Monday, December 23, 2013
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Friday, November 8, 2013
Our Word of the Week
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Saturday, October 5, 2013
dewey finn (school of rock)
junior (problem child)
ricky vaughn (major league)
annie walker (bridesmaids)
john beckwith and jeremy grey (wedding crashers)
axel foley (beverly hills cop)
billy ray valentine (trading places)
tess mcgill (working girl)phil, stu, and alan (the hangover)
kevin (home alone)
literary characters who are great at misbehaving
fudge (tales from a fourth grade nothing)
calvin (calvin and hobbes)
antonia mcpherson (notes from a liar and her dog)
mac (the fourth stall)
george (george's marvellous medicine)
clarence (poem by Shel Silverstein)
harry the dirty dog
caleb and camille fang (the family fang)
uncle oswald (my uncle oswald)
Anyone you'd like to add?
Friday, September 27, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
I have an apology to make to Jon Lester. A few days ago I planned to write about what a disappointing pitcher he's been, highlighting all the reasons why the Red Sox should pull him from the starting rotation.
I believe Josh Beckett (his fried chicken and beer guzzling included) was a terrible influence on Jon Lester. Even after Beckett was traded, Lester never seemed to get back on track. In addition, I've carried a chip on my shoulder that Terry Francona was fired because of Beckett and Lester's sloppiness. (I love Terry Francona.) Needless to say, Lester has been on my Get-Him-Out-of-There List for a while.
And then he played on Monday. Granted, he pitched against the Giants who are mediocre at best. But still, they're a major league team and Lester went eight plus innings against quality batters. I was impressed.
So I offer my sincerest apologies to you, Mr. Lester. My fingers are crossed that your next start will be as good.
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Just sinking back into my office after an inspiring SCBWI conference.
To name a highlight from a list of many:
Lin Oliver and Henry Winkler's workshop called Comedy Comes From the Heart. They stressed the importance of figuring out what you find funny. They told us to write for ourselves, not for an audience. Delight yourself. Mine your own life to create comedy. Love your character. Be willing to look like a fool. In fact, Mr. Winkler even suggested dressing up as your character for inspiration.
What fun! As I type this, I'm wearing a suit, tie, and fedora.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Yesterday afternoon, I was walking with The Racecar and we stumbled upon this library in front of a pretty white house. The box was full with all sorts of books: "Vista Street Library: Take one, Leave one"
We also discovered these poems, and...
a table full of vegetables.
There was a sign on the vegetable table that encouraged people to take a homegrown treat. The suggested donation was one dollar, which I thought was very reasonable.
How refreshing! Even though we live in a big city, it felt like The Racecar and I had been magically dropped into a small town. Hopefully, we'll get the chance to meet our very creative neighbor!
Friday, April 26, 2013
Monday, April 15, 2013
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Monday, April 1, 2013
Friday, March 22, 2013
Friday, March 8, 2013
Monday, February 25, 2013
Friday, February 1, 2013
Thursday, January 31, 2013
My mom sent me beautiful paper to use creatively. The paper came in this brown tube.
I wanted to see the paper as a whole, so I ordered this drying rack. I think all of the colors look pretty and when I see them, I feel inspired.
Stay tuned to see more projects made with paper!
Friday, January 25, 2013
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
I'm incredibly honored to be a new member of the FOCAL award committee 2013. FOCAL stands for Friends of Children and Literature and each year an award is given to a children's book with California content.
The 2012 FOCAL award winner is "One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street" by Joanne Rocklin.