1. Book Trailers: When I first heard of the concept I could see the marketing potential, but the examples out there were a little, um, lame. The whole point is to get readers excited, right? The trailers I saw merely confused me, and, I'm sure, other potential readers. I felt that way until I saw a trailer that did EVERYTHING right. The trailer for Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles did exactly what it should--it made me want to run to Borders to buy the book. (I dare you to watch it and not have Es su libro, yo...it's a book running through your head all day!) Simone's second book in the Perfect Chemistry series, Rules of Attraction, comes out in this month, and the book trailer will have you itching to read it. Check it out here. Also, read about Simone's experience making the trailer on Kristin Nelson's blog, Pub Rants.
2. Allergy season is upon us. As a long-time sufferer, I'm always trying to come up with alternative ways to battle the mighty pollen. Last year I tried eating some raw, locally-produced honey through the winter months, and it worked (to a certain extent). I'm using honey this year, along with my neti-pot twice a day (with a few drops of grapefruit seed extract added to the saline solution). Neti-pots freak a lot of people out, but I say, get over yourselves and give the old neti a try. Your sinuses will thank you.
3. I want a Mac notebook computer. So bad. But, I'm a little hesitant to spend the cash on something I will tote around with me. Is it worth it, oh great Mac users?
4. Mad Men Barbie Dolls. I'm almost tempted to take the cash I've saved for a Mac and spend it on these:Do you think they come with little packs of Lucky Strikes and martini shakers?
5. Spring Fever. Every year I get a dose of the crazies come spring, which usually results in me doing something drastic to my hair. Last year I started growing the gray out (I've had gray hair since my late teens! No lie.), so now I kind of look like this (um, after a professional blow-out):
The problem is I don't have Ken Paves living in my closet, so I need a hair style for curly hair that will work with the gray and not make me look like I spend all my time playing bunco in slippers and a housedress.
This is what I've come up with:
Layered, almost 70s `do:
The sleek bob (and, yes, I chose this photo on purpose, so make all the cougar jokes you want...):