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Breeders of Readers

Breeders of readers, that's what we are! Mr. G and I are excited about instilling a love of reading in our daughter, starting before she knows a single word. Here is Mr. G on Fathers' Day, reading to Nux Gallica.

She's usually a lot more into her books, but you know how it goes--she's turning pages and talking to the pictures, but as soon as the camera starts rolling she's bored. I suppose that's why baby books are only a few pages long.

Nux Gallica is five months old today!
I might write a few books in my lifetime, which will be cool, but it will be even cooler to raise a person who might read thousands and thousands of books in her lifetime.

Have you been following the latest YA spat between Meghan Cox Gurdon and Sherman Alexie? One of my very smart and sophisticated college classmates, Lisa Findley, wrote this article for the International Business Times, which sums up my feelings on the issue exactly. Read it and be inspired!

Happy Fathers' Day! (video of Mr. G booger interview with pooping unicorn shirt and baby)

Happy Daddy Day, men with sprouts! I am so appreciative of Mr. G today. He is a super provider and a super dooper daddy to his beloved Nux Gallica. On his Daddy Duty Days, he carts her all over town running errands and proudly showing her off to everyone he sees. Last week, he got interviewed by the local news station about boogers while waiting for his allergy shots. He is one cute dude, especially holding that adorable baby. Am I right??

Also, his top secret blog code name cover is totally blown when they say his real name. Shhhh, pretend you didn't hear that.

The only thing I'm really sad about is that you can't see the picture on his shirt: a unicorn pooping Lucky Charms marshmallows into the mouths of happy aliens. Because being a dad is no reason to grow up.

Writers Are Boring People.

It's been said many times, once by Tobias Wolff in the interview I mentioned in my last post: Good writers tend to be boring people. But their friends shouldn't be.

While we're planted in front of a computer, somebody has to be out there doing all the interesting things we write about. And while we can't always be out there with them, we need to know them well to write interesting characters.

In my last post, I mentioned going to a wedding and hanging out with a bunch of college friends. It is always fun and inspiring to get together with my three best girlfriends from college, the Swedish Maid (the bride, who played Ultimate Frisbee in thrift store finery with her wedding party), Elle (a jazz saxophone player who found love on Study Abroad and now resides in France), and J.Mo (another bilingual world traveler and musician). I got all teary when Elle and J.Mo, who look as beautiful as they sing (picture the most adorable French and Spanish girls, respectively, dressed…

2011 Half Year Review: Bottles, then Books

I just went back and read this interview with Tobias Wolff, which is old news but probably one of the best author interviews/articles I've ever read. (Another is this new one by old favorite Sherman Alexie.) It is good to remind myself often that good writing takes time. Most writers get better with age. Novel writing is a slow process that draws upon life experience and knowledge, our stores of which are built up by living our lives and reading--and living and reading are impeded by the act of writing.

When I start to get down on myself because I'm looking at 30 years old and haven't completed a manuscript, I need to remind myself of what I know and what I have chosen. I know that spending my youth reading and living will make me a better writer at 40, 50, 60, or 90 than I could possibly be at 30. I know that I can write at any age, but other things must be done within a magical window of time.

Not long ago, I went to a wedding with a bunch of people from college. All of …