Sunday, June 26, 2011

"Pregnancy discrimination is on the rise" from Feminist Philosophers

I saw this post the other day and it scared me.  In case you haven't read it here already, I'm going to have a baby, really soon.  I don't live in the UK, but I can see how this could happen anywhere.

Pregnancy discrimination is on the rise « Feminist Philosophers

Thursday, June 23, 2011

You're Fired!

I wrote this a few days ago. It’s a bit of self-indulgent fantasy. Is it terrible I wish a certain someone was fired? I hope not. Though this is not the situation I’ve had to deal with, it did give me an idea for the beginning of a story. Can I make it into something more? I don’t know. I think it has potential.

“I have to say this, you’re fired.”

“What?” Angela couldn’t believe what she was hearing. How could they be firing her from her office? She ran things. She administrated everyone’s jobs for them. She kept the knowledge flow. She did all the difficult work. They would fall apart without her.

“Angela, what do you think we’ve been talking about for the last,” The young supervisor looked up at his wall clock, “30 minutes?” He couldn’t believe it had taken him thirty minutes to get this woman to understand that he was letting her go. Did she even understand yet? He wondered.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Yay Babies!

I reached over 10 000 page views on my other blog the other day.  It felt very milestone-esque.  It's been a long time blogging over there, but not as long here.  This blog is only months old and I wonder where it's going to go.

Do I have all the time in the world to find out?  No.  Why?  Because my second child is due in about 3 weeks.  I've reached the "any time now" zone.  So, if I happen to stop posting sometime soon and I don't come back for a few weeks (or a couple months), you'll know why.  Babies take up a lot of time and energy, especially in the beginning and I imagine it'll be even crazier this time since I'll have my gorgeous, energetic toddler too!

I'm going to try and get some pre-scheduled posts worked out, just so the blog isn't just sitting here.  We'll see though.

Let's Review: I'm going to have a baby sometime between now and July 6th.  I'm tired.  Good night.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Read it and weep: Couple struggles with 350,000 book collection

From The Toronto Star, there's a couple who have 350,000 books!!  They were saving the books from being burned, which is great and would have been my instinct too, but now it's overwhelming them.  If you live in Saskatchewan, please help them.  Click the link below for the full article.

TheStar Read it and weep: Couple struggles with 350,000 book collection

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

eReaders vs Books

Another great post from Brenna at Literary Musings.  (Click below for original post.)

Remember also that people are always upgrading to newest gadget.  For the Canadian readers, Kobo has a new touch screen ereader being offered at Chapters/Indigo.  So, I wonder, how much non-recyclable waste is being created.

Literary Musings: E-Reader Emissions: "Yet another reason to shop at secondhand bookstores. Via Slate"

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Keeping Your Writing From Being Repetitive

I found this blog...  It's basically making fun of the Twilight series a little every day.  It does so much of the time by using rules of grammar.  I happened to stop by today and see what I think is a useful writing tool.  If you're wondering if your writing is becoming repetitive, take a paragraph or two and turn it into a poem.  What words are your sentences starting with?  Are they all the same length.  Click the link below for the orginal post.  Below that is the very helpful illustration.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Shouldn't It All Be Exciting?

A great Thought for the Day from book agency blog, BookEnds.  You're whole manuscript should be exciting, tense, interesting, etc., right?  Click the link to see what BookEnds has to say.

BookEnds, LLC — A Literary Agency: Thought for the Day: "If you want an agent to read the middle chapters of the book because 'that's where things get exciting,' you should probably consider editin..."