So, that was an exciting experiment!  :-)  I was sort of testing to see whether blogging would get easier if I did a mini blog every day instead of a big one once a week, and . . . nope.  (1) It is still a ginormous time-suck, (2) my daily life is not riveting enough to provide consistent material (even for those of you who would actually enjoy a toddler photo every day!) (Mom), and (3) turns out I am incapable of “mini” anythings.  (See above re: time-suck.)

Ah, well.  Luckily there is a vast overflowing Internet out there to entertain you when I cannot.  🙂

Which is to say, yes, I’m sorry, I’m now going to disappear until this manuscript is finished, which will hopefully be mid-September.  I might be back once in early September to tell you about all the new fall shows I’m looking forward to (ooooooo hooray!), mainly because I’m hoping everyone will watch Ringer and New Girl with me.  :-)  But otherwise, I have to go bury my nose in an underwater dragon world (spoiler! if you had any idea what I was talking about).  :-)  :-)  🙂

October to December should be splendidly peaceful, though!  Full of blogging, I hope!  I might even try to re-tackle my NaNoWriMo ms. from last year . . . I got thisclose to finishing it and then another deadline lumbered up and sat on my head.  AS THEY DO. 

Plus I want to fix up my website, and I have this other top-secret project I need to work on—but I will be back on here eventually, I promise!

In the meanwhile, if you’re looking for blogs/websites to fill the void, here are a few of my favorites:

Kiersten White (author of Paranormalcy and Supernaturally)

Annie and Aunt

Meg Cabot (author of The Princess Diaries and the Allie Finkle series, among others)

Oz and Ends

Kristin Cashore (author of Graceling and Fire and also just a wonderful person) (which I would say even if she wasn’t my SYTYCD BFF)  🙂

Television Without Pity

Catherynne M. Valente (author of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland, among others)

Livia Blackburne

I hope you all have a marvelous rest of the summer!  Quick, read as many fun books as you can!  Homework is coming!  Aaack!  🙂

Toddler’s Favorite Books of the Century:

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Bus Stops, My Friends, and Spring is Here by Taro Gomi

Oh my goodness, there’s something utterly magical about Taro Gomi’s artwork, at least for my toddler.  Our wonderful friend Ayako gave us Spring Is Here, and then we encountered Bus Stops and had to buy it for ourselves because there was SO MUCH LOVE for this book, you have no idea.  And now we’ve just found My Friends in the library, and it seems to be an equally enormous hit.  The size and sturdiness of the board books is wonderfully appealing, and there are tiny marvelous things to find on every page (he likes pointing out the bikes, and cars, and little animals of all sorts).  Apparently Taro Gomi has over 400 books published in Japan—could we get some more of those over here, please?  :-)  Love love LOVE.