Friday, February 10, 2012

OMGerrific Writeratee and Happy Dances abound!

So I said I wasn't going to blog as much because there's so much going on. But here I am, breaking my own promises. In the words of Inigo Montoya, "Let me essplain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up."
  • The writing workshop is going great! I led my first class last night with my poet friend, Todd.  Todd's chapbook just came out on February 7th! I'm kinda polishing my nails on the fact that I told him to get his Toddacious butt in gear and publish a chapbook. And he did. I take full credit for all that work. Okay, maybe enough for him to owe me a cupcake. Ya feel me Todd? Cupcake, I say! Actually, he also critted my early fiction and I have him to thank for telling me, oh-so-kindly, that my cliffhangers were all fake. Hey, live and learn (from the most talented, when possible).
  • I started taking yoga classes. No more creaky sinews for me. I've twisted myself so hard I actually couldn't breathe. And I didn't pass out! Today I am going to cook myself alive in a Bikram yoga class. (That's hot yoga for you. And no, it's not an exotic accompaniment to falafel.) If I don't visit your blogs, it's because I've melted into a pile of goo.
  • I'm 30K into my current novel.  The first draft process is both painful and so awesome. I'm trying to write every day, but sometimes I can't, which is why...
  • I owe $6 to our Write On to Build On Facebook group. That's six days in the last month I haven't written anything. Now I need to join a Read on To Build On group so I can catch up with my growing TBR pile on Goodreads. 
Next, some *squee* news. 

Laura Diamond's short story, City of Lights and Stone, is going to be published in the DAY OF DEMONS anthology by Anachron Press! In April! But April is too far away! So I shall wait. Grr. Luckily, I already got to read it. It's so. So. SO. GREAT! I really mean every one of those exclamation marks.

AND

Sarah Fine just announced the sale of SANCTUM, the first book in the GUARDS OF THE SHADOWLANDS series! Yes, it's amazing.  Yes, she just announced her other book, SCAN, last week. And yes, this one KICKS OTHERWORLDY you-know-what. Read here for the juicy details. Go Sarah!

Finally, some manatee news. You read that right. Manatee.

So Alz at A Nudge in the Right Direction hand sews these little manatees. You can see her handiwork on this blogpost and this other blog, Sparkling Rampage.

I basically begged and was completely infantile in my effort to get Alz to make me one. I mean, manatees are the awesomest animal ever. They have been mistaken for mermaids. They are also called sea cows. And they have a prehensile upper lip. What's more awesome than that?

So anyway, after the begging Alz caved. Money was exchanged. Secrets were handed over. I might have promised to name my next child "Alz Krispy Manatee Kang."

So I got this in the mail yesterday:


It's a purple, hand-sewn manatee! And it's not really just a manatee, because it has this stitched sweetly over it's little mammalian heart:


It's a Lydiatee! I loves it. And I'm not letting my kids touch it unless it's for soft cuddles. My Writeratee is going to cheer me on during my tough writing days and give me high-five-flippers for when I am making progress.

Thank you Alz! And thanks Krispy for forcing Alz to cater to my sirenian whims!

Have a great weekend everyone!

49 comments:

Natalie Aguirre said...

I really need to get back into yoga and my meditation. Good for you for taking the class.

And thanks for sharing all the news. Sounds like you're making good progress on your manuscript.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Cute little manuscript! Glad to hear your yoga, workshop, and wip are all going so well! I'm a little jealous!
My WIP is at least 10k over budget, the plot is a mess, and I'm banging my head against the wall.

Laura Pauling said...

I love hearing good news! Have a great weekend too!

Miranda Hardy said...

Go news posts always make me smile. Enjoy your weekend!

Sarah said...

I'm so glad to hear the writers' workshop is going so well! And that your ms is over 30k. I can't wait to read it!! *sits on hands* (and, thanks for the shout-out :)

And finally--that Lydiatee is the cutest. Thing. Ever.

Emily Rose said...

I love your manatee! I've always wanted to take yoga classes, just to mix up my physical activity.:P

mooderino said...

Busy is good!

mood

Stina Lindenblatt said...

He's adorable!!!!! My daughter would be all over him.

I've taken yoga. I should really start up again, but there's just not enough time. I already run almost every day (and/or lift weights). To fit yoga in would be too much (not that my body agrees with that. But my wip does).

I'm so thrilled for Sarah. I love the first book and the sequel and the short story that falls in between. Now I can't wait for book #3. :D

SA Larsenッ said...

OMGosh!! So much good news. I heart Laura and Sarah. YAY!! for them. And Sarah - we discussed your book a while back. I sooooo want a copy!!

Karen Lange said...

Wow, lots of fun and good news! So much to celebrate! :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Your very own manatee! Don't melt today. It wouldn't be a pretty site.

Em-Musing said...

Wow...such an exciting post today! I too just started yoga. I love that it's all about balance. Quite a metaphor.

Magan said...

That is an awesome lydiatee

Jessica R. Patch said...

Okay, that's just adorable! Have a great weekend.

Bryan Russell said...

"Inconceivable!"

"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

Old Kitty said...

I want a cuddly Lydiatee toy please!!

Thank you! Take care
x

Connie Keller said...

Oh, the manatee is gorgeous!!!

Alz, you did an amazing job!!!

A Lady's Life said...

lol Yoga is painful just thinking about it lol but its good to do it.
Lots of good news today .:)

Barbara Watson said...

I love newsy/update type blog posts. They are always so personal. Your manatee is awesome.

Matthew MacNish said...

You have so much good news! Congrats.

I would quote The Princess Bride, but I see that's already been done.

vbtremper said...

Congrats all around! Aw, I love your writeratee. We're going to visit manatees this summer and it's the only thing I'm excited about in our trip to Fla (well, maybe Harry Potter World, too). Hope your gooeyness has solidified enough to keeping working on your draft.

Yahong Chi said...

AHHH SO JEALOUS OF THE MANATEE.

Laura Josephsen said...

That manatee is ADORABLE!! We lived in Ohio for a few years, and the zoo there had manatees. I LOVED watching them. I still have two manatee figurines that my dad brought me from Florida when I was about nine.

Yay for all the wonderful things going on! And yoga! I started Taekwondo a couple of months ago--not the same thing, I know, but all the stretching and pushing myself has been very good for me. I hope you enjoy it!

And huzzah for your writing progress!

cherie said...

Wowza! You're a busy woman!

Love the purple manatee--too cute!!

Congrats to Sarah! <3

I am now in exclamation mark overload. Must step away and take a nap or something. :)

Tracy Jo said...

All so fun! I love the Lydiatee...seriously so cute. Congrats on getting back to Yoga. It is such a wonderful way to keep life and your body in balance. Have an awesome weekend!

nutschell said...

How cool! love all this great news. And I am slightly jealous of that purple cutie!
Happy weekend!

Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Krispy said...

YAAAAAAY for all the awesome news! I started doing Yoga again too. It is both painful and awesome. I probably shouldn't have done it yesterday though because I banged up my knees. :P

Anyway, so glad your workshop is going well and that both Laura and Sarah have such amazing news (I already squeed at them)! But MOST IMPORTANTLY, YAY YOU GOT THE MANATEE!!! Alz told me she mailed it a few days ago and was worried it would get squished in the post.

Clearly, it made it through fine. Woohoo! I will tell Alz to read this post asap. :D And forcing Alz to do things is my specialty. There are few things I can bully her about, but luckily, doodles and manatees fall into that category. :) (Though I honestly had nothing to do with this one.)

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I told my body I was going to start Yoga lessons, and it took control of my right hand and pimp-slapped me! My Stetson's off to you. And I love your Lydiatee! Envious, too, :-) Roland

Alz said...

This is a post full of such awesome news. Writing! Chapbooks! And I'm glad the manatee meets your approval and *wipes brow* arrived in one un-run-over-by-an-airplane piece! HOORAY!

Krispy and I are keeping tabs when that next child is born. We want to see the birth certificate! :D

lbdiamond said...

So many exciting thing happening. Thanks for the shout out!!! :)

DL Hammons said...

Okay...even I have to admit its cute! :)

Have a nice weekend!

Jax said...

Yoga? Love it!! What a great way to spend your extra time :)

Ghenet Myrthil said...

Happy to hear you've enjoyed yoga so far. I don't think I'll ever be able to do hot yoga. I hate the extreme heat and it just sounds miserable.

That manatee is super cute!

Carrie Butler said...

Oh my goodness. That Lydiatee is too stinkin' cute! :D

Good luck with yoga and everything else that's going on. February is going by in a blur. Whew!

Deb Salisbury said...

What an adorable Lydiatee! How sweet!

Hurray for all your good news!

L.C. said...

This post is OMGriffic! With, like, ten fs. OMGriffffffffffffffic. :-) Cuddle that Lydiatee!

The Golden Eagle said...

I love coming across posts like this--filled with awesome stuff!

Good luck with all of your projects. :)

The manatee is so cute!

Kelly Polark said...

My mom used to be a yoga teacher and I've never done yoga. Crazy. I really should.

I love the Lydiatee! Very thoughtful.

Leslie Rose said...

After my next hip replacement in March - I'm going to take the Yoga plunge. Take that new bad boy out for a spin - or a stretch.

Stephanie Thornton said...

I look forward to every Sunday for my yoga class--becoming a certified yoga instructor is actually on my to-do list for the next decade.

And that manatee is adorable!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Lydia, other than writing we have something else in common:yoga.

I love the manatee and I also adore the name "Alz Krispy Manatee Kang." Naughty of you to bribe people like that ;)

Meredith said...

That manatee may be the cutest thing ever! I hope yoga went well! I never have enough balance for it, and I fall over and laugh hysterically. I don't think yoga's meant for me. :)

Clara said...

OMGGG Manateeeee!! Squeeee!!!

You bare some great news lady. I'd like to try yoga mehself but not a lot of success : (

Cheerios!!

Sophia Chang said...

now how are we going to get you to name your child Boba 4 Life Kang?

Krispy and I will discuss tomorrow on our Last Airbender marathon.

Aren't Alz's 'tees the best? I got a yellow one for my bday...I can't remember why it's yellow now.

bethchristopher.com said...

Bikram yoga is kind of like entering the fifth layer of Hades, but you'll feel SO good (and sweaty) afterward. Would love to hear about your experience!

Your writeratee is cute as pie. Fun to read your posts, as always!

Madeleine Maddocks said...

Oh I love that Manatee! So cute.
Sounds like things are going well for you. I couldn't get on with yoga, but I do enjoy sedate aerobics.
Congrats on all those who are getting published soon too.

Sarah Pearson said...

Wow, that's a lot of stuff going on! That is the cutest Manatee I ever say :-)

Giles Hash said...

Sounds like a great name for a child ;)

roro said...

cute manatee

 
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