Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Godspeed, NaNoers!

Good luck to everyone out there in the home stretch. You're over the halfway point, but still with plenty of running room to finish this race in style.
As for me, well, I toyed with the idea. I looooove drafting. Love it. Drafting something new is probably my favorite part of the writing process. Revisions get messy, and are full of decisions and second guesses. First drafts are just a wild alcohol fueled road trip through the desert of wonders and fever dreams. For me, anyway. I am a poor planner when it comes to road trips and new manuscripts.
So the temptation to do my own NaNo every month is strong. So strong.
But, I had to start the month out finishing the revision of my #1 manuscript, and getting it back out into the world.
After that I have three other manuscripts that are whole things, but not very good whole things yet. They need time and attention and piano lessons and lots of healthy home cooked meals to turn them into something presentable.
 After that I have at least 5 or 6  very early first drafts that are more nebulous collections of ideas and character sketches than manuscripts. They need even more work. More dozens of revisions before they are even ready for beta readers.
So, no time for falling in love with some new story, Dr. Jones. I have neglected manuscript children to tend to  before I go out and adopt three or four more. Though I really want to. I did put a few thousand words of something super brand new down in a brand new file before I stopped myself, went back to my second most polish manuscript, and discovered major fixes for some major flaws that have been hanging me up for way too long.

So instead of running this race, I'll be the kid by the curb holding up the encouraging sign and cheering you on as you go on to finish the marathon and inspire the rest of us. Now get going. You'll be able to see the finish line around the next bend.

Monday, October 27, 2014

...So...NaNo...

Is coming.
I've only done it one other year (two years ago...I think...) and I nailed it.
Nearly every other year I've been in the thick of another project, and didn't want to put on the breaks to crank out something "new".
But I'm about to finish my current WIP, like probably tomorrow, and I want something new ready to jump into right away.
Something about autumn turns me into a writing machine. That coupled with the fact that this is the part of the year in which time starts to suddenly move faster, and commitments pile up like snow until you are buried in parties and activities and gatherings - all of which are fun, but it is an easy time to lose track of yourself.
So what I'm saying is, I'm leaning towards taking a crack at NaNo this year.
Anybody else?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

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So, it's Wednesday again, and today started off great - for about ten minutes. I'll get to that below. 

What I'm Reading 

I'm still working on Film by Marisha Pessl.  But I also stumbled upon the Lockwood & Co. series by Jonathan Stroud while at the bookstore this weekend with junior. Sooo I had to pick that up too.   

What I'm Writing 

Almost done with the revision of the MG adventure. I'm in the last 40 pages or so (word and chapter counts are changing daily) And I want nothing more in the world than to spend the rest of the week with my manuscript. But alas, bills need to be paid, food needs to be consumed both by myself and by the child and husband, and parts of the house occasionally need to be tidied up for the sake of living like civilized people. The words "writer's retreat" have never sounded more heavenly than they do right now.  

What Works For Me  

Oh good gravy. Nothing. A Time Turner would be nice. Or a household staff. I'll take either one, just to get the massive workload done so I can concentrate.  

What Else I'm Up To

Well, one of those things happened this morning that is inevitable, but non the less disheartening. Our dear oldest cat, Lola, who is somewhere around 17 (we adopted her as an adult stray, so we'll never know her exact age) and still phenomenally spry, took a turn for the worse the past few days. Now, and old cat being slow and lazy is a tough call. Is she just old? Or is she actually ill? The last time she was at the vet and had her blood work done, she was in perfect health for a very senior cat. This morning it was obvious that she needed some medical attention. The vet decided to keep her overnight, and run some tests. It may be a simple infection, and it may be something serious or more chronic. For now, we wait, and spend the first night without our dear girl in 15 years. We went through this before a decade ago, and that time, our kitty never came home. And that made me feel the worst. Not that our cat had a sudden unexplained illness, but that he had to spend his last night in a cold cage at the vet's office, and not in his warm home with his family. As least I was with him the next day when it became clear that treating him was not helping him, but leaving them in someone else's care - even the super competent vet - is still terribly hard. 

So, here's hoping the rest of the WUW world is having a better day, and hoping for good news tomorrow. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

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Look at that beautiful fall wreath! It's October! Love!  

What I'm Reading 

Night Film by Marisha Pessl.  Just started, but it's glorious so far. Next up is Measure for Measure again, as I've got Mr. Cate nearly convinced to produce a Shakespeare film with me.  

What I'm Writing 

Back to revising my MG adventure story. Notes came back from Fabulous Agent, and now I'm polishing like a fiend over here.  

What Works For Me  

Making time to write. I don't mean requiring myself to write, I mean allowing myself the time to work. Mr. Cate is in the middle of a training program for his dream job, which means my income is the main income around here at the moment, which in turn has made me feel that every spare moment should be spent on my business, and working working working, or else I'm a slacker. But last month I was forced to step back and take a week away, and guess what? Things went along just fine. I'm now setting aside some time each morning to work on my manuscripts again. Getting some writing done always makes me feel that I accomplished something that day, even if everything else is just a whirlwind of nonsense and tasks that never get completely finished. 

What Else I'm Up To

Made my second appearance at the Holy Hill Art Farm, which was just as much fun as last year, even though the weather was 20 degrees colder and 100% rainier than the forecast described. It was still a good crowd, and a great weekend for me. It was also me and mister's anniversary - 12 years with this old scoundrel. 





What else is going on out in writing world?? 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What's Up Wednesday, Welcome Back Edition

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Ah, it's been a while - Good to be back! 

What I'm Reading 

Read John Green's Paper Towns on an airplane. Waiting for a new box of books to arrive on my doorstep any moment now.  

What I'm Writing 

A new historic, magically realistic MG, along with my ghost story MG, which was stalled a bit. But I figured out a few of the problems while on hiatus. Hopefully I'll have two sparkly new manuscripts by the end of the year.  

What Inspires Me Right Now 

Coffee. Cold weather. A fresh sheet of paper and a new bolt of fabric. It's my favorite time of year, and colder than average too, which I LOVE. 


What Else I'm Up To

Well, I spent the last almost two weeks of August here: 

Hello Kona! 

I spent my birthday in a volcano, snorkeled on a coral reef, fed a wild sea turtle, visited a beach made of gemstones, and slept in a room where dolphins woke us up each morning outside the window. Yeah, can't complain. 

Our lodgings.

Mr. Cate making a new friend at the cafe. 

Cate Junior on the beach at Anaeho'omalu Bay 

And now that we're home - Big art show this weekend! This will be my second year in a row at the Art Farm in Holy Hill. Last year was fantastic. I can't wait for some live music, fresh local food, sunny late summer weather and meeting up with all the fantastic artists I met last year at the Farm. But that means that this week is sewing and prepping time. Next week will be diving back into writing time. 

I hope everyone has an enjoyable weekend lined up! 

Friday, September 12, 2014

I Love September

Love it. This just might be the best month of the year. Seriously.
Around here we celebrate the little guy's birthday, and the big kids' anniversary (#12). In September the weather starts to change, sometimes not until the very end, sometimes right at the beginning, like this year, although it was my favorite kind of summer - cold.
Today I did two of my favorite non writing things. After the school bus left, Mr. Cate and I went back to our dark, quiet bed and fell back asleep for a few more hours, while it rained outside. After I finally had to get up and participate in the day, I put on my slippers for the first time since last spring.
Slippers, coffee, and a new manuscript. It rarely gets better than that.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

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Happy Wednesday! I managed to get here a little earlier this week. 

What I'm Reading 

Still reading Zadie Smith's NW. There hasn't been a lot of reading time this week. 

What I'm Writing 

Finished the latest revision of my MG manuscript! Huzzah! This was a reconstruction round. There will be a lot of cleaning and polishing to do on the next round, but for a few days, at least, I am letting that one simmer. Which means I spent yesterday outlining a new project, of course. It's actually a manuscript I started last year, that is still a collection of ideas and a few rough chapters. Now that it's all sorted out, it's time to jump in and turn it into something. 

What Inspires Me Right Now 

Open windows! We have pretty extreme seasons here, normally. Shockingly cold winters, brutally hot and sticky summers. But this year has been cool and breezy. Lots of sunny days with all the windows in the house open, enjoying the scents of the flowers under the living room windows, the sounds of birds and kids and puppy dogs in the neighborhood. Usually we have to wait until fall to get perfect weather like this. 


What Else I'm Up To

Making sea slugs to send to France! Never thought I'd get to use all those words together in a sentence! 
One of my favorite things to make for my little Etsy shop are nudibranches, or sea slugs, though they're not entirely slugs. They live everywhere, they are shockingly colorful, and they are surprisingly fun to make into plushies.  And the people who are in the market for sea slug plush are a very fun bunch to know. Divers, sailors, museum curators, little kids with big vocabularies, and my most plentiful customer - boyfriends of marine biologists. Happy to help, guys ;) 
This is a real animal, Felimare californiensis. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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Happy Wednesday! Let's jump right in, shall we? 


What I'm Reading 

NW by Zadie Smith. I read On Beauty last year, and loved it. Just started NW, but so far, it's the same kind of wonderful. There is a lot of experimental formatting in this one, but Smith is the kind of writer who crafts sentences, and makes you want to note the construction, so she gets a pass. Otherwise, that kind of thing can get a book permanently stuck at the bottom of my TBR pile.  

What I'm Writing 

Last 10k of my MG revisions. I've been attempting to set deadlines on finishing this, but I finally realized that self constructed deadlines don't work for me. I don't need motivation to sit down and write. I love writing. And this revision has been pretty intensive. It's not just clean up or line edits. There has been a fair bit of rewriting, and brand new chapters. So far out of the original 60k, I've cut at least 5500 words, and added back 7500. There is no need to rush, and I'm liking the result, so while I'd like to have it "done by x date", if it doesn't happen, there's no need to panic.  

What Inspires Me Right Now 

Livin' the dream. No, things aren't perfect.  But when it comes to the average day in the life, I really couldn't have it any better. Cute house, adorable son, gorgeous and talented husband, sunshine, flowers outside my window, books to read, books to write. Cat on my lap while I work on my manuscript. Playing video games with the kid in the morning, doing some gardening with him in the afternoon. Glass of wine and a movie with the husband at night. I am completely spoiled. 

What Else I'm Up To


Being the hipsters that we are, we made homemade marshmallows. Chocolate, mint and lemon flavors. I am the queen of screwing up recipes, but these basically me-proof. Turned out great. You do need a candy thermometer, and it does make a hell of a sticky mess, but it all cleans with warm water. And if you are a peeps fan like myself, and miss the peppermint stars that are only out for Christmas, then homemade minty marshmallows are for you.  

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

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Happy Wednesday! Already! Again!
See, this is how I end up missing a week or so. It's summer, and days of the week are fairly meaningless around here, and I just sat down for some legit writing time when the computer clock happened to note that it was, in fact, Wednesday again. Thank you, computer clock. 

What I'm Reading 

Did some beta reading for a critique buddy, on a very early draft of a very fun story. 

What I'm Writing 

The MG revision is humming along. Really, really happy with it so far, even the middle chapter that had me running in circles for two straight days. It's much better now.

What Inspires Me Right Now 

Polar Vortex Summer. Seriously. It's been cool and rainy here, where summer is normally a scorching wasteland. So kid is happy inside reading books with me, and I don't feel tremendous mom guilt that I'm not making every summer day some kind of pinterest wonderland for my precious angel. (Which you shouldn't feel guilty about ever anyway, but I know moms, and any time you think you *should* be spending time with your kid - even if the kid doesn't even want to - feels like some kind of motherly betrayal. We should all work on that.)


What Else I'm Up To

I moved into my "new" office, which is the spare bedroom in our house, and is now my writing room and etsy store headquarters. I even have my own bathroom, which I have to share with the cats, but hey, most offices have co-workers after all. 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Saturday Night with the Cool Kids

That's right. You know who you are, staying up late to read blogs. You like to live dangerously, just like me.
For instance, I was just sitting down with a fresh cup of home brewed hazelnut coffee. That's right. Coffee at nearly 10:30 pm Central Time. I made that coffee in a purple Soviet era economy class coffee maker, that was probably marketed for girls' dorm rooms, based on the aforementioned color and that it was a billion percent off at the Gordman's.

 We have well water here, of a tart and hearty stock that seems to take special pride in annihilating coffee makers, toilet tanks, and any light colored clothing that dares breach its foul depths. We blow through four or five coffee makers a year. So I buy the cheap ones, and when they burn out, I shed not a tear. I simply put another notch in the Well Water vs Coffee Maker tally column, say the traditional rites over the garbage can, and consign the poor sacrificial device to ye old local landfill. (only the non recyclable parts, of course)

Our previous machine, Mr. Coffee - he preferred to be addressed by is professional name - got an extra two months of life with the cunning use of pouring near-boiling water over the grounds manually. But alas, eventually that too ended, when the glass cracked, and the carafe began hemorrhaging all over the counters and down the side of the cabinet.

It was only after assassinating twenty or thirty odd mechanical coffee makers (30 Odd Mechanical Coffee Makers - the original name of Russell Crowe's band?) that it occurred to me that perhaps my hipster brother was on to something, and there was more purpose to the old fashioned french press style coffee maker than simply looking very pretentious while using it.So I set out to find one. Though many were available online, for a house that drinks two pots of coffee a day minimum, the waiting time, even with overnight shipping, simply would not do. The french presses I found in store were lovely, and either the size of a thimble, or three times the price of the lowly purple machine on infinite clearance in the back of the third store in which I attempted to procure my new machine. So Violet Beauregard (stage name) came home with us. Which is fitting, as we have a purple kitchen.

So, where am I going with this? Well, I just now sat down with my laptop, my mug of coffee (with a big L for My Mug, Not Yours stamped in the very earthenware of the vessel) prepared to spend a few hours of my quiet evening revising my current manuscript, and feeling quite content indeed, when the thunderstorm began. Driving, pounding rain, with a customary howling wind and rumbling thunder, which was all fine until I remembered The Umbrella.

We have the cutest patio umbrella. It's rainbow. It's got a little scalloped edge. And it loves to escape and roam the neighborhood. Especially in wind storms.
Mr. is not home. He's still on his way back from Chicago, where he was shooting a spot for Pop Tarts or something, and I am alone, listening to soothing summer rain and realizing that I will have to go out in it to close the damn umbrella before it launches itself to freedom and does some legitimate damage to the house. Or someone else's house.

But all is well. The umbrella is safely closed and secured. I just spent five minutes wrestling with a metal pole in the middle of my yard in a lightning storm, but, like one glorious Gloria Gaynor, I have survived. As I said at the beginning, I like to live dangerously. Happy Saturday Night, you wild and crazy kids.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

What's Up Wednesday - Welcome Back

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Happy Wednesday! 
I've missed a few, and there's a lot of catching up to do! 

What I'm Reading 

Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Love the pace. It does have one element that always throws me, and it's the Immortal Figure that Looks Like a Teenager But is Really Much Older But Falls in Love with a Human Teenager Anyway. I enjoy a good paranormal romance, but as a person in my mid thirties, who remembers very well being a teenager,  I cannot imagine dating someone who's 16 or 17 at my age, let alone when I'm 50, or 150, or 500, even if I still looked 17 on the outside. No thank you. (although my dear husband has plenty of friends who won't date anyone less than 10 years younger than them, so I don't think it works both ways) I also don't recall thinking of way older guys in a romantic manner at that age. That always kind of lingers in the back of my head when I'm reading these kinds of romances. Falling in love with a vampire, swamp beast or ghost seems more plausible than a 100 year old soul having a romantic connection to a 16 year old soul, and making that work at all. Still a very fun book. 


What I'm Writing 

My MG adventure story is almost, ALMOST complete. Yesterday I had a blissful 8 hours of writing time. With a few more days like this, I should be able to complete this pass by the end of the week. YAY! And then it can go back to Fabulous Agent. 

What Inspires Me Right Now 

Momentum. I made some really solid progress on the WIP this week, and with a few days of writing time still reserved ahead of me, I'm ready to keep right on rolling and see this to the end. It's the middle of a long jog, and I've got the heart rate up, and the pace is comfortable and even, and it's now one smooth flat grade to the finish line. 


What Else I'm Up To

Oh boy. Well, it's not entirely what I've been up to, but more what's been going on around me since the start of summer.  
- my brother co-wrote on a song that is featured in the new Transformers movie.
- my cousin was selected by the 49ers in the third round of the NFL draft, and he is likely to be a starter next year. (Still hoping he ends up in Green Bay someday!)
- my husband's short film screens this weekend in Chicago. Yay! One of his feature length films is in consideration to be an art installation at a major museum. Fingers crossed.  And another film he edited is about to make its film festival debut. 
- my etsy shop had its best non-holiday month ever in June, and July is looking to be even better. Which is fantastic and nerve wracking, because last year August-March were BUSY and if it's even more this year, I might have a hard time keeping up. But I welcome the challenge!   
- my son made it out of third grade, and this summer he's started going running with me. We're scouting for a fun 5k to do as a family in the fall. Right now he's on a road trip with his brave grandpa and cousin. Just Papa and the boys :) 
And there were other less fun happenings as well, but why drag those out, right? This is about inspiration, motivation and fun. So, what fun things has summer brought your way so far? 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

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Happy Wednesday Hoppers! 
I have been participating in this blog hop for a few months now, and I notice I always seem to be the last or near the last one to get my post posted. How the heck is everyone else so on the ball every week?? We're writers, people. How do you all keep so organized??   

What I'm Reading 

I'm going to modify this one for this week. Instead of What I'm Reading, I'm going to let you know What I'm Watching ;) 
Jim Jarmusch has a new film out, in limited release, which finally made its way to our neighborhood. 
It's called Only Lovers Left Alive, and if you have the chance to see this in a theater, do it.  I've written way more about it in my previous post, which you are also invited to read if you want to know what the heck it's about. (hint: technically it's a vampire picture. But of course, not really) 


What I'm Writing 

I'm supposed to be finishing a revision. So of course, I wrote a short story this morning, and started notes on a brand new YA idea that sort of finally congealed for me over the weekend. I've tried YA before, with disastrous results, but this one is a bit different than my previous attempts, and I think it may have legs. But I can't do any real writing until I get the revision finished. 

What Inspires Me Right Now 

Jim Jarmusch. See below. And above. It's been a while since I've seen a movie or read a book that I truly loved as much as this one. It's one of those films that I wish I could watch again for the first time. 


What Else I'm Up To

Mr. Cate and I have started putting together actual material for our podcast project. Last night we recorded a test toast that was super fun and completely unusable, as first drafts often are. 
The tentative title for this one is I Can't Believe You Made Me Watch That, which I realize is way too clunky, but it describes the concept perfectly. 
We've seen a lot of movies. A LOT of movies. It's the thing that got us started on the path to being an Us in the first place - late nights watching movies, and then going out for coffee and pie and talking about those movies until dawn, when it was time to go start watching movies again. 
I love reading movie reviews. (actually, I love reading good movie reviews. See: most of the discussions over at the A.V. Club.) I really love reviews with give and take, point/counterpoint banter. But I've never seen one with a couple before, and this project gives Mr. Cate and I the perfect opportunity to A. Make each other watch movies we would never usually agree to watch. and B. have it out with the other one when we pick something truly awful, and have to own up to it. 

What's going on out there in the rest of the Wednesday World?? 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Yes. This. Exactly This.

Jim Jarmusch made a vampire picture. And it's kind of perfect.
Set predominately in Detroit, partially in Tangier, and entirely at night, Only Lovers Left Alive stars Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as an immortal couple navigating through the centuries in the most impossibly cool manner - as the most perfect couple ever to walk the earth. Of course, lots of vampires are cool. Or they've seemed that way, before we encountered Swinton and Hiddleston's Eve and Adam, who have been around for an undisclosed amount of time, perhaps centuries, maybe more. One of the few things we know about their lives is that they've spent them together, in spirit if not always in the same physical space.

 The film opens on Adam and Eve apart, each living secluded but seemingly content, on opposite sides of the world. He resides in a crumbling mansion set in the deteriorating landscape of Detroit, where he writes music, collects musical instruments and technological gadgets, and from them builds a world strictly for his own entertainment, to distract him from the frustrating world outside, and the impossible humans that unfortunately run it. She enjoys her solitude in a flat hidden away in the rambling corridors of the old world, on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, where she luxuriates among her vast collection of literature and spends occasional evenings in the company of poet and playwright Christopher Marlowe, played by John Hurt, who, it seems, not only was the true author of Shakespeare's entire body of work, but also did not expire from a knife wound to the head during a bar fight, as history has led us to believe. He has instead spent the past 450 years in quiet seclusion among the artistic elite of the literary world. After an undetermined amount of time apart, Eve reaches out to Adam, perhaps sensing his isolation and need for reconnection, as indeed when she calls, it is at exactly the right moment. He does need her to come to him, and she does so without the slightest aggravation or hesitation. There's no explanation for their separation, and none needed. In a life that reaches into eternity, a few years apart probably equate to a weekend away from home. Adam and Eve live their lives at a casual pace, as if they have all the time in the world, because of course, they do. There's absolutely no rush to be anywhere, except in each others arms.

The true tone of the film is revealed in the early scene in which Adam and Eve reconnect. Adam spends nearly all of his time secluded on the upper floors of his dilapidated house, going to the window only when summoned by the doorbell, and only answering it for his form of personal assistant and sole connection to the outside world, a musician named Ian, played by Anton Yelchin. Adam not only rarely leaves the house, he rarely leaves the second floor. But when Eve arrives, tired from her overnight transatlantic flight, Adam leaves at once to greet her. Their reunion is both familiar and comfortable, yet new and exhilarating, the way love can hardly ever be after so much time together. And yet, after hundreds of years, this is how Adam and Eve spend their time, curled up together on Adam's sprawling antique bed, or upon an ancient sofa, surrounded by the towering clutter of the life Adam has tried to construct for himself on his own. Everything there is his and for his own amusement, and yet Eve fits right in, as if every part of her life connects effortlessly with some aspect of his. He invites her into his intensely private existence, and she obliges in a respectful and completely comfortable manner.

Conflict arrives, but only externally, in the form of Eve's sister Ava, played by Mia Wasikowska, who turns up not unexpected but definitely unwanted, and disrupts the lovers lives in a way that is both slight and yet has repercussions that will affect the momentum of their entire future.

In both settings, Detroit and Tangier, Jarmusch depicts the world much different and much more realistically than traditional vampire films, dropping the artifice of covens and the hedonistic night life of the human world as backdrops. Nothing external is needed to amplify the coolness of his ultimate vampire lovers. Instead Jarmusch illustrates the ideal world for a pair of introverts as pathologically introspective as Adam and his Eve. The streets of their towns are deserted, quiet, and barren, both in the former heartland of the US, where Adam takes his fair lady on a driving tour of the desiccated urban landscape, and the balmy Mediterranean where Eve brings Adam in an attempt to ease him out of his intense solitude and back into the tiny corners of the world where he is comfortable, as long as she is there with him. In one of my favorite scenes of the film, Eve leaves Adam alone on the streets of Tangier, only for a moment, where he finally finds something external that arouses the slightest bit of hope and interest in him, as he observes a singer perform in a Tangierian version of an after hours club. He watches transfixed and completely absorbed until Eve returns, resting her chin lightly on his shoulder, and he turns at once, excited to see her again, and share this experience with her.

The film includes a rapturous soundtrack provided partly by Jarmusch and his musical partner Jozef Van Wissem, and obligatory nods to the rich and delightfully nebulous source material of vampire lore. There is plenty of blood drinking, and revelations about the dangers for vampires in the modern age, and the logistical problems of living in such a condition without foreseeable end.

Of course, this isn't a story about vampires. This story is about something far more mythical and unattainable than immortality. This is a portrayal of possibly the most perfect long term relationship ever described in literature.This is the story about a couple that has come to love everything about each other, so much so that they find all the rest of the world more alluring just because they enjoy each other's company. In the end, the real ecstasy of living forever is not in the triumph of cheating death, or of the gift of eternal youth, but in the security of a true partner during the journey. And cool sunglasses.

I do have a single caveat, and it involves the Marlowe subplot. Clever as it may be, I just don't dig the modern fashion for ascribing Shakespeare's work to some contemporary of his or another. Sorry Jim. Loved your movie, but I have to back up my man William on this one.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

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What I'm Reading 

Here Be Monsters! It reminds me very much of Dahl, but longer. I love long books. 


What I'm Writing 

Sent off the first few chapters of the MG to Fabulous Agent Natalie. The next few chapters are getting rewritten from the ground up. I'll be jumping in on that tomorrow :D 

What Inspires Me Right Now 

Ugh. I've been in a slump. Cooking, for starters. I've been slowly building up my repertoire, partly for healthy eating reasons and partly because I just think we should know how to make food. I managed to get way into adulthood without knowing how to make much of anything that didn't come from a package. So it's been an adventure of trying new things, which I should add I usually eat myself, as my son is very picky ( he eats lots of healthy foods, just not new healthy foods.) and my husband eats soda, bacon, cinnamon buns, cinnamon bears, coffee and for the past month, Cadbury creme eggs in that order. You would think he would be obese on that diet, or at least chubby, but no. He's built like a jockey, and spends most of his day at the computer editing films. I spend most of my day at the computer or sewing machine, and unless I count every calorie and get up and run around for 45 minutes a day, I quickly start looking like the Stay Pufft marshmallow man.  


What Else I'm Up To

Spring Cleaning! 90% of the flower beds are raked out and trimmed. my closet is cleaned out, and it looks like its about time to repaint the kitchen and living room.    

What's going on out there in the rest of the Wednesday World??