Saturday, July 23, 2016

Computer Death

Dear Readers,

I regret to inform you that my computer has died a horrible death. He's not getting a funeral, because he purposely died early. His name is being written on the wall of computer infamy as we speak.

Currently, I am using two rocks, three blades of grass and a bug to communicate with you. I'm pretty good with using the two rocks, but the bug is constantly flying places it doesn't belong and the blades of grass are useless. As such, I will not be able to access much more than email on these rocks, and even then I could catch on fire at any moment. It may be a month or so before the issue is fully resolved.

I am bravely surfing the internet without the proverbial surf board. I will be vigilantly using most of my time looking for illustrators for Smart Dummies, using social media on my iPhone and braving the depths of many video game dungeons. If you don't hear from me within a month, please note that this is a blog and most of my posts are in text format. I shall do my best to post when I can!

Scuttlesleeps and nufferbottoms,


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Call For Cover Art for SFU Anthology

Emily Stringer, a friend of mine, just told me about this Call for Art. Emily works in the The Writer's Studio, in Simon Fraser University's Creative Writing program. The cover artist they choose will get their artwork on the cover and receive two copies of the anthology. Here are some of the details below:
  • Open call for Cover Art, seeking art that considers the theme: "places where stories come from." Variations on theme, including creative interpretations of broader themes such as “emerging” or “discovery”, are encouraged
  • Deadline: noon, July 20th
  • Please email submissions to: emergecoverart(AT)gmail(DOT)com
  • The image should have the highest dpi possible, the minimum size being 400 dpi, in TIFF or JPEG file format
  • More details are at
  • emerge 16 is a student anthology from The Writer's Studio (TWS), SFU's Creative Writing program; the anthology launches in October, 2016

Sunday, July 3, 2016

What Will Fat Cat Sit On?

Today I'm going to write about on of our favorite books on my son's bookshelf: "What Will Fat Cat Sit On? by Jan Thomas. Michael has agreed to help me out with this story. This book is about a fat cat that desperately needs a place to rest. It's a good thing this book has a narrator or else Fat Cat would just squish everything in Fat Cat's path.

"What will Fat Cat Sit On?" is wildly hilarious. It is even more so when you have a tiny baby trying to grab 2-D animals while your read. If you don't have a tiny baby, then borrow one. If you actually want to be able to turn the pages easily I suggest reading it in the bookstore first.

It's not just the words that make this book funny. The fonts and colors of the words add so much depth to the book. In many books you may have to guess (or have read the story) to know how to read said story aloud. With the fonts that are used in this book it makes it easy to read the book as it was intended by the Jan herself.

 The pictures help to make the book. Jan uses thick lines and flat, ((mostly pale) colors. The expressions on the animals are priceless. David, my 5 year old, loves looking through each of Jan's books after I read the story so he doesn't miss anything in the pictures.

I hope you will check out "What Will Fat Cat Sit On? It's a tasty treat for all ages.*

*Please do not actually feed this book to your kids. Any book eating in this post is purely fictional. No books were harmed in the m