Fugs and Pieces, September 27, 2013


Happy first official complete weekend of fall, Northern Hemisphere.  I bought five sweaters this week. I have no regrets.

– First of all, Heather and I have some really exciting new that we are thrilled to share with you. We have a new book on the horizon! From this morning’s Publisher’s Marketplace, (hence all the who-owns-what-rights language): “Creators of GoFugYourself.com Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan’s first adult novel THE ROYAL WE, about a young American woman who spends a semester abroad in England and falls in love with the man of her dreams — who happens to be the future King of England, a tale loosely inspired by the real-life courtship and marriage of Kate Middleton and Prince William.” The book is tentatively scheduled for spring 2015, it is so fun to write I cannot even tell you, and we are beside ourselves with excitement for you to get to read it.

– For those of you interested in such things, in fact, Kate and Wills got a new coat of arms today and the whole background of the coat of arms in general is interesting. (The Prince of Wales official site)

– If I know you, and I think I do, a high percentage of you are going to want to see these pictures from the set of Into The Woods. (Lainey Gossip)

– Kate Aurthur tells us 8 New Fall TV Shows To Be Excited About, 10 To Give A Chance, And 7 To Avoid. (Buzzfeed)

Blake Lively is basically launching her own GOOP. I would make fun, but GOOP (and “lifestyle” blogs in general) are my Kryptonite and I will totally read BLOOP, or whatever she calls it. (Celebitchy)

– Speaking of GOOP, Celebuzz celebrates GOOP’s fifth anniversary in snarky style. (Celebuzz)

– Vulture compiled a list of LIT’RLLY every time Rob Lowe said LIT’RLLY on Parks and Rec. I literally love this; I wish someone would make a super-cut of it. My favorite might be #7:  “I don’t want to seem overdramatic, but this is literally a battle for April’s soul.” (Vulture)

– Speaking of Parks and Rec, are you sad? This video of Ron Swanson giggling on a loop will fix that. (Pajiba)

– STILL speaking of Parks and Rec, I am sure you want to know more about Perd Hapley. Ya heard? (Zulkey)

– STILL feeling sad? If this super-cut of every time Hugh Laurie (or anyone) said “What ho!” in Jeeves and Wooster doesn’t fix you, then I am CONCERNED. (Keep an eye open for Downton Abbey in the background, as parts of J&W were filmed there as well.) (YouTube)

– Vera Wang designed the new uniforms for the Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders and they look just like every other NFL team’s cheerleaders’ uniforms (other than the Dallas Cowboys’ cheerleaders, who, say what you will about the Cowboys, are at least iconic). (The Cut)

– I love Jimmy Fallon. (I made his crockpot chili recipe this week, and it’s swell, even!) His most recent lip sync battle — with Joseph Gordon Levitt and Stephen Marchent — is awesome. The Roots, in the background, are just cracking up, too. Those of you who love JGL? You will not be disappointed. (YouTube)

– Fashionista asks, Would You Steam Your Vagina?  Um, no thanks. But we appreciate you doing it and reporting back! (Fashionista)

– Oooh, castles haunted by tragic ghosts. I am IN! To read about, I mean, not to spend the night. Woodchester Mansion seems especially spooooky. I also enjoy the that’s all, “allegedly there are also werewolves here, but whatever.” (i09)

– On the other hand, a $2000 bottle of beer? I’m good, thanks. (Time)

I am in love with this man, 103 years old, who eats a fine dinner out nightly. He is…wonderful. Happy weekend, all! Try the fish. (NY Times)

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Comments (37):

  1. Ruth

    Is it me, or does the new Coat of Arms as rendered look almost like fan art, rather than a true heraldic coat of arms? Maybe if it were carved from wood, then painted and gilded it would look more impressive.

  2. CC

    Went straight to JGL and Steven Merchant. Awesome way to end the week!

  3. LoriK

    Congratulations on the new book!

    • Jessica

      Thank you!!

    •  HelenBackAgain

      Seconding that, well done!

      Which reminds me, I haven’t got to “Spoiled” yet… think I’ll start it this weekend.

  4. Sandra

    You will have a Hot Harry character in the book, won’t you? Promise?!?

    • Sandra

      Also, Fry and Laurie as Jeeves and Wooster represents the best match of actors and material EVER. Love!

    • Jessica

      There is definitely a brother character in the book.

  5. Lynne

    Please, oh please let her call it Bloop.

  6. azqueenie

    Congrats on the book!…although I am a teeny bit bummed it’s not the vintage British houseparty tale. :)

    For more heraldic fun, check out http://www.internationalheraldry.com/examples.htm. Educational rabbit hole.

    • Chris P

      …thanks. I think I know how I’m spending my weekend. (I am upset that we got the modified coat of arms of Dodge of Stockport, and not only because I’m 29 going on 13.)

  7.  Billie

    Those cheerleader uniforms are atrocious and severely generic. Vera, stick to wedding gowns, ‘mkay?

    • Art Eclectic

      Cheesy, welcome-to-Hooters, cheerleader outfits are one the many reasons I’ve abandoned professional sports. I’m just tired of women who are actually athletes being shoved into eensy little outfits (beach volleyball I’mma looking at you) so that couch potato men will watch.

      Honestly, you dudes have hot and cold streaming porn of all varieties on the Internet, why do you need to objectify every female in the universe as a sex object?


    •  HelenBackAgain

      They’re also bathing suits. It’s way past time this stopped.

  8. qwertygirl

    I love the feature on the haunted castles and mansions, but whoever wrote it, and whoever edited it, shouldn’t be allowed near the alphabet again until they have a basic understanding of subject-verb agreement–the elevators has minds of their own? One of the ghosts were caught on CCTV? I checked out the “About” on this site, because if the writers and editors were non-native English speakers, I was going to give them a pass. English is a tricky language, and in almost all cases of English-as-a-second-language writers, their English is way better than my whatever-they-speak (unless it’s Pig Latin). Not the case. Ugh.

    • Anne

      There’s no excuse for those mistakes, even if they were second language writers: most languages that I know of have subject-verb agreement too.

    • greatwhitenorthchick

      What you said. I was fully prepared to believe all these places are haunted…..but those typos/errors killed any credibility.

      Seriously, though, I would love to visit each and every one of these places. I heart castles.

  9. Chris P

    …I think I know what I’m reading on the shore the summer after next. At first I was going to rage because I thought the book would drop just AFTER beach season, but if it’s coming out in the spring, that’s perfect.

    In other royal news – my head is spinning with the Heraldry 101 lesson bomb that Wills’ IT team just dropped on us. I think I follow the technical description of the Middleton blazon, but…what’s the symbolism of the acorns? (And why that particular color choice of half-blue half-red per pale azure and gules? Not that I don’t like it, just that I’m curious.)

  10. Keely

    You’re in luck, because Vulture have made a reel of why Chris Traeger is literally their favourite character, featuring most of that list plus more….

  11. Keely

    Actually, don’t know who made that reel, could have been anyone – but Vulture have linked it

  12. Kim

    I will do battle for the affections of Mr. Rosen. A man with a love of dining out and a passion for office supplies is pretty much perfection. I hope he won’t be put off if I don’t always choose the fish.

    •  HelenBackAgain

      Also, he was married to the same woman for 70 years. So he’s been tested and he’s loyal. And he wears a suit to dinner!

      I’m getting in line…

  13. Art Eclectic

    OMG you guys have to check this out. Video floating around right now on G+.

    Apparently designer Rick Owens replaced the usual models in his Paris show with a step team. As in …real women.

    This is so cool!

  14. Eli

    I would def have a unicorn on my personal coat of arms.

  15. lacondesainvierno

    Hello Heather and Jessica,

    Congratulations on your new boot. Very exciting.

    However I have to let you know that whenever I see your names written out Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan instead of Jessica Morgan and Heather Cocks, all I can think is that Cocks Morgan is an incredible name. The perfect name for a ribald adventurerer who is a bit of a cross between Captain Blood and Allen Quatermain and Flashman. He would be played, of course, by hot Brendan Frasier (Mummy, Geroge of the Jungle). You should get on this series as an imaginary adjunct to imiganary Spiffyton Abbey– the name I have given to the draft of the English weekend country house series.

    For some reason Morgan Cocks does not inspire me the same way.

    • lacondesainvierno

      Book. Book. Book.

      But if you get new boots (and you should: it’s fall) I hope they are great enough to deserve congratulations as well.

  16. Siobhán

    Girls, I love you, I REALLY REALLY do, but the fact that you’re looking to cash in on Royal Mania – and so late in the game, too – leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

    A little more originality?

    • Jessica

      I guess I can only address this by saying that given the extreme amount of enjoyment we get from covering the Royal Family, and have always gotten from said topic (before GFY even existed), this actually felt like a natural project for us to undertake, and it’s a very exciting one for us. I also think that the originality or lack thereof of any creative project is better judged once you’ve actually experienced it, if you choose to do so…which I guess I don’t expect that you will, given your stated feelings? But if you do, you might change your mind.

      And all that being said, Heather and I are REALLY excited about this book and we’re having a blast writing it. I hope that anyone who decides to read it once it comes out enjoys it half as much as we are.

      • Heather

        It’s also extremely cynical to assume we’re just “cashing in” on it. Simply put, we became fascinated with the things Kate must have had to give up because she fell in love with a prince, and the book will deal more with that. We got attracted to the emotional story there. It has NOTHING to do with us trying to scam money out of people and everything to do with the fact that the angle fascinated us, and that it’s a story — for now — that we’ll HAVE to be content to imagine because whatever the real story is won’t be told for years.

  17. greenlily

    Chris Pine really does look exactly like a Disney Prince. He especially looks like THIS Disney Prince. “I was raised to be charming, not sincere.” Yes, dear.

  18. platinum

    There hasn’t been a King or Queen of England since 1707.

  19. Rae

    SO EXCITED for your new book!!!!!

  20. Alice

    This What Ho video is such a day perker. Thank you! I wish Hugh Laurie would go back to doing stuff like this.

    What a wonderful crossover episode that would be. Bertie brought in by Violet (who is TOTES best friends with Aunt Agatha, am I right?) to woo Edith or widowed Mary or something.

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