Revise, reassess, rearrange

I had a joint birthday party with my roommate this weekend and it was super fun but also super dramz at the end of the night, although thankfully nobody was around to witness it except for Cambria and Nikki and poor Jeff the bartender. Whatevs!

I’ve started to notice that I have this problem that isn’t really a problem except when it is, and that is that I’m constant (you know, like Blair Waldorf)–I just don’t give up on things and people very easily. I actually think being constant is a good quality, but it can veer over into self-destructive territory when the thing you can’t let go of is getting bigger and bigger (in your head, of course, not in real life, where none of this matters at all) until finally it explodes like a bomb and blows your head to smithereens. So! My idea is to cut the problem off at the source. It’s working pretty well so far.

Just like a book, a life sometimes needs to be revised, and since I’m such an expert now it makes sense that I’m changing some stuff. I joined a gym and am starting to swim regularly (okay, I’ve gone once, but I joined the gym on Saturday and it’s Monday so give me a break, I plan to swim regularly). I love the quiet of the pool and the feeling of muscle memory kicking in when I’m working on my strokes and the way you can be alone underwater in a way you can’t be alone anywhere else, especially New York.

I also invested in a soft, warm, green duvet that I can’t wait to cuddle up to every night. The experience of buying it was pretty interesting. The man at Pottery Barn Kids was either on drugs or not listening to me, but he did seem to be sincerely trying to help so I’m going to give him points. I might need to get a queen-sized comforter, though, because my full one doesn’t seem to be big enough–it makes the duvet look baggy.

Speaking of working, it’s been twelve days since I sent my revisions into my editor. I haven’t heard anything back yet, and the only way I can stave off impatience is to work on something else. Lucky for me, I have an almost-done manuscript just sitting there ready to be finished, and it’s something I really love and am proud of, so it’s back to MB for me for the time being. I don’t think there’s a lot to do on it, but I’m having fun just reading it again.

I’m also starting to think about the Next Book. I reread what I had of GR so far a couple of days ago and liked it, and tonight I’m going to check back in with SM and see how much I like the pages I have for that. (We’re talking, like, ten pages here. I do not have a cache of almost-finished novels…YET.) I also have this weird…trilogy? Maybe? That I’m thinking about trying to write. I don’t know. All the ideas I have are so odd to me, they’re not easy to explain or categorize, and I’m not even sure if this one will work. Hell, I’m not even sure GR will work–it’s pretty weird, too. A quasi-apocalyptic pseudo-mystery, as I’ve taken to calling it? WHAT IS THAT EVEN?

In more boring news, the DVD player on my new MacBook is, I don’t know, misprogrammed or something. The DVD player thinks it’s a different region than it is? I guess I have to take it to the Apple store. On the other hand, Cambria and I watched the Golden Globes last night and all four hours were worth it because of five things:

1. Drew Barrymore’s outfit


Direct quote from Cambria: “It’s like Drew Barrymore came to the Golden Globes dressed as Katherine Heigl.”

2. Tracy Morgan’s acceptance speech for 30 Rock‘s Best Television Show (Comedy) included the phrase, “Deal with it, Cate Blanchett!” This is my new catchphrase. It’s super funny if you consider it proof that backstage at 30 Rock is no different than on stage at 30 Rock. Tracy’s just got a different last name. And Jane Krakowski was way more excited for Tina Fey than Jenna would’ve been for Liz.

3. Liz Lemon’s Tina Fey’s acceptance speech for her win for Best Actress (Comedy). “Babs from Lacrosse you can suck it, DianeFan you can suck it, CougarLetter you can really suck it, you’ve been after me all year.”

4. Kate Winslet. Just, all of her. Being awesome. She’s really the only actress in the world I care about.

5. Renee Zellweger’s outfit.


Direct quote from Cambria: “She looks toe-UP. I don’t even use that phrase very often because I don’t know what it means, but I feel like it’s appropriate here.”

I’ll leave you with that.

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