Monday, February 21, 2011

What Comes Next

After something as exciting as the post on Friday, with the jaw-dropping awesomeness of the Supernaturally cover, it's always hard to decide what to post next.  Inevitably it will be a disappointment, because nothing can compete with pretty red dresses and lightning and flowing blond hair and, oh yeah, my name on a book.

I was going to post the finalists from the blurb competition for y'all to vote on, but since it's a holiday I figured not many people would be desperate to kill time at work, so I'm saving them tomorrow, meaning you have an extra day to kick in your entries! (And oh. my. gosh. you guys are funny.)

Mostly I've just been working (or not working but trying to work) on the last book of the Paranormalcy trilogy, which is due to my editor April 1st.  The goal is to finish by the 28th of this month so I have all of March to edit.

This leads to some...strangeness.  For example, Saturday I was walking through the grocery store when I saw the world's biggest marshmallows.  "My kids will love these!" I thought, and bought them, because really, what else can you do when confronted with abominably large marshmallows?  But the more I was around them, the more I realized how much we had in common.  Their brains are made of sugar and fluff; my brain is made of sugar and fluff.  So, rather than eat them, I found other uses for their sweet, squishy selves.


 Headrest, when the writing is just too much

Wrist support for tendonitis

Imaginary friends, because I haven't seen my real ones in months

Soothing cure for under-eye bags

Convenient pen holder for signings

Cheering squad
"You're the best, Kiersten!" "YOU STINK!"
(One of them is better at it than the other)

Scaring small children (and my husband) (and poor Melissa Marr)

Trash talking other marshmallows
"You call yourselves marshmallows? You're tiny and chalky and couldn't squish if your lives depended on it!"

"Ooh, look at the Peep, thinks he's all that because he has sugar crystals on top. WE DON'T NEED SUGAR CRYSTALS TO BE NAUSEATINGLY SWEET!"

This was about when I had to stop taking pictures and separate my imaginary friends because they were getting so worked up they started using inappropriate language.  And then one of them ended up in the microwave in an accident so horrific and violent that it would make this post immediately rated R.  Alas, poor Marshy, I knew him well.

So, the point of this post is, if you are ever wondering how on earth to follow up pictures of the most beautiful cover ever, just buy a bag of marshmallow monstrosities.

Alternate point: Please for the love will this draft never end...

42 comments:

Shelley Watters said...

OMG that post was hilarious.

Kris said...

Someone had A LOT of fun playing with marshmallows. These were a lot of fun to read/look at/whatever you call looking at photos and reading the comments underneath.

Thinking up stories is the fun part. Drafting not so much. But the completed draft will definitely be worth the effort. Good luck and happy writing. I'm looking forward to Fall 2011 and the next! :D

And think of the pretty cover. You can't have the third cover of awesomeness if you don't write the third book!

Zoƫ Marriott said...

I love how I can *see* Scott and Shannon's faces staring out of the sinister blankness of the marshmallows. It is both creepy and hi-lol-rious.

Gina said...

Too funny! Now I don't feel so bad about my last post, in which I took a picture of my TBR book pile between my two cabbage patch dolls and referred to them as my "kids"!

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Visiting your blog always makes me smile :D

Poor Marshy. The microwave does mean things to defenseless marshmallows.

Marsha Sigman said...

I feel slightly traumatized.

I think I used to date one of those guys in the third pic.
This post was all kinds of awesome.lol

Cynthia Lee said...

Thank you, thank you. I needed some hilarity today.

Jennifer Morian Frye said...

Yes, thank you, that brightened my rainy day considerably. : )

Gjertrud said...

I hardly ever actually laughs when I see something funny (on the web), but I just couldn't stop laughing when I saw the pictures and captions

Jenn Johansson said...

... I'm lonely and have a few hours to kill. I think I'll go buy some marshmallows.

;) This post is beyond all measurable levels of hilarity. And your cover is simply stunning.

Suzie F. said...

THIS is why I have to come back here every day. You crack me up!

My daughter and I LOVE the cover of Supernaturally and can't wait to read it.

Broken Angel said...

Hahahaha~ Oh my god, this made my day. Now I know how to fight boredom. Now where do I find oversized marshmallows..?

Scoot said...

haha, great post. I have seen these marshmallows at the story and I agree that they are HUGE. I always wondered why would you ever need a marshmallow that big?! Well now I know; they have so many practical uses! :)

Rubita said...

First of all, I love chocolate too, but only if it's dark chocolate. Like, 72%. Yum.

Second, I've heard that marshmallows are becoming endangered due to avaricious Fluff-hunters. Which is to say that admitting to the desecration of Marshy via the microwave may not be the wisest move you've ever made. Just, you know, FYI.

Anita Saxena said...

I'm sorry to hear about your loss. Marshy was a squishy fellow who shouldn't have had an untimely traumatic death.

Tracey Neithercott said...

You are hilarious. I love when you're drafting and stuck and start playing with food. Too funny.

Whirlochre said...

Ooh, a matching pair of marshmallow rests!

According to the instructions, I understand you're supposed to rest one on the other when it's done being the rest itself, alternating hourly to prevent "pair shape malfunction".

So go easy, or you'll break them.

Bahnree said...

I dunno, that was a pretty amazing follow-up post to the Supernaturally cover. GIANT MARSHMALLOWS. EPIC TRASH-TALKING.

lotusgirl said...

Holy freaking cow. Those are huge. Thanks for the relentless laughter. I called my daughter over to see and she joined me. Lots of mirth ensued.

Brad Jaeger said...

_M_____RSLY?

You blurred your screen. :(

Bryan Russell (Ink) said...

I think all marshmallows have a secret microwave death wish.

Athena Reader said...

And it just goes to show how awesome marshmallows can be. . . :D

lora96 said...

Very fun marshmallow post. The trash talking was my favorite bit. And i need stuff to make me laugh---morning sickness is rudely refusing to confine itself to mornings right now.

Dawn Embers said...

lol

They think they are intimidating but I've seen way bigger marshmallows on tv. I think they were made with cake pans... Wish I could remember the show, or the place that makes them cause they are ginormous.

Bellamay said...

Lmfao! haha Hilarious. Love this post :D

Nicole Zoltack said...

lol Ah, what fun can be had with a bag of marshmallows!

Nikelle said...

Loving this! I'm seriously considering searching out some food to transform into cheerleaders!

Am I so desperate that I totally squinted at the screen with the picture of your laptop for at least two minutes? I just really want to read it...

Keep up the hilarious, creative, short, wonderful awesomeness!

Tara Fouts said...

Best. Post. Ever.

Jeigh said...

That is word for word what I thought when I saw those marshmallows in the store. They went into my cart without hesitation. There's another use for them--chasing away logic!

Remilda Graystone said...

GIANT MARSHMALLOWS! AWESOME!

Good luck with the draft and stuff!

Katrina L. Lantz said...

LOL!!!! This is why I follow your blog. You seriously rock. You rock like a giant marshmallow!

Also, today I blogged about SUPERNATURALLY: the cover!

Michelle said...

Thanks for the giggles!

Kristen said...

HEEHEHEEHE. That was so funny. I laughed so loud my husband gave me the "weirdo" look. :) Doesn't help that I just said "marshmallows" to explain what was so funny.

The Murphys said...

The cover is OMG beautiful!!! I love it and can't wait to read what's inside : )
I also have these ginormous marshmallows, if you roast them they're soo big you can pull the outside off to eat, and still have quite a bit left to roast again. Good stuff!!

animallover41097 said...

It is sweet and right to tase for your country.

-WILFRED OWEN - DULCE ET DECORUM EST (sweet and right to die for your country)

Heather Hellmann said...

That was such a hilarious post! Now I'm craving marshmallows...

amber d* said...

Remember that time you became my hero? Well, this was it.

Amy said...

Of course, the most important activity with these marshmallows is to try and stick an entire marshmallow in your mouth at once and chew and swallow without having to bite off a piece. A group of my friends and I tried this, and I was the only one who succeeded. The fact that I say that with no small amount of pride should tell you something about me.

Jennifer (An Abundance of Books) said...

LOL, I think you need to take a break. Go on a date with the hubs, or the spa. Go on a date and go to the spa. But maybe not at the same time...

Michelle Merrill said...

That. Was. Hilarious! Have you ever tried to roast these marshmallows? They are awesome and you only need one on a s'more!

I might try some of your marshmallow ways. As often as my kids like to try to destroy anything useful, a marshmallow pen holder might be the perfect way to go! Although, my kids might be on a permanent sugar high :)

H-Duck said...

I'm glad I know you 'cause then I get to enjoy stuff like this. :) Imaginary marshmallow friends=AWESOME!

Janet Johnson said...

This almost makes me want to go get my own bag. And I HATE marshmallows! :D (except for in s'mores, because who doesn't love s'mores?)