Oh, Monday

Andy came back from his business trip with a backpack full of Swiss chocolate, which is (a) delicious, and (b) dangerous. I had been eating pretty well — apple and peanut butter for breakfast, no sodas, no snacking — but I think that’s all going out the window now. At least until I finish off the chocolate. Which will probably be in about… 10 hours?

Hmm. So, when I first wrote that (last night), I was mostly joking, but considering that I’m having some sort of weird, low-blood-sugar episode this morning, I might really have to eat all the chocolate! Gee, what a pity.

In healthier news, I contacted the woman that originally gave Twenty-Somewhere (episodes 1-4) a one-star review, and after reading the full 40 episodes, she changed her review to four-star!! She said she really enjoyed the book, and would love to read a novel about each of the 3 girls. (Me too! I’m working on it, folks, I’m working on it.) So that was a huge “win” for me, and totally makes this whole no-color-in-my-lips, light-headed-and-nauseated thing so much more bearable.

It also reinforces what “they” (agents, editors, etc.) say about how you really have to hook your reader in the beginning. (Again, I’m working on it.) So that’s my little nugget of writing gold for the day: HOOK ‘EM.

Anyway, I’m going to go do my best not to pass out at work. Tell me, what nugget of gold have you discovered lately? It doesn’t have to be writing related. And if it’s actual gold, like of the 24-carat variety, then you should probably send it on over my way. You know, for safekeeping.

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  1. It’s totally true – hooking them at the beginning is KEY! So happy she changed her review for you! :)

  2. Lol is it bad to laugh at the fact that when Andy wasn’t there to cook for you you developed some blood-sugar thing?

    Ok, but laughs aside, that’s not good. Make sure you’re eating enough and that it’s healthy, filling foods. (You know, it’s weird but one of the things that initially kept me from going vegetarian was my anemia, I was afraid I would pass out even more often after cutting meat out of my diet, but since I stopped eating meat I haven’t passed out once).

    Until you’re sure this thing has passed I would carry around a small water bottle filled with juice to immediately perk you up if it happens again.

  3. Aisha-
    HEY, haha, I can totally feed myself, thank you very much. I think it has more to do with cutting out snacks and sugars. The juice bottle is a good idea, although I feel WORLDS better just after eating my apple + peanut butter breakfast. It took like 30 min for it to catch up to me.

  4. Wow, great news about the review!

    As for nuggets of gold, I discovered that childrens books are great for deciding on which colors to pick to paint the rooms of a house. In our new house, I want to use bright colors and create a whimsical feel, but it’s really difficult to find more than one or two examples of “whimsy” in a design book. Then I was reading a childrens story book (Big Wolf & Little Wolf, if you’re curious) and thinking, “I really love the colors in these illustrations,” and then pow! I was like, “This is my design book!” So I took it to Lowes the next day and matched the colors. Gold, baby!

  5. My gold nugget: Those shaping sandals actually work! While I’m wearing mine, I feel all kinds of muscle activity going on in my thighs. It doesn’t get much lazier than this people, I can tell you.

    As for your blood sugar, deffo eat all the chocolates, but be sure you’re drinking enough water, too. No nutritional value, but always helps with dizziness. Trust me, I’m a nurse.

    – Liz

  6. Les

    I ate carrot cake all weekend, so I feel you, I feel you. I never knew sugar could give me a hangover.

    I haven’t discovered anything precious lately unfortunately… I’ll let you know if I do.

  7. Gold nuggets, hmm! Can’t say I’ve dug out any of those lately. If I do find any I promise I’ll share ;)

  8. Aww awesome news on the reader. Yeah the hook…sigh, so true!

    btw, SO checking out PB & Co.!

  9. Sonja-
    Sweet! That sounds AWESOME. I’ll have to remember that for next time I want to redecorate: books as inspiration. :D

    DO THEY?! Omg haha YES, toning without working out! I am SO there.

    And yes, ma’am, I will be sure to drink lots of water today. (For the record, I felt a bit better after breakfast, and even better now after lunch.)

    Uh, hello? Carrot cake = precious!

    DELISH! I eat some daily now.

  10. What great news about the review and change of heart! Isn’t it amazing how literally every word counts? I know it can be daunting at times, but it’s also a really cool thing when you stop to think about it.

    Hope you’re feeling better!

  11. Trisha

    Win! ***** Yay!

  12. Shari-
    Hehe, yeah, it is an amazing, double-edged sword. And thank you, yes, I am feeling much better after lunch, dinner, and a nap.

  13. Jon

    That’s so cool of you! I’m glad you contacted that reader, too–that takes a lot of courage.

  14. Haha, yeah, I didn’t think I would/should at first, but then I thought, What do I have to lose? Lucky for me, she was open minded. :)

  15. Ah, I just emerged from a no-color-in-my-lips, light-headed-and-nauseated stage. Good luck and may the writing keep flowing!

  16. Oh no! I hope you’re feeling better!

  17. Enjoy the small things in life. Squeeze every last drop of enjoyment out of them.

    And don’t look back, but never forget.


  18. Is it bad I read this while eating chocolate?

  19. J.P.-
    Good motto for life. :)

    Not bad for you!

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