Sunday, December 19, 2010

✩☆ Jolly by Golly (and other magic) ☆✩

Happy Holidays, Friends!

festive book love image from weheartit
How are all the Who's in Whoville doing this week? 

I hope you are happy and healthy and enjoying your Whobilations, including but not limited to the building of snowpeople...even if they look like Bjork.

image from my favorite show (RIP *sob*) Gilmore Girls (WB) 

So many things to talk about...  

1) Cheermeisters  Melissa and Jen decided to take the reindeer reins on festive fun and thus behold the  Be Jolly by Golly blogfest! 

We are asked to provide some pictures of our personal holiday decorations and our favorite holiday recipe(s). 
(Don't forget to visit everyone else (the list is here), share in the holiday spirit and spread the cheer!)

Here's a little peek into our home (too tired to take and download and upload more than a company just left):

one of MANY decorated trees, but the only real one this year

So, *maybe* I hinted to Santa (only a teeny, tiny bit) that something (small) from a certain dreamy place (see below picture) wrapped in their trademark turquoise blue box and placed under the tree (with my name on the tag) would be warmly received...

But, Santa Baby had an even bigger and better gift in mind... and left it in my driveway (!)...

2011 Honda Pilot Touring Edition 4WD
(I love you, Santa!) *kisses* (BEST gift EVER)

Hmmm, where was I? Oh yeah, recipe sharing time. Let's make it a festive cocktail (or two), shall we? 
Holiday Spirit(s) coming up!

For the sweet, I give you my FAVORITE winter cocktails:

Crème Brûlée Martini

(makes one martini)

1 oz. quality vanilla vodka
1 oz. Frangelico
1/2 oz. Grand Marneir

Mix all ingredients in an ice filled shaker
Shake gently
Strain into chilled martini glass

Lola's Chilled Hot Chocolate Martini

1oz. Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur,
1 oz.Stoli (or good quality) vanilla vodka,
1/2 oz.Crème de Cacao and
a splash (tsp.-ish) of Peppermint Schnapps (optional)

Mix all ingredients and gently shake with ice. 
Strain into a chilled martini glass rimmed with chocolate shavings (or hot chocolate powder mix, or crushed candy canes). (I use one of the liqueurs to wet the rim and then dip in choc. or crushed candy canes)
Garnish with a miniature candy cane.

2) Give Books for the Holidays. Because scented candles and a tie never made anyone smarter. 

Give the gift of imagination and knowledge...
images from tumblr

3) Whoever and wherever you are and whatever holidays you may celebrate...

I wish you much peace, happiness and love. 
And plenty of unblocked, brilliant writing.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Gift of Words and Magic

While spending quality time yesterday wrangling dust bunnies and pine needles in preparation for our up-coming Whoville Whobilation complete with Roast Beast ( prime rib), I found myself doing what I often do when doing such chores: getting lost in various nooks and crannies of my grey matter; sundry thoughts of a meaningful and meaningless nature. 

First up was the brief note to self on how good our life is, how blessed. My little fam is healthy, happy and financially stable even in this economy. We've given generously to charities we feel passionate about, and I love that we are able to do so. 
The house is festive and sparkly, the liquor cabinet is well stocked, and Santa's bag is chock full of wish list goodies for all. 
And, most important, our home is love-filled. 

As my brain in December is wont to do, I began thinking about the last 12 months and my dreams for the next 12 months. 

Somewhere between scooping the cat box and rearranging faux snow around a tablescape, my thoughts begin to meander. 

I wonder if that toad my husband accidentally weed-whacked (we used cornstarch to stanch the bleeding before releasing) lived? Did he make it back to his little toad abode and make toady love to his toady lady and make toady tadpoles?
I hope a hawk didn't swoop down and eat him. 
I wonder if hawks think toads taste like chicken?

I really need to get a pedicure, this polish has been on since Halloween.

Silly dogs want to go outside again. I know they only want to go out so they can come back in therefore earning a treat. They've trained me well.
*lets them out*
*digs in box for two treats*
I bet these taste nasty. They look vile. 
Then again, they eat 'treats' out of the cat box. 
*gags a little*
*calls them in*
They scramble inside. The little one is giddy and cannot control her wiggling and spinning in angst over getting her choppers on her treat and hopefully, if she's fast enough, the treat of the other dog.
She trips me in her madness as I close the sliding glass door. 

I almost fall through the glass.

Hmmm. That would be an interesting way to die. I mean, I'm home alone... the dogs don't have opposable thumbs, they can't call for help. 
My daughter would come home from school and find me on the floor. How would she handle that? How would that affect the rest of her life? Man, that is so sad. What would Husband do/feel? What would the cops think? Would they think someone pushed me? 

And so my thoughts go. 
Thoughts stumble their way to the spark of a story idea. Some random trail of thoughts and questions compels you to follow, to head down that path and see where it leads.

One minute you're scooping cat poop and the next you have a spark of an idea to explore. Suddenly you are scurrying for a pen and paper, or your laptop, the need to write is urgent.

Twisty magic, that. 

Where do you get YOUR ideas? 
Are you getting ready for the holidays?
Have I frightened you away with my sometimes morbid thoughts? 
(you do know I'm a positive, peaceful, loving person, right?)
Talk to me.


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

End of the Month Wrap, Yo.

 To ALL my friends who finished their Nano-Journey I wish you a heartfelt CONGRATS!!  *tosses confetti and throws streamers* *Pops cork* Pop! *Pours* *clink*

Even if you didn't 'win' but gave it your best daily effort, I deem it a win.

If you learned more about your writing process and who you are as a writer, I think you should claim it a huge success.

I am blessed to have talented, loving, brilliant CPs. CPs that love words and art and music as much as I do. A day does not pass without my feeling grateful for them...and for YOU. 

I know this sounds trite, if not sappy, but it's true. I'm grateful for you. For writers and musicians and artists everywhere.

So, as you may know, four of my CPs decided to do Nano with me this year (and plenty of YOU, too!). 

All 5 of us went BICHOK (butt in chair, hands on keyboard) and won.  

To all the Nano "Winners" everywhere ...CHEERS!

If you kicked some Word-Count or Revision Ass...


PLEASE, though, take lots of time to revise and polish your manuscript and have quality CPs critique your work before you even think about querying it.

(if you haven't seen this clip, make sure you aren't drinking or eating anything while watching. Prepare to laugh until you cry. The horror.)

"I'm going to get my gun now." So funny. 

Sharing my Favorite Nov. Read/ Quickie Review: 

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly 

Jennifer's prose style is lovely. The MCs love of music made my heart sing, even while it was breaking for her.
I won't even go into the amount of painstaking research Jennifer must have done to write this book, because it makes me feel like a slacker.
I'm in love with Jennifer Donnelly's writing and this book. 

Oh, and I'd like to thank Catherine Bell at CBWriter for being my 600th friend! Please give her a visit and say hello, congratulate her on winning Nano.

Thanks to all of you for being in my life and allowing me to be in yours. 

So, how was your November? 
How is YOUR writing/revising/editing going?
Read any beautiful books lately that make you feel like you should just hang it up? (Please, do tell.)


Monday, November 22, 2010


Add books to this list, please.

My Thankful (for) List:

1) Kindness and love in all its forms
2) My gorgeous, smart, healthy daughter
3) My gorgeous, smart, healthy husband
4) Our furry, 4-legged family members
5) Our pretty home full of love and yummy food
6) Books, talented writers and book stores. Oh, the magic...

7) The internet--it makes research so much easier. And, it brought me YOU.
8) Music and art and secret gardens
9) Delicious and chocolate cake, especially
10) Lazy movie-marathon days with my family in our PJs all day 

I'm thankful for many, many things, and for that, I am thankful.

Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, I hope you have much to be thankful for and that you know I am thankful for YOU.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Oh, and I finished my Nano-wip Friday and spent the weekend with my family DOING things, like going to see HP7 (twas good) and playing. Huzzah!

Now, back to revisions. *sigh*

What are YOU thankful for?
What's the best book you've read this year?


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

How Are You? I Miss You. (and other stuff)

Hi Friends,

1) I've missed you. How are you? Tell me. Please. I miss you, terribly.

2) I've been absorbed into my Nano-WiP. I was behind but I rallied all ninja-like with a few stellar word-count days this week...and I managed to pull myself forward and into the 40s as of today. (see our sidebar fancy Nano-word-count-race-o-matic-o-meter thingy) 

3) My sweet and dear friend, Carol (@ Carol's Prints)

is having yet another AWESOME book/ARC giveaway! Hurry, scurry on over there and enter! 
If you aren't already following her, by some impossibly impossible, teensy-tiny chance, she is warm, kind, funny, generous and one of the most thoughtful, loving people I know. So, do yourself a favor, and go meet her. 

4) When I look at the rat and his little teddy bear above, it always make me think of this:

5) For those of you doing Nano this year, how's it going?

6) Several of my CPs are doing nano with me (again, see sidebar, race-o-meter)  and I'm proud to say that they've all been kicking my butt most of the month and we are ALL on track to 'win'. I feel blessed to have such delightful, talented friends and CPs. 

7) One of them, the lovely Portia, 'wrote' this song for me   yesterday...ya know, as a Procrastination Technique (she called it 'goofing off') (I don't think I need to give you the melody):

I met her on a blog on the Internet
Where you go to goof around
When you can’t find the words to meet your Goal-a
Your writing

She walked up to me and she asked me to crit
I asked her her name and in a dark brown voice
She said Lola, L-O-L-A, Lola, L-L-Lola

Well, I'm not the world's most wordsmithy-gal
But when she asked me to critique I couldn’t say no
Oh my Lola, L-L-Lola

L-L-Lola, L-L-Lola
Lola, L-L-Lola, L-L-Lola

8) She's probably gonna kill me for sharing it here. ;)

9) Before she kills me, I want to tell ALL OF YOU who visit and comment here, how thankful I am for you. You all inspire me in a million little and not-so-little ways. THANK YOU.

10) I know how busy life is and how many millions of marvelous blogs and books are out there, so I truly am honored that you take the time to visit me. Again, thank you. I promise to write a proper post soon...and to visit you!!

How are you?


Edited to add: CONGRATS to Patti Smith!! (and Robert and Betsy, too.) For the love of art, friendship, music and the printed, tangible page full of meaningful prose...I salute you! 

The miracle IS love. Indeed.
'Just Kids' 
Winner of 2010
National Book Award

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

John, I'm Only Dancing...

Like many of you, I'm in the throes of Nanowrimo. 

("Debbie" missed the boat a little bit by not showing mugs of the fuel of life on her desk above...)

Yeah. So, I've been a poor excuse of a blogger or bloggy friend for a while now. Last couple of months I was sequestered in revisions and now I'm all freaky with a new WiP doing Nano.

(I miss you.)

So, Nano. Usually I'm a very fast first-drafter (and a painfully SLOW reviser), but this WiP is based on something I know NOTHING about. Something that must be accurate and well researched prior to writing about it. I had not done any research prior to Nov. 1st., thus, friends, I'm having to research as I write. 
I do not like it. Not one bit. I do not like it, it sucks sh!t. 
(that's me waxing poetic just for you, friends.)

Hence, my word count is (s)low. 

BUT,  miracle of miracles... (cue beam of light coming down from heavenly clouds, rainbows and angels singing)  

(actually my heaven/angels look more like this...)

(can you hear the angels singing?)
(also, my heaven has lots of this...)
Now you can really cue the angels!

(okay, really heaven is wherever my husband is...holding chocolate cake)

 Where was I? Oh yeah, right, the miracle. 

I have a title for this WiP! 
I had a title by the end of the first sentence of Ch. 1.  It's a Festivus Miracle I tell you. 

Anyway, I apologize for not stopping by to say hello. I feel like the worst friend.

So tell me, please...

How is YOUR writing going? 
Any big (or little) news?
Are you sad/shocked that Nathan has left agenting? (I am.)
What's happening in your world?


May your pen be mighty

May your pen be mighty

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My name is Lola. (I'm not a showgirl) Yes, L-O-L-A Lola. It's the least of my worries. Let's move on, shall we? This blog is mostly about my misadventures on the journey to publication and beyond. My passion for lush prose, quirky characters, art, music, literature, performing arts and anything creative will be a major theme here. This journey of mine will not always be pretty. Much like rubbernecking a train wreck, I know sometimes you just can't help but look at the carnage that is often my life. So strap on your neck brace, helmet and 5-point harness and come along for the ride! Licentia poetica.
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