Now that the kids are back in school, I’m doing my best to catch up and get back into my regular routine of blogging. Not an easy task. I spent way to much time attempting to read the backlog of blogs and finally gave up. I really, really hope I didn’t miss anything vital. I still have a great collection, though.
Parenting and family stuff–
Elena Aitken has a post about treasure hunting. I’ve heard about this before and I think my kids would love it. I just never bothered to get off my butt and make it happen. After reading this post, I am newly inspired.
Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms has a funny post called “Ten Things About Our Mom Cars.” I laughed because my car fits the bill on everything except first-aid station. I never carry stuff with me. (Although there might be a first aid kit somewhere in the back)
Emma Burcart is traveling across the country to move to Miami and she wrote about getting lost. It’s a great story about how people aren’t as bad as it seems when you watch the news.
Heroes and Heartbreakers had a couple of great blogs. In the first, Elizabeth Vail talks about underdeveloped sympathetic traits to make Alphahole heroes more likeable. She calls them “Empathy coupons.” I agree with her that a lot of authors use this as a shortcut to show the readers that the hero isn’t all bad. Luckily for me, I can’t come up with an example of it being phony. I think the same traits work if they are developed realistically.
Then, Sarah Anderson has a funny post on names for the vagina. She has a valid point. We have lots of names for the penis, but nothing really good for vagina. I can’t get behind va-jay-jay. It sounds ridiculous.