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What’s your favorite color?

It’s Thursday, which means it’s official Getting To Know You Day on my Facebook page! Last week we talked about our most dreaded household chore. (Not surprisingly, dusting was high on the list.) And here’s this week’s question. The graphic’s color gives you a hint as to my own preferences. ;)Graphic: "What's your favorite color?" Via Lisa Berne, www.LisaBerne.comWould you like to join us? Please do!

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“Insightful, enlightening & entertaining”

I’m a big fan of the brilliant, personable astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson, so naturally I pounced on a recent article about him in the Wall Street Journal. Here are some highlights:

My favorite films of all time are: “The Matrix,” “Contact,” “The Island,” “The Conversation,” “Excalibur” and “All That Jazz.” These were philosophically deep, insightful, enlightening and entertaining.

If I could eat only one food on a voyage to Mars, it would be: pepperoni pizza and a strawberry malted milkshake. I could consume those foods day after day and never get tired of them. They’re actually quite healthy — there’s fat, protein, carbohydrates. I might supplement it with a vitamin, but all the calorie needs are there.

Photo: Neil deGrasse Tyson, via the Wall Street Journal

via the Wall Street Journal

A game-changing TV show is: “The Big Bang Theory.” Twenty years ago, had you walked up to a network and said, “I got an idea for a show. It’s got Ph.D. scientists in it, and we’ll just explore their love life and their social life,” no one would make that a show. Now “Big Bang Theory” is the number one comedy on television, and you’ve got shows — “Scorpion,” “Numbers,” “CSI” — with scientists who are good looking, who have social lives. That was never previously done.

If I had a month off, I would: ask the people who gave me a month off why they pulled me away from what I love the most.

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The entire article was a joy to read, but honestly, Neil had me at “The Matrix,” also one of my favorite films of all time.

More about him here.

 

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The joy of socks

Sometimes it’s the simple things. A heap of new socks. All too practical, but kinda cute too.  Photo: a heap of new socks with brightly colored heels

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Getting to know you

It’s Thursday, which means it’s official Getting To Know You day on my Facebook page, where we talk about all kinds of fun things including dogs vs. cats, dream vacations, our favorite meals, what we’re currently reading, and more. Here’s today’s question. Would you like to join the conversation? Hop right on in. :)

Graphic: Do you have a favorite movie? Via Lisa Berne

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Introverts ‘live it up on the inside’

One of my favorite parts of the romance panel I moderated at the Get Lit festival last month was hearing the panelists — Asa Maria Bradley, Tamara Morgan, Katee Robert, and Rebecca Zanetti — describe where they each fall on the introspection/extroversion continuum. Writing tends to be an intensely solitary experience across long periods of time, so it makes sense that a writer has to at least be comfortable with introversion.

On the heels of this I was fascinated to read a recent “Advice Goddess” column in which Amy Alkon discusses the topic. She refutes the idea that introverts are somehow ‘less than’ their more outgoing counterparts.

“They’re not,” she says. “They’re differently functional. Brain imaging research by cognitive scientist Debra L. Johnson and her colleagues found that in introverts, sensory input from experience led to more blood flow in the brain (amounting to more stimulation). The path it took was longer and twistier than in extroverts and had a different destination: frontal areas we use for inward thinking like planning, remembering, and problem-solving. So, introverts live it up, too; they just do it on the inside.”

Alkon continues: “Extroverts’ brain scans revealed a more direct path for stimuli — with blood flowing straight to rear areas of the brain used for sensory processing, like listening and touching. They also have less overall blood flow — translating (in combination with a different neurochemical response) to a need for more social hoo-ha to be ‘fed.’”

More about the always-enlightening Amy Alkon here.

Amy Alkon, also known as the "Advice Goddess"

 

 

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Getting to know you

It’s Thursday, which means it’s official Getting To Know You day on my Facebook page, where we talk about all kinds of fun things including books (of course), dogs vs. cats, dream vacations, our favorite meals, and more. Would you like to join the conversation? Hop right on in. :)Graphic: "What are you reading?" Via Lisa Berne, author of the Penhallow Dynasty series (Avon Books)

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The gift you give yourself

I got some new writerly stuff. All very practical, and even though I bought these items myself, it still feels like I just got a really nice present.Photo: office suppliesOh, and if you happened to read my interview for Tasty Book Tours, you already know how I feel about Post-it Notes. :)

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At the Ripped Bodice!

I admire and adore the Ripped Bodice bookstore, so I’m thrilled they’re carrying You May Kiss the Bride! Plus, they’re offering a special gift with purchase for the first ten people who order, whether in store or online. Click here to visit their beautiful website.

photo: gift with purchase: You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books), available through the Ripped Bodice bookstore

The gift includes this necklace – which has a special meaning you’ll understand when you read Chapter 5 – and two postcards, one of which is stamped if you’d like to tell a friend about You May Kiss the Bride. The rumpled bedsheet, however, isn’t included. ;)

 

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Speaking of Twitter headers . . .

. . . I thought you might also like to see my Facebook header. It’s a bit more informative and (if I may say so myself) just as pretty. Especially with that incendiary closeup of my protagonists in You May Kiss the Bride, Gabriel and Livia. Graphic: Lisa Berne's Facebook header

If you’re on Facebook, please look me up! It’s one of my hangouts. :)

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A literary map of England

I adore this! Besides inspiring a wish to travel the length and breadth of England, it also makes me want to reread some of my longtime favorites. My only objection is that poor Jane Austen looks a little demented, and Charles Dickens seems to be gazing at her in concern.

A literary map of England, via VisitEngland.com

via Visit England & Traceyanne McCartney on Twitter

 

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