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The Sugar Crush

Hi, Scribe Friends. Suze here. Glad you could stop by.

I’m working on the second novel in my mystery series (details of which I hope to be able to release soon!), and while I’m excited about it and making progress, I’m also finding myself not making my 1,000 word goal most days. And that’s a problem, because I want this puppy done by August 15.

I’ve also found myself procrastinating on other items on my to-do list, simple things that can and should be accomplished in ten or fifteen minutes (or less) but are nonetheless piling up and stressing me out.

thCABE2757But do I blame myself for all this? No! It’s not my fault! I blame …

Candy Crush Saga. This stupid, insanely addictive game is the world’s biggest time suck! There’s a sister game, by the way, called Farm Heroes Saga, but I just can’t warm up to those overly cute vegetables.

Anyway, the first step to conquering a problem is admitting you have one. Over the last few weeks the game has dragged me deeper and deeper into sweet, sticky oblivion. I’m at the hard-crack-ho stage on the candy thermometer. Just one more game. No, just one more game until I win. What? I’m out of lives? Sure, I’ll gladly wait twenty-eight minutes until I get another one, and in the meantime I’ll just surf the web and ogle Joe Manganiello and Channing Tatum, or google recent archaeological/anthropological finds (did you see the one about the Siberian female tattooed mummy? Click here, but only if you trust yourself to come back!). Wash, rinse, repeat until hours have gone by.

When my son gives me attitude, he loses privileges. It only seems right to give myself consequences, too, when I’m misbehaving. Therefore, daily, until further notice, no Candy Crush until I’ve completed the following:

  • Write 1,000 words on my manuscript
  • Get at least 30 minutes of exercise
  • Complete the most-pressing thing on my to-do list (the ones that take 15 minutes or less)

I’ve already been detoxing for a couple of days. So any of you Facebook friends out there, don’t expect me to be sending you lives or extra moves for a while until I get this under control. Or until I make my daily goals, above.

And come August 15, when this book is done, there will be one giant Sugar Crush. Tasty!

How about you? What’s your biggest time suck and how do you handle it? What are your personal addictions?

After a Fashion–Oscars 2013

Hey there, Scribelings. Suze here. It’s the first Thursday after the Oscars and you know what that means–it’s time for Suze’s picks for best dressed! I wish I could post actual pictures here, but I can’t because of copyright issues. So I’ve provided a link in each entry below–they’re in no particular order:

Nicole Kidman. (Click here) This dress is gorgeous. I love the metallic accents at hem, neckline and waist, and I love the sleek and simple lines of the silhouette. It’s gorgeous, classy, but with a bit of an edge. I love her hair too–so soft and feminine.

Jennifer Garner.  (Click here) Will you look at this color? Beautiful. Again, a classic silhouette, but with the unexpected addition of a frou-frou bustle/train. And check out the lovely jewels at throat and wrist. Another soft, wavy hairdo makes this a pretty much perfect look.

Maria Menounos. (Click here) Again, a beautiful color in a classic va-va-va-voom gown. Note the retro-80s high bouffant–love it! (Am I showing my age? I just want to turn on the Talking Heads and dance!)

Jenna Dewan-Tatum. (Click here) I have to include this one because, for Pete’s sake, that’s Channing Tatum’s baby in there. Sigh.

Kerry Washington. (Click here) I love, love, love everything about this gown, especially the little Jackie-O-like bow at the waist.

Now, I haven’t forgotten the guys (puhleeez!). I gave you Channing Tatum (you’re welcome) above, but here are a few more:

Bradley Cooper. (Click here). The suit is classic and perfectly fitted; the hair and scruffy beard are pure romance hero. He might be my new celebrity crush because he took his mother as his date to the Oscars.

The Avengers. (Click here). The Avenger guys. In tuxes. And you just know they all smell yummy and will always pick up the check.  {Thud} That’s the sound of me hitting the floor. No, don’t bother to wake me up. I’m having a beautiful dream.

Did you watch the Oscars? Do you care about the fashion? What was your favorite (or least favorite) look of the night?

Trailers, Trailers, Trailers

Hi everybody! J Monkeys here. It’s been a while, huh? I hope Vivienne has been treating you well in my absence. Would you believe I’m on away on vacation today? I’ve asked Suze to respond to your comments for me. But I wanted to talk about something near and dear to my heart these days, The Trailer.

No, no…not the kind of trailer you live in or even camp in. But rather, that preview of an upcoming bit of entertainment. Generally speaking, I enjoy the trailers before a movie – I like seeing what movies will be coming out in the next few months. Plus, for some reason that escapes me, I only like to eat my popcorn during the trailers. Once the move starts, I put on my sweatshirt (always – even when it’s 100 degrees outside, I can’t watch a movie in a theater without a sweatshirt) and settle back to enjoy the show. That’s when Hubby-o-mine gets to lay his mitts on the popcorn.

Now, sometimes, I try to guess how much I’ll enjoy the movie by the types and quality of the trailers before it. This works especially well for DVDs. Lousy trailers often mean a lousy movie – at least in my opinion. I saw a couple of movies lately where the trailers left me thinking “What?!!!!”. Let me share.

A month or so ago, Hubby-o-mine and I went to see Snow White and the Huntsman. It was an enjoyable movie, although I’d have like for the Huntsman to have had a name, and I wanted just a bit more at the end with the lovers – a hint of how their relationship might move forward. But here’s the weird part: there weren’t any trailers. None. The show started right after the theater reminded me to silence my cell phone. I’ll tell you the truth, I felt like 20 minutes of my evening had been stolen from me. And I had to eat popcorn during the beginning of the movie – ewwww.

Last Saturday, a bunch of the Scribes and I went to see Magic Mike. Click here for Jamie’s Monday post about the film. I liked it – I thought there was some nice character development on the part of Mike. The lead actress wasn’t my cup of tea, but overall, I thought it was a lovely way to spend a couple of hours. But the trailers, Lord, the Trailers! What marketing genius picked these things?

There were 6 trailers and 3 of them were for horror movies. Hello! The theater was packed with women (not a man in sight), mostly in the 35+ age group, I’d guess. I don’t think that is the demographic for horror movies – especially scary looking ones where innocent children are possessed by demons sold at a tag sale. Based on true events, of course. YIKES!

Seriously? Are there no romantic comedies being released in the next six months? Or Twilight – what about Twilight? There’s another one of those coming out. I could have looked at Edward Cullen for a few minutes. How about some girl-power movie? One of the other trailers was for Pitch Perfect – some kind of singing thing. I suppose if I really stretch my imagination that one could be a girl-power movie.

Today’s Secret: hmmmmm – I don’t really have one, but don’t tell anyone! 🙂

Today’s Question: What do you think about Trailers? Book trailers, movies trailers, trailer parks? Seen any good ones lately?