Good stuff

I haven’t shared on here yet that I finally have actual physical copies of this in my hand.

There is no immediate gratification in publishing. I think we announced the final table of contents last January, after months of reading submittals and interacting with authors on changes, contracts, and other such things. So from the time Cleis gives us the “go” until we hold a book, it’s about a year. But there are many other gratifications along the way: reading good stories, getting to know new writers, reconnecting with writers we’ve known for a while and exchanging news about our lives, editing and polishing their stories, seeing the cover for the first time, reading galleys, and getting to work with all the different people at Cleis who make this happen. It takes a village to raise a book, too!

That mug next to the book is one of my gifts from Lisa S. It will be the official coffee cup of 2014. At least for hot coffee. (I do use other cups, but I tend to favor one over all the others every year.)

There’s also a new iced coffee cup, seen here with some of the other fruit slice delights I received from Laura and Lynne at Christmas. Comedians.

As for who has the famous lime coasters now…


See how thrilled and touched she is over this?!?

For a cold day

Animal crackers and cocoa to drink,
That is the finest of suppers, I think;
When I’m grown up and can have what I please
I think I shall always insist upon these.

from Christopher Morley’s “Animal Crackers”

This mug and its cocoa and mini marshmallows are a treat from Debby. Doesn’t the mug remind you of Dr. Seuss and The Cat in the Hat? I don’t have a copy of the book, but I figured another episode of “Prison Break” doesn’t go with hot chocolate, so instead I watched Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 while I sipped it.

According to Wikipedia, Christopher Morley’s last advice to his friends was: “Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity.”

What will you do that’s different today?

Button Sunday

This post was overdue. Blame Flickr and WordPress. Or Mercury could be culpable, too, and it’s always fun to blame things on a planet other than our own.

One of the groups I watch on Flickr is Wardrobe Remix. I like seeing how “regular” people put their fashion together and where it comes from, especially the people who are able to do so much with thrifted pieces. I’m using their format from now on to give credit (and links, where possible) to those who give me things that later show up on this blog. For example:

Coffee cup–Timothy J. Lambert
Button–Marika

Meanwhile, tell me in comments, please, what are you reading? I’m reading Gail Levin’s Lee Krasner: A Biography.

I put “regular” in quotation marks, above, because I find everyone extraordinary. I’m just noting the difference between the people who post their photos to this group and famous fashionistas.

Cinnamon Girl

Even though I stole my title from Neil Young, his is not the youtube video I’m linking at the end of this post. When I was shooting my cereal photo this morning, I ruminated on cinnamon. I have a love/hate relationship with this spice. I like the occasional cinnamon toast, but sometimes the scent of cinnamon repulses me. There is at least anecdotal evidence that cinnamon helps improve insulin sensitivity, meaning it can be good for metabolizing sugar (a plus for people who have diabetes). So we’ve been watching for cereals in the health food aisle that include a dusting of cinnamon.

Last week, I found a healthy kids’ cereal–you know it’s for kids because there are bunny shapes in it. Adults know bunnies are killers.


If only Monty Python had known how raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and a little milk render bunnies harmless. Speaking of the British, that coffee mug (from Puterbaugh) is a London Underground Map mug. Mind the Gap!

This week, Tom found a cereal of oat flakes with pecans and cinnamon.


I like the color of the blueberries and strawberries with the yellow bowl. I bought that bowl a couple of years ago at a thrift store, intending it to be a gift to a Pyrex collector I know. But it has a sunflower lid, so I selfishly held on to it. That’s an Irish coffee mug, but there’s only a little shot of chocolate in my iced coffee–no whiskey.

As I was shooting the photo and thinking about cinnamon, I remembered a song that a childhood friend, Susan B (more Lynne’s friend than mine) used to love. I looked for it on youtube and was charmed by this video someone made to go with it–oh, the days of 45 records piled high on the record player. Enjoy!

Just in time for Derby weekend

My friend–actually more a member of my chosen family–Paul has written a script and is producing a movie, Brilliant Mistakes. You can read more about it here, and if you’ve ever wanted to be part of the film industry, giving a contribution will provide you that opportunity.

I was lucky enough to be asked for my input on the script, which I happily provided–that’s another way to make a contribution, right? And today I was totally surprised by this gesture of Paul’s gratitude, a wonderful cup from Tea Horse Studio. Now I’m not saying Paul can give you ALL a present like this one if you contribute. But he can make a terrific movie for you! So pony up!

Don’t worry if you think any donation you could make is small–as we all know, a lot of so-called “small” contributions can change the world–or can make a movie, and that movie may change the world. Or it may at least make people consider getting OFF THEIR PHONES when they drive, and aren’t we all wishing that would happen?

Thank you so much, Paul, and I wish you great success.