Monday, August 31, 2009

American Girls Read My Mini-books

I'm a frequent contributor to American Girl Magazine (catch my new short story in the December '09 issue).   AG has taken a few of my stories and turned them into mini-books that accompany their doll clothes.  

Here is ALLY ACKERMAN IN THE PINK--a story about a girl who really, really does not like pink--sold with a pretty little pink dress with hearts.  

Seeing that all sorts of shades of pink are included in my own personal favorite colors, I was quite pleased.  And it was cool to go to the American Girl store in L.A. last week with my niece and show her the books prominently displayed.  

Frankly, one of the biggest thrills of working for AG is that they're a Mattel Company.  When I see the Mattel label on their correspondence, I can't help but think back to when "You can tell it's Mattel--it's swell!" was a refrain on children's TV ads all Saturday morning.  When I was a kid, Mattel was the great American toy maker.   In fact, Mattel was on par with the North Pole in those days when it came to toys kids wanted for their Christmas lists.  So don't blame me if I feel almost like an honorary elf, myself, nowadays.

Back to the workshop...

Blog rises from ashes...

We've been breathing smoke from southern California's Station Fire for six days now.  The mountains around my neighborhood are aglow with flames, it is nearly 100 degrees, and I just got a call that we must conserve electricity.  So there goes the air conditioning.  

Working is difficult when the conditions are this miserable.  Just ask the spiders in my back yard.  All their webs are clotted with ash and useless after all that hard labor.  As for me, writing with a head full of smoke has been more difficult than I thought.  So I turned to blogging this afternoon, instead.

I'm one of the last writers I know to join this trend.  It's one of those things I should have done a looooooong time ago.  So here goes.  Glad to meet you, whoever you are.  Hope your neighborhood is cool, clear and smoke free...