OF WRITING AND WRITERS

If you're not following me on Twitter [shame on you!], you probably wouldn't have heard this news - I'm now the Shopping Editor at inSing.com!

I'm surprised at how much fun I'm having at the job, mostly because I never thought I'd love working in an office ever again after being able to whip up work environments out of any environment I'm in, but it's been refreshing.

The past two to three weeks have been a furious juggernaut of work-related activities, between juggling what I have been doing, and farming out what I have been doing to other people, and working on my new role. It's challenging, humbling and exhilarating all at the same time. I come home exhausted, but satisfied - and often plotting when I can will myself for a hot yoga class next.

On a completely different note, I've been reading various blog posts and articles on Nora Ephron since the news of her passing a few days ago. For those who are clueless, Nora has written the wonderful screenplays for so many movies that I love including When Harry Met Sally, Heartburn Sleepless in Seattle, and most recently, Julie & Julia. Her quick wit, blunt [and often spot-on] observations about life, love and women.

For those of you who don't know her work, and would like to read more, or for those who have loved her work as much as I have, here are some quotes from her interviews, books and quotes that might just leave you more than a lil' bit inspired.

On Reading From her book, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman:

“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I've accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.”

On Wearing a Bikini: From I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman:

“Oh, how I regret not having worn a bikini for the entire year I was twenty-six. If anyone young is reading this, go, right this minute, put on a bikini, and don't take it off until you're thirty-four.”

On Women and Feminism

"This is the season when a clutch of successful women -- who have it all -- give speeches to women like you and say, to be perfectly honest, you can't have it all. Maybe young women don't wonder whether they can have it all any longer, but in case of you are wondering, of course you can have it all. What are you going to do? Everything, is my guess. It will be a little messy, but embrace the mess. It will be complicated, but rejoice in the complications. It will not be anything like what you think it will be like, but surprises are good for you. And don't be frightened: you can always change your mind. I know: I've had four careers and three husbands." - From Ephron's 1996 commencement speech at Wellesly College, her alma mater.

"I try to write parts for women that are as complicated and interesting as women actually are."

"One of the things people always say to you if you get upset is, don't take it personally, but listen hard to what's going on and, please, I beg you, take it personally. Understand: every attack on Hillary Clinton for not knowing her place is an attack on you. Underneath almost all those attacks are the words: get back, get back to where you once belonged. When Elizabeth Dole pretends that she isn't serious about her career, that is an attack on you. The acquittal of O.J. Simpson is an attack on you. Any move to limit abortion rights is an attack on you -- whether or not you believe in abortion. The fact that Clarence Thomas is sitting on the Supreme Court today is an attack on you."— 1996 Wellesley commencement address

"Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim."— 1996 Wellesley commencement address

On Love:

"When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible."

Thanks Nora. And you're right, amongst the many things you've said that have resonated with me, right now, I can't wait for the rest of my life to begin.