Ladies & Gents:
I'm not dead! I don't need surgery! Hooooooraaaaaaay!
What I do have (did have? I can't quite tell yet) was a kidney stone. I highly recommend never ever having one of those. My mom said that my grandmother (RIP), who had eight children and one kidney stone, said the kidney stone was worse.
Since I'm still playing catch up and have two deadlines this week, let's get on with it, shall we?
On April 17, I am finally (FINALLY!) speaking in Tampa – and at my college! It's part of their Writers at the University series and I'm jazzed as all heck. I am also flying down on the morning of the Boston Marathon. I expect to either be watching it on my phone or begging a Tampa airport bar to turn it on so I can watch and then jettison off into the city.
Jen Talks About Her Book
I also chatted with Book Talk about, well, my book.
What I'm Reading
Allison Winn Scotch's Between Me and You is what I call a productivity killer: I don't want to do anything else but read this book, which is amazing considering I already know how it just about ends. That's because it has two narratives to tell the story of a couple from his point of view and her point of view. His story starts at the end (or what appears to be the end) of their relationship. Her story starts with the beginning of it. So his story moves back in time while hers moves forward, eventually crossing each and past each other. It's pretty neat.
I also forgot to mention Alan Bennett's Lady in the Van, which I listened to on my drive back from Florida. :::Puts on posh hat::: I studied Bennett when I spent a semester abroad at Oxford University. I enjoyed this very much – and it's read by him. It's also quite short if you're looking for something that's not a multi-hour audiobook adventure (I also did not realize until just now that it was also turned into a movie. I may have to check that out).
What I'm Watching
I am continuing on with dear old Father Brown. Doesn't anyone think it's weird that all these people keep dying in one English parish?! But it's fun. I'm also re-watching One Day at a Time with my mom, and it's even better the second time around. If you still need to be convinced to give this Netflix show a shot: listen to Two Bossy Dames sing its praises. They make a much better case than I do – with gifs.