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

Friday, July 17, 2009

Five on a Friday

Happy weekend, everyone!

1) It's amazing the things you find when you google yourself. I stumbled across this TV interview I did last September.

2) Looking for the perfect simile? Ask an 8-year-old. I made a sandwich for my son's friend, and he said it was so good it was "like a piece of Heaven fallen to Earth."
Sweet! Who knew I was such a great sandwich maker?

3) My restart of my WIP is going great! I've even cheated a tiny bit and used some of my previous version. But I'm good with that. I love my new starting point! It's so much better of a place to begin the story. I actually backed up in time. Normally it's the opposite, right. We put too much backstory at the beginning. Anyway.

4) Reading Fablehaven: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary by Brandon Mull.
Read Evermore (The Immortals) by Alyson Noel.

5) In my effort to get in touch with my redneck roots, I've draped Mexican blankets over all the windows to keep out the infernal Texas sun.
Okay, I don't have redneck roots, but the part about the blankets is true. We are having a BRUTAL summer. Thankfully I've upped my tank top collection in the last couple years.

I hope everyone has a GREAT weekend! Indulge in one guilty pleasure. I bought sushi at the grocery this morning which I plan to eat for lunch :)


Kimberly Derting said...

How do you make it through an interview without becoming a quivering mess??? You did it brilliantly!!!

Oh, and love the sandwich comment. I just make plain ole' sandwiches...no heaven here!

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Kim!
The sandwich comment cracked me up! And of course made me feel great :)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Wow, PJ you are awesome in that interview. The fellow asked decent questions and you answered with aplomb. Nice job all around.
Can I have a sandwich, please? I could use a bit of heaven. Ha! It reminded me of my late mother-in-law's story about her son bringing home a friend from school who remarked how much he loved her bread. She ground her own wheat (from Texas, by the way) in a backporch mill and made bread from scratch, but she couldn't figure out how this kid had tasted it. Turns out her son swapped his special-bread sandwiches for this kid's candy bars. Who's to say what heaven is, huh?

Jim Danielson said...

Having a break from summer today in Chiagoland -- 72degrees/low dew point. A/C off -- whole house fan on.
Glad you're happy with WIP. Starting points have been one of my writing achilles heels (as opposed to the hopscotch one), but I think I finally got mine right.
What kind of sandwich? Hopefully not sushi.

Solvang Sherrie said...

What a great interview! You were so calm and intelligent. I don't think I could do that. How come the cover is different?

Maybe your next book should be a nonfiction on making heavenly sandwiches :)

Jim Danielson said...

...and loved the interview

PJ Hoover said...

Thank you, Tricia! And that is HILARIOUS about the candy bar swap. The bread sounds delicious even in words. I can imagine how it tastes!

Oh, Jim, 72!!!!! Wow. We've dipped under 100 here. Sushi sandwich would be interesting, but I'm a turkey and Muenster cheese on wheat kind of sandwich maker.
And thanks!

Thanks, Sherrie! That was the ARC cover for THE EMERALD TABLET. I think I told them about the new cover, but you know how things get lost in the wash.

Thanks everyone for visiting and watching!

Sheri said...

Awesome and inspiring interview!!! You were very well spoken and poised. How'd you do that? You looked as relaxed as if you were speaking to an old friend.

So, I think I need this recipe of a little piece of Heaven sandwich...

Ah, the restart... you know I am struggling here with this one. I wrote a little more to you on my blog.

Funny you're having a brutal summer, here in NJ, summer only just began this week. It's been cold and rainy. This was the first beautiful week yet. BUT... I only JUST needed my AC yesterday and today!

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Sheri! I'll send you my sandwich recipe :)
My other friend in NJ said the same thing. Just turned on the A/C. Of course in TX we has glorious winters!

Christine M said...

What a great interview! You were awesome! A complete natural on television!

If you're handing out sandwiches, I'll take one. I could always use a little slice of heaven.

Trisha Pearson said...

Great interview, PJ! You looked so relaxed and were so articulate. You'll give a great keynote speech when the time comes!

I'm glad your restart is going well. I'm itching to start revising my WIP so I can start in a new place. It seems like I have to start in several wrong places before I figure out the right place.

Good luck staying cool and have a fabulous weekend.

Lenore said...

I google myself sometimes and I am always amazed by what I find.

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Chris! A little slice of Heaven would be nice, right about NOW! If I think it and believe it, it will be.

Thanks, Trisha! Oooh, keynote! How exciting would that be. The question would be what I would ever talk about.

I'll have to google you, Lenore!

Happy weekend!

Robyn Campbell said...

What a beautiful woman and so composed! It was so nice to see and hear you!

PJ, when my son was little he would say things like, "If you would just find a way to sell this potato salad, we'd be millionaires." Little slice of heaven is such a great compliment. What'd you put on them? :) Hey my word verification is chips. Did you give the kid chips?? :)

Danyelle said...

Have a great weekend! Awesome interview. :)
Don't kids come up with the most wonderful things to say?

PJ Hoover said...

Thank you, Robyn! So did you sell the potato salad? Are you now a millionaire? Must give me the recipe :)
The sandwiches were so simple. Turkey. Cheese. Bread. Isn't that funny!

Thanks, Danyelle! And yes, kids are amazing in what they come up with!

Casey McCormick said...

Amazing interview, PJ! You're so together and took every question in stride. Fun!

Here's hoping you can stay relatively cool this summer. We've been warm here but I know it's no where near as bad as Texas!

Miriam S.Forster said...

Ooo... shiny... Interviews are so awesome to watch. (Maybe not to give...) :-)

We draped a blanket over our bedroom window a few days ago, just because we wanted to sleep in and the sun comes up here at about 4:30. It was amazing!

Christina Farley said...

What a fun thing to find your interview. Great job too! I also just finished Evermore.

PJ Hoover said...

Glad I'm not the only redneck one around, Miriam!

Thanks, Christina! Google is amazing!

Angela said...

Great interview, PJ! That's so neat that you stumbled onto it. You are so awesome on TV--I'm totally impressed (but then I was impressed with you already!)

PJ Hoover said...

Aw, thanks, Angela! You're sweet! Hope all is going great!

Shelli said...

cool interview

Lady Glamis said...

So sorry it's really really hot! Yick! I love the interview! It's fun to see you in action instead of just a picture!

No I'd like a sandwich, thank you. :D

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Shelli and Michele! And I love how you phrase that, Michele - in action :)