January 12, 2012

Thoughts On A Thursday Afternoon

This has been a great day thus far. Instead of spending a crap ton of time on the blogs like I did yesterday (seriously, how fun was that RTW?), I buckled down and started writing first thing. The words seem to be flowing pretty freely today, so that's a good thing (I feel like Martha Stewart when I say that). I've taken breaks here and there to check out what's new on the blogs (you can't expect me to stay away completely), but mostly I've been pretty diligent. And it feels great!

So what exactly has me excited today?

1)  Well, obviously my ability to focus on my writing today (this blog break notwithstanding).
Side note: I've never used 'notwithstanding' in a sentence before, so I'm hoping I used it right.

2)  The wonderful Bailey Hammond at Over Yonder... did an ARC giveaway of Kristin Cashore's Bitterblue, and yours truly won! This will be the second ARC that I've had the privilege of reading (the first was Cinder by Marissa Meyer from Rebecca Behrens). I own the first book in this trilogy, Graceling, but I haven't yet read it (I know, I suck). Guess I'll be hopping on that right away, followed by Fire. Thanks again for your generosity, Bailey!

3)  Not sure if you've noticed, but Blogger FINALLY added a reply directly to comment feature. I've been grumbling since I started blogging about this very thing, since other blog providers have had this for a while. I love that I can respond to each of your comments directly now. Love it! It's probably a little strange to be so excited about such a silly little thing, but I refuse to apologize.

4)  I'm thinking about going to see Beauty & the Beast in 3D tomorrow. I'll be going alone because the hubby's out of town and anybody else would have to track down a sitter in order to go (this is not the exciting part). Beauty & the Beast has always been my favourite Disney movie (this is the exciting part) and I'm not sure I can pass up the opportunity to see it on the big screen again. Not crazy about the 3D thing, though.

5)  I just ate Campbell's Smoky Bacon & Clam Chowder and I lived to tell the tale. So far, anyway. This is not so much exciting as it is a relief. Seriously, bacon and clams with cream in a can hardly seems like a safe bet. Am I right? If you don't hear from me in a while, you'll know why.

6)  Yesterday, the cover art was revealed for Moira Young's upcoming Rebel Heart. For those of you who don't know, it's the much anticipated sequel to Blood Red Road. If you haven't read this yet, you definitely should, by the way. Too bad Rebel Heart doesn't come out until later this year.

I'm sure there's more, but I have no wish to overwhelm you with all the exciting things floating around this brain of mine. Plus, you might not find them anywhere near as exciting as I do.


Happy Thursday and Happy Reading or Writing or Whatever It Is That You Do! 

13 comments:

  1. I saw that you won BITTERBLUE... Congrats! I also own GRACELING but have neglected to read it thus far. Time to remedy that, I think!

    And yay for Beauty and the Beast. One of my Disney favorites too. :) My daughter and I are planning to go either Saturday or Sunday and we can't wait. Did you know there's a short they're showing before the movie called Tangled Ever After (I think) about what happens to Rapunzel and Flynn after Tangled? SO COOL!

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    1. Ok, so, my weekend just got more Disney-tastic. Watching Tangled, then seeing Beauty and the Beast! Sounds like perfection.

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  2. Oh such a great list of happy things...notwithstanding the Bacon/Clam soup incident. (Really? Bacon AND clams? What were they thinking?) I'm heading back to my blog to see if I have a little reply button. I'll be back to learn your secret if it's still not there! Happy writing!

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    1. The Bacon/Clam combo was less than amazing. A lot less. Isn't the reply button awesome?!

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  3. Congrats--enjoy, but no spoilers! I'm looking forward to it.

    Also--holy cow, I had not noticed the blogger direct-reply; that is now a good thing in my day as well.

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    1. Definitely no spoilers :) Amazing how something so little as a reply button can brighten a day, isn't it?

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  4. So jealous you got an ARC of Bitterblue! I can't wait for that one. And Belle was always my fave Disney princess. :)

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    1. I felt kind of bad winning it when I haven't even read the first two in the series yet, but I'm still excited. I've been meaning to read GRACELING so this gives me the push I needed :)

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  5. I am loving the reply feature too! Good for you for getting some writing time in. I SO need to follow in your footsteps there.

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    1. Yeah, it felt wonderful to get so much done yesterday. My WiP was just feeling exactly like it should and was easy to work on because of that fact. Here's hoping today is just as productive :)

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  6. My two oldest girls (one now an adult, one a YA) remember Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Atlantis, and movies like these with great fondness as "movies we grew up with"... now if THAT doesn't make one feel old (I was ALREADY grown up when they came out!!). But you've got to admit, pre-Pixar, these were among Disney's best.

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    1. I sort of grew up on these ones. I was 11 years old when The Little Mermaid came out, and that was the first of the bunch. I actually saw that one in the theatre in college when it made a second appearance. I hear it's going to making a third appearance in 3D sometime this year or next. Yikes. Time for some new material, Disney! Not that I dislike The Little Mermaid, because I don't, but there are a ton of other fairy tales that they could bring to the screen. Look how fun and successful Tangled was (Rapunzel). If we're talking Pixar, though, my favourite would have to be Monsters Inc. It was just so bright and colourful, unique and creative, and fun!

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  7. I can't totally figure out how to make the threaded comments work for me--I'll be experimenting this weekend, I guess!
    I love Beauty & the Beast! I'm going to try to see it while it's in theaters again. Yay!

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