Girls Write Out
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Personally, I think we're all obsessive about something. Addiction, whatever your poison, is so easy to fall victim to -- isn't that scary? Americans are the fattest in the world. Well, uh yeah, you try getting Philly Cheesesteak and Frappaccinos in Libya. But onto my addiction: Last night, I was going to treat myself to something sweet at Starbucks, but not too fattening. So I'm in the car, and I pull out my trusty sidekick, "You, Starbucks and Nutrition". It's a little pamphlet I've got with all the fat/calorie information for all things Starbucks. So I start perusing it, and I get this strange look from my husband.

Apparently, it's weird to put this much thought into your Starbucks' order. Who would have guessed? (I decided on a Mocha Frappaccino Light if anyone cares -- my usual order is a con pana -- espresso over ice with whip). My trusty pamphlet goes into its place of honor among the maps, and all is well. The seas have calmed.

The reason I'm thinking about this is that I just got through writing an obsessive-compulsive character: Poppy, in "Calm, Cool & Adjusted", which comes out in October. And I realized when writing her, we're all that way about something -- and maybe I have a little too much freak to ever feel confident again. Granted, it would be nice to be obsessive about cleaning, order efficient function, but no, I got espresso, Mr. Darcy and pedicures. Poppy got health. What about you? Do you have an obsession that is legal by all Christian rules?
Kristin Billerbeck  
posted at 12:04 AM  
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At 12:30 AM, Blogger Annie said...

oh my... addictions:
1) Starbucks: I too am a starbucks junkie. When I was told 2 months ago, that they were discontinuing the Valencia syrup (my fav combination? Grande Mocha Valencia Frapp with whip), I almost began to cry. It was sad really. But...
2) MySpace: I'm a youth leader and since all of my youth and college and high school friends are on it, I decided to join. The trouble comes when an internet venue becomes the source of reality for some people... not good. Or when it is the best source of gossip for what ever happened to those high school friends that you haven't heard from in 5 years.
and finally 3) this blog: I am a writer in a very-busy-person's body. I love to write, I'm good at it, but I never have time to do it. But somehow, I have time to check this blog multiple times a day just to see what's new with my fav writers on the Christian fiction circuit. You girls are inspiring to me. I love your work, I love your personalities, and most of all, I admire your faith. You're real. You know the ups and downs and how the world works, and yet your faith stands strong... or at least, that's what we see. Thank you... for being you.

thats it... hope you enjoyed my addictions!! ;-)

At 6:02 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I wish I could say broccoli or brussel sprouts, but alas, it's sweets. I know that just surprises all of us. The problem is my characters eat chocolate, pancakes and syrup, drink Starbucks. I mean, what can I do? I try to do write healthy characters, I really do, but some evil twin takes over, and next thing I know I'm writing a scene where the protagonist is binging on chocolate and drinking a frappuccino.

Also email. If I cut email from my life, I could probably write ten books a year. Yeah, right, like that's gonna happen.

At 6:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

diet coke. soooo bad for me... but sooo addicted!

and the internet. i spent WAY too much time online! bad bethie!

At 8:59 AM, Blogger Cara Putman said...

Mine would be Dr. Pepper. Love it. Coffee is okay in small doses spaced FAR apart, but if I miss my can of Dr. Pepper a day, I get kind of sad. :-)

At 10:31 AM, Blogger Keisha said...

Is Starbucks even legal anymore? Something that addictive has to be bad in many, many ways.

My addictions include, you guessed it, Starbucks. My fav drink is a Vanilla Latte, but sometimes I go crazy and get random things. Like that Cinnamon Dolce Latte, it reminded me of Christmas. Other addictions include reading and shopping.

I feel like a princess when I'm browsing the candy aisle at the convenience store. I think it might actually have something to do with just spending money.

At 12:22 PM, Blogger Katie Hart - Pinterest Manager said...

Narnia: This started at age 11 when I first read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - and finished the entire series in two days. And read the whole series six more times that year. Yeah, a bit obsessed. And it revived in full force with the movie - Narnian MySpace, Narnian Xanga, Narnian necklace, reading half a dozen books about Narnia, Narnia Stratego, NarniaWeb, Narnian keychain, email addy theloneislands, Narnian Happy Meal toys, and I just ordered Narnia checks.

Internet: I'm not fully addicted to any one part (except perhaps email) but I embrace many aspects: Yahoo, MySpace, Xanga, blogs, Bloglines, and writers forums.

Myers-Briggs: I read Do What You Are and fell in love with a typeology structure which at last described me accurately. And now I drive everyone crazy with it. (I'm a INFP - what are you? Ack! - *slaps hand* - Stop it!)

At 1:24 PM, Blogger Jaime Wright said...

Coffee. Java. Kawa. Cafe. Caffe. Koffie. Kaffee.

In any language, it all means the same, doesn't it?

Oh. And a sappy moment? I'm addicted to my husband. Can't get enough of him. I even have him working for me now ... I'm his manager ... isn't THAT a riot?!?

At 1:58 PM, Blogger Sally said...

I'm an ESTJ!! Nothing surprising there except when I took the test with a group, my scores were at the extreme high for each category.

Trying not to think about my addictions, but I had a yummy yummy Starbucks drink after the gym yesterday morning...a banana mocha frapp lite. Perfect for breakfast!

At 10:54 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

You know, Starbucks is marketing to kids now!!! Someday they're going to find out how bad all this caffeine is, and they're going to be sued for going after kids like the cigarette companies. Yes, you heard it here first. But I have had a two day migraine, so take it for what it's worth.

Meyers-Briggs, hmmm, haven't heard that one, but you should love Angie Hunt's books, I know she's into that big time!!!

And your husband. Oh yeah, he's that guy who tries to corral all these kids with me. LOL I'm in a hotel with four kids, a migraine, and a lot on our plate. Pray if you are so inclined!! Kristin

At 11:36 PM, Blogger Southern-fried Fiction said...

Mine is chocolate velvet coffee, by MillStone. Best stuff in the world. Gotta have the caffiene.

Fortunately the cardiac gurus of the world can't decide if caffiene is good or bad for hearts! LOL

Until they make a final decision, me a coffee, Starbucks and MillStone will be bosom buddies. Can I say that here? ;o)

Oh, yeah, my dh just walked by, read this and said I'd better say handbags or I'd be dishonest. Okay, so I buy a lot of those and shoes. Use the hand bags, admire the shoes. I wear them to church, and take them off and leave them under the pew. At least the janitor knows who to save the stray ones for. :o)

At 11:52 PM, Blogger tiff said...

I like y'all adore my Starbucks or Caribou or even better... Port City Java (NC company).

I would not function well without my cell phone or laptop. My cell phone is the too cute pink razr and my laptop keeps me connected to the world.

Writing is a passion I adore but unfortunately don't get to indulge in often enough :)

At 12:41 AM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Handbags are a must, you're right Ane! You know, we were at Valley Fair (in San Jose today) and my husband goes, "Look honey, they're opening a new handbag shop." It was Juicy Couture. What is up with all the crap on handbags today? If I wanted a bowling ball bag, heck, I'd go down to my local lanes. Besides, ladies, these big handbags don't work when your back starts getting old. LOL

At 3:17 PM, Blogger Lindsay said...

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At 3:19 PM, Blogger Lindsay said...

I definitely have to say that I have several obsession in my life....
1) Starbucks- venti nonfat light whip caramel macciato! Yum!!
2) it is a great way to keep up with friends that have moved away and see what they are doing on the other side of the world
3) similiar to myspace but is a way for high school and college students to keep track of each other. #1 way my college age ministry keeps track of all of our events. You can only be someones friend in real life if they are your friend on facebook lol
4) Scrapbooking- my passion! I absolutely love love love it! I would like to own my own store one day.
5) I have an almost unhealthy addition to ebay. I am constantly buying stuff.It is a great way to buy cheap scrapbook stuff! I love coming home and there are new packages on my front steps. It is like Christmas everyday!!
There are definitley things that I find very enjoyable in life that can be taken to the extreme for sure!


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

Diann Hunt

Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

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Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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