Disney Princess Rings [One More Thing Before We Go]

If you like Disney Princesses and you like rings, then man, have I got a heads up for you. Click through to Fashionably Geek to see more Disney-Princess-inspired rings and to buy one if you so wish–they range from $400-$5000. P.S. Wouldn’t it have been funny/clever if the Mulan...

Ryan Reynolds, Day Jobs, and Squares!

Heyo! If you’re coming to this page from our home site, you’ll notice that we’re working on a new look for Fierce and Nerdy. So if you see something, you absolutely love, can’t stand, or feel is missing, please let us know. We hope to have the new design all firmed up...

Procrastinate on This! [Friday Edition]

“No one ever erected a statue in honor of a critic.” Whenever I hear that quote from now on, I’ll think of Roger Ebert, who finished this lifetime yesterday and should definitely have a statue put up in honor of his brilliant, brilliant mind. I wish he could have stayed with...

Dreamers, Kick-Assers, and Zafty Bookwrights “Like” to Pro...

Whatta week! I’ve been cleared for exercise and I’m doing a No Sugar Detox until April, so I’ve been ping-ponging between lots of energy and focus and … well, something akin to non-specific rage. Basically, it’s like going through withdrawal, but meanwhile...

Mulan, Rejected Writers, and the Bacterial Life Inside Your Body Like ...

I can’t believe my first week back from maternity leave has already passed! Today I’m finishing up the first copyedit of my second book, THE AWESOME GIRL’S GUIDE TO DATING EXTRAORDINARY MEN: a novel (click through to pre-order), and I’m also gearing up for my first...

Ernessa T. Carter Likes to Procrastinate on This!

Heyo! I’m back! I’m back! And so very happy to be so. Reading nerdy tidbits just ain’t the same without you, dearest readers, and numerical aggregation. Also, I’m back just in time for Woman’s History Month, so a whole lot of fun is about to be had — if...

Still Waiting For… [One More Thing Before We Go]

Heyo! Ernessa here. I thought it would be nice to close out this Black History month by saying hat I’m still waiting for the next Octavia Butler. I’m longing for another wildly imaginative author, who is interested in sci-fi and futurism and fantasy and politics, and is also a...

Valentine’s Day Is for (Book) Lovers – One More Thing Befo...

Heyo! Ernessa here with a special message for my fellow book lovers: 20 authors, including personal faves, Carleen Brice, Randy Susan Meyers, Catherine MacKenzie, Allie Larkin, Lisa Brackman, and Shilpi Gowda are giving away 20 (yes, 20!) books to four lucky winners on Valentine’s Days....

I’m going to live to be almost 100 years old [Bloggin' on the ET...

According to this life expectancy calculator, if I get back to the lifestyle I had before I got pregnant with twins, I’m going to live to be 98 years old, barring any accidents or traumas. Wow. I mean… wow. That gets me to thinking about all sorts of things: long-term care...

…And BETTER THAN GOOD HAIR Makes this January the Best Month Eve...

First I celebrated my birthday, then I celebrated my twins’ birth day. Now BETTER THAN GOOD HAIR, the book I co-authored with curlebrity and genuinely awesome person, Curly Nikki, is here!!! January 2013 is officially going down in my life calendar as the best month ever. This book is...

Procrastinate on This! [Friday Edition]

Hello! Hello, Wonderful People! If I sound a bit more chipper than usual, that’s because I’ll most likely be getting my sitting up privileges back on Monday, when I’ll be 36 weeks pregnant. Huzzah! The only nice thing about being forced to lie down almost 24/7 is gaining...

Worst of 2012: TV… [FaN Boos]

Ernessa says: One of the nice things about getting rid of cable this fall was that I didn’t end up watching many shows I disliked, as I was too busy marathoning all the good stuff, like DAMAGES (Netflix), FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (Netflix), and MISFITS (Hulu). But before I let go of our...

Best of 2012: TV! [FaN Cheers]

Ernessa says: Oh, I had a hard time with choosing a best TV show this year. I usually pick comedies, and in 2012, we had a couple that I really love: THE MINDY PROJECT‘s Mindy Kaling feels like my spirit animal, and the zany alien show, THE NEIGHBORS, makes me feel like I’m back...

Worst of 2012: Songs …. [FaN Boos]

Ernessa says: Well, I’m not sure how this happened, but Fun., a group that received lots of love on our Best of list, is my pick for Worst song of the year. At first I only didn’t particularly like WE ARE YOUNG, but then I started loathing it, with its 20s hipster sensibility and...

Best of 2012: Songs! [FaN Cheers]

Ernessa says: Man, this was a tough year to decide a favorite song. The stuff on Top 40 radio was banging, with hits like LIGHTS by Ellie Goulding, N*GGAS IN PARIS by Jay-Z and Kanye West, WIDE AWAKE by Katy Perry, BLOW ME (ONE LAST KISS) by Pink,  and FEEL SO CLOSE by Calvin Harris, all...

Resolved: 2012 [Our Very Best]

Ernessa says: I’ve been struggling with my New Year’s resolution all month, mainly because I have no idea what my year will really look like with the arrival of twins, most likely this January. In the end, I decided to resolve to be kind and patient with myself and others, while I...

The Best of Times/The Worst of Times 2012 [FaN Remembers]

Ernessa says: Well, since I’m writing this half-prone in a hospital bed, you’ve probably guessed already that being on bed rest since the week after Thanksgiving (6 weeks so far, with two clocked in the hospital) has absolutely been my least favorite moment of the year. However,...

Worst of 2012: The Movies… [FaN Boos]

Ernessa says: While my Best of picks are most often pleasant surprises, my Worst of one are usually movies, which I was really anticipating, but which severely disappointed. For example, BRAVE, the first Pixar movie with a female lead, was shockingly boring with a lead who managed to be both...

Best of 2012: The Movies! [FaN Cheers]

Ernessa says: I don’t want to say, bedrest is a b-word, but I haven’t gotten to see nearly as much Oscar far as I usually do around this time of the year, including the much-buzzed-about DJANGO UNCHAINED. I think that’s why for the first time ever, I’m picking an...

Worst of 2012: The Books… [FaN Boos]

Ernessa says: As FaN and its writers get older, I find this and the resolution question are the ones that gets answered the least on our end-of-the-year survey. And I know answering this question was particularly hard for me this year. I just don’t death march through books like I used...

Best of 2012: The Books! [FaN Cheers]

Wha??? How is it almost 2013 already? It’s been another crazy year here at Fierce and Nerdy and guess how we’re going to spend our holidays? That’s right, reflecting on it. Starting with my favorite category, BOOKS! Ernessa Says: I adored many books this year, including...

Procrastinate on This! [Holiday Edition]

We are soooo excited about presenting our Best of/Worst of 2012 lists over the next couple of weeks, but until then, here’s a whole bunch of holiday procrastination. Happy Holidays! 1. Religious folks rejoice and non-religious folks frown. As it turns out, writing Xmas doesn’t...

Get it Done! [Bloggin' on the ETC]

So here’s something I haven’t done since the last time I was pregnant: typed out a blog entry on my phone. After two hospital visits with contractions and two ultrasounds confirming that my cervix shortens terribly whenever any pressure is applied, I was put on strict bed rest,...

Les (Writing) Miserables [Bloggin' on the ETC]

Just in case you’re wondering how I feel about writing while on bedrest, the answer is that I hate it so much, I mean so much that I’m writing about it over at Girlfriends Book Club: So like a lot of expectant mothers of twins before me, I’ve been put on bedrest. It’s...

People with Better Than Good Hair Love to Procrastinate on This!

So this week, there’s awesome news and bad news. The bad news is that I’m on modified bed rest and hating every moment of it. Last night I had a dream about walking around the mall. I was so happy, then I woke up. 9 more weeks, ya’ll… But the AWESOME news is that not...

It’s Thanksgiving, Shouldn’t You Be Procrastinating on Thi...

Happy Thanksgiving!!! Technically we’re off, getting our tummy and shopping gobble gobble on until next Monday, but you know I couldn’t leave you without some form of procrastination to get you through the long holiday weekends. I love you too much for that, boo! 1. Here’s a...

Book Nerds Just Love to Procrastinate on This! [BOOK WEEK II]

Alas, we’ve reached the end of another BOOK WEEK. It’s been oh-so-fun and I can’t  wait to do it again next spring when my own book comes out. Also, we’re off next week for Thanksgiving, but will be back in the brightest of nerdy holiday spirit when we return on...

The Best Sci-Fi I’ve Read All Year – Bloggin’ on the...

I love literary novels, love, love, love them. But let’s face it, man cannot live on exquisitely-crafted prose alone. Also, the line between literary and boring is thin, and I’ve been burned bad — as in usually my “Worst Novel of the Year” pick is a book that has...

The Best Self-Help Book for Writers Like Ever – Bloggin’ o...

I like to read at least one self-help book and one writing book every year. But this year I got lucky, because the best self-help book I read also happened to be a great guide to handling the uglier emotional aspects of writing like fear, doubt, and chronic procrastination. It’s called...

Before BOOK WEEK II, We Like to Procrastinate on This!

Super quick because 1) I’m on deadline, or as I’ve been calling it while turning down invites, writer prison, and 2) Book Week II starts next Monday, and you know how chatty I get during Book Week — aka my favorite two times of the year here at Fierce and Nerdy. 1. I would...

Happy Socialist Moms, Midnight’s Children, and People Who Drink ...

Whatta week! Whatta week! Election! Deadlines! And one whammy of a Hurricane! Dude, I think we all could use a big chunk of procrastination right now. 1. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. If you’re a parent, especially one who prefers to work outside of the home,...

The Best Horror Novel You’ve Ever Read? – Bloggin’ o...

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m prone to nightmares, so I’m not a huge fan of being scared. Usually if I read a horror novel, it has to have more than chills going for it. I want to be entertained, I want to be put in a thrall of “then what happened?” —...

Procrastinate on This! [Halloween 2012 Edition]

Oh guys, before we tackle the scary stuff, let me just thank you profusely for the outpouring of love and comments since yesterday’s pregnancy announcement. I’m very lucky to know all of you online and off, and you’ve truly made my entire month. But enough about that. Did...

Oh, And Hey, Did I Mention…? [Bloggin' on the ETC]

If this post seems disjointed, that’s because it is. That’s because I am. A month ago, I went into the bimonthly appointment with my therapist unsure of what I should talk about. I was in a pretty good mood and nothing had been bothering me as of late. So I talked about my second...

DeLorean Watches, Payday Loan Sharks, and Cloned Dinosaurs Were All Sp...

So after saying over and over again that I wasn’t going to dress up this Halloween … I’m dressing up. I’m just hoping my daughter won’t be too freaked out by my bearded Lady fortune teller ensemble. We’ll see. But what are you dressing up as this Halloween?...

Things You Can’t Eat in Moderation [Bloggin' on the ETC]

One of the nice things about being in my mid-thirties is that I no longer have the wild optimism of my twenties. Don’t get me wrong, there are many things to be said for a can-do attitude. Really, would anyone attempt a career in the arts if they didn’t start out thinking that...

Ampersands, Autonomous Cars, and Awkward Black Girls Much Prefer Procr...

1. No, I could not be more excited about Issa Rae from MISADVENTURES OF AN AWKWARD BLACK GIRL and Shonda Rhimes getting together to make a TV show called, I HATE LA DUDES. Why can’t it be Fall 2013 now???? Squee!!!! [Jezebel] 2. THE COLOR PURPLE, aka my favorite book of all time is now...

Why Do People Keep Saying Television Limits Imagination? [Bloggin' on ...

Since becoming a mother, I keep on running across the same weird claim. It goes something like this: TV is bad for kids because it limits their imagination. Tell your kids to get outside and play! Don’t let them veg out in front of a TV all day! They’ll never learn imaginative...

Daleks, McRib Lovers, and Both Tegan and Sara Prefer to Procrastinate ...

1. The trailer for the erotic Lithuanian film, VANISHING WAVES is both NSFW and mind blowing. I haven’t gone to see a film just to look it at for quite a while, but this strange little story just might qualify for the honor. [i09] 2. Why is there a Fifty Shades magazine? Apparently...

Trips Not Taken [Bloggin' on the ETC]

At least once, sometimes as many as four times a month, I find myself hastily packing a bag and dashing off to the airport in order to make a flight to such far flung destinations as China, Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, South America — really just about anywhere in...

Solar System Lollipops, Black Heathcliff, and Compatible Daters All Li...

1. The founders of Paragraph, a membership writing space in NYC are considering opening a branch out here. Yes, please, please, please do! And fellow L.A. writers, take this short survey, so the founders can know what L.A. Writers are looking for. [GalleyCat] 2. Apparently the Carnegie Mellon...

How to Get People to Respect Your Privacy [Bloggin' on the ETC]

The other week while I was in St. Louis, my sister blurted out something while out to dinner with family, regarding some career news that I did not want other people to know yet, for various reasons. I was shocked. Most of you don’t get why I was shocked. Most of you have stories upon...

GO ON and THE NEW NORMAL: Fall TV 2012 [Worth Watching?]

Despite getting rid of cable as of October 1st, I am still totally committed to reviewing all of the new scripted fall TV shows (as long as they’re on broadcast). However, there was a mix up or I got confused, and somehow I ended up missing the pilots of both GO ON and THE NEW NORMAL...

Even Better Than You Remember [Bloggin' on the ETC]

I grew up in St. Louis, but I truly feel I came of age in L.A. This makes me nostalgic for one city but head over heels in love with the other. While I have very fond memories of St. Louis and love coming back to visit my family, it often feels like a high school reunion. Like the quarterback...

This Labor Day Weekend Why Not Procrastinate on This?

Happy Labor Day Weekend, all! In celebration, we will be … well, not working. So until next Tuesday, here’s a bunch of stuff to procrastinate on while you’re also hopefully not working. 1. This advice for fixing your novel seems like it would really work, especially for a...

Is It Time for Dr. Who to Get a Male Companion? [Bloggin' on the ETC]

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen up to the current season of Dr. Who, you don’t want to read this post. With the new season of Dr. Who about to premiere this Saturday, I’ve been thinking and hearing a lot about — well, not Dr. Who himself, but his companions....

The Kardashian Calculator, Florissant Missouri, Fall TV and Precocious...

1. A “Kardashian” is a unit of measure representing 72 days of marriage. So I’ve been married 26.13 Kardashians! Click through to see how many Kardashians you’ve been married. [Kardashian Calculator] 2. Delia Hauser, who planned my baby shower (which was called the “best...

How Do You Spell “Transistions” Again? [Bloggin on the ETC...

Heya, I’m over at Girlfriend’s Book Club this week, blogging about words I can pronounce but can’t spell and even more frustrating, words I can spell, but can’t pronounce. Check it out….   It’s funny that this cycle’s topic is...

Sexy Writing, Fall Movies, and Piranha Scissors All Have Been Sighted ...

1. Who doesn’t love a nerdy fall movie preview? Myself — well, I’m most looking forward to LOOPER, CLOUD ATLAS, LIFE OF PI, RISE OF THE GUARDIANS, THE MASTER, BRANDED, and yes, I’ll admit it, TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN PT. 2. Check out the full list and let us know what...

Procrastinate on This — Halloween Edition [BEST OF FaN]

It was so amazing to see my home team win the World Series while surrounded by family. Also, I’m still a little fearful of swimming pools since watching the video for DYE’s “Fantasy,” so being the lovely person that I am, I figured it would be a great idea to re-run it...

How About If No One Likes Your Story? – Bloggin’ on the ET...

This is the shortest piece I wrote this year, yet it’s the one people have told me off blog that they appreciated the most. Go figure. If you have decided to pursue writing as a career, the voices in your head will ask you this question often. “How about if no one likes your...

Procrastinate on This! – The End of Summer Edition [BEST OF FaN]

My supposed break from Procrastinate on This (I think I lasted three whole months before I took it back over), some great advice for living your life well, a Chipolte ad which nearly turned me vegetarian, and yes, I’m still obsessed with the idea of Tayari Jones writing her next novel...

Oh, and hey, did I mention I got LASIK? – Bloggin’ on the ...

I know, I know — I’ve had much more inspirational pieces here on Fierce and Nerdy, but strangely enough, this is the one I get asked about the most in real life. So just in case you’re considering getting LASIK and didn’t see this the first time around… Because I...

Procrastinate on This! [BOOK WEEK!!!]

Oh, guys, it’s been yet another wonderful BOOK WEEK, and I can’t wait to do it again in the fall. Sadly, we’re off for the next two weeks — those Olympics ain’t gonna obsessively watch themselves– but do come back to read or re-read the best blogumns...

A Writer’s Plea – One More Thing Before We Go [BOOK WEEK]

Ugh! I hate when I do this: send myself a link, with no reference as to who to thank for or ~via. But this “Writer’s Plea” is awesome, so if you’re a friend of mine and you posted this on your blog or FB wall, consider yourself...

This Ad Will Make You Want to Read a Physical Book – Procrastina...

I love my e-reader to death, but every so once in a while, even a tech-lover like me gets the overwhelming desire to read a physical book — especially now that we’ve imposed a “no handheld tech downstairs” rule. This Hachette Australia ad made me want to pick up all...

Sisters in Strange (to Me) Places – Bloggin on the ETC [BOOK WEE...

Since moving to a walking neighborhood almost two years ago, the quality of our overall lives have gone up, but sadly the quality of my reading life has gone down. I barely drive any more, so there’s no chance to listen to audiobooks. And now that my daughter is in pre-school, I can...

Make Your Own Secret Lair with a Hidden Bookcase – One More Thin...

Either that are you can just use this $3000 bookcase, which folds in half by by sliding on steel tracks, as a door to your office or nerd cave. Burglars will never find the good stuff! [via...

Composite Sketches of Fictional Characters – Procrastinate on Th...

Yet another way technology is bringing books to life. As an author who doesn’t care for a ton of physical description when it comes to my characters, I weirdly find this concept fascinating and off-putting at the same time. To see more sketches like the featured image of Oyster from...

Make your E-Reader Smell Like a Real Book – One More Thing Befor...

First we had a software program that makes your computer sound like an old-fashioned typewriter, and now we have a $70 perfume that will allow your E-reader to smell like a good ol’ fashioned book. The Future for the (retro) win! [via...

Best Writing Tool Ever? – Procrastinate on This [BOOK WEEK]

I think it this “Noisy Typer” software just might be, and it’s totally free. Oh, my goodness! [via LikeCool]...

Are the French Better Parents than We Are? – Bloggin on the ETC ...

Like a lot of American moms, I’m always on the lookout for the next great parenting book. This can be a frustrating mission. More often than not, parenting books make me feel like I’m doing a terrible job, that their advice doesn’t fit in with my lifestyle — or any...

This Will Make You Want to Be a Kid Again – One More Thing Befor...

Portrait of a small boy reading. [via LikeCool]...

Apparently Harry Potter Didn’t Turn Out So Great – Procras...

In this newish web series, HARRY POTTER AND THE TEN YEARS LATER, the eponymous wizard is wasting away at his dead end job, and Hermione and Ron are having serious marital problems. Call it the “more likely” epilogue to J.K. Rowling’s blockbuster series. [via...

Graphic Novels For People Who Don’t Like Graphic Novels – ...

I adore graphic novels. I know they’re not everyone’s cup of tea, but I love them for two reasons: 1) You don’t have to spend a lot of time wading into the material, the artwork just pulls you right on in to the story. Perfect for the busy mom, attempting to get her read on...

Sad Etsy Pets, the Oh-So-Funny Kirsten Dunst, and Cookie Monster All L...

Friendly reminder, we have SOOOOO much coming up for you next week for BOOK WEEK 1. It’s going to be so effing awesome. So definitely come back for that. Meanwhile here’s an extra-huge batch of procrastination to get you through the weekend. 1. “Comic-Con Once Again Marred...

MFA Grads with Business Sense, People Who Can’t See Typos, and B...

1. Though, I really enjoyed my experience getting an MFA, this is a very good argument about why MFA programs shouldn’t be only about craft. Learning the business of writing is just as important as craft. Actually it’s more important. There are only a handful of authors who manage...

Novels Eat BRAINS!!! [Bloggin' on the ETC]

Heya Nerds! Talking about how I pretty much refuse to let anything I write die over at Girlfriends Book Club. Here’s the excerpt: I’ve been trying to figure out how to write this post ever since our current topic cycle of trunk novels was announced. It’s not that I never...

Happy (Rockin) 4th of July!!!

And what’s more American than Rock n’ Roll? While we’re all away til tomorrow, do enjoy this insanely cool one-shot take on sixty years of rock n’ roll history as told through guitar riffs. Even though it includes quite a few English bands — and sadly no Prince...

George Lucas, Marathon Runners, and Jem and the Holograms Will Certain...

About to head out on a road trip, so I’ll have to make this super-quick. But just wanted to say that like many of my fellow writers, I was devastated to hear about the passing of Nora Ephron. WHEN HARRY MET SALLY remains my favorite romantic comedy of all time, and I consider her a...

The Next Generation Dream Reboot Cast, Carly Rae Jepson, and Black Dyn...

1. I love that Helena Andrews is trying to set up her 60yo mom, with another writer’s mom. I’ve said it before, but writers are the best. Or the worst. Really, it depends on the situation. But in this case, it’s absolutely the best. [xoJane] 2. Today in your moment of NSFW...

Erica Kennedy is Dead [Bloggin' on the ETC]

I’ve started this post many times. I just don’t have the words. I especially don’t have coherent paragraphs of words. There are many much better posts out there right now, especially this one by her dear friend, Bassey Ikpi. I admired Erica Kennedy so much. I remember...

Oh, Do Fathers Love to Procrastinate on This!

Heyo! Happy Father’s Day to all the nerd dads. Keep on doing that geeky thing you do. Your kids might not appreciate it now … or ever, but just keep in mind the most important part of parenting is being as embarrassing as possible, especially around their friends and potential...

Django, M.A.C. Press-On Nails, Baby Cells, and Curly Bangs Have All Be...

1. Of all the things I’ve had to overcome, dealing with the “noise in my head” has been my greatest obstacle. No wonder this Seth Godin post particularly resonated with me: It’s not all in your head But part of it is. We spend an enormous amount of time trying to get...

Fathers, Corn Syrup, Camp NaNoWriMo, and Unbeatable Evil Overlords All...

So, I’m headed out to see SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMEN this weekend, and that’s about it. Is anyone else feeling like we might have already seen the best movie of the summer in THE AVENGERS? Ah well, at least we have this big batch of procrastination to get us through another...

D’Angelo, Loki, Couture Stationary, “Not-So-Nice” Ni...

Soooo much procrastination today, so let’s get right to it! 1. An interesting reminder that it’s not fun to get objectified — even if you’re a man. Apparently, this is part of the reason for D’Angelo’s decline — that along with substance abuse issues,...

Momtagonists, Mindy Kaling, and the Eye of Horus All Procrastinate on ...

Wassup-wassup-wassup! Just wanted to say Happy Mother’s Day to all the nerdy moms out there, before I open up this big ol’ batch of procrastination for ya. 1. Just in time for Mother’s Day, The Mary Sue is celebrating “Momtagonists,” including Elastigirl from THE...

Steampunk Optimus Prime, Alfred E. Neuman, Married Folks on the Brink ...

1. I loved this round-up of the 30 Nerdiest MAD Magazine Covers from the last sixty years. As one might imagine, there have been quite a few. It was hard for me to pick just one for the featured image. But in the end my enduring love for STAR TREK IV won out. [Topless Robot] 2. This Steampunk...

Time-Travelers, 2012′s Biggest Sci-fi Movies, Asteroid Miners, a...

1. Oh my dear gosh, summer is looking bleak TV-wise for sci-fi and fantasy. We can look forward to the return of shows like TRUE BLOOD, WILFRED, BREAKING BAD, and WAREHOUSE 13; and make do with FALLING SKIES and ALPHAS; but everything else looks truly suck-tacular. [i09's Ultimate Guide to...

My Disturbingly Perennial Annual Whine About Being a Writer Born [Blog...

This year it takes the form of a lament about never, ever getting writer’s block over at “Girlfriend’s Book Club”: At least once a year I talk about having been called to writing as a curse. Most of the time I regard doing what I do for a living as a blessing, but...

Elizabeth Bennet, the Jeffersons, and the World’s Most Downloade...

Okay, I’m on deadline (yes, again), so I’m going to have to make this super-quick like a bunny. 1. By most accounts, I’m a pretty happy (if insanely chatty) drunk. So while I found this explanation of what makes some people happy and some people belligerent drunks...

Procrastinate on This and THE AWESOME GIRL’S GUIDE TO DATING EXT...

Before we get into this week’s batch of procrastination, some news news on the next book front. We were shooting for summer, but we’ve now been scheduled for this October. And I should have an exact date soonish, too. So stay tuned for that announcement. Meanwhile, here’s a...

The Real To Do List [One More Thing Before We Go]

Yeppers, this sold-out art print by Wendy MacNaughton pretty much nails it. ~via...

Everyone Gets to Have Their Thing [Bloggin on the ETC]

Amy Robinson’s wonderful blogumn about her driving anxiety last week got me to thinking about my somewhat recent decision to stop talking on the phone for anything non-work, best friend, or child related. I’d been low-grade hinting to friends and family that I’d rather...

Procrastinate on This [Friday Edition]

1. This writing advice from C.S. Lewis (who wrote the very first book that ever sent me into a complete book thrall, THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE), is both excellent and still “write” on-point. [io9] a. Always try to use the language so as to make quite clear what you...

Procrastinate on This [Friday Edition]

Greetings from Charlottesville, VA, where I’m taking part in the VA Festival of the Book, but mostly ensconcing myself in a hotel room for five days, so that I can finally catch up. Other than missing my family terribly, it is awesome. Especially the part where I subsist on packaged...

Procrastinate on This [Friday Edition]

1. WARNING: Do not, not, NOT look at this SeaWorld penguin cam unless you want to lose at least 20 minutes. We made the mistake of showing it to our daughter right before bedtime, and immediately got sucked into a group thrall, from which we weren’t released until a penguin accidentally...

The Force Is Strong with Joshua Irish [The Packrat Show]

From Ernessa: Well, if you’ve been following this blog since the beginning, you know I stan ALL DAY for comic books — especially graphic novels. So when Joshua Irish from “Game On” let me know that he was co-hosting a weekly comic book review show and asked if FaN...

Procrastinate on This [Friday Edition]

In lieu of an apology for not being around much online or off the last three weeks, I’ll just post this (slightly edited) email that I sent our co-editor, Amy Robinson, this morning: My inbox is currently FUBAR [...] Last big deadline of the season is on Saturday and then, I’m...

Opinions, Everyone’s Got Them, Except Me About This… [Blog...

Hey-o, Over at Girlfriend’s book club this week, talking about why I tend to get much more worked up about the romantic twists on NEW GIRL than the current state of publishing. Check it out if you’re interested in my opinions about not having a strong opinion on this particular...

Procrastinate on This: Friday Edition

1. If you ever wanted to see vaginas dressed up as superheroes, go’on ahead and click through. I’d say NSFW, but if anyone’s looking at your computer screen closely enough to actually tell what these are, they deserve to see what they see. [The Mary Sue] 2. “Do you...

Battlestar Galatica Necklace [Procrastinate on This]

My alternate title for this post was “Super-Easy Way for Women to Get a Fellow Geek’s Attention.” In any case, click here to purchase this male-geek-bait BSG pilot wings necklace for $32. ~via Fashionably Geek  ...

Procrastinate on This! [Valentine's Day Edition]

So I’m coming out from underneath a crushing February 15th deadline (seriously, who contractually obligates somebody to turn in a project on the day after Valentine’s Day — and what sucker writer agrees to it??? Me, that’s who. [sad face]), to bring you this special,...

What Happened Before Your First Date? – Bloggin’ on the ET...

I’ve talked quite a bit about the many things that happened after my first official date with CH. But in the lead up to Valentine’s Day, I’d like to talk about the stuff that happened before the Friday we went out to dinner six and a half years ago: 1) We met at a dive-bar...

Procrastinate on This! [Friday Edition]

Happy Super Bowl Weekend! We’re all cheering for the N.Y. Giants, right? Tebow crushing aside, I just can’t see myself cheering for the Patriots. But either way, I hope you all have lots of french onion dip, chicken wings, and beer while watching all the clever ads on Sunday,...

In Defense of the Smilie Face [Bloggin' on the ETC]

For a while there, I wasn’t using smilie faces. At first they were cute, but then people started abusing them, unspeakable things were typed, and then tons of column ink got spilled about how literate folks should just hate the smilie face and how it made others think less of you. So I...

Procrastinate on This [Friday Edition]

1. Trying to figure out how I could love this Spanish short, which deals with two gay Stormtroopers forced to hide their relationship, more. But I’ve got nothing. [i09] 2. My first cry of the week came courtesy of this less than 7-minute short, which documents the history of the Gay...

New Prejudices [Blogging on the ETC]

The other day, I formally noticed that I’ve taken on some new prejudices in the past couple of years: 1. Not being accessible by email and/or app. A lot of people complain about not being able to talk to an actual human being in customer service situations, but few things annoy me more...

THE AWESOME GIRL’S GUIDE TO DATING EXTRAORDINARY MEN [Bloggin' o...

Dearest Readers, I am so, so, so, happy to announce that we made a deal with Amazon Publishing over the holidays. My second book, THE AWESOME GIRL’S GUIDE TO DATING EXTRAORDINARY MEN, will be one of the flagship novels for their soon-to-launched women’s fiction imprint. We...

Procrastinate on This! [Martin Luther King Edition]

1. So next Monday is my birthday. It’s also the day we celebrate Martin Luther King’s Birthday, which is technically January 15th, but celebrated as a federal holiday the third Monday of every January come rain or come shine. Maybe once every four years or so, our birthdays...