Lengthy Linky Randutiae. Also, Rainbow Nails

Ready? David Levithan and Billy Merrell are putting together an expanded edition of The Full Spectrum and are looking for essays about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, questioning and other queer identities by writers under 21.  If you have a story you want to tell, go to www.queerthology.com for details on submitting.  Deadline is August… Read more »

Cheerios Can Bite Me

Today’s rant comes to you from my Cheerios box, where I’ve just noticed that General Mills has trademarked this phrase: “More grains. Less you!” The good news about this is that since it’s a registered trademark, no one else is allowed to use it. Therefore, we won’t see this unbelievably obnoxious message anywhere other than… Read more »

Scrabble Complaint, Stuff, and Things

Graceling now exists in Norwegian. Yay! —–> Published by Cappelen Damm and translated by Carina Westberg, whose excellent translation questions spurred my recent post about how Seabane Isn’t Real. This is another randutiae post. Ready? I really like Rebecca Rabinowitz’s short post called Some things to consider when writing fat characters. Some recent words my… Read more »

A Book, Plus, Some Resources on How to Talk about Things When You Know You’ll Never Agree

It’s birthday month on the blog, but life this summer has been so jam-packed (in all the best ways) that I haven’t given much time to blogging. So. Um. Happy birthday, everyone, including me. :o) In my limited time today, I want to point out one online resource for learning to talk about abortion, then… Read more »

Links Before Leaving

I have a to-do list the length of, um, something long (why did I set myself up to have to take time to think up a clever metaphor?) so this will be quick, but — I’m reading a very funny book. It’s called Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School: Book the First) and is by Gail… Read more »

Check Out These Links

In Atlanta, a series of fatphobic billboard ads have been targeting kids. At her blog Dances with Fat: Health Comes in All Shapes and Sizes, Ragen Chastain is raising the money to put up “billboards and print media campaigns from a Health at Every Size® perspective to show kids of all sizes that they are… Read more »


I just stumbled across a list of books about body image, health, and dieting and had the urge to list them here on my blog, now, at the New Year, when the societal pressure toward weight loss rises to a fever pitch. In case it is helpful for anyone to know that books like this… Read more »

In Which I Can’t Even Come up with a Subject Line

I’m a tad bit disappointed with my new outside stick-on-the-window thermometer. Its little suction cups work excellently and it has a cute picture of a bird on a thistle, but it’s been telling me all weekend that the outside temperature is 122°F (50°C). This is not helpful. I had a big, ambitious post planned for… Read more »

Randutiae, Get Your Randutiae Here

Cover of Fire, U.K. large print edition, published by Clipper Large Print —> So. Randomness today. Read what interests you, skip what doesn’t. Book Boyfriend Names. I got a kick out of Marie Rutkoski‘s short post about literary boyfriends and their names. Do you even have to read the L’Engle books to know that Adam… Read more »