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February 18, 2005

A Vaguely Word-Related Post


The school called today to let me know Athena had an earache and fever, so she's home today, and here's something to warm this writer daddy's heart: Athena sat down in front of her white board and started writing without even the slightest suggestion of such an activity from dear ol' dad. She writes words the way she thinks they should be spelled and then I'll check them for accuracy. She's beginning to learn English is bizarre in terms of spellings, which I think annoys her. And rightly so.

Unrelated but exciting: We've got our first foreign language offer for Old Man's War, and I'm pretty sure we're going to take the offer. I'll provide more details when contracts are signed, but suffice to say that I think it'll be neat to have a book in a language I can't even read. And of course, foreign rights are like free money. And who doesn't love free money? It's free.

And entirely unrelated to any of the above: A short article in the Dayton Daily News about the Book of the Dumb books, in advance of the appearance/signing I'm doing tomorrow at the Dayton Barnes & Noble. DDN is a "registration-required" site, so you'll have to measure your need to view the article against that (I tend to use bugmenot in those cases). But I'm happy with article. Hopefully this will help me net more than six people at the signing. We'll see.

Posted by john at February 18, 2005 01:22 PM

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Cara | February 18, 2005 02:08 PM

what foreign language will the book be in?

Jon Hansen | February 18, 2005 02:08 PM

I'm hoping it's Esperanto.

John Scalzi | February 18, 2005 02:17 PM

Actually, it's in Klingon. Shhhhh. Don't tell anyone.

Mark J Musante | February 18, 2005 02:34 PM

She's a lefty, eh?

We thought our son was going to be left-handed - when he was an infant he did just about everything with his left hand first. So it surprised us when he started writing with his right. Brain development is strange.

JamesG | February 18, 2005 02:34 PM

toH, tlhIngan Hol DajatlhlaH 'e' DaneH'a'?

(So you want to speak Klingon?)

Tripp | February 18, 2005 02:50 PM

A lefty? Most superior people are!

I like the invented spelling thing, but around these parts some people denigrate it to promote "Hooked on Phonics."

Personally I think it is ironic that the right wing promotes such a blatant drug reference. I'd expect it to be called the "War on Illiteracy" or something like that.

marrije | February 18, 2005 05:25 PM

Ha! I bet it's Dutch! Us Dutch, we like to be first in line.

Brian Greenberg | February 21, 2005 01:31 AM

OK, I've gotta ask: How come every time we see Athena writing, she's always writing on a whiteboard? How many whiteboards do you have? Has this poor girl ever seen a piece of paper?


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