Saturday, December 29, 2007

Riddle me this...

Take a look at this picture.

You may think it is a female cow, but nooooo. This is a male cow. With female parts. This is Otis the Cow from Nickelodeon's Back at the Barnyard. It's a pretty funny show, but I can't get past the fact that the MALE cow has an udder. Why, oh why?

Ok. So, here's me to my eldest: "Is that a boy or a girl cow?"
Big A: "Boy."
Me: "Why does it have an udder? You know udders have milk. Girl cows give milk, not boy cows."
Big A: "Yeah. But this is a boy cow."
Me: "I don't get it."
Big A: "It's just a cartoon, mom."

And then she rolled her eyes. Apparently, the hermaphrodite cow doesn't bother her at all.

Maybe it's not really a hermaphrodite... After all, I don't see any male genetalia. Maybe this cow is a girl cow and her inner bull is coming out.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Well. It's over, eh?

And I can breathe a huge sigh of relief. The girls had their three consecutive days of opening presents and generally being spoiled. Three is about three too many. Or maybe two. We did enjoy our day. We opened presents and went to see Alvin and the Chipmunks. Not too bad. Then we topped it all off with a kickass dinner which consisted of rib roast, mashed potatoes, yorkshire pudding and broccoli. And wine. Mmmmmm.

We've also managed to box up things we don't need anymore. I love clearing out the extra stuff.

And I've been critting and writing! All is well. {g}

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Sick kids = catching up online.

Big A was happy as a clam today watching her DVDs while I caught up with friends online.

And now Little A is sick, too. I guess it's just that time of year, isn't it?

Boring, I know, but that's it. Off to write.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Leaping Place Word Count

Evidently, it will take more than 6,000 words to tell this story.

Here I go.

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Spider's Song


Oh, Anita! Whatta book!

I was completely and utterly hooked.

It got ugly in a good way. I snapped at my family. "What? You want dinner? But I'm reading Anita's book! Go away!" Then I sigh heavily and put the book down like some sort of martyr and proceed to the kitchen to make pasta.

Then I read more.

Then I drain the stupid pasta. Thinking about AJ and Ed the whole time. And Mark...

Then I dump a pile of parm on the pasta and plop it down on the table.

I read more.

Hubby comes home from Saskatoon. Whatever...

That was the other night. I had to wait to finish this book and it nearly killed me. The waiting part, that is.

I finished tonight and I had goosebumps when I did.

Go buy this book.

I heart these guys.

Check this out. I just saw them on Comedy Central and they are high-larious.


Funny, funny, funny.

Monday, June 18, 2007

School's out!

I am a happy woman (see title of blog entry). I'm also happy because I finalized my trip to Brantford where I will attend the Branford Summer Writing Workshops, aka the Brantford Adult Book Camp.

Yet another reason to be happy... Husband and I finalized our summer vacation plans! We're headed to Albuquerque, New Mexico. In August. No, we're not crazy. We know it will be blazing hot, but that's fine. There's a pool. And margaritas. And air conditioning. And margaritas. Did I mention the margaritas? {g}

Off to write!

Monday, April 30, 2007

I love this.

Seeing Red has this on her blog and I laughed my ass off. So I'm totally puttin' it here, too. Enjoy!


Monday, April 23, 2007

Summer Writing Camp at Evergreen Academy!

While eldest is home sick today, I thought I'd use the time to whip the yearbook into shape and plan my summer writing camp.

It will be in the library during the week of July 23rd from 9 to noon. I'm hoping to snag a local author to come and visit us for one of those days. The goals of the camp are to get these kids *excited* about writing and convince them that they are all writers. They will work on their stories during the week and, hopefully, I'll be binding their work together for them to take home.

If you're an Evergreener, all the sign up info went home in the Friday Folders.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

I Hate Moving

I really do. I'm just not cut out for it.

I am currently being punished for my lack of organizational skills: I have no internet at my apartment until Friday, my wardrobe is split up in boxes between the apartment and the house, I don't have any mayonnaise, I don't have any liquor, and I am also out of coffee.

I'm at work and I've poached a signal from the neighboring apartments. Thank Dog for silly fools who do not encrypt their wireless. I would use the internet here at work, but it is filtered and, since all my friends cuss like sailors, checking my e-mail at work is an exercise in futility.

Over and out.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

The Leaping Place of Souls

So, here's a good summary of the main idea that spurred me into writing this new book. It's from the Alternative Hawaii site (click here).

There is an ancient Hawaiian myth about a place called Kaena Point (on Oahu), which was known as the Leaping Place of Souls. The souls of the dead wandered this place until they leapt into the night, thus departing from the earth. Spooky, eh? Evidently, good souls moved to the right when they leapt and those who moved to the left when they leapt fell into the pit of endless night.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Rose is a pusher.

After lunch today, my daughter and I wandered over to the local bookstore to take a photo of Vicki's book, The Scent of Shadows. See?

I've already read this, but I wanted one with the freakin' cool cover (foil letters!). I bought the last one. I also informed the friendly cashier person that he needed to buy a lot more of these things because it is a delicious book.

Then, I spent the last hour or so here at school going from class to class (school is not in session) telling all my teacher friends to buy it. They were all very impressed with the foil on the cover. {g}

So, go buy it.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Now I can get on with it.

Report cards. Check!

Now I can get on with my life. I have a lot of words to make up, but it should be a piece of cake. I love cake.

Speaking of cake. Er. Okay. Not such a smooth transition, but I am over-the-top-stoked about the upcoming Surrey International Writers Conference this October. It's always such a shot in the arm. I'm hoping for the double-whammy this year because I plan to attend the annual Brantford Adult Book Camp in August. No, not those kind of adult books... Reminds me of that Tom Lehrer song. "Give me smut and nothing but..."

Off to write.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

I am annoyed.

Let me tell you why.

It is grading season here in teacherland.

I cannot give grades if I don't have access to the work.

I do not have access to the Third Graders' work. Why? Because those little darlings have a habit of screwing up the files. Why, just this evening, I found some of their work in the Fifth Grade folder. A self-promotion perhaps? I think not.

Next Tuesday's tech lesson will be, "I GIVE GRADES IN THIS CLASS, SO YOU'D BETTER PAY ATTENTION!" I am going to (again {sigh}) give a lesson on how to properly save your work.

Oddly enough, the Second Graders don't seem to have a problem with this.

Those Third Graders... They're a special bunch. Good thing I like them.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Hey. I've started a new project.

I've been writing like a good girl today! My goal with this one is 6000 words. Actually, the project should be short, like 5000 words, but I've built in some cut room.

And what is it? Middle-grade historical fantasy. Heavy on the fantasy. Set in Hawaii. I love Hawaii.

Yeah, so if I write 500 words a day, it should take 12 days. I can do that.

Update: Yay, me! 618 words.

Oh, that last muse crack?

Was a friggin' joke.

If I don't write, it's my own damn fault. I won't assign blame to some "muse" who constantly lurks around me, feeding my creativity.

When I don't write it is purely because I am being lazy. Or I'm busy with family life.

Muse. What-evah.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

What?

So, it's January. My last entry was July. So what?

I'm a busy gal.

And what did I do today? Lots of stuff. But I didn't write. Well, I wrote instant messages and posts in kidcrit if that counts.

Maybe my muse is on strike.