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

Friday, October 30, 2009

Five on a Friday

I hope everyone had a super lucky, inspiring week!

1) Without further ado, the winner of the lucky horseshoe (via random number generation) is...

Shelley! (storyqueen)

Congrats, Shelley! Contact me and send me your snail mail address, and I'll get your horseshoe in the mail for you!

2) I ran out of oatmeal this week. My brilliant conclusions on this are

Grits are not oatmeal.
Instant oatmeal is not oatmeal.

I must get to the grocery ASAP. Any oatmeal eaters out there? Grits eaters? Hmmm...

3) Tonight we're off to a high school football game. I'm thinking this is a brilliant opportunity to research those tricky high school kids.

4) Sunday we have Austin Energy coming to our house for a Cub Scout meeting. They are going to create lightning for the kids and everything. Once again, book research.

* Who recognizes that book research is everywhere in everything we do?

5) Finally, I am revising and LOVING it! I took about a month off from this WIP which was so well spent. The structure of the story and character development that needs to take place is so much more clear. I've said this a million times before, but I'll say it again:

There is nothing like time between revisions. Take as much time as you possibly can stand.

Okay, good luck to all you NaNo participants out there! I'll be rooting you on while I revise!

Happy week, set your clocks back, and eat lots of (chocolate) candy.


Trisha Pearson said...

I discovered another thing about oatmeal this morning: Pumpkin pie spice is yucky sprinkled on it.

Enjoy all your fun activities this weekend. Football and lightning - very cool!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Yay, Shelley! May your new shoe bring a load of luck!

Nothing like real oats, not mushy pretend stuff, I agree.

How wonderful that you are loving revisions. It's nice to hear that once in awhile, as well as the tip to let it sit.

I am NaNo-ing so may not be as frequent a visitor as I like to be. Happy Halloween and wonderful November to you.

PJ Hoover said...

Hey, it's my two Tri(ci)(sh)as!

Pumpkin pie spice works well with sugar, right Trisha? And thanks!

Congrats on the NaNo thing, Tricia. I hope it goes great for you!

Kristi Faith said...

I have to admit, I love instant oatmeal of the maple and brown sugar variety. I know, shame on me for not cooking. Pumpkin pie spice on oatmeal, would never have even thought of it!!

Have a great halloween, thanks for reminding me about the clocks!

lotusgirl said...

Grits are indeed not oatmeal, and when you eat them the way they should be eaten they ruuuuuule! I sure hope you're not putting sugar on grits because that would just be gross. I saw people eating them like that when I went to college and about died.

Sometime I like to add a packet of hot cocoa mix to oatmeal. Everything is better with chocolate. Except for grits maybe. heehee.

Keri Mikulski said...

Have fun at the football game and enjoy your revisions!! :) Happy Halloween! ;)

Keri Mikulski said...

I mean, keep enjoying your revisions. :)

Miriam S.Forster said...

"Who recognizes that book research is everywhere in everything we do?"

Me! Me!! *raises hand.

I LOVE this part of being a writer. I adore how ideas come from the most random places and how all the different parts of your life contribute to your stories. Yah!

Solvang Sherrie said...

My daughter loves oatmeal. For more than a year that's all she would eat for breakfast. We had to bring the right kind with us even on vacation! I can't stand grits. Maybe if you put chocolate on top...ha! I'll be stealing the Sugar Babies from my kids baskets. Those and the Reese's.

Have fun with the research. Can you seriously make lightning?

PJ Hoover said...

Hi Kristi! I admit I've been tempted to throw some brown sugar in the oatmeal, but part of me is too lazy to get the brown sugar out and do that. Is that bad :)

LOL, Lois! My grits were sugar free. But I've been such an oatmeal fan, the grits just fell short.

Thanks, Keri! I'm looking forward to remembering how I used to act back in the day.

Me, too, Miriam! in fact, my current WIP is going to get some buzzards in tribute to today :)

Have a great weekend!

PJ Hoover said...

Mmmmm...love Reeses, Sherrie! And I'll let you know on the lightning. The electric company promised me there would be lightning. Maybe that's not a good thing?

Kelly said...

I've never made anything but instant oatmeal! (oops!)
Have a fun Halloween weekend, PJ! I bet the kids will love Austin Energy's presentation, it sounds cool!

beth said...


You *know* this Southern girl would love her grits!

If you got the instant kind, you're missing out--you need my Granny's grits, made on the stove, with a slab of butter.


SO good.

PJ Hoover said...

I used to love instant oatmeal, Kelly, but not out of the tube container!

Bet, butter would have done wonders for my grits. Maybe I'll give it a try.

storyqueen said...

Woohoo!! If the horseshoe brings me luck, I will definitely let you know!


MG Higgins said...

I agree about the revision thing. Store, store, store it away until you forget you even wrote the sucker.

Happy Halloween! And yay to Shelley!

C.R. Evers said...

awwwww, man! You mean someone is luckier than me? Geesh! I'll go check my mail. I"m sure I must've wone the lottery, or something, since I didn't win the horse shoe. ;0)

Congrats shelly!

Heavenly Muse said...

very unique blog....
have a nice weekend

Kelly H-Y said...

YAY to Shelley!
I'm an oatmeal eater ... but, I have to admit, in the interest of time ... I do the Kashi Honey and Cinnamon instant oatmeal! :-) But ... I still like the non-instant stuff the BEST!

Heather Zundel said...

I've always been nervous about grits just because of the way it sounds. But I am indeed a lover of oatmeal and muesli even more.

Christina Farley said...

So glad you are loving your revisions! I'm jealous you can go to the grocery store and buy oatmeal or grits!

Lynn Colt said...

the only oatmeal I eat is in cookies :)

I recently discovered the truth of the whole 'take time between revisions' thing when an agent passed (on a full manuscript I haven't looked at in at least six months) but gave me a referral to another agent. Now I'm going through the manuscript again and man, there is a lot I can improve! So I'm revising before sending it to the other agent. I just wish I'd taken the time to let it breathe before querying all those agents ten months ago :-/ Live and learn, right?

Nora MacFarlane said...

I'm in the revision boat this year, too. I might tackle Nano again next year.

PJ Hoover said...

It will bring you luck, Shelley! I just know it!

Aren't revisions funny that way, MG? When I come back, things are so much more clear.

You must totally be lucky in some other way, Christy! Be waiting for it :)

PJ Hoover said...

Thank you, Heavenly Muse!

Have not tried Kashi, Kelly, but I'm thinking I will have to!

Ditto Muesli, Heather. I'll try it next! Yeah, and I totally understand on the grits name.

PJ Hoover said...

So funny, Christina! You can't get oatmeal at the grocery?????

LOL on the cookies, Lynn. This is very true. totally live and learn. until the day we die, right?

You and me both, Nora. Have fun with revisions!