...

Questions!

I still haven't slept since you showed us cheese rolling and I started to wonder if they remove the stones from the hill first. You know, to protect people from skull injuries and stuff. So, if you happen to know, could you tell me:

Are the cheese rolling hills just random hills or are they special and safe cheese rolling hills?

I have another questions for you, too:

How do the books get translated? Do other countries' publishers contact you or do you contact them? If you contact them, could you please try and get your books published in Finland? No one knows you here yet. :/

Final question: Could I please get a book?

11:52 PM  
Anonymous VT Girl said...

Maureen!!!
I'm so glad you posted and are giving 3 books! I really want one!

1:34 AM  
Blogger Sarahbear9789 said...

I loved the Videos. =)

2:57 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Aaaaugh, the jellyfish!

3:33 AM  
Blogger diana said...

amazing video =D
id love a book please

4:20 AM  
Anonymous Chandler said...

I just want to say: I love your blog. It makes me smile.

Those singing skeleton's make me smile too.

I am trying really hard to think of a good question... Oh!

What job would you want if you weren't an author?

I'd love to be the random winner of a copy of Suite Scarlett!

4:30 AM  
Anonymous nosidam said...

Would you only marry humans? Or would you consider marrying me to my computer, Edgar? Anyway you are made of marvelous; have a giant virtual cookie.

5:26 AM  
Blogger Catherine said...

comment comment comment! I want a book! Comment! Yay! I love you mj!

6:02 AM  
Anonymous pridemarcher said...

I would love a book. I am so excited you're marching in Pride. From a fellow Pride marcher, you'll have lots of fun!

6:32 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

Cool that you have audiobooks!! And I know what you mean by the brain melting thing. I made the mistake of writing my two final papers for my classes today, all in one day, by the end of my second paper I didn't really realize what I was writing.

7:11 AM  
Blogger barbara said...

OMG, when you discribe Roxy I got the e-surance chick in my head. lol! I hope SS2 doesn't turn you brain into mush! and DFTBA!

8:02 AM  
Blogger Cat said...

Yay, you're back! And your brain is turning back into a functioning organ and not a pile of mush! This is all very good. Very, very good. Also very good is the fact that you're giving away THREE books, because I, uh, really want a Suite Scarlett. And I haven't gone to Barnes and Nobles yet...

I like jellyfish.

8:19 AM  
Anonymous Kate V said...

At least now you can look forward to people climbing the fire escape instead of JK. Cause Roxy is way cooler.

And props to Scarletts eleven. That video was made of awesome. If the YA section was more than an alcove at chapters, that would be fun to do

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Amani said...

i would gladly take one of those books out of your hands :P :)

9:49 AM  
Anonymous xoxo-R said...

i loved the video- keep it up Scarlett’s Eleven! and the other vid with the skelletons i swear ive seen that before, i remember the freaky pineapple... living in Canada weve always had a couple french channels.. the pineapple and dancing skelletons.. ive seen it somewhere ..

10:07 AM  
OpenID melusina-snake said...

Hehe, the kittie in that video holding Suite Scarlet made me happy. ^_^

I have a tendency to never win anything but I'll still cross my fingers in hopes of winning a book!

10:20 AM  
Blogger RoboFillet said...

If Barack Obama really did fold my laundry for me I would be very happy indeed. Also yay you have Twitter! I love Twitter like I love berry yoghurt - and that is lots and lots.

10:38 AM  
Blogger Summer said...

I am SOO glad Obama folded my laundry. It had been sitting in the middle of my floor for a while.

11:48 AM  
Anonymous Katie!! said...

If I received a copy of Suite Scarlett, I would do a happy dance that would rival the happiness of the last day of school happy dance.
That kind of made sense...

Love the Barack Obama thing. And your blog.

Katie!

9:34 PM  
Blogger Jayme said...

yay! audiobooks! I'm so exicted to hear how well the reader does--that makes or breaks an audiobook. Best one yet: Meg Cabot's Teen Idol. LOVED the reader, she did a great job. Can't wait to request both of your audiobooks at the library! I'm sure they will be fanastic.

11:22 PM  
OpenID imdamuffinman27 said...

So, I just got home from spending a week at a summer writing program, and I had to get on a plane by myself for the first time ever. Which, of course, if why the lovely people at airport security decided that the 16 year old who was ALONE in an airport for the first time and really just wanted to get home and sleep for ten years because she was exhausted, needed extra security screening. Let me just say, that airport security totally freaks me out. They have this strange way of making you feel like you're doing something wrong and at any moment someone might tackle you and take away all your pretzel sticks. Naturally, I was totally terrified/annoyed/already half-asleep. And then when I got home, I could tell my dog totally hadn't missed me. Life sucks.

Anyway, since you travel so often, I was wondering if you have any fun travel stories, or if, perhaps, airport security has taken your pretzel sticks away.

12:37 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

I am on the hardest and most perilous search for a free monkey to call my very own. It has been a diffucult search with tripping, exploding watermelons, and "wardrobe malfunctions" galore. And Roxy is most definately J.K. in disguise. Out to steal your jam. Beware!

12:52 AM  
Blogger *Heather* said...

you are so ridiculous, MJ. I love it (wants book please!)

1:23 AM  
OpenID beauxdanseur282 said...

Yay! I love you, mj. Reading your blog always causes my family members to stare at me because I laugh hysterically. My sister slapped me once, actually. But that's not important.

What is important is that you are on the same page as John Barrowman. That is soooo cool! You know what else he's been in which made my brain kind of congeal? He was in the new Producers movie! Only blond! And a Nazi! Still, I like Captain Jack the best.

Questions:
If you were a fruit what kind would you be?

Are you as pschyed as me for the new Mamma Mia movie coming out this summer?

3:10 AM  
Anonymous Amha said...

I could really need a Roxy. I don't care if she's JK in disguise, as long as she does all the work.

And I would really like a book (please? I can't buy it here in Norway)

3:11 AM  
OpenID liv-pierce said...

I've been wondering--and you've probably been asked before, considering your love of ABBA and all things ABBA--but what are your thoughts on the movie coming out "Mama Mia"? And do you think, based on what's shown in the trailer, that the costumes should have been more ABBA-like? A few more sparkles and such...

6:43 AM  
Anonymous liz said...

Hey, MJ, how is FREE MONKEY doing? It seems like his relatives are in a bit of trouble.

7:49 AM  
Blogger MOO, COW DONT BOTHER ME. said...

Hello Maureen, that same thing happened to me except it was a greek 17-year-old named Karkos, and he sleeps under my bed. i feed him cappacinos. He can speak no English but he makes really good fish stew. We are getting married in December.

9:02 AM  
Blogger WalkingonSunshine said...

WOW. the videos were great. I want a roxy to clean up my messes!

I'd love a copy of Suite Scarlett, since I've been dying to read it!

12:41 PM  
Anonymous peacefultruth said...

hahaha :0
that video...was...creepy.
have a nice day! :)
i'm having jaw surgery tomorrow, and this brightened my mood mucho!

6:43 PM  
Blogger Miss Hannah said...

I think my favorite Barack saying was "Barack Obama wanted you to have some cupcakes," or perhaps "Barack Obama gave you a puppy," or "Barack Obama recited a poem that reminded him of you." Hilarious and awesome.

In other news, Holy Telefrancais! I forgot that show existed! Our French teacher in high school used to let us watch its gloriousness on special occassions like Mardis Gras, the last day before Christmas break, the last week of school... I bet if I were to go back to my old high school today, I would still hear kids in the halls screaming, "Je suis un ananas!" I'm so glad you shared that. It made my entire week, and it's only Tuesday.

7:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

will you walk for me in the Gay Pride Parade??! please please please please please??! i don't exactly live in new york (well, i do, but not in the city) and i would walk if i could ( i mean i can, but not down in the city. cuz i don't live there.)

anyhow, i hope roxy comes back and assissts you.

*Emilee

ps- i'm glad it wasn't J.K. ... you should keep your jam. can't wiat for suite scarlett 2!! (no pressure)

1:41 AM  
Blogger Alysa said...

What?! I won!? That's AWESOME!!! All you people who have been trying to win a book for forever -- there is hope! Woohoo! Thanks Maureen!!!

6:05 AM  
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12:52 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I've always had a strange fear of Jellyfish... Swimming in the ocean, and a piece of seaweed touches my leg. I have been known to scream like a girl. Now there are MORE? Never going to the beach again. Period.

On the marrying thing. I have been an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church for 5 years, and I can marry people (how do you think we happened? Joke!). This is all you need to officiate a marriage. Go there, get ordained, and marry the crap out of people!

I will not enter the sweepstakes. I will accept a free book, though. I don't know if I can enter the sweepstakes. But a girl fan should win that. That seems to be who it is directed at, regardless of how much I would like to have lunch with you.

-Chris

1:15 AM  
Blogger Meghan said...

Oh, my gosh! The telefrancais videos make me want to die a little. I found them on YouTube a few months ago and they are so much worse than even my dorky French class videos!

I'm so sorry you're stressing, Maureen!

12:43 PM  
Blogger tinyteen said...

wow, i just want to say you write wonderfully and you'll soon find some inspiration to get you out of that slump! i just recently became a fan of yours! i fell in love with "girl at sea" and i can not tell you how happy i am to be writing a comment on your blog! i absolutely adore your style of writing, witty remarks and all! i wish there was a sequel for "girl at sea," i would like to see more interaction between clio and aidan! i can really relate to clio, parents and all. >v< except no boyfriend...since it's my summer vacation, i'm going to buy all your books and catch up! so look forward to more comments by me on your future entries! i definitely can't wait to read everything!

love the obama link and i hope everyone can go green! >v< and good luck with everything you have going on and don't forget to keep on smiling!! smiles make the world go round! ^v^ i support you all the way!!

3:45 PM  
Blogger A Literate Musician said...

I wish my last name was Studious.
That was a funny video.
I hope you don't get too stressed.

6:56 PM  
Anonymous Suvi said...

Hi. Another question. It is about writing, if you don't mind. ^^ About my writing. Or the lack of it.

I'd love to write things like stories and novels, but every time I try, some sort of invisible force stops me. I simply can't write. I've tried simply ignoring that force and keep writing, but it never works. No matter how awesome idea I have, no matter how far I've planned the plot, I can't write about it. I've sometimes noticed that after writing fifteen pages to a notebook, still nothing has happened in my story, and that's not good. Do you have any advice for me? How can writing be rehearsed, if the invisible force keeps bullying you?

8:59 PM  
Blogger I.S.P. said...

Your blog brings joy and wonderment into my life, MJ!
And that first video has THOROUGHLY CONVINCED ME to go out and get Suite Scarlett as soon as I can.

7:37 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

is this too late to comment? because i want a copy!!!

8:07 AM  

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