Green Eggs and Ham and Cat in the Hat live large in our house. Dr. Seuss (107 and still going strong) was read in-utero to my boys via Oh, the Places You’ll Go. This is the kind of thing that makes me wish I had girls. For a Seussian birthday you can download a Seuss App or make some Seuss cupcakes or don… Read More
I asked for questions, and you came up with some great ones! I’ll be sprinkling the answers over the next couple weeks. Jemi Fraser asks: What was the first book you remember really catching your attention as a kid? Star Wars or Star Trek? 🙂 Aliens wiped my brain of all memories before age 12, so I’m not really sure if I… Read More
Sparky regrets that second bag of catnip on New Year’s Eve. A Writer’s New Year’s Resolutions: Limit myself to seven mini-pots of tea, ten on a writing day, no more than twelve on a writing deadline Vow to keep my TBR pile short enough that it won’t kill the cat if it falls over Not to reflexively click “buy now”… Read More
Picture credit Picture credit Picture credit Picture credit Picture credit Back tomorrow with the seriousness . . .
100+ followers!! People, you rock! To thank all my erudite and thoughtful followers for helping me reach that lovely 100-follower mark, I’m holding a CONTEST! First (because it’s the most fun): PRIZES Since Ink Spells talks about both reading and writing middle grade books, I’m going to have a READER’S prize and a WRITER’S prize.* *note: I stole this idea from… Read More
If you’re still here, you’re a math nerd. And I love you for it. 🙂 Now the above equation isn’t simply some geek-fun. It is math coolness incarnate: the transformation of words into math. In this case, these words: Thanks go to irascignavojo for the tip on this math-nerd-coolness. Go make your own math!
I’m way behind on my Blogger Awards, so here’s a little catch-up: Thanks to Lisa Gail Green for the Mommy Blogger award. I love it! This is likely the only Mommy-related award I will receive this summer, as I’m perfecting the art of yelling at my kids (“Stop fighting or the computer’s off for a week! I swear I mean it this… Read More
I’ve been TAGGED by the lovely and vivacious Sheri over at Writer’s Ally, which means you answer the TAG questions 5 times and TAG 5 other bloggers. Because it’s too much fun to resist, I’ll answer the questions, but I leave it to you all to consider yourselves officially tagged! Answer each question (once) in the comments, if you dare! Question 1: Where… Read More
Can you believe there was a study about what cats do with their time? Answer: 22% of the time looking out the window. Not having the benefit of a person-cam or taking any scientific data, I tried to figure out how much time I spend Twittering, blogging, writing, shuttling kids to various destinations, folding laundry. I got halfway through the… Read More
I’m guest posting over at the esteemed Secret Archives of the Alliterati site today, talking about the Fermentation of a Writer. So, for serious ruminations, check me out over there. For the furry silliness, see below. Or maybe we’ll just let kitteh rest over the weekend. p.s. pictures from here
Thanks to The Mute Robot! This was too awesome to pass up, but I leave it to Matthew at Free the Princess to analyze. Happy Monday!
Unable to compete with Google renaming itself after a midwestern capital, and Gmail in VowelFail mode, I reserved my funnies for April 2nd. I love the library. It’s not just a source of books and information (not to mention e-books, DVDs, audio books, online access and Story Hour), but a source of entertainment as well. Thanks to Mary Calhoun Brown… Read More
Thanks to Olga for this sign awesomeness! We may be slow, but the turtle usually gets there before the hot wax drips down. *back to vacation mode*
The Friends of Irony. If this was an actual club, I would be conniving to obtain membership. Perhaps submitting pictures of my cats or making pathetic attempts at humor. Lucky for me, you can simply subscribe to enjoy the ironic riches of their site. Schrödinger’s Barbershop see more Friends of Irony From the passing swipe of having your wayward main character read Paradise… Read More
Top ‘o the morning to you from the Quinn household on this fine St. Patrick’s Day! /Irish-ness Ink Spells hasn’t reviewed the Wimpy Kid series yet, and apparently I’m woefully behind, because they’ve already got a movie going for this mega-selling series. Which means fun cool stuff to play with! GO HERE, to reincarnate yourself in a wimpier form. It’s silliness,… Read More
It’s okay with me if Google takes over the world, if they keep doing stuff like this. Happy π day! That is all.
Nothing makes you cry (tears of laughter) like The Onion: How Will The End Of Print Journalism Affect Old Loons Who Hoard Newspapers? I have to admit that there is a stack of newspapers sitting on my bay window, waiting to be read. I’m almost certain none are more than a week old. Do you cling to the papers of… Read More
This is all kinds of funny people. I did some very unlady-like begging to get this award, just so I could pass it on to my manly blogger-type friends. Check out the crew (Master Jedi Zack, Darth Corder, and Carl) at Boys Rule Boys Read! blog, who are the creators of this fab award. The trio is funny, and get-out crazy… Read More
Blogger friend Rebecca sent this to me, and it’s made of awesome, so I had to pass it along. Now you probably have to be either 1) a lover of all things science fiction, kitschy or not, or 2) an admirer of the Periodic Table or 3) BOTH (bonus points), to get the true belly laugh out of this one…. Read More
Thanks go to Steven for the funnies! Who knew cats were so literary? And because cats have imagination, too . . . Happy Weekend!
From that superior News Source, The Onion, I bring you some insightful analysis on whether violent video games are adequately preparing our children for the post-apocalyptic world coming in 2012. Are Violent Video Games Adequately Preparing Children For The Apocalypse? Bane, I’m thinking of you, my friend. This, of course, begs the question: If your child is actually a mutant… Read More
The day: it got away from me. Today, the kids were home from school. It’s the day after Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but they’re still here. Who authorized this? This means that today I am the Human Source of All Knowledge (HSAK). Like the interwebs, only easier to use. Just ask Mom a question and the secrets of the… Read More
My kid’s eyes lit up when I told them I entered a Secret Agent Contest. They were a bit disappointed to find it was a secret literary agent contest, and that the agent probably wasn’t wearing a mask, dressed in all-black and carrying spy gear. I suppose the agent may be wearing all-black, but probably not the mask. Usually these… Read More
Mini-cat. Mini-laptop. Even with a million kitties and a million years, I’m thinking no good is coming from this.
Dark Omen came home from 5th grade and told me his classmates were “worshipping” him today because he reads the Wall Street Journal. “Worship” is apparently 5th grade speak for, “Dude, you’re really cool” and it strikes me as awesome that these kids think it’s “cool” to read, of all things, the newspaper. Not any newspaper, mind you, but The… Read More
Background: Wormburner (aka son#2) has been reading Artemis Fowl. Setting: Last night at dinner . . . Wormburner: “Dad, did you know fairies have jet packs?” Dad: “Um, no?” Wormburner: “And they vibrate!” Wormburner starts vibrating in his seat. Mom explains: “Fairies vibrate at a speed that renders them invisible to the human eye. Don’t ask me how I know… Read More
Even the plush are affected. This is choke-on-my-own-spit funny, people. That is all. p.s. Thanks, Penny!