Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Behind the Scenes; And, Booktalk

Where's Katie? She's behind the scenes, working on stuff with me.

So many people have been so helpful to me in the past few days as I've tried very hard to halt the freakout about What To Do With My Life. Thankfully, the trainwreck has been averted. Sanity has been (somewhat) restored.

In the meantime, there has been an overflowing of fun ideas. I'm taking the advice of several smart people who love me and am going to save all the energy that I had been using up on worrying and chasing random ideas, and instead, work on any number of really exciting creative projects. Because really, what have I got to lose? So stay tuned, there will be some new things popping up as soon as I get some progress made (possibly including a solution for that owl-envy!).

But while those ideas are brewing, a little bit of booktalk. I got some great books from the library:

* Swish: My Quest To Become The Gayest Person Ever: How can you resist a title like that?
* Breakfast At Tiffany's: I have never read this. It's about time!
* Weetzie Bat: Highly recommended by Dark Carnival and other bloggers.
* Savage Beauty: A biography of Edna St. Vincent Milay. I'm not familiar with her other than what I've read in school, but I know a bit about her life and it sounds fascinating.

I also got Mark Bittman's How To Cook Everything Vegetarian, and I just got the notification today that my turn has come up to read The Graveyard Book! Although I have to say I'm tempted to save it for R.I.P. this year... but can I wait nine more months? I don't think so.

Speaking of Neil Gaiman, I'm very excited that Coraline is coming out in theaters soon. I loved the book and can't wait to see the movie in all its creepiness.

I've been poking along reading a few pages at a time of The Soul's Religion by Thomas Moore, but it's sort of slow going since I have to stop and ponder stuff as I'm reading along. I really want to tear headlong into Anna Karenina, but I'm on a paced schedule so I have to stop myself. But I have some good selections to keep me busy for awhile, so I think I'd better start in on those right away.

And by the way, I made homemade refried beans tonight. Those *really* don't photograph well, but they are worth making from scratch if you can remember to start them soaking in the morning.


Anonymous said...

Oh you'll love Weetzie Bat, I read it years ago. It's super quirky and charming, and is set in the neighborhood where I grew up :)



Margeaux said...

Breakfast at Tiffany's is worth reading. It a funny, interesting little book.

Daphne said...

Lara: oh yay! It looks like fun.

Margeaux: I can't wait -- the only Capote I've read is In Cold Blood.

stefanie said...

Can I have your refried bean recipe? We are going to be making our own and have a recipe but in case it doesn't work I'd like one that I know does :)