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Monthly Archives: July 2009

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-07-26

Family day today: off the grid. # It would be way easier to go off the grid if business problems didn’t hunt you down, Terminator-like, and shake you around by the throat. # Would be quicker to assemble a Works Cited page if publishers didn’t write publication years as MCMXIV and MCMXXXV and MDCCCLIII. # […]

Weeks 28, 29 and 30 of the “52 Books” challenge

Books for the last three weeks: two more disaster books, and a play. I think I’m almost off my disaster-book jag here, but I had two more on my stack and decided to read them as a follow-up to A Wall of White and Into Thin Air. Week 28, The Children’s Blizzard by David Laskin: […]

My adventures with’s Author Page

I visited Amazon a couple of days ago, blamelessly wishing to buy a couple of books, and an invitation popped up: if I happened to be the author of The History of the Ancient World, The Well-Trained Mind, and other books by Susan Wise Bauer, I could construct an Author Page. Simple fact of writing […]

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-07-19

Still sitting at kitchen table, trying to finish manuscript. German shepherd still sleeping, border collie in fight to death with pine cone. # Will…finish….MS…today. 5 sets of lessons left to go. # One down, four to go. # Two down, three to go. # Three down, two to go. # Four down, one to go. […]

A milestone

So Tuesday I finished a manuscript, and now for the first time in seven years I’m not playing catch-up with my writing. The manuscript was the last workbook in an elementary writing series for Peace Hill Press, the small press I own. (We are, without question, the most famous publisher in Charles City, Virginia.) I […]

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-07-12

Family day. I want to go do something FUN. # Kids heading off to visit cousins; next few days all about finishing Writing With Ease Workbook 4. Might also watch a disaster movie or two. # Listening to the sounds of silence… # Just unloaded 8 bales of hay, 4 sacks of feed, 2 sacks […]

Midsummer evening on the farm

Husband and kids are visiting cousins for a couple of days, I’m writing and writing and writing and all out of words. So…pictures I took on today’s evening walk. Click for a larger view.

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-07-05

Family day: no phone, no email, no business, many cookies. # Watching Bruce Greenwood in “Nowhere Man.” That was a brilliantly written series. And, naturally, very short-lived. # Today: taking kids to Science Museum of VA and the Imax “Sharks” film. # German shepherd puppy: housebroken, sweet natured, smart. Border collie puppy: mess-producing evil maniac. […]

Weeks 26 and 27 of the “52 Books” challenge

Time for another pair of quick book reports… Last week I picked up a disaster book that was on the New Books shelf of the Williamsburg library: A Wall of White: The True Story of Heroism and Survival in the Face of a Deadly Avalanche, by Jennifer Woodlief. (If you have to have a subtitle […]

Further thoughts on Sanford…

That is, if you’re not sick of the topic. Here are a few of my thoughts: in the Washington Post, and in two audio interviews that ran on NPR stations this morning. on-public-grovels-long-version on-public-grovels