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

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Five on a Friday

Okay, I admit it. I am getting so psyched for the upcoming Star Trek movie. I'm trying to decide if I should see it in IMAX or a regular theater. Any recommendations?

Hope you guys had a great week! Here in Austin, I've been a bit silent as I've been hard at work revising. And so here are my five for the week:

1) There is no place like home. Except for the library. I've been there all week (except holiday Monday) cranking out some serious revisions. I turn off the wireless connection and focus on the words. It's all about the words. And I'm loving my story (which I take as a good sign).

2) In honor of the upcoming Star Trek movie, I bought this cereal...um...for the kids.

3) ABBA rocks. And Michelle at The Innocent Flower rocks. Check out this fabulous video she made. I can't get the song out of my head.
* Sidenote - Listening to music can turn a mood around faster than just about anything. It even makes the kids happy. In addition to ABBA, we've been cranking up some serious Phantom of the Opera.

4) Thank you to Sherrie at Write About Now for the award bestowal! I'm horrible (by choice) about passing these on, but I truly appreciate it!

5) On a fun note, I read aloud the first chapter of The Navel of the World to my son's class. They laughed at all the funny parts, seemed hooked on every word, and even got upset when I didn't read the "spoiler" paragraph.
* Sidenote - When I asked them if Andy and Iva should kiss in The Navel of the World, what do you think a group of second graders would say?

Edited to say I'll answer this question on Monday!

Hope everyone has a GREAT weekend!


lotusgirl said...

EWWWWWWW! They are second graders after all.

Love the cereal box "for the kids." I'm excited for that movie too. Plus it comes out on my birthday! The hubby's gonna take me.

Kimberly Derting said...

Okay, yes, I am stoked about Star Trek too. Sci-fi nerds unite!! And I love that you bought *your kids* the cereal. hehe

Also, I love the cover for the second book (YAY!).

PJ Hoover said...

Funny, Lois! I think I'll answer the question on my blog on Monday. And what a cool birthday you have to look forward to!

Thanks, Kimberly! The more I see the cover, the more I love it!

Yes, Trekkie's unite!

Christy Raedeke said...

I'm guessing they said grosssssss!!!!!!!

Must be so fun to read your actual
book to actual human beings!

adrienne said...

I hope they said ewwwwww...but I remember a few second graders claiming they were engaged already, so I'm wondering.

Enjoy the cereal!

D.A. Riser said...

Kids will definitely let you know if they don't like something. Sounds like you've got a winner!

I'm also wanting to see the new Star Trek. Live long and prosper, or uh ... at least have a good weekend!

Solvang Sherrie said...

My 4th grader would say Eeeewwww!

Michelle does rock and I certainly hope you plan to EAT the cereal and not just save it up on a shelf like it's a collector's item or anything... :^)

Windsong said...

*hearts libraries*

That song was beautiful. I'd never heard anything by ABBA before, but wow! You're right about how fast it can turn a mood around.

Kelly said...

Hee, that's funny. I'm sure the boys were grossed out, but a few of the girls may have been grinning!
We always get the Star Wars cereal when a new movie comes out. Darn commercialism gets me every time!

Lady Glamis said...

I sure hope Andy and Iva kiss. It's got to happen sometime!

PJ Hoover said...

It is super fun to read it to the kids, Christy! Especially when they seem to like it! Thanks for visiting!

Second graders amaze me, Adrienne! And the cereal even looks yummy!

Oooh, what's the response, Dan? Peace and long life? Or something like that?

I will totally eat the cereal, Sherrie! I have to admit the idea of food as a collector's item is a bit strange to me. Do people really save it FOREVER?

ABBA is amazing, Windsong! I think I'll put it on right now! Thanks for visiting!

I'm all about Star Trek commercialism, Kelly! I have the plates, the mugs, even the cookie jar. And of course the ornaments :)

Totally it has to happen sometime, Michelle! So you picked up on the budding romance?

Happy weekend!

T. Anne said...

IMAX! Might as well do it right. ;)

Christina Farley said...

Love the Star Trek cereal. Classic. Tell us how the movie goes.

PJ Hoover said...

That's what I'm thinking, too, T. Anne! IMAX would be way cool, even if we don't make it for opening night.
Thanks for visiting!

Totally, Christina! I am certain I will blog about the movie :)

Anonymous said...

Grosssssss! My kids always turn their heads away from the tv when people in a movie kiss like in Marley and Me.

Love the cereal box! I saved a box of Flutie Flakes (Doug Flutie). I always thought that one day We'd have a sports room in our house to display it on a shelf. I'm still waiting for that.

Vivian said...

Sounds like a great week, PJ! Love ABBA, haven't seen the cereal box over here yet, great book cover and yay! the second graders enjoyed your first chapter! Though I must say, they will probably want you back to finish the book after you've teased them with a fun chapter.

Have a great weekend!

Nora MacFarlane said...

Yup - anxiously awaiting the new Star Trek!

Angela said...

I think you HAVE to see it in IMAX.

I just pray to GOD there's no cameos by William Shatner.

Barrie said...

IMAX for your first viewing. A regular theatre for the second. See how well I know you!! ;)

Miriam S.Forster said...

Oh, definitely IMAX. And as for the second graders, I'm guessing the boys said no and the girls said yes.

Even second grade girls sometimes like to see story characters kissing. (An observation I base on the fact that so many girls are into Disney Princesses, who get kissed on a regular basis.) A second grade girl just wouldn't kiss a second grade boy, because they're icky.

PJ Hoover said...

Flutie Flakes! Too funny, Carmen! And keep those dreams of a sports room alive!

I hope they want to finish the book, Vivian!!!!! But they were awesome to read to!

Trekkies Unite, Nora!

Oh, Angela! What if I'm praying for a William Shatner cameo :)
No actually, I love just seeing him at Priceline these days!

Now, Barrie, this sounds like a plan! IMAX it is! And regular theater thereafter!

Second graders just crack me up, Miriam. They are beyond hysterical. And yes, yes, yes on the IMAX! Wish we could go together!

Robyn said...

You definitely have to see it in IMAX, that's the TRUE way to see a Star Trek movie.

Love the cover for the book, too. I'd say you definitely grossed boys and girls out, with even the word kiss. YUCK!!!! LOL :)

Lenore said...

Star Trek cereal! I love cereal. Well, the new Star Trek movie looks pretty good, so I'll probably see it. Haven't been to many movies lately, so it's high time to get back to the theater. Last movie I saw was The International.

gabe said...

Wow - great cover for your next book. Things are just moving right along. Good for you!

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Robyn! And I'm excited to post the kid's reactions tomorrow!
Yes, IMAX!

All I see are kid-friendly movies, Lenore. I can't remember the last time I saw one inappropriate for a four year old. And thankfully Star Trek fits the right level.
And the cereal tasted awesome!

Thanks, Gabe! I was really pleased with the cover. I like it more and more!

Hope everyone had a great weekend!