Friday Five: A Random Version

1. I’m meeting with a young writer today to talk about her novel. I’ve started reading it, and it’s fun, and I’m really looking forward to editing and brainstorming with her.  I’m also taking her a copy of my book, because she’s young and she’s clearly going to be a writer all her life, and it’s my decision that she should be know about critique groups.  Not to mention I will begin my indoctrination about joining SCBWI. Mwahaha!

2. I just read Deborah Underwood’s The Quiet Book. I know, I’m a bit behind, but I’ve been wanting to read it and then I found out that Deborah and I will be on an SCBWI critique panel at the end of this month , and then I really wanted to read it. And…wow. Honestly, I’m always hesitant about concept picture books, because I typically need story. Plus, I’d seen some of Renata Liwska’s incredible illustrations, and I knew that those were potentially powerful enough to take over from the prose. Nope. Yes, the art is amazing, but–honestly–so are the words. I read the words first, on purpose, and every single page evoked a sense for me–an emotion. Deborah hit the nail on the head every single time. Beautiful.

3. It’s cooled off. We actually just left the windows open last night, without running the so-loud fans. The car thermometer hit 117 degrees one afternoon this week, while son and I were sitting on an onramp waiting to get through the metering lights. I find it hard to even exist when it’s that hot. So yay for coastal fog and a light breeze.

4. There are colds in the house. Husband woke up with a slight sore throat and son is sneezing and sniffling. Medicine has been given, and I am crossing my fingers that the flu shot I got this week will magically transform into cold-protection. I may have to turn in to Lady MacBeth this weekend, to stay safe.

5. I have to go to the grocery store today. I went to the grocery store earlier this week. I’ll go to the grocery sometime at the start of next week. Am I having hallucinatory nostalgia, or did my mom manage to do a huge grocery run on the weekend & then stop for milk if we ran out during the week? And there were 5 of us then, to the 3 of us here. Was she just more organized (yes!) or more determined (less lazy) to really fill that fridge and freezer to the brim when she shopped (probably)?  Whatever it was, and as nice as the people at my grocery store are, I feel that I am way too familiar with that place. Do you ever find yourself wandering the aisles, “waiting” for something new and exciting and delicious and healthy and simple to cook to just pop out at you? Sigh. At least I’m remembering to bring in my reusable bags these days, and don’t have to ask the checker to “wait just a minute while I run out to the car.”

Happy Friday, everyone!


  1. kathyerskine says:

    Great list, Becky! Hope the colds (and heat!) go away, the food stays, and you enjoy more good books like THE QUIET BOOK and books to be, like the one from the young woman you’re mentoring (good for you)!


    • beckylevine says:

      Thanks, Kathy! Luckily, I never seem to run out of books & I have a lot more fun restocking them than I do buying the food. 🙂


  2. Wow, you have such an active, interesting life. It’s great you’re serving on a SCBWI critique panel. I’m impressed.

    BTW, how is the part time vegan plan going? Are you still trying new things? My husband and I are still on it. He’s lost 10 lbs. and I’ve dropped 15. Better yet, husband’s cholesterol in his most recent test was the best ever. It does work and it’s not so bad. We’ve been forced to search out new foods and recipes – actually kind of fun.



    • beckylevine says:

      Active, interesting, nutso… 🙂

      The vegan is going good. I’m not 100% by any means–when my husband makes gumbo for company, I’m there! And the weight seems like it WANTS to come off, but it’s not really happening yet. I think I just need to remind myself that I don’t get to eat ALL the food I want, even if it’s healthier. But I feel a LOT better. Way less ups and downs. And, yes, finding food I really like that I didn’t expect to.


  3. nrhatch says:

    Yay for more meatless meals.

    Enjoy the weekend, Becky.


  4. Suelder says:

    I love the fact that you run out to the car to get the cloth bags. I’m too lazy to do that – lol.


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