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

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Five on a Friday

They're calling for snow here in Austin.
I know. It's unbelievable. The kids are expecting a day out of school, but I'm guessing if it comes, it will be right when school gets out. Predictions say we'll get upwards of an inch.
:)

Okay, here's my five for the week:

1) A fun pic from the Reflections judging from the other night. Here I am with authors Donna Bowman Bratton, Carmen Oliver, Me, Debbie Gonzales (our new Austin SCBWI RA come January), and fellow Texas Sweetheart Jessica Lee Anderson.


2) Cub scouts are descending on my house (once again) on Sunday, but this time they're cooking dinner. Yikes! I'm going with spaghetti since it's pretty hard to mess us. And of course, brownies for dessert.

3) I read THE POLAR EXPRESS to my kids last night and couldn't get through it without crying. I think it's age. Please tell me I'm not the only one.

4) Recent reads include:
I gave up on another book that shall remained unnamed (first time in a while). I gave it four nights and got halfway through but couldn't bring myself to go on.

5) Revising The Forgotten Worlds Book 3: THE NECROPOLIS. Thankfully, it's nowhere in as bad of shape as I thought (even after a year of not looking at it).

Have a great weekend! And stay warm!

29 comments:

Miriam S.Forster said...

An inch? I got an inch of frost up here in Idaho last night. :)

Snow and brownies. Mmmm.

I'm glad Necropolis is okay, but I understand your nervousness. I shudder to think what my just-finished first draft will look like when I pick it up again in six weeks.

TerryLynnJohnson said...

Samantha Hansen has rocks in her head - what a great title! Fun picts.

Anna said...

I think Austin and Boston must have switched weather. It was in the 70s here yesterday!

Solvang Sherrie said...

Snow? Wow! We're supposed to get rain (yay!) but it's cold enough to snow this morning :)

Polar Express makes me cry, too. Especially since my daughter asked Santa for one of the reindeer bells when she talked to him last week!

Stacy Nyikos said...

So envy you the snow! And peaceful revisions. Definitely the peaceful revisions. Got any extra??

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Snow in Austin? Now that is impressive. The kids will be ecstatic.
Do you always put a book aside an entire year? I'm glad it's looking good to you.
Have a great weekend and watch out for flying spaghetti!

PJ Hoover said...

Yes, we take what we can here in Austin. Someday I'll let my kids see "real" snow. I hope your draft looks awesome, Miriam!

It's a great book, Terry! Very fun title and cover and premise!

No way, Anna! 70 in Boston. Wow!

PJ Hoover said...

So glad I'm not the only teary Polar Express reader, Sherrie. My kids started hugging me and wiping my eyes.

Sending peaceful revisions your way, Stacy!

I don't always put it aside for a year, Tricia. I got it in decent shape right after NAVEL edits and then have been working on other stuff (revisions and a new project) since. The only reason I haven't looked at it in that long is because it hasn't been due :)

lotusgirl said...

The Polar Express makes me cry too. Especially if I'm reading out loud. I don't want difference that makes, but it does.

PJ Hoover said...

Yeah, it came out of nowhere, Lois, and there I was choking back tears.
So glad I'm not alone!

Angela said...

It's a white out right now outside. Of course up here, that's the norm. It's got to be a little surreal when something like snow happens in your corner of the planet!

PJ Hoover said...

Send it here, Angela! It hasn't shown up yet. My kids need snow :)

Keri Mikulski said...

Wow! Snow!! Enjoy!! ;)

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Keri!

beckylevine.wordpress.com said...

Hope you guys get your snow. Every now & then we get enough to build snowmen that are about 1" high! :)

PJ Hoover said...

The kids are going to be sad, Becky. I'm almost certain the snow isn't coming. Sniff. Sniff.

Amy Allgeyer Cook said...

Thanks for the photo! I love when bloggers post photos of themselves and other happy writers. Have a great weekend, despite the snow. Man, I hate winter.

Heather Zundel said...

You were a Reflections judge? How cool is that? I remembering entering that in elementary school. And yay on revisions! Isn't it nice when it turns out to be not nearly so bad?

PJ Hoover said...

You're welcome, Amy! I love taking pictures of happy writers :)
Snow came and went and we want more!

You did Reflections, Heather? How cool is that! Do you have anything you ever submitted and can post?

T. Anne said...

I'm jealous you get spagetti and Brownies made for you. What a fun weekend. Plus that's great (and a relief I imagine) that your third book in the series is not a mess to revise! I'm revising my NaNo novel right now and I 'm pleasantly surprised it's not a huge jumble of filler words. ;)

PJ Hoover said...

LOL, T. Anne! If only I could sit on the sofa and let them have at it! But sadly, they are 8 :)
So glad your NaNo is not in bad shape. Enjoy it!

nancy-v said...

How do you get any to READ with all that wonderful writing you do?)*)&(^%%$#??

nancy-v said...

I can't even WRITE the word TIME (above), let along grab some of it to read for pleasure (at this TIME of year). There, I wrote it twice. whew. lol.

nancy-v said...

I give up.
"...let alone grab some time..."
Time for bed.
:)

PJ Hoover said...

Aw, thanks, Nancy! Actually your book I read mostly at the library yesterday during my volunteer shift and made sure to remind the librarians about it :)

Christina Farley said...

You've been busy! Good luck with your revisions. We got some snow flurries here so that was fun. It's always cold here but so dry that we don't get much snow.

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Christina! Nothing stuck today, but at least revisions continued to go well :)

Robyn Campbell said...

All we're getting is rain. Is that what you always do? Put a MS away for a year? Then go back and fix it?

I'm glad Necropolis is much better off than you thought. Now get it into book condition. It's waiting to be touched, cradled and read, my friend. :)

PJ Hoover said...

I don't always do that at all, Robyn! but it seems like a good post topic since it has happened a few times. Next week...

And thank you! I'm glad someone is waiting for it!