we’re completely Exhausted.
but very happy.
you see we woke up this morning to a Most Exciting package from our literary-agent-in-new-york (what wonderful words those are) which contained the final Executed (which sounds scary but we understand it just means Signed) contract for the Book (and – ahem – the first part of The Advance – also most lovely-a-phrase-indeed and the cash was warmly received and most welcome at this time)
there was a Long Drive south to beyond-the-orange-curtain (Orange County – insider joke which we’re Not sure we Entirely get – especially if it’s a pun on the former USSR because we couldn’t see Any similarities at All so if you know the joke, would you explain it to Us? darlings, you are most kind).
why were we There?
to see our Heroes of Film.
and just because we are being Very Modern (and very t i r e d right now) – here’s the conversation that took place as described by the eager students (in the presence of the VIPS and wealthy lady-sponsors in tiger print, spanx and blonde-blow-outs – Orange County in full force regalia and may we say how Tremendous they all looked – truly – gotta love diamante-by-daylight).
btw (as the young people say), we’d like to be Penelope Spheeris when we grow up – fearless, fearless, and undaunted.
and Anne Fletcher was breathtakingly feisty.
actually the most astonishing thing was seeing that many Powerful Women on stage radiating happiness-success-confidence and a deeply beautiful sense of humo(u)r, wit and chutzpah.
it was glorious.
and we decided the freeway(s) were going to be too packed until post-rush-hour so we hung out in Orange (which had just celebrated 125 years of existence but felt ever so 1950s in a good way – all soda fountains, antique shops and sweet shops).
a few pictures?
thank you ever so much for asking, love.
it *does* look like a film set.
that’s because the clever Mr. Tom Hanks used it as one.
dontcha love hollywood?