in the post and on the road and behind the orange curtain.

darlings

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)

5ab6826aa37f11e283e322000a9f1948_7and the rest of the day couldn’t possibly get better – but It Did!

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.

5b8d103ea3b911e2a42922000a9e51c4_7yes – on stage – please welcome:

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?

of course.

thank you ever so much for asking, love.

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it *does* look like a film set.

that’s because the clever Mr. Tom Hanks used it as one.

dontcha love hollywood?

*sighs*

oh. yeah.

 

 

you’ve got mail.

wonderful. watched this again for the first time in YEARS last night. the innocence of dial-up modems, only having two emails to open in your pre-HMTL-compatible mail program and the upper west side in its glory of book parties, spring days whimsically walking by Verdi Square with your decaf mocha to go and long afternoons spent eating pretzels in conversation on a bench. dreamy. also useful for women in business to learn the basics of quoting from The Godfather. it helps….I know.