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April 22, 2014 | 11:32 AM | 25 notes

Top 10 things Bean has said lately

1. “All robots say, “I AM A ROBOT. I AM A ROBOT.”“

2. “How do you say rabbit in German, Mommy?”

3. Upon finding the candy eggs on Easter:”I am so happy right now! I am so happy!”

4. “Tell me a story about a dingo, Mommy.”

5. Upon hearing the story of the teenage boy who stowed away in the airplane wheel well:  “Why the teenager ran away?”

6. “We can’t kill people, right, Mommy?  Killing people is rude.”

7. “Why you wear a bra, Mommy?  Where are your breasts?”

8.  Because I was trying to get him to say the letter R properly, I asked him what a pirate says (As in: AARGH!). He replied, “Shiva me timbas.”

9. “What do dragons eat, Mommy?”

10. “Thanks for all this delicious food, Daddy.”

He’s also taken to doing whole monologues from the Curious George Halloween Special…(“You see that old tree over there? We call that Old Lonesome Tree…”)

April 22, 2014 | 11:25 AM | 9 notes
Seriously, dudes, go try to win my book! 
April 22, 2014 | 10:08 AM | 6 notes
litasylum:

Megan Abbott always creeps me out in a way I can NOT explain. How does she *do* that? Dark, creepy, and utterly disturbing….love, love her new novel THE FEVER - June 17, 2014 release date!

litasylum:

Megan Abbott always creeps me out in a way I can NOT explain. How does she *do* that? Dark, creepy, and utterly disturbing….love, love her new novel THE FEVER - June 17, 2014 release date!

April 22, 2014 | 08:16 AM | 3 notes

OMG! All the Books!

If you weren’t a writer, what do you think you would be? Put another way, what else fills your life besides writing (and how does this influence your writing, in practical or ephemeral ways)?

If I weren’t a writer or writing teacher, I’d probably become a fitness instructor, an accountant, or a midwife.  Or, of course, a world famous pop star.  Or maybe all of the above.

Read the rest of my Q&A and enter to win a copy of CALIFORNIA here! 

April 21, 2014 | 02:03 PM | 25 notes
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A FATHER’S PRIDE
A FATHER’S BIG MOUTH
When Edan was a kid, she and I were like Ryan and Tatum O’Neal as Mose and Addie in the movie PAPER MOON: on one crazy adventure after another. I, like the character Mose, am devilishly handsome and silver-tongued, and I can beat a large hillbilly in a fair fight. Edan is like Addie because she’s direct and clever, and she’d often separate me from unworthy girlfriends.

By the time she was in the 4th grade Edan was praised and singled out for her writing. I told her years ago to put me down for 10,000 copies of her first novel. Now, I have uttered many bon mots and advice over the years, which Edan doesn’t remember. However, this promise (along with: “Madonna is a flash in the pan”) she recalls as if it were yesterday. I must keep my word and sell, sell, sell.

Lucky for me, Edan’s first novel, California, is terrific. Readers far more astute than I—Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan, to name just one of many—have already called it brilliant, stunning, and original. I agree—it’s a fantastic read.

So help a dad out, and buy a copy or TWO of this debut novel. Ring a bell for proud parents everywhere…and enjoy a riveting and smart novel. —Bob Lepucki, aka Edan’s dad

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