I have a ritual that I perform every Friday afternoon that I can. After work, I sit down at my kitchen table with a bowl of popcorn and I read the current issue of People Magazine. Nothing is more relaxing–it’s total escapist fun. One of my favorite features is the One Last Thing interview in the back–so here is my version!
One last last thing
Last time I cried Full disclosure–I cry all the time. When I am angry, tired, overwhelmed, happy…the last time I cried was when I saw my name on a poster of upcoming events at my local bookstore. I’m sure by the time this is published I will have cried a hundred more times.
Last good advice I got That crappy GR book reviews give credibility to the good GR book reviews–that if they were all good reviews, it would mean there wasn’t a good cross-section of readers, and therefore not a good representation of opinion.
Last tv obsession Mr. Robot. I love Mr. Robot.
Last time I baked Um….
Last musical obsession I can’t stop listening to Sufjan Stevens. His latest album is so beautiful and tender and real.
Last gift I received My mom and my sister, and some of my dearest friends are all getting on airplanes to come to my book launch. That is the greatest gift.
Last sunset I watched The last one I remember was over the ocean in Narragansett, RI. I’m sure I have seen others, but this one was magical.
Last good deed I did I don’t really think about this as a good deed, exactly, but I try to go out of my way to help writers who are just starting the path to publication. This week, in the middle of a busy work shift, I talked to a writer who was just offered representation from an agent about what to do next. I am so deeply grateful to all the writers who helped me and really want to pay that forward.
Last dessert I had Last night I ate my favorite Chocolove chocolate bar–dark chocolate with almonds and sea salt.
Last song I sang out loud we sing A LOT at work, mostly in the quest to start the most annoying ear worm. But yesterday at home we sang a few bars of Easy Lover by Phil Collins. I have to remember to bring that one to the kitchen.
Last thing I bought at the grocery store Cold brew coffee and unsweetened chocolate almond milk.
Last irrational fear I didn’t realize I had a touch of claustrophobia until we rented a room at The Jane hotel in NYC. The rooms are designed to be like rooms on a ship–they are TINY. I walked in, started quietly hyperventilating, walked straight back to the reception desk and asked for a Captain’s Suite.
Last card I sent I just sent cards to my editor, agent and publicist to thank them for making my book publishing dream come true.
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Louise Miller is a pastry chef who lives and works in Boston, MA. She received a scholarship to attend GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator program, a yearlong workshop for novelists. She is an art school dropout, an amateur flower gardener, an old-time banjo player, an obsessive moviegoer, and a champion of old dogs. The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living is her debut novel.