Details are here and the schedule is here - if you're near the Upstate area of South Carolina, come on by - free to attend!
Yesterday, we received the full typeset pages of Wanna Cook? and I have to say, I nearly fell out. (That's a Southernism for "collapsed," for those in need of translation.) This book looks GREAT!! I mean, seriously fantastic! To see it in this form, instead of our electronic typewritten pages, is just such a kick that I had to sit back in my desk chair and just look at it for a moment. Our next job is to carefully go through these pages with a fine-toothed comb (and a red pen) to nitpick anything that made it past both of us and two editors. It's painstaking work that is best done in small doses - speed up too much and you get sloppy and we don't want sloppy. 96% pure; that's the minimum we'll accept.
Speaking of which, Breaking Bad continues to attract attention, often in unusual ways. For instance, the teenage son of a friend of mine (I'm keeping names out of this; one day the kid will apply to college) threw a Halloween party, with his parents' permission. Said parents were trying to walk that tightrope of responsible supervision and "let the kids have their fun." Now, the light-blue rock candy that the Breaking Bad crew used as meth made an appearance, packaged in little plastic bags. What also made an appearance was a gorgeous hand-crafted knife (made by my friend's grandfather, I believe) - a big thing, with a horn hilt. The knife is usually displayed prominently on the family mantel. Yep, you guessed it - Teenage Son used the knife to pound the rock candy to powder while screaming, "TIGHTTIGHTTIGHT!!" My friend doesn't know whether to be amused or deeply disturbed that her son was snorting crystallized sugar off a sharp blade. (Oh, and Teenage Son was dressed as Shaggy from Scooby-Doo, which is a whole other level of hilarity in this tale.) And fear not, the knife was whisked away quickly. Kids.
Also, I thought Ensley and I had done something amazing in writing a book together and maintaining a solid marriage (and I still do, by the way), but this couple takes things to a whole new level of Breaking Bad love!
Where's that red pen?