Katy Didn’t

Susan Coolidge wrote the series of books beginning with “What Katy Did”. I read them as a kid. The part I most remember is the very start where the author overhears two insects arguing back and forth about “Katy did” and “Katy didn’t”. I picked up the books to read again. That is one of the great things about second-hand bookstores, you can always find old/ classic books.

Out of curiousity I looked up Susan Coolidge to see what kind of quotes she is known for. There was a very meager selection and most were too whimsical to really stand the test of time I felt. But, one thing she does have going for her is did and didn’t. At the end of the second book, “What Katy Did at School”, she writes:

“How much room for ‘Didn’ts’ there is in the world, I thought. What an important part they play! And how glad I am that, with all their own and other people’s doings, so many of these very ‘didn’ts’ were included among the things which my Katy did at School!”

Fantastical Marvels

“Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels.” – Goya (Spanish artist and court painter, 1746-1828.

I don’t know who Goya is but I like the quote. It could be a description for the difference between science fiction and horror writing. Though even horror has to have enough reason to make it seem possible.

Insignificant, with Attitude

“I’m insignificant, with attitude”  –  found on Spicybug’s Twitter profile.

Who doesn’t feel insignificant at times. There are so many people in the world to compare ourselves to. Before we even begin to put our best foot forward we are far outnumbered. Save yourself, have some attitude. In the end you can only control yourself and no one else has that advantage. Just you. Go scare a few people, or at least surprise them!

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Type in Your Own Style

In writing we use fonts far more than we actually think about them. What font are you reading right now? Do you know for sure, me either. I could check the HTML and find out but I don’t need to. I know it’s working and it’s readable.

Still, there are endless fonts of every style imaginable. I hunt for fonts when I want to make a new banner or header. Sometimes I have a fairly good idea of roughly what I want. I can almost see it, the shape and size of the letters. Have you ever thought about making your own font? It’s really quite interesting, typography. Try drawing an alphabet, not writing the letters but drawing them.

Here are three links about making your own fonts in case you are more than just curious.

I Love Typography: So You Want to Create a Font

BitBox: How to Make a Hand Drawn Font

Chank: How to Make Your Own Fonts

Slate: You Type – The Strange Allure of Making Your Own Fonts

Last of all, you can use FontStruct to make your fonts. It is free web software. You can create your font and save it to use on Mac or Windows.

A Conversation That Has No Sound

How would you describe sign language between two people if you were writing about them? I watched two people having coffee and having a conversation using sign language. They were quiet, but active.  Sometimes a word would be thrown out there, too loud but they can’t hear how it sounds to others.

Seldom does anyone write about a deaf character. I think it is harder to write about being deaf than being blind. We can close our eyes and stop seeing.  It is not so easy to block out sound. Even with ear plugs you can still hear the sound of your own voice when you speak.

In our speech we have tone, rhythm, volume and other aspects we present as sound to communicate. If you were portraying  a conversation in sign language how would you give it the same sense of tone implied and the rhythm in the language and the emphasis when the communication is emotional. Can you describe a conversation that has no sound?

A Non-Nurturing Relationship

“Could you please get your tentacle out of the dishwasher?”

I like to talk to the plants while I water them. I’m not always gracious or particularly sweet. Especially right now when they are taking over the kitchen as I water them for their Spring revival. Too soon to put them outside but they can have water again and try to live. They are almost all my Mother’s plants actually. My best pet is a cat. It can fend for itself. I wouldn’t want any other pet, I don’t want something that has to rely on me to survive. Not even a plant. I make exceptions for the perennials outside all year. I can forget to nurture them until the weather clears up. Even then they forgive me each Spring and put on another great show.

What kind of plant are you babysitting through from winter to spring, if any? If you don’t have a plant what do you look after, other than yourself? Do you like having something depend on you or have you never really put much thought into that aspect of the relationship?

In Loving Memory

Someone mentioned Anna Nicole Smith on the radio this morning. I don’t pay a lot of attention to American celebrities but her story, or the end to her story, strikes me as pretty sad. Whatever she had done and whatever you thought of her, isn’t it sad that her son died before her and her baby daughter will never know who her Mother was. Only what people tell her, never to really hear anything from her Mother herself.

If you could tell DannieLynn about her Mother what would you tell her? None of us are likely to have met Anna Nicole but I think everyone has at least heard of her, not all of it good. But, if you were to tell that young lady (sometime in the future) something about her Mother what would you say?

Do You Know about BookCrossing?

Read, Recycle, Release with BookCrossing!

Welcome Welcome to BookCrossing, where books have adventures of their own. BookCrossing is earth-friendly, and gives you a way to share your books, clear your shelves, and conserve precious resources at the same time. Through our own unique method of recycling reads, BookCrossers give life to books. BookCrossing books are not stagnant dust collectors, but living entities travelling the world as true BookCrossing emissaries. Our books find new readers and introduce them to the wonders of BookCrossing.

It’s been awhile since I looked at my BookCrossing account. It was especially fun when I lived in the city, Toronto. I didn’t have so much luck when I moved. I’m hoping to find more people involved in my area these days. At the very least I’d like to find at least one person who reads what I like so we can trade books. Wish me luck!