Welcome to Scarlet Thread Sunday, the day I share something I’ve learned in the labyrinth of life.
Well, my recent labyrinth has been Christmas shopping, and I’ve gotten lost somewhere among the hedges. Yoo-hoo! Do you see me?! Somehow or other, I’ll get out of here. But in the meantime, I thought I’d share a few gifts ideas that I came across while online shopping at ThinkGeek.com (which is a really cool site, by the way). I wonder if anyone you know could use one of these books:
The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook: From Lamb Stew to “Groosling”–More than 150 Recipes Inspired by the Hunger Games Trilogy by Emily Ansara Baines. Before now, I was simply worried about being able to actually kill anything with my bow and arrow that I didn’t consider how to make my prey taste good when I got it home. Now I realize what an important step I overlooked.
Experimenting with Babies: 50 Amazing Science Projects You Can Perform on Your Kid by Shaun Gallagher. I thought that’s what YouTube was for. But apparently, there are real science experiments you can use to “test your baby’s ability to understand and interact with the world around them.” Ah, now that sounds so much better.
The Very Hungry Zombie: A Parody by Michael Teitelbaum. In case you’re getting tired of reading and re-reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar to your kids, you can always switch over to this book. Same principle really. The zombie eats and eats and never feels full. I wonder what the punchline is, though. What is this zombie’s “leaf”?
And speaking of things you can do to your kids . . .
How to Traumatize Your Children: 7 Proven Methods to Help You Screw Up Your Kids Deliberately and With Skill by Bradley R. Hughes. I’m glad he included the subtitle, because I wouldn’t be interested if the methods weren’t proven or didn’t require skill. Actually, this book is a warning to not be those parents who totally screw up their kids. I’m personally okay with embarrassing my children, but not traumatizing them for life.
And now speaking of books . . .
Here’s this writer’s weekly progress report for A Round of Words in 80 Days.
1. Finish YA contemporary novel, SHARING HUNTER, by completing three chapters each week. Wrote. Not enough.
2. Take Short Stories 101 course from Young Adult RWA. Took the course and wrote two short stories. They each need some editing and polish, but I plan to publish them in 2014.
10 2 fiction books and 2 -1 nonfiction books. I read Scandal in the Night by Elizabeth Essex, the third in her Reckless Brides series.
Also read this round: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers, Dangerous and Unseemly by K.B. Owen, Taking Chances by S.J. Maylee, Haunted Spouse by Heather MacAllister, Real Vampires Have Curves by Gerry Bartlett, Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (all fiction), and Breasts by Florence Williams and Competability: Solving Problems in Your Multi-Cat Household by Amy Shojai; and Grace-Filled Marriage by Tim Kimmel (nonfiction).
Honestly, this isn’t nearly enough progress for me this week. If I explained how much I got done on some other needed projects, maybe it wouldn’t sound so bad. Yet we have less than two weeks left in this round, and I want to get a lot more done this coming week and finish strong.
So what odd books have you seen on the shelves this holiday season? Would you like any of the books above? And how has your week gone?