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    I remember, as a kid, hearing people use the expression “to a fault” when describing someone as “honest” or “hardworking” or even “nice.” It was an add-on I never really understood. How could honesty or niceness be a liability?

    And then I grew up.

    Now, if I had to pick just one word to describe myself, I think I’d have to go with sensitive.

    To a fault.

    Sure there are times—more often than not, actually—when I’m glad I’m sensitive. It makes me (I hope) a nice person. A compassionate person. A genuine person. But sometimes, when you’re sensitive, the slightest shift in the earth can make you doubt yourself and your place, making you feel…well…blue. Or, rather, bleh.

    Because of that, I’m taking the easy route on today’s blog and leaving you with a handful of tidbits–some newsy and some not so newsy.

    **As reported in the Monday, May 5th Publisher’s Lunch Deluxe (which highlights a handful of recent deals in the publishing industry) under Fiction’s mystery/crime:

    Laura Bradford writing as Elizabeth Lynn Casey’s SOUTHERN SEWING mystery series, to Emily Rapoport at Berkley Prime Crime, in a nice deal, in a three-book deal, by Jacky Sach at BookEnds (World).

    ~A big thank you goes to Gabi for calling my attention to this unexpected mention in the Deluxe edition.

    **I start a new study today. For the University of Illinois. This one requires me to wear this around my waist for 7 days. It monitors my activity level and helps researchers learn more about M.S. I also learned—during my drug study appointment yesterday—that I’ll be one of a very small number of people in this country trying out a new state-of-the-art injection contraption. Perhaps I’ll become famous one day as “study subject number five.”

    **My nine-year-old came home from school yesterday with a plethora of flowers for me. She made the tissue-paper bouquet during a Cinco de Mayo activity in her classroom. It doesn’t get much more beautiful, does it?

    **Now that spring is beginning to put up a decent fight, I can begin to enjoy one of my favorite me-spots once again.

    This bench is just a short walk from my row home and it’s a great place to dream, read, write, and enjoy an occasional milkshake. Don’t these homes in the background remind you of Sesame Street?

    I guess that’s it for now. I’ll pull it up in time for next week. Or treat you to a guest blogger… Theo?



    12 Responses to “Random Stuff”

    1. Someone once accused Theo of being “super sensitive”, so Theo beat her senseless with a crowbar. Grandma won’t be making that mistake again.

      by Theo Epstein on May 6th, 2008 at 12:52 am

    2. Leave to our Theo…

      Sorry you’re blue, Laura, but congratulations on the great deal news!

      And I can never hear the word “plethora” without thinking of “The Three Amigos.”

      by J.D. Rhoades on May 6th, 2008 at 6:26 am

    3. Congratulations on the big book deal, Laura. I’d like to borrow that bench sometime. Looks like a great place to just chill.

      by Will Bereswill on May 6th, 2008 at 7:03 am

    4. Hey Laura-

      We still need to officially celebrate your book deal–maybe lunch (on a nice sunny warm day at a table outside?).

      Hang in there, baby!

      by judy larsen on May 6th, 2008 at 7:54 am

    5. Let’s banish the bleh and CELEBRATE YOUR NEW DEAL!!!!!

      So, so happy for you!!!!


      by Tasha Alexander on May 6th, 2008 at 8:54 am

    6. I’m with Tasha. Congratulations on the book deal. This is excellent news.

      Whatever self doubts you’ve got won’t last. If somebody’s talking smack about you, wave the book at him and laugh. And if that doesn’t help, beat the living crap out of him with it.

      by Stephen Blackmoore on May 6th, 2008 at 10:45 am

    7. Or call us and WE’LL beat the crap out of him. Right, guys?

      by JDRhoades on May 6th, 2008 at 10:57 am

    8. and gals, of course…I’m thinkin’ Alexander throws a mean right.

      by JDRhoades on May 6th, 2008 at 10:58 am

    9. Southern sewing, huh? Congrats, again. We’ll definitely have to hook up at the Berkley party next year. And if you want to start a Berkley Babes Blog, count me in!

      Your thinking spot is beautiful, and so is your ‘flower-bouquet’. My five-year old has been doing something similar recently. Just one ‘flower’ at a time, though. Some made from tissue paper, and some - really cool ones - made from coffee filters, dyed in lots of different colors. Who knew a coffee filter could be a thing of beauty?

      by JennieB on May 6th, 2008 at 11:53 am

    10. WOW — Congratulations, Laura!! I’m looking forward to reading all of the new books :mrgreen:

      by Michelle Moran on May 6th, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    11. The flowers are beautiful. Some of my favorite items in the house are things the kids have made over the years.

      (((Hugs))) on the blues.

      by heather on May 7th, 2008 at 6:39 am

    12. Miss Laura, aka test subject 5, with all that’s surrounding you feeling sensitive is normal. Or as normal as these things get. I kind of like your new fashion belt! (Probably as much as I liked being bald for 6 months!) Sit on your bench some more. No, sorry, wait for this rain to pass, then sit on your bench and celebrate the good.

      Wonderful news on the book deal. Invite me to the celebration lunch….


      by Lynn on May 7th, 2008 at 10:29 pm

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