A Few Non-Writing Related Whatnots

Okay, I've had a week off of writing (that's technically not true.  I've been revising, tweaking, and otherwise picking a picture book manuscript to shreds before I send it off on a conference sub).  Let me rephrase.  I've had a week off from intense novel writing.  Here's what I've been doing instead:

1!  Christmas decorating.  I don't like loathe putting up the Christmas tree (I know, I know, bah humbug to you, too), but I lurvvvv Christmas decorations.  Paradox?  Not really.  My lazy bone just won out this year.  Solution?  Wrapping the banister in garland and hanging some ornaments from it.  Estimated time from start to finish:  27 minutes.  I also made this adorable piece of awesomeness (and a pink one for my niece):

2!  Reading.

3!  Watching "John Adams" on DVD.  It's a fascinating HBO miniseries and worth the rent if you, like me, don't have cable.

4!  Cooking (okay, this is a bit of a stretch, but I did discover this yummy recipe for cheating clam chowder).

5!  Sleeping.

Also, a belated shout-out to everyone who completed Picture Book Idea Month.  Go, you!


  1. Picture book ideas month sounds great. Did you come up with some great ideas?

  2. I actually didn't do PiBoIdMo this year, but I read several bloggers who did. I think I probably will next year, though!

  3. I love that awesome little piece you made.
    PiBoldMo sounds interesting - I'll have to look into that one...

  4. FYI, the craft = so easy. Just pin loops of ribbon on a styrofoam cone in a layered pattern.

  5. What an elegant tree! I love the idea of cooking a cheating clam chowder. Does that give you more time to write. Sleeping and reading get high marks, too.

  6. The only thing worse than putting up a tree is taking it down...

  7. We love the John Adams series at our house. I think we recorded it. I bought the book, too, but have yet to read. All those kid books keep getting in the way.