Anyway, here's what happens. Seemingly sane adults get up on stage and READ from their actual tween/teen DIARIES. I know! Either these people are really brave, or they are missing the get-embarrassed gene.
So Wednesday night, I made my second journey to Hollywood to see the show again . . .
(Above: The Mortified band sets the mood for the show.)
Here are some former youth offering up their personal humiliation for the greater good and guffaws . . .
She's angling for her own show. Eddie had her audition and said he'd consider it . . .
Speaking of mortification and trauma, here are my high school diaries . . .
I had taped them together because whatever I had written was apparently soooooo deep, secretive and explosive. When I did read them recently, I promptly wanted to tape them up again. The angst. The drama. The self-pity. It was just like a laundry detergent commercial, only without the happy ending.
If you can't make it to see MORTIFIED in person, there's also a book. I have my own copy. Reading about other people's torments always makes me feel better about myself . . .
On July 29th, I'll be part of "Young Adult Authors Anthologized: Cecil Castellucci, Aimee Bender, Melissa De La Cruz & Lisa Yee" at Skylight Bookstore. CLICK HERE for more information. I'll be reading from a short story I have in the new anthology, GEEKTASTIC: STORIES FROM THE NERD HERD.
Here's me in high school. I was a debate geek . . .
BOBBY VS. GIRLS (ACCIDENTALLY) illustrator/pal Dan Santat and I are the celebrity judges for editor Cheryl Klein's"Worst Possible Opening Sentence for an Imaginary Children's or YA Novel" Contest. CLICK HERE to enter or read the entries. The contest closes on Friday night. Here's Cheryl and Moi in her office earlier this year discussing astrophysics . . .
Hmmm . . . it's been a while since I've had a contest. Maybe I should start thinking of one. Here's one I ran a while back that made people spit out their coffee . . . but in a good way. CLICK HERE for a barrel or more of laughs.
And finally, a couple of people have alerted me TO THIS. Yes! A Peeps store--at long last.
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