"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Monday, April 13, 2009

Confetti Eggs and Book Parties

If you think the apocalypse is cool, head over and check out my post on The Spectacle. And please weigh in (over there) if you have a fun though on how the apocalypse might occur, and how you plan to be one of the 1% of humanity to survive.
(Hmmm...can the words "fun" and "apocalypse" really be used in the same sentence?)

Anyway, the weekend here consisted of the following:

1) 10 dozen cascarones
2) Early church
3) An 8-hour long playdate (which may sound long but actually provided the opportunity for adult conversation and beverages. The time actually flew)
4) Revisions
5) Some Kung Fu
6) The first half of Return of the King
7) Finding out I get a new roof, new gutters, and a new skylight
8) And last but not least, the joint author event featuring Kathi Appelt and Cynthia Leitich Smith.

I do love these author events. I even dragged my kids along, and the authors were kind enough to provide delicious iced cookies c/o Anne Bustard. The kids had at least three a piece. Okay, and I admit I had a couple, also. But I needed to see if the cats tasted different than the bats.
Verdict: No. After sampling, I can safely say they tasted the same.

Anyway, you can head over here to Cynthia's blog to read the full report, but I leave you with a few pictures I took plus one I snagged from her blog.

Shana Burg, Erin Edwards, Meredith Davis, and Liz Garton Scanlon

As for the week ahead, I'm basically moving into the library for the next week, cranking on some revisions. Summer is so not far away, and I need to soak up as many daylight hours writing as I can.

Have a great week!


Miriam S.Forster said...

Hmmm... as far as apocalypses go, I like the Shoe Event Horizon in the Hitchhiker series.

Many years ago, Frogstar World B was "a thriving, happy planet--people, cities, shops, a normal world." However, there were slightly too many shoe shops on the high streets of the planet...

"The more shoe shops there were, the more the shops had to make, and the more they had to make, the worse and more unwearable the shoes became... until it became economically impossible to build anything other than shoe shops. The result was collapse, ruin, and famine."

Lenore said...

I watched the first half of Return of the King too. It was on tv and it just captures my attention every time!

Christina Farley said...

Wow! You look like you had a blast. Great pics. And yeah for return of the king! Love that movie- all of them actually.

TJ Brown said...

How cool is that! Sounds like a great weekend to me.

PJ Hoover said...

The Hitchhiker series rocked for so many reasons, Miriam! Loved it! The shoe rock is hilarious!

Too funny, Lenore. I've had the extended cut DVD for years and hadn't watched it yet. And am I the only one that tears up when they have those emotional scenes with all that awesome music?

It was great, Christina! And I love the LOTR movies almost more than the books. Is that sacrilege?

Thanks, Teri! And great to see/hear you! The weekend was super!

Thanks for visiting!

Kelly said...

What a great weekend! Fun pics! What is a cascarone?

PJ Hoover said...

It's a hollowed out egg filled with confetti, Kelly, and once found, you can crack in on the nearest person's head, even if it's your mom or dad.
They are way fun!

Casey said...

We made cascarones when I visited my family in Louisiana when I was younger. Fun!

I wish I had a nice, big library in my house. That would be heaven. Only, it would need a lock.

: p

Looks like you had another great weekend PJ!!!

Lady Glamis said...

Thanks for answering Kelly's question about the cascarone becaue I had no idea, either! That sounds like fun, although messy, LOL

Hope to do your book review sometime this week! I may email you some questions. :D

Solvang Sherrie said...

You had a fun weekend! The author event looks like a blast.

I never knew what those eggs were called. We buy them by the dozen at Fiesta time in Santa Barbara. I think they have them at the Summer Solstice parade, too.

Have fun at the library!

Rena said...

Look like you had a great weekend!

Kelly H-Y said...

Sounds like you had a fabulous Easter weekend!!! Good luck this week!

beth said...

*calculating costs of moving across the country*

You get the best book events where you are!

Brianna said...

Author events are fun. I need to make an effort to attend more and support fellow-authors! I can always count on you for that good motivation. :)

PJ Hoover said...

I've heard making cascarones is a bit tedious, Casey. Or do you have fond memories? And yes. Even a soundproof office would be nice!

They are fun, Michelle! And messy! And biodegradable so all is good. And thanks so much for the review!

I need to go get some discounted one now, Sherrie! They mark them way down after Easter. It's on the list for tomorrow!

It was great, Rena! Fun. Family. Friends. All good stuff!

Thanks, Kelly! Revisions are going well, so I'm pleased so far!

Yes, move, Beth! We could in-person critique :) But it is true. We do get some great author events!

I used to never go, Brianna. I felt so weird. But now I know people ADORE when you show up.

Thanks for visiting!

Robyn said...

EW, EW, EW, I want to do an author event. Guess it'll have to wait until I get that book published, huh?

Cascarones sound like fun. You had a FANTASTIC weekend.

Anonymous said...

Isn't it scary how quickly summer break is approaching? I'm cramming in writing hours in the daytime, too. Loved seeing you at Cyn's and Kathi's book signing. Take care.

Carrie Harris said...

I think "fun" and "apocalypse" absolutely go well together! ;)

Keri Mikulski said...

Sounds like a great time!! Enjoy writing. :) And thanks for sharing the pics. :)

Stacy Nyikos said...

You're in good company. I've been holed up in mine for the last three weeks. Must..see..light...soon!

PJ Hoover said...

Yes, Robyn, but you can keep going to all the author events you want until then! They're always such a blast!

Remember when time used to take forever to creep by, Carmen? What happened? Great seeing you, too!

The Fun Apocalypse. Now that sounds like a nice book, Carrie!

You're welcome and thanks, Keri! Take care!

You'll see the light. But pick up the phone if tedium hits, Stacy! I'm always here for you :)

Have a great day!

Kimberly Derting said...

Sounds like too much fun, PJ! :)

PJ Hoover said...

It was a blast, Kimberly!

D.A. Riser said...

It may be a sign of the apocalypse when my book sells. ;-)

Love RETURN OF THE KING! It has just the sort of rambling, tie it all out ending that I love.

PJ Hoover said...

Funny, Dan! And you are right about the ROTK ending. It is way long and conclusive. :)

C.R. Evers said...

sounds like you had a great weekend!

I'm gonna go check out your links!

PJ Hoover said...

Welcome back, Christy! The weekend was a blast!