Hello Again …

The last five weeks have been an insane grind for Team Auxier.   I was planning to do several posts announcing various things as they came up, but time got away from me.  Instead, I’m just going down the list …


I’ve been touring schools and bookstores all over California — about thirty events in the last month.  (Click here to see pictures from a recent event … and video of me doing a favorite YO-YO trick!)  I also managed to sneak out to Wordstock in Portland and the Miami Book Fair International.1


To real producers!  With real money!  The story is one I’ve been working on for a while — a period ghost tale in the tradition of Washington Irving about a haunted tree.  The one problem was that selling the movie meant I had to completely  re-write the last half while on book tour.  I finished last night! 


This month, Mary and I packed up all our dishes and made the 3000 mile trek to Pittsburgh, PA!2  The ‘Burgh is a wonderful city that has topped virtually every “most livable” list for the last decade.  Also, we met there. 


One great thing about Pittsburgh is an abundance of amazing old homes.  Coming from the West Coast, I thrill at the idea of living in something not covered in stucco.  As of last night, Mary and I are the owners of this hundred year-old gem on a tree-lined street in Regent Square.  How’s that for a black Friday purchase?


You might be asking yourself why a young couple might leave sunny Los Angeles for snowy Pittsburgh?  Well, Mary grew up here, and we want to be near family when we have our baby in May.  Did I mention we’re having a baby?  Because we so totally are.

  1. Where I had a fantastic time hanging out with the likes of Tom Angleberger, Dan Santat, Grace Lin, Gene Yang, and Matt Phelan! Even better, I got Dan to promise to put me into his next picture book!
  2. Actually Mary packed our house; I was too busy hanging out at schools and bookstores.

17 Comments Leave a Comment

  • Jake says:

    This is great news. Really big. I mean, there are 100-year-old homes in Pittsburgh! Who knew?

  • Jack says:

    Good heavens! Congrats on all good things to you and Mary. I am a big fan of babies, Pittsburgh, old construction, movies, and the both of you.

  • Roboseyo says:

    I was hoping you hadn’t posted here in a while because of too many good things happening and not, you know, zombies or something. Turns out I was right!

    So that’s…

    1. congratulations

    2. congratulations a lot

    3. congratulations

    4. zomg congratulations!

    5. holy cow wowie-zow congratu-latu-latu-lations!

    To prepare for the baby, start practicing being awake for 90 minutes, and then sleeping for thirty minutes, 24 hours a day. Like that Seinfeld episode. You’ll thank me later. (Ours is six weeks old now.)

  • THANK YOU! for coming out to no-man’s land aka Miami. No one ever makes it down here. It’s also nowhere near as lovely as they make it out to be on Burn Notice….

    otherwise: CONGRATS, OMGOSH! Babies! Houses! Moving! Everything about that is perfect and epic. I wish you guys all the best :3!!

  • Scope Notes says:

    Whoa. That’s some list. Congratulations on the movie, move, house, and child! Excellent news all around!

  • Colby Sharp says:

    Congrats, on a whole bunch of things! Sounds like your crazy life, is about to get even crazier (in a good way).

  • Erin says:

    A huge congratulations to you and Mary! We are very excited for you because our list has a few things in common over the last months (although neither of us has written a successful children’s book or optioned a movie…)

    We bought a home/renovated AND had a baby – Margo June born October 23rd. It has been busy. We have purchased our copy of Peter Nimble and are still waiting for the time to enjoy it – maybe it will be the first chapter book that we read to Margo???

  • Matt Bird says:

    Wow! I’m overwhelmed! You hit several jackpots in a row! Congratulations on everything! What a five weeks!

  • Thank you for the warm congratulations! It’s nice to be back to the internet (and with it, some semblance of routine!) …

  • Francine says:

    Congratulations to you and Mary on all these exciting changes!

    And I’ve been meaning to tell you I’ve been totally enjoying my Peter Nimble shirt! I also had my friend LJ read the book when she was in town from London a couple of weeks ago – and she loved it (and left a nice little review on Amazon).

    Yay! Congrats!

  • kerry says:

    i always miss all the good news when it happens….this is what i get for looking away from my usual blogs for a few weeks to grade papers.

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! such prodigious production: making books, dissertations, moves, home purchases, and babies all in one year!

    I love Regent Square!!!! and i’m very happy & excited for you both that you’re
    1) in pittsburgh
    2) in a fab regent square house
    3) en-babied

    o frabjous day! calloo, callay!

  • Sarah says:

    I’m super-uber happy and excited for you and Mary! Enjoy your new home and nesting for baby! You win: the first Auxier grandbaby award!

  • Kelly says:

    Congratulations on all that fun stuff! That was a good reason to be away for 2 months. I was going to ask why Pittsburgh so good thing you answered that. Well now you are closer to Chicago so you can come out here for your next book tour! Why had you moved out to California in the first place?

  • Brian says:

    Wow.. lots of great news. Congratulations on all fronts! I’d missed your pimping of the blog on facebook, so decided to come check out what was new. The answer, I see, is lots! All the best in the new adventures.

    BTW, read Peter Nimble when I was last in Pittsburgh. Enjoyed it.. and made me look forward to what’s next from you.

    Give my love to the ‘burgh. Maybe we three will cross paths again…

  • Melanie says:

    You have been here for almost a month, and we have yet to have a game night. This must be remedied soon!

  • Wow! Congrats on every level sir! Of course, you are now enlisted in a battle that will last the better part of a decade against any and all monsters who dwell in closets and under beds. Good luck with the coming battles and all the great adventures ahead!

  • Paul Glader says:

    Congratulations on all fronts! We are also expecting a baby.

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