Weekend Hangout #5


Yep, it’s the weekend. Easter weekend for you who celebrate (as you noticed from my last post, I do not). I wish you all many many chocolate bunnies, with ears just waiting to be bit off.

It’s spring break here, which means kids are underfoot along with the foster cat. I’ve been toying with the idea of a post about Jennifer Egan’s Visit from the Goon Squad winning the Pulitzer; it IS a rock and roll book, after all. I just need time to write it.

And it’s the NHL playoffs! You know I’m glued to the TV… editing some new stuff for you. I hope Mannequin set the bar high for you.

By now, you oughta know the drill. In case you don’t, here are the rules:

1. Leave a comment here, on this post. Say hello to me, tell me what you’re reading, what song you’re jamming to, which is your favorite Easter candy… You pick, just say SOMEthing! Leave your link (I can’t get Comment Luv to work regularly) to your blog.

2. Go visit the blog link in the comment above you. Tell them “I’m from West of Mars” and hopefully something nice about their post.

3. When three people have left a comment since your last one, you may play again. If no one’s commented for two hours, you may play again. This is the ONLY time you may visit someone other than the person above you.

4. If you’re new here, your comment will go into moderation. I’m going to try to keep on top of that, but do check back to make sure no one missed you. If you were skipped, leave another comment — even if you break the three-person rule.

5. Be nice. Have fun. Make new friends — that’s what this is all about. And, of course, I operate on the Commutative Principle of Friendships, whereby any friend of yours is a friend of mine. Which means anyone and everyone is welcome to play.

6. Game ends Sunday night.



  1. Rachel

    April 22, 2011 1:19 pm

    OH I LOVE chocolate bunnies! 🙂
    Right now, I’m just listening to classic R&B, The Impressions, The Radiants, etc.

  2. Maria Savva

    April 22, 2011 1:55 pm

    Hi Susan, I love chocolate, so Easter is fab! This weekend, I will be reading, ‘Ladies and Gentleman… The Redeemers’ by Michael Scott Miller (which is rock n’ roll fiction, so something you would like I think). I’m also reading a YA book ‘The Word Gang’ by Mark McKenna, which is very good.
    On my blog this week, anyone who comments will be entered into a draw to win a copy of ‘Oblivious’ a collection of dark, moody short stories by UK author Neil Schiller. It’s highly recommended, I really enjoyed it! Here’s the link: http://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/1135107-meet-author-neil-schiller-and-enter-to-win-a-copy-of-oblivious

  3. Gordon Bonnet

    April 22, 2011 3:17 pm

    Hi Susan,

    This weekend… well, it’s the end of spring break 🙁 But it’s been a great one, got an amazing amount of editing done and am almost ready to get back to writing. Let’s see… currently reading “The Mind of God” by Paul Davies, and music… I’ve got the most eclectic iPod in the world, so I’ll just mention one song I dearly love, which is “Costa Rica” by Vince Vaccaro.

    Thanks for this opportunity to play!


    Gordon (TalesOfWhoa)

  4. Abby

    April 22, 2011 3:31 pm

    Hello! I love Cadbury Caramel eggs, I am reading the Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey, I am dancing to “One Life Stand” by Hot Chip, and I like this game idea! Visit my YA blog at yawesome.org

  5. Mari Juniper

    April 22, 2011 8:02 pm

    Hey there! How have you been? I hope you’re feeling better from the ankle/back thing.

    This year I’m not up to chocolate (hm, sort of… heh) as I have an Earth Week at Randomities. After all, today is Earth Day and she deserves our thank you, doesn’t she? 🙂

  6. Robin

    April 23, 2011 1:02 am

    I found a white chocolate bunny at the store the other day. Love white chocolate so will be munching away on it. Reading a new to me author m.l.n. Hanover, the book “unclean spirits” on my nook. Interesting so far. This Saturday is my day to work at the shop, lucky me. Hopefully it will be mega busy. Have a great weekend.

  7. Larry Enright

    April 23, 2011 4:40 pm

    I’ve been reading The Gifts by Linda Prather. You’d like it. I’ve been jamming to Begin the Beguine – trying to work out my acoustic guitar arrangement of it. When it shifts key and to minor I get sloppy. My blog is http://kinginacourt.blogspot.com/

  8. thea atkinson

    April 24, 2011 9:40 am

    Hi Susan:
    I’m excited to see larry’s name ahead of me, as i would visit him anyway.

  9. Julia Smith

    April 24, 2011 2:40 pm

    New fun! Awesome.

    Happy holiday weekend-that-you-can’t-stand, Susan. We’re almost ready to head over to my aunt’s for a big Easter dinner.


    reading ‘Captured By the Highlander’ by Julianne MacLean

    listening to ‘Stars’ from ‘Les Miz’ on my You Tube playlist

    Favorite Easter candy – Wunderbar eggs. Mmm.

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