Monthly Archives: October 2008

The proof is in the page

So on Monday, a huge package from Simon and Schuster landed on our doorstep. Inside we found page proofs for The Geek Girl’s Guide to Cheerleading.

That’s right. The manuscript looks like an actual book. Well, an actual book if you printed on huge sheets of paper, landscape, two book pages per sheet.

One of the reasons I was so excited when we sold to Simon Pulse is they produce some of the most beautiful trade paperbacks for the their teen line. The artwork and typesetting all comes together to support the story. Here’s a peek at what they’ve done for Geek Girl’s Guide:

Each chapter heading is at a jaunty angle and in the “cheerleader” font (I’m sure it’s not technically called the cheerleader font, but whatever). Each of our chapters begins with a little excerpt “written” by the cheerleader coach and on each they’ve added a different silhouette of a cheerleader. Okay, how cute is that?

So now we read, looking for typos, things that were missed, and so on. And even as we inch closer to July, it still all seems a little surreal.


Filed under Reading & Writing

The weather: a study in contrasts

This was yesterday:

Children frolic in the sun-dappled leaves. Mother Nature rejoices.

This is today:

 Yes, that’s snow. Somewhere, a woman screams. A baby cries.


Filed under Misc

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Super Girl

So today, since it was so lovely out, I once again put together the kids, their Halloween costumes, my digital camera, and the guest of honor, Microsoft Movie Maker.

But when I first grabbed my camera and checked to see what was on there, I noticed Andrew had used it to take several pictures of himself and the cat. I give you a new take on human/animal relations:

 The Blair Witch Cat Project

Just be glad I spared you the photo he took of the cat using her litter box.

On to the movie. Last year, it was Snow Princesses and Werewolves. This year, we call this one Super Girl vs. Freddy Krueger (aka Revenge of the Marvelous Miss B).


Filed under Kids, Video

The email I just sent Darcy

Dude, dude, DUDE.

Check it:
We’re up at Simon Says.
We’re up at Simon Says.

How incredibly unreal.


* * *

As you can see, our emails are scintillating.

Updated to add: Well, darn. It appears the link is no longer working. I hope this isn’t some kind of omen.

Updated to add again: It appears to be back up. Hooray!


Filed under Reading & Writing

Well, thank goodness for that

You Should Be Allowed to Vote

You got 15/15 questions correct.
Generally speaking, you’re very well informed.If you vote this election, you’ll know exactly who (and what) you’ll be voting for.

You’re likely to have strong opinions, and you have the facts to back them up.



It’s official. Blogthings says I can vote. I’m so relieved. Sorry for not blogging for a while. Work = v.v. crazy busy. Writing inspiration = v.v. nonexistent.


Filed under Quizzes

The sweet smell of edible Australia

So, today I bring you a recipe that may surprise you. It’s for Rice Krispie Treats. I know what you’re thinking: Dude, no way! You have to buy those at the grocery store–proof that they’re just too hard to make.

I used to think the same thing, but really, it’s not difficult to master the recipe. In fact, today, I’ll present both the basic recipe and some advanced techniques. You can thank me later.

First, what you’ll need:

Note: While it’s esthetically more pleasing to place the butter in the center of the dish, it doesn’t affect the actual recipe.

  • 3 tablespoons butter/margarine
  • 1 bag marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies

First, melt the butter, then add the marshmallows. It will look something like this:

Mmmmm. Melty high fructose goodness.

When the marshmallows are all melted, add the Rice Krispies. This can be a little tricky:

Challenging, but worth it.

Spread the mess yummy goodness into a 9 x 13 inch pan that you’ve previously hosed down coated with cooking spray. Use a buttered spatula or waxed paper to keep the mess from sticking to everything in known creation press the treats into the pan.

And that’s it! And I know what you’re thinking: That’s easy! I’ll never buy Krispie Treats from the store again!

Now that you’ve mastered the fine art of the Krispie Treat, you can use them a launch pad for more experimental work. I give you: Edible Australia:

You’ll need a bigger pan because Australia is … big. We recommend you outline Australia beforehand.

Sometimes it’s good to have your map of Austalia by your side while you work.

Australia is surrounded by a lot of ocean. You’ll need blue frosting for that. But don’t panic. You can make your own.

Attention to detail is important.

Voila! All you need now is the finishing touches (brown sugar for deserts, cookie crumbs for mountains, and Swedish fish (?) for the ocean) from your classmates, and you have Edible Australia.

The real reward will come not in the post-quiz consuming of (some of) Edible Australia but whether older women (aka eighth and ninth graders) will ask you to share some of it on the way out of school.


Filed under Cooking (disasters), Kids

Words I constantly misspell despite my profession

  • Documentation
  • Usability
  • Questionnaire

That pretty much sums up my week, too.


Filed under Tech Writing