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Monthly Archives: August 2010
A few years ago, U.S. Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin spoke at the Maui Writers’ Conference. Before reading from some of his work, he expressed an opinion of poetry (and by extension, written works generally) that resonated with me – and … Continue reading
My fourth-grade teacher gave us a special activity on the afternoon before Parents’ Night. She handed out a piece of paper with 36 numbered lines of instructions and asked us to complete it in pen. Line 1: Read all instructions … Continue reading
Seriously. Watching TV with The Son tonight (really have to find him a blog nickname) – and we landed on a Discovery Channel show about the history of cereal. His choice (the rolled oat doesn’t fall far from the tree). … Continue reading
Yesterday was National Waffle Day. I spent all day trying to decide whether or not to post about it. I thought I would, but then, in the end, I didn’t. I just couldn’t stop waffling.
This year’s homeschool curriculum includes first-year Russian – The Son’s language of choice for the rest of his high school years. I was psyched when he chose it, because I actually want to learn it myself. I went to Moscow … Continue reading
While researching siege ladders for the current manuscript in progress (you get no more of a hint than that) I discovered this awesome website: The Smith College Museum of Ancient Inventions. Which, of course, set me off on the usual … Continue reading
Last night, checking the spam folder for an email confirmation that went astray, I noticed an email with the subject line “UPS Label Error.” Gmail shows the first few words of a communication even if you don’t open it, so … Continue reading
Whenever I reach the point in a manuscript where I’m just about ready to send it to the peer editor for evisceration review, I start “listening” for the topic of the next one. Historical fiction takes quite a bit of … Continue reading
This might be a good place to mention that we homeschool. My son (who desperately needs a blog name since I’d rather not use his real one) is a fifteen year-old nominal tenth-grader, but we discovered during the sixth grade … Continue reading