help wanted 3

Want relationship advice? Then yay, because a fresh Help Wanted is up!


Help Wanted is my Q&A advice series in which I answer your questions and try to provide answers that are remotely helpful. In this new video, I answer your relationship questions about letting go, moving on, and prioritizing the most important parts of your life.

And yes, I am dorktastic as usual.

You can totally post your questions for future Help Wanted in the video comments, or email them to me at susanecolasanti at gmail.

Shine on, rock stars ❤

one world

TGIM!

I’m starting this shiny new week with a bright warm fuzzy from Pope Francis. He said, “Because all creatures are connected, each must be cherished with love and respect, for all of us as living creatures are dependent on one another.”

This beautiful sentiment resonated with my fave comic strip, too.

Mutts with Pope Francis

Next time someone asks why I’m a vegetarian, I will whip out this quote by Pope Francis. It perfectly encapsulates my many reasons.

Enjoy your first full week of fall, friendly neighbors 🙂

morristown festival of books

New Jersey! I am coming your way on Saturday, October 3 for the Morristown Festival of Books.

Morristown Festival of Books

This will be the closest event to my hometown of Peapack-Gladstone I’ve ever done. If someone had told me back then that one day I’d be part of an awesome book festival a few miles away, being picked last for teams in gym might have been a bit less painful. Or not. Being picked last was horrible. But now things are a lot better! And I never have to play softball again. Or volleyball. Or basketball.

Where can you find me on October 3? I’ll be on a YA panel with Sarah Darer Littman and Kendall Kulper at the Morristown Library, 3:45-4:45pm. Then we’re having a big signing. The festival events are free and you can bring as many books as you’d like to have signed! Check out the full festival schedule here.

Hope to see your smiling face, NJ 🙂

the even advisory system

One reason I love interacting with you guys on social is that some of you know the kind of quirky stuff I adore. To the point that you will send me things that are so me I can’t believe I didn’t think of them first.

A perfect example is this Even Advisory System, shared by friendly neighbor Greg H. on Twitter:

The Even Advisory System

I wrote a decent amount of “I can’t with that”, “I can’t even”, and “I can’t” into Take Me There. That was back in 2007. At the time, this slang was on the newer side. My editor and copyeditor didn’t quite know how to handle it. They were like, “Can’t with what?” and “Is there a word missing at the end?” But I stuck with this supreme slang because it was just too good not to.

It’s been eight years since I left teaching to write full-time, but I still miss geeking out over shiny new school supplies. I also miss that sense of a fresh start filled with infinite potential. It’s a transient sensation that can only be captured in September. By October, the freshness has gone stale, and the motivation you had when school started has succumbed to boredom (for students) and exhaustion (for teachers).

Even if you did not go back to school this month, you can still harness the power of that fresh start with the Even Advisory System. How? By completing each prompt to create five statements expressing how much you can’t, then identifying five solutions to mitigate their severity.

I’ll start.

  • I can’t with summer ending. Fact: There are seven days left of summer until the autumnal equinox on September 23. Solution: Enjoy the eff out of them.
  • I can’t even with the upcoming lack of summer fruit. Fact: You might find berries and melons in the winter, but they will not taste good. Solution: Inhale as many pints of berries and entire melons as I can while they are still edible.
  • I just can’t even with people who cross the street when an ambulance or fire truck is coming right at them. Fact: Sirens exist for a reason, but not everyone’s reasoning skills are sharp. Solution: Point out that an emergency vehicle is coming to people who are about to demonstrate a sad lack of awareness.
  • I cannot with people who litter. Fact: The earth is not a garbage can. Solution: Run after people who toss garbage on the sidewalk, pick up their straw wrapper / gum wrapper / napkin, hand it back to them and be like, “I think you dropped something.”
  • I literally can’t even with negative energy. Fact: Haters gonna hate, but I have no time for anyone throwing shade. Solution: Minimize exposure to negative energy just as I would with any other toxic health risk.

Feeling much better already!

Have fun working your own system, friendly neighbors 🙂