People Who Love People Who Love Books


i love the debris that collects in library books.  and i don’t mean skin flakes and finger oil, hair….i’m talking about slips of RiteAid receipts that list a gallon of white zinfandel and 2 bags of pork rinds, a slice of a syllabus for PHIL201 FALL SEMESTER 2002, recipe cards…. the best are the lonely pieces of paper with the fragment of a thought scribbled “do flowers always mean death, or can they also mean RENEWAL??? what are they doing HERE?” the first thing i do when i get a book out of the library is page through them to find these treasure, and wonder about the story is there….

a couple days ago, the Gent and i went to change out our books, and he picked up Diary by Chuck Palahniuk, and on the last page, right where it would land over Chuck’s author photo when the book is closed, was a lipstick kiss. and then some math.

…one of my favorite things i have ever found in a library book….

i am currently staying on the memoir train and reading: [sic] by joshua cody, and The Memory Palace by Mira Bartok.


and i’m busting out my spring nail color– coral. it’s one of the only shades that makes my complexion look vibrant rather than ghostly. if i’m staring at my fingers all day, may as well make it interesting… Image

Not the only writer in the family….

My sisters Becca and Rebekah, on Facebook….

“After a conversation about making a film noir narrative about the mundane things in life with Rebekah, here is my piece about shaving legs. A bit of hilarity to make up for this mornings epically emo status. Enjoy.: “Sitting in warm, soapy water was always my favorite way to unwind. I slid into the tub like a hand sliding into a warm glove. After taking a moment to let the steam and bubbles seep into my skin, I delicately lifted my razor and slid it up my calf. The razor swiftly dispatched every unwanted hair quickly and efficiently, like a mobster with a tommy gun mowing down a crowd.”

When I Hit a Wall

…..I make biscuits…. It’s a terrible affliction.








Writers Block Biscuits

(you’ll notice these are very similar to Cheddar Bay biscuits)


2 cups flour

3 tsps baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

2 Tbs butter (or shortening, or Vegetable oil)

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp dried parsley

1/4 tsp old Bay Seasoning

2/3 cup water

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or really any semi-hard cheese will do)



1/4 cup melted butter

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/8 tsp onion powder

1/8 tsp parsley

1/8 tsp salt


Combine dry ingredients, mix until just combined, add butter & cheese and combine until the texture of soft crumbs. Add water and mix until dough comes together.  Break into 8 even size balls and bake  for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.  While biscuits are baking, combine topping ingredients. When biscuits are golden brown, remove from oven and brush with butter mixture.

Try not to eat them all in one sitting…..

thanks a lot, jenny lawson….

ImageIn order to increase productivity, I have blocked my facebook, gmail, huffington post, design sponge, and eater during the hours of 9am-7pm, Monday through Friday.

But a couple of days ago, I discovered Jenny Lawson’s The Bloggess…. and now I am hooked like a slab of meat on her unique brand of sass and taxidermy.

I’ll probably have to add her to my block list if I want to get any work done, but I can be writerly and buy her book, too….

World Book Night!

I woke up to this in my inbox this morning:

Dear World Book Night book giver,

Yes, you read that right: World Book Night book giver! Has a nice ring to it, yes? And you’re one of them, or will be on April 23! Thank you!!!!!!!

So excited to be involved in such a great project! As one of 50,000  literary sleeper agents, my mission should I choose to accept it, is to receive 20 books from the World Book Night organization, and distribute them to light or non-readers. My plan is to distribute my books to a restaurant staff here in LA, since I worked in that world for so long. More info to come as things get finalized.

The application deadline has been extended, so follow the link if you’re interested in being involved: