Name that (Christmas) Tune

‘Tis the week before Christmas at the old Hall of Fame,

And I found something fun, a jolly word game!

Take a look at the cards that I’m posting each day-

and see if you know the tune it will play.

The art’s not so great, but y’all are great thinkers.

Now don’t peek below, you bunch of old stinkers–

Until you’ve made a guess, or maybe a few.

And happy Christmas to all (and Hanukkah, too!)

(Answers: Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow and O Christmas Tree)

Finding Something Friday: The One With a List

So I cleaned out ALL my emails, which was really just cleaning out a TON of newsletters and such that had been languishing in the old inbox. But I found some interesting stuff to share with you, the languishing summer writer.

1. Kate Wolford over at Enchanted Conversation is having a contest, perfect for summer. She’s looking for a great character sketch of a summer fairy, in 300 words or less. All you writer friends who are hooked on memes, put that writing practice to work for you! Deadline is June 17th.

2. Need some fast summer money? I just came across London Brokers, a web content provider. Unlike Demand Studios, you don’t have to apply. But you don’t make much moola, either. Still, pay is through Paypal. Just pick a topic, write, and get a flat fee.

3. Cheryl Klein is the speaker for a WD webinar on “How to Plot and Structure your Novel.” You’ll also get a query and first 250 words critique. So if a conference will break your budget, or you simply can’t get away, here’s a chance to hear an amazing editor (she’s a senior editor with Arthur Levine) for $89.00. The seminar’s June 23, but you’ll have access for a year, so you can listen and learn whenever you get your lazy summer boomerosity in gear.

4. And because some of you have little ones (or grand little ones) and might be traveling, I’m throwing in this site called MomsMinivan with its printable car activities and games. If I’d had this little gem back in the day, I would not need Golden Auburn or whatever haircolor Gloria uses to disguise the gray hairs I earned on kiddie road trips. And don’t forget rainy days–stick the kids in an inside fort and throw a few games and flashlight inside. Bottom line: You can save a ton of money for yourself in hair dye down the road.

That’s it, my summer sistahs (and brothers). Go forth and languish no more!

A Little Punctuation Fun, Circa 1946

I’m here at the beach, on a little Mother’s Day visit with Mrs. C (which makes that whole Cathy C. Hall thing make sense now, right?). Even on vacation, I’m thinking of y’all (which makes NO sense, but that’s the way we C.’s roll).

Anyway, while looking through my mom’s college yearbook (The Commodore, 1946), I came across this little gem:

Girls who eat spinach have legs like this: !!
Girls who ride horseback have legs like this: ()
Girls who get drunk have legs like this: )(
Vandy girls have legs like this: X

Isn’t that a hoot and a half? Don’t tell Mrs. C., but I’m taking this yearbook home with me (which makes total sense-you can’t find funny like that anymore.)