Did you have this poster hanging in your room? It’s okay. You can admit it if you did. My friend Melissa did, or at least one like it. I didn’t know her when she was a teenager, but apparently she was very in love with Shaun Cassidy.

She turned 40 last week. So on Saturday night her family threw a party for her and her 250 closest friends. The party was more lavish than my wedding. Really.

Funny thing is, somewhere between teen idol dreams and 40, Melissa’s sister became friends with Shaun Cassidy. He came to the party. And serenaded my friend with the song, “Sweet Melissa.” (That’s her holding the microphone for him and blushing.) It was a surreal moment (made all the more impressive since Shaun had to catch a plane at 4am to fly to New York and be on Good Morning America Monday morning)!

I know I don’t get out much, but still. This was just ONE of the dessert tables. Then there were the TWO open bars, the caterers, the dj, and did I mention the 250 friends? Servers met us at the door with these drinks (vodka, seltzer, lime and a rock candy swizzle stick). Yeah. It was a good party.

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Tuesday night I participated in part of the Twitter #kidlitchat hosted by Greg Pincus and Bonnie Adamson. One of the questions they floated out to the group was this: “How do you know when your book is done?”

I’ve been struggling with that very question. I feel like every time I read another book on writing, I wonder if I’ve done enough, especially with my beginning. Am I starting in the right place? Have I hooked my readers?

My MG novel is going through its final critique and then I’ll start subbing it again. Which leads me to another series of questions: Do I write the people who asked for a full and haven’t responded and tell them it’s changed? Do I just send them a new version? Or should I do nothing and just send it out to new people?

When I wasn’t writing (and rewriting!) my opening chapters, I blew a few hours on a book trailer. Here it is in all it’s glory … or not!

NOTE: The trailer is now gone. Sorry if you missed out. But just think of how much better it will be to hold the actual book!!