Monthly Archives: September 2009

Help save Shrinking Violet

2009 Deb Danielle Joseph could use everyone’s help. Shrinking Violet is about an extremely shy high school senior trying to find her voice and reach her dream of becoming a DJ, despite the obstacles that stand in her way.

The book is about to go on back order and in order for more copies to be printed, more people have to place orders for the book.

Read more about Shrinking Violet:

High school senior Teresa Adams is so painfully shy that she dreads speaking to anyone in the hallways or getting called on in class. But in the privacy of her bedroom with her iPod in hand, she rocks out doing mock broadcasts for Miami’s hottest FM radio station, which happens to be owned by her stepfather. When a slot opens up at The SLAM, Tere surprises herself by blossoming behind the mike into confident, sexy Sweet T to everyone’s shock, she’s a hit! Even Gavin, the only guy in school who she dares to talk to, raves about the mysterious DJ’s awesome taste in music. But when The SLAM announces a songwriting contest, and a prom date with Sweet T is the grand prize, Sweet T’s dream could turn into Tere’s worst nightmare. . . .

Want to help? Here’s what you can do:

Please tell anyone that you think might be interested to place an order now before it’s too late. Guys, girls, grandmas. grandpas, you’re never too old to read humorous teen fiction!

Can’t afford to buy another book? You can still help. Check to see if your school and/or public library carries a copy of Shrinking Violet. If not, request it! (A lot of the time, you can even do this online). Write a review and post it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, GoodReads.

Danielle also running a contest for those that want to have some fun! There will be four winners, each receiving a $25 gift certificate to iTunes or the bookstore of their choice. For all the information on what to do, head on over to Danielle’s blog.


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My kids, they write

Our school district recently changed their curriculum to place more emphasis on writing. This is one of those changes that has been a very good thing.

Andrew has always disliked having to write things like essays and reports. And honestly? I’ve never liked it either. Worse, when you’re a writer, people sometimes expect help with that sort of thing. The conventional wisdom being: Dude, you’re a writer, why can’t you write a scholarship application essay/grant application/whatever.

Well, for the same reason that if I didn’t write installation instructions five days a week, I wouldn’t be very good at that.

Anyway, I’ve seen a huge turnaround in Andrew’s writing in the last year. And they have designated free writing times for the younger grades as well. They do learn proper spelling, punctuation, and so on, but for free writing they’re encourage to sound things out of their own and keep going.

I’ve been amazed at their progress.

Here’s a “journal” entry that Kyra wrote. I cleaned up the spelling, but I feel compelled to add that she got all the apostrophes correct.

I’m a little girl. It’s close to Halloween. I’m going to get a costume that’s a devil. It’s going to be fun.

Kyra would like everyone to know that she’s going to be a good devil.

Here’s part of an essay that Andrew wrote, the goal being to write about yourself in the third person:

Andrew is so messy you cannot see the floor of his room because it is covered in stuff, mostly books and junk. Unless the floor is clean and the mess is really holograms. But what is the point to go through all that trouble. Unless he does that so when his mom or dad asks him to clean his room, he turns off the projection of the holograms, and then gets a raise in his allowance. I guess that theory does not work because sometimes when he cleans it, it actually gets messier. IT ACTUALLY GETS MESSIER.

I’m hoping his English teacher doesn’t ding him for the use of all caps.

As you probably guessed, I’m psyched that both of them are writing. Whether they become writers is neither here nor there. I think being able to express themselves in writing will server them well.


Filed under Kids, Writing

Beethoven’s 5th Symphony for the Guitar Hero crowd

Just because I’m writing a scene called “music on Sundays.” This seemed to fit. Enjoy!

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Geeking out over Glee

I watched the pilot of Glee last night. Yeah, I know, where have I been. Actually, I’ve been meaning to watch it since it aired three months ago. But, I don’t watch a lot of TV (okay, almost none). And I’m still holding a grudge against FOX for moving The X-Files from Friday night to Sunday night.

Certain shows belong on Friday night, and even if Glee is a Wednesday night show, it really belongs on a Friday. Thanks to the wonders of technology, I can now watch it then–or anytime I want, like the second show tonight. (It is permissible to watch a Friday show on a Saturday.)

Of course, there’s also the director’s cut of the pilot that also might be worth watching. Hmmm … I’m running out of days.

Anyway, who’s watching along with me? (I’ll forgive you if you’re not actually watching on Friday.) What do you think of Alyssa Rosenberg’s take in The Atlantic?

Glee, a new series on Fox, shows just how far portrayals of teen social life have evolved since the angst-ridden era of Breakfast Club.

Or is it simply the serious music/80s love going on? I wish FOX wasn’t being so stingy with videos. (Watch as I renew my grudge against FOX.)

But the extended trailer has a bit of the performance for Don’t Stop Believin’:

And the whole song is here. Enjoy!


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It’s good to be seven

Miss B would like everyone to know that, as of yesterday at 2:14 p.m., she is seven. See?


When you’re seven, they throw a Renaissance Fair for you. See?


Your brother can shoot a crossbow there, and you both can ride an elephant. See?



When you are seven, you leave the fair with a good deal of loot, including a lucky star charm and a dragon pet. See?


When you’re seven, your brother with his own money (and a coupon) sponsor your Build-a-Bear trip. See?




As you can see, it’s good to be seven.


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Your quotes for the day

Last night, Andrew glanced up from reading and announced:

Man, I’m reading the crap out of this book!

Yes, we’re all about literacy in the Tahmaseb household. Clearly.

This morning, while walking Miss B into school, she asked why I was wearing my pink Converse shoes.

Me: Because they go with the pink stripe in my shirt. Do I have fashion sense?
Her: Well … maybe.

We’re all about fashion, too.


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My own private Narnia

They’re doing some trail improvement where I normally take my weekend morning walks, so I’ve taken an alternate route around that, which is neither here nor there, except: I’ve discovered Narnia in my own backyard.



It’s a lamppost! In the middle of nowhere! I love it!

Actually, there used to be a house here, not that you can tell (except for the lamppost, of course). At one point, people were living there. Then it was boarded up. Then, overnight (almost), if vanished. (Eminent domain, perhaps? Magic? We may never know.)

But someone, a closet Narnia fan maybe, left behind the lamppost.


I’m hoping they don’t take the lamppost away. I’d hate to lose the Narnia in my own backyard.

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I am chocolate, hear me roar!


I actually think she looks a bit like my sister in this photo, with apologies to my sister. It’s not the chocolate, but maybe the expression on her face.


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