Which One Of These Things

Tensions in the Emerald City were high this morning…and it had nothing to do with cat barf. No, what brought us to verging on fisticuffs this morning was over who knew the “correct” version of the “One of These Things Is Not Like The Other” song from Seame Street. There was: One of these things is not like the…

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Graduating to Pointy Objects

Back in the Ivory Tower, roller skating was my poison–no, not poison…it was the rapunzel I cultivated in my garden until it flourished green and tempting to naive passersby. But the tower crumbled–as towers do when self-rescuing princesses have access to dynamite–and I made my journey Over the Rainbow. I spent some time healing in Munchkinland before I put…

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Always Winter but Never Christmas

Last night at the Chronicles of Narnia play, Lucy mentioned at least three times that it was “always winter but never Christmas.” And while I get the point probably needed to be hammered in to the audience consisting mostly of young children and disaffected parents of young children, it also made Lucy seem a bit shallow and materialistic, which…

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Brought To You By The Letter A

I often get asked where I got the inspiration for AlphaOops. It’s true, it did really come out of a discussion at Orson Scott Card’s Boot Camp, but the seed of the idea has been germinating inside me all my life. If your name starts with “A”, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Those of us whose names start…

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The Year of Steves

When you’re the survivor of a heartbreaking soul-crushing really bad break-up, the first thing you ask is, “How long does it take before I’m over this asshat jerkhole person who was not worthy of me?” You will ask many different people this question, and you will receive many different answers. Ultimately, it depends on a lot of things. It…

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On a Rainy Sunday

Yes, I certified my Geek Street Cred this weekend and finally learned to play Magic. Late Last night, Alethea Queen of the Elves stomped the table and triumphed in a bloody battle. (I know, I know, Gypsy stacked the deck. But I was learning to play! I also learned that I have slightly more evil tendencies than an all-green…

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You Learn Something New Every Day

We’re out in the garage earlier — I’ve got my head down on the nice cool picnic table, sucking fresh air in between the puffs on Gypsy’s cigarette, and Gypsy’s explaining to Morgan about what she refers to as her “mosquito deck” of Magic cards. She goes on to say: “You know, the mosquitos that bite you are only…

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Happy Birthday, Stephan Pastis!

Almost two years ago, Stephan Pastis, creator of Pearls Before Swine, released his The Grass Menagerie collection of comic strips.I shamelessly used this as an excuse to tie him up in an hour-long phone interview. We had a lot of fun. Stephan’s a great guy — as many people who read his blog or visit Facebook have come to…

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