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    Houston's mayor is gay?

    Yes, she is!

    And last night Mayor Annise Parker made an appearance on The Colbert Report. I don't actually live in Houston, but I live close. And I'm very proud of Mayor Parker. Check out the clip!



    Pride 2012 and Fan Mail

    Here's a photo of my cuties at the Pride festival 2012 in Houston. We didn't actually stay long enough for the parade. Our cell phones wouldn't work, and after I lost track of the girls and we couldn't find each other for about an hour and a half, we decided to call it a day! They're young; I'm neurotic. 

    But it was fun, despite the panicky wading through throngs of people in search of those two.

    Okay, enough of that. We survived.

    On to fan mail.

    Just FYI, if you'd like to send me a note, you really don't have to apologize! I love hearing readers' reactions to Don't Let Me Go. And I'm amazed that someone would take the time to write me a lengthy email about their thoughts, their tears, and their lives. So click on the thingy on the right, and let me hear from you!

    And a quick update! Where You Are is officially in production. I can't wait to share the cover. It's beautiful. I think you're going to like the story too. You can check Goodreads for the official blurb until I get it posted here.

    Okay, back to work. I have an August 1 deadline for novel number 3, tentatively titled Just Between Us. It's Luke's story for those of you who've read Don't Let Me Go. Maybe I should title it Don't Hate Me Because I'm Luke. I get that sometimes from fans. Ha, ha.

    Thank you to all of you who've written me. Keep the emails coming! I do write back.


    2011 wrap up

    I borrowed this list from my friend, Laura at Refuge. Looked like fun, so here goes!

    1. What did you do in 2011 that you'd never done before?

    Published a book!

    2. Did anyone close to you die?

    My sweet lab/border collie Sam. We had her nine years. She was a mess, but we loved her.

    3. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?

    Consistent, reliable internet service. Truly, this has been a BIG issue in my house.

    4. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

    Completing my next book--Where You Are--and knowing when I finished that I'd grown a lot as a writer. It's coming out in late 2012.

    4. What was your biggest failure?

    Like Laura, it's keeping up with this blog. Ugh. There are just so many hours in a day!

    5. What was the best thing you bought?

    A Macbook Pro for my daughter (a Christmas present). She cried. How cool is that? Usually, the only one who cries when I buy things is me.

    6. Whose behavior merited celebration?

    My friends, who are kind, generous, and open. They've really supported me. And they make this world a better place. And my son, who accepted his gay sister without even blinking an eye.

    7. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

    Republicans. (Sorry if I'm offending anyone.) I don't truly believe that they are all as mean and cold-hearted and ignorant as some of their positions suggest. So I don't understand their rigid adherence to the party line. I still love you guys, but you're making me crazy.

    8. Where did most of your money go?

    My kids spent it. Enough said.

    9. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

    There's a long list this year. My daughter came out. My son started driving on his own. I met David Levithan. My book got a starred review from Publishers Weekly and other outstanding reviews from some pretty big publications. I did some cool interviews, including one with Publishers Weekly and one with my good friend Brent Taylor for Lamba Literary. And I've gotten to know some pretty amazing people on Facebook.

    10. What song will always remind you of 2011?

    "Low" by Flo Rida. I've discovered a deep-seated love of hip hop. Don't know it? Check it out. Come on, you know it makes you want to dance!

    11. What do you wish you'd done more of?

    Read, write, walk. I did a lot of the first two, but I still feel like a slacker.

    12. What do you wish you'd done less of?

    Wasting so much time obsessively Googling my name! 


    What about you? 


    A tribute to my gay daughter

    This is how it went down three days ago:

    Me: Anna, is Megan your girlfriend?

    Anna: Yes.

    And there it was. Just that simple.

    It goes without saying that I love my daughter. But I do want to say how very proud I am of her . . . for who she is and for the courage she has shown. And how very proud I am of her older brother who has taken her revelation in stride.

    Here's a photo of my daughter (on right) with her girlfriend.

    I came across this video made by Zach Wahls, the young man who defended his family in front of the Iowa legislature. I think it's beautiful. So if Zach doesn't mind too much, I want to dedicate this video to my own children.


    And if you missed Zach's address to the legislature, you can watch it here:


    And to my family who are "worried" about Anna. Don't be. She's going to have a great life being exactly who she is! And I celebrate that. Love you, baby.