Monthly Archives: April 2008

I wasn’t going to ask

I wasn’t going to ask, really. I was studiously ignoring Miss B while she tromped through the house at the behest of her brother, returning outside with overly large cups of water. No, I told myself, I’ll just pretend I’m not seeing that. It’s what I do sometimes to keep my sanity.

Alas, curiosity got the better of (as it often does). I peeked outside to see what they were doing:

They were searching for worms, so they could catch a bird. This was about as successful as their attempt to catch a rabbit.


Filed under Kids

The obligatory Golden Heart score post

If you enter the Golden Heart, and have a blog, then you’re pretty much obligated to blog about your Golden Heart scores. Can I say that I’m a wee bit psyched that this will be my last Golden Heart post, ever? (The Golden Heart is for writers not published in novel-length fiction).

Your manuscript is read by five judges and they score you on a scale of 1 through 9, decimals allowed, with 9 being the highest, 5 average, and 1 illiterate. (Okay, I made that last part up. I’ve never met anyone who received a 1, but I do know someone who received four 9s and a 2. And yes, she made the finals that year.)

Below are the scores for Geek Girl’s Guide and Fine Art (MacKenna’s story).

The Geek Girls’ Guide to Cheerleading:
Average: 39.70, which put us in the top quarter (top quarter cutoff: 38.7)

Not bad, although really, what’s the difference between 8.9 and a 9.0? What was the one little thing we didn’t get right? Is it rude to ask that?

The Fine Art of Holding Your Breath:
Average: 40.10 (again, top quarter)

I’m really pleased with this set of scores. Both, actually. I’m guessing both manuscripts came close to making the finals.

And honestly, I’d mentally prepared myself for lower scores re: Fine Art. It’s edgier than Geek Girl’s Guide and has super secret double probation subject matter (nope, haven’t blogged about it, so you won’t find anything in the archives) that happens to be a hot button topic.

I expected a wider gap between the scores. Actually, I was expecting to dip beneath a 5. That I didn’t, along with those two 9s, has me extra pleased.

Now all I have to do is finish this draft.


Filed under Writing

This is crazy

This is crazy. This is also our backyard, as seen from the deck. Today.

To quote Miss B: “When is spring coming?”

If you need me, I’ll be hibernating.



Filed under Misc

The secret life of Miss B

The Marvelous Miss B made a startling announcement the other day: she no longer likes Disney Princesses.

I know! Shocking. Although she amended that. She likes Jasmine and Mulan, but that’s it.

Her new aspiration is to be a teenager. This is far better than being a princess. The evidence:

As a teenager, she is in charge of 2-3 younger siblings. (Where these siblings come from, I have no idea. The ether, perhaps.) She has car keys and “driving lessons.” She has a best friend named Casey. They talk a lot on the cell phone. The one-sided conversations go something like this:

“Oh, Casey, that’s just great. That’s really great. Oh, I know … that’s just great, Casey.”

Apparently, things are going great with Casey. And no matter who is on the phone, she ends the conversation with: “Love you, bye.”

And, Miss B has a boyfriend. His name is Jason, because that’s a “cool” name. He has flat hair and bangs (also cool) and possibly a boy necklace.  Once, when Jason called, she looked at me, then pulled out her phone with a sigh.

“He always calls me,” she said in a he’s a boy, what can you do about it kind of way.

But perhaps the best part of Miss B’s secret life is her brother is the younger sibling. This drives him crazy, even when I explain to him how she longs to be older, stronger, bigger–just once.

And in her secret life, she is.


Filed under Kids

Me at 35,000

Your Personality at 35,000 Says…

Deep down, you prefer spending time alone to spending time with others. You enjoy thinking more than talking.
So true.
You don’t spend much time thinking about your place in the world. You are who you are – and people can just deal with that!

Yeah. Just deal.
Your gift is having a way with words. You know how to express yourself well.

That’s going to make this whole writing thing so much easier.

You are inspired by what is unknown. You are drawn to the exotic.

 It’s why I’m a technical writer.

 It’s very easy for you to feel happy. You can find peace with any situation.

Peace out. 


Filed under Quizzes

I don’t talk about it that much

So, the other day, the Marvelous Miss B pulled out some paper, arranged herself on the floor, and pulled out a pen (one of my Uni-ball Vision Elites). Then, ankles crossed, she started writing. Here’s what she said about that:

“I’m writing this book for my agent. My agent looooves this book.”

Uh, I don’t talk about my agent (!!!) that much. I don’t. Honest.

But apparently, the life of a writer is pretty boring, because a moment later, she drew lines across the page, gathered up ten or so stuffed animals, and school was in session.

Why do I get the feeling that I’d just been schooled?


Filed under Kids, Writing

Only a writer would think this

So yesterday, thanks to rain and traffic, I ran out of audio book during my commute. I was, tragically, reduced to listening to drive-time radio. You know something’s out of whack when you voluntarily channel surf to Radio Disney because, you know, they might be playing something better.

And is it possible for a station to play a block of Tom Petty songs and NOT include Free Fallin’?

I didn’t think so. That song always makes me think of the movie Jerry McGuire (“You had me at hello.”), which makes me think of Tom Cruise. Then I think of Tom Cruise jumping all over Oprah’s couch like a maniac, like a crazy person, enthusiastically. 

But I digress. One station is sponsoring a “50K every workday” contest. So, did I hear this and think:

“Wow. 50,000 dollars. That’s a lot of money.”

No. I did not. Sad to say, the first thought that crossed my mind was:

“Wha–? They’re giving away 50,000 words?”

I’m not making this up. Besides, they could give away 50,000 words. After all, there are all those NaNoWriMo novels out there.


Filed under Misc, Writing