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28 March 2011 @ 04:50 pm
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?

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

Lisa Schroeder, Author for Kids and Teenslisa_schroeder on March 28th, 2011 01:54 pm (UTC)
Yum - fruity cupcakes are my favorite - I think I would love those lemon cupcakes!!!

Laini's blog is all kinds of awesome, isn't it?

And I must get Kat, Incorrigible when it comes out next week. It sounds like a great read!!
Jessica Spotswoodjessica_shea on March 31st, 2011 07:27 pm (UTC)
Laini's blog is amazing. I really, really need to read LIPS TOUCH!

And KAT is fantastic--I think you'd really like it!
earlgreytea68: Sherlockearlgreytea68 on March 28th, 2011 09:25 pm (UTC)
Isn't Benedict AMAZING? I can't wait to see the roles reversed, I'm really curious as to what will be different about it?
Jessica Spotswoodjessica_shea on March 31st, 2011 07:28 pm (UTC)
I'm really curious to see the different interpretations. It's such a physical role, I wonder how different they will be? I must admit I'm also looking forward, shallowly, to seeing Benedict looking a little less monstrous. ;)
earlgreytea68: Sherlockearlgreytea68 on March 31st, 2011 08:21 pm (UTC)
I completely agree! My friend and I were saying after the first production that Dr. Frankenstein's costume is the height of hot male fashion, so we can't wait to see Benedict pulling it off!
Kathleen Foucart: Heartskathleenfoucart on March 28th, 2011 09:53 pm (UTC)
I LOVE that book! Well, I love the British edition, so I assume I love the American one, too :)

Things I love today include my bestest CP & her lovely comments & questions, cause they make me a better writer. *hugs*
Jessica Spotswoodjessica_shea on March 31st, 2011 07:28 pm (UTC)
Awww, I <3 you back! And I've ordered my physical copy of KAT so I can lend to friends and put on my bookshelf.
Stephanie Burgis: Regency shock (Northanger Abbey)stephanieburgis on March 29th, 2011 05:46 am (UTC)
Oh, wow. I am SO GLAD you enjoyed Kat! That makes me really happy.

And it is amazing that you got to see Benedict Cumberbatch AND Jonny Lee Miller playing opposite each other - I love them both so much! It sounds fascinating to see them switch roles next time, too.

Today I am loving the fact that I got to wake up to read such nice things about Kat. Thank you! :)
Jessica Spotswoodjessica_shea on March 31st, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC)
You are so welcome, Steph! Thank YOU for such a fantastic read!