March 7, 2014 § Leave a comment
March 7, 2014
Speaking of paperbacks, this is what the one I bought from Target looks like.
Then I saw this on Goodreads. It is the original cover from the author’s self-published edition.
I really wish I had the one with this cover.
March 3, 2014 § Leave a comment
March 3, 2014
I remember the conversation like this:
R: So let’s just plan on having Oscar night at my place. I get off work at 5:30, I’ll pick up something to eat, and be at my house by 6:00. Let Vic know.
R remembers the conversation more like this:
R: Let me know if you want to come over to my place on Sunday. Otherwise, I won’t pick up anything, I’ll grab a bite to eat at work instead, and I’m putting my pajamas on as soon I get home.
So when I showed up in R’s driveway on Sunday evening with Vic in tow, R opened the front door wearing her snowflake pajamas and yelled, “What are you doing here?!”
I have officially become an Oscar party crasher. It was a good thing I brought the Chinese food.
And the champagne.
After a good laugh and multiple apologies on my part and assurances on my and Vic’s part that it really was okay R was in her PJs, we settled in to watch the Oscars.
Some things we did all agree on:
Bring Ellen DeGeneres back! She classed up the Oscars and made them fun again. Remember the last three years? Exactly. Between taking the adorable selfie that broke Twitter and passing Pharrell’s hat around to pay for the pizza, Ellen really knows how to bring people together for jolly good times.
We are more in love with Jared Leto than ever. After I saw Dallas Buyers Club, he was my favorite for Best Supporting Actor. But when he paid homage to his single mother during his acceptance speech, he elevated himself in our eyes to favorite all around guy period.
All the nominees for Original Song were fantastic. When I saw Frozen in the theater, though, kids really latched onto “Let It Go.” One girl turned to her dad after that respective scene and breathed, “That was so cool!” After the movie was over, I heard another girl singing that song in the restroom. Something that resonates so immediately with its target audience deserves to win.
Lupita Nyong’o made us cry, and she looked damn good doing it. I was fanning my face before she even started talking, but when she paid tribute to the spirit of Patsey, it was all over for me.
We all wanted 12 Years a Slave to win, but I was pretty sure the fact it was such a difficult movie to watch would not work in its favor. It seems Ellen called it when she said that possibility number one was 12 Years a Slave would win, and possibility number two was that we were all a bunch of racists. When the Best Picture winner was announced, Vic said, “Yes. Yes. Yes. Hell, yes.”
Amen to that.
February 28, 2014 § Leave a comment
February 28, 2014
Checking out eBooks from the library is really cool—until the book expires and other patrons put holds on it, preventing me from checking it out again, and I was just getting to the good part, the part of the budding forbidden romance. Augh!
So I haven’t finished The Secret Life of Bees.
I am probably not going to get a whole lot of reading done this weekend, anyway, because I usually do most of my reading on Sunday and this Sunday is the Oscars.
I am almost done with Finding It, though, and will probably check out the follow-up novella, Seeking Her, because this is one of the instances where I am actually interested in re-experiencing the story through the other half’s perspective.
Maybe I can sneak in some reading during the commercials.
February 26, 2014 § Leave a comment
February 26, 2014
I was feeling a bit stagnified in my writing. (Okay, I know stagnified isn’t technically a word, but it does come close to describing my feeling.) I’m still working on queries. That’s possibly why I feel like I’m getting nowhere. So I decided to change my schedule and shake something loose. Instead of working out in the morning and writing in the evening, I switched it around so that I am writing in the morning and working out in the evening.
That means I get to take the new hot yoga classes I signed up for courtesy of Groupon. I love this hot yoga class. Nothing stirs creative images like pouring sweat in a dark room while trying to touch the ceiling with the bottom of your foot. Hmm. Maybe those were hallucinations I was having. Never mind. I’m sticking with creative thoughts.
Because of this schedule change, I get out of bed a lot quicker in the morning, too, because I actually look forward to sitting down at the kitchen table to write. Even if it is just my journal and my sucky queries that I’m writing at the moment.
It’s too early to tell if I’m being more productive with this new routine. But I’m sure having a lot more fun.
February 24, 2014 § 2 Comments
February 24, 2014
I am still woefully behind on the Best Picture Nominee viewing, so when I saw that Century Rio 24 was offering a day of Oscar movies, I hopped into my car and drove on over there.
Thanks to this review by Thy Critic Man and this interview with Will Forte on Tavis Smiley, I saw Nebraska first. Don’t let the black and white thing deter you. This is Alexander Payne’s bringing-families-together gold. The scene where Will Forte and Bob Odenkirk steal an air compressor from a barn while their parents look on from the back seat of the car—that scene alone is worth the price of admission.
Then I turned right around and bought my ticket for Captain Phillips. What a change of pace that was. I was twisting my hair between my fingers, shifting in my seat, exhaling, wringing my hands. Whew! That movie is tense. And I cannot believe Tom Hanks didn’t get nominated for that role. I was breathless and shedding tears at his disoriented, raw, vulnerable performance at the end, and I heard plenty of other sniffles and nose-blowings, too.
So I am now two more down, two more movies to go: The Wolf of Wall Street and Her. One week left. Fingers crossed I get it done.
February 21, 2014 § Leave a comment
February 21, 2014
Sue Monk Kidd has a new book out that is intriguing to me, because it is a fictionalized account of the Grimke sisters, and I read about these South Carolina abolitionists when I was in college. So I decided to first check out Kidd’s debut bestseller, The Secret Life of Bees, from the library. I kind of can’t believe I haven’t read it before now.
“My chest hurt from feeling things. I wondered if T. Ray was pacing the floors feeling as injured as I hoped he did. Maybe he was telling himself what a rotten excuse for a father he was for not treating me better, but I doubted it. Thinking up ways to kill me was more like it.”
What are you reading this weekend?
February 19, 2014 § Leave a comment
February 19, 2014
- Read comic books.
- Do housework.
- Do laundry.
- Paint toenails.
- Collect book jacket blurbs from Goodreads.
- Go to the movies.
- Collect more book jacket blurbs from Goodreads.
- Go to the movies again.
- Analyze the book jacket blurbs for that magic hook.
- Listen again to the NPR interview with the writers of Dallas Buyers Club on how sheer will and tenacity got the movie made.
It’s really time to stop procrastinating.