How to Read When You Really Don’t Have Time to Read [Wow! It's W...

This is my last post of 2011, so I thought I’d leave you with some random thoughts on reading, disguised as a how-to. Here’s how to read when you really don’t have time to read: 1. Cut something out. For me that one thing was ironically my “Dear Thursday” book...

How to Get Up Earlier [2011 in Review]

Throughout my L.A. years, I’ve gone on jags of trying to get up earlier. They’ve never stuck — until this year. I’m now out of bed by 6:30am every morning either exercising or doing work. And it was super simple to do. Here’s how I did it: 1. Find the right time....

What I Love(d) about Roller Derby [Wow! It's Wednesday!]

Thanks, Gudrun, for sending me the below comic. Sadly, I wasn’t able to figure out who drew it, so that I could give proper credit. But I wanted to post it anyway, b/c it really captures the spirit of modern roller derby. I was an original L.A. Derby Doll — I mean...

What 5 Thanksgiving Foods Could You Not Live Without? [Wow! It's Wedne...

You know, I always think that our first vacation of the holiday season is going to be oh-so-lovely and relaxing. But in truth, it’s always a bit weird. For one thing, I generally start to miss you guys about one or two days before Thanksgiving break, then over the break itself it feels...

Isn’t It Romantic(a)? Books 33, 34, 35, and 36 of 2011 [BOOK WEE...

So you guys know I likes to mix it up, and I’m try to throw out a few hottie mm-bottie book reports from time to time. Well here are four romantica (romantica = explicit sex and language with a traditional HEA) novels guaranteed to steam up your e-reader. THE SWEET SPOT by Kimberly Kaye...

MAN UP! Fall TV 2011 [Worth Watching?

I really did not have high hopes for this ABC sitcom, which follows the rather problematic and popular-this-season theme, of men not being manly enough these days. I’ve already given you my thoughts on LAST MAN STANDING (a bit better than expected) and HOW TO BE A GENTLEMAN (even worse...

LAST MAN STANDING Review: Fall TV 2011 [Worth Watching?]

So I never posted a review for HOW TO BE A GENTLEMAN, and that was because it sucked. I mean, sucked to the point that I was happy there were no people of color in it, b/c I didn’t want them involved in this pile-up. Which is too bad, because it had a few people I liked in it, including...

NEW GIRL and UNFORGETTABLE Review: Fall TV 2011 [Worth Watching?]

FINALLY, a couple of  shows I was looking somewhat forward to watching: NEW GIRL, starring elfin movie-star, Zooey Deschanel, Damon Wayans Jr. (from HAPPY ENDINGS), the other deputy from THE WALKING DEAD, and some random dude I’ve never heard of; and UNFORGETTABLE, a procedural about a...

THE RINGER Review: Fall TV 2011 [Worth Watching?]

I was so disappointed with Fall TV 2010 that I complained about it clear into 2011. But maybe that was unfair, considering that I hadn’t given most of the new Fall TV season a chance. For all I knew a few of the cancelled shows that I never watched might have been the bee’s knees....

What Would You Name Yourself? [Wow! It's Wednesday!]

I’ve talked a lot on this blog about how much I love my name. I love it so much so that I not only kept my last name when I got married, but I also continue to leave a trail of my initials everywhere I write. But this wasn’t always the case. When I was a child, I hated my name. It...

Are You a Joker or a Laugher? [Wow! It's Wednesday!]

If you’ve ever met me IRL, then you probably already know that I’m both. I make jokes all the time, but will often show my appreciation of your joke with a hearty laugh. My sister is also both — really I hail from a family, who in general enjoys both making and laughing at...

AUSTIN POWERS 4: No, Baby! [Wow! It's Wednesday!]

I know that movie studios want my money, and most often I’m perfectly happy to give it to them, especially during the summer when it’s really hot. I also know that I am at a magical age now, a special twenty-year cross-section of age, during which I will be spending money on...

New Author Lessons that I Learned While Embarrassing Myself at the Nat...

Blogging over as ScriptShark today, check it out these “New Author Lessons” gleaned while at this year’s NBCC conference in Atlanta : 1. Come for the Whole Conference — Ostensibly, my going to the National Book Club Conference in Atlanta was about meeting and greeting...

EUREKA’s Henry and Grace: My Favorite Couple on TV

MILD SPOILER ALERT ——————-IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE SEASON PRECEDING THIS CURRENT SEASON OF EUREKA, THEN STOP READING. ALSO, YOU KNOW, RENT OR DOWNLOAD THAT SEASON SO YOU CAN FOLLOW ALONG. I SERIOUSLY ADORE THIS SHOW! I think the best things that has...

The Perfect Macaron [Wow! It's Wednesday!]

Ever since traveling to France in April 2010, I’ve been on the lookout for the perfect macaron. What’s funny is that I had never eaten a macaron before discovering this somewhat expensive (but delightfully worth it!) confection, yet, somehow, my standards for the American versions...

Texting and Walking [Wow! It's Wednesday!]

I wasn’t surprised to read this Gawker story about Philadelphia imposing citations for texting while walking. I was more surprise that it turned out not to be true. In either case, I used to be so guilty of this, and only recently (after reading or hearing — I can’t remember...

Is Jude Law Hot in THE HOLIDAY? – Wow! It’s Wednesday! [BE...

Hey-O, Super-quick reminder to enter to win a $25 gift card and a very limited edition 32 CANDLES tote HERE. Meanwhile, here’s a very important post on a seriously controversial topic that would still be in our top five if I hadn’t disabled its ability to do so. The poll is still...

FEED by M.T. Anderson: Book 19 of 2011 [Wow! It's Wednesday]

Well, let’s see here, it’s the 23rd week of the year, and this is only my 19th book report. What’s sad is that I’ve been reading like a big dog all year and have a lot of books in my already-read pile, I’ve just been not-so-great at reporting back on the books...

Promises, Promises… [Wow! It's Wednesday!]

On Monday I decided to start keeping every promise I made from now on. I decided this, because I’ve been overextending myself as of late and I figured that actually having to follow through with everything I promised to do would be a great way to break myself of that habit. Also,...

Oprah [Wow! It's Wednesday!]

You know those reports you’ve been reading, about how people are just despondent that OPRAH is going off the air? I’m one of those people. And what’s funny is that I no longer watch the show. In fact, I haven’t watched it regularly since the 90s. Still I couldn’t...

A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD by Jennifer Egan: Book 18 of 2011 [Wow! It...

For a while it felt like A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD was stalking me. My writing exchange partner, Gudrun Cram-Drach, kept on referencing it in different emails and comments before just flat out saying I should read it. Then I had brunch with Ryan Dixon, and he mentioned that someone who we...

Las Vegas [Wow! It's Wednesday!]

So we’re taking a trip to Las Vegas, b/c long story short: my GIL and Aunt-in-law were living there, we booked a hotel, but then they moved back to California, but we still have to go, b/c we’ve already booked a hotel. However, now that we’ve no one to visit, we have no idea...

The Story Behind the Dress [Wow! It's Wednesday!]

My friend Kalimba showed up to the co-ed wedding shower that she, another friend, and I were throwing for our friend, Delia in a fabulous dress. “I love your dress,” I told her before I had even hugged her hello. “Thanks,” she said. “I wore it to your...

A Question for You… [Wow! It's Wednesday!]

So we’re rolling out the retooled 32 CANDLES website next week, and I’m currently putting together a marketing plan for the paperback, which we’ll need to sell in the manner of hotcakes, so that I can get another book deal and continue to justify paying someone to take care...

You, Me, Class, This Saturday: Writing Pad [Wow! It's Wednesday!]

Hello Darlings, I’m interrupting my normal belly-gazing schedule  to tell you Los Angeles memoirists and non-fiction writers that there’s something your project is missing —  fiction. To that end, I’m teaching a STRANGER THAN FICTION class this Saturday, April 23rd at...

How to Not Procrastinate [Wow! It's Wednesday!]

So a lot of people ask me how I avoid the pits of procrastination. Well, here are all of my current trade secrets. 1. I use StayFocused. Now back before we moved, CH came up with the idea of turning off my internet when he left for work. Though, I got more writing work done, I found that my...

In Regards to My Own Introversion [Wow! It's Wednesday!]

I really loved this “Dispelling Ten Myths About Introverts” list at Shrinking Violet Promotions. As someone who struggles with her own offline introversion, I really related to most of the mythbusters. However, though, the posts attempts to completely separate introversion from...

How to Blog all the Time [Wow! It's Wednesday!]

I’m often asked how I come up with new material for my daily blog posts. I can’t tell you how many emails I’ve gotten from FaN bloggers saying, “I have no idea what to write about this week. I don’t know how you do it.” I’ll admit that for maybe the...

The Book You Should Have Read by Now [Wow! It's Wednesday!]

After reading this wonderful post by Emily Hauser about how hard it is to squeeze in time for reading after motherhood, I got to thinking about the THE POISONWOOD BIBLE by Barbara Kingsolver. TPB is Barbara Kingsolver’s bestselling book to date. It got all kinds of critical raves....

“You look like you’re from New York!” [Wow! It's Wed...

“You look like you’re from New York!” a saleslady said to me as I walked home on Monday in yellow sweatshirt, covered by my flowered blazer and on top of my head, my hat with fur-lined floppy ears, from which white earphones blasting rap music streamed out. I have recently...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! The Perfect Set of Headphones

I recently had brunch with a friend who’s a doctor, her boyfriend, who is also a doctor, and a couple of their mutual friends, who are also doctors. The four spent much of that brunch fielding medical questions from the rest of us at the table. So when I saw these stethoscope...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! Time Machine Songs

So the other day I was in the shower, and “Hypnotize” by Notorious B.I.G. came on. It was almost like I heard a time machine sound effect, because the next thing I knew, I was a college student again, attending a BSA party at Smith, riding in the passenger seat of my best...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! Nerdy Valentine [What to do if you drop you...

Two weeks ago I somehow managed to do what I’ve been avoiding doing for over 10 years now: forgetting that I had my iPhone in my back pocket when I went to use the bathroom. So after fishing my smartphone out of the toilet (a pretty icky endeavor which made me rethink our...

Wow! It’s Wednesday: Are You Ready For Some Football?

To tell you the truth, I only became a fan of football less than 10 years ago. I think this is because I’ve always found it incredibly hard to follow what’s going on and find myself having to ask lots of questions to keep up. But it’s also because I didn’t grow up with...

Wow! It’s Wednesday: Fast, Non-Dairy Breakfast [IVF Part Deux Up...

Sorry, sorry. Know I promised that T.E.’s blogumn, DIY NERD, would debut in this space today, but we’ve got to learn to do an audio edit right quick before it can. So now I’m forced to say come back next week for that. But this might be a good thing, since I wanted to get in...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! Things We Might Want To Teach Our Children

I’ve grown out of the habit of reading child-rearing books, but as Betty gets older, I feel like there are a lot of books that I would just love to read, but I’m not seeing including … 1. The Art of Self: Teaching Your Kid How To Be Happy Being Herself. I really want Betty...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! Ten Tips for Traveling with a Baby on a Cruise to...

So just in case any of you were thinking of taking a cruise with your toddler, I compiled the following list of random advice while I was on our very first cruise as a family: 1. If your toddler has a security blanket, buy an extra one for her to drag around the ship and especially for port...

Wow, It’s Wednesday: DICEBOX by Jenn Manley Lee [Book 46 of 2010...

Hmm, so when’s the last time I reviewed something for you that you could score absolutely free and in an instant?. Sadly, it’s been a while. I think the last time was back in June, when I told you to read webcomic-turned-printed-book, BAYOU, quick like a bunny. Well, just in time...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! AYA by Marguerite Abouet & Clement Oub...

I’m going to have to double-up if I want to meet my 52 books by the end of the year goal. So look for at least two of these book reports a week until the end of the year. Yay! First up this week, the graphic novel AYA by Marguerite Abouet & Clement Oubrerie. Why I Decided To Read...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! The Real Reason That I Love STAR WARS So Ve...

A lot of you might question my continued love of a trilogy which I’ve only seen three times. If you’re not familiar with the Star Wars fanverse, that’s the equivalent of confessing that you’re completely in love with a person that you’ve only glimpsed once from...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! Always Have Another Project Waiting [I'll r...

Back when I was writing plays, I used to come down with the worst case of post-show depression. You’re working, working, working and then suddenly you’re … not. I’d feel adrift and sad that the show had come to an end. And when I say I’d get depressed, I mean...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! Brooklyn! Brooklyn!

Ugh, why am I blanking on the name of this song? Back in the day — like the 90s I think, there was a rap song about New York and it mentioned all the boroughs and from what I heard, seemed to be playing every single place anyone went in New York for like a year or two. It was the...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! The Dead Mothers Club [What a FELA!]

My dear Aunt Almeda passed away last Thursday in Harlem, and I happened to be in NYC for the hugely successful Circle of Sisters Book Club this past weeked. So on Sunday before meeting up with some Smithie friends for the FELA! matinee, I woke up early and took the subway to Harlem. My...

Wow, It’s Wednesday: Writing While Motherin’

So a fellow blogger and an all-around terrific person asked me for advice about my writing schedule the other day, and my answer ended up being really long, so I figured I’d republish here, b/c yes, I generally have a policy that if I write anything over 300 words, even if it’s...

Wow, It’s Wednesday: An Experiment [Buh-Bye Internet]

So my productivity levels have not quite been where I need them to be as of late. My To Do list has been in serious backlog since last week, and for the life of me I couldn’t figure out why. I tried getting up really early one day, that only necessitated a momentum-killing nap later in the...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! The Fattest I’ve Ever Been (Again)

I’ve been in a celebratory mood for a reason, which might strike some as odd. I got on the scale a few days ago and discovered that I’m now at the highest weight I’ve ever been … before getting pregnant. That’s simply to say that I’ve finally reached a...

Wow! It’s Wednesday: Should Authors Forego Schilling Their Books...

I saw this post cited on a few other blogs. Basically it states that author’s schilling their own work is more annoying than effective. I have no doubt that my sales would have been diminished if I hadn’t put as much marketing effort into 32 CANDLES as I did. Also, I think marketing is a good...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! Back on the Writing Horse [Writing Demons]

Just as I thought that my grief over Tulip’s death would keep me from my novel indefinitely, this interview that I did the FLY blog posted, and I was reminded that don’t believe in writer’s block. In my practice, there is only writing and not writing. And your reasons for not writing...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! Fall TV is Back!!! [Pt. 2]

I’m the kind of chyck who likes to make new friends, but keep the old, so in the interest of fair and balanced TV reporting, I want to follow up yesterday’s new shows blogumn with one about all the returning shows I’m looking forward to. 1. HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: Though...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! Obstacles

So, continuing my thoughts on the God said “Ha!” meme. I have come to accept that whenever I make a good plan obstacles will come up. I don’t think this is God say “Ha!” I think of it more as a “Do You Really Want This?” pop quiz from the universe. I...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! Some Advice Before You Start Fertility Test...

The other month a friend asked me for advice re fertility testing, IUI, and IVF. Here’s what I told her below. If you, too, have been through fertility testing, IUI, or IVF, please feel free to add your two cents in the comments. 1. Cut back at work. I actually quit my job during the...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! My New Love Is Becoming a Demanding Nag [Fa...

I picked this blogumn as a FaN Favorite b/c I’m starting the second draft of the AWESOME GIRL’S GUIDE TO DATING EXTRAORDINARY MEN and have a whole slew of new research to do. But I’m not going to talk to much about it, b/c you know … spoilers. From January 13, 2010 So...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! How Do You Spell Yay?

So I picked this blogumn as a favorite, b/c not only did we have a rather intense comments discussion about this, but also b/c Friend of FaN, Sallie Patrick, convinced me that it should be spelled “yay,” and I’ve spelled it that way ever since! From July 29, 2009 Image...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! The Ideal Meal

So I joined Weight Watchers about a month ago in the hopes of getting back down to my wedding weight before I (hopefully) get pregnant again in January. As some of you might remember, I did not enjoy my first pregnancy, though I thoroughly love the result. So I’m hoping that being in...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! After the Pink T-shirt

So with my summer challenge of wearing my pink 32 CANDLES shirt exclusively (except to book events) less than a couple of weeks from being over, I’ve been wondering about my wardrobe after the pink T-shirt. Three months of wearing the same thing gives you a lot of time to think about...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! Your Deserted Island Author

Yesterday, I made a big deal about taking Betty to the library and picking out a brand new book, about this dancing hippo that I was sure she would love. Last night, after her bath and change into pajamas, I opened up her brand new (to her) book, only to have her firmly close it on me and...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! Choice A

An old friend of mine wrote a great blog post about being frustrated with her career and my answer to her blog post was as usual 1) way too long and 2) more helpful to me than to her. But basically it can be boiled down to this. Every artist has three choices to make in life. A) Do your own...

Wow! It’s Wednesday: Me Totally Naked

So I’ve promised on several occasions that I would post the rough draft of the first chapter of my second book, THE AWESOME GIRL’S GUIDE TO DATING EXTRAORDINARY MEN. When I made this promise, I was floating in a cloud of hopeful writing theory. Why not show people how the sausage...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! 32 CANDLES Takes a Trip

I’ve received some amazing photos of 32 CANDLES merch, but I think you’ll agree that Di Koob’s cross country road trip with the 32 CANDLES tote bag is the best photo retrospective ever. Obviously my favorite is the one where the 32 CANDLES tote enjoys a Yuengling and Philly...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! Your Life in One Sentence

As someone who never did manage to come up with a good one-sentence pitch for her novel, I found agent Rachelle Gardner’s advice on one-sentence pitches fascinating. She advises using specific, non-confusing language and not sounding like a downer. For example if I were pitching THE...

Wow, It’s Wednesday: How Do You Watch TV? [Tote Bag Comment Chal...

They say that opposites attract, and at one point my main characters Davie Jones and James Farrell get in an argument over their very different television viewing habits. Davie doesn’t own a TV set, she either watches her favorite shows on her computer or on DVD. James however has a...

Wow, It’s Wednesday: What Have Your Bullies Taught You?

People ask me all the time if 32 CANDLES is based on my life. The short answer is no. My mom wasn’t abusive, and other than being dark-skinned, Davie and I have very little in common. Though, like Davie, I did learn a few lessons courtesy of my main bully. Soooo many people made fun of...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! Should You Get A Writing Exchange Partner

So as of today, I’m still holding out hope that I will actually be able to visit my writing exchange partner, Gudrun from “Secret Life of an Expat” in France next week, despite Mother Nature trying to keep us apart through the rather curious device of volcanic ash. And that...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! Writing on the Road

Don’t have much time to talk as I’m supposed to be on vacation with my wonderful inlaws, but just wanted to say that I had the most wonderful dinner Tuesday night after taking an hour to myself to write. Before that, I was getting kind of salty. This makes me wonder how other...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! Welcome Back Demons!

So according to my outline, I’m halfway through my latest novel. And so if this entry seems to lack it’s usual up-with-writingness, that’s because I always fall a little in hate with my books when they get to this point. The whole thing feels adrift and though I keep on...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! Got Any Good Writing Advice?

I’ve read two great articles chock-full of writing advice lately. One is for fiction writers from famous fiction writers in the UK Guardian, the other is for freelance writers by Christina Katz from the “Prosperous Writer” blog. But let’s focus on the Guardian article....

Wow! It’s Wednesday! The Writer’s Spouse

I found the Jezebel response to the fantastic Paul Krugman piece in the New Yorker interesting. Basically Irin Carmon asks if the wives of great male writers should get more credit. Krugman’s wife, Robin Wells, a fellow economist, edits Krugman’s piece and can be credited with...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! “16 Candles Meets E. Lynn Harris̶...

“Sixteen Candles Meets E. Lynn Harris” — that’s what they’re calling my book in-house at HarperCollins, according to Marketing Manager, Bobby Brinson. What a nice compliment! Find out what else he had to say about 32 CANDLES here. Though, it should be noted that...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! 32 CANDLES and the Art of Self-Promotion

I promised myself that I would hit the ground running with this self-promotion stuff as soon as I scheduled my first interview or received the cover art for 32 CANDLES, whichever came first. Well, I had my first interview on Monday for the Smith Alumnae Quarterly. Fellow Smithies, look for...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! And Then What Happened?

Towards the beginning of our relationship, my husband used to say this this thing that infuriated me. I would be all upset over a program and he’d say, “Calm down, these people aren’t real.” He got away with saying this a couple of times before I found the words to...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! My New Love Is Becoming a Demanding Nag

So this week’s current mood picture refers to the fact that I’ve sent my last pass of 32 CANDLES back to the publisher, and am now hankering down with a new women’s fiction novel called the The Awesome Girl’s Guide to Dating Extraordinary Men. As I mentioned last week,...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! The Two New Loves of My Life [Wassup 2010!]

  As I’ve told many people IRL and online already, I’m hoping that IVF will produce one more miracle baby for us by the end of 2010. But because I’m anxious, I’ve started to get a little scared that it won’t work the second time as easily as it did the first....

Wow! It’s Wednesday! The First Pair of Shoes You Bought With You...

So, I’m going to keep this short and sweet, since I have about 1,000 things to do today with a baby that I’m sure would rather be home and playing, than battling the shopping and mailing throngs or watching me type of mailing labels — thrilling thought that is. What’s...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! I’m Having A Hard Time Staying Faithf...

Writing is like exercise. You know you should be doing it, you feel better after you do it, yet … somehow it often just doesn’t get done. I just realized yesterday after spending three hours reading other authors’ blogs that I might not be doing online marketing research as...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! 32 CANDLES Will Be Released On….

. . JUNE 22, 2010!!! . For those of you that know me, IRL, yes, that is the same day as my daughter Betty’s 1st birthday. This is great for three reasons. 1. This makes the release date extra-super-duper-auspicious. 2. I was trying to figure out how to get out of throwing a birthday...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! And I Shall Read By the Light of This Chees...

So I promised to support my writing exchange partner by reading her National Novel Writing Month pages as she writes them and giving her positive feedback. At least I thought I was supporting her, but as it turns out, I was volunteering for a particular kind of obsessive book thrall. The kind...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! Mama Needs A New…

Oh guys, I am in a terrible mood. First of all Betty got her 4-month shots yesterday, which was WAY more traumatizing for both of us than her first round of shots 2 months ago. The first time she fussed a bit then calmed down immediately. This time she screamed and cried in the most pitiful,...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! The Beautiful Feminist

So Halloween has been interesting for me this year, because though there are a ton of cute and appropriate costumes for the infant-toddler set, somewhere around six-years-old it all seems to become either princess or (IMO highly-inappropriate) kid version of the sexy [name your profession...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! How Responsible Are We For Our Kids’ ...

Interestingly enough, I received this Newsweek article from three different people, which I took as a hint that I should mention it on the ole blog. The article can basically be summarized as this: even if white parents think they are teaching kids not to see race, kids still see it, and not...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! But What About (Black) Love

So I talked yesterday about how the media and some bloggers love this story of how BW-WM relationships come to be: Black woman starts off dating within her race. Discovers that there are no “good” black men. Decides to marry a white man b/c of this dearth. That wasn’t the...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! Month of Minefields: What Would YOU Do?

I think my main problem with the What Would Jesus Do movement is that it feels silly to me. What would Jesus do if he, like you, found out a co-worker was badmouthing him to the boss behind his back? Well, Jesus wouldn’t be working in an office because he’d be walking across the...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! The Lack of Standards In This Country

Somehow I’ve gotten both crankier and laidback with age. For whatever reason, the stuff that used to bother me (like traffic, hubris, and reality TV shows) really doesn’t bother me these days. But on the otherhand, the things that I used not to mind (like mommy-slammers,...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! People Always Have Green for Mary Jane

Wow, despite a severe drought of financial resources on our fellow Americans part, there seems to be an uptick in sales of weed. I can’t say that I’m surprised, but it did get me to thinking about crazy things that I have bought when I was flat broke. As many of my longtime...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! I Thee Do Insure

I’ve been meaning to talk about this professor who is trying to sell marriage insurance for a while now. When I first heard about the future possibility of buying insurance in case of divorce, I thought, “God, how unromantic.” But then upon further thought, I was like,...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! The Prom You Never Had OR What Nail Polish ...

So since last Thursday, I’ve tried on about a dozen gowns, spent hours shoe shopping, arranged a rather expensive hair consultation and appointment, scheduled a special event make-up appointment at M.A.C., gone back and forth with myself about whether I should wear glasses to the...

Wow, It’s Wednesday: Whose Voice Do You Want Guiding You?

First of all, mama’s memory ain’t what it used to be, so I can’t recall which one of my Facebook friends posted this cnet.com item about Bob Dylan being in negotiations w/ two car companies to voice their in-dash nav systems. If it was you, please let me know, so that I can...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! Photoshop on the Chopping Block

So after Olay Definity released this wrinkle-free, ridiculously photoshopped ad, featuring Twiggy, a few British law makers are trying to impose a possible ban on or at least required disclosure of Photoshop use in ads. And it’s got me thinking… Should we think about doing the...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! My First (and Probably Last) FaN Meme

Dudes, I NEVER do memes. You know that FaceBook meme that was going around several months ago that everybody did? I didn’t do it, b/c I never do memes. They’re just not my thing. But my allergies have kicked back in, and I must be feeling particularly vulnerable right now, b/c...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! Betty’s Going to Be Maaaaad…

When I was a kid, we never went anywhere except for Mississippi for the biannual family reunion and once to Chicago for my uncle’s wedding. I didn’t get onto a plane until the age of 17 when I paid for my own ticket in order to go on a solo East Coast college tour. So maybe...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! How Do You Spell “Yay!”

Image Credit: Khantipol So I have this character in my second novel who gets weirdly and rather childishly excited about everything and therefore ends up saying, “Yay!” a lot. Or should it be “Yea!”? Or should it be “Yeah!”? Like me you’ve probably...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! Vegemite, Mint Chokos, and etCH on JKL

Sorry, guys. Gotta keep it short today due to a certain baby’s weirdly high level of “I’m awake!” all night. But right quick: Photo Credit: s2art 1. Have been meaning to mention this for awhile: if you’re a fellow Vegemite lover like myself, then you might be...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! Our Secret Foods

I just loved this Jezebel piece about the foods we eat when we eat alone — you know the foods that we wouldn’t readily admit to eating on a first date or even after a year of dating. I used to have a thing for buying 12-packs of grocery store cupcakes and eating one or two a day...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! Candid Contraction Camera

Photo Credit: Javier Delgado-Esteban I don’t know whether to say eww! or hmm! about this newish trend of women not only filming their births, but throwing it up on YouTube. On one hand, I do buy the argument that it’s educational for women who haven’t given birth. I was...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! Is it a Boy or a Girl? $34.95, Please!

Sorry guys, I’ve been trying to talk about something other than pregnancy-related stuff. But since I’m officially on work-from-home maternity leave, am 1 cm dilated, and am actively waiting for Betty to frickin’ arrive already, I’m afraid that my daily posts are going...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! Awesomely Tacky Homes

So I keep on forgetting to tell you guys the story about the tackiest house in Los Angeles. When my Trenton-based BFF, MMKV was in town with her son and husband, who’s an architect, I offered to take them to the “tackiest house that they have ever seen.” They didn’t...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! The Curious Case of Steve

So one of the many stressful things that happened during last Tuesday’s move was that our cat, Steve ran away. Background: Steve basically tricked us. When we first encountered him as a kitten at the shelter, he was very lovey-dovey. But after we got him home, he basically took a cue...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! Baby Betty Pool

Photo by Kalimba Bennett So there are two things I’ve been wondering about hardcore lately: 1) What does Betty need with every available bit of moisture in my body? I can no longer wear contacts. I’ve got dry skin tags all over, and if I try to skip my moisturizing routine for...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! Up in Boxes

So as mentioned before, we’ve been thinking about moving to a more diverse neighborhood. Well, now we’re not just thinking about it, we’re actually doing it. We’ve sold our house in Silver Lake and we’ve put in a deposit on a really lovely rental house in...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! DVR For Your Radio

Concept Photo by Craig Allen Yesterday, my friend, Brian V who’s visiting us from out of town said that he’d love to have DVR for his radio — especially where NPR was concerned. That sounded good to me, too, and just the existence of podcasts alone means that programmable...

Modern Love Week: Wow! It’s Wednesday! Things We Save From The F...

So last week Amy Robinson from “Tall Drink of Nerd” mentioned  that if a fire broke out in her abode, she would grab her kitties and her laptop and rush out the door. This got me to thinking about two things: 1) In my current pregnant condition, how would I manage to wrangle our...