We're pinching ourselves. Jen Lancaster on our site twice? In three months?
Last time Jen was here--celebrating CLIND's 3rd birthday and sharing the 5 things she'd tell her teen self--our website LITERALLY crashed (the most exciting thing to happen to us in a long time!) because y'all flooded it with over 600 comments about how much you CRUSH on her and LOVE her books.
Well, we're prepared (and weirdly excited) that it may happen again. Because she's baaaaack and of course giving away 5 copies of her latest- and if you ask us her funniest (we're Gen X'ers, it was a no-brainer)- Jeneration X and sharing her 5 Do's and a Do-Over, which, of course, are perfection. Check out #4- so amazing and makes us love her even more.
So leave a comment to be entered to win! We'll choose FIVE winners on Sunday May 13th after 6pm PST. Good luck!
But first, here's the scoop on Jeneration X: One Reluctant Adult's Attempt to Unarrest Her Arrested Development; Or, Why It's Never Too Late for Her Dumb Ass to Learn Why Froot Loops Are Not for Dinner: In Such a Pretty Fat, Jen Lancaster learned how to come to terms with her body. In My Fair Lazy, she expanded her mind. Now the New York Times bestselling author gives herself—and her generation—a kick in the X, by facing her greatest challenge to date: acting her age.
Jen is finally ready to put away childish things (except her Barbie Styling Head, of course) and embrace the investment-making, mortgage-carrying, life-insurance-having adult she’s become. From getting a mammogram to volunteering at a halfway house, she tackles the grown-up activities she’s resisted for years, and with each rite of passage she completes, she’ll uncover a valuable—and probably humiliating—life lesson that will ease her path to full-fledged, if reluctant, adulthood.
CHICK LIT IS NOT DEAD PRESENTS...JEN LANCASTER'S 5 DO'S AND A DO-OVER
Greetings from the Jeneration X World (okay, National) Tour! I'm delighted to be here at Chick Lit Is Not Dead again and so pleased to share this latest round of Dos and a Do-Over. Thanks, ladies - you rock!
Although I'm fairly prolific in telling people what they should and should not do, it's nice when my advice is actually solicited instead of, um... offered anyway. (Read: communicated from the front seat of my car by way of the horn and an obscene finger gesture.) But seriously, if some kid feels it's imperative to post on Facebook while driving and thus endanger my life over a scintillating missive regarding her great distaste for Mondays, then it's MY job to set her straight.
Not just for me, though.
For the future of America.
The topic of the way things ought to be has been weighing heavily on my mind ever since I began writing Jeneration X, a guide to helping reluctant adults everywhere grow up! (I realize it's difficult to take the great leap to maturity, but I've done all the hard work for you.) This book is a bit of a throwback to my early work, meaning I've gotten a little too nice in my past few memoirs. But fear not... the bitch from Bitter is back!
And with that being said, here we go!
1. DO stop flying by the seat of your pants. For the longest time, I let important things like writing a will fall by the wayside. I didn't want to have to face the idea of my own mortality so I evaded the whole process. In my head, I equivocated "no will" with "no untimely demise." But after one particularly turbulent cross-country flight, it occurred to me that I needed more than a cocktail napkin declaring "I leave everything to my pit bull Maisy" if things suddenly went awry. Didn't want to do one, but I did it anyway. Now I'm not prematurely aging from the stress of having so many loose ends, which, clearly, is a priority.
2. DO believe you can accomplish anything you set your mind to, but not in that "I've had zero formal training, yet I'm shocked I didn't make it to Hollywood on American Idol" way. Dream big, but understand that success doesn't happen by accident. Put in the effort to cultivate your talent and then you'll be unstoppable.
3. DO your homework when it comes to your bottom line. Now's the time to take advantage of those lower interest rates, boring though the process may seem. A quick caveat here - try not to get so wrapped up watching an internet girl-fight before you leave that you barely have enough time to get dressed and, thus, end up throwing on a bra that's too tight and spend the whole refinancing meeting quietly moaning about the shackles binding your chest. And then also remember that the bank's reflective windows mean you can't see in, but they can see out. So, when you remove your bra all Flashdance-style in the parking lot, you will have an unintended audience. I realize this is a very specific example, but trust me when I say the new bank will not be impressed with applicants who strip in the parking lot.
4. DO spread the love. Over the years, I've learned that my favorite people are other authors. You'd think that we'd all be ultra-competitive with one another so I was pleasantly surprised at what a supportive sisterhood I've found in wonderful writers like Caprice Crane, Karyn Bosnak, Stacey Ballis, Quinn Cummings, Sarah Pekkanen, Jennifer Weiner, Emily Giffin, Allison Winn Scotch, Jane Green, and Beth Harbison (and many, many others.) Writing isn't Highlander in that there can be only one. And this year, at Jen Weiner's suggestion, we're making it our job to champion up and coming authors because it's tough sledding out there for the new gals and we want to do what we can to help them reach larger audiences.
5. DO live in the moment. I got my start as a writer when I was laid off ten years ago. In that time while I was searching for a job, I never once just enjoyed the moment. Granted it's hard to unclench when the wolves are at the door, but I feel like if I'd ever stopped for one second and thought, "For the next couple of hours, I should quit worrying and just appreciate that I don't have eleven bosses telling me what to do," then I probably would have been a lot less intense in my job interviews. In retrospect, I am very happy with how it all turned out, but I wish I could have cut myself a small break now and again.
DO NOT hire the cheapest accountant you can find. Believe me when I say this is the most expensive lesson I ever learned. Ditto for doctors and lawyers. These are instances where credentials far outweigh savings.
So... that's it! Again, ladies, thanks so much for having me and don't forget, it's never too late to unarrest your arrested development. I know I've crossed over to the dark side of adulthood, but it's clean and nice over here and we never run out of toilet paper...
Thank YOU, Jen!
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