Monday, July 02, 2007

Summer Lovin'

Long time, no blog! Sorry for the lag...and thanks for the prompt to post. (Hello, Dee!)

Here's what I've been up to:

Travel. I received a new (fabulous) suitcase for my birthday and it's already broken in. So far I've visited family for a reunion, a wedding, and the birth of a new niece. My niece is completely precious (of course) and I got to assume full aunt duties and feed her in the middle of the night. Those infant wee hours are wonderful, full of wide eyes and little grunts, and are all the more exciting when you don't have to do it every night.

I also attended the Frontiers in Writing Conference in Amarillo, Texas where I caught up with old friends and made some new ones. Highlights for me included a pep talk from thriller bestseller Barry Eisler and a luncheon session with Jodi Thomas, the queen of Texas romance. Both authors shared insights on perseverance and believing in your own writing -- essential if you want to navigate this crazy business. I presented sessions on writing a novel and tackling revisions, and then came home to apply my own wisdom. It's funny, sometimes when I'm up at the front teaching I think, "Wow, this is pretty good stuff. I should use it." Which leads me to...

Writing. So far I've read through the complete draft of my Work in Progress and have started the umpteenth round of revisions. Right now the WIP has its moments of brilliance and moments of...who in the name of all that is holy sabotaged my manuscript and inserted this garbage? Reading my own work is a love/hate thing, and I usually find the rewriting process is near the end when the work as a whole pleases me. My hope is to get through a revision this summer, then hit it again this fall. I'll keep you posted.

Other stuff I'm loving this summer:

Boss Lady Lip Balm. Simply the best lip balm ever, and the packaging couldn't be cuter. It's smooth, tastes of sweet honeysuckle, and has SPF 18 to keep your pucker winsome. Speaking of winsome (insert awkward segue here), you can Win Some (!) in my Summer Contest. To enter, click here.

The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster. We went to see her live for my birthday and she was more than incredible. Tracy Chapman meets Norah Jones meets bluesy southern gospel soul. Love, love, love her. She signed discs for us after the show, and we tried not to fall all over her as we gushed over her greatness. Any of her CDs are sure to kill; we bought Runaway Soul and The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster which are now on constant rotation.

Project Runway reruns. My tivo is queued up and ready, and what better way to spend a rainy day than with Heidi, Tim and the girls? While I enjoy Jay's work -- especially his funky knits from the runway show -- I absolutely adore Kara Saun's clean Armani-meets-Gucci style. I don't think she had a misfire the entire season. For season 3, I'll admit I'm a Jeffrey fan, but I'd buy Uli's dresses faster than you can say Miami.

Movies. Recent raves: Waitress, starring Keri Russell and Knocked Up. Waitress wins the summer comedy war, by a slice of "My Husband is Gonna Kill Me for Having an Affair" pie. The dialogue rocked, and the performances rang southern twang true. My mother-in-law was horrified by Knocked Up's profanity and gross-out shock 'em humor -- is it odd that I found it heartwarming and poignant? I actually cried a little at the end.

Enough about me...what are you loving this summer? Anybody a Project Runway fan? Are you sick enough of movie trilogies that you could choke on your butter popcorn? And what about Bruce Willis reviving Die Hard?


Blogger Travis Erwin said...

Glad to see another looong awaited post from you.

Happy belated birthday for whenever it was. What I got to see of your sessions was indeed very insighful.

Glad to hear you've gotten some work done on the next book, and if you ever need another beta reader, I'd be honored to help out.

Don't be a blog stranger and happy summer.

9:34 AM  
Blogger dee said...

Glad I could be of service and here I promised myself no more drunken posts! Oh well, summer's in the air and nothing is better than a cool sip of wine.

On another note, my oldest has finally decided to make the move to big NYC. Her dreams of the publishing business haven't died over the past year - so now we'll have someone on the inside. Just don't know where yet.

4:02 PM  
Blogger desperate_writer said...

I'm sorry I didn't get to see you when you were in town, Britta.

9:13 PM  
Blogger *Tyler* said...

I am eager to listen to The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster. I love, love, love Tracy Chapman and I also enjoy Norah Jones so you have peeked my interest. I will check it out.

And I am SO jealous of Dee's daughter. I love NYC. I just got back after spending a week there. I didn't want to leave like always.

6:55 PM  
Blogger Britta Coleman said...

I'm sorry I missed you, too, DW! It was a whirlwind weekend...over before it started. Hopefully next time we'll get ourselves together.

Dee, keep us posted on your daughter. That's so exciting, and I love that spirit of jumping in and following your dreams. I wish her all the best.

Travis, run on over to Amazon and treat yourself to a Foster CD. Consider it inspiration for your creative core. Would that count for a tax write-off?

9:40 AM  
Blogger Kern said...

I love that it's mid July in Texas and we have yet to see 100 degrees. I also love Enid Lambert, the truly unforgettable heroine from Jonathan Franzen's 'The Corrections'. I found it for a dollar at Half Price Books, and figured if it fell in the pool, it was no great loss. I loved every word. I think it won the National Book Award in 2001. Anyone who has ever been a part of a family should read it.

10:20 AM  
Blogger Britta Coleman said...

I read this after Kern, and I think it's my top pick for the year so far...and I've read a bunch of great books. Kern loved Enid, I think my favorite character was Chip -- the slacker middle son, fired from his English professor job, who toils endlessly on an unsellable screenplay.

10:46 AM  

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