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Monday
Feb212011

Monday Musing... Up and Coming

Quick post to let subscribers, lurkers and the random passerby know what things will be looking like here for the rest of February and March.

For one, FAVORITES ON FRIDAY and MONDAY MUSINGS might be sporadic while I am hustling to get Book Number Two ready for the big dance. These next six weeks I’ll be trimming the fat, tightening-tightening that corset and making her into the belle of her own ball. So while I might not be musing much or waxing poetic on the virtues of things like Due Uve (tell me you’ve all tried this amazing white wine blend) I will still be bringing you amazing voices.

 

First up this week is Leah Stewart. Leah and I shared Sally Kim at HarperCollins who introduced me to her incredibly sharp writing. I talked about Husband and Wife here, how incredibly she captures the realities of early parenthood, gender roles, putting a fresh spin on infidelity. And while her subject matter might seem to be directed at women, J read The Myth of You and Me while down in Cayman in two rapt sittings because of her deft handling of plot and true-to-life characters. So that’s this week, and I’m excited to have her.

 

Then starting on Friday, (because she is absolutely one of my favorite things), each day this coming weekend, I’ll showcase my very best writer friend Linda Davis’ short story This House in three stunning segments. I promise it will blow you away.

 

After that, we'll have Diane Lockward, Caeli Widger, Darin Strauss, Julianna Baggott and my senior mentor student Rebecca Gyllenhaal. 

Thanks to all the subscribers and new fans who have written kind notes about CHOSEN these past few weeks, cheering me on and encouraging me on this coming book. You have no idea how much it motivates me to know that you’re out there, waiting.

 

Friday
Dec172010

Favorites on Friday: Christmas and other seasonal holiday songs

Today at Hoffman Homeschool we're baking cookies to decorate with some of my kids' pals while doing Holiday Mad Libs (how many creative grammatical variations of the word 'fart' and 'diaper' will I let them get away with?) and Hayden just announced that in addition to leaving out cookies and reindeer chow, he thinks on Christmas eve, Santa would really appreciate a beer. (Actually, honey, it would be an ice cold glass of Due Uve, but I think Mr. Santa would take a gluten-free brew.) So we're definitely getting in the holiday spirit here, augmented by a steady stream of Christmas carols.

Each time a song comes on my three-year-old emphatically exclaims "This is my all time fav-o-rite song!" Which got us chatting about favorites. Here are my top three, in no specific order:

 

1.) J-I-N-G-L-E Bells, by Frank Sinatra and nobody else

2.) Oh Holy Night by most artists, except the ones who really wreck it with a lot of warbling

3.) Mary Did You Know? I like most versions, including the Kenny Rogers or Michael English one (NO to Clay Aiken's) but our town's mixed age choir at the Christmas Tableaux as people process to see the living nativity can move me to tears. 

 

QUESTION: I want to know what your favorite holiday songs are...