January 8, 2013 at 9:20 am (Funny Stuff, Guest Host)
Tags: Moriah Densley, Song for Sophia, twins, weird stuff kids say
Please check out my post, Weird Stuff Kids Say, over at Moriah Densley’s blog. I reveal all the fun/weird/wowdidyouactuallyjustsaythat things my twins have said lately.
(You’ll remember Moriah as the lovely judge of the “What’s Going on Here?” caption contest, and author of Song for Sophia and Valkyrie’s Guardian.)
August 15, 2012 at 1:00 am (Funny Stuff, Guest Host, Writing contest)
Tags: caption contest, Moriah Densley, Song for Sophia, twins, what happens to a bar of soap in the microwave, What's going on here contest, Writing, writing life
Yesterday, I introduced author Moriah Densley. Moriah has generously agreed to act as the sole judge for the “What’s Going on Here?!” Contest!
Leave a caption for the following picture of Moriah’s ADORABLE children in the comments section of this post.
Contest deadline is 11:59pm PDT on August 24, 2012.
Humor is appreciated, but not required. (Let’s keep it clean though)
Winners will be announced when Moriah is done judging
Prizes are amazing, and as follows…
Grand Prize Winner will receive a critique from Moriah of their first 15 pages of their novel, AND and a copy of her e-book, Song for Sophia, AND, a package of writing goodies (chosen by me and I always include great stuff!)
First Runner Up will receive a critique from Moriah of their first 10 pages of their novel, AND a copy of her e-book, Song for Sophia.
Second Runner Up will receive book one of Reid Lance Rosenthal’s Threads West, An American Saga, series…Threads West. (I had a leftover book from Reid’s contest)
The Soapster Award! If you read yesterday’s interview with Moriah you’ll know that she bribes her children in order to get time to write. This award goes to first person who figures out what happens when you microwave a bar of soap. (Prize is a copy of Moriah’s e-book, Song for Sophia)
July 13, 2012 at 1:00 am (Family, Funny Stuff)
Tags: fun emails to your spouse, keeping a pet, life with twins, not getting any writing done over summer, summertime fun, things kids want as a pet, twins
I usually do a writing quote on Fridays, but since it’s summertime I figured I’d mix it up a bit and share with you the actual email I sent to the dear hubby yesterday.
I must preface this with a photo showing they have little fear when it comes to animals, as evidenced by this picture of them at the local county fair. Yep, that’s Bigfoot!
Your kids have a new pet. They found it today, asked if they could keep it, and I said yes.
I’m gonna let you guess what it is, but I’ll give you one hint first…
So, any guesses as to what the Corbett twins found? (Keep in mind they are seven-years-old)
June 26, 2012 at 1:00 am (Writing)
Tags: best first writing contest, bewitched characters, emotion thesaurus, go the F*ck to sleep, mrs kravitz, opening line to a novel, Reid Lance Rosenthal, twins, Writing, writing contest, writing life
The “Best First” contest was a rousing success and garnered a whopping THIRTY-FOUR entries!
I don’t envy Reid right now as being the one who has to sift through all those fantastic sentences and select three as winners (One Grand Prize winner and two runners-up). When I was compiling the list for Reid I couldn’t help but think how hard it was going to be for him to just pick three!
So, it’s little wonder that he hasn’t made his selection yet. While we wait, I found some fun links that I wanted to share…
Click HERE to see the newest editing symbols. They are hilarious!
Click HERE to see why I’m stalking the mailman as I await a package from Amazon that will contain what I hope will be the best writing tool evah! Seriously, I peer out my window when the mailman drives up to our box just hoping against hope that Amazon shipped it early. So far, no such luck. I think I’ve become Mrs. Kravitz by now I’m looking out the curtain so much
Click HERE if you have no idea who Mrs. Kravitz is.
And finally, click HERE to learn about a book I wish I had when my twins were at that oh so tender age of not wanting to go to sleep—the hubby and I called that age zero to now. (Hint…the title is Go the F*&k to Sleep)
May 18, 2012 at 6:26 am (Funny Stuff)
Tags: funny things kids say, twins, willing to accept things you cannot change, Writing, writing life, you get what you get so don't throw a fit
Today’s quote is about life, and comes from the Corbett kids. They rattle off this phrase (sometimes cheerfully, sometimes not) when life throws them something unexpected, or something they don’t like.
Right now it’s usually reserved for when Mommy serves something for dinner they hate, but I hope they’ll carry this attitude into adulthood–along with the willingness to change what they don’t like instead of sulking or getting mad about it.
(Works best if said in a sing-song manner since it rhymes)
“You get what you get, so don’t throw a fit.”
April 13, 2012 at 8:08 am (Family)
Tags: dale carnegie, develop success from failure, letting go of training wheels, taking off training wheels, teaching how to ride a bike, twins, Writing, writing life
Yesterday, I taught my twins how to ride their bikes without training wheels. I’d been working with them the past week (and by “working with” I mean I huffed and puffed alongside their bike with a firm grip upon their seat while panting out encouraging words) but yesterday was the day I finally let go.
My daughter went first.
Yep, I let go and stood in the street, fighting back tears (much like I am now as I type this) as my daughter took off on her own. She stopped shortly after with a look of immense pride and amazement. Her brother gave her a bouquet of flowers (weeds he picked from the yard) I gave her a hug, we practiced a few more times, and then I pronounced her an official bike rider.
Then, there was my son.
Quite a different story.
I wheeled him into the street, huffed alongside for a while while making sure that he not only remembered how to use the brakes (he likes to drag his feet instead of using the brakes) and why it was important to stop properly (in addition to the dragging feet thing, he thinks it’s fun to stop by ramming his front wheel into the sidewalk curb). He promised to brake and stop correctly, and then I told him it was time.
He told me, “I’m shaking with fear.”
I told him, “You can do it. I can’t keep up with you anymore. It’s time. You’ve got your balance and you know how to stop. You just need to do it.”
And then he did.
He even stopped properly. His sister ran into the street and gave him a bear hug while jumping up and down and shouting “You did it!”
Then, he practiced a few more times, did a fantastic crash into the sidewalk curb at high speed, and got right back on after an “I told you so” type of lecture from me about using his brakes.
I proclaimed him an official bike rider. Then, hubby came home and all three of us showed him what we could do.
A great day indeed.
Today’s quote is from Dale Carnegie…
Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.
June 20, 2011 at 7:12 am (Family, Funny Stuff, Poll)
Tags: keeping kids busy over the summer, summer games for kids, summertime play, twins
Summer vacation is here, and I’m looking for ideas to keep two rowdy six-year-olds busy.
We’ve signed up for the summer reading program at the local library (this will be our third straight year participating), I bought squirt guns yesterday and let them go wild, and we’ve got plenty of playtime with friends planned. Also, we’ve got workbooks, worksheets, and fun games so their knowledge doesn’t fly away.
Plus, I’m a firm believer in unstructured, “come up with something to do” type of play, and of that there will be plenty.
But, we’re talking about three straight months, and this is our first summer vacation and one I want to make memorable, so does anyone have fun ideas to keep them busy?
April 27, 2011 at 1:00 am (Family, Funny Stuff, Writing, Writing contest)
Tags: funny pictures, twins, writing contest
The Captioning Contest is officially open! (Click here for full contest details)
Please, enter captions for BOTH photos in the comments section of this post.
Don’t forget to check back on Saturday, April 30th to see if the judges selected your caption as the winner!
April 25, 2011 at 1:00 am (Family, Funny Stuff, Writing contest)
Tags: 6-year-old twins, captioning contest, Florence Fois, fun writing contest, kids say the darndest things, pay it forward, Ramblings from the Left, supporting fellow writers, twins, Writing, writing contest
Bring your wit and humor on Wednesday because that’s when the captioning contest begins!
How it Works
I’ll post two pictures on Wednesday, April 27th. Enter your caption in the comments section. You are allowed one caption per picture.
I’ve enlisted two judges and they are tough…my six-year-old twins! They have sole discretion in awarding the winners so you may want to gear your comments accordingly .
Two prize packages will be awarded, one winner per picture. The prize pack is geared toward writers and includes a pen, notebook, small flashlight (for when the inspiration hits in the middle of the night) and lots of other writing goodies.
Contest begins Wednesday, April 27th at 1:00am (PST) and ends Saturday, April 30th at 7:00am (PST). Winners will be announced Saturday (after the judges eat their breakfast and get their fill of morning cartoons).
Spread the Word
This is not a requirement, nor will it gain you extra sway with the judges (especially since they’re not allowed to use the computer without supervision ), but I’d love if you could help spread the word about this fun contest!
And finally, speaking of spreading the word about contests…Florence Fois of the blog Ramblings from the Left is participating in a contest and needs your help! Click here for details…