• Ray rolls her eyes and counts off a number. Rolls her eyes, counts off next number. I ask what she's doing. Counting sheep :) #
  • I read Ray the first chapter of her story. One fixit, but otherwise she liked it. A very good first listener :) #
  • Back to work. Not looking forward to this day at work…tossed and turned all night. #
  • Lee made some of the best ribs I've ever had tonight. "Don't worry," he says. "The next batch will be better." #
  • Working on a chapter book for Ray. "Ordinary girl must save mom, known as Queen Bee, from smugglers of magical animals and humans." #
  • I'm calling it The Floating Menagerie. There's a boat. #
  • And don't say, "No 8 year old will know that word." Pfft. Like nobody learned a vocab word from a book before… #
  • So many, many, many things to do. Sleep happened to be #1 on my list this afternoon, though. #
  • 11/26: "You're not crying, either. Nice. I couldn't stand that, if the Queen Bee's daughter were a crybaby." #
  • Dear Adobe, what could you possibly have to update this morning…again? Stop crying wolf, bitch! #
  • Going to the PPW April Write Brain tonight – It's pitch boot camp, yo! #
  • WTF? A three-page permission slip?!? #
  • I am drinking hot cocoa with a giant strawberry marshmallow. Because I said so. #
  • New blog post:: Panda bears and marshmallows http://blog.deannaknippling.com/?p=2202 #
  • It's a strawberry marshmallow, too, from Rancho Liborio. #
  • Boo! Rejection in the mail today. Yay! Talking to project artist tonight! #
  • Why are form rejection letters always so smug? "I just wasn't enthusiastic enough about this submission." #
  • Okay, not always. The "this wasn't for me, but thanks for thinking of me" letters are appreciated. #
  • Don't subtly insult the people who might be paying your bills – or the people who look up to you. Even if you don't like their stuff. #
  • Getting ready for #ppwc My freakin' website on my biz cards is outdated, dammit. #
  • Sad now. @ChuckWendig When I say, "I ate Five Guys," that's not what I mean… #
  • Shoot. I can't remember where I found this. "My Milk Toof." Show to all wee ones: http://mymilktoof.blogspot.com/ #
  • Pikes Peak Writer's Conference starts today. I pitch to the EIC of Del Ray. Wish me luck :) #ppwc #
  • So, last 24 hours: Fog, sunshine, hail, and snow. Yay COS! #
  • Karen Albright Lin has a cookbook that includes folklore. I think I talked her out of a chapter so I can cook it and blog. #ppwc #
  • Here's Karen Albright Lin's "Cooking in Leaves" link: http://www.karenalbrightlin.com/cookingleaves.html #ppwc #
  • Also, the tale on the website deals with the Dragon Boat Races. EIGHT SKILLED GENTLEMEN by Barry Hughart! Swoon… #
  • NIN and Peter Gabriel on the way to #ppwc this am. A good sign. #
  • Waiting for Godot–I mean my pitch appointment. #ppwc #
  • Twenty pages requested! #ppwc #
  • In other news I may soon be a puppy momma! #
  • We now have a 11-month mastiff-[something] puppy! Welcome to Number 10 Ox. We pick him up at five today. #
  • Just got out of #ppwc (Sniff!) #

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