Agents, Guns, and Diane von Furstenberg

Pre-owned Diamond Yellow Gold Gamblers Dice Bracelet


The other day Old Road Apples said such a flattering thing about my blog:

It’s interesting…I don’t wear jewelry, don’t shop for jewelry, but still find myself needing to “like” things on your page.

It’s so flattering because that perfectly sums up my goals with my writing. Sure, I write about jewelry, but I use it as a device to write about more in life; my stories, things that impress me, just regular human experiences that are bigger than gender and the writing device itself. I am proud that I have a number of male and female readers who are not jewelry aficionados and that my blog isn’t a specifically ‘No Boys Allowed!’ kind of club.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Roll The Dice Earring


As I mentioned in this post about hope, there is a trifecta of stars in my life that I am hoping will align right now. We can check off successful IVF, which leaves two: a big deal art fair that I applied to, and finding an agent for my novel. I spent yesterday emailing agents and two requested writing samples. HOORAY! Right? So I posted an update about it on facebook.

Now my novel, like my blog, is something that I hope transcends gendered interest. I wish it would fall into the noir, mystery, or suspense genres but since I am female, and the protagonist is female, we decided to call it ‘chicklit noir’ because the aim is to sell this thing, afterall. I’ll make a big fuss about this whole silly ‘chicklit’ notion later when I’m established.

Pre-owned Rolex Stainless Steel Air-King Wristwatch with Domino's Pizza Dial circa 2004


Wait, no, I’ll make a fuss now. You know how many times Lee Childs goes into detail about Jack Reacher’s weaponry? A shit ton. Do I care about his weaponry specifics? Not a fig, but I still read every damn Jack Reacher book. Now, my casino story I describe some outfits my character wears. Will everyone care? No, but fuck that. I read about Jack Reacher’s weapons, my reader can fucking tolerate some wardrobe changes. And so what my protagonist develops a love interest in the story, so does Jack Reacher (in every single Reacher story) but we’re not lumping him into ‘chicklit’.

Back on topic, I had two agents bite on my query emails. Lots of fb friends very nicely ‘liked’ my update and posted encouraging comments. It was super heartwarming. But then of course this rage inducing exchange (see below) goes down in private message.

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Are you fucking kidding me dude? “sexy outfits”?!?! This is so INAPPROPRIATE on SOOO MANY LEVELS.

First of all- Don’t “sexy” pm me ANYTHING EVER for so many reasons but especially since I am married. Pro-tip, don’t send unsolicited “sexy” pms to ANY woman EVER.
Second- I obviously already expressed my concern at being gender typecast and FIRST QUESTION about my novel is the fucking sexiness of the clothes?!?
Third- Even without the prior concerns expressed, are you fucking kidding me with this question? There is no point at which this question would be appropriate. *Maybe* if I was like “I’m writing a novel all about sexy outfits” *maybe* then it’d be passably acceptable. But it’s not. It’s about a woman who works in a casino. So ask me a fucking casino related question, I know my gambling shit.
Fourth- “Chicklit” pretty much guarantees no descriptions of “sexy” outfits. “Chicklit” is not “erotic fiction”.

Anyway. I showed my husband the exchange. He said “what a creep.” Which is exactly correct, this is an excellent illustration of creepiness. And this guy can’t figure out why he can’t find a girlfriend. ANYWAY. I’m done bitching.

How are you guys doing? Did you pop over to Old Road Apples blog yet? I love the found photos. Especially now, it makes me so thankful for our lack of snow in SF.

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Cuff Em

#11 VERY GIFTED :GIFT IDEAS

Gift ideas for him:
*the Sentimentalist
*the Year of the Horse and/or the Cowboy
*the Tech Wunderkind

So personal admission time, I went to NYU. I’m sentimental about many things- 90s music, flannels, my awesome business-on-the-right party-on-the-left-haircut from 2009, that t-shirt from when I was 5 that read Margaret across the chest. So many things. But not college. I didn’t have the *best* college experience. But other people did, right? I mean, I’ve seen movies about fun times in college. So I assume somebody enjoyed it. For the male sentimentalist, I figured cufflinks from their Alma Mater would be a great option. Voila. Cufflinks from my Alma Mater. The mother funking NYU Fighting Violets cufflinks on fanatics.com.
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Barf. Anyway, get him cufflinks from his college, many are available on the Fanatics link. Does not necessarily need to be the NYU cufflinks. Or yes, NYU, if he attended some alternate universe NYU than I did.

Was that not enthusiastic enough of a rec for you all?? Oops.

Year of the Horse is something I can get behind. Or on, being a horse and all. These horse cufflinks are perfect for the guy born in 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, or 2014. Later on the calender than mid-February, just FYI.
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They’d also work for your standard issue cowboy. If y’all got one of them laying round, be sure to cuff him up. Seriously though. You want to lock those cowboys down, dontcha ladies?

On the polar opposite side of the man spectrum is the techie billionaire. What do you get those dudes? I really don’t know. Thankfully, I know none of them. But you all might, right? Girl, why don’t you go out and swap that dude for the cowboy, ok? No? Fine, you still need a gift for techboy. How about super duper fancy white gold Alt Esc cufflinks?
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If price is any kind of concern of yours don’t even look at these puppies. JEEZ LOUISE. You know how much therapy I could pay for with this kind of moola? Yep, and we’d all be a lot better for it, too.

The daily disclaimer: I would be remiss if I didn’t offer the link to my online store… I write these posts for my love of jewelry and gift giving, there’s no sponsors here but ME for MYSELF 😀