Facebook, sunny days, and a real job...
Monday, July 27, 2009
And let me tell you, I FEEL like aloha today, because it's a blistering 97 degrees in the Pacific Northwest. Now, we Washingtonians are not good with heat. Let me say that right now. We are a bunch of whiners...we compain ten months a year because the sun is hidden behind the clouds and the rain, and then, when summer finally deigns to show her bright face, we moan that it's too hot. I'm not kidding. Last week it hit 90 degrees and the news stations started putting up weather warnings and telling us to 'watch the elderly." My friends in Florida and Texas laugh uproariously at this. All I know is that it's h.o.t.
So I have now spent a week on facebook, and here's what I have to say: who knew I had so many friends? I don't even know a lot of the people who are my friends. But I have reconnected with a couple of really good friends from college, and really, that's worth the price of admission. And several of my good writer friends are on facebook, and I love the funny, sharp, snarky messages they send out. So, all in all, I guess I'd say it's yet another addictive time-suck in the internet age, but like all the innovations, it has enough to recommend it. What it isn't, however, is as real or intimate as this blog. Those of you who worried that I would be swayed by the cute new boy who walked into the room can breathe easier. I'm one of those who dance with the one who brought me, as my grandpa used to say. This blog is my first and best foray into cyberspace and I feel like I really know you guys. Facebook is like the line to get into the hot club; this blog is the club itself.
Okay, I know I'm the only one watching the show, but I am completely torn between Jeffrey and Melissa on The Next Food Network Star. Well...I'm probably leaning slightly toward Melissa. Anyone who can teach herself to cook and always find a smile under stress is a woman to root for.
And speaking of movies, aren't you just dying to see Julie and Julia? A movie about two women who go after their personal destinies against impossible odds? How can you not love that?
I mentioned a real job in my headline, and I bet you're thinking: What does she know about a real job? And most of the time, I agree with you, but this has been a crazy week. One of those weeks where writing actually feels like a job. Here's what's happening: I'm knee deep into the book for 2011 and LOVING it. (I always love it in the first draft, before Megan has read it and told me how tragically misguided my affection for the words are). I am working on the backlist trade reissues of The Things We Do For Love, which means talking about covers, copy, and answering questions for the reader's guide. I am in talks with my publisher about the cover for Winter Garden, and now I'm reading the page proofs for that novel. Page proofs are the typset version of the book--its my last chance to proofread and/or change anything. Really. How does Nora Roberts do it? I am literally overwhelmed by these various tasks. Clearly i am not a girl who can keep a lot of plates in the air.
Just mentioning it makes me nervous. I have so much to do, and I guess I'd better get back to it. But here are a few more ideas for comfort movies: The cutting Edge, The Matrix, LOTR ( I know, I know, I'm a geek girl), Four Weddings and a Funeral, Pretty Woman, Steel Magnolias, and Crimes of the Heart.
Aloha! Enjoy the summer heat...