Monthly Archives: December 2006

27 12, 2006

Everybody Roomba!

By | 2006-12-27T23:52:00+00:00 December 27th, 2006|Inklings|4 Comments

Now, I'm a guy who prides himself on not be a cliche "guy." For instance, I've never bought my wife a household appliance for Christmas or birthday, especially one that requires her to do work. Until now. I couldn't resist. I've been reading about these things for years, and finally, I gave in. I bought my wife a vacuum. But

25 12, 2006

Nollaig chridheil agus Bliadhna mhath’r

By | 2006-12-25T11:20:00+00:00 December 25th, 2006|Inklings|1 Comment

Whichever way you say it, enjoy the day! Afrikaans: Ges'ende Kersfees Afrikander: Een Plesierige Kerfees African/ Eritrean/ Tigrinja: Rehus-Beal-Ledeats Albanian:Gezur Krislinjden Arabic: Milad Majid Argentine: Feliz Navidad Armenian: Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand Azeri: Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun Bahasa Malaysia: Selamat Hari Natal Basque: Zorionak eta Urte Berri On! Bengali: Shuvo Naba Barsha Bohemian: Vesele Vanoce Brazilian: Feliz Natal

24 12, 2006

Bah Humbug

By | 2006-12-24T11:17:00+00:00 December 24th, 2006|Inklings|4 Comments

We interrupt the celebration of the holiday season with a message from a book-reviewing Scrooge. This moring, I was reading a review of Kelly Easton’s Aftershock in the online version of a North Carolina newspaper, the Star-News. While the review of the novel was positive, I could help but notice the elbow-sharp digs the reviewer, Ben Steelman, kept making about

20 12, 2006

Propositioning the Happy Hooker

By | 2006-12-20T23:07:00+00:00 December 20th, 2006|Inklings|0 Comments

Since Saturday, I’ve been watching Miss Snark’s Happy Hooker Crap-o-meter with the same rapt attention my daughters reserve for American Idol. The 200+ (and counting) hook submissions have offered us a fascinating glimpse into the process of parsing query letters. I’ve learned many things--presenting complex ideas in a clear form, identifying crucial story elements, and offering up intriguing stakes. I’ve

19 12, 2006

Tagged by professornana

By | 2006-12-19T18:48:00+00:00 December 19th, 2006|Inklings|4 Comments

List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre,whether or not they have words, or even if they're not any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your livejournal along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they're listening to. 1. Rudolph the Rose-Reindeer,

17 12, 2006

The Eye of the Beholder

By | 2006-12-17T00:59:00+00:00 December 17th, 2006|Inklings|4 Comments

A friend emailed to ask about the graphic I’m using for my profile (the pretty blue candlelight one), so I thought I’d share some info. It’s a thumbnail taken from a larger graphic created by the most talented computer artist I’ve ever personally known—my brother, Daniel. I’m always amazed that he can make computer images look as if they were