Friday Favorites – Hello and Goodbye

Posted May 11 2012, 11:25 am in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

I’m running late with today’s post because my modem decided to go crazy yesterday. Just stopped working (while I was in the middle of finalizing lesson plans for last night). Then it started working again hours later. Needless to say, a new modem is in my very near future.

So many good things to read this week!

First up, TV–

I talked yesterday about how excited I am that there’s less than a month until the return of True Blood. Chelsea Mueller over on Heroes and Heartbreakers has a post about one way in which the show improves on the books. I agree that having the story told from multiple points of view is great. I think the show gives us a better feel for all of the characters and their separate plots.

Over on Popwatch Denise Warner does a side-by-side comparison of the love stories of two of my favorite shows: Bones and Castle. The comparison only looks at the first 4 seasons, so it leaves out Booth and Bones getting busy, but for those of you who watched the Castle season finale know that Kate and Castle finally got together too.

Tiffany White has a post about the new shows that will be premiering this summer. I’m sure I’ll be checking some of them out.

Love and writing–

Since I write contemporary romance, I spend a lot of time thinking about couples and falling in love. Because of that, I thought it was silly to separate these categories.

Ingrid Schaffenburg writes about finding true love and how your soulmate will find you no matter what. I don’t know that I believe in the idea of a soulmate, mostly because that means that there’s really only supposed to be ONE person for us out there. I like the concept, and it certainly serves me as a writer, but I don’t know that I totally buy into it.

Emma Burcart had an enlightened moment when she discovered that personality really is more important than looks. She questions if you can be attracted to a guy who’s a jerk and I can absolutely claim that it’s a very real possibility. I’ve done it — lots πŸ™‚

Over on the Lady Scribes blog, Andris Bear describes the meaning of different kinds of kisses. I think this is fascinating and something I will definitely incorporate into my writing.

Alisa Kwitney has a post about the flawed hero in contemporary romance. I found this really interesting because it touches on a couple of things I’ve talked about in recent weeks. While at the RT convention, Susan Elizabeth Phillips talked about the old school romances and why they were so popular — because the little secretary was able to conquer the shipping magnate. This post goes along with that idea and how heroes are presented today. Alisa also mentions a m/m book written by Damon Suede, who is the author that coined the term “come hands” that I mentioned in my post from RT about writing sex scenes.

Fun–

For any mom who has ever had her own words thrown back at her, I give you Erin Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms. We’ve all been there πŸ™‚

I found this post from Pink Chocolate Break especially timely because I’m working on creating a workshop for writers. A friend of mine commented on my ability to remain calm during my journey to publication and she suggested I create a workshop on Zen in Publishing. It’s only in its infancy (like I have notes scribbled down haphazardly) but this post might give me more ideas. Zen tips to live by.

And finally, I couldn’t finish this week without mentioning the loss of Maurice Sendak. I didn’t know his books as a child. I didn’t grow up in a house of readers and we had few books. But my children know his books and we’ve shared a lot of great times reading about the wild things.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cOEFnppm_A

What is your favorite children’s book?

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4 responses to “Friday Favorites – Hello and Goodbye”

  1. Thank you so much for the mention. Love what you have going on here. Erin

  2. Thanks for the link love! I’m off to read all about Booth & Bones and Castle now.. πŸ™‚

  3. emmaburcart says:

    OMG, a post on Castle! I’m going to have to go read that! Especially after this weeks season finale. I am so happy that they actually got them together with believable passion! I would be sad if Castle and Beckett turned into the blah that is now Bones and Booth. I don’t actually believe them as a couple because I didn’t see it happen. Now it sits on my DVR until there is literally nothing else to watch. I wouldn’t want that to happen to Castle. Thanks for featuring my post. I used to have a thing for jerks, too. Maybe this means I’m maturing!?! πŸ™‚

    • I still love Booth and Bones, but I agree about feeling cheated. We all knew they would get there eventually, but we wanted to see it. I think we HAVE to see it with Castle and Kate because otherwise we won’t buy it.

      And you’re definitely maturing if you can recognize that falling for a jerk is a bad thing — as long as you can also put it into practice πŸ™‚

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