“How are things coming on the book?” you ask? Wait, what? You didn’t ask? You couldn’t care less? Well, I’m going to tell you anyway because this is Quick Takes and I need something quick to write about: I just passed the 100, 000 word mark for this draft (277 pages) and am just now introducing the big climax, so…I’ll have a lot of cutting to do in revision. The good news is that I think it’s a fun, interesting read — as much as a story that involves me can be fun and interesting, that is.
But here’s what I keep thinking about:
Stephenie Meyer wrote Twilight in three months with three kids under five? With no nannies or anything? And it’s now sold 70 million copies and spent 143 weeks in the New York Times bestseller list? THREE MONTHS? Umm…wow.
A few people who saw this tweet asked: “Why haven’t you called an exterminator?” (Or, more like, “WHY HAVEN’T YOU CALLED AN EXTERMINATOR?!?!?!“) You see, it’s not that simple. The problem is this: long term, it does help to have the house exterminated. But in the short term it always brings the scorpions out of the woodwork, and there are inevitably a few hardy specimens who are only irritated by our measly chemicals and are now out for revenge, as I once recounted in this post. So the reason I keep stalling on calling the exterminator is because I never feel like, “Hey, tomorrow would be a good day to have a bunch of angry, undead scorpions roaming around the house!”
I am in love with the Dominicans. For those of you who aren’t familiar with them, the Order of Preachers is an 800-year-old religious order whose motto is contemplare et contemplata aliis tradere — “contemplate, and share the fruits of your contemplation.” I recently went to the local convent of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist (perhaps better known as “the nuns who were on Oprah”) for evening prayer, and they just about had to kick me out. I read The New Wine of Dominican Spirituality: A Drink Called Happiness by Paul Murray, OP and was almost in tears I liked it so much. Anyway, all that is to say: if anyone wants to tell me about Dominican stuff, I’m all ears. It’s a subject of great fascination for me right now.
One of the things that struck me when I was first looking at Catholicism was that there were all these different orders within the Church. Not that everyone has to join one, of course, but I thought it was so beautiful that there are so many rich options for people to serve the Lord in different ways depending on the particular gifts that the Holy Spirit has given them. There are the Dominicans, the Franciscans, the Benedictines, the Carmelites, the Jesuits, the Cistercians and a bunch more, and most have lay orders (for people who are not priests or consecrated religious). If anyone is associated with a religious order, I’d love to hear about it: How did you know you were called to that particular order? How has being a part of it helped you serve God?
My husband was telling me that he once saw someone from the Gallo Family Vineyards speak, and this guy (one of the Gallo brothers, I think) was saying that it’s silly when people write them off as having low-quality wine, considering that they have six Ph.D.’s on staff full-time from the University of California Davis’ famous Viticulture and Enology program. Given that, we figured that their lower-priced wine probably had great bang for the buck, and, sure enough, it did. We had an $8 bottle of their Sonoma Cabernet the other weekend, and it was excellent!
Back to writing. It’s not looking good for my deadline of the 20th, but I’m going to keep at it. Thanks for your prayers!
I look forward to reading your posts!