Hello and happy New Year!

Blogging’s going to be light for the next little while, as I am working hard to get FLY AWAY HOME in good shape for its summer release. Today I wrote a bad sex scene – or, rather, a scene where people have bad, unsatisfying sex. At one point, there's a description how the man jams his hand inside of woman as if he’s trying to extract the last olive from a jar.

I’m proud of that.

Anyhow! If you’re bored in the meantime, you can pick up the February issue of In Style magazine and read my interview with Heidi Klum, who was disconcertingly gorgeous, pleasantly down-to-earth, and dauntingly competent. I kept telling myself, “sure, I could have four kids and a bunch of different jobs and look great if I had all the help she does.” Then I remembered that I, too, have a lot of help, and am, still, a long way from Heidi Klum, in terms of productivity, reproduction and gorgeousness.

Oh, well.

You can always follow me on Twitter, where lately I confessed that I don't really care about which white guy and his all-male writing staff gets "The Tonight Show" slot. Seriously, can we get some ladies writing late-night jokes instead of, you know, servicing the late-night host? Please?

You could also go see “Leap Year,” starring Amy Adams, beloved by Roger Ebert, which is a sweetly diverting romantic comedy and was produced by my brother Jake.

You could read a good book. I loved AWAIT YOUR REPLY by Dan Chaon. It’s about identity – its theft and its reconstruction – and it’s creepy and twisty and surprising and disturbing. If you like Stephen King, Peter Straub and Nicholas Christopher, you will dig it.

Another book I loved was BLAME by Michelle Huneven. I resisted this book for a while, based, unfairly, on its blurbs. But plenty happens in BLAME, which is about a professor named Patsy who, driving drunk, kills a mother and child, and how her life falls apart, and comes back together, in the aftermath. It answers one of the most interesting questions I’ve seen a novel take on: what if the worst thing that happened to you turned out to be the best thing? It’s wonderfully written, but not in a way you’re meant to notice which is, to my mind, the best kind of wonderful writing.

Happy reading, happy viewing, and more soon.