Skipping P&P (is never a good idea)

It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that the mere reading of Pride and Prejudice makes a girl smart, pretty and a hit at every party.
A have a good friend, and she’s one of the best-read people I know. A while ago, she dropped on real bombshell on me. Not only has she never read Pride and Prejudice, but she’s never touched a single Jane Austen. 
Say what???
Which got me to thinking about dear Jane.
A lot.
Here is a peak at some of my (blurry) Austen collection: 
Did you know that I wrote a book kind of based on P&P? (I’ll bet you do by now!) Come on, every chick author at least *thinks* about it at some point. Well, I did more than think.
*happy dance*
Definitely, Maybe in Love is about Spring Honeycutt, a junior at Stanford University who is forced to study-partner it up with the rich guy across the street that she can’t stand. Of course he’s way hot and smart and funny and I’m pretty much in love with him. But since Spring lives in his world, I have to live vicariously through her and swoon every time she gets to kiss him and….anyway, I digress….

Back to Ms Austen and her literary gold P&P. Not only is the book wonderful, but lets take a moment to consider all the wonderful spin-offs thanks to this literary jewel:

Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field

Lest we forget…
In short, my dear never-read-Austen friend. Please put down your YA for one week and dip your toe into the world of Jane. For me, please?

The End.

Skipping P&P (is never a good idea)

It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that the mere reading of Pride and Prejudice makes a girl smart, pretty and a hit at every party.
A have a good friend, and she’s one of the best-read people I know. A while ago, she dropped on real bombshell on me. Not only has she never read Pride and Prejudice, but she’s never touched a single Jane Austen. 
Say what???
Which got me to thinking about dear Jane.
A lot.
Here is a peak at some of my (blurry) Austen collection: 
Did you know that I wrote a book kind of based on P&P? (I’ll bet you do by now!) Come on, every chick author at least *thinks* about it at some point. Well, I did more than think.
*happy dance*
Definitely, Maybe in Love is about Spring Honeycutt, a junior at Stanford University who is forced to study-partner it up with the rich guy across the street that she can’t stand. Of course he’s way hot and smart and funny and I’m pretty much in love with him. But since Spring lives in his world, I have to live vicariously through her and swoon every time she gets to kiss him and….anyway, I digress….

Back to Ms Austen and her literary gold P&P. Not only is the book wonderful, but lets take a moment to consider all the wonderful spin-offs thanks to this literary jewel:

Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field

Lest we forget…
In short, my dear never-read-Austen friend. Please put down your YA for one week and dip your toe into the world of Jane. For me, please?

The End.

Music Monday

I’m in a giving mood today, so I figured I would share another song from the DEFINITELY, MAYBE IN LOVE playlist. I know…I’m a giver.

Spring loves music, and she’s kind of got a thing for angry chick rock. You know how it is, sometimes it’s nice to get in your car and blast a little Alanis. We’ve all been there. Here’s a little honey from Kelly Clarkson. Girl friend not only wales, but she can also write one mean hate song.

By the way, the whole of Spring’s playlist (and an iPod) is up for grabs on hypable.com. Clicky-click HERE to see all the deets. Until then, enjoy:

Chivas

“Baby, I can’t stand the sight of your face.
Baby, I don’t even wanna hear your name…

So much for true love, I’ll take the chivas instead…”

Music Monday

I’m in a giving mood today, so I figured I would share another song from the DEFINITELY, MAYBE IN LOVE playlist. I know…I’m a giver.

Spring loves music, and she’s kind of got a thing for angry chick rock. You know how it is, sometimes it’s nice to get in your car and blast a little Alanis. We’ve all been there. Here’s a little honey from Kelly Clarkson. Girl friend not only wales, but she can also write one mean hate song.

By the way, the whole of Spring’s playlist (and an iPod) is up for grabs on hypable.com. Clicky-click HERE to see all the deets. Until then, enjoy:

Chivas

“Baby, I can’t stand the sight of your face.
Baby, I don’t even wanna hear your name…

So much for true love, I’ll take the chivas instead…”

writing inspiration – chick lit

From: The Two Lives of Charlotte Merryweather, by Alexandra Potter
“I can’t help feeling as if there’s something missing in my life. But i don’t know what it is. And the harder I look, the more I can’t find it because there’s just to much pressure and not enough time… I’ve bottled all this stuff up for so long that now it’s as if I’ve lifted off a lid and it’s all pouring out. It’s like I’m always playing catch-up. I rush through my life exhausted and anxious and worried all the time. Not to mention hungry.”

writing inspiration – chick lit

From: The Two Lives of Charlotte Merryweather, by Alexandra Potter
“I can’t help feeling as if there’s something missing in my life. But i don’t know what it is. And the harder I look, the more I can’t find it because there’s just to much pressure and not enough time… I’ve bottled all this stuff up for so long that now it’s as if I’ve lifted off a lid and it’s all pouring out. It’s like I’m always playing catch-up. I rush through my life exhausted and anxious and worried all the time. Not to mention hungry.”

Writing Inspirations – chick lit…and cake (mostly cake)

From: There’s Cake In My Future, by Kim Gruenenfelder

Goodreads it HERE

“Man, I hate writing. I mean, you know, I love being paid to be a writer. I love reading what I’ve written. I love telling people at parties that I’m a writer. I just don’t so much like the writing part. As a matter of fact, lately, I hate all of it. Seriously, why would anyone want to become writers?”

I love this quote. It’s clever and funny and gets right to it. But–today, especially–it’s the exact opposite of howI’m feeling. I love writing! I’m thrilled and giddy at the whole process, from plotting a brand new story (which is what I’m doing right now. eeep!), to running down the final path of edits just weeks away from the release date. double eeep!) Like anything we tackle in life, sometimes it sucks and we hate it, but sometimes, all we feel is love. And I’m in love today.

And sometimes, there’s even cake!

Writing Inspirations – chick lit…and cake (mostly cake)

From: There’s Cake In My Future, by Kim Gruenenfelder

Goodreads it HERE

“Man, I hate writing. I mean, you know, I love being paid to be a writer. I love reading what I’ve written. I love telling people at parties that I’m a writer. I just don’t so much like the writing part. As a matter of fact, lately, I hate all of it. Seriously, why would anyone want to become writers?”

I love this quote. It’s clever and funny and gets right to it. But–today, especially–it’s the exact opposite of howI’m feeling. I love writing! I’m thrilled and giddy at the whole process, from plotting a brand new story (which is what I’m doing right now. eeep!), to running down the final path of edits just weeks away from the release date. double eeep!) Like anything we tackle in life, sometimes it sucks and we hate it, but sometimes, all we feel is love. And I’m in love today.

And sometimes, there’s even cake!

Where, oh where, has Ophelia been. . .

So it’s been about a month since I’ve blogged. It’s summer, it’s so blooming hot in Texas, and I just haven’t been in a bloggy kind of mood. I’m sure you know how that goes. That’s not to say I haven’t been meaningfully occupied (as “I am very busy and important,” to quote Bridget Jones).

Here are some of the fun things I’ve been up to:

I organized my iTunes library (more on that later).

I went through two edit passes on my upcoming NA (new adult) novel: Definitely, Maybe in Love (MUCH more on that later).

I started writing a new story–which I plan on finishing this week before my writers’ group.

I’ve been listening to Sara Bareilles’s new record The Blessed Unrest pretty much nonstop.

I swam a bit, bought a new patio chair, got a nice tan, talked to my mother several time, hmm, what else…? Oh, yeah, I made soup. Twice.

I’ve been drinking this:

I’ve been doing a lot of fun novel reading:

Matched – Ally Condie
Where We Belong – Emily Giffin
The Summer I Became a Nerd – Leah Rae Miller
The Ocean at the End of the Lane- Neil Gaiman
Losing It- Cora Carmack
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
Billy & Me – Giovanna Fletcher
 
But most of all, I’ve been doing some pretty major vegging out. Meaning, I’ve watched a butt-load of TV and movies. For example, I caught this flick:

And then went home and watched this one…

This one:
Oh, and then I had a Star Trek weekend. Check it out…I watched the first (new) movie, the new-new movie…
Star Trek II – Khan, III – Lookin’ for Spock, IV – the whale one…. 

And then the first TEN episodes of this:

So yeah, for the most part, I had a very productive month. But now it’s back to the “real life” of writing and blogging and not sleeping. Hooray!

Hey there, Khan.

Where, oh where, has Ophelia been. . .

So it’s been about a month since I’ve blogged. It’s summer, it’s so blooming hot in Texas, and I just haven’t been in a bloggy kind of mood. I’m sure you know how that goes. That’s not to say I haven’t been meaningfully occupied (as “I am very busy and important,” to quote Bridget Jones).

Here are some of the fun things I’ve been up to:

I organized my iTunes library (more on that later).

I went through two edit passes on my upcoming NA (new adult) novel: Definitely, Maybe in Love (MUCH more on that later).

I started writing a new story–which I plan on finishing this week before my writers’ group.

I’ve been listening to Sara Bareilles’s new record The Blessed Unrest pretty much nonstop.

I swam a bit, bought a new patio chair, got a nice tan, talked to my mother several time, hmm, what else…? Oh, yeah, I made soup. Twice.

I’ve been drinking this:

I’ve been doing a lot of fun novel reading:

Matched – Ally Condie
Where We Belong – Emily Giffin
The Summer I Became a Nerd – Leah Rae Miller
The Ocean at the End of the Lane- Neil Gaiman
Losing It- Cora Carmack
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
Billy & Me – Giovanna Fletcher
 
But most of all, I’ve been doing some pretty major vegging out. Meaning, I’ve watched a butt-load of TV and movies. For example, I caught this flick:

And then went home and watched this one…

This one:
Oh, and then I had a Star Trek weekend. Check it out…I watched the first (new) movie, the new-new movie…
Star Trek II – Khan, III – Lookin’ for Spock, IV – the whale one…. 

And then the first TEN episodes of this:

So yeah, for the most part, I had a very productive month. But now it’s back to the “real life” of writing and blogging and not sleeping. Hooray!

Hey there, Khan.