Saturday, July 31, 2010

I Have a Secret...

I'll tell you mine, if you tell me yours...



Your secret from Jean-Sebastien Monzani on Vimeo.






Now that you've watched the prettifulness...tell me your secret for today.


I'll wait.


Thank you for sharing.


Now I shall tell you mine...


I have a crush on a hitman.


Martin Blank makes me swoon.






Now, back to weekend frolicking.


Love,
Lola




Monday, July 26, 2010

Musical Monday; Policy of Truth (or music, literature and writing)

Hide what you have to hide
tell what you have to tell







Never again 
is what you swore
the time before
 ~Depeche Mode



Music. It surrounds my life, enchants me, echoes, rattles my bones, races my heart, resonant with melodies and poetry, bathes my body in dopamine, skins me alive, raw, exposed; transports, time travels. 

When I hear Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon suddenly I'm five or six years old, washed in the perfume of briny Pacific ocean, redwood, marijuana. I see a wooden cable-spool table with carved initials, and my long-haired surfer cousin and his surfer-dude friends wearing their puka shell necklaces. 
From the first mournful beat, the above Depeche Mode song flattens me. I am in high school, I smell Aussie Scrunch Spray, first love, first heartbreak. 
Fiona Apple's Criminal, and I'm pregnant with my daughter, swollen feet propped up, writing my first novel.



(Copacabana remix, you ask? I'm dancing on top of the bar! Yep. That's right.)

(Lola by the Kinks? So many memories to that song...BUT, I assure you, I was born a female and am still a female...and, yeah, I do like the Kinks. Do people sing that song to me CONSTANTLY? Yes. I don't mind. It's a great song.)



I hear this song by Zero 7 and I am in Husband's arms, happy. I smell his skin, taste the salt. So much love. 





Peter Gabriel's In Your Eyes make me tremble like Lloyd. Every single time. Those lyrics. Damn.


Reading a book is a very similar experience for me. Magical. 
I have so many favorite books that are falling apart like overcooked meat off the bone, threadbare, my DNA embedded into their fibers.
 
I STILL cry EVERY time I read my beloved, battered copy of The Giving Tree

Watership Down moves me, even after all these years. Charlotte's Web continues to capture me, I smell the hay and manure as fresh today as when I was a child. 


I've read The English Patient and Rebecca and Atlas Shrugged so many times, I know which pages are loose, and which scenes have my pizza sauce thumbprints on them.

I can recite almost every passage of James Joyce's Ulysses. That last piece slays me (any errors are mine, I'm writing it from memory):



...when I put the rose in my hair like the Andalusian girls used or shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed me under the Moorish wall I thought well as well him as another and then I asked him with my eyes yes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will yes.


 YES!!! *Goosebumps* 

When I'm lost in my own novel writing, I'm spellbound by the characters in my head. They take me on their journey, they make me weep and laugh. Sometimes they really piss me off.


As I've mentioned in previous posts, I often have music on while I write. I find it especially helpful when writing a very moody scene.

This morning I had to write a painful going-their-separate-ways scene and this song really took me where I needed to be:


Snuff by Slipknot (I know, I know, but try it. It's powerful, heart wrenching, beautiful.)






Music. Books. The soundtracks and stories of our lives. Multicolored and complex.


I could no more name my favorite song or band than I could choose one favorite book. 
I'm a literary and musical omnivore, multifarious...Sophie I am not.



What do YOU listen to? Read? Write?


(*I don't know what's up with Blogger today...but I cannot get this to format the text once I hit publish. The font size is all normal in my draft, but as soon as I hit publish, it tweaks. Sorry.)


Love,
Lola
Wednesday, July 21, 2010

EXTRA, EXTRA, Read All About It!

Yes, this is my Lola Tribune, today's edition. Badass!




1) I have FINALLY caved, and joined the new time suck masses...I've joined Twitter and I'm going to learn how to tweet! I want to see what the fuss is all about, I wanted the cute bluebird on my sidebar, AND I want to earn extra points in a few contests! ;) 


 Follow LolaSharp on Twitter


Please follow me...so I can tweet my first tweet. (virgin tweet?)
Isn't she cute?




2) See my sidebar-----> CONTESTS----> SO MANY delicious CONTESTS going on right now!! 
Especially if you like to win BOOKS! (I do!) Go follow them, read their brilliant blogs, tell them you love them-- but don't enter their contests, because I want to win! ;)


*My funny and sweet friend Carol @ Carol's Prints...yeah, the one who dances while drinking ameretto... well, she's BLOWING the lid off of the contest box, and MADE me FINALLY join Twitter, just to get a couple extra points, because I WANT TO WIN. Go say hello to her. Tell her I want to win hello for me. (And that Lola WANTS TO WIN.) 


* Sara McClung @ Babbling Flow is having her Summer Saradise 7 ARC Giveaway! Yep, I want to WIN some of these books too! Yumminess. Sara is delightful and generous, please go spend some time at her fun blog.


* Alexandra Shostak is having her DARK FANTASY Contest! I want what she's got too!! (Man, do I sound greedy or what?) Alexandra has 6 tasty books/ARCS for you to win!! And, she's sweet, and has a lovely blog. Please go visit her.


*Elana Johnson is giving away The Healing Spell on her 'Frawesome' blog!


So many contests--->> Links on my sidebar! --->Go!


* Bree Despain is having a contest in honor of her new book cover...isn't her new cover pretty? Go enter!




3) My Lola's Freaky Back from Maine Literary Contest/ Whatever Lola Wants Contest is almost here! Prepare yourselves. 




4) I'm in the middle of Revision Hell. Yes, STILL. 


5) No, martians haven't invaded earth. That I'm aware of. 


6) LiLO is in JAIL!!!!!! Justice is served.


How's YOUR Summer going?
How's YOUR writing going?
Any News?


*Edited to add: Happy Weekend Frolicking!


And...am I the last writer not writing YA? 


Love,
Lola


Thursday, July 15, 2010

OMG, I'm So in Love, There's So Many Ways To Love You...


I am SO in love with books...

Every once in a great while I show you guys pictures of some of our bookshelves. We have 12 or 13 now (plus a few smaller ones in the basement for cookbooks and music books etc)...all full.  Last week I was visiting Kimberly Loomis' lovely blog and she inspired me to show a few more of our bookcases:


It's fun to peek at other people's bookshelves, yes?

I must preface this post by making it clear that there is very little organization going on in these shelves. My system fell apart years ago. *sigh* Pretty much it's just a cram-it-where-you-can 'system'.



Here's a close-up of the shelves in this bookcase (I think you can click on the pictures to see them better/bigger):








 


This always feels so personal to me, like I'm showing you my inner workings.


Okay, this one (below) is my chick-lit and straight-up guilty-pleasure-reading bookcase...mock away (and Shroeder as Phantom of the Opera and his little baby grand. Yeah. That's right.):






I'd show you more of mine, but the Daughter (she's 14) wants me to show you a couple of her bookcases (she has several, and needs another) because she just moved her bookcases around:





(tried for a close-up here. sorry my photography is so lousy.)


The shelves below is another one of my daughter's books...






A close-up...




Okay, I've bored you enough...suffice it to say, we have MANY more bookshelves, all of them equally jammed full. 


I have one full of JUST zombie books! Some day maybe I'll show you that one.


I bet you want to know if I forgot about my Back From Maine Contest?


Stay tuned. It promises to be EPIC.


Love,
Lola


Monday, July 12, 2010

I'm Back!



I'm home from a 3 week Maine vacation. The first half of our trip we stayed in a seaside cottage near Kennebunkport (Cape Porpoise) then we packed up and drove north to another seaside cottage in Bar Harbor/Acadia. It was lovely. The food was righteous. But...


 I'm glad to be home in MY house with MY STUFF! I missed my creature comforts and my Tivo and my pool and MY BED, my much less buggy life.


The lobster, clams, blueberries, lupines and mosquitos are for real.


And we did see these adorable puffins (we went on a whale watching boat trip-Husband took these photos):








But, nary a moose was seen by us. I think the supposed Maine Moose must hang out with unicorns. 


Yeah. So enough about me and my mooseless Maine vacation.


How are YOU? 


I tried to sneak and visit you guys while I was up there, but internet is sketchy in the boondocks. Even our iphones could rarely get on. But I plan to spend plenty of time this week catching up with y'all. 


Fill me in on YOU; tell me what's new.
How is your writing going?


Happy Monday!


Love,
Lola






Monday, July 5, 2010

Baahh Hahhhbaahhh (aka Bar Harbor), The Good, The Bad, and The Evil

Hello Friends,

We left our Kennebunkport/Cape Porpoise cottage late last week and drove up to a Bar Harbor cottage to 'summer'. Yeah. So cottages/houses/most businesses don't have air conditioners, because it 'doesn't get hot and humid' here. Dude. It's in the low 90's and humid as hell. Which wouldn't be so bad if THEY HAD AIR CONDITIONERS. What is wrong with these earthy people? 

The Good:

Yes, the scenery is lovely and the food is yummy beyond words (I'm a cow. My 'fat clothes' are tight)...

This is a bread bowl of my clam chowdah from a chowdah house in Portland
(I think it was Gilbert's)
I didn't think to take a picture for you until I was halfway through eating it, sorry.



This is a view of the cottage garden and shed down in Cape Porpoise.

This is our cottage road (taken on a foggy early morning) down in Cape Porpoise.

This is the lighthouse near our cottage in Cape Porpoise (Goat Island Light).


This is the Bush Family Compound (on its own peninsula)...well my photo only shows the main house, in Kennebunkport, near our cottage. I should have taken a panoramic or at least some shots to the left, so you could see the rest of it, and where the secret service quarters are, and the getaway/patrol boat, and the gate...but I just didn't care enough. One thing I wish I would have captured: they do actually have a wind turbine behind the SS barracks.

This is the Portland Head Light 
(Portland is about 35-40 minutes north of Kennebunkport/Cape Porpoise, but we went up a few times to shop and eat and sight-see...hence this photo.)

Here are some photo's of Bar Harbor/Acadia that we have taken since getting up here (about 4 hours north of Kennebunkport):


This is in Acadia...I think we took this one at 'Sand Beach', about 5 minutes from our Bar Harbor rental house.


This is from one of the trails in Acadia that husband made us hike. HIKE. In the HEAT. (we'll get to the bad and the evil in a minute...)

This is 'Bubble Rocks' over Jordan Lake (in Acadia...where we hoofed around today, in the ungodly sweltering heat). I think you can click on my picture and see it bigger...but I'll say they look less like bubbles and more like boobs. Just keeping it real, yo.


Enough boring you with pictures (Husband takes MILLIONS), but you can see just a bit of its beauty and yumminess. If you like seafood (I do!) and all things blueberry (I do!), then the vittles are truly travel-worthy.

Another wonderful thing about Maine--it is very environmentally friendly, organics are everywhere, and 'green' cars etc. aren't even green enough. People bike or kayak everywhere.  
(which comes with a little bit of bad...everyone wears Birkenstocks and some of them don't believe in non-organic deodorant....there is some earthy-SMELLING B.O. going on here. And a lot of hairy legs on 'manly' looking women. I'm open minded and liberal...whatever people's lifestyles are is fine with me, up until I can smell them from a few feet away.)

One more 'good thing' about Bar Harbor...the downtown is adorable.


Okay, now for the Bad:

First, and no offense to anyone of lives here, but the accent makes me want to send them all to speech class for their impediment. It grates down my spine. The whole "chowDAH"/lobSTAH"/ Bah Hahbah thing...it's for realz!  Worst accent EVER.

The BUGS!!!!! OMG the bugs! Every state jokes promising their state's State Bird is the mosquito...dude, THIS IS THE STATE. But plenty of other biting, flying bugs dive bomb you.

NO CELL PHONE SERVICE!!! You will see a lot of pay phones around here. 

This is as close to camping as I get...and now with this heat wave and no AC...well you'd think hanging out on a (rocky) beach would be nice...except the water is FRIGID!!! It JUST hit 50 degrees. No one goes in past their ankles, and even that only lasts a second. 

I'm gutting the evil stink eye to head back out...family wants me. (excuse typos...they are REALLY rushing me!)

I'll be back with more tomorrow.
Oh, I haven't written a thing...but my mind is working on something. More on that later...


Love,
Lola


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