Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Everyday I write the book

As a kid, I periodically attempted to keep a diary or a journal because I had been told by many people on many occasions that it was a good idea. They were wrong, by the way, as reading old entries only serves to greatly embarass me, particularly the one dedicated entirely to how much I loved the movie Goonies, including a synopsis of each of the characters and their relationships. Even then, I was apparently living in some sort of world not entirely connected to the real one, complete with pirate treasures. Fortunately for my fragile self esteem, I was not a very good journal keeper. In fact, almost each one of the roughly 20 journal entries I penned in my youth begins with a lengthy apology for failing to keep a journal, follows with a brief summary of a six-month period of my life and concludes with a similarly lengthy promise about how, effective immediately, I was going to journal every single day. Repeat as necessary.

This blog is beginning to read like my journal, only with less Goonies references. In an effort to avoid any such comparisons, I will no longer blog about how I'm going to start blogging more. And I will no longer apologize for being a bad blogger. But for what it's worth, here is a brief summary of the last little bit of my life:
  • I spent a lot of time at my pesky day job and even more time complaining about it.
  • I did not buy a pink scooter.
  • I installed a new rear rack and white basket on the Vespa. I attempted to sew a white vinyl seat cover with red piping, but failed miserably. In turn, I was going to send the seat off for professional reupholstery but have not yet done that either. However, I'm loving the extra carrying capacity provided by the basket. I think I'm calling this project done for now.
  • I sewed some dresses. They are crazy. I have a hard time sewing non-crazy dresses. As a result, I only wear them when I'm feeling particularly gutsy.
  • I saw Elvis Costello at the Greek Theater. I love Elvis Costello, and have seen him play live before (also saw him play live at the taping of the last episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun; did not journal about it), but this was a different experience because he was backed by the Sugarcanes, a bluegrass band, and did bluegrass renditions of his classics. Fabulous.
  • I attended the first book club convened to discuss my book, Gravity vs. the Girl. Even though the club consisted mostly of my friends, I was super nervous as I did not necessarily write it with the vision that they would all read it. However, their discussion was marvelous and it was humbling to hear them talk about the characters I created. I don't think I added much to the conversation, but was happy to participate in it nonetheless.
  • I got a lot of work done on my next "writing" project, which is a snarky children's book that is not for children. As the writing of it only took a day, the bulk of the work has been on the illustration end. Some days I like the illustrations and other days I despise them. However, a return to my first love-hate relationship (the visual arts) after a very lengthy hiatus has been great fun. Other than that little preview, I am keeping mum about this project for now.
  • Speaking of visual arts, I "invested in" (re: "splurged on") a Yudu screen printing machine and the requisite accoutrements. I've had a lifelong interest in screen printing and printmaking and even tried a little in my youth but the process was too pricey and complicated for me then. I haven't had a chance to set up my print shop just yet but am looking forward to it and am hoping nobody minds getting DIY t-shirts for their next 12 birthdays. I'm a pretty crafty person, but this is new to me. If anyone has Yudu tips, let me know.
  • I resolved not to "invest in" anything other than food and shelter for the rest of the year. (Hence, the decision to hold off on the new Vespa seat.)
  • Two weekends ago, I went to Vegas for work. I survived.
  • Last weekend, I went to San Francisco again to see Her Space Holiday and Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band. This show was double fabulous!! I may not have expressed my appreciation for both bands' amazing performances as well as the large yet emotional guy three people away from me, who was singing/swaying along to every song with exuberant hand gestures and is-he-simply-ecstatic-or-is-he-having-a-seizure facial expressions, but I swear I enjoyed them as much as he did. Maybe more because, unlike him, I wasn't crying the whole time.
  • This week I am watching my city burn to the ground.
  • Next weekend: Phoenix. In September. I'm sure that will be refreshing.


  1. Journal entries about the Goonies have got to be more fun to look back on than journal entries about the cute boy du jour. I'm excited about your new writing project!

  2. i want to know more about yudu. and I'll be happy to try out any birthday tee shirts you need me to. and i want to see the dresses. maybe someday i'll be down there for lunch or come-look-at-all-your-cool-stuff or both :)

  3. My favorite line from this particular journal entry: "I'm a pretty crafty person." That's a gigantor under-statement, but at least we're headed in the right direction.

    Bring at least one of those crazy dresses to PHX this weekend or you're in biggest ... biggest ... trouble.

  4. what's wrong with DIY t-shirts? those are the best! you always know that no one else will ever be wearing your shirt! woot :)

  5. Will you let us all know about your adventures with the Yudu? We have one here at work, but I am not crafty enough to put it to use.

  6. I like your crazy dresses. In fact, when you aren't busy being a not-children author or lawyer, you should audition for "Project Runway." You could totally do that.

  7. hi there... friend of leslie (flowerchain.blogspot) & mrs dub.

    I just read your book (loved it, btw) & we are talking about it at our book club meeting TONIGHT! I'm leading the discussion & found your blog. any thoughts or juice or secret background info etc that you want me to add to our book club meeting, please email me at sekristen at hotmail dot com. thanks & keep up the good work. love your blog, too!