Friday Roundup for Week 10

macarons threeHi, all. It’s Friday, and I’m loving life. I got paid yesterday, I’ve had four solid days of the Charmed Writer’s Life, I’ve been exercising, the weather is gorgeous, and the weekend is set to be incredible. The end.

What I Read

  • In addition to finishing Brown Girl Dreaming,  I started and then abandoned Pippi Longstocking. I can.not.stand that girl. Maybe I’m old and grumpy, I don’t know. But I’ve always hated Amelia Badelia, so I’m guessing it’s more my low tolerance for stupid shenanigans and deliberate ignorance.
  • I RESTARTED THE NEVERENDING STORY!  I RESTARTED THE NEVERENDING STORY! Backstory here: I loved this book as a kid. But it took me about three tries until I gained enough momentum to finish it. Then I tried re-reading it a few years later and couldn’t get past the first few chapters again. Now, post-MFA, I’m soooo excited to revisit it. It’s actually only 350ish pages, so, entirely do-able. Once I get past that slow, sad beginning.
  • Current Moby Dick status: ugh OMG we’re still stuck on killing whales. Now time we’re talking about the decapitated head, and how Ahab is talking to it. Wut? Luckily they’ve just spotted another ship in the distance, so there’s about to be a gam go down in the middle of the och.

What I Ate

  • Meat. Lots of it. On Sunday. And now, no more meat or eggs until May 1. #doxprobs
  • Doing well on living out of the pantry. I think it’s going to involve me cooking a lot of carbs. Crumpets last week, ricotta pancakes this week. I also discovered the sweetness that is aquafaba. Which I promptly used in today’s rendition of the ricotta pancakes. Cheesefare, anyone?
  • I also made two out of Smitten Kitchen’s last three recipes, the Roasted Yams and Chickpeas with Yogurt, and the Nolita-style Avocado Toast. Because I am a Smitten Kitchen fangirl groupie. And they were fantastic.
  • Roasted brussels sprouts with sriracha mayonnaise. Le siiiiiigh. No recipe, because that crap’s easy to come up with on your own. I ate them in a day, and now no more brussels sprouts until at least April. I could cry.
  • Oh! And those macarons from the picture above! (Which, whoops, I realized as I carried them to my spot in Publicus, contain eggs.) Why buy one for $1.25 when you can get three for $3.25? Jam filling was a bit too sweet for my taste.

What I Watched

  • I have been indoctrinated into the cult that is Mad Men. One episode a day means that I’ll be watching Season 1 Episode 7 tonight.
  • Pride and Prejudice–the 2005 Kiera Knightley/Matthew MacFayden version. I don’t want to hear it. I don’t want to hear it. It’s the superior version, and just don’t argue with me on that, okay? And of course I wept all the tears because how could you not? And now Darcy eying Elizabeth at the pianoforte is my current desktop background. All the longing!

What I Wrote

  • Uproxx. Doing well with the quota stuff. If I manage to pump out a couple shorties tomorrow. I even did a phone interview that was awkward and awful and enlightening and didn’t go so poorly in the end.
  • You can read this past Monday’s post for my little gush on #continuouspractice. Daily writing time means that I’ve reached almost 20,000 words in this month’s draft. CAVEAT, though: most of those were copied and pasted from NaNoWriMo. Heh. That only means that the remainder of this month will be revising those words, which is my favorite thing to do anyhow. Huzzah! Fist pump!
  • Didn’t tap Exclusive Query Agent. Only because he tweeted on Wednesday that he’d finally caught up on all queries sent to him before 2/1, and I sent mine 2/2, and I was sure that I would get my rejection on Thursday because of it. Do…do you hear that? That’s the sound of crickets, I think.

What I Accomplished

  • I’ve picked up the piano again! Ha. I just wanted to say it like that. After I finished Pride and Prejudice I had, had to learn the theme on piano. So I printed off the sheet music and I’ve got two lines sort of down. I am dismal, I tell you. Dismal. Mother! I apologize for all those years of never practicing when I had the chance!

Anyway. Next week will be great. As much as I gripe about fasting from meat and all the other yummy things, I’m really looking forward to the beginning of Great Lent, starting with Forgiveness Vespers this Sunday and moving into the marathon week that is the first week of Lent. There’s just something comforting in stepping back and disciplining myself for a time. It makes Pascha at 2 a.m. all that much more wonderful.

So. Until next Friday! Keep your fingers crossed for any news re: the manuscript.

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