Reading for the Weekend (January 31)

January 31, 2014 § Leave a comment

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January 31, 2014

One of the pitfalls of reading two books at once is that it takes twice as long to finish one. Since I am still in progress on the books from the last two blog posts, this week I’ll mention a book I read over the holidays and never got a chance to report.

Secret Shared

In December, I read S.E.C.R.E.T. Shared by  L. Marie Adeline. I completed it after doing the River of Lights walk, while curled up on my couch with a cup of hot tea and swaddled in my new “Lady and the Tramp” flannel pajamas. So, my memory of the actual act of finishing the book is as happy to me as finishing the story contained in the book.

This is the second in the S.E.C.R.E.T. series—“No judgments. No limits. No shame.”—and it is even better than the first. The sex scenes are hot, the storyline inspiring, the action is just great fun, and the ending is wow.

Book three can’t come fast enough for me. (Hmm. Think there was an inadvertent pun in there somewhere.)

What are you reading this weekend?

Great. Just More Chaos to Contend With.

January 29, 2014 § 2 Comments

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January 29, 2014

In last week’s episode of Nashville (a show I am currently a little obsessed with), country star Rayna Jaymes is coaching her faltering, fledgling artist on what it takes to make it in the business. She tells her that she has to

“. . . want this more than you hate all those other things.”

I find this fitting as I head into the querying process.

I just have to get all my market and industry and draft papers in order. I thought I was close to having it almost under control, I really did. Then, somehow, this happened.

ChaosNCat

 The cat seems totally okay with it. But I am not.

I know, this whole organizing kick I’m on may seem like I am just putting off the inevitable, kind of like cleaning house instead of sitting down to write. But I am at the point when I really do have to get my system into some sort of cohesion.  I have to step away from the fun, messy, creative phase and embrace the not-so-fun, ordered, business phase. Because I really want to get my book out there more than I hate sorting all my old notes and planning my attack on all these intimidating market leads.

The cat seems happy either way. Maybe I should be taking notes. If I could just find a blank notebook. Yeah. Because that’s all I need.

I’m Going To Be in a Music Video (For a Second or Two)

January 27, 2014 § 2 Comments

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January 27, 2014

Dia invited me to a video shoot for a local surf rock band called Pool Party. She texted me: “I recommend  doing your hair / makeup but just plain casual clothes and shoes that are super comfy.”

It turns out that her idea of super comfy shoes is pointy, high-heeled boots, and my idea of super comfy shoes is flat, rubber-soled, round-toed Skechers, but that’s another story.

The video director picked me and Dia to be featured extras—we get to walk in the front door of the house party. This is the first time in I don’t know how long that doing my hair and makeup actually paid off.

It also meant that we got to stand outside on the porch steps in the cold air for most of the night, waiting for our cue. But it was so worth it. Beauty, and a few seconds of fame, are pain.

I just hope my nose doesn’t show red from the cold on film. Regardless, when the video is out, I’ll be posting it here!

The Girls with the Band

Me and the girls and the members of Pool Party.

Reading for the Weekend (January 24)

January 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

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January 24, 2014

Beg Me to Slay

I was checking my Twitter feed and saw this review on The Reading Café for Lisa Kessler’s Beg Me to Slay. That evening when I got home I downloaded it to my Nook and immediately started reading. It was like a breath of fresh air.

Even in this day and age I come across books where the lead character is just “too stupid to live.” What a joy to encounter Tegan, who really knows how to take care of herself, but also has to learn how to trust another.

And, oh, my God, I just saw a Solomon Burke “Cry to Me” Dirty Dancing reference. ‘Till next time, all. I gotta get back to the book.

Time to Get Cracking

January 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

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January 22, 2014

I was sitting at our table at the bar last Saturday night, and somewhere between bopping to the music and returning a cute guy’s smile, I found myself brooding upon that agent list I’ve barely started and the book synopsis that I need to update.

That’s when I knew the writing hiatus is over.

Now I have to tackle this:

StaxoNotes

What is this stack of crap? you might ask. I wondered the same thing.

These notebooks are the fruits —and I use that term generously—of my past couple years of attending conferences and workshops and writing and rewriting synopses and queries.

Rewriting synopses and queries over and over and over again because they SUCK.

Fun time is over.

Catching Up on the Oscar Noms: My Oscar Playlist Courtesy of “American Hustle”

January 20, 2014 § 2 Comments

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January 20, 2014

The 86th Academy Award nominations were announced, and as usual, I had only seen two of the nine best pictures (Gravity and 12 Years a Slave). Time to start catching up before the big awards night on March 2nd.

First up for last Friday night was American Hustle.

“Now that was a kick-butt movie,” said my buddy after we left the theater.

Know what else was great about it? The music! I’m adding more songs to my Oscars playlist, baby.

Dirty Work” by Steely Dan
Man, I’d forgotten about this song. It pretty much sums up the theme of the movie.

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” by Elton John
All together, everybody: “Ahh-ah-ah-ah-ahh.” Yeah, I did do that in the theater. But very, very quietly.

I Feel Love” by Donna Summer
Bring back the discotheque, because tonight I really need to dance. Sure, I can and do head for the bar/local band or DJ scene. But the dance space is always way too tiny, and the clothes not nearly as cool.

How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?” by the Bee Gees
Considering that I’d seen a man-I-had-history-with in the movie theater lobby, this song is just all-around timeless. I do not remember what was going on in the movie when this song played, but it was fitting, I’m sure. Some kind of montage. Okay, I was a little preoccupied. See the first sentence.

Live and Let Die” by Wings
Now, I do remember what was happening during this song. Who wouldn’t? It’s one of the many reasons Jennifer Lawrence is up for another Oscar this year.

So that’s three down, six Oscar nominated movies to go. Who else has seen American Hustle, and what did you think? Are you ahead of me with the Oscar nom viewings?

Reading for the Weekend (January 17)

January 17, 2014 § 2 Comments

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January 17, 2014

Not much has changed since last week’s post. I am still laughing my way through Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson. I thought I would share one of my favorite quotes of the week from this book.

Lets Pretend this Never Happened

The set-up: Jenny has been talked into going to a women bloggers retreat in California, and is having serious second thoughts because she thinks most women are “judgy, cruel, fickle, and likely to borrow your Cabbage Patch doll and never give it back.” Her friend Laura reminds her that one of her goals for the year is to make friends with more women.

“She was right, but at the same time she reminded me why girls make both great and terrible friends: They actually listen to your goals, even when you’re too drunk to know what you’re saying.”

Have fun with your friends—girl, boy, cat, or dog—this weekend, everyone.

Oh, and what are you reading?

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