The Friday Five!

1. I am starting this entry at 7:39am, fully knowing that I will probably finish it around 3:30. In the time between, I’ll be adding to/editing it from my car as I sit in front of preschool, in the Whole Foods parking lot, and my office. This is how I blog lately. Writing I have to be in one place, or at least ideally, and I can’t do it in five or ten minute increments. I just don’t ever hit that point where it’s actually happening otherwise. But blogging is different. Like Twitter, it can be bits and starts. I’m sitting here, explaining this to you, as my daughter is literally PULLING me away from my laptop because she wants me to go play upstairs. It’s no wonder I feel like I have no actual attention span anymore. Who has time for that? In related news, I’m going upstairs now.

2. Now it’s 10:57, and my whole day’s gone askew because my kid’s sorta stuffy nose blew up into a full fledged cold JUST before we left for preschool. So now I have no idea how this blog entry is going to get done, because I lost three hours of time. Oh, well. So it goes. Motherhood has taught me a lot of things, but being flexible (or trying to be flexible) is probably the biggest. I used to have all day and still complain about not having enough time, so it’s not like everything’s changed. I managed to have an important business conversation WHILE playing princesses today, which was a mean feat, if I do say so myself. But not something I try to do on a regular basis. No point in pushing my luck.

3. Okay, now it’s 12:37. (Just keeping you updated.) Most of you have probably already heard the GREAT news about the Veronica Mars movie. Thanks to a great pitch on Kickstarter (you can watch it here) Rob Thomas, the creator, managed to raise the 2 million he was aiming for IN ONE DAY. Longtime readers of this blog (and you guys know who you are: you remember my Livejournal) know how I was obsessed with this show back when it was on. It was creative and funny and smart and just flat-out awesome. I mourned when it was canceled, my grieving only abated by the hope that maybe there MIGHT be a movie someday. And now there will be! Let the speculation about plot and script begin. All I am saying is that I REALLY hope Max Greenfield, who was on VM and now plays Schmidt on New Girl, makes an appearance. That would be nirvana for me.

4. 1:02. (This one and the preceding I am writing between bites of lunch, and thanks to the TV show Franklin, which is keeping my kid occupied between bouts of whining.) On the reading front, this week I started THE CRANES DANCE by Meg Howrey, which has been on my To Read list for ages. It’s a novel about two sisters who are ballerinas, competitive, and very different, and so far I’m loving it. The voice is REALLY original, and I love all the behind the scenes stuff about the ballet world, from mangled toes to all the parts of Swan Lake. On audio, I finished Domenica Ruta’s memoir WITH OR WITHOUT YOU, which is about her relationship with her dysfunctional mom, and how it led to her own addictions. Very compelling. I’m about to start listening to Piper Kerman’s ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, which is soon going to be a Showtime series by Jenji Kohan, who made Weeds. So I am excited about that. Plus I still haven’t even CRACKED the Vanity Fair with Taylor Swift on the cover yet. Again: no time!

5. 3:04 pm. Lastly, it’s been a stressful week around here concerning my little rooster Frank, who has been ailing. Regular readers will remember that Frank and I have a BIT of a tense relationship: he’s kind of like Cato to my Clouseau, if you remember the old Pink Panther movies. He’s my nemesis, but in a fond sort of day. (You can see proof in the videos I put up of us waging battle, which are here and here.) Anyway, Frank is a total prickly pear, but he’s OUR prickly pear, and a few weeks back something (a possum? raccoon?) got into his cage, scrapped with him, and messed up his leg. He’s not been right since. He can’t stand up on his own and got totally weak, which was hard to see considering how tough he normally is. My husband and his co-worker Will have been nursing him back to health, carrying him out gently each morning and propping him next to the food, then returning him to the coop in the evening. And he DOES seem to be getting better, although he still can’t get around at all. We’re hoping it’s just an injury and not permanent, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed. I’ll forever blame myself for kicking/nudging him when he was coming at me, even though my husband swears it had nothing to do with it. Still, though. STILL.

Whew! Blog post done. See, and it only took eight hours! THIS is why I worry I can’t keep this blog going much longer, or may have to switch over to a smaller Tumblr one. But I can’t worry about that, because my kid is whining and the phone is ringing. So, later. Maybe?

Have a good weekend, everyone!

18 Responses to The Friday Five!

  1. Caroline says:

    Dr. Dessen!
    You can’t stop the blog it is my favorite part of Friday! Love your books and your tweets ! Read them daily, always brighten my day! :) Big Fan! Hope you get to relax this weekend.


    PS- I LOVE the cheesy garlic bread LAYS too! So dangerous though hahah

  2. Kassandra says:

    Hey Sarah! You so cant end the blog! Its one of my fav parts of Friday and of the week in general! Would be so sad if you ended it! And will be praying for Frank, hope he gets better soon!
    Lots of love.
    Oh, and I cant wait to see you on your tour! So excited!!

  3. Rosalee says:

    I do remember the Livejournal and I am especially grateful for all of you wonderful TV recommendations – Veronica Mars and Friday Night Lights. I know we blog-readers are also very appreciative that you take the time to keep up the Friday Five. I hope your daughter and your rooster are feeling better! And happy weekend!

  4. Gabrielle says:

    No! Don’t stop this blog! Just like you were devastated when Veronica Mars was cancelled, I’ll be devastated if this stops! It’s what I look forward to every Friday! Plus, it’s more personal and really shows your fans how much you care about us :) .

  5. Gabrielle says:

    Oh! One more thing! I sent you a message on Facebook like 10 mins ago about that Gap invite…if you haven’t seen in yet, but you see this, PLEASE check your Facebook messages then! Lol Oh yeah, and PLEASE get back to me soon! Thank you!!!

  6. Renee says:

    I love your blog! You can write about what you ate for breakfast for all I care, but don’t stop writing!! I am new to the blog, but have already fallen in love with it!

    I’m sorry to hear about Frank.

  7. Renee says:

    Ok the majority of my comment did not post. In essence, you’re awesome lol

  8. Renee says:

    …in my experience, chickens and roosters bounce back pretty well. They’re tough little critters.

    I’m also sorry to hear that your daughter is under the weather. On the up side, you got to watch the Aristocats and Eeyor (no idea how to spell that) got some social time with the princesses, which I’m sure he appreciates.

    Thanks for doing the Friday Five. It brightens my day and gives me something to be excited for when I have to work on Saturday like I do this weekend.

    As always, stay awesome and keep writing!! You’re the best author EVER, hands down.

  9. Elyse says:

    Loved this week’s Five! I’m glad you are excited about the upcoming VM movie too! My sister and I were fan-girling about that since it’s one of my favorite shows and also how the Sing off was renewed! But I hope you do keep up with the blog! Also I hope Frank is better soon! Have a good weekend:)

  10. Anonymous says:

    I agree with the breakfast comment! Just reading your posts, whatever they are, is awesome.

  11. Sarah says:

    Just wanted to let you know that I love reading the Friday Five each week!

  12. Anna says:

    Sarah, you simply CANNOT stop writing this blog. I am waiting for your words from Friday to Friday.
    And poor Frank. I hope that he will be OK soon.

  13. Janine says:


    You’ve been an inspiration to me since I first discovered your books in my early teens. Dreamland is by far my all-time favourite book, and has inspired me to write my own. It will be fiction related to my own experiences with a friend’s depression, self-harm and the complexity of relationships. Do you have any tips to help with the writing/editing/publishing process?

    Best wishes,

  14. MLE says:

    I am so looking forward the the VM movie! I loved the show when it was on. I’m hoping that Eli and Logan will be in the movie. As long as they’re in it I’ll be happy. I hope your dughter gets over her cold and I hope that Frank gets better too. I appreciate you finding the time to write your blog entry, I enjoy reading them. I hope you have a great week!

  15. Mimi says:

    I heard you’re coming to our school next week!
    i’m so exited xD

    could i get a signature??

  16. Natasha says:

    Aww poor Frank hope he’s feeling better!

  17. Cassie barnhart says:

    Sarah, you are like the best author ever. My favorite by far. I’ve read all your books that are out. I’ve ended up crying with each book. Because, they tell a story, and it’s usually sad. But it gets better eventually. Well, anyways, I love your books so much. Best author by far. Well bye have a good day.

  18. sandra holt says: