Things that have been cool this week

This week has been one of those strange autumn weeks where the weather won’t make up its mind–hello, 35 degree mornings and 80 degree afternoons!–and I keep getting minor annoyances prickling their way into fun things. Or fun things glossing over prickly annoyances, take your pick. So I’m focusing on the good and fun and leaving the rest out of it.

First, there’s a new lipstick in the mix! I was perusing the Urban Decay counter the other day for a present for a pal and happened upon their Revolution Lipstick in Catfight. I intended to get her a red, but Catfight kept drawing me back. It’s a luscious pink with a LOT of pigment and red undertones, a perfect choice for someone who wants to dabble with more saturated colors but isn’t looking for a darker red. It’s fun, it’s glam, and I suspect it would look fabulous on many skin tones.

I also grabbed the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil for myself in Bad Blood, a truly over-the-top dark blue red. It’s pretty matte, so I like it as a base for the Revolution in F-Bomb or with a bit of gloss, but the deep, dark color is truly swoony. It looks like venous blood, blood that’s been circulating awhile and has a story to tell…

In stationery news–and shouldn’t we all have stationery news?–I picked up my paper planners for 2016. I love the Sugar Paper planners at Target; they’re big, sleek, and spiral-bound, all things that I look for. I gave up using digital planners back when I had a BlackBerry, and that is a LONG time ago. I find I remember things much better if I’ve written them, and I just like working things out on paper. (That’s why I always brainstorm plot points with pen in hand instead of using a software program.)

I buy two planners–one for the living room desk; it gets marked up with family things and personal appointments. The other is my work planner and gets toted from study to kitchen table, my second workspace. I clip ongoing project pages into the planner with action plans, contact info, conference reminders, etc. and I have worlds of space to sketch out my year. The month-at-a-glance pages are all I use in the family planner, but for work, I take full advantage of the week-at-a-glance for jotting down online journal ideas, newsletter topics, and email reminders. 2015 was my first year with two planners and it worked perfectly, keeping me on track through travel, book launch, writing the new book, and a dozen other projects.

And the best thing that has happened this week is the outpouring of love and support I’ve seen for my writing pal and Twitter friend, Summer Heacock. Summer is a joy and a delight with a huge heart and an amazing generosity of spirit. She and her husband, Drew, have been dealing with some difficulties in recent days, but the writing community has rallied around to take care of its own. There is a Go Fund Me page for the Heacocks with all of the details of their current challenges, and if you can contribute, please do! In a single day, more than half the goal amount was pledged. That’s an amazing start, but we can’t let it stop there.

In addition to the Go Fund Me page, there is an auction that will go live Sunday night at midnight (Pacific time) with all kinds of amazing things–books, critiques, goodie baskets. I’m providing a signed trade paperback book club set of CITY OF JASMINE; that’s eight copies for your favorite book club. Bidding will start at a significant discount off the cover price, and you’ll be doing a seriously good thing. So please consider bidding or kicking in for the Go Fund Me–every dollar helps!