Quote of the day

"Why would I want a Kindle? I would turn it INTO kindle!" - The Hubby


Nothing spells loving like marrying your cousin.

Sure to be a big hit - article in the Sunday Times about cousins who marry.


Your racist friend

So the Hubby and I were sitting at a basketball game. It was U Conn vs. Duke. There were some loud U. Conn fans near my husband (luckily, because he is a U. Conn fan) and some REALLY LOUD Duke fans next to me. One of them kept yelling pro-Duke things practically in my ear.

At one point, one of the Duke fans was talking about a U. Conn player and said, "Where is he from? Nigeria?"

So one of the U. Conn guys yelled to the Duke guy, "He's from New Hampshire. Way to be racist."

Uh oh, I thought.

The Duke guy yelled back, "Don't be so thin-skinned."

The U. Conn guy responded, "You see one black guy on the team and you say he's from Africa."


Anyway, Hubby just looked it up on the internet, and the guy really IS from Nigeria!


Response from Blogfan Sam

"Possible plot- Zombies have control of all the new socks in the world, and Carrie must attend a Zombie Harvard party in hopes of getting a pair.
Sorry, couldn't help myself."

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to any of the six of you who are still reading this. Seriously, I am honored to know you and be read by you. Please feel free to email me some time and let me know what is going on with your life. Have a wonderful holiday!!


Steampunk. Do you feel lucky?

From Publisher's Lunch, the daily digest of books that are sold to publishers:

Children's/Young Adult
Lia Habel's DEARLY, DEPARTED, a maximalist, post-apocalyptic, neo-Victorian steampunk zombie novel in which a girl, whose blood is impervious to the "Z-virus," searches for her missing dad, is kidnapped by (good) zombies, falls improbably in love with a rather sweet zombie boy, and sets out to save the world from a zombie plague beyond imagining, to Chris Schluep at Ballantine, in a two-book deal, by Chris Lotts at Ralph M. Vicinanza.

And you may ask yourself: What the heck is STEAMPUNK!?!?!?

Well, it's a genre of young-adult literature that is historical, except, with futuristic inventions.
I suppose this came out of the love of Jane Austen-type romantic settings, combining them with the desire for vampire/zombie-supernatural type stuff.

No, I do not plan to write these or have any interest in them. I guess that makes me out of touch, though.
I am just surprised that something so odd has its own genre, but I guess you never know what will strike an audience!

So now you've learned something today.

By the way, did you notice that they mentioned the word "zombie" four times in one paragraph?

I should change my novel name to Carrie Pilby with Zombies.


My take on the issues

"The high-level United States Preventative Services Task Force of scientists and researchers Monday recommended that breast cancer screening in women should now start at the age of 50 as opposed to 40.

"And it further said that women between the ages of 50 to 74 should be screened every two years instead of annually."

Yeah, definitely. Catching cancer earlier means more stress. If you've got cancer, do you really want to know? NO! Stress is bad for you.

It is better to wait so you are further along and won't have to be faced with all those pesky choices of treatment.

(*Note to sensitive types: Heavy sarcasm was at work)

Good idea, Task Force!



I found my fudge! And it has a name: Caramoo


I wrote to the company yesterday:

The caramel crumble is exactly what I've been looking for for YEARS!!! I wrote a blog entry a while ago about this kinda crumbly fudge candy I used to get in the bulk candy section of CVS in the '80s that I adored.

I even sent them this letter months ago, but they said they didn't know the answer:

Years ago, in the early 1980s, CVS used to sell bulk candy that you'd scoop out of different containers. There was a really great vanilla fudge candy, individually wrapped, that had a picture of a cow on it. I loved it and it was delicious!!! At some point you stopped selling it, and then later you stopped selling bulk candy altogether (at least, as far as I can tell here in NJ). Can you tell me what company used to make those individually wrapped vanilla fudge candies you sold, or what they were called? Thanks! [email address]

I found out about Caramoo by looking around the web, and I saw a review on Amazon describing it. SO I ordered a few flavors. Caramel crumble is the one I've been searching for!

I'm going to tell all my friends and write about it on my blog, www.addledwriter.com. So thank you again for making such great candy...and for being so kind!

Caren ------
Caramoo fan

I said they were kind because UPS kinda botched my order so they sent me MORE!!


The hard part of a song

There's the age-old question of why writers of Hollywood scripts don't get more credit, or at least nearly as much as the director. What is a movie but its story?
Here's another one. When two people write a song, often one writes the music and the other writes the lyrics.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but it is way harder to come up with original music than it is to come up with lyrics. There are, of course, exceptions: There are brilliantly written songs, brilliant lines in songs, brilliant poetry, and some fantastic Broadway lyrics that I marvel at.
But like, to come up with music that is original and catchy, and doesn't sound like anyone else? That is the height of talent.
People like songs for the melody, not for the lyrics (usually). If you have great lyrics with a song that isn't pleasing to listen to, your song will go nowhere.

Example: Here's the Black Eyed Peas song that's popular now. It's completely a dance song and a bar mitzvah song for 13-year-olds. But it's on the radio ALL the time and quite popular.

It is NOT popular for its lyrics, which are:

I gotta feeling that tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good good night

Tonight’s the night night
Let’s live it up
I got my money
Let’s spend it up
Go out and smash it
Like Oh My God
Jump off that sofa
Let’s get get off

I know that we’ll have a ball
If we get down
And go out
And just loose it all
I feel stressed out
I wanna let it go
Lets go way out spaced out
And losing all control

Fill up my cup
Mazel tov
Look at her dancing
Just take it off
Lets paint the town
We’ll shut it down
Let’s burn the roof
And then we’ll do it again

Lets Do it (x5)
And live it up
Lets Do it (x5)
I gotta feeling that tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good good night
A feeling
That tonight’s gonna be a good night (x2)
That tonight’s gonna be a good good night

Oh God, this song gives me a headache.* But I can see that it can make people get up and bounce around. It's sure not because of the lyrics!
And really, if they took the time, they could have come up with better lyrics. Anyone can come up with good lyrics if they've got a good tune. That's the easy part.
I don't think their intent was to write Shakespeare here; it's to make people dance. And to make people request the song at clubs. It's not "Where is the Love?" (Closer to Let's Get Re...I mean, Let's Get It Started.)
They have succeeded in their intent, and they've done their job. My only point is that it's the song that is the real work - not the words...with a few exceptions.

*(Note to hubby: No, you don't have to turn it off when it comes on in the car. I'll live!!)


More crap from my camera


Saw this in the Urban Dictionary today

Piglet Flu

During times of pandemic, the common flu is known as Piglet Flu. While less deadly than Swine Flu, it still makes you feel like shit. However, because it is not infamous like swine flu, you get no respect from having it. So you feel like crap and no one gives a damn because you don't have h1n1.
Doctor: How do you feel.
Patient: Like shit.
Doctor: Well the tests came back, you don't have swine flu. So get the hell out you lazy good for nothing bastard. Come back with a real illness.


Protesting too much??

ME: (reading headlines on the internet): "Woman finds frog in bag of salad."
HUBBY: I had nothing to do with it.


Random recent stuff

Lower East Side, NY

In the bathroom of a pretty cool restaurant called Public

Recent storm

Pumpkin French toast at Turning Point, a restaurant chain in NJ that specializes in breakfast and lunch items. It is GREAT. Check it out on the internet, then come visit us and we'll go.

Halloween night in my town.