Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Playing catch-up

Thanks for bearing with me as I get all this administrative blog stuff out of the way. Let's catch up on the rest now.

First, I continue to love living in Seattle. After a few days of spitting rain, today is all blue skies and sunny patios.

Second, I haven't much mentioned my diet and exercise lately because it's bad. While I've been writing I haven't been to the gym or walked beyond the mailbox. I have my bananas and raw almonds, but then I'll just say screw it and eat a few slices of pizza. So yeah. I'm having a hard time focusing on both writing and eating correctly.

I know I need to get back on the program. But I also feel (irrationally) like time is ticking down for my chance at writing and I need to focus on that entirely. (It's not true, I should be able to multi-task.)

(My parentheticals are so wise.)

Third, along with my pal, GreenDragon, tonight I'm going to go see author John Scalzi promote his book Fuzzy Nation. I'm looking forward to it.

Fourth, I found a new alcoholic beverage to imbibe. It's called an Arnaud Martini and it consists of 1 shot Plymouth Gin, 1 shot Dry vermouth, and 1 shot Giffard Cassis or Chambord (I used Chambord.) Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled glass. This drink is smooth, tasty, and not too sweet.

Fifth... I'm looking for anthologies accepting submissions. And I'm writing as much as possible before my classes end. I hope to finish two more stories before then.


Jim said...

Hi, Christy,

I ran across your blog a couple of weeks ago, and have been enjoying it. I've been trying to work on writing more, as well, so it's fun to check and see how another aspiring writer is doing.

How was John Scalzi?

Christy said...

Hi, Jim. Thanks for the nice words. It's always great to hear from another writer.

John Scalzi was excellent. The event was held at Kane Hall at the University of Washington, and there was a good sized crowd. We were treated to musician Molly Lewis singing an acoustic version of "Fuzzy Man," and Mary Robinette Kowal, performing a little improv with a fuzzy puppet. (Details and pictures here: http://whatever.scalzi.com/2011/05/18/seattle-surprises/)

John Scalzi was an engaging and humorous speaker. He read excerpts from his work and answered audience questions thoughtfully. I was impressed by how he kept the night moving along and interesting.

I've only read about half of his novel, "Zoe's Tale," so it was a good introduction for me. I look forward to reading more of his work.