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The Secret Life of Writing

I’m about to go crazy with words. Spending more time writing means less time for blog updates (other than those related to publication, submissions, and the Friday/Saturday Five — and maybe occasional posts related to home & garden and health). I’m also minimizing time spent on email, social networking, and Abba-Zabas.

Happy trails to you.

The Saturday Five

I decided I have to give up my stubborn love of alliteration when it comes to writing about five things I like. I’m also behind on other posts but I’ll get to them eventually. For now, here’s my Saturday Five.

1. Geraniums. Hardy, easy to care for, lovely leaves and colorful blooms make these flowers one my favorites. Next year I’ll be planting four times as many geranium as this year.

2. Conservatories. Isn’t this glass room connecting the kitchen to the garden wonderful?

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3. Award-winning science fiction author Octavia E. Butler. I don’t know what to say about Octavia E. Butler other than I love her books, her writing, her skill and genius. While she’s one of the few writers of color in SF I’m familiar with, has to be one of the greatest writers of all time. Wild Seed was the first book by Butler that I read. I was a freshman in high school and my mom recommended it. I loved it! Sadly, I couldn’t find any other books by her in our library or in our small town bookstore. Caught up in other books and new authors, music, and high school in general, I eventually forgot her name. However, about eight years later, looking for something different to read, I searched through my college friend (and roommate at the time) Clair’s books and came across Bloodchild & Other Stories. As soon as I saw the byline, I knew exactly who it was and I knew the stories would be great. After I read the collection, I went out and bought the rest of her books. In addition to Wild Seed and Bloodchild, I highly recommend Lilith’s Brood and the Xenogenesis trilogy. Butler passed away in 2006. Today would have been her 66th birthday.

4. Chocolate pound cake.

5. This mint green mug is the best. Fill it up with coffee and serve with chocolate pound cake. Yes, please!

The Friday Five (late again)

My sister and I decided to carry on with our Friday Five posts, where we list five things that we like/love.

1. Rainy, summer days. It’s nice to have some rain; it really brightens up the plants and provides a bit of coziness and quiet from all the warm weather activities.

2. Digging out weeds. A great way to let out my frustrations. Die, weed! Die!

3. It’s funny how certain bloggers can bring you peace and joy merely by posting gorgeous photos, a funny anecdote, engaging discussions. Their enthusiasm for life, art, fashion, food, and travel offers a lovely respite from the more difficult aspects of life. Fashion illustrator Garance DorĂ© does just that with her diary.

4. I think the “It Girl” right now is Zooey Deschanel and, yes, she is awesome. But my preference is for her equally talented sister Emily Deschanel, who plays Temperance Brennan on the tv show Bones. Her portrayal of the brilliant forensic anthropologist is delightful. Like Sophia Loren, Emily is beautiful, strong, funny, a great presence on screen. Plus, she’s an older sister with crazy tales about torturing her younger sibling. Yeah, I kind of relate to that.

5. Oh! Check out this wonderful house tour: Amy & David Butler’s Creative Textile Lab of a Home. Who knew a house could be so alive and happy? Plus, cats! (Photo from the Apartment Therapy house tour.)

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The Friday Five (a little late)

A list of five things I’m enjoying today:

1. Grace by Grace Coddington, Creative Director for Vogue, whom I fell in love with after watching the documentary The September Issue.

2. The reality series Braxton Family Values. Tony Braxton, a lupie herself, and her sisters are hilarious. Love!

3. A handful of almonds mixed with a handful of Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips. So good.

4. Lavender Verbena: pretty, remind me of sweet, virginal weddings. Ha!

5. Brian Eno! 1974! Just listen.

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