Friday Obsessions: Doggone Voice, Rainy Mood, and Cake

Happy Friday, sweet readers! I’ve had a heckuva week – I was home alone (!!!) with all four of my monsters for the first three days of it, and I am  So! Quick obsessions rundown, shall we? 1. THAT DOGGONE VOICE Workshop over at Brenda Drake’s!Yes! I am famous! Brenda asked me to be part of The Voice Team in her latest workshop, along with my CP Marieke. Some of these entries are STELLAR, you guys, and it was all I could do to not ask to read their manuscripts. Come visit and tell them what you think when it opens to comments next week! 2. RainyMood  Raise your hand if you like to read, write, or just generally BE inside with a thunderstorm happening outside. Yeah, I thought so. Navigate to rainymood.com for a summer thunderstorm any time, any place. You can play your music over top of it, too. Writing bliss! 3. Cake I want cake. Just some cake. Any cake. So badly. *sigh* Yeah, I know it was short. The workshop wore me out!What about you, sweet readers? What were YOU obsessed with this...

Friday Obsessions: Rita’s, Pedicures, and Snow White and the Huntsman

Oh, readers. Thank you so much for all your beautiful comments on my post from Monday. It’s been a rough week and I haven’t replied to them all yet, but…thank you. I just want to hug all of you. Figuratively, I mean. I actually don’t want anyone touching me unless it’s a masseuse or my (soon-to-be) newborn baby. See, I’m one of those ladies who has “false” labor for weeks and weeks before the kid actually arrives. But there’s not much false about it. So. For the next four weeks, until I can evict the child with IV medication, I’m going to be dealing with some pretty serious pain and generally being in the biggest MOOD ever. This is the kind of thing that makes you nostalgic for the 1950s, where they just loaded a lady up with sleeping pills and narcotics and a month later, she had a baby. I am (mostly) not kidding. But still. It’s only four weeks, and Mood or no Mood, life doesn’t stop, right? Which makes it particularly lame that I haven’t written anything since the Word War on Monday night. L-A-M-E. And to think I wanted to hit 35K this week. Hell, I didn’t even BLOG on Wednesday. And I didn’t because of…what? Back pain? Swollenness? Exhaustion? Puh-lease. Katniss would probably roll her eyes and spit at  me, and then shoot me straight in the heart with an arrow because I was taking up all the good air. (As you may be able to tell, I could use a good drill sergeant right now. Seriously, kick my butt. Leave your application in...

Friday Obsessions: Yo-Yo Ma, Blogging Ahead, and Peeta’s Bread

Happy Friday, sweet readers!   It’s actually been a pretty decent week! I mean, I’m still in the query trenches, but I didn’t have to eat any trench rats this week (translation: nothing made me cry) so we’re calling that a WIN. In less pleasant news, my ankles are the size of my head. The upshot is that I pretty much have to sit on the couch with my feet up at the end of the day. Which means my WiP did not suffer for word-count this week.  Another WIN. Anyway. Enough about me. Let’s get on with talking about my obsessions.(I know, I know. Self-centered, etc. But it’s my blog, you see?)Everything I was obsessed with this week. Because I know you want to know.  1. Yo-Yo Ma. Very little makes me emotional, music-wise. The things that most get to me are my MS’s playlists (duh) and then artists like Yo-Yo Ma, who is an unquestionable MASTER in his field, and plays so beautifully. His treatment of Bach’s cello suites is absolutely astounding, and definitely the music I listen to when I need that weird mix of neutral, calming, and energizing, all at the same time. But, you guys. There’s MORE. Watch this video of him playing. He’s an expert, yeah, but check out how HARD he works to nail a piece that he’s played a kajillion times – a piece that he’s famous for. You can just tell that he is trying so hard to get better – AS IF HE COULD GET BETTER – each and every time. This is inspirational, y’all. I only hope that I...

Friday Obsessions: Nesting, Inspirational Quotes, and Matzah Crack

You guys. It has been one helluva week. Monday and Tuesday David was out of town for a last-minute business trip (which means I spent those days singlehandedly herding three insane rabid chipmunks our three adorable children in and out of clothes, cars, mealtimes, bathtubs, pajamas, and beds,) Wednesday we threw a Purim celebration at work (so so so much fun but holy hell, exhausting) yesterday was my scullery maid day, and tonight I run one of the most fun Friday nights of the quarter – the one where our stellar a’capella group performs – at work (again, extra fun, but totally exhausting.) And tomorrow I have to go buy a new car. (Because apparently rabid chipmunks require carseats – one for each of them – to keep them safe on the road, or something. And our current car only has space for three.) So guess how much writing got done this week.Yeeeeeah. Anyhoo. Here we go. Everything I was obsessed with this week.Because I know you want to know. 1. Nesting. It’s cheesy, but true. When you have three at home already, nesting is less “Holy crud I have to get All The Things clean and organized,” and more “How am I going to plan for my home not to sink into a pit of condemn-able filth while I’m recovering and keeping a 7-pound helpless infant human alive?” So. I’ve been buying lots of paper towels and Clorox wipes, paper plates and napkins (all items I’m normally morally opposed to buying,) microwavable and ready-to-eat food, and months worth of any other supplies we might need. Also, I’m hiring a cleaning...

Friday Obsessions: Pinterest, Anita Diamant, and Hamantaschen

Happy Friday, everyone! Another week of non-awesome progress on the WiP, which I’m attributing to the 6-week homestretch of hosting this (non-alien, allegedly adorable) parasitic creature. I’m sleeping a lot of hours, but not sleeping very WELL, which is totally destroying my “wake-up-at-4:00-every-morning-and-write-like-a-motherf—er” strategy for getting anything done, you know, EVER. (And let’s not even talk about what a cruddy CP I’ve been.) It’s worth it, I know. It’s cool. *weeps* In other news, I’m calling this week “not bad at all” in the query trenches, which, of course, falls somewhere between “could be worse” and “only slightly anxious.” Let’s just continue to keep our fingers, toes, and possibly eyes crossed for good luck for ONE, hmmmm? Thanks. Yeah, okay. Let’s get on with the show.This week’s obsessions are a pretty even balance between super-girly and super-Jewy. You’ve been warned. Everything I was obsessed with this week.Because I know you want to know. 1. Pinterest. Yeah, yeah, it’s tired, I know. And to be fair, it’s only a minor obsession. I made a board for Chrome, and it always makes me sigh with the pretty. I’m gonna go ahead and recommend it as an amazing tool for all you writers out there who are visual like me. For example: I found these trees on Pinterest, which are now alllllll over Chrome City: 2. Anita Diamant. Okay. So, Anita Diamant wrote a bestselling book called THE RED TENT about 13 years ago that was a retelling, or fleshing-out, of a Bible story, which is kind of what I’m trying to do with Chrome (TRT is incredible, by the way, I...

Friday Obsessions: A Girl Who Reads, No Envy, No Fear, and Fountain Sodas

Happy Friday, sweet readers! It’s been another week of lows sprinkled with a couple of sparkly little highs in the query trenches. As I say, it could always be worse. Writing itself is going pretty slowly, I’m sad to say, and I’m looking for a voice-finding breakthrough to strike me this weekend. When I was drafting One, Merrin’s voice just flowed, and this one….? I know it’s in there somewhere, I just have to figure out how to get it from my brain into my heart, you know? My CPs have had some suggestions, and I’d love to hear yours- at this point, I’ll try anything. Anyway, that’s the update. Without further ado… Everything I was obsessed with this week.Because I know you want to know. 1. Spoken Poet Ryan Grist on a Girl Who Reads. (Warning: Begins and ends with a couple of slightly objectionable words for body parts. WORTH IT.) I don’t normally go for spoken word poetry, but this is AMAZING. Might make me reconsider. I know it’s annoying when people say “just watch the video,” but…just watch it. (I’ve hit “replay” at least 30 times this week.) Yum. 2. Joshua Radin’s No Envy, No Fear. Just another calming song for another tumultuous week. Plus, I like the idea – “No envy, no fear.” A good goal for a writer, even if I’m far, far from it. 3. Fountain Soda. Oh, fountain soda. Pop from a can is one thing, but there’s something about the way the fizzies diminish in just the right way and the ice so perfectly chills it that makes me OBSESSED with fountain...