I have been slowly putting in planting beds. I figure if I get them all set up this year, next year I can just order plants and put them in without all this sweating and moaning. I did get three kinds of daisies planted, none of them Shasta (those are going in somewhere else). I have Big Plans and a Black Thumb, so we’ll see.
What have you been up to?
Well, her new book is Heartless, the final book in the House of Rohan series, and it’s on sale today at Amazon. She says there’s even a Crusie Easter Egg inside if you look hard enough.
We’re going to do a Slack chat later this week (next week? we’ll get to it) talking about the book and writing and probably cats and dogs and food because we have difficulty with focus, but in the meantime, that cover is great and the story inside is probably even better. Off to buy my copy now.
Anne Stuart’s Heartless: Continue reading
From Psychology Today:
“Researchers estimate that much of happiness is under personal control. Regularly indulging in small pleasures (such as warm baths!), getting absorbed in challenging activities, setting and meeting goals, maintaining close social ties, and finding purpose beyond oneself are all actions that increase life satisfaction.”
What small (or large) happinesses did you find this week?
(Also, happy Mother’s Day!)
Today is Limerick Day.
Per Wikipedia: “A limerick is a form of verse, often humorous and sometimes obscene, in five-line, predominantly anapestic meter with a strict rhyme scheme of AABBA, in which the first, second and fifth line rhyme, while the third and fourth lines are shorter and share a different rhyme.”
Per me: A limerick is an annoying form of verse that is usually intended to be funny and is often intended to be dirty.”
Examples: Continue reading
I’ve bought some new books through Book Bub and recs here, but I haven’t read any of them yet. I’m obsessing on political reporting and the Justice League movie (so bad), trying to figure out what matters and what doesn’t about the Trump show and why, if Justice League has the exact same plot as The Avengers, one was so good and the other so bad, instead of reading good books. Must fix that.
What have you been reading?
I’ve been vegging, writing a lot but not getting anywhere except in my head. Every week I come in here and say, “I’ll get the photos up, I’ll make progress on the house, I’ll finish the book,” and then I go back to bed. The good news: Having to come up with something every Wednesday and failing is a good motivator. The bad news: there really isn’t any bad news, I need this kick in the butt.
What effect is this having on you? I love seeing the pictures, hearing the progress, but is it making other people feel guilty (bad) or inspired?
And what did you do this week?
Bob Mayer used to make me walk the terrain of whatever novel we were writing (translation: go walk around the setting), and as much as I bitched about it, he was right, it really helps. So this morning I walked the terrain of Nita’s breakfast scene.
Yes, the same damn scene I’ve been trying to fix for months. It’s too long, it goes nowhere, it’s infodumpy (which I now have a new horror of after watching Justice League) and it’s annoying the hell out of me. But I need it there because it’s the first sober interaction between Nita and Nick, and it has to establish the foundation of the relationship. I have accepted that I have a vulnerability problem with Nick ( he’s dead, so he’s invulnerable) and I have realized that I need a much bigger end to the scene and fixed that,, but it’s still all over the place.
So since it takes place at breakfast in a diner, I went to breakfast at my diner and ate the terrain. Continue reading
Why now? Because now is the only time you’ve got right now. Unless you have an actual tragedy pressing down on you in the next five minutes, unhappiness a lot of times is fear of the future. Well, a lot of us have that–have you seen America lately?–but right now, in this moment, how are you doing? If it’s pretty good or even just okay, wallow in it.
Right now, in this moment, it’s a rainy Sunday, I have three dogs who are annoyed they can’t go out (they can, they just aren’t fans of unnecessary wetness), I have a book to write I really like, and there’s a pancake mix from Krissie and pecans in the kitchen. I’m happy.
How’s by you?
Today is Cartoonists Day (also Free Comic Book Day). I don’t know why some people think cartoons are for kids and refuse to recognize them as art.
Some of the best philosophy in the world is in those little boxes, not to mention insight and guidance on everyday problems.. Also, they’re often funny.
May is Get Caught Reading Month. No idea why you have to get caught, reading is not generally an activity that’s illegal or done with others, so it’s pretty much you and the cat-and-or-dog, and they’re sleeping, so they don’t care. Still, it’s important to observe the holidays, so what did we just catch you reading?