Monday, October 17, 2011

Monday Musing.

So you know how sometimes when you're stuck on a scene for days and days and you start to think you totally suck at life and should probably just throw the towel in and become a sheep farmer (not that there's anything wrong with that) but then you turn on Living Room by Tegan & Sara and have your second (and by that I mean fourth) cup of coffee and suddenly the scene has written itself and is maybe even... KIND OF AWESOME?

Love.  When.  That.  Happens!!!!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday Night Favs!

So, in honor of the weekend's official arrival (woohoo!), I thought I'd share my top ten list of this week's Friday Night Favs.

Let's start with #1) Awesome book trailers for awesome new releases.  I was already in awe of these writers.  And now I am also in awe of the people who made these trailers!  One of whom is (amazingly) only twelve-years-old.  Wow. 

#2) The sound my cat makes when he rolls over.  An adorable cross between a purr and a meow, and at least one full octave higher than his usual repertoire, Charlie has skillfully learned to use this vocal trick on me whenever I discover he's destroyed yet another piece of furniture.  Which--unfortunately for my furniture--pretty much works every time. 

#3)  Band of Horses, Cease to Begin.  An old fav I've had on replay ever since, well, breakfast.  So, so good.

#4) Going through middle/high school photos and recalling the days in which I resembled a seriously fluffy sheep and/or poodle.  This week I wrote a letter that's going to be included in a new anthology from the creators of the website DEAR TEEN ME, to be published next fall.  (Fun!!)  Except then I had to submit a teen photo, which led to the discovery of these little gems.  Oh YES.  We're talking genuine side-pony, complete with extra large scrunchy.

Dear God.

Happy Halloween.    


#5) Rereading Summer Sisters, by Judy Blume.  The first time I read this sultry tale of best friends, betrayal, and make-outs amidst the sand dunes, I was seventeen and on a sailing trip with my bff and her parents.  At one point, we got stuck on a sandbar for hours and I didn't even notice, thanks to the one and only, original JB.  Rereading it again this week only confirms my early suspicions: Summer Sisters is, without a doubt, one of the most trashily delectable (in a good way) ways to spend an afternoon. 


#6) Discovering old 80's cartoons on youtube.  I'll admit it, this one's not exactly conducive to getting lots of work done (except it sort of counts as research for Book 2, I swear!).  But c'mon, who knew the entire Care BearsMy Little Pony, and All Dogs Go to Heaven filmography were sitting there, just waiting to be discovered?!  I need--Brazil--the throng, the THRILL...  Okay, I'll stop.  But really, this is kind of amazing.

#7) Because every baby needs a good toupee!  A good friend recently shared this website, and it was simply too good not to include with this week's list of favs.  (Apologies in advance to my future children, who will, at some point, be receiving these as holiday gifts.)  

#8) Having people tell me I look like the redhead on True Blood I know, I don't see the resemblance either, but whatevs, I'll take it.  (Thanks, Emily!)  At the very least, this does help me to feel better about the previous fluffy poodles photos, see above. 

#9)  Sixteen & Pregnant.  I'm sorry, but has there been a better/guiltier pleasure since The Hills?  Okay, probably.  But I don't care, this one's still my latest fav.

And last, but certainly not least, #10--When people say nice things about my book!!  
(Sorry, couldn't help myself.)  I love, love, LOVE this early review of Catastrophic History!  Thank you, Angie!  : ) 

So that's it.  Tune in next week for a new round of Friday Night Favs.  

And happy weekend, everyone!  


Friday, October 7, 2011

Happy Holiday Weekend + a Contest!

Hey guys!

Guess what?  Only three days til my birthday!  I'm down in Charleston, South Carolina where I grew up, and can't wait to celebrate in true southern fashion with some great seafood, a little bluegrass, a Civil War-era ghost story or two, and a walk on Folly Beach--where my best friends and I used to gaze longingly at the surfers.  It's so good to be home!  If you've never been to Charleston before you are seriously missing out.

Another reason to celebrate?  The oh-so-awesome Penguin Marketing Team just put together a fabulous Spring '12 Sampler, featuring the first 2 chapters of CATASTROPHIC HISTORY, BORN WICKED, THE DISENCHANTMENTS, RIPPER, and A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS!  I keep getting more and more excited about Spring 12'--only a few months to go!  So what are you waiting for?  Click here for a sneak peak!

In honor of this super cool sampler (and my almost birthday), I'll be giving away one signed ARC of my book, THE CATASTROPHIC HISTORY OF YOU AND ME!  Entering for a chance to win is easy.  All you have to do is share a comment below, leave me a birthday note on Facebook, or retweet Penguin's link to the sampler, like this: 

Check out Penguin’s Teen Spring Sampler, featuring BORN WICKED & CATASTROPHIC HISTORY here: @JessRothenberg

The contest closes at EXACTLY midnight on Monday, 10/10 (when I officially turn into a pumpkin), so hurry!  ; )  

Good luck and happy holiday weekend!