5 Things I Cannot Fracking Wait For

Do forgive the Battlestar Galactica-style swearing in this post title, but there are a few upcoming things that I am pretty gosh-darned-tootin’ dang-nabbit excited for, and you are about to hear all about them. Happy Monday! Hahaha.


I know, I know, you are probably (definitely?) sick and tired of hearing about book-related stuff here. But rest assured, we can all see the light at the end of that tunnel! The release day of Terra is THIS WEDNESDAY (which happens to be 12/12/12. I actually did not plan this on purpose, but it really worked out nicely, hahaha) and I am SO EXCITED SOMETIMES I JUST SIT AND BOUNCE UP AND DOWN IN MY CHAIR. Or on my feet. Or laying prostrate in my bed. (Have you ever tried bouncing whilst laying down, by the way? Not as easy as one might think.)

Auuuuugh, I’m just so excited and terrified but mostly excited and pipe-dreamily hopeful and… eeep! If you’re one of the sporadic-check-in readers and aren’t too sure what all this book-talk is about, feel free to check out my writing blog, or the book’s Goodreads page. THREE DAYS!

Preggo Jenny!

2. My super preggo sister!

My “big” sister Jenny (I use that term loosely since she is 7 inches shorter than I am) and her husband are coming home for the holidays on the 19th! They moved to Houston over the summer, just when they found out that Jenny was super-dee-duper preggo (for the first time, yayyyy!) and even though I’ve been lucky to see her sporadically since the move, I’m SO excited to get a nice long period of hang-outage with my sissy poo.

I do need to prepare myself though, because every time I see her, she is more and more pregnant (um, duh) and it’s always a little jarring. As in, I pretty much just hone in straight on her belly and start to cry. Luckily, this surprises no one.



Poor, unaware readers who have found this job in the time between last Christmas and this one… I’m sorry. You are probably not yet aware of the extreme, dear, obsessive, passionate love I have for this time of year. I. LOVE. CHRISTMAS. And this year is, of course, no exception. Once Jenny & Dan get back into town, there will be much cookie decorating, gingerbread house making, eggnog drinking, and general merriment. Yayyyyyyy!

4. Les Mis

Speaking of Christmas, guess what movie comes out Christmas Day? Yep, Les Miserables! (Well, the musical movie, not to be confused with the non-musical movie that came out in 1998.) I am a die-hard Les Mis fan (I’ve seen the musical like five times, and would gladly see it a dozen times more) and am SO excited about the cast, the director, the everything. Ahhhhhh, it’s gonna be so gooooooood, ermahgerrrrrd.

5. Game of Thrones

I know this is kind of a jump, since the new season of Game of Thrones won’t be starting until March 2013 (whyyyyy?), but I really needed something to round out this list, since 5 Things always sounds better than 4 Things, hahaha. Anyway, if you’re not already a GoT fan, you need to load up on Seasons 1 & 2 ASAP, because it’s flippin’ amazing. Although, fair warning, there is not a small amount of boobage shown, hahahaha. Anyway, this is definitely one of the most highly anticipated shows on my listย (y’know, given the fact that Vampire Diaries is already on TV… though this week is the last episode before the winter break, nooooo!) and I just wanted to spread the word. Jon Snow forevs!

Aaaaand, there you have it. Just a little taste of what’s whetting my appetite lately.

What upcoming things are you most excited for right now?

PS: There’s still time to get your entries in for my Blue Diamond Almonds giveaway!


  1. Ai Reisays:

    GAME OF THRONES! GAH! Can’t wait much longer.
    I am also excited for your book, which you know since I tell you almost EVERY day.
    I’ll add to that list The Hobbit movie. WEKRJWEKRHASJGNSKLHSGFSF! FRIDAY!!!!!!!! I can already taste the magic.

    • Gretchensays:

      Oh man, how could I forget to mention The Hobbit?! Our whole family is SO FLIPPIN’ PSYCHED for that one! We’re delaying seeing it opening week though, so we can all see it together. Errrp, the anticipation!

  2. Made my way over here from Cassie’s blog (who I ADORE), and holy crap are you my twin of sorts? Because OMG YES LES MIZ. I saw it for the first time in… 94? And it’s been downhill since then. Twice on Broadway, twice in DC, and a few other random times in there, and I just… ASDGKLJLKJSG CANNOT WAIT FOR THE MOVIE.

    Also, GoT needs to hurry the eff up and start again because now that the Walking Dead is on mid-season break, I am SO BORED on Sunday nights.

    • Gretchensays:

      Hi Liz! Haha, yayyyy, twinsies! Ughhh, Les Mis is just THE BEST. I never get tired of it. I’ve seen it twice in DC, and most recently up at the Hippodrome in Baltimore. It was the 25th Anniversary version where they redid all the staging and whatnot, so it was really cool… though I still have some serious nostalgia for the original staging (the rotating stage, etc). TOTALLY jealous that you got to see it on Broadway! I got in a viewing in the West End once, but never saw it in actual NYC.

      Also, do you live in DC? Becaues if so, then we’re SUPER twins. Love it!

  3. I am most excited about CHRISTMAS!!! We’re headed to the beach this year for Christmas and I am over the moon excited!!

    Congratulations to your sister on the new baby (well… the baby that will be here soon!) and Congratulations to you and your new book!! 12/12/12 is a fantastic day for a book release!!!

  4. Ditto on #1! I may or may not have informed most to all of my friends that they will be physically required to purchase a copy of Terra come Wednesday. Plus you totally sold that Dogfish Head waitress. I think we should probably do a Dogfish Head promotional tour, where we go to all the Dogfish Head locations to sell books. I personally volunteer to go through and decide which beers each character would like best. Even though most of them are underage. What’s the drinking age in Genesis X-16 anyway?

    My personal #2 is finding out if I won your almond giveaway. It’s a big week for me.

    • Gretchensays:

      I am so on board, I’m like Rose not allowing Jack to get up ON my board (Titanic reference? No?). I’m going to go ahead and say Terra would not be down with Mica getting into the Chicory Stout, but she seems like a Midas Touch girl to me. Or maybe Festina Peche. I mean, it is always balls hot there, right?

  5. I just have to comment on the use of “fracking”. Battlestar fan? Or is my geek showing?

    • Gretchensays:

      Girrrl, you know I’m a huge BSG fan! Battlestar forever! (The actor who played Helo was on an episode of ‘Arrow’ last week and I pretty much went nutso. Except then it turned out his Arrow character was a total scumbag evil dude, so I got the sads. <3 Helo!)

  6. Yay Christmas!!! I love that photo of the Christmas lights!

  7. Karensays:

    Also so excited about Christmas! I LURVE IT! I am so in awe of your book! I can barely manage the idea of a blog post lately, so seeing others accomplish is SUCH motivation! Super excited in my own life because (drum roll) I’m going to start teaching college writing! WHAT! Professor Karen. Can’t.Freakin.Believe it!

  8. i am also extremely excited for christmas! it is one of my favorite holidays. i also can’t wait for a vacation from work and for what next year will bring – i think it’s going to be good!

    is your book an e-book? i definitely want to read it when it comes out. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Gretchensays:

      Yes ma’am! It’ll be available in both eBook and paperback!

  9. I haven’t commented in forever but wanted to say thanks for the lovely shout out for Dan, me and Boo. We are excited to come home for Christmas and I’m sure that Boo will oblige by kicking the bajeezus out of me so that we all notice her. Also- when are seeing the Hobbitt? and we are seeing Les Miz on Xmas day right? right. kthankxbye.

  10. Yeah for 12/12/12 release! I will certainly be checking it out! Congrats congrats congrats!

  11. I’m SO excited for Les Mis! I sang several of the songs from the musical when I was in high school and have been obsessed with that music ever since! Can’t wait to see it (and I don’t often say that about movies…) ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Lynnesays:

    Congrats on the book release, that is awesome!

    1 – I can’t wait for The Hobbit
    2 – Have you read the GoT books?
    2.5 – I can’t wait for GoT. I just bought this iphone cover because my son is a huge GoT fan plus Calvin & Hobbes.


    • Gretchensays:

      AHHH! That phone case is amazing. No, I haven’t read the books yet. For shame, I know! They’re on my to-read list for sure!

  13. Oh no, I immediately recognized where “fracking” came from, haha. I’m actually not into Battlestar Galactica, but my Dad & brother are, so I’ve seen many episodes with them and have been thoroughly amused by the made-up curses every time.

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