The Things I Want to Write

Have you noticed that I haven’t been writing on this blog even half as often as I used to? “No, Kerry, because we all have lives that don’t revolve around you,” you say as one. Well, okay, guys. Maybe you DON’T CARE, but I will explain my absence anyway: I’ve been doing a lot of non-blog writing, and that gives me less time for this blog. I do love Welcome to Ladyville, but I also love writing other things. And, because writing begets writing, all I can think about now is all the stuff I WANT to write. So here’s a list. Some of these are more serious/more practical than others.

-About 15 million YA contemporary romances, because these are probably my favorite things ever and I just want to be Meg Cabot (aka write all the time and live in Key West).

-A girl detective series, like Nancy Drew but the detective is Bess and she messes everything up constantly. Or maybe the main character is George and she barely even gives a SHIT about yr dumb mysteries.

-A screenplay with my brother Alex, because we’re both writers and we need to be more like the Duplass bros (or the brother/sister team who wrote Our Idiot Brother).

-A blog with Lauren because we email each other multiple times a day and, I know I’m biased, but our emails are so great that it’s a real shame they aren’t shared with the world. But they’re probably 50% shit-talking, so maybe it’s best that no one else reads them.

-A short story that’s good enough for Rookie.

More fanfic about Lenny Kravitz because I’m only human and I really do love him/make up stories about him in my head all the time.

-A blog about romantic comedies (whoops, I’m already writing that).

-A YA/MG book in diary format because those were always my favorite growing up (and, again, I just want to be Meg Cabot).

-Romantic comedies that aren’t YA.

-A TV show set in a small town full of quirky characters like Hart of Dixie. One where everything always ends up pretty happy at the end of each episode, and also Jason Street is involved.

-Those mysteries that are all about food and have, like, a picture of pie on the front and a recipe in the back? Have you ever seen those at the library? They look fun. Also I’m obsessed with mysteries because I love them and CONSTANTLY tried to write them as a child. The murderer was always the next door neighbor.

-A series about four bffs, because Sisterhood the Traveling Pants is perfect.

-Updated Baby-Sitters Club books. I remember a LOT of details and I can totally do it. Mallory might be “mysteriously” absent and/or this series can turn into the murder mystery I always wanted to write.

-Anything you will pay me for, basically. Give me $$$ for words, please.

A Year of Romantic Comedies

I’ve written about my love of romantic comedies once or fifteen times here on Welcome to Ladyville. They’re my favorite movies and I take them just as seriously as most people take Oscar contenders. So, of course, I had to start an entire blog just to write about them.

A Year of Romantic Comedies is my attempt to watch 52 romantic comedies. So far, so fun. I’m enjoying this so much that I sort of want to devote my life, not just a year, to watching romcoms.

You can read my introduction and check out my first post on The Wedding Singer, which is basically a perfect movie.

If you have any movie suggestions, I’d love to hear from you! Send me an email at welcometoladyville@gmail.com or find me on Twitter @KerryAnn.

What I Read: January 2015

I’m taking a cue from my friend, your friend, our friend Lauren and writing a post about the books I read this month. I read a lot more than usual and I’m not sure why–I guess because it’s January and what else am I going to do? Here’s what I read last month!

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I’ll admit that I have a bit of a bias against long books–I don’t really know why. But even though Americanah was on the long side, it flew by. This book is funny and smart and very current–the main character has a blog that I can totally imagine existing in real life. It’s very, very good and I cannot recommend it enough.

Safari Honeymoon by Jesse Jacobs
I don’t know if I liked this or not, but it did make me laugh out loud twice, so there you go.

Nowhere But Home by Liza Palmer
If you like Friday Night Lights and you like food, you’ll like this. It’s set in Texas and features a chef who gets a job cooking last meals for inmates on death row. It’s such a perfect concept for a book that it makes me a little angry I didn’t think of it.

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
If you’re not yet part of the cult of Patchett, read this profile of her on The Hairpin. She’s great, right? The essays in this collection are about dogs, her grandma, her marriages, and books. They’re all deeply enjoyable and effortless to read.

Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon
I like books about creativity. This isn’t a “heavy” read, but if you’re interested in creativity and promoting your work, you’ll probably like it.

I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
I wrote about this book (and interviewed the author) on HelloGiggles. It’s so good. I love books that really communicate what it’s like to grow up in a small town and be afraid that you’ll get “stuck” there but then also knowing you’ll miss parts of it.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
I liked this book! I will warn you that it is much more of a family drama than a mystery. One of the characters has a revelation while looking through her mother’s Betty Crocker cookbook and I’m pretty sure my response to that was not supposed to be, “Oh man, I should bake a pie,” but you know what? It was. I can’t help it. I’m so hopelessly domestic that even reading about a character rebelling against domesticity makes me want to make a pot roast with two sides.

Reading/Listening/Watching/Eating

Reading:
I’m about to start The First Bad Man, but I’m waiting for a day when I can devote some serious time to it because I know I’ll just want to drop everything for it. I just started I’ll Meet You There and I already love it. And today I finished Show Your Work and I really enjoyed it. Austin Kleon went to Miami, so I feel that vague sense of pride you get when someone impressive shares your alma mater.

Listening.
I mean, does anything other than the Sleater-Kinney album really matter right now? I listened to it tonight while baking cookies and H. asked, “Is this Taylor Swift?” because, well, I listen to a lot of T. Swift. I also really love this song by Tobias Jesso Jr. that Alex told me about because I have a TYPE when it comes to songs and everyone knows it. Oh, and I listened to that Sophia Grace song and got it stuck in my head for a week, but I’m going to spare you.

Watching:
We saw Selma today. I haven’t seen any of the other Oscar nominees because I generally only watch a movie once it’s about 10 years old, but I can’t imagine any of them are as relevant to our world today. The signs the protesters were holding could’ve been signs from a current protest. It was a difficult movie to watch, but it was really beautiful and incredibly emotionally affecting. Also, as you probably know, Oprah is in it and I love everything Oprah’s ever done.
We also just finished the first season of Broad City (I know, I’m behind!) and I love Abbi + Ilana + Lincoln. We started Broadchurch yesterday and I think H. underestimated my feelings re: crime shows because now we are GOING to finish it this weekend.

Eating:
Coconut chocolate chip cookies. Lemon chicken thighs. Italian peasant soup. A LOT of green smoothies.

Writing:
All day, every day.

What I’m Eating

Every December, I think, “I’m actually eating pretty healthy! I rule.” And every January, when I’m all carb-bloated and my skin looks God-awful, I think, “Girl, you were literally eating pie for breakfast. GET AHOLD OF YOURSELF.”

Which is all my way of saying that I’m back to meal planning and cooking at home. While I wouldn’t necessarily say I enjoy the actual act of cooking, I do enjoy eating in general, eating healthy food specifically, and eating food that is relatively cheap. This is mostly because I like to go out to dinner and order expensive things without feeling guilty, so I need to keep the rest of my meals cheap.

Anyway, I’m cooking for an audience of two, including myself, and my husband is nice enough but doesn’t constantly shower me with praise (weird?), so in the name of seeking validation, here are the dinners I made last week and the ones I plan to make next week. Also I recently went on a Carrie Brownstein interview binge and read her Grub Street column and it inspired me to keep track of everything I’m eating. I included links to recipes when I could.

Sunday: Turkey meatloaf, mashed sweet potatoes, ginger/garlic green beans
Monday: Panko-crusted chicken, curried carrots
Tuesday: Spaghetti with my mom’s homemade pasta sauce (it’s super helpful and cost-effective if you have a mother who cans a lot of food and you can just steal it from her)
Wednesday: Veggie chili (and Fritos, duh)
Thursday: Kale/sweet potato hash with fried eggs and cornbread
Friday: Daiya frozen pizza. Do you have a dairy allergy and miss pizza? Then just get this one. Forget all the other ones.

And here are my projected dinners for the next week!
Saturday: Zuppa Toscana, French bread
Sunday: Korean short ribs, potatoes, something green?
Monday: Crispy rice omelet (from Dinner: The Playbook)
Tuesday: Ham/pineapple/dairy-free cheese pizza
Wednesday: Potato/random fridge veggie hash
Thursday: Takeout (I have a deadline the next day and require Chinese food to meet it)

So that’s it! As I’ve mentioned before, grocery shopping is waaaaaay cheaper and easier when you plan out what you’re eating. I know for some people it’s a pain in the ass, but I spend all of my time thinking about food anyway, so it’s not all that hard for me. And as you may or may not notice, almost all of these recipes are extremely easy or feature very few ingredients. I’m busy, you’re busy, we’re all busy, none of us are making Beef Wellington. Also, I’m well aware that I cook like a mom. These are mostly very protein-centric, one-to-two vegetable sides meals that you would probably find on a table somewhere in the 1950s. Whatever. It’s my style and I can’t help it! What about you guys? What have you been cooking lately?