29.6.11

Moving merrily forward...

We all know the phrase when life hands you lemons, make lemonade. I forget where I read it, but there's a slight twist that I've been using (most recently in a presentation I gave), when life hands you limes, make margaritas.

Then, yesterday, my friend Cam posted this on Facebook: Always turn your wheel in the direction of the skid. (According to another poster, that only works if the car is a rear wheel drive car... anyone know if that's the case?)

Anyway, I've reached what could be considered a bumpy patch, and was considering the limes/margaritas phrase as my personal motto. But now, I'm thinking the car analogy might be better. Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy ride!

21.6.11

A new direction?

Last night I had dinner with a friend, someone I've known since we were together at high school. She's just written an amazing book and we were talking about things like the whole publicity "biz" and which reviews she needed. Some people I know (including family) have written books, with more or less success. Even worse, some are just... bad. And if you know someone, there's sort of an expected obligation to like their writing, which can lead to a sticky situation. Luckily, that's not the case here!

I mentioned (as I've mentioned here, earlier) that I've occasionally thought about writing a book (and I really do have the perfect title)... she encouraged me. Here's the problem: not only am I lazy, I don't know that I have a book's worth of stuff to say (or want to say, or should say in public).

Still, it's worth mulling over... I do have some free time coming up. But then, Mt. Bookpile beckons. To read or to write, that may become the question!

7.6.11

Cue Lena Lovich!

I've got a new toy:


What was that about demolishing Mt. Bookpile?

6.6.11

A now-that-summer's-here PSA

Coincidentally, this evening I was purchasing groceries and overheard the following conversation between the check-out girl and the bagger:

Check-out Girl: are we really going to Jones Beach later?  because if we are, I need to get some suntan lotion
Bagger: Oh, I've got some
Check-out Girl: It can't have high SPF because I want to tan - I'm so pale

Me: NOooooooo!  I just got back from having two biopsies at the dermatologist; last time I tanned was over 30 years ago and now's when I'm seeing the damage.

Friends don't let friends tan.  Seriously.

What I did during the book challenge (aka #48hbc)

So, I didn't do all the reading I wanted - far from it.  Work/life took over, and I only got about 14 hours of reading done.  Wondering what I read?  You can read the reviews of Faithful, Angel, Legend and Carney's House Party/Winona's Pony Cart... and anticipate the one of The Upright Piano Player (nearly done!).

In case you're wondering, I'm on book 109 for the year... and Mt. Bookpile is down to 317!

3.6.11

Time for the Book Challenge - aka #48hbc

 It's not like I don't have a ton of other things to do this weekend (work and cat related).  But seriously, does anyone think I'd miss the opportunity to read read read for 48 hours?  Starting now, ending Sunday night.  Maybe some time to sleep, eat and run a couple of errands. 

Haven't heard about the Sixth Annual 48 Hour Book Challenge?  Here are the two most important rules:
  1. The weekend is June 3–5, 2011. Read and blog for any 48-hour period within the Friday-to-Monday-morning window. ... But once begun, the 48 hours do need to be in a row. That said, during that 48-hour period you may still have gaps of time in which you can’t read, and that’s fine.
  2. The books should be middle-grade, young adult, or adult books. If you are generally a picture book blogger, consider this a good time to get caught up on all those wonderful books you’ve been hearing about. 
 I probably won't be a prize-winner, but hey, it's all about the books (and the fact that I only read 12 books in May.  12.  Shameful).