March 28th, 2011

I ♥ Monday

KAT, INCORRIGIBLE by Stephanie Burgis. You know how some books have awesome characters you want to be friends with, or awesome plots that make you unable to put the book down because you totally have to find out what’s going to happen, or awesome settings that make you want to climb inside the book? This book has all three! It’s a delight from start to finish. Kat Stephenson is smart and plucky and hilarious. She’s going on my list of favorite heroines, right alongside Frankie Landau-Banks and Hermione Granger. I can’t wait to read the next book in this trilogy!

♥ FRANKENSTEIN. I saw the National Theatre’s production starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the Creature and Jonny Lee Miller as Dr. Frankenstein and it was astounding. Especially Benedict Cumberbatch. And there was nothing sexy about him in this role–except the staggering talent. The first fifteen minutes were all movement as the Creature came to life, and that alone made the two hour screening worth it. If you’re in DC, I highly recommend you get yourself to Shakespeare Theatre on April 23 to see it. If you’re not in DC, see if it’s playing near you. We’re going back to see the leads play opposite roles!

♥ Georgetown Cupcakes’ lemon blossom cupcake. I took a dozen cupcakes home, ostensibly to celebrate my sister’s acceptance into the University of Utah grad program. I may have sampled three or four of them myself, and the lemon blossom was my favorite of the bunch.

Laini Taylor’s blog. Every time I read it, I’m inspired: by the writing, by the colors and textures, by the way she explores and finds stories everywhere. It’s my favorite.

♥ My amazing editor, Ari, and her assistant Paula. I sent them a new outline for BORN WICKED this morning and within two hours they’d sent it back, marked up all to hell with comments and questions and suggestions. And I mean that in a good way. Their notes are so smart! I’ve taken two weeks to brainstorm–lots of tossing ideas around with The Playwright and my best friends and an hour’s worth of brainstorming on the phone with Ari–and now I’m ready to dive back in and rewrite. I’m making lots and lots of changes, but I’m so excited about them!

What are YOU loving today?

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Library-Loving Blog Challenge

I went to visit my family this past weekend and celebrate my book deal.

It was great, but there was someone I really missed: my grandmother, who passed away in 2008. She would have been SO excited and SO proud. My mom said, When your book comes out you should donate a copy to the library in honor of Memaw.

Yes. I will do that.

My grandmother was a voracious reader. She loved libraries and used bookstores. She had piles of beat-up paperback romances scattered all over her house. She had bad knees and diabetes complications, and she had a hard time getting around those last few years, but she’d have my uncle drive her past the construction on the new library in town. And then she’d call me and report on its progress. She was dealing with a lot of physical pain, plus the frustration of my grandfather’s Alzheimers, but she was downright thrilled about that library. How great it would be to have one right there, instead of driving the twenty minutes into Gettysburg! It seems appropriate to me that the cemetery where she’s buried is only a stone’s throw away. I rather like the idea of her peeking into the library occasionally, checking out what everyone’s reading.

In her honor, I’m participating in Jenn Hubbard’s Library-Loving Blog Challenge. For every unique commenter on this post between now and Friday at midnight, I will donate $1 to the Adams County Library System, up to $150. Last year I donated $75 and I’d love to double that this year.

All you have to do is comment. If you don’t know what to say, “I love libraries” will totally work. If you’re reading this, I’m guessing you do.  I’m guessing you’re a kindred spirit.

Please help me spread the word about this contest. If you feel inspired to join the challenge or make a donation to your own library, please join us. And for a complete list of participating bloggers, visit Jenn Hubbard’s blog.

Originally published at Jessica Shea Spotswood. You can comment here or there.