Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Requested Rewrite = Cleaner House

An editor I really admire just called my prose "lively and interesting." And she asked for 3 concrete changes!

So naturally I spent the day spring cleaning. Because while I normally do everything I can to AVOID housework, a good rewrite is MUCH harder than scrubbing the floors.....

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Disturbingly bad children's books

THIS sounds like a HORRIBLE book.....


Is it bad if my first reaction was... "Thank Goodness! It was self-published...."

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Country Style Mustard

OK --- Country Style Mustard is open for business.

I'll keep my writing-blogging here, My Political/Catholic/Baby Blogging there, and stop posting obnoxiously long comments on my favorite Catholic blogs.... instead I'll just blog my thoughts at CSM and annoy fewer people. =)

A good article on the pope

Ok, so usually I don't blog religion over here (maybe I should start up a separate blog for that?) But since the only person I know of who has me on RSS feed is my husband, (Hi Honey!) I thought I'd post this over here-- because THIS ARTICLE really struck a chord with me.

I already knew the bit about the reluctant pope and his beloved cats, but what really hit me was the idea of "mustard seed" Catholic communities...

And I wonder if that's what the Catholic Homeschooling movie is really about -- not a great, loud movement to convert, like the Jesuits or Franciscans, but a small, quiet way to preserve --like the Benedictines.....

If the world is getting darker, we shouldn't hide our lights under a basket-- but on the other hand, it might help to shelter them from the wind until calmer days.

(BTW-- I also like the fact that the pope is NOT immenentizing the eschaton-- he's not saying the end of the world is at hand, just that there are some rough spots ahead......)

Ack... better go... my middle "mustard seed" is closing in on the smallest one.....

Hey- That would be a great title for a second blog... "Country-Style Mustard".... (The flavorful one with lots of seeds... =) ).......

ps. google's spell check recognizes neither immenentize or eschaton and can offer no reasonable suggestions.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Maddigan's Fantasia

I'm reading Maddigan's Fantasia by Margaret Mahy -- I always love it when one of my childhood favorites publishes a new book-- I must ahve read The Changeover 15 times in Jr. High and High School!

And after a quick google search, I found out it's actually a tie-in to a BBC Series! Awesome!

Too bad the DVDs aren't available in the US.......

Monday, April 7, 2008

I'm Torn

About The Green Gables Prequel

On one hand, I want to read it, but on the other I'm afraid of being dreadfully dissapointed--- and the Anne of Green Gables series has always meant alot to me.

On the other hand, Margaret Atwood's comments make me think that she must not be much fun to have over for coffee.... Or maybe she just knew that tearing apart a novel that influenced 100 years of girls is a sure-fire way to get press coverage in your dotage.......

What kind of a person wishes ill for Anne Shirley? The whole POINT is that the serendipitous mistake that brings her to Green Gables is like a fairy tale...

Besides, L.M Montgomery originally wrote for Sunday School Papers.. she believed in Providence-- that God puts us where we're needed......

ARGGH. But Atwood has always had weird issues with Christianity......

Actually, I think I WILL read the prequel-- because I'd like to see how another Anne-Fan imagined her youth.....

Local Author's Dreams Come True....

Sigh

Sometimes I think articles like this must be paid for by the publishing company. At least it's Author House... they're better than Publish America, right?

But I really want to GET paid when I publish my first book!

Also, if she was getting personalized rejections, maybe she wasn't as far off as she thought.....

Oh well. Everyone knows that the true sign of quality writing is that your book is listed on Amazon....

(Apologies to anyone offended by the snippiness--no coffee yet today.)