February is also a month of birthdays around here. My husband is a February baby, and so are my daughter, my brother, and my niece. That means lots of celebrations and reasons to give gifts and go out for dinner. (Not that I need a reason to go out to dinner--if you know much about me, you know I don't cook. Ever. I have the cleanest stove in the East!)
Okay, I know I'm not fooling anyone. Despite my outward optimism, I'm as stressed as anyone else. The world is a topsy turvy place these days, and it's all I can do sometimes to keep myself from reading the paper or turning on the news--if only for a few hours. I feel like I keep praying for humanity and kindness to win out in the end. I know we are all capable of it.
When I get bummed out, I retreat into books--either the ones I'm writing or the ones I'm reading. There's something about words that I find comforting. At the moment I'm reading The Princess Diarist by the late, great Carrie Fisher, because I just need a good laugh. And as for what I'm writing, well, that's something I'm very excited about. I'm working on the third book in a brand new series called Princess Pulverizer, about a princess who wants to be a knight and is on a quest of kindness with her friends Dribble the Dragon and Lucas the Lily Livered Knight in Training. I'm having a great time creating a new universe where people consciously try to be there for one another and help them out of some pretty silly jams. Those books aren't heading your way until next January, but I promise you're gonna laugh when you read them.
Perhaps the best part of February is that March is coming next, and I have two books coming your way that month. There's Project Droid: My Robot Ate My Homework (written with my tres-funny co-author Amanda Burwasser, and George Brown, Class Clown: Return to the Scene of the Burp. I hope kids scoop 'em off the shelves and get lost in the silliness that is a Nancy Krulik chapter book for a while.
In the meantime, keep looking for the robin red breast. Because spring will be here before you know it.