10 Things That Make Me Happy

10. THIS GLORIOUS WEATHER. It has been over 40 degrees and sunny on two consecutive days. Cue the bikini! Just kidding, but I did wear a cocktail dress last night without freezing.

9. Dario Marianelli's score for Anna Karenina. I enjoyed the movie, and it was nice to see Keira Knightley playing a somewhat different character from the ones she typically portrays.

8. This Twitter account. Because there is nothing cuter than an animal dressed up like a person.

7. Cranking out 5K words on FOTL in a single sitting. Yeehaw!

6. The Lunar New Year (which is more accurate to say than "Chinese New Year" because many other countries celebrate it besides China). It is the Year of the Horse, and from what I've read, there's supposedly an exciting year ahead of us!

5. An upcoming girls' spa weekend, during which I will be getting my first-ever massage! With hot stone therapy (still need to Google that).

4. Food boards on Pinterest. *wipes drool off keyboard* Seriously, look at this. And this. And this.

3. The Puppy Bowl, because that's what this weekend is all about, right?

2. One of my readers for ELEGY composed music inspired by the book (!!!) and I am begging her to let me share it with everyone, because it is freaking amazing. Like Tchaikovsky and Hans Zimmer got together over a couple of beers and wrote a brilliant symphony with electronic synth.

1. And last but not least, WRITING CONFERENCES! At least one is in the works right now (the SCBWI), and I would like to go to at least two more, although they are very pricy. But... author talks! Live pitch sessions! Book signings! And best of all, meeting writing friends in person!

P.S. I am so sorry that I've been lax in responding to and returning blog comments, but rest assured, I have read them all and I'll be catching up this month. :)


Laura Marcella said...

Puppy Bowl!!! That's what I'm looking forward to. And the Kitten Halftime Show!! Also, lots of delicious finger foods. I stand by the food table while everyone else sits on the couch watching football and commercials!

Happy Lunar New Year!!!

Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

Jemi Fraser said...

5k in one sitting is awesome!!! Wow! One of these days I'll get to a writers' conference - have fun!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Five thousand words? Do you know how long I would have to sit for that to happen? Wow, that is amazing.
The Puppy Bowl is cute. They know how to play.

workofheart09 said...

5,000 words in one sitting? Holy cow, THAT IS AWESOME! :)

And this weather! We hit 55 here today and even though it's such a tease, it's also so nice. I took a long walk and am currently sitting outside, trying to soak up every ounce of the (relative) warmth before the snow arrives again tomorrow.

Brandon Ax said...

Awesome on the word count. I love when I get a good chunk finished. I still want to go to a conference. I hope to within the next year.

Natalie Aguirre said...

I'd love 2 days of over 40 degrees!

And that's so awesome you wrote 5,000 words in one sitting. I'm like Alex on that.

And we're celebrating Chinese New Year. My daughter is adopted from China. And yes, many countries celebrate the lunar new year.

Tessa Conte said...

Whoohoo to those 5000 words!!! And the puppy. Seriously, nothing beats the puppy.

Tiana Smith said...

Oooh, I love hot stone massages :) And yay for5k!

Tony Laplume said...

Snake in a Top Hat would make a great name for a rock band.

(I apologize to those people foolish enough not to visit the Twitter account and spend some time looking at adorable critters in hoo-man costume.)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Oh, hot stone massages are wonderful! Actually, most massages are wonderful. Enjoy the spa weekend! :)

DL Hammons said...

You need to consider the DFW Writers Conference! Why? For no other reason than I will be there!!! :)

Nicole said...

5K is an amazing accomplishment! Go girl! And that composed music sounds so cool. Hope you get to share it! :)

Julie Dao said...

Laura: I wish they had a real audience at the Puppy Bowl, because I would fight tooth and nail to be there! And the kittens! And the penguin cheerleaders! I would be right there at the food table with you :)

Jemi: Thank you! This will be my first conference, so I'm pretty darn excited :D

Alex: Yes, but you write more steadily and constantly. Not always a good thing to do it in crazy bursts like me!

Shari: Thanks, girl! Dang, 55?! That's definitely shorts-and-sandals weather right there. Hope you enjoyed your walk!

Brandon: Thank you! I hope you get to go to one too!

Natalie: Oh, perfect! Hope you guys are enjoying the Chinese New Year celebrations! We always make sure to go downtown to see the dragon dances.

Tessa: Thank you!! Did you see the puppy in PJs picture?

Tiana: I have never gotten one! It sounds amazing!

Tony: I could definitely see that being a rock band name.

Madeline: I've never really liked the idea, but friends have raved so much that I have to try it once :)

DL: I'm looking it up! Just think of all the awesomeness if we were to hang out at that conference!

Nicole: Thanks, girl, and I hope so too :)

Margo Berendsen said...

I'm over due for a 10 things I'm thankful for or happy list. I love when bloggers share these lists - I always find something interesting on the list and inspiring. Interesting: Lunar New Year. inspiring: music composed for Elegy! Shivers! I want to hear it!

LD Masterson said...

I had never heard of the Puppy Bowl until Facebook posts started popping up about it during that pathetic excuse for a Super Bowl. I switched over and enjoyed the puppies so much more.

Theresa Milstein said...

Happy Year of the Horse!

5k in one sitting is unbelievable!

Thanks for sharing your top 10.

Julie Dao said...

Margo: I love both reading and writing these lists! It's fun, and an easy way to be positive.

LD: Agreed... the Puppy Bowl is the main event for me!

Theresa: Happy Year of the Horse! Hope you're doing well :)

Medeia Sharif said...

Those food pics made me hungry.

I'd like to go to more conferences, but they are pricey. I love meeting writers and bloggers in person.

Happy writing.

Julie Dao said...

Medeia: Conferences are definitely pricey. I'm planning for one big, important conference each year, or maybe two at the very most!

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