Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Thursday Thirteen

I don't think it comes as any surprise to those who know me that I love Jenny Crusie. Recently, I went to the Australian Romance Writer's conference (really not a happy time for me), but I went for Jennifer Crusie's lectures and the woman was all I'd hoped for. So this week for TT, I'm dragging from my copious notes 13 things about JC to amuse and inspire (together with my own comments from the peanut gallery). I hope you enjoy them as much as I did, though you really do need to see her in action for a full effect. If you get a chance to hear her speak, grab it!

1. "Your subconscious is so much smarter than you are."

So um, I'm smarter when unconscious. Somebody punch me.

2. "It's when you go to hell that you find the stuff that makes your book great."

Coz the devil has all the good plot lines and whispers them in your ear.

3. "You are a story teller.... You are the hero of your community."

And we know how everyone likes to torture the hero.

4. "There is no generic boinking."

But if you take off the maid costume you can have no frills boinking. Not the same of course.

5. "Violence always has an aftermath -- a physical and emotional reaction."

Not to mention blood.

6. "You are so much smarter than you think you are."

I must be so freaking brilliant...

7. "Tell Me Lies" was the book of her heart. If she could write another book like that, she would.

And so would I. :-)

8. She is currently agent shopping, though her last agent, Nancy Yost, remains a close friend.

and that's just inspiring!

9. She is currently writing another collaboration, "Always Kiss Me Goodnight," which is her first ghost story.

leaving the old dog comment alone. She might clunk me with a bone.

10. "Stay in the moment."

I am. I think the moment was about 6 years ago, but I'm still there.

11. "If you use a prologue, you will go to hell."

Is that what did it????

12. In "Agnes and the Hitman" she uses the kitchen as a motif, a symbol of warm, loving family.

whereas my kitchen is a symbol of slovenly housekeeping

13. "This isn't a business, it's a casino."

so when the chips are down, you might just win!!! :-) Lay your bets, ladies.


Jennifer Shirk said...

Great quotes!

I saw Jenny (and Bob) speak last year. She WAS awesome!

Kris Yankee said...

Awesome list!

Tempest Knight said...

LOL @ generic boinking.

Gina Ardito said...

She really is one of the *best* speakers! I'm going to be writing a bunch of these down and sticking them to my monitor!

Jennifer McK said...

I think your comments were hilarious Babe!!!
And NO GENERIC BOINKING. Or Gratuitous boinking or......well, shoot what kind of boinking SHOULD we be doing?

Debbie Mumford said...

*LOL* Love the kitchen comment, Babe!

Savannah Chase said...

Nice list

Ava Rose Johnson said...

Would you believe I've never read any of her books? I know, shame on me, lol. This list makes me want to pick one up

Comedy + said...

I love your sense of humor here. What a great TT. Have a great day. :)

Jenna Bayley-Burke said...

I like that this is a casino. Much more fun!

Amelia June said...

Great list, I love her outlook on publishing and her willingness to be honest about it.

Paige Tyler said...

Great list!


My TT is at

Elle Fredrix said...

oooh. now i need to go read tell me lies again!

these were great!

...too lazy for capitals right now!

Sandra Ferguson said...

She is one funny woman, but then so are you. I really like the sarcastic side-notes, made it all well worth the read.

Lara Angelina said...

Love #10 -- but I think my moment was around 21! She sounds like a great motivational speaker -- not to mention funny! I've never heard of her, but I'm going to check some of books out!!
Love your TT --- and thanks for stopping by!

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

You are most welcome. :)

Robin L. Rotham said...

Thanks, Babe! She's an amazingly encouraging lady (well, except for the prologue thing :D).

Heather said...

Glad you got something out of the conference afterall, Babe! ;)

Annalee Blysse said...

"This isn't a business, it's a casino."

Oh no! I'm a Nevadan and that quote sounds depressing to me for sure.

Casinos can't afford to light up their neon if people win. Walking in the door is a losing proposition. I haven't won anything Uncle Same cared to hear about since the '90's, and even then it was only $1200.