Monday, November 26, 2012

A Monday Five

I've started a few posts in the past week but finished none, which I take a sign of continued posting burnout (actually they all just felt too navel-gazey), so I'm going to make things easy on myself and toss out some bullet points of (possible) interest:
  • Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend! My father-in-law was here visiting from Istanbul, so we've had an action-packed week touring around L.A., going out to eat a lot (so stuffed), and hitting up a Lakers game (yes Jack Nicholson was there looking like a BAMF). Back to the normal routine today, tgim!
  • The end of NaNo is nigh! Are you on track to end big? I didn't take part, but a few of my good writer buddies did and I have been jaw-on-the-floor impressed with their productivity. From what I can tell, a little thing called had a major part in their success, but I am yet unfamiliar with its magical qualities. 
  • I haven't had a ton of time for reading, what with the houseguest and all, but lately I've read The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Cat Valente, which was lovely and clever and I highly recommend. (I did find myself wondering if the people who worked on this book had some sort of shorthand title for it--The Girl Who? Fairyland Ship? TGWCFSHOM?) I also finally read Cinder, which has been on my radar for a long time. I highly recommend this one as well--great, inventive world-building and Cinder herself is an awesome character. The sequel comes out in February! And now I'm reading Code Name Verity, and I'm loving the voice, but a little afraid of what's going to happen. I'm anticipating tears. Will there be tears? 
  • We went to the theater yesterday and saw Lincoln, and overall I give it a big thumbs up. There was a little of the Spielberg slickness, but between Tommy Lee Jones and Daniel Day-Lewis (swoon), it's well worth the price of admission. 
  • Okay, that's only four, but my cat has pinned me down and there's a lovely book here waiting to be picked up again, so I'm calling it. I hope to have a SipSwap post for you later in the week...


  1. Two things:
    1. You used BAMF! I died of happiness. Best word ever. :D
    2. WriteOrDie is the best thing that ever happened to computers. That's a pretty big deal. :)

    1. 1. I totally recycled that expression from our twitter discussion of DDL, obvs :)
      2. I remain unconvinced. You can show me the magic at our upcoming writing hoedown.
      3. I'm looking forward to visiting your blog tomorrow... ;)

    2. I will convert you! ;)

      Yes, please visit my blog tomorrow! There will be news!

  2. I love going to Lakers games just for the celeb sightings. I know there is a game going on, but whatev.

  3. My favorite thing about Laker games is also the Celebrity sightings. :)

    I need to read Cinder ASAP. So creative.

  4. CINDER was brilliant. I was most upset when it ended. Excellent twist on a beloved tale.

    I've been hearing great things about Lincoln I think it's finally time I make a visit to the movies, looks like it'll be worth while.

    Unedited has love for ya...

  5. I want to say that I checked out the Write or Die App you mentioned in this post. It absolutely looks awesome! I really wish I had something like that when I was in college. With law school ahead that may be super helpful and of course I could put it to use with blogging!! Thanks for sharing :)

  6. The Write or Die App sounds interesting! But I think I'd just be angry at it and shut it down, haha

  7. Saw Lincoln this weekend and loved it. Code Name Verity was wonderful. I shed tears, but a Maxwell House commercial can make me do that. I wanted to start reading the novel all over again when I was done. *sigh*

  8. Glad you had a good TG! I didn't do NaNo, but it sounds fun! November is just not ever going to be a month I can do that as busy as work is at the end of the year. I'll have to check out those books. I've heard so many good things about Cinder.