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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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?” —...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Why Failing NaNoWriMo is a Good — Nay, a GREAT Thing! [Bloggin o...

Hulloo, Everyone. I know a lot of people are trying to get pumped up for their best writing year ever right now. I know I was around this time back in 2007, which is when I finally got super-serious about writing my debut novel, 32 CANDLES. So I thought I’d share this pep talk that I...

Don’t Make an Important Decision If… [Blogging on the ETC]

I’ve always wanted to be the decisive sort. To look at an issue, make a quick decision and then stand by it. Like those powerful businessmen that you’re always reading about in books. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the course of my lifetime, it’s that...