Sunday, June 26, 2011

What does summer mean?

Summer means that your portion of the Earth's hemisphere is tilted toward the sun.

Summer means saying good-bye to a long time friend who has been with my husband's department since before we had our first child.  I made her a necklace to remember us, and southern Indiana, by.  The geode was found on our property.  We'll miss Elaine very much.
Summer means lots of good reading.  The list from Nancy Pearl on NPR looks fun!

And Summer means taking a break, so I'm going to enjoy a glorious blogging and Facebook break...in honor of summer, of course, and not because I'm lazy!  (OK, I am kind of lazy.)

What does Summer mean to you and are you enjoying it?

“There is no such thing in anyone’s life as an unimportant day.”Alexander Woolcott

Sunday, June 19, 2011

I want to be funny!

Funny funny, not strange funny...although that's not such a bad thing either. I want to write humor like this:
Could go well with my speculative fiction bent, don't you think?  Maybe I want to be the next Terry Pratchett when I grow up.  It's too late to become the next hot supermodel (hot supermodels don't usually carry AARP memberships) so I'll have to rely on my wits instead.

Oh, I am so doomed.

But, hey, I finally submitted a story! I've only submitted one other story in the past 7 years - and that got a lovely rejection letter.  And I have another story almost ready to submit.  Yay me! Maybe I can finally erase the big S (for Slacker) off my forehead. 

Totally unrelated, because that's just the kind of ADD person I am, sometimes, I have a hankering for Roxy Music, and then I crave me some More Than This.  That song brings me back and always has such a lovely, magical feel. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Other people's good news

Just wanted to give a shout-out to some very talented folks:

Firstly, the amazing Paula Yoo has her novel, Good Enough, out in paperback today!  I've started reading it and have been alternating between giggling my head off and nodding in agreement to some of the things she says about being the Perfect Korean Daughter (a lot of what she says applies to being a first gen Chinese immigrant too).

Secondly, the captain of my spec-fic critique group, Russell, has a horror novel in the works - it's been bought by a publisher and has a killer cover art!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Distracted much?

I've self-diagnosed as ADD.  No, I'm not a psychiatrist, but I bet I could play one on TV!

Been busy trying to put the finishing touches on a story to be submitted to Nightfall, but have been distracted by too many other things: email replies to friends (long overdue emails), reconciling the checkbook, working on the homeschooling and the charitable donations budgets, doing labs with my younger son, planning for homeschooling in new school year (we homeschool year-round, so it's not a huge deal, but having a road-map of where we want to go and how we want to get there is still a good idea), etc, etc.

Really, though, I need to concentrate on the story first. One day, soon, I hope to have something to crow about on the writing front again so I can compete with our stupid rooster...crowing, that is, not writing.
In the meantime, here are some interesting articles I came across. Did you know that over a third of students entering college need remedial help? That's just sad. Hubby already knew it, I'm sure, since he teaches at a university, but it spurs me to work hard to make sure our kids are well-prepared for higher ed (plus know their gardening and survival skills so that they're not purely studious).

And related to my trying to budget, The Simple Dollar has a terrific article. Most of his articles are really good, of course, but some are more poignant and relevant to me than others.

Ok, back to writing...