Friday, February 14, 2014

Celebrating The Small Things (The Valentine Edition)

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!

The Man and I don't much celebrate Valentine's Day. We're far too lazy for such things. Our day usually ends up sounding like (at night when we're headed to bed) this:

Him: Oh hey, it's Valentine's Day, right? Was I supposed to get you a present or something?
Me: You bought me some books.
Him: I'm such a good guy.
Me: Yes, you are.

Today is also Friday, which means it's time for VikLit's Celebrate The Small Things where participants share whatever it is they're celebrating from the past week. Please click on the link above or the pic to the left for a complete list of participants.

Here's what I'm celebrating this week:

—Being ahead of schedule. At the beginning of the month, I talked about working on Effigy's final edits and how my plan was to get through a chapter a day, to be finished by the end of February. I started off behind, but I'm now a good week ahead of schedule. Sure, I'm still incredibly worried and paranoid that it's been going too well and that that's only a harbinger of doom, but hey, I'm ahead of schedule.

—Which is a good thing because my lovely and talented niece is coming up for a few days. She's on school vacation this coming week and decided to kick things off at my house. I have no idea what's on our itinerary, but we never fail to have a good time.

—And last but not least, today is the day that advance tickets for the Veronica Mars movie go on sale. As of the writing of this post, I have not yet procured my tickets but I hope that at 9am EST—or shortly thereafter—I will have. Of course, the closest theater to me playing the movie is in the Boston area, but I love the Boston area and have driven further to see movies in the past. I'm looking forward to it. Like, a lot.



That's going to do it for me today. Thanks for stopping by. Whether you celebrate this holiday or hate it with every fiber of your being, I hope you have a great day and a fantastic weekend.

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  1. Hope you get your tickets soon.
    We don't do much for Valentine's Day either. Nothing we don't do every day anyway!

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    1. I hope I get them soon, too. I won't be able to do anything else until I get them. Because I'm obsessive like that.

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  2. Have a great time with your niece. We usually don't celebrate Valentine's Day since two days later is my birthday, but this morning my husband surprised me with a bouquet of cats. Yes, you read that correctly.

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    1. A bouquet of cats...I hope you post pictures at some point because I am intrigued by this.

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    2. There's a picture on her blog today. You should check it out—it's so cool!

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  3. Congrats on being ahead of schedule, that's a great feeling.

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    1. I'm sure it is...when you're not as crazy as I am.

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  4. Being ahead of schedule is fantastic.

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  5. Just go through your process. (With Effigy.) When you're feeling good about it, take it. When you aren't, take that too. Because both will come at different stages.

    Trust your gut (if you think it's pretty good, others will as well), but don't let it rule you. Even if it is really good, someone is going to not feel the same at some point. That someone will undoubtedly make sure you know so in a very public way (Goodreads, etc.). So this is as good a point as any to begin the girding of your psyche. :)

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    1. Excellent advice. I'm more comfortable with things not going well, but maybe that'll change one of these days.

      And I definitely don't trust my gut. Lately, I seem to do the opposite of what my gut tells me, which is working out. At least for now...

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  6. You're doing so well to be ahead of schedule! Keep that up and you'll have those edits done in no time. And that's definitely something to celebrate.

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    1. Unless I got through them so quickly, I screwed them up...or made other mistakes!

      (see...not normal.)

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  7. I envy you for being ahead on anything! Good luck with that project.

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    1. Thank you...I'm usually not ahead of things whereas writing's concerned. Or, most other things.

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  8. Being ahead of schedule is always worth a little celebration. Hope you have a lovely time with your niece.

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  9. Wow, I had no idea it was even possible to be ahead of schedule on something. Pressing-at-the-last-second is just how I roll. As for what to do with your niece... re-enact scenes from Veronica Mars. You know you want to.

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  10. Everyone always asks what my hubby is doing for me for Vday and I always tell them I don't know because I'm not big on the holiday. This year I said he could get me a flower if he wanted, but he didn't. But he's making me dinner and that's more useful than a flower. I can't eat a flower. lol

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    1. You could eat a flower if you knew how to prepare it properly. I don't know how to do such things, but I'm sure it's possible.

      I used to get flowers when we lived closer to my mother-in-law, who used to be a florist. She'd often send flowers home with him for me. They were always pretty, but I have to admit to preferring books.

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  11. I never got into the Veronica Mars series, I'm afraid if I do, I'll end up doing a three day non-stop marathon just to catch and then have an emo break down when it's all over. Have a great time with your niece. (:

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    1. Emo break down when it's all over...Yep, that sounds just like my Veronica Mars experience. =)

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  12. You have to drive to Boston? Wow. I guess I should be grateful that I live within twenty minutes of like five multiplexes. Let me go and check... Yep, it'll be playing at the theater that's about 10 minutes down PCH from me. (I'm assuming traffic and hitting all the red lights.)

    That's something to be grateful for.

    And right now is a good time for revisions. (Mercury is retrograde. Bad for some things. *Excellent* for revisions.) So, stop worrying. This is the perfect time for things to go right with that edit.

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    1. That is what I get for living in the north country. =)

      I did not know about Mercury being in retrograde...I'll keep that in mind as I proceed.

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  13. Yes, he does sounds like a good catch.

    Good for you for getting ahead! Now go have fun with your niece.

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  14. I saw your plight for tickets on twitter today. Congrats on finally scoring them. If I got books for gifts I'd be happy forever myself.

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    1. I think my significant other was watching my plight on Twitter today, too. He was probably determined not to come home until I had them.

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  15. I cannot wait to Veronica Mars movie! And your Man sounds pretty awesome. Buying books for V day (even if he didn't realize it) is a brilliant gift :)

    Kim

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    1. It's become our tradition...me buying books, then telling him what he got for me. It works for us. =)

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  16. Glad you're ahead of schedule, and are going to get to spend some time with your niece. Have a good weekend! :)

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  17. Have a good weekend MJ. Enjoy the movie.

    .......dhole

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  18. Hubby bought me a single rose. I think I only got that because he had to go to the corner shop for bread and it was there in front of him!

    Good luck with the edits and try not to second guess how well it's going!

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    1. I am trying not to second guess things, but it's incredibly difficult for me to do.

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  19. yay for your progress!
    we dont do much here either, but we got to go out last night to a friend's wedding reception - it was a lot of fun! especially after driving thru the blizzard!

    glad youre ahead & having sweet company!

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    1. The Man and I attended a wedding reception in an ice storm one winter. The party itself was fun, but the drive to and from was far from it!

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  20. A very romantic day here spent with....2 teens on a snow day!!! ;) and take out pizza for dinner that the hubs brought home...perfect, actually! Congrats on your progress!

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    1. There was a snow day in these parts, too, so I imagine there were a lot of parents in a similar situation. Bet they thought it was perfect, too. Or, at least, most of them. =)

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  21. Arg, I still need to see season 2 and 3 of V-Mars. I had no idea the movie was coming up so fast.

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    1. It has been a very quick turnaround, from fundraising to completion. I'm impressed.

      I'm working my way though the entire VM series right now. Hoping I'll time it right so that I'll finish the series right before seeing the movie.

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  22. We had a nice Valentine's Day - simple and fun, spent some time outside at the beach…. :)

    Congrats on being ahead of schedule writing-wise!

    Have fun with your niece!

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    1. I spent some time shoveling snow. I'm guessing the beach was much more fun.

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  23. Yay for being ahead of schedule! And I wish my hubby would get me some books even if he doesn't know about them. Have a good weekend!

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  24. Well done for being ahead of schedule. Good luck to you and your endeavours.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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  25. Congrats on being ahead! It can be way too easy to fall behind sometimes, so good luck staying ahead!

    And I'm glad I'm not the only one excited for the Veronica Mars movie! (I still need tickets, too...sigh.)

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  26. Wasn't St. Valentine mutilated and executed? Oh well, have some chocolate!

    I wish I was ahead of schedule. (So jealous)

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  27. really jealous that you're ahead of schedule since I am way behind on mine! :D I've been meaning to get into Veronica Mars but that would make me even more late on my tasks. :D I hear it's a great show though.
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  28. Being ahead of edits! That is always wonderful!!! (Though, when it happens to me I am like you, I keep thinking something is going wrong or will.)
    But you get time off with your niece, so that will be great.

    Haven't even heard of the movie until now. Will have to find out more about it. If it is selling tickets ahead of time it sounds like it migth be good! And I'm always on the lookout for good movies.

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    1. I do believe it will be excellent. But I'm also a crazy, obsessive fangirl and probably not the most unbiased person on this subject.

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  29. The farthest I have gone to see a movie? I don't think I can answer that question in a way that makes sense.
    How far is Boston from you?

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    1. Boston is about three hours away. Less, if they let me drive...unless there are cops reading this comment. Then I never speed. Ever.

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  30. I'm glad to read that your editing is doing well!

    I've driven about fifty miles to see a movie, but that's about my limit. :-)

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    1. Yeah...I'm going to end up doing about twice that next month. But the farthest I've gone was a little over 200 miles.

      Hi, my name's M.J., and I'm a crazy obsessive fangirl.

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  31. Haha, your Valentine's Day sounds familiar :) My sweetie and I get each other cards, but that's about it.

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    1. We don't even do cards. We must have at one point. I'm sure I saved them somewhere. Now I feel the need to look.

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  32. we went bowling with the family! it was fun for a valentine date...very interesting night :)

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  33. That man of yours, he always does the classy thing.

    Yay! J. time!! :)

    Great things to celebrate!

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