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Friday, June 14, 2002
posted by Jen at 6/14/2002 08:09:00 PM

From today's Entertainment Weekly: Wally Lamb has adapted his 1992 best-seller She's Come Undone for Warner Bros.; Reese Witherspoon is attached to star.

Ah, Hollywood. Where not even the fat girls are played by fat girls. (Do you think she'll just borrow Gwyneth's Shallow Hal fat suit?)

Argh. Anyhow, in happier (I think) Hollywood news, tonight on Larry King -- James Lipton, of Inside the Actors Studio. I'm worried that all of that sycophancy won't fit into one television studio, and will result in some sort of wormhole effect.
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Tuesday, June 11, 2002
posted by Jen at 6/11/2002 08:49:00 AM

All first-time writers dream about publicity -- the day you wake up in the morning to find your husband kissing you sweetly and murmuring, "Hey, guess what? Jay Leno was talking about you last night."

Well, evidently, Jay Leno was talking about me last night. Unfortunately he was.....making fun of my last name (yes, I thought I'd gotten past the making-fun-of-my-last-name thing in fifth grade. Guess not).

Here's the scoop -- my last name is Weiner, pronounced Wyner, the legacy of a long-departed daddy, the byline I'm stuck with forever. Adam's last name is Bonin, and when we got married in October, there was a very nice notice in the New York Times. Jay, it seems, mentioned it in his headlines last night. Weiner marries Bonin, hilarity ensues. Two readers emailed me about it this morning. And the really maddening part is that I wasn't watching (I've actually never watched the Leno show voluntarily, as I'm much more of Letterman kind of girl). I have no idea what he said....or, more importantly, if he mentioned the book!

But still. Argh! "It was the happiest day of our life," Adam said mournfully, "and he made fun of it!" It actually wasn't the happiest day of our lives -- for a variety of reasons, it ended up being one of the more stressful days of my life. But....I mean, gee, you can't control who you fall in love with, and you can't control what your last name is, and yeah, I guess it's kind of funny in a snickery fifth-grade kind of way, but still! Ouch.

Just tell me he mentioned the freakin' book!

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Monday, June 10, 2002
posted by Jen at 6/10/2002 05:41:00 PM

And if any of you all have questions about writing -- agents, editors, publishers, surviving crap-tastic reviews -- I'm part of a discussion with some other young writers (hey, how long do I get to keep calling myself a young writer, anyhow?) happening here. Come join the party!
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Sunday, June 09, 2002
posted by Jen at 6/09/2002 10:28:00 PM

For all of you Stephen King fans eagerly awaiting the next installment of the Dark Tower series, there's news about it here.

I'm really not sure what the overlap is between my readers and Dark Tower fans. It'd be a pretty interesting Venn diagram, I think. And it's a topic of particular interest to me right now, as I'm getting deeper into the strange world of Jezebel Bright, which is the title of my third book (to be published in 2004), and the name of its heroine. There's a talking dog in Jezebel Bright (the book, not the character, smart-ass). Also a haunted high school, and a summer camp where Things are Not as they Seem. It's something of a departure from the familiar world of single women in the city struggling with love gone bad and vexing families (although Jezebel Bright is a single woman in the city struggling with love gone bad and a vexing family. She just also happens to be the descendent of a mythological goddess, so she's got a few more things going on than Cannie did). And I'm curious -- and, quite frankly, a little scared -- to see how readers will receive it.

But that's getting ahead of myself.

Meanwhile, the Ya-Yas did, in fact, have a v. good weekend, which is good news for everyone who'd like to see Cannie and Co. on the big, or small, screen. And the wheels are starting to turn. Remember the line in the book where the slimy agent tells Cannie that there's only one bankable fat actress in Hollywood? Well, my agent's got a meeting with her this week.

More news soon, I hope. I hope. Keep all pertinent digits crossed!
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