WANAFriday: friday funnies

I haven’t done these blog prompts in a while (see my last post for why), but today’s is too easy not to miss (plus, it was my idea, so…).

Besides we can all use a chuckle at the end of our work week, right?

Period Speech, from xkcd:

Period Speech

Updated with links to other friday funnies:


Friday Fun: Pacific Rim Trailer

Guys, guys! Have you seen this?

Alien invaders! Giant robots! *swoooon*

Now, story-wise this might be a pretty pathetic movie (*cough*Transformers*cough*), but I’d go just for the special effects. And the robots. Must not forget the robots.

via SF Signal

newsletter, plus friday fun video

1. I recently moved my email subscriber list from Feedburner to MailChimp. Let me know if you have any problems with the way the posts are showing up in your Inbox. And, as always, it’s easy to unsubscribe if you need to–and I promise never to share your email addresses or spam you in any way. You get no more than what you signed up for.

2. If you look at the sidebar on the right, you’ll find that you can now sign up for my newsletter. This is a low-frequency newsletter that goes out only when I have a new release, along with a Smashwords coupon code. I haven’t decided if I should do any newsletter-exclusive content–maybe a free short story once in a (very great) while? What do you think? What do you like in an author newsletter?

Once again, I respect your privacy and will never share your email address with any other person or entity, or spam you.

3. Check out this fan-made parody trailer of a non-existent Magic School Bus movie. Carlos, Dorothy Ann, Arnold and the rest have grown up and moved on from their crazy adventures with Miss Frizzle.

But the Magic School Bus has one last field trip in store for them…


interview and music video

Two things:

1. I’m over at Ellen Gregory’s blog today, talking about Rainbird, the fantasy genre, and some of my recent favorite reads.

2. One voice, one violin, one soundtrack:


spectacular solar flare images

NASA’s Solar Dynamic’s Observatory captured this cool shot of a long filament of super-heated plasma erupting from the sun.


And here’s the same eruption, captured in different wavelengths of light.


Any of these images would make great cover art for the right science fiction novel. The raw explosive power shown here is scary-awesome.


homeschool highlights

We solved the mystery! Sir I. and I have been doing Journey North’s Mystery Class in which we used photoperiod data and interdisciplinary clues to find the names and locations of ten mystery sites along the globe. There was a lot more math involved in this class than I’d expected, but it helps that Sir I. is a good calculator. David came to our rescue for a couple of the clues, with the result that we got ALL the mystery sites. Woohoo.

Oil pastels and soft pastels, mmm, mmm: Move over crayons and sidewalk chalk! The kids have been drawing and coloring with oil and soft pastels this week. Miss M. drew her apocalyptic scenario, Sir I. spent a lot of time coloring his nighttime sky a deep rich black, and the Baron made an abstract composition entitled “Blue”.

Fledgling Literary Analysis: I read aloud Marguerite de Angeli’s The Door in the Wall to Sir I. and Miss M. Since the titular “door” and “wall” in the title are mostly metaphorical, Sir I. and I had a good discussion about symbols, problems and solutions, and expectations. It’s pretty neat to hear Sir I. think at that level.

And to round things out, here’s some homeschool humor:

Hmm, that last picture on the bottom looks an awful lot like my schoolroom–but it can’t be because we’re sadly short of bookshelves these days!

Happy Friday!


tell someone you love them today…

This makes me laugh every time I look at it:

via The Anchoress

this post is brought to you by the letter L

via Liana Mir:

How to Play: Comment to this entry and I’ll give you a letter. List ten things that you love that begin with that letter and then post that list on your journal.

My List: Ten Things I Love That Begin With The Letter L

  1. Lakes (the deep frozen northern kinds)
  2. Libraries
  3. Leaves in the fall
  4. Loreena McKennit (her music, that is :))
  5. Lighthouses
  6. Layers of Cake
  7. Lines (as in doodling them)
  8. Learning
  9. Landscapes
  10. London

frentic kinetics

I’d never heard of such a thing as a stick bomb until a week ago. Now? Holy moley, this is cool!

Via Toadhaven


My father-in-law was up visiting a couple weeks ago. Among other things (like hauling boxes of (mostly) books, fixing a toilet, assembling furniture, entertaining the children), he introduced us to the most addictive game on the iPad I’ve ever had the (mis)fortune to encounter (even more of a drug to me than Angry Birds, if that can be believed!): W.E.L.D.E.R.

This totally fun, word-intensive (and highly addictive–did I mention that one yet?) game has been sucking up waaayyy too much of my time. As for what it’s about–well, check out the trailer below (there’s an ad for an app–still tickled pink about it).