9/8/14, Revving Up for Fall

Hi Everyone,

With Labor Day a week behind us, Fall is getting started, and things are speeding up. The weather is still gorgeous everywhere, in every city I’ve been in, still warm and sunny, even finally sunny in September in foggy San Francisco, and still hot almost everywhere else, but with a hint of cooler weather to come, and sometimes chilly evenings.  And I definitely notice that the pace is picking up, with things I have to do, and work on my desk.  I am currently working on two sets of ‘galleys’, the final stage of a book before they print it, and my last chance to make corrections before they do. I finished one set of galleys last night, and am starting another set today, for books that will be published and available in the coming months.  Galleys look like the printed pages of a book, but they’re not bound together yet, so the pages come in a big stack, and I can make necessary changes and edits on them, it’s my last chance before the book gets printed.

Book wise—-I’m getting revved up for two new books coming out in October, a hardcover novel, “Pegasus”, it’s a World War II book, a historical novel, and my new children’s book, “Pretty Minnie in Paris”, about a white long haired teacup Chihuahua who lives in Paris and loves to wear pretty clothes. It is the cutest thing you’ve ever seen, with gorgeous illustrations by Kristi Valiant, and lots of pink and purple glitter on the book. If there are any little girls in your life, they will love it!! So on the book front, things are getting busy. And my own tiny white Chihuahua, Minnie, had a photo shoot this week for publicity shots for the children’s book. She wore eight different coats and two tiny tee shirts, and she looked very cute!!!

On the social front, I am going to a big very fabulous antique show, the opening night dinner, which is always a very glamourous event, and the antiques at the show are museum quality and wonderful to see. I always look forward to it, and the show happens every other year. It’s fun to see, jewelry, paintings and spectacular antiques.  On a more human scale, I had my adorable Godchildren to dinner last night, for pasta and a movie. They are 4, 7 and 10, and really wonderful kids. They came to visit me with their parents for a week in San Francisco this summer, and we went to Las Vegas together for 3 days. We watched “Sound of Music”, which I love as much as ever, and really enjoyed with them. It had a very international flavor, as my godchildren are half French and half Japanese (and are in the dedication of my children’s book), so I knew all the songs in English because I had seen the movie in English as a child, the film we watched was dubbed in French, so the songs in the movie were in French, and my godchildren knew all the songs in Japanese, and sang along in Japanese—now there’s an international mix for you!!! We had a lot of fun, and I can tell you that the songs in Sound of Music sound great in Japanese too!!

Family-wise, it’s the time of year when I miss my kids, after spending time with them in the summer, and everyone back in their cities, lives and jobs now after the summer. My three girls in fashion are all hard at work on their ready to wear fashion shows in New York, and will be doing the same in Paris soon, and I will miss them in both places. They’re working 20 hour days, and I keep up with their shows, very proudly!!, on style.com. And the others are all busy at work too. And I’m back to editing books, and working on new ones. So it feels like ‘back to school’ for all of us, although no one is in school anymore. But we all seem to be busy. This summer was a mixed bag, with wonderful time with my kids and visits from my French friends, and then the sad loss of a close friend, and two I was less close to (an accident and two suicides, so shocking in all 3 cases), and cleaning up after the earthquake in the Napa Valley. It wasn’t a lazy summer. And things are speeding up now. Two of my daughters have birthdays this month, and for the first time, I wasn’t able to be with one of them, as she had to work on a fashion show, September is a busy month for all of us.

I hope the Fall is off to a nice start for you, with fun projects up ahead, things you’re looking forward to, and interesting things to do. I wish it were still summer, but there’s always next year…..I wish I could fast forward to next summer now!!! But there is lots to do before then. Have a great week!!

love, Danielle

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6 Comments so far
  1. Keyla Marques September 8, 2014 10:24 am

    your words always come in the right time.
    While is Fall for you, it’s Spring here in Brazil. Amazing time. flowers everywhere.
    But soon it will be Summer for us and I can’t wait for that.
    May September be full of joy and hard work.

  2. Joyce Wood September 8, 2014 10:33 am

    I love all your books and I can’t wait for the new ones to come out. I just finished “A Perfect Life”. Though I thought it was not your usual style of writing, I enjoyed the book very much. You have a great gift, and you use it well.

  3. Joanne Abraham September 9, 2014 8:07 am

    I am loving the weather at the moment in England and although I usually love the autumn/fall I feel a little sad about it this year. My husband is a submariner and has been away most of this year already, we have had him home for 6 weeks this summer which has been lovely but he is due to go away again next week on our longest deployment yet. I am so glad that I have many of your books ready to keep me company over the coming months. I would be lost without your books. They help me to escape my troubles and loneliness at the end of the day when the children have gone to bed and I am so looking forward to your new one and your childrens book is already on my youngest daughters Christmas list. Thank you so much for helping me through tough times as a naval wife.

  4. Jean September 11, 2014 6:46 am

    We hear about little Minnie and really enjoy her accomplishments, but wish we would have an up date on little blue. Do you travel with both of them?

  5. Randy Gilstrap September 13, 2014 11:02 pm

    Ms Steel: Like all of us, you’ve had a busy summer with much joy & gratitude. Thankfully, we’ve got two more months of S.F. summer to enjoy before pumpkins begin to appear

  6. MaryLou Lingis October 3, 2014 6:14 pm

    I love reading about your wonderful family and life. You have gotten me through some very trying times in my life ( loss of two of my four wonderful children. Both in vehicle accidents, ten years, almost to the day apart ). Became disabled with RA forcing me into retirement from a job I loved.
    Your wonderful books have meant so much to me. I “live” in the novel. Have traveled many places and learned many things, thanks to you.

    So I thank you from the bottom of my heart…………Love, MaryLou