Queen of procrastination

So I sat down today, determined to get some writing done. I opened up my notebook, reread over my notes, uncapped the pen, and promptly thought ‘You know, I should really use up my lemons before they go bad and I never get to use lemons I’ve grown myself.’ So I spent some time thumbing through my Martha Stewart Baking Handbook and my new Dorie Greenspan one and came up with these:

Yes, those are lemons from my probably now-defunct lemon tree – I think the move to his winter home traumatised him more than expected. No, I didn’t just get bored with icing them – I ran out (double it and it would have been perfect, I think, but alas, no more lemons). They’re good, they’re not great. It’s just a shortbread cookie with lemon frosting and I’m not a big fan of shortbreads, but at least I got to use up the lemons, right?

Then I discovered a bag of frozen blueberries and a half-empty container of yoghurt and thought ‘I should use these, too – this yoghurt’s going to go off soon and these blueberries are basically just a giant chunk of blue ice.’ So I made this:

Haven’t tasted it yet, but I’ll let you know how it turned out.

ETA: Well, I’m going to have to go with good, but not great again – it’s a little too heavy on the walnuts for me, I think. But at least I used up that yoghurt before it went bad!

Now, maybe, I’ll be able to scribble out a few sentences or ideas or SOMETHING!

Or I’ll end up watching Dr. Who on PBS. We’ll see…

YA Fiction

Freak Show by James St. James

This is one that I read about ages ago when it first came out and, while tempted, never got around to picking it up until just recently one of the reviewers at Publisher’s Weekly put it on their list of top books of 2007.

I want to say that I adored this book. But I can’t quite do it. I like that it has a happy ending and I really, really love Billy Bloom and his narrative voice, but there’s something holding me back from fully committing to this book. I’m afraid that’s the most you’re going to get out of me about it because I don’t know what it is that’s missing. Billy’s awesome and Flip is likable (if you like goofy guys who are, admittedly, not that bright).

I guess maybe the problem is that I’m comparing it to David Levithan’s lovely and utterly perfect Boy Meets Boy which is a very high standard to be compared with. Mostly it’s because, and don’t get me wrong, I’m sure this is a more realistic version of things even if David’s version is how it should be, there’s a bit of angst (not Rainbow Boys angst – see my previous disclaimer about this comparison) and some intense bullying (which I skimmed through, I have to admit). And maybe Flip’s voice bothered me more than I thought it did – it sort of reads as though the author hasn’t spent a lot of time talking with high school boys from small towns and just thought ‘Oh, I’ll throw in a bunch of ‘dude’s and it’ll sound like an authentic teenager.’ I really hope this isn’t how high schoolers really talk or the future of our country is in worse shape than I thought it was…

Still, I really did like it and I would definitely recommend this one over Hero which I didn’t manage to finish. Mostly because Billy’s an awesome creation – it’s his voice that really carries the book – someone who’s likable, confident with an underlying layer of uncertainty which makes him more real, and hilarious when he needs to be.

Just make sure you’ve read Boy Meets Boy first. 😉

My rating: B+