Monday, January 01, 2007

The January issue at Wet Noodle

Our first issue for the new year is up! Check it out (there's even an article by me about why it takes so gol-durned long for a book to be published after it's sold).

It's 2007, and why shouldn't this be the best year you've ever had? The past is disappearing like a filling station seen through the rear window of a car, and your life is the open road. Write your present like the greatest story you've ever read, where the heroine throws her head back and laughs at obstacles, then gets in her red convertible and saves the day. Live like you drive a red convertible.

As a child, Spaniard Eva Calvo visited her grandparents in a Red Cross hospital. The organization impressed her so much that she volunteered for the Spanish Red Cross when getting her master's degree. Now this young SuperHeroine works for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent. Eva has been part of relief efforts after earthquakes and hurricanes, but some of her most satisfying work is preparing at-risk communities for possible emergencies. Noodler Dani Collins tells her story.

Australia is a country of adventurers. Proof positive is Noodler Trish Morey, who takes her four girls on road and plane trips with courageous regularity. Her secret? Creative preparedness. One example: Use sibling rivalry to your advantage by offering a prize for the longest travel journal. Don't miss Trish's "10 Tips for Traveling with Kids."

Theresa Ragan is another courageous traveler – she recently went to China for the wedding of her nephew. The scenery was beautiful, the culture exotic, and the food overwhelming. (Hint: Stay away from the snake wine.) Don't miss the fascinating story and photos of Theresa's journey to Guilin.

Mmmmm… Smell that? It's the new year, and thanks to Maureen Hardegree's easy-to-make sachets, it smells good. Follow Maureen's easy instructions and scent your closets and dresser drawers with verbena or even Chanel No. 5. We bet you already have all the supplies, so what are you waiting for?

A man may think his home is his castle, but a woman knows it's like the outfit she wears every day – and if her hem is sagging and her cuffs are frayed, it bugs her. Stephanie Rowe has some great ways to take care of yourself by taking care of your home. With some new paint and less clutter, you may find you're already living in the house of your dreams.

During this time of year, many people focus on upcoming goals. But how do you focus on goals without feeling stressed by them? Dr. Debra explains how the "Just for Today" method from Alcoholics Anonymous can be used in all aspects of your life.

Maybe you're still giving parties, or maybe you are so done with entertaining that you've hurled all your silverware at the wall like a knife-thrower aiming for his lovely assistant's armpit. Either way, our dip and salsa recipes are easy, yummy, and don't require a fork. Make some for Super Bowl parties or scarf 'em up yourself.

2007's first Noodler in the Spotlight is Bridget Stuart. In addition to talent, Bridget has a winning trifecta of writerly traits: She's persistent, disciplined, and combats stress by working out every day. Find out why her dream vacation features hobbits and elves, and how a "magic book wand" should work.

You've written the book (or ten), signed your first contract, and put your congratulatory bouquets in vases. Now what happens? Colleen Gleason outlines the entire process in her wonderfully educational article, "The Birth of a Book." Get a peek inside the publishing biz and find out why it takes a full year to build a book from cover to cover.

Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate? The Noodlers extol the virtues of their favorite hot beverages, from oolong tea to caramel-apple cider. Interestingly, no one included booze. What good girls we are. -- Be good to yourself, or else.

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Blogger Zeus soliloquized...

So much inspiration this morning! To me, the new year is always such a relief after the stress-filled holiday season. Perhaps because it marks the end of having to shop, shop, shop! ;)

Congratulations to you and the Wet Noodle Posse!

Monday, January 01, 2007 12:28:00 PM  
Blogger Heather Harper soliloquized...

"Just For Today" sounds like a good plan. :)

Oh! I saw your and Jaci's book at my Walmart on Saturday. Very cool. :)

Monday, January 01, 2007 12:49:00 PM  
Blogger Bonnie Ferguson soliloquized...

Happy New Year!!! :)

Monday, January 01, 2007 4:34:00 PM  
Blogger Angela/SciFiChick soliloquized...

Happy New Year & Happy Book Release (tomorrow)!

Monday, January 01, 2007 9:37:00 PM  
Blogger Carl V. soliloquized...

Loved your article, cool to hear about the process. I was just thinking about this the other day...must have been a killer to wait that long to see the final product hit shelves. I am so excited for you.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007 1:13:00 AM  

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