Welcome to my not-as-regular-as-it-should-be post chronicling the brilliant, fun, and crazy things my kids say.
We’ve been using sandpaper letters (borrowed from a friend) with Bennett for quite a while to help him learn the difference between stuff like p and q, b and d, and a couple others that I can’t remember right now. I still have trouble understanding much of what he says (a cause of endless frustration for each of us), and for some reason, my brain seems to kick into neutral every time we get the letters out. We have the same exchange every single time:
B: I want to taste the letters.
Me: *sigh* You can’t taste the letters, silly. They don’t belong to us.
B: No! With my finger!
Me: Oh, trace! Sorry. Yes. You can do that.
I was cooking supper and Bennett was bringing me jelly beans, one at a time. He brought the last two from the bowl, and asked me which flavor I wanted.
“It doesn’t matter.”
“So I can have both of them?”
Sure, son. That’s exactly what I said. Continue reading Kid Quotes (5/18)
A red-hot political thriller from a blue state author.
Buried among the thousands of financial transactions he reviews each day, analyst Randy Duncan finds a secret web of laundered money financing the assassination of the President, which, in turn, will lead the country into war. Can Randy and his law-student daughter Clare follow the money and stop the enemy in time? In a political thriller worthy of Dan Brown, Richard Condon, and Allen Drury, award-winning novelist Larry Bograd charts a political thriller sure to keep you reading and leave you sleepless wondering and worried about who really controls America. Continue reading Book Blast and Giveaway: The Enemy by Larry Bograd
*sigh* Yes, I managed to miss my Blogoversary, and wouldn’t even have noticed if the kids and I hadn’t been talking about rocks. We got a “rocks” DVD from Blockbuster, and Jeffrey said he didn’t want to watch it because he doesn’t like geology. I told him it was only thirty minutes, and give it a shot. I reminded him that looking at rocks was how he got interested in dinosaurs – which are still a fascination. One he has passed on to his little brother.
I told him that I took him to a rock show when he was four, and that was where he first learned about fossils and dinosaurs. (Before that, he was all about animals and Pokemon.) “I even wrote about it.” Poor kid. His whole life has been chronicled on this blog. I pulled up the post, which was a little difficult because I hadn’t even titled that first post. (I added a title this morning.) Yes, that was my very first post on this blog. (Not my first blog post, though. This was my second blog.) The date: May 13, 2006.
Most of you haven’t been here for seven years, but thanks for being here now!
Writers Workshop of Science Fiction and Fantasy is a collection of essays and interviews by and with many of the movers-and-shakers in the industry. Each contributor covers the specific element of craft he or she excels in. Expect to find varying perspectives and viewpoints, which is why you many find differing opinions on any particular subject.
This is, after all, a collection of advice from professional storytellers. And no two writers have made it to the stage via the same journey-each has made his or her own path to success. And that’s one of the strengths of this book. The reader is afforded the luxury of discovering various approaches and then is allowed to choose what works best for him or her. Continue reading Excerpt and Giveaway: Writers Workshop of Science Fiction and Fantasy
While I was attempting to sift through all the blogs involved in the A-Z Challenge, I found D.L. Hammons’ blog, and discovered an idea that I absolutely loved! Bloggers sign up, and from time to time, D.L. will (more or less) randomly choose a blog for everyone to comment on. (He does take suggestions from other list members.)
Everyone *except* the victim receives an email a few days before the blitz. Then, on the selected day, everyone leaves a comment on the bloggers most recent post. If you want a fun, quick, easy way to encourage and meet other bloggers, go sign up.
I’m currently in the midst of implementing a great home organization program that I’ll be telling you about in a couple weeks. It is extremely helpful, and well thought-out, but only works as well as the person using it – which means you have to actually look at your calendar daily. *Ahem*
I kind of stole this idea from the A-Z Challenge. They provided an image of an April calendar with each day’s letter on the corresponding date, and suggested we may want to use it as our desktop image for the month. That may have actually been the difference between me remembering to post at the beginning of the month, and forgetting and falling behind. It was right there in my face every time I turned the computer on. Continue reading Quick Calendar Tip