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Going to South Korea, brb

Saturday, February 25, 2012

As I type this, it feels unreal, because I have dishes to do and socks to buy and general life to finish up. But come Sunday morning, the guy and I are going on the trip of a lifetime (or at least this year-time). First stop, California wine country. I rented a Sonoma Valley vacation home for us on Living Social. The pictures look amazing, but I know the witchcraft and sorcery people use to up-sell on the Internet. Please pray that we're not staying in a really affordable boxcar with cockroach leg-encrusted wallpaper.

After that? SOUTH KOREA OMG SOUTH KOREA. I'm not even kidding. We have beloved family/friends living there, and they'll only be there for a couple more months, so we decided it was a perfect time to visit a place we'd probably never go again. We're even going to the North Korea border, which apparently is a big tourist place, but apparently also has scary sartorial rules like, "NO HIGH HEELS," and "NO OFFENSIVE SHADES OF MAUVE." Um, noted.

My friend, Alex, who is a journalist like me, commented that I could write a great story if I get shot but not killed. In that moment, I was both proud of the friends I have chosen, and alarmed at how my life has unrolled. Some people just work in nice desk jobs and go to Panera and don't find it a thrilling prospect to get maimed at an inflammatory international border. Imagine.

This is the long way of me saying, I'll be gone for a couple weeks. Use this opportunity to catch up on the first five chapters of OBITCHUARY, now in Smell-O-Vision! I'll be all over chapter six when I return, as long as I'm not paralyzed from nerve damage due to my glamorous wounds. (JUST KIDDING, MOM, WE'RE TOTES SAFE.)

Married to the Sea

OBITCHUARY, Chapter 5 (part 2)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Annnnnnd, chapter 5, part 2! Same outfit, new illustrations, including man boobs, a chicken and Penny's disembodied head hovering over a sea of victims.

Behind? No worries. THE INTERNET IS FOREVER. That includes those beer bong pictures from Senor Frogs, and your tortured Livejournal from when you were 15. And, this book. Take a solo lunch in a cozy Panera cubby booth to catch up all the chapters, collected right here. Facebook here (also forever).

Chapter 5 (part 2)

Sophia Grace and Rosie are my idols

Thursday, February 9, 2012

If I had it all to do again, I'd probably go in this direction.

OBITCHUARY, Chapter 5 (part 1)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Chapter five! I split this chapter into two parts, because it was getting a little long, and we value your time here at Stephaholics Anonymous. I expect to do this from time to time, but no chapter should be longer than two parts. This isn't Dickens, though we have a lot in common (woolen sleeping caps, mostly).

In this installment, sit back and enjoy the silky song catalog of one Mr. Kenny Loggins as Penny introduces you to her weird co-worker, Mark, who has an undying love for power pop.

Catch up on the other chapters here. Facebook the crap out of me here. Love you, bai.

Obitchuary, Chapter 5 (part 1)

Friends helping friends discover books

I have a new book recommendation for you, via an actual text conversation between me and my pal Katie:

Her: Get on this book. "Let the Great World Spin." Colum McCann. It's just amazingly written.

Me: Is it about a sassy yet clumsy gal from the city looking for love and the perfect pair of shoes?

Her: She may be one of the six characters unified by a stunning historical event. But her son died in Nam.

Me: Buzzkill.