Christmas Concert

December 11, 2009 at 6:48 am (To Do) (, )

We only have one concert to go this year, since the boys are now at the same school.

Here’s the classics, regardless of how many you go to:

  • Little girls in poofy dresses and tights
  • Little boys in ties
  • The one loud kid
  • The one kid that says “hi” to the sibling in the other class (that was mine this year)
  • Squeaky voices
  • Enjoying the moment

What’s your favorite Christmas Concert moment?


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The Best Snowstorm Effects

December 10, 2009 at 6:11 am (To Do) (, )

Wisconsin got between 0-17 inches of snow, depending on where you are in the state.  My yard was close 15 inches.

Here’s the good parts:

  • Hot chocolate with marshmallows
  • Mom’s version includes vanilla vodka or peppermint schnapps
  • Happy kids after building their snow fort
  • Husbands who plow the drive way
  • Not actually having to go out and do anything about the snow

How’s the weather in your neck of the woods?

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My Letter to Santa

December 9, 2009 at 6:37 am (To Do) (, , )

Dear Santa, I’ve been a good girl this year.  Ignore any letters from my husband that say differently.

  • Books, lots of books
  • Time to read said books
  • Coffee to keep me cozy while reading books
  • Good friends with whom to talk books

What’s on your wish list?

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Reading List: November

December 8, 2009 at 6:22 am (To Do) (, )

As promised.

  • Vaction Under the Volcano by Mary Pope Osbourne
  • The Sex Club by L.J. Sellers
  • Small Favor by Jim Butcher
  • The Brass Bed by Jennifer Stevenson
  • First to Fight by David Sherman
  • Lifelines by C.J. Lyons
  • Turn Coat by Jim Butcher
  • Day of the Dragon King by Mary Pope Osbourne

Total books for November: 8; Year to date: 95.

Total pages for November: 2,510; Year to date: 30, 188.

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Reading List: October

December 7, 2009 at 6:18 am (To Do) (, )

Yes, you read that right, folks, October’s List.  November’s tomorrow.  Promise.

  • White Night by Jim Butcher
  • Lions at Lunch Time by Mary Pope Osbourne
  • Principles of Economics by N. Gregory Mankiw
  • Modern Business Statistics by Anderson Sweeney Williams
  • Polar Bears Past Bedtime by Mary Pope Osbourne
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules by Jeff Kinney
  • Diary of a Wimply Kid: Last Straw by Jeff Kinney
  • Anne Frank: Her Life in Words and Pictures by Menno Metselaar & Ruuf van der Rol
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Total Books for October: 10; YTD: 87.

Total pages for October: 3,344; YTD: 27, 678.

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November 2, 2009 at 8:53 pm (Uncategorized)

  • Headaches
  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy throat
  • Insane coughing

If I make it through the week, I promise to have a better post next week.

Minus the fever, and it’s just like allergies.  Joy!

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Boucher Con: On Rules

October 29, 2009 at 7:51 am (Book World, Writing Life) (, , )

  • Stephen King said, Shit has it’s own integrity.  Write what you love, don’t jump on a trend. — Harlen Coben
  • Forget the rules.  Either it’s right or it’s your way.  — David Levien
  • It’s a craft, respect the rules.  Too many people don’t even understand basic grammar.  David Fulmer
  • Use the rules that work in the world and throw out the ones that don’t work. — Charlaine Harris
  • Be true to your own rules.  — Heather Graham

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Boucher Con: On Writing Process

October 26, 2009 at 12:03 pm (Book World, Writing Life) (, , )

  • I consciously choose to be lazy.  Copying speeds the process.  — Ken Isaacson
  • Writers who seek to be published lack ambition. — Harlen Coben
  • I don’t buy the “write what you know.” How many people have actually murdered someone? — Twist Phelan
  • Start with “What if” then decide what character is least suited to solve the problem.  — Twist Phelan
  • Know when to be vague.  — John Maddox Roberts
  • I’m of the “hum a few bars and fake” school.  Harlen Coben

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Boucher Con: On Research

October 23, 2009 at 6:23 am (Book World, Writing Life) (, , )

  • Society lives on white lies. — Charlaine Harris
  • Know what material is propoganda [in your research] and use what is not. — Kelli Stanley
  • Facts kill you. — David Levien

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Boucher Con: On Character

October 22, 2009 at 8:27 am (Book World, Writing Life)

  • Aren’t all characters an idealized version of yourself, but five years younger? — Martyn Waites
  • Sookie is more like the person I’d like to be: loyal brave, doesn’t hesitate to act. — Charlaine Harris
  • I didn’t kill my husband! — Sara Wisseman
  • Evil people never recognoize themselves.  — Sara Wisseman

Just listening to the panelings was thrilling, even when I wasn’t familiar with the authors’ body of work.  Or, when I was and didn’t get what the fuss was all about.

Another set of great quotes was collected by the Word Nerd.

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