Thursday, January 31, 2008
First Sale o' 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
That Was Quick
Next step, if I passed, is to get my name drawn out of the hat when the roadshow comes to town. Pass that and it's interview time. Pass that and it's back to hoping my name gets drawn again, this time for the show.
*If you want to play along, there's time to sign up for the "West Coast" time zone exam, taking place tomorrow, January 31st.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Also, they suggest what (I hope) will begin Wednesday, Jan. 30, and lead to a long and lucrative TV experience. Or a least a case of Rice-a-Roni (the San Francisco treat) and a copy of the home game.
That's right, I've signed up for the Jeopardy! Online Test. The East Coast test comes up Tuesday night, West Coast Thursday.
Join the fun.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
They looked like this:
- Phil's 4-Gun Police Ship
- The "Functual Time" Truck
According to Phil, the FT Truck sells clocks and phones. If you look at the top of the truck you can see the F (reversed) and T for Functual (Phil's word) Time.
- The Chase (widescreen)
- The LegoMaster
Saturday, January 19, 2008
"Cameron's Next Religious Exposé" Redux
Lots of other good stuff in that ish. Subscribe.
Friday, January 18, 2008
CFBA: Christian Writers' Market Guide 2008
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Sally Stuart has been writing for the last 40+ years, and has been putting out the annual "Christian Writers' Market Guide" for the last 23 years. Her other writing includes several Christian education resources books, a children's picture book, a basic writing text, writing resources, and a western novel--plus hundreds of articles and marketing columns. She writes marketing columns for the "Christian Communicator," "Advanced Christian Writer," and the Oregon Christian Writers' Newsletter. She speaks and teaches at Christian Writers' Conferences nationwide. Sally is the mother of three and grandmother of eight. She and her husband, Norm, spend their free time vacationing on the Oregon coast.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Phil: Boy of Science
Here's a pic of the happy scientist.
In conjuction with the Science Fair, the school also had math and science activities for the kids to play. Among other things, Phil estimated area with Ms. Spencer, played a predictions game with Mrs. Wheeler (his teacher), and helped the blue eyes catch up with the browns (OK, not quite).
Next year we'll see if they lift the ban on explosives and Phil can enter his rocket engine-modified LEGO car....
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Meeting Melody and Mike
Last night we drove out to Arlington to attend a book signing and reading by Melody Graves. Melody was one of the authors who appeared in the premiere issue of Coach's Midnight Diner, and she was reading a new short story and signing copies of CMD. The reading was well attended and the book sold well.
In addition to getting to meet Melody, I also got to meet another CMD author (and Dallasite), Mike Medina. Good times.
The Relief Journal website has more on the signing and an interview with Melody. Enjoy!
Monday, January 07, 2008
The Return of Monday Nights
Of course, new eps of Monk and Psych start up again this week. <sigh> There goes Friday...
Sunday, January 06, 2008
2007: Reading and Writing
- Fight Club
- Unfortunate Events: The End
- Masterpieces in 3-D*
- Seventy Times Seven
- Germ (ARC)
- The Hard Goodbye (graphic novel)
- Trinity (3 of 3 - graphic novel)
- Batman Gothic (graphic novel)
- House of Invention*
- Coral Moon
- Lisey's Story
- Flannery O'Connor: The Complete Stories
- It's Not Funny if I Have to Explain It
- 10 Classics in 10 Minutes
- The Utter Zoo Alphabet
- Mystery & Crime (The NY Public Library Book of Answers)*
- The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower
- 24 Declassified: Cat's Claw
- Star Trek: The Modala Imperitive (graphic novel)
- Tribulation House
- Unknown Man No. 89
- Teaching for Student Achievement Guidebook*
- The Complete Guide to Editing Your Fiction*
- The Crucible
- Broken Prey
- Elementary, the Cartoonist Did It
- The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
- Of Mice and Men
- A Raisin in the Sun
- Napalm and Silly Putty
- Secret Window*
- Shutter Island
- Of Other Worlds*
- Art Masterpieces in 3D*
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- Iron Joe Bob
- Rising Stars (graphic novel)
- The Death of Superman (graphic novel)
- Firefly: The Official Companion - Vol. 1
- How Fiction Works*
- Coach's Midnight Diner
- The Original Hitchhiker Radio Scripts
- Soul Circus
- The Pearl
- The Gashlycrumb Tinies
*non-fiction; average pages per book: 266
I did manage to read a short story a week, making it through all 31 stories in the Dorothy L. Sayers anthology and 24 stories in The Art of Fiction (plus the short stories we read in class).
Although I did worse than recent years in the reading department, I more than made up for it with writing. 18 short stories and satirical "news" articles published, second-placing in the Genesis contest (opening pages of novel), two stories slated for publication this year (with another one or two in limbo). All that and upwards of $800 makes for a pretty good year for me.
How was your 2007?
Friday, January 04, 2008
A Good Word for Dell
This afternoon we lugged her laptop and power cord down to the Dell retail shop at NorthPark Mall in Dallas. Friendly guy at the service counter took the power cord, plugged it in; little green light on the transformer box didn't come on so problem solved. Turns out it was still under warranty (even though we didn't have warrantee paperwork with us he looked up the laptop serial number in Dell's big database o' facts and verified the warranty info instead of laughing at us and our pathetic filing skills). So he got us a fresh power cord ensemble, plugged it into the wall (green light!) and Dina's laptop, and checked a BIOS setting to make sure it was charging (for which I'm grateful because in my little world just because one problem is solved at no charge doesn't mean there's not a second, more costly problem lurking out there, too). It was charging (Yay!), and we packed things back up and were on our way.
So, Dell support/service guy, thank you very much. It's nice to take a vacation from my little world every now and again.
* Dina had to go with a refurb-ed unit to get XP on it as Dell was Vista-only at the time; they've since come to their senses...
Thursday, January 03, 2008
It's been a while since I've blogged. Not a lot happening other than our home being overtaken by LEGOs and books a'plenty for my birthday, Christmas, and (because its what my folks do to welcome the new year) New Year's Day.
And I'm into the O's now in my alphamabetical iPod quest.
Doesn't if feel good to be caught up?
And a Happy New Year to you, too.