The Craftiest Person I Know

Happy Friday, everyone!

So, tomorrow is my mom’s birthday, and I just wanted to tell you all a little something about her.

Mom

Upon realizing that she’s managed to avoid the camera for years, this is the picture my mom sent me to use. It’s a little blurry, but she likes it, and that’s what matters.

For as long as I can remember, my mom has easily been the craftiest person in my family. When I was younger, she would make barrettes and other hair clips for me, I had easily the most unique hair things in the first grade. She also was the type of person that could take two plastic bangle bracelets and crochet them together to make cute little purses that were the perfect size for a four year old playing dress up. She still crochets today, making butterflies to sell on Etsy, and portraits for us for Christmas. They’re pretty amazing, honestly. (She also paints, but maybe that’s a story for another day.)

Crochet Portrait

She crocheted this a few years ago for my boyfriend and I for Christmas. It’s large, something like 2 ft x 3 ft (or larger) and hangs over my desk.

She’s the first person (that I can remember) to buy me a book. She got me hooked on The Boxcar Children and Nancy Drew when I was younger, always telling me how much she loved those books when she was young herself and moving around because my grandpa was in the army and was stationed all over the place. She was always very encouraging about reading as well, taking me to the library when I wanted to go, making sure I always had a book to read when I wanted.

She’s one of the most encouraging people I know, always supporting me in my efforts to learn something new (knitting) and just practicing what I’ve always loved, like writing. She offers honest feedback when asked, and is always there for me when I need to talk.

So, to my mom, I wish you a happy birthday, thank you for always being there for me. (Sorry you don’t feel well, but hopefully this brings a smile to your face.)

Thursday’s Children

Inspired by Music

I often get inspiration from music when I write. Music can help me get into a good headspace for the tone of a project. For example, for The Wisdom of Wildflowers, I listen to a lot of pop. The two girls are on a roadtrip together, so I’ve been listening to 2000s Pop Radio on Pandora. When my friends and I used to just go and drive around, we’d listen to Britney Spears and NSync, so I’ve been listening to a lot music that I can sing along with.

And for two other projects, they are a little bit darker, so I’ll be listening to My Chemical Romance, AFI, AWOLNATION…

Have you heard this song? It’s so good.

Some musicians though have the ability to inspire stories because they are great storytellers themselves. Say what you will about Taylor Swift, even if you don’t like her music, you have to admit that she’s a great storyteller. There are also a few Carrie Underwood songs that are really lovely and you could probably write a sweet (or sad) story about.

And then there are some musicians that I can listen to that simply get me into a good headspace. Listening to these artists gets me to focus on writing and just get lost in my own words. Howie Day is the absolute best for that for me, personally. Colbie Caillat, Jana Kramer, and Christina Perri are other great musicians that help me get inspired to just sit and write.

I love this song. So so much.

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“Be cool, Soda Pop”–Yes, I am excited about the Veronica Mars Movie

By now, you have probably heard about the Veronica Mars Movie Kickstarter. And if you follow me on Twitter, you’ve seen a couple (or more) tweets about it because yes, I really am that excited.

If you haven’t watched Veronica Mars, I definitely encourage it. It was one of the first TV shows that I watched and I was just in love with. At that point in my life I had watched some of Dawson’s Creek, but I wasn’t in love with it. Veronica Mars was just funny, smart, and so well written. To this day, I still think that season one of Veronica Mars is one of the best seasons of any show to air ever.

What? You don’t believe me? Joss Whedon wrote an article about it for Entertainment Weekly AND had a cameo appearance in an episode. Stephen King loved Veronica. And Kevin Smith not only had a cameo appearance in “Driver Ed” but also wrote a whole post about the show on his blog. If you click the picture, you’ll be sent to an article that tells you why television needs Veronica Mars.

Ok, Ok. You get it, right? It was some great TV. And obviously, I’m excited. You know that. What you don’t know is that when I was 19, I took my first ever trip by myself to Austin, Texas, to meet the cast of the show. It wasn’t just an autograph signing. No, this was a limited engagement for the fans. We got to watch the eleventh episode of season two “Donut Run” early. After that, there was a Q&A with Rob Thomas (the creator and writer, not the lead singer of Matchbox Twenty), Kristen Bell (Veronica), Jason Dohring (Logan Echolls), and Michael Muhney (Sheriff Don Lamb).

Kristen Bell as Veronica Mars 2006

It was easily one of the coolest experiences of my life. This was a show that had inspired me, that I cared about so, so much, and I was able to go to an event like this and meet other people that loved the show as much as I did.

And then, after three seasons, it got cancelled. Obviously, especially with today’s entertainment problems, this is nothing new. I can count at least five shows that I loved or liked enough to pay attention to, anyway, that have gotten cancelled in the last year. Alphas. Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23. 666 Park Avenue. Ok, so that last one I didn’t love, but it was interesting and different. Primeval: New World, which might still have a chance, so maybe I’m counting that too early.

That’s only four shows, but you get the point.

This Veronica Mars Kickstarter is going to give us fans something that we have always wanted. Closure. Another chance to see some of our favorite characters. Jason Dohring on the silver screen. (What? Don’t judge. Look at that face.)

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And I can’t wait.

(Seriously, if you haven’t seen this TV show, you don’t know what you’re missing. The Daily Dahlia loves it. You should too. AND you’re in luck. Veronica Mars is on TheWB.com and you can start from the pilot. What are you waiting for? She’s a teenage detective investigating her best friend’s murder, while dealing with high school. She takes on a new case every episode. She’s brilliant! Go. Go now!)