Tuesday, May 27, 2008


I will be on break for a while, settling into the new job, plus going on vacation. Keep me on your Google Reader - I'm planning a super-duper fantastic contest in late July to kick off back to school!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Exercise your right - to vote

Voting for Angelique's contest at Breaking the Mirror is now open. Go vote!! (Uh, for me. In case that wasn't clear).

This was my quickly jotted poem: Reason and Logic in the Mirror.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Weekend Writing

Okay, my entries for Precie's Book Contest #2 are:

Untitled - A vignette I wrote in the spring of 1993, which I've edited just a little bit.

A Playtime Photo Essay - I was going to write a poem, but who can beat BT's ode? This was fun to put together but TIME consuming. Someone needs to teach me a better way to do this.

Also, I threw this poem, Reason and Logic in the Mirror, together for Angelique's contest. Winner is by popular vote; voting opens Monday May 19. Go vote for me!!!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Meme, a mish-mosh

Okay, I've been tagged by Jen Robinson. In case you're not familiar with Jen Robinson's Book Page, it's a fantastic site devoted to children's literature. Seriously. It's like I've been tagged by a celebrity.

(And, I'm in a really pissy mood today, so this is just what I need.)

All right, here we go.

1. The rules of the game get posted at the beginning.
2. Each player answers the questions about themselves.
3. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5-6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read the player’s blog.
4. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.

A Meme about Various Things

What were you doing ten years ago?

Um. Summer of 1998? I was taking the summer off from grad school to have a nervous breakdown. No, really.

What are five things on your to-do list for today (not in any particular order):

1. Take the bear (older kidling, who is autistic) to school
2. Clean kitchen
3. Bake banana bread
4. Pilates
5. Check on vacationing sister's cat.

What are some snacks you enjoy?

- Fresh Fruit - mango, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, apples
- french fries (even better: sweet potato fries)
- dark chocolate bars.

What would you do if you were a billionaire?
I would go buy one of everything at the Lucky Brand store and at Athleta. Then, I'd hire my son's treatment coordinator as his full-time caregiver. I'd pay off our mortgage. Then I'd consult a financial advisor as to how to invest to keep the profits rolling in. I'd put my 2-yr-old daughter in a skydiving school. (Not really. I don't think.) I would set up a charitable foundation to support UMCOR. I'd open a publishing house, where I got to decide what we published, and I'd hire Precie and Jane as my associates. I'd take my family to spend a year (or more) in Australia. I'd remodel my entire first floor. I'd hire a private hairdresser. I'd permanently book a hotel room at Disney's Grand Californian hotel. I'd.....um.

Okay, I'm not sure I really answered this question. I'm having too much fun with it.

What are three of your bad habits?

1. Procrastination
2. Not doing aerobic exercise of any kind
3. Slouching

What are five places where you have lived?

These are in order, but not inclusive:

1. Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
2. Smyrna, Tennessee
3. Louisville, Kentucky
4. Durham, North Carolina
5. Costa Mesa, California

What are five jobs you have had?

In no particular order, not inclusive:

1. sales associate, Hallmark
2. Box Office Manager, Raleigh Little Theatre
3. Administrative Assistant, Center for Death Penalty Litigation (law firm that works against the death penalty)
4. desk staff, Duke Div Library
5. Director of Youth & Family Ministries, Laguna Beach UMC

I'm adding a new question.

What were the last five books you read?

1. House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
2. The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman
3. A History of Lucy's Love Life in Ten and a Half Chapters by Deborah Wright
4. The Realms of the God by Tamora Pierce
5. Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce

What five people do you want to tag?

Well I want to tag Christian Bale, Stuart Neville, and Kelley Eskeridge , but I will end up tagging Precie, Jane, Merry, Ello and Blogless Troll.

(As a special treat, if you head over to Blogless's site, he's got a heart-warming love story up in response to Precie's contest.)

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


Okay, not really.

But I had to get your attention somehow.

Would you PUH-leeze go critique this story???? I do not belong to a writer's group and I need to get back in the habit of workshopping.

Many thanks to Ello and Janey for commenting. And for playing Scrabulous with me, despite the fact I take an hour to play a move.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Advice - please???

I'm trying to flesh out the story bit I posted previously, as well as finish up a rough draft of my PBSS.

Here's where I need help.

Can anyone link me to a particularly well-worded description, exercise, tutorial, on showing v. telling? Something with good examples - both of what not to do and how to fix it? (Yes, I know, practice is key, but how about a starting place? Snark, EE, Write Stuff, something?)

It's never been an issue that I've worked on, and after the original comments on my PBSS, I catch myself "telling" more than I would like.

Many thanks in advance!

Monday, May 5, 2008


This is my entry for Precie's contest this week.

“You wanted grandchildren that badly?” I asked my mother, over brownies and coffee and the head of the sleeping baby.

“Well, yeah. Seth’s such a natural father. And I knew better than to count on you.”

I huffed a bit, for effect.

“So, wait, weren’t you surprised when he came out?”

“Come on. I’m his mother. I knew he was gay. Okay, I didn’t absolutely know. But Dad and I were both pretty sure,” she said, returning the wayward pacifier to the waking infant’s mouth.

“Huh,” I said, and cut another brownie. My mother eyed me disapprovingly. “What? I’m breastfeeding. I need the extra calories.”

“I didn’t say anything.”


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