Thursday, March 23, 2006


Like everyone else I know, I occasionally give way to the urge to Google myself (doesn't that sound filthy? I mean, really?). Tonight I discovered the 2004-2005 Tayshas High School Reading List (for Austin, Texas) which includes Point of Honour on it. It lists the book as YA. This gives me pause only in that I would not have thought the book had specific YA markers. Of course, To Kill a Mockingbird and Jane Eyre don't have YA markers either, and they get handed over to kids on a regular basis. Not that I'm saying I'm in that class. I was just surprised, is all.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Attention Must be Paid

Today William Shatner is 75.

When Sarcasm Girl was very small, she used to watch Star Trek:TNG with us on Saturday nights; it was known as "Captain," as in "Mama, I want to watch Captain, and space, fina fwonteer!" (This has to be said in a sprightly small-child voice to be really effective.) When we first introduced her to the original Star Trek she was adamant, that wasn't Captain. "I want really really captain!" I mentioned to her that as far as I was concerned, Shatner is "really really Captain." Now she is old and jaded, and able to appreciate the overthetop pleasures of Shatner and Ricardo Montalban overacting at each other; still, when I showed her the photo of Young Shatner that was on IMDB this morning her mouth dropped open in stunned amazement.

Monday, March 13, 2006


If asked in a public forum, I must someday admit that it is possible to have too many Girl Scout cookies in one sitting.

We are deep in Cookie Territory. YG's troop is run by a powerhouse of a woman who says "my blood runs Green!" and manages five troops from Daisys to Seniors: 85+ girls in all. To say the troop is the big seller of the Bay Area is an understatement: we took pre-orders for 31,000 boxes and sold them all, and are in back orders now. Obviously, YG's responsibility is significantly less: her goal was 450, and I think (despite crappy weather) that she'll make it. I am in awe of (among other things) the family of three girls who have sold 4,000 boxes of cookies (and this a week before the final deadline for selling).

Yesterday YG and I set up a stand in the middle of our neighborhood "commercial strip" in front of the unhappily defunct Dr. Video, and despite the fact that the rain kept coming and going, we sold 50 boxes. Last week we had a "hotspot" (one of those presumedly high-volume spots that you get by lottery from the Girl Scout Council) but unhappily we also had a severe thunderstorm and the Oscars to compete with. I will say it's hard to resist a cute kid with Thin Mints, even in the rain (a cute kid with Samoas is also pretty irresistable).

Friday, March 10, 2006

And My Theme Song?

Your Theme Song:

"I Love Rock n Roll" - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

'What is your theme song?' at

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

In Which I'm Interviewed

Adventures Underground: Interview with Madeleine Robins...all typos and idiocy regrettably mine, but I think it turned out okay.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006


It appears I've gone up in value. This is so odd. I wish they'd send me a check; I could use the money.

My blog is worth $3,387.24.
How much is your blog worth?

Friday, March 03, 2006

The Measure of a Blog

My blog is worth $2,822.70.
How much is your blog worth?

Of course, my LJ blog is worth $580 or so. Put it all together and I've got the advance on a first paperback sale, give or take.