December 2nd, 2009

Laini Taylor is still a winner in our hearts


If you haven’t read Lips Touch: Three Times, you should. It’s a wonderful book, playful, inventive, moving.

The Oregonian featured a great story about its author and illustrator, National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor and her husband Jim. It begins, “She writes, he draws. Her hair is pink, and her laugh is infectious. His hair is red, and he laughs a lot, too. They live and work together in a little yellow house in the Cully neighborhood of Northeast Portland with a new daughter named Clementine Pie.” Read the rest of the story about Laini and Jim here.



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An imaginary service takes novel writing one step further

In a world filled with blogs, stories posted on Twitter, and NaNoWriMo, the Onion imagines that there is a new service, the “only online service in which users can post a major multivolume epic in the morning, and have it read, critiqued, and reNovelled by thousands of other people around the world before lunch.”

Like many Onion parodies, it’s painfully close to the truth. You can read the whole story here.



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Do you work in Pages or Keynote for Mac?

Did you know there is no autosave feature the way there is in Word? While this in no way negates by hatred of Word, this is vital information for folks to know.

Especially if Pages suddenly quits working.

And you lose two hours of work.

But, you tell yourself, you just did those two hours of work, so it's not so bad. You can recreate them much faster.

And then you realize that the editorial letter you have been making comments on for TWO FRICKING WEEKS is also gone. The one that had all your reasons and explanations for the changes you made, written as you made them. The one you never actually, um, saved. So there isn't even a backup of any sort.

I found this shareware - if you are in a similar situation, you might want to download it. I set it to back up every five minutes.



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High school sure has changed

Teen said that for World Aids Day, there was a booth at school that gave out buttons that said: "Dry Humping Saves Lives" and "Masturbation Doesn't Break Hearts." There were also free condoms.

I'm glad to see one thing hasn't changed. Someone (probably an adult, I'm guessing) still calls it "dry humping."



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