October 14th, 2009

Notes to self

There are certain facts I have learned throughout my life, but I have to keep relearning. I'm hoping that by noting them here, they will stick.

- Do not see if a brand-new pair of shoes is comfortable by going for a two-mile walk.

- You can never make anything better on your face by fooling with it.

- Even if potato chips are on sale, even if you think it might be good to have a bag handy "in case," do not ever buy them. There will never be a "potato chip emergency." Instead they will call to you from the cupboard until you break down and eat them.

What would you add?

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Didn't I say Lips Touch was good?

Why yes I did. In the Oregonian.


Seems I'm not the only one who thinks so. National Book Award nominees:

Deborah Heiligman, Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith (Henry Holt)
Phillip Hoose, Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
David Small, Stitches (W. W. Norton & Co.)
Laini Taylor, Lips Touch: Three Times (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic)
Rita Williams-Garcia, Jumped (HarperTeen/HarperCollins)

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It's a miracle! And it's not even Festivus

Yesterday I spent many fruitless hours searching for an outline I wrote last year. It wasn't on computer, my laptop, my Time Machine, or any of the CDs I've burned.

I found one emailed backup with a few notes. That's it.

Then I remembered I had sent it to my friend Cathy H. I emailed her, expecting nothing.

But she still had it! From July 23, 2008! It's a miracle. I have my outline back. Sure, there is still some missing narrative, but this just saved me days of work.

My new backup plan is to mail everything to Cathy.

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