Sunday, April 14, 2013

Holy Mother of Invention, Batman!

I have been on spring break not goofing around.  Quite the opposite!  I have been hard at work re-inventing my website.  I have taken on so many things in my grown-up life that my online presence has become fractured, to say the least.  I have figured out a way to consolidate and organize!

That's a little peek.  As I began thinking about this I said to myself, "Self?  What the hell are you doing?  Isn't this what they pay people to do?"  Why, yes.  Yes, it is.  But, since I know how to do all this stuff I figured I should just buck up and do all the web work myself.  After all, I am a tech teacher and I teach small humans the basics of how to do this.  So, I put on my big girl bloomers and got to work.  Of course, it will take a bit longer now that my Scholastic Book Fair Extravaganza is beginning next week (which ALWAYS puts me right over the edge).  Soon, soon, soon.  It will all be done soon.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Clownin' around.

This is by far the most frightening book I've ever weeded from my library.  I didn't even check my reports, but I'm pretty sure this little beaut has never been checked out.  I'm feeling a little bad because this poor author probably worked long and hard to write this book.  Alas, it will be weeded thereby putting it out of my misery.

Here is my favorite page.  Captions anyone?

Wednesday, August 03, 2011


1. (of items or people gathered or considered together) Of various types or from different sources.
2. (of a collection or group) Composed of members or elements of different kinds: "a miscellaneous collection"

That's what this post is going to be.

First, I have to share what my creative children have been up to.

Why, yes, those are duct tape sandals. The girls love duct tape and I wish I'd figured this out before spending money on Nintendo DS/Wii/iPod/you name it. The cost of duct tape and cardboard is comparatively minimal. Also, in non-related news I was informed of something very exciting.

Eldest: Mom, my friend's boyfriend is best friends with Justin Bieber.

Me: skeptical look

Eldest: Really! Her boyfriend is, like, an actor and he's, like, bff's with Justin Bieber. See? Here's a picture of her boyfriend and Justin Bieber playing giant chess.

Me: Dude. I could Photoshop you in there and you could be playing giant chess with them.

Eldest: MOM! I'm not kidding!

Youngest: This is true shiz, mom.

Secondly, I have to share something I learned the other day. Do not go to Target with a red polo shirt and khaki shorts or you will be mistaken for an employee. I learned this the easy way. Husband did not. He had an "interesting gentleman" ask him where the Nicorette was and one other lady was about ask him where something else was, but she caught her mistake. This has actually happened to me, but it was at the Red Hook Brewery when I happened to be wearing a Red Hook t-shirt. Looking back, I wish I had pretended to be an employee just to see what would happen.

Lastly, all of this is me avoiding my wip. I only have 18 days left until I have to go back to the ol' day job, which is utterly exhausting. I am already looking forward to winter break.

So, without further ado, here is a parting photo funny. Happy Tuesday!

I can't take credit for the above photo... I think maybe it came from @StarTrekUpdate

Friday, April 08, 2011

REVIEW: Dust by Arthur Slade

I'm trying to think of when I first heard of Arthur Slade. It could have been somewhere in the Compuserve Books and Writers Community or maybe one of my writer friends mentioned him... What I really remember is sitting in a workshop at the Surrey International Writers Conference about The Fantastical* and Arthur Slade was the speaker. I knew he was a stand-up guy pretty much right away because he said he was an AC/DC fan. And, guess what? He's a great writer, too. BONUS. For example, I was avoiding work as usual yesterday and happened upon a $.99 Kindle version of Dust (thanks to the lovely and talented Helene Boudreau). This was a book I'd been meaning to read ever since the aforementioned Fantastical Workshop where he read Chapter One. I've thought about that chapter off and on since October and yesterday the opportunity presented itself. You know when you get those opportunities and you hear that angelic "Ahhhhhhh!" along with harp music and the monitor of your laptop is extra bright and you are compelled to click that "Buy now with 1-click" button? Okay. Maybe you don't go through all that. My point is, this was an opportunity I couldn't pass up. I read the whole thing yesterday and when I was finished I couldn't stop thinking about the story. Here's a bit from Arthur's website:
A stranger comes to the small town of Horshoe, promising rain. A child vanishes. And then another and another. But the townspeople are dazzled by magic mirrors and dreams of a green future. The only one who sees through the stranger's mesmerism is Robert, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A boy who must somehow confront the stranger.

This story was brilliantly paced, chock full of elegant description and the setting was faultlessly authentic. I was immediately sucked in and hung on for the entire ride. The characters popped from the pages (or whatever -- I was reading on my Kindle). Mesmerizing, really. Everyone should read it.

This book has won the 2001 Governor General's Award for Children's Literature, the 2001 Saskatchewan Book Award for Children's Literature, and the 2002 Mr. Christie's Book Award. It was also nominated for the 2004 Edgar Award. If that doesn't convince you, I don't know what will.

Did I mention he writes while walking on a treadmill? This guy is made of awesome.

*The Fantastical wasn't the name of the workshop. I can't for the life of me remember what it really was...

Friday, February 25, 2011

Amazing Girl: Adora Svitak

For some reason I was thinking about this girl today. Her name is Adora Svitak. I first learned about her at a faculty meeting during inservice week last August.

Here's a bit from her profile at "A voracious reader from age three, Adora Svitak's first serious foray into writing -- at age five -- was limited only by her handwriting and spelling. (Her astonishing verbal abilities already matched that of young adults over twice her age.) As her official bio says, her breakthrough would soon come 'in the form of a used Dell laptop her mother bought her.' At age seven, she typed out over 250,000 words -- poetry, short stories, observations about the world -- in a single year."

She is thirteen now. I want to be like her when I grow up.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

What did you do today?


Okay. Here's what I did on this happy little snow day (yes, it actually *did* snow today). I slept in, stared at TweetDeck, played TrekTrivia on said TweetDeck (tied for first with @beckyblackbooks) *pats self on back*, stared at Outlook because I'm waiting for an email, made lunch for the kiddos, and called my mom. OH! And I watched the launch of Discovery on its final mission (STS-133 - check out the deets here This is always a nail-biter since in my lifetime I've seen two launches come to a disastrous end.

So, most of the day I did have my rear end in a chair but I didn't write anything important. Should have been researching some non-fic projects or even more research and writing on Wake Island. Social Media ruled my life today. I should probably get an Alphasmart or something because the internet is just too tempting. Now it's almost dinnertime.

I do feel better for having admitted my slacker ways. Which I guess is okay since I don't have a deadline right now.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Happy News!

Yay for Linda Grimes! I woke up this morning to find that she has, with the help of her wonderful agent, scored a TWO book deal with Tor. Tor! Wow.

In other happy news, it's a snow day for my eldest. That's pretty cool, but not as cool as a two book deal with Tor. I'm also almost finished with but that isn't as cool as a two book deal with Tor either.

Linda, I'm super proud of you! I can say I knew you when. Like when we almost got killed driving back from Surrey? That would have put a damper on the whole book deal thing, right?