Thursday, December 13, 2012

Happy Birthday To Me!

Yes, it's my birthday once again. And what an exciting year it's been. Of course, reflecting on all that I've accomplished and all that I hope to, I'm reminded again what quirky people we writers are.

Case in point: I had $50 to spend on myself for my birthday. What did I buy? Why, fifty dollars worth of nail polish, of course. What??? Yes, nail polish. And I don't even like to wear nail polish on my fingernails. Yeah.


See, this past November I had a little too much fun playing around on this website. The MC of my Nano book likes to paint her nails a different color every day to suit her mood, and the colors have funky names like Purple With A Purpose, A Good Man-darin Is Hard To Find, and Teal The Cows Come Home. I ended up using eight different colors in my book, each with a special meaning based on their name/shade.

And even though I've still got a ton of revising to do and who knows if anyone will ever be interested in this book and the nail polish thing might not even make it to the final draft...I kinda freaked out. Because OPI is unlikely to carry all these colors for very long, and what if my colors and their unique names are discontinued? I could lose my chance to own this special part of my book. So I splurged and bought a bottle of each color. Pretty sensible, right?

Um...

I'm hoping it's not just me, and that all writers are quirky as a whole. Tell me, what quirky things have you done in relation to your book/writing? Or even books you've read? (I know I'm not the only one with a mockingjay pin)

I'll leave you with a song that makes me cry EVERY SINGLE TIME I listen to it. And no, not because of Bella and Edward. It's my theme song to that one scene from that one book that was literally the hardest scene I've ever written to date. And it still affects me so much...what a weirdo, right?

That's okay, it's my birthday. I can cry if I want to. :) Excuse me while I go paint my toes a pretty shade of Kiss Me On My Tulips.

I surrender who I've been for who you are...

20 comments:

T. Drecker said...

A very Happy Birthday to you! And way to go with your nailpolish! I think it's great you did that. Yep, I'm that strange. Actually, I've been considering buying an old miner's lamp because it's in my WIP. Who said writer's are sane???

Suzanne Furness said...

Happy Birthday! Your nail polish buying seems totally sensible to me. Can I borrow that 'Purple with a purpose' it sounds so me and will go perfectly with a dress I'm wearing to a Christmas Party on Saturday!

Suzi said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

I can't think of anything quirky offhand, but it's early morning, so that's my excuse.

jaybird said...

Oh, Happy Birthday, my friend! I hope you have a wonderful day. And I love OPI nail polish. It's my favorite brand, b/c it rarely chips.

But as far as the weirdo thing, I went to a sketchy, down-town tattoo shop, late one night, to hang out and pick the brains of a hard-core piercer/tattoo artist and his clients, just to get an idea of what kind of tattoos my character might get. To say my un-pierced, non-tattoo, loafer wearing, momma self stood out- is a bit of an understatement. But I have to say, almost everyone was receptive and nice to me. (Except for The Husband and the rest of my fam-when they found out what I did) They were pretty mad. And they all think I'm bananas anyway. Does, that um, count as weird?

Jenilyn Collings said...

Happy Birthday!!!

I'm sure I've done crazy things related to my books, but none of them are coming to mind. I DID celebrate my 10,000 day of life because of Howl's Moving Castle, though, and that was fun. :)

Have a fantastic day!

J. A. Bennett said...

Happy Birthday!! I totally love this. If my time travel book ever makes it big, I'm going to buy an antique pocket watch. It totally be worth it to me :)

ilima said...

T. Drecker-Ooh, an old miner's lamp would be cool to have.

Suzanne-Yes, it's yours. Use it well. :)

Suzi-Thank you!

Jaybird-I LOVE that you went to a tattoo parlor. I would totally do that, too. Haha.

Jeni-That is kind of quirky for sure. :)

J. A.-You should get one anyway. That'd be so cool to have.

Kathryn Purdie said...

Happy, happy birthday, Ilima, dear! And I would've totally bought all that nail polish too! Um, quirky things. Whenever I watch any movie or TV show, I analyze the actors to see if they're right for the future book of my movie. You know about my guitar songs for characters. And I have worn my Harry Potter Gryffindor scarf to HP book and movie releases. :-)

Emily said...

Happy Birthday! I loved the nail polish in your book, by the way, it made me want to paint my nails, which I never do.

ilima said...

Katie-Thank you! And thanks again for all the avocados. Yum! I do the same thing with music...think about what scene in my book a song would go with. :)

Emily-Thanks! I think we all need to go and get pedicures again during Storymakers next year. Maybe a nice "Earth Blue". :)

J Falkner said...

Don't call it crazy, call it research. That's what I always do.

Happy birthday!

Livia said...

Happy Birthday, Ilima! Love your WiP snippet! I would have never thought about that! Enjoy your day! :)

ilima said...

J-This is also my excuse for not cleaning the house. I am an artist. Deal with it. :)

Livia-Thanks!

Christine Rains said...

Have a wonderful birthday! :)

Nicole said...

Happy Birthday! You are in good "quirky writer" company. I sometimes pick up on my characters' fashion styles too. :)

ilima said...

Christine-Thank you!

Nicole-Haha. I quote my characters all the time, as though I wasn't the original person to say it. :)

Sarah Grimm said...

Happy Birthday! I don't wear pins, so I have mockingjay earrings. But I might just be able to find a spot for such a cool pin under the collar of my winter coat ...

Rachel said...

Happy belated birthday! I love this song and I agree it fits your novel perfectly. As for the nail polish, I loved that about your book. You better not take it out!

ilima said...

Sarah-Mockingjay earrings...I love it.

Rachel-I'm so glad you liked the nail polish. I wasn't sure if it would come across as cool or tacky. Yay!

Kimberlee Turley said...

I love OPI's nail polish names. I love the pink ones especially, but they look the worst on my nails since I have such pale skin. Love having my nails done for my birthday too.

Then I have an excuse to tell my husband why he has to do all the chores- "Sorry dear, just got my nails done. Can you do the dishes so I don't ruin the finish?"