Lois Lowry's Blog
Again, apologies for Neglect of the Blog. There should be a governmental agency that handles such crimes as Blog Nelglect. Maybe they would remove the Blog from my keeping and give it to Foster Bloggers?
But: hey. The movie stuff became entirely too much for one human. Last time I posted anything, I had been to Las Vegas and was about to go to San Diego. I did so. After that I went to LA...where in one day I did 72...count 'em...yes, 72 interviews of four minutes each, back to back. And then to NY, where I did the Charlie Rose show, the Colbert Report, and a bunch of other stuff, and also attended the movie premiere, actually donning my slutty shoes and walking on a red carpet with Meryl Streep and Taylor Swift and others.
Here I am, on that occasion.
I could post other photos, and go on and on, but I won't bother, because it is done with now. The movie is out there and has gotten mixed reviews, and next week it will open in Hungary, and then France and Germany and New Zealand and Australia, and who knows where else. It will (it already has) take on a life of its own, and one of these days I will be flicking through the TV channels, and there it will be, On Demand.
It certainly kept me On Demand all summer!
But now I am On Demand to my dog, who underwent surgery (torn ACL) a week ago today and is recuperating at home...and will be for many more weeks, with restrictions on his activities. This is a dog who is accustomed to dashing about on a large enclosed piece of land; and now he is only allowed out on a leash, walking sedately, which both he and I find hard.
The first two books of my old Anastasia series are to be republished this fall, wiht new forewords by me, and I am hoping that they will acquire a new young audience of the daughters of their OLD audience, who will now be in their thirties and forties.
I hvae completed, in the little bits of time I had between movie commitments, a foreword to a new edition of the British children's book called The Wouldbegoods; and an essay for an upcoming anthology of essays about the Bible (an odd, but interesting, assignment for someone like me who is not at all Bible-oriented); and I have been to Peterborough, NH to speak in a Unitarian Church; and soon I will go down to Boston to speak to a) the Brown Club of Boston and b) the NECCAP, the New England —let me think— Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
In the meantime, I am between farm and town...houses in each place, going back and forth... It is an exquisitely beautiful September, and I would love to be in the country; but the house at the farm has eleven room and stairs...not the right place for my rceovering dog, so we are in town in the 6-rooms-no-stairs house, and even here the bedrooms are off limits to him (beds. he likes to jump on them) so he is feeling puzzled and deprived.
OKay, one other photo:
This is pretty much the entire movie family, and I won't atempt to name them all. You can see Phillip Noyce, the director, immediately behind me; Tayor Swift a little to his left; Jeff Bridges to Phil's right, and Katie Holmes beside Jeff, with Meryl beside Katie.
These are all good, talented, smart, and interesting people. But the famly, including me, is now disbanding and all going on to other things. I do wish them all well. Even Harvey Weinstein, who is not n the phoot; but who told The Today Show that I was "cantankerous"...which was true.