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T-Mode: April 15-17, 2011

If you’re attending T-Mode in Rockville, Maryland, next weekend, stop down in the Artists Alley and say hello to my dear husband, who will be there representing Binary Souls / Other Dimensions. I’ll be at the BookCrossing Convention that weekend, but if you’re in the area, you should stop by and say hello. Tell him Kate sent you.

What Color Should I Dye My Hair?

Now you get to decide. Donate to the 2011 BookCrossing Convention and pick a color, and when our fund meter gets to 80%, I’ll dye my hair whatever color is in the lead at that time. At 90%, I’ll add another color, and at 100%, you’ll see me with three. If you don’t want me to dye my hair, there’s an option for that too, so vote today!

(And for those of you who don’t really care what color my hair is, every donation also receives free BookCrossing wings for one month, courtesy of a most generous anonymous donor.)

Note: Yes, I’m still on hiatus, but this is timely.

A Call for Suggestions

Thanks to Groupon and Living Social, I now have $20 gift cards to Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I have a serious backlog of to-be-read books on the shelf, and many of the books on my wishlist are the sort I would probably read once and then pass along, rather than keep for myself. I own a large number of journals and sketchbooks, most of which are empty. The Amazon one will probably be easy, since they sell pretty much everything, but I’m not so sure about the Barne.

So here’s the question: what should I get?

Memorial Release for Becky

Last August, ResQgeek‘s daughter Becky (aka N-R-Jyzer) was struck and killed while riding her bicycle. We at BCinDC are organizing a memorial release on what would have been her 10th birthday: February 14, 2011. Always giving of love and hugs, Becky is remembered as embodying the true spirit of Valentine’s Day. The theme of our release in her honor is hugs, hearts, and Valentine’s day. Becky loved Winnie-the-Pooh, so we will be releasing those and other children’s books as well.

Date: February 14, 2011
Theme: Hugs, hearts, Valentine’s Day, Winnie-the-Pooh, children’s books
Release notes: Please include a link to the Becky’s Hugs facebook page ( in the JE for the release.

If you are in the area, BCinDC is holding a release walk in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, at 7:00pm that evening. We will meet at La Madeleine at 500 King St. (at the corner of King and Pitt), then walk down King Street and up N. Union St. to end at Becky’s tree in Founder’s Park. Please let us know if you will be joining us so we know to wait for you.

Memorial labels are available at the supply store.

We hope you will join us in remembering Becky.

Thing-a-Day 2011

Thing-a-Day has begun again for 2011. The concept is simple: create one thing each day of the month of February. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but it does have to be complete. I tried last year and failed about two weeks in, but I’m trying again. I’m going to attempt to have most of my “things” be drawings, but there will doubtless be days when I opt for something else. Everything will be posted over at posterous, but all new posts will be linked on Twitter too.

I’m feeling confident this year. Gustavo didn’t take very long to draw, and I really enjoyed it. My husband is always after me to do more drawing, so I know he’s thrilled for me to be participating in something like this.

What about you? Are you participating?

Got $25? Advertise at the 2011 BookCrossing Convention!, the international book sharing and tracking website, is holding its annual convention in Washington, D.C., in April 2011. Hundreds of book-lovers from all over the world will attend and we would like to give you the opportunity to reach these people by advertising at the convention. Pricing begins at just $25.

What is BookCrossing?
BookCrossing is a massive online community boasting more than 900,000 members all over the world, joined by their common love of reading. The idea behind BookCrossing is to share your books and follow their travels. Each book receives a unique ID number. Once the book is registered, users release it into the wild – give it to a friend, leave it on a park bench, or donate it to charity. BCinDC, a group of members in the greater Washington, D.C., metro area, are hosting the 2011 BookCrossing Anniversary Convention. You can find out more at

What do I get out of advertising?

  • Exposure to hundreds of new customers.
  • Word of mouth advertising via the BookCrossing forums, which are visited by thousands of book lovers every day.
  • Free advertising at our website.
  • A listing in the convention program and on a poster at the venue
  • Additional benefits at each advertising level.

How do I get started?
Send an email to and we will send you the full information about advertising levels. Thanks!

iPhone Apps

I got a new iPhone.  (Well, technically it’s a refurbished,  new-to-me iPhone 3GS, but who’s counting?)  Anyone have any apps to recommend?

Photograph Organization

I used to be really good about keeping my photographs organized, but since I went digital, everything’s gone sort of haywire. Right now I have an enormous plastic bin of stuff, among which is included my collection of photo albums: those little kind that hold one photograph per page. This red plastic suitcase thing pictured above once held only odd-sized photos (such as school pictures or anything larger than 4×6″), but lately I’ve been stuffing all photos I get in there because I can’t bring myself to face the albums.

Ideally, I’d like to move everything into full-size binders with plastic pocket sheets. I’m not sure how easy these are to find. I’ve found horizontal ones, but so far no vertical, which is annoying. I figure I can use the trading-card-sized ones for some of the smaller photos, though I’m not sure what to do with the old school photos, since they’re just a teensy bit bigger than the 2×2″ slide pages. For that matter, the horizontal 2.5×3.5″ ones won’t look too great in the trading card pockets either, but I can probably deal with that.

And what about the really weird-shaped ones? I’ve got a few that are 4×7″, 4×8″, 3×4.25″, Polaroids… you get the idea. I know the “magnetic” photo pages are a bad idea over the long term, so I’m open to suggestions. What do you do with your photos?  And don’t tell me to just scan them and trash the originals; that’s not an option. :P

P.S. – I have a bunch more copies of that wedding photo there on top if anyone would like one.

Pac-Man Moleskine Quandary

A blurry iPhone photo of my newest acquisition

I recently purchased one of those limited edition Pac-Man Moleskine notebooks from ThinkGeek. I purchased the small yellow notebook, which I think was best for my needs anyway. The thing is just adorable: bright yellow with that iconic Pac-Man font (which I associate more with the original GameBoy, but whatever), and two sheets of stickers. My husband is jealous.

But now I need your help, dear reader: whatever shall I use it for?

I’d like to thank the Academy…

Well, here’s something pretty nifty: I’ve been nominated (by someone who is not me, believe it or not) for some Blogger’s Choice Awards for 2011. Care to vote for me?

My site was nominated for Best Blog of All Time!My site was nominated for Best Hobby Blog!My site was nominated for Best Pop Culture Blog!

(Also, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this page to vote for the charming and talented Laura.)

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