Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Things I have encountered this week that I would like to share.

Sex, lies and videotape
This is one of the many movies from the 80s that I've never seen, along with Gremlins, Say Anything and the entire Molly Ringwald oeuvre. To be honest, I don't know why I put it on my Netflix queue at all, and once I received it, it sat unwatched on top of my TV for a month. Then, when I finally did watch it, I spent the first ¾ of the film distracted. But once it was over, I couldn't stop thinking about it. It was extremely erotic, and above all thought-provoking. And I realized with this movie that I have found James Spader incredibly sexy in everything I've seen him in except Boston Legal. But I never noticed before. Weird, huh?

Stephanie Plum
I am obsessed with Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books. I read the last ones first, starting with #10 about two years ago, and I read 11 and 12 shortly thereafter. But it's only recently that I went back and started reading them from the beginning, and I can't put them down. I've been averaging one a day for a week, and this is in the midst of work and finals. I finished #7 last night, and now I'm worried that I'm going to run out of books within the next few days. There are very few books that make me literally laugh out loud, but these books do it every time. (People in McDonalds were staring the other day, because I was sitting at a table all by myself giggling hysterically.) And come on, have there ever been two sexier men than Joe Morelli and Ranger? I almost envy Stephanie her dilemma as she bounces back and forth between the reformed bad boy and the unapologetically unreformed. It makes me remember what that bad boy phase most women go through is about. Awesome quote:
"Last time you called me late at night you were naked and chained to your shower curtain rod. I hope this isn't going to be disappointing." -- Ranger

The Melting Pot
I had my very first Melting Pot experience last night. I'm not generally one for delayed gratification, so the "cooking" phase was difficult for me, but at the end of the meal, I was relaxed and comfortably full, not stuffed like I often am after going to restaurants. I haven't had fondue in ages, and the food was wonderful, the service was excellent, and the atmosphere was gorgeous. Things that force me to slow down are usually good for me.

This was my absolute favorite computer game when I was a kid—back when I was still good at computer games because they hadn't gotten all fancy. I found it online awhile ago and downloaded it. It's very simple—you're in a mine, you're a little backhoe type of thing, and you're collecting emeralds while not getting zapped by little ugly monster thingies. You don't use a joystick or a mouse—just the arrow keys and F1. It's easy and mindless and I can't stop playing it now.

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Writer's block

I'm self-consicous about a lot of things, but my writing isn't one of them. I've been writing for as long as I could hold a pencil, and I'm damn good at it. But I'll tell you what--when writer's block hits, there's nothing on this earth that can dislodge it.

I had to write a quote for a press release today (just the quote; someone else was writing the release) and I swear to God it took me close to an hour to write exactly 71 words. And don't get me started on the award nomination I just (sort of) finished. The first one turned out very well. The second is crap, and that means I'm going to have to rewrite it tomorrow.

I love to write. I hate to write when I have to write.