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Friday Five (Almost)

I just went through a weird spate of reading books that didn’t do it for me. Here are a couple of notes from my list of books read:


“Simultaneously icky and overly cute. Didn’t finish.”

“Bad chick lit that is rife with cliché and not even funny, despite the blurbs. Gave up after 30 pages.”

“It may be a classic, but it’s boring.”

“Stuck with it for 120 pages before throwing in the towel.”

That last one was an adult mystery by an author whose books I have previously enjoyed very much. I don’t know what the heck happened with this one, but I finally put it down, probably never to pick it up again.

Finally I picked up one that my sister had sent me, and was immediately pulled in by the fresh language and characters. Whew! Saved by the book! I highly recommend Love Walked In, by Marisa De Los Santos. More “women’s fiction” than chick lit, I would say. More in the style of Joshilyn Jackson than Jennifer Weiner, for the sake of comparison.

I’m relieved that the next book in my to-be-read pile is E. Lockhart’s The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. As I have said before on this blog, you always know you’re in good hands with E. Lockhart.

I hear it’s National Poetry Month. You know we prose-y (as opposed to prosy) types envy the poets. They can pack a whole story into 600 words. It takes me 60,000.

I haven’t stretched my poem-y muscles for awhile. Maybe I will do that this month. But more likely, I will be receiving my editorial letter soon, and will immerse myself in Blake’s world once more. A couple of years ago, I spent an entire April working on a narrative poem, as a self-imposed assignment to step outside the comfort of prose. It was HARD. I am definitely a novelist.

But I’m not ashamed of my effort, and since I don’t have anything new to offer, here’s the two-years-old poem:


My son asked me to download Coolio’s “Gangster’s Paradise” for him today. Hee. I got “Fantastic Voyage” for him, while we were at it. Blast from the past! He’s oddly fascinated by Michael Jackson’s old hits, too. I blame Weird Al Yankovic: he parodies the songs, my kid loves the parodies (in this case "Amish Paradise,") then he wants to hear the originals. I’ve caught him (my son) trying to do that twisty-knee move from “Beat It.” :-D

I’m going back to my WIP now, so let’s leave it at four. Have a great weekend, my friends.

Edited to add:

I just remembered!

I DO have a 5.

I have fan art!

FAN ART, people.

From my favorite (don't tell the others) Deb, Saundra Mitchell:


Don't get upset, Heidi! I'm just kidding! I love all my Debs. xo


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Apr. 5th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)
Has he heard "Yoda" or "I Want A New Duck" by Weird Al yet? Those were some of my favorites when I was a kid.
Apr. 5th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
Why yes, kitty, he can haz "Yoda." That reminds me, I should download "Lola" for him. But no, he does not can haz "I Want A New Duck." I will rectify right away!! Please suggest anything else you think would float a 10yo's boat.

Apr. 5th, 2008 03:32 am (UTC)
With pleasure!

From Weird Al in 3-D: "Theme from Rocky XIII," "Nature Trail to Hell"

From Polka Party: "Living with a Hernia," "Addicted to Spuds," "Christmas at Ground Zero"

From Off the Deep End: "Smells Like Nirvana" (although without "Smells Like Teen Spirit" as a reference, I'm not sure if it's as funny? Hard to tell), "Trigger happy," "I Can't watch this," "When I was your age," "Taco Grande," "You Don't Love Me Anymore"

From Even Worse: "Fat," "(This Song's Just) Six Words Long," "I Think I'm a Clone Now," "Alimony"

I'm not really familiar with his newer material, but those were my faves from ages 10-12 or so. :D
Apr. 5th, 2008 02:58 am (UTC)
Is your household watching American Idol? I never much cared for Michael Jackson, but a couple of weeks ago one of the contestants did a ripping version of "Billy Jean" that gave me goosebumps. I think one of the most beautiful things about my experience watching this is that it took me til almost the end of the second bar before I realized what he was singing.


Yay for the WIP! Still trying to get back to mine!
Apr. 5th, 2008 03:14 am (UTC)
No, we don't watch AI, but I have seen that clip. It's amazing. People always post the best parts of the show ... so I see only the really good stuff.

And dude, you have a toddler. The fact that you're even THINKING about your WIP earns you my respect.


Apr. 5th, 2008 03:40 am (UTC)
waaaaah! but you like saundra more than me.

Apr. 5th, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
Haha! I knew you would love that line.
Apr. 5th, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC)
and i love that valley girl icon too.
Apr. 5th, 2008 03:44 am (UTC)
I have "Gangster's Paradise" as one of the ringtones on my cell!
Apr. 5th, 2008 02:48 pm (UTC)
Of COURSE you do!

Apr. 5th, 2008 04:00 am (UTC)
My 10 YO loves Weird Al too.

His favorite is Attack of the Radioactive Hamster From a Planet Near Mars. :)

You have E. Lockhart's new book! Lucky YOU!!!
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Apr. 5th, 2008 02:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks, M.

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