Friday, March 23, 2012

In Which I Shock Everyone

I'm stalling on things I should be doing, so I shall continue my procrastination efforts by writing a small, yet shocking blog of Startling Confessions.

1--I haven't seen "The Hunger Games" yet. I KNOW! Crazy, right? And it's been out, like, what? Twelve hours? Actually, there are very, very few movies I would rush to line up for at midnight, with "very few" being generally defined as "none." Even if I want to see the movie, the same movie will be showing next week at a reasonable hour, with no lines. The only reason I would do the midnight thing is for the social aspect, if I wanted to join the party. But even then, I don't want to kill myself off for the movie. For instance, some writer friends are getting together to see a midnight movie the night before the Storymakers conference. I'd love to join the fun, but I don't love the idea of being wiped out the next day--being puffy-eyed, headachy and sleepy at a conference I've been anticipating for a year. I guess I'm getting old . . .

2--Are you sitting down? This one might knock you over.

I think store-bought ice cream tastes better than homemade ice cream.

Whew. Sorry for the shock. If this were a Victorian novel, you'd probably pass out. But here's the thing: homemade ice cream, while pleasant, just doesn't usually have that smooth, thick, creamy texture you can get in a nice tub of ice cream from the supermarket. I LIKE carrageenan and guar bean gum, okay? Homemade ice cream is a fun treat, but in a straight taste test, I'd go for store stuff. 

3--I've never seen the following shows:

American Idol
Dancing With the Stars
Anything involving a Kardashian

4. Twitter confession (not that I'm on Twitter much these days): it gives me the freaky geekies when someone tweets something along the lines of "I know who unfollowed me!" Apparently there's some service or other you can use to determine who stopped following you, but whenever someone announces that fact, it makes me uneasy, because they seem to be announcing that they'll be offended if you unfollow them ("I know who you are!"). Shouldn't Twitter be a place where you're free to try out a new connection, and then if the person's tweets don't appeal to you, quietly unfollow, no harm done, no offense intended? You were following their tweets, not proposing marriage. It's not meant as a slight if you change your mind and back away.

5.  I get the feeling I'm only going to be finishing two Whitney categories this year. So far I've finished one (Speculative). Last year I read all 35 books, and the year before that I think I only missed by . . . two books, was it? I still get credit for that, right? Even if I'm wimpy this year?

Well, that's enough scandal for the day. Happy Friday!


  1. Thanks for that random sample of confessions. Let me see... 1-Me neither. I never go to midnight showings. But I'm also old. :)

    2-Tillamook Pistachio. Yum!

    3-Me neither. I don't even think I could pick Kardashian out of a line-up.

    4-I didn't know you could be found out if you unfollow! Yikes! I do that all the time. Not to you, of course.

    5-I didn't even try for one category. Good luck to you and I'll see you at Storymakers.

    1. Julie, I'm guessing most people don't do the "I'll know if you unfollow" thing--it must be some kind of service you sign up for or something? Not sure--maybe a Twitter expert could weigh in here!

      I'm excited for Storymakers!

  2. Personally, I'm shocked you blogged twice in one week. Way to go!

    #2 Hard to beat Ben & Jerry's Half-Baked (Half cookie dough, half brownie) Although, I would generally prefer a DQ Blizzard over anything in the stores. French Silk Pie = Heaven.

    #3 The only reality TV show I've ever watched is HGTV's Design Star. (I am a little tempted by one that's upcoming that has host Ben Bailey, from Cash Cab. Just for him.)

    #5 : I'm surprised you haven't finished the ones in your own category. I can understand, though. Why would you want to read inferior works, right? =D

    1. Yeah, shocking is right :) I know I'm not much of a blogger.

      Ooh, French silk pie ice cream? That sounds tasty.

      Haha, give me a break--that's NOT why I haven't finished the suspense category :)

  3. I'm shocked and appalled.

    Here's a couple of my shockers:

    1. Today I held our new pet tree frog for the first time. And by held I mean "completely freaked the poor little thing out until I let him sit on my hand, and then he climbed all the way up my arm." It was fun :) .

    2. I don't know if I'll see the Hunger Games at all. It's very violent, but really, I feel like the books have satisfied me for that story. *shrug*

    3. I can write a novel in 2 weeks. A decent first draft, too. I'm coming up on the 2 week mark on my WIP, and I'm a little over halfway through (hoping to finish by the end of the month). It's insane, but I love it. When I don't hate it. So pretty much like all the rest of writing ;) . I've talked about this before, but I still find it kind of shocking.

    4. I have never read all the Whitney finalists, not even all the finalists in a single category (not even in my favorite genre) and I don't know if I ever will. Not ruling it out, but not planning on it in the near future, either.

    5. I collect eBooks, mostly free ones. I can't remember the last time I touched my Kindle. (To put the scriptures on it, I think?)

    1. Jordan, you can write a novel in TWO WEEKS?? I am amazed! I am astounded! I am . . . incredibly jealous! That is definitely a superpower.

  4. Oh my stars! I had no idea people could find out who "unfollowed" them on Twitter. That is a bit scary. Hey, an idea for a suspense novel. :) I'm one of those who loves to go to movies on the nights they open. And I would go see that movie that opens the night before the conference, but I'm with you. I don't want to be all puffy-eyed for the conference. I hope we run into one another this year. It would be nice to catch up.

    1. Kathi, I'll be awaiting your next suspense novel: "Unfollowed: A Twitter Mystery" :)

      I'd love to see you at the conference! I can't wait!

  5. Fun to read your confessions. I won't take the time to tell mine, just to say hi and I can't wait for the conference too!

  6. Funny posting. I agree about the ice cream, by the way. Once you've had Tillamook Rocky Road, there's really no eating any other ice cream. And I'm going to confess that I'm two books away from reading all the Whitney finalists and I really, really enjoyed yours. Haven't loved them all, but I've been happily surprised by some of them.

  7. This is a great distraction, Stephanie. lol It's April 5th and I haven't seen Hunger Games yet either. I hated Mockingjay so much I'm afraid to fall in love with the characters again.

    1. I was disappointed by Mockingjay too. I loved the first two books, but had issues with the third.