First off, I can't say enough about how very nice everyone in the Grey Gardens community has been to me since I announced my book. Thank you all for your continual questions and support. Secondly, while I had wanted to release the book during the April-May 09' calender, I have to announce that we are experiencing delays which may push back it's release considerably. However, to appease the crowd, we may be releasing some new greeting cards featuring the Edie's throughout the next coming months.
I do hope you are all enjoying the fall season and all of the beautiful warm colors that come with it.
This weekend will be selling our Grey Gardens themed holiday cards in our Etsy shop. They are black and white and illustrated by our very own Miss. Molly Crabapple. (SNEAK PEEK BELOW) The inside reads: Wishing you an Absolutely Terrific Holiday!
As we have in the past, we have decided to create some Holiday cards based upon our current projects here at Umbrelly Books. This years card will be based upon A Home Called Grey Gardens, which we hope to release by April of 09'. These black and white cards will be available next week on Etsy.com in a limited edition run of two-hundred & fifty.
Check back soon for the direct link. :-) NOTE: A Home Called Grey Gradens is not a holiday book.
Well as some of you know, I have been working on the text for the illustrated storybook edition of Grey Gardens. I am happy to say that we have finalized a copy and are now awaiting illustrations from the incomparable Molly Crabapple, which will start in early 2009.
It dawned on me yesterday morning that this was pertaining to real life women who had once lived very interesting lives. With this in mind I spoke with our resident live in ghost Nancy. I asked her to pass on the message that I had written a book about them and that I was waiting for a sign that it was OK to move forward.
I continued about my day, not thinking anything of it - until I checked my horoscope. Here is what it said:
Just like Little Edie to send my message by way of astrology.
Did you know that Johnny DePalma once, while opening a birthday present from his sister, accidentally stabbed himself in the upper left thumb with the blunt end of a #2 pencil? The pencil-lead quickly broke off inside, leaving him with a small bluish-black tattoo’d dot which remains ever-noticeable today.
Perhaps, one might say, writing is just in his blood.
Others however, quick to dismiss such a foolish notion, might remark that "graphite," and not "writing," now runs in his blood.
I was recently shocked to learn that not only are a couple of my books being read in select schools across the nation, but children, actual living, breathing children have begun to write book-reports about me and my work. Who knew!?
One such living, breathing child contacted me with a bevy of rather personal questions - which I’m certain will soon find there way into some literature tabloid next to a picture of me eating a sandwich. Well, I won’t have it! Instead you can hear it direct from the source… (That means me)
Full Name: John Joseph DePalma Jr. – But you can call me Johnny. Where were you born: Los Gatos, CA on a very rainy day. Where do you write: In my office surrounded by stacks and stacks of books. What are you writing now: My very first book for adults - It’s a novella (which means short novel) entitled Trinity Twelve. Do you have any pets: Two actually. A dog named Molly and a Cat named Thomas. Do you really have to wear those glasses: Yes! I am quite blind without them. Favorite Food: All types of cheese and honey. I like to consider myself an amateur connoisseur of both. Favorite Drink: A nice warm cup of tea. Favorite Day of the Week: Wednesday Favorite Month of the year: December Favorite Animal: Elephants and Giraffes are equally splendid - but I’ll include the whole zoo so that no ones offended. Favorite Authors: Roald Dahl, Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, Christopher Durang, Tom Robbins, David Sedaris & Ayun Halliday Favorite TV Shows: The Vicar of Dibley is quite clever. Favorite Color: Purple Favorite Movie: Mary Poppins (In fact, not to get into a terribly long story, but, if not for Mary Poppins I might never have been born) In fact, our Umbrelly symbol is an homage to Mary Poppins famous Umbrella. Favorite Music: Bing Crosby Favorite Mode of Transportation: By Hot Air Balloon or by old fashion Steamboat.
Day 33. It’s been ages since I’ve left the house and I think I’m starting to go a bit batty. IN UMBRELLY NEWS: Young Cupid!’s first run had a couple of technical problems which have since been remedied and will be up on Amazon shortly. In other news, our first go at adult fiction is going along swimmingly and I am very proud to say that we have just wrapped Chapter IV today. This mark’s a couple of firsts for us at Umbrelly. One, being our first non-children’s book, and two being our first book to be released in multiple cover designs. We do have a title and will be showing off some of our cover art soon. So please… as always, stay tuned.
"He took an arrow and a bow And added glitter just for show. And practiced with it every night Till raging passions would ignite."
As you can see, Miss Crabapple is doing an amazing job on our new piece, Young Cupid! (Due out July 2008.) NOTE:I wrote Young Cupid! (Originally titled For Me - For You) in 2006 as a Valentine's Day gift for my beautiful girlfriend Amanda. It does have a little bit of adult naughtiness in it, and is intended as a romantic gift for anyone interested in the origins of true love.
Tomorrow, January 4th, 2008, a storm heading down from Alaska will be hitting us here in Saratoga quite hard! Winds are expected to reach up to 50-75 mph with downpours all day long. The Raindrop Keeper is currently getting his Jelly Jars ready for our adventure ahead. Wish us luck.
Just returned from a wistful week-long winter wonderland of – whimsy? Yeah! Whimsy! That’s the ticket! There I enjoyed an amazing first-time experience at Club 33, before meeting up with Margaret Kerry (The original Tinker Bell & now creative consultant for Disney’s new animated feature of the same name)
Amanda and I stayed at The Candy Cane Inn again. (Where I actually wrote most of Once Upon a Christmas Tree last year.) I can’t say enough about The Inn. A+ + +. And if you happen to drop in some day, please say hello to James Schaap; the front desk agent, who by the way, might just well be one of the greatest guys you will ever meet.
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