Showing posts from May, 2015

Rainy Tuesday Randutiae

Apologies for the broken link in my dresses post from May 5... the link was working for a while, then it broke, and I can't for the life of me find that page anymore. Agh! Here's a slideshow of dresses from the Met Gala , from another source entirely. From NPR, Here's What People Are Saying About the Waco Shootout and Race . Why such a relaxed-looking police presence in Waco compared to Baltimore and Ferguson? I liked the Google doodle for Inge Lehmann's 127th birthday . Lehmann was a Danish woman who discovered that the earth had both inner and outer cores. Don't forget that while you're catching the bus or feeding your kids or trying to calm your mind so you can fall asleep (or avoiding your book plan), far away on Mars, lonely rovers are crawling around, taking pictures of the sunset . (Thanks, B.)

Discouraged writers, join hands and repeat after me: BOOKS ARE JUNK

Today I took my plan for the revision I just finished down from the wall and put the plan for the book I'm drafting back up on the wall. I moved all the books, papers, and notebooks for the finished revision off of my desk and piled all the stuff for the new book in their place. I pulled all the notecards and pictures down from the blinds and put up all the new notecards and pictures. Then I spent the next several hours stomping around the house with a storm cloud over my head, checking email, sending texts, playing Splash on my phone, reading the news, knitting, eating rice pudding, worrying needlessly about any unrelated thing that came to mind, and basically doing anything I could to avoid having to look at the book plan for the new book. I JUST DON'T WANT TO KNOW. I wrote in an email to some friends, "I truly don't understand why I ever thought writing a book was a good idea. BLECH BLECH BLECH. BOOKS ARE JUNK." I have three published books, two contracted


A friend of mine, Anindita B Sempere, was a teacher in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's middle school. Now that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death for his participation in the Boston Marathon bombings, Anindita has written a reflection piece, called "Monster," that you can read here . (For the Walter Dean Myers readers among you, the title is, in part, a reference to Myers' book.) Speaking for myself, the piece is helping me articulate my own sadness and confusion on the entire oppressive topic of the bombings, manhunt, trial, and sentencing, so -- thanks, Anindita.

Some Dresses to Go With Your Hats

I just finished a massive revision. I am celebrating by lying on the couch, staring at the ceiling, and occasionally taking bites out of a cheeseburger. It is THE BEST. Some End of Revision Randutiae for you, dear readers: Fancy dresses from the Met Gala . Some of these dresses are actually beyond my powers of comprehension, but Lily Collins looks great. [ETA: I've become aware that the link no longer works, but I've been unable to find one that actually does! Sorry!]  French artist Thomas Lamadieu takes photos of sky spaces between buildings, then makes art .  Finally, here's today's Google Doodle , which honors the 151st birthday of journalist Nellie Bly .

And now for something different...

The hats of the Kentucky Derby, in pictures. In other news, it's supposed to be near 80°F today (26°C), and I can't remember how to do that. What do I wear again? Do I bring a layer? Should I open the windows? What's going on? Only a few days ago, there were still piles of snow…