Thursday, August 14, 2008


Eighty percent of success is showing up. ~Woody Allen

Okay, I think I've nearly recovered from the shock of finding myself on the MBaM bestsellers list. Nearly. I may even be able to talk coherently. I know I terrified Judy yesterday because I IM'd her this message:


::faints dead away::

And nothing else.

She's very patient with me.



I spent a good part of the day, yesterday, struggling with my DDs new curriculum. It's all computer based, and the info on how to do the teacher's stuff isn't very comprehensive unless you count the tutorial. Problem is, I can't PAUSE the tutorial so I either have to instantly memorize the information or keep starting it over.

I finally managed to figure out how to set the school calendar and how to assign and grade lessons and tests. I figure that's the big stuff. I'll worry about the rest later.

And, yes, we're already starting school.


I did get another 1000 words or so done on the wolf story. Unfortunately, that isn't enough to make it in time for the "Got Wolf" contest. I need to be doing at least 1500 words a day. ::shrugs:: Maybe I'll just submit it as a short story if I don't get it done in time. Still, the contest winners are going to be part of a print anthology, and I really wanted that.

Month's not over yet.



I picked the first tomato from our garden yesterday. There are four more that are about ripe. Unfortunately, I didn't get as many as I'd hoped for (I had big plans to can diced tomatoes this year -- I love tomatoes...mmmm). I planted about two dozen plants. Looks like I'll have to double that next year. Don't know WHERE I'll fit them, but I'll figure something out.

We still have an abundance of cucumbers, but that's okay -- my neighbors are enjoying the bounty.


You Are Comic Sans

You are a nothing but a big goofball. You're quite playful and fun!

You're widely known for your zany personality and your vivacious attitude.

To say that you stand out in a crowd would be a definite understatement.

Remember that you are overwhelming at times and that people appreciate you best in small doses.

Huh... okay... what do YOU think? Me? A goofball? Zany? Playful? Overwhelming?



keri mikulski :) said...

Congratulations!!!! :)

Dru said...

WTG on another 1,000 words. I think you can finish it in time to enter it.

You Are Palatino

You consider yourself to be creative and artistic.

And you'd like everyone else to know it!

You take design and aesthetics seriously.

You like everything in your life to be unique and beautiful - but never gaudy!

The above really does focus on my creative side.

Melissa said...

Fantastic news! Big, big congrats on your new release.

Also wtg on the writing!

Amy said...

You're using a computer curriculum? Which one?

YAY on the garden bounty AND the writing.

Brandy said...

We've used a computer curriculum before. Good luck. *G*
Congratulations! WOOT! That's wonderful news about your new release!

Have a good day and I hope you make your goal for writing!

Daisy Dexter Dobbs said...

That's wonderful, Marianne! Congratulations on making the MBaM bestseller list! :-D

Chris M. said...

WAY TO GO!!! At least you didn't freak me out like you did Judy.

Really happy for you.

anno said...

I read this yesterday, I thought, "wow, great news," yesterday, but somehow I never managed to actually comment on this yesterday.


Good luck setting up the computer curriculum -- we are doing much the same for at least a couple of subjects.

And... tomatos! Hooray!

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Again, CONGRATS! Our first tomato is still a long, long way away, if it happens at all. We've had bad luck this year. ;-(