Sunday, June 8, 2008

Migraine Day

Yes, it's been awhile but apparently my body felt we were overdue for another celebration. This one struck around midnight Friday as I was whipping through a chicklet book. (Maybe that was a sign.) I haven't read one in ages but there's a free book exchange at Ibis' hotel so I thought I'd give it a try.

Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella, the same author who wrote the Shopaholic series, is about a woman, Emma, who spills her secrets to a man seated next to her on a plane they think is crashing. Turns out he's the owner of the international company where she works, zaniness ensues, and they end up together, of course. Kinsella has a knack for creating characters that I can relate to - they mean well but keep putting their foot in their mouth.

I almost wet myself over one particular line, despite my headache. Emma recently broke off a long-term relationship (who also works at the same company) to pursue the big-wig, and the ex just found out:

Connor's face is slowly turning different colors. "NO," he gulps. He looks as though he's seen a ghost. And not just any old ghost. A really big ghost with clanky chains, going "Whooo!"

Maybe it was my delirium but, good lord, I thought I'd wake up the neighborhood. I couldn't stop laughing!

One other thing: I've been playing around with some settings on my blog - shuffling the links and adding a keywords option - but I'd also like to add a section with important posts to read. I've recently had some new readers and I don't expect them to dig through almost 200(!) posts to find out why I'm here. As readers, is there something in particular you think I should include? I know my first post should be highlighted, but other that that, I'm not sure.

I'd love your input.

One final thing: yesterday I joined an online writing group (THANKS Spyscribbler!) so I might make some progress yet!


Anonymous said...

Congrats on the online writing group. Those groups are so important. I'm trying to find one of my own after a fallout with the last one's owner.

Janna Qualman said...

So maybe that echoing guffaw I heard Friday night was you? ;) The book sounds great.

spyscribbler said...

That book is hilarious; I loved it, and I think it's actually her best.

I think you should include a walkthrough of all your really cool adventures in Mexico. The weird guys, the sharks, the politics. Fascinating stuff.

colbymarshall said...

I have honestly never read a book in the chicklit genre. Maybe I'll give it a try- I don't know what I'll think. Cue Jaws theme.

Melanie Avila said...

Colby, it'd been a couple years since I read one. If you do venture into chick lit territory, make sure you grab one that's done well. Some of the later books were poor replicas of the earlier successes.

Melanie Avila said...

Spy - I'm finding ways to incorporate a lot of these things, without even thinking about it.

Melanie Avila said...

Janna, it's possible. I couldn't stop!