Saturday, September 17, 2011

I still say everything collides

But I'm not doing a lot of blogging lately.

This post is just to say hey to anybody who happens to cruise by.

Looking back on the posts, it is fun to see how much I was enjoying having a new book out, promoting it, and just playing around with the blog.

I recognize that person who blogged about butterbeer and his stingray attack, but it's not me anymore.

Or maybe I actually ain't no different.   Here's me and my mom last summer: 

Here's me and my mom at the book signing in '07:

Monday, March 15, 2010

wow. OR NOT available on kindle.


NOBODY EVEN TOLD ME THE AMAZING NEWS!!!
does anyone care?
idk.

Click here to check it out, or click on the thingy on your left.

I always say be devoted to your INDIE BOOKSTORE and order the hardcover from them, link also in a thingamajingy on your left.

In any case, if you haven't gotten my one and only book yet in hardcover, don't wait for paper, get it at some sort of media content outlet while you still can. *

Dang. This is why I don't blog anymore. I can't believe how much time this has taken. Plus, I keep on rambling. And I start making inscrutable political remarks that probably piss everyone off.

Oh, well. I amuse myself. Peace. And if you comment, I'll be avenged upon you. 7x

* (it's also not too late to stock up on guns and ammo, but you never know, I've heard that Ann Coulter is brokering a deal with conservative dems {all of them except Dennis the Menace} to outlaw everything so she and her pals can say, "SEE! I TOLD YOU THEY WERE GOING TO OUTLAW EVERYTHING!!!! OBAMA IS THE BOOGIE OOGIE OOGIE MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Thursday, June 11, 2009

WORD UP! it's WordGirl!!!

So, my son's favorite superhero is now WordGirl.

I think he loves her because he's been raised on old school cartoons like Batfink, Scooby Doo, Underdog and the like. Not only does Wordgirl have some crazy villains--the most important part for him--but it has to be made by people who LOVE old cartoons.

I'm an English teacher, so I gotta love WordGirl.

And I'm me, so I gotta love things like today's episode, in which the villain Mr. Big sold WordGirl dolls that not only used bad grammar and pronunciation, but used mind control to get everyone to buy a bazillion accessories like limited edition gold-plated WordGirl back-scratchers. This is an idea channeled straight from the mind of my character Cassie!

I could go on and on, but as WordGirl said, when she got control of the mind-control recording device, "Go outside and play or read a book."

(first you can watch this teaser. WORD UP!!!!)
























Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Facebook's Brian Mandabach Fan Club: Oh, Canada!

Everybody needs a fan club, and I discovered not long ago that I've got one!

Brian Mandabach Fan Club

I have one friend in Canada, but somehow a few people up there have gotten their hands on OR NOT, and a dude named Kougar started my fan club. I've got as many Canadian readers, maybe, as readers from the NoNuTackses Republic of Colorado Springs! Okay. That's not saying much. But, still.

I love you, Kougar. Thanks.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Wanted: Novels, Stories, and Poetry for Alternative High School

I'm hoping to get a whole bunch of books ordered for the library at my new school, and I'm looking for recommendations.

We have a very diverse group here, from voracious readers to reluctant ones, and they like everything from Orson Scott Card to Ellen Hopkins to Kerouac.


But we're alternative, so I'm thinking that the usual high school setting as it appears in the young adult novel won't appeal very much.

Or I'm thinking that they typical suburban issues won't appeal very much.

At the very least, I'm looking for stuff that's close to the edge, but maybe I'm wrong in my assumptions. Maybe our students will dig into any good read—regardless of my prejudices.

N E waze--- please comment!!

I really want your list of top titles for the 15-19-year-old set.

Friday, August 1, 2008

WHY IT'S SO FIRKIN HOT!!!

In my little town, it's only 93 now, but it's getting hotter, rising toward the projected high of 98, and I'll tell you why!



Stephanie Meyer's Breaking Dawn is coming out tonight, and we're
experiencing the HEAT produced by the THROBBING

of thousands
of teenaged and pre-teen
hearts!



I had to send my own daughter outside so the house doesn't burst into flames.


Can there now be any doubt that global warming is the result of human activity?

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Anne Spollen's THE SHAPE OF WATER & her blog on THE ZONE OF NON PRESENCE

I keep hearing wonderful things about The Shape of Water, by fellow FLUXOR Anne Spollen.



And she has an interesting blog on what she calls THE ZONE OF NON PRESENCE. My novel in progress is set in this time Anne references, when one had to find a pay phone, when a friend across the country was far, far away. It's fun to write about because if gives the characters some space---free from parents, free from each other.

But I'm not sure how the the current realm of hyper-connectedness feels to others---especially teens in regards to missing people, abscence, and the possible lack of space . . .

Here's a bit of what Anne has to say:

I realized that most teens are never away. Not anymore. Remember when your family went to the cabin or the beach for a week and you had to wait for your friend to return? My kids will never have that memory: they text, call, and send immediate pictures - here we are RIGHT NOW at dinner and here we are RIGHT NOW in our motel room, and here we are RIGHT NOW, texting YOU...