Running errands and going to meetings like a champ.
Documentary research at Elliott Bay Book Company’s cafe instead of at home. It’s amazing how focused you can be without dirty laundry nearby.
Cherry tree. (at Bellevue Downtown Park)
So not only did we recently create a nice new website for author Nicole Hardy, but we’ve created a Kickstarter video for her as well. It’s nothing fancy… just a simple and sweet way to pitch an amazing project.
Nicole’s been accepted to sail around the world for the next year, learning how to be part of the tall ship’s crew, diving into the ocean in exotic locals around the globe and she wants to turn it into her next memoir and travelogue.
Give the video a watch and consider funding this project. It’s not often you get a chance to help create an opportunity for a book as unique and exciting as this.
Give the video a watch: it’s silly and sweet and simple. And consider giving to Nicole’s trip! One dollar and you get to help a book take form!
I just can’t stand the majesty of this gifset.
I SEE THE SEA. (at Alki Beach Park)
End your week at the park.
It’s International Siblings Day and I feel compelled to spam my social networks with the amazingness that is the Salcedo-Samudre clan. My sisters are my absolute best friends and I am always so amazed by their talent, humor and drive. Also…they are all insanely gorgeous. Good genes!
I know this blog is 70% praising my sisters, 20% complaining about how busy we are and 10% writing quotes, but seriously, I can’t help it. My sisters are the shit. Deal with it. ;)
We’re so excited to have had the opportunity to create a new site for Seattle author Nicole Hardy. She is a fantastic writer; her work has appeared in The New York Times and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her most recent book, a memoir entitled Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin has garnered rave reviews from around the country. She’s also fantastic company and just about always makes me laugh.
We are also helping her with a Kickstarter video which will debut tomorrow, and a book trailer which will debut sometime in May. It takes very special clients to draw us away from our documentary right now, but Nicole is definitely in that category.
I’m really happy with how Nicole’s website turned out, but I’m even more excited to show you her Kickstarter video tomorrow. She’s got a great project coming up and we’re really happy to have a hand in telling the world about it.
This morning, we woke up and began moving around the kitchen.
Me: What do you want to do for breakfast?
Vasant: I could make french toast. But you’d have to ask me like Strax.
Me: FILTHY HUMAN I COMMAND YOU TO MAKE THIS CONCOCTION KNOWN AS FRENCHED TOAST AFTER WHICH I LOOK FORWARD TO OBLITERATING YOU FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH.
Vasant laughed, but Lilo barked and jumped up to tackle me.
Apparently, Lilo does not appreciate the greatness of the Sontaran Empire.
I finished Claire’s first novel today. It’s a YA family saga, set in a zombie apocalypse, and it had me on the edge of my seat the entire way through the book. That or crying. I did a lot of crying along the way.
In her own words:
“WE DO NOT FOLLOW THE DEAD is the story of Alejandra Ramirez-Wood, a sixteen year-old in love with science, and born to a destiny she could never willingly refuse. She has two sisters: independent Liana, and X-Men obsessed Olivia. When the Plague begins, and the US starts to implode in on itself, her family intends to flee West, to meet up with her mother’s relatives in California…but everything is thrown into chaos when someone they love is bit.
What follows is a transcontinental journey through the now-wastelands of the US and the abandoned Mexican north, full of grief, madness, and danger.”
I can’t wait for you all to read this book/see the movie that will inevitably be based off of it.
Introducing the Samudres, of Samudre Media. Writers, filmmakers, Seattleites, lovebirds.Sarah’s double short is experiential:Vasant’s comes by way of Ray Bradbury:I remember the first time I read Anne of Green Gables as a kid, and realized there was someone else who wrote that character who knew what it was like to be a wordy, intelligent girl who gets herself into trouble and gets discounted by those around her. It felt like I’d just been thrown a lifeline. I remember feeling saved by the realization that if this character exists, then the writer who created her knows how I feel. I instantly wanted be that writer for someone else, and it’s driven me in my work for the last several decades.Vasant’s double short comes via Ray Bradbury:This is what keeps us going, whether we’re writing essays, screenplays, filming our documentary or what have you. We do what we love, and that gets us through the times when it gets tough:“Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and love what you write. The key word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for.”
Nicole Hardy is one of the best writers in Seattle and is now one of our favorite clients.
Her new Tumblr is focused on creative people drinking coffee and giving great advice. We’re really honored to be featured on its debut week. Follow her for your daily dose of caffeinated wisdom!
There were people two rows behind us in the theater having the most amazing conversation:
Boy: Ugh, I don’t even know how Noah has a “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.Girl: I have heard from literally everyone who has seen it that it is the literally the worst movie ever.Boy: I mean, come on. It’s NOAH. Why would you even make that? I mean, we all know how it ends.Second boy: Aronofsky is supposed to be good director but he passed up Wolverine for Noah.Girl: He would’ve made Wolverine? Ugh, that would’ve been so good.Boy: It’s just amazing that anyone would intellectually stoop to seeing a religious movie. I mean what kind of God would wipe people out with a flood? Who would go see a movie that’s so obviously fake? As if there’s a God. Only people interested in that movie are idiots.Girl: It’s just so ridiculous. Ugh.Second boy: So ridiculous.Girl: Did you guys see The Lego Movie?All of them: (sings) EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!
They continued discussing how great Frozen was, how amazing Pacific Rim was, and then made a couple more jokes at Noah's expense, because it's so fake. And right as I finished this transcript, they began praising SHARKNADO.
I love people so much.
Also, Noah is amazing. If you liked Aronofsky’s The Fountain, you’ll love this. And saying you have to be religious to enjoy this movie is as dumb as saying you have to worship Zeus to go see The Rock play Hercules this summer.
As soon as the lights dimmed, they shut up and we all enjoyed Marvel’s best film to date, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which obviously they regarded as fact because guys, why would anyone see a movie that wasn’t a hundred percent real and based in fact? UGH.
Steven Moffat just watched the HIMYM finale and said “Dang, that’s manipulative.”