Tag Archives: reading

Finally, My Own Place

I’m moving to my very own place! My whole life, I’ve never been on my own.  So now I’m going out on a limb.

I upgraded to my very own domain!

Mermaids Don’t Do Windows has moved to dianabeebe.com.

You know what this means for you, don’t you?

  • Go over there and follow (subscribe for free), so you’ll get email notifications when I post something new. This site won’t get the new stuff forever.
  • No more annoying ads!
  • All the same great content to browse when you need to laugh at me.
  • CommentLuv for you bloggers who’d like to share your recent posts.

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It’s still needs some tweaking, since some of the widgets aren’t behaving as expected, but I’m pretty happy with it.

Thankfully, I’m still not out on my own.  I’ve got TechSurgeons to thank for helping me get the site up and running in one day (as soon as I finially decided to go out on that limb).  I have my very own TechGuy now!

What are you still doing here?  Go here and subscribe.  😉 See you soon!

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Geek Mom Strikes Again

Comic books are awesome!  When I was little, I was so happy when we would get to buy them. I still have one of my very first comic books. It was Disney’s Scamp (Tramp and Lady’s errant son). My sister and I had a few others with that same level of fun and silliness.

Then there was my Thundercats stage, which coincided with my Spider-Man stage but didn’t last as long. I read DC comics, too, (Wonder Woman, mostly).

There is something to be said about kids and literacy and comic books–they can only encourage kids to read. I found this great article by Charlie Brooks, a geek dad, about getting younger kids to read by using comic books. He has good suggestions for comics that are kid friendly (and not violent and oversexed as some of the superhero and supervillain ones are).

What’s not to love about comic books? They are colorful and action packed and feed imaginations in ways that books and movies can’t.  Comic books give visual clues that we don’t get from novels and yet still leave more to the imagination than TV or movies. They can be a good gateway to reading books. (A gateway to reading, not drugs…sheesh.)

When I stumbled on the new My Little Pony comic books, I knew I had to get them. My kids don’t need encouragement to read, but they love the My Little Pony humor. I bought the first one and gave it to the girls to share. They loved it. This geek mom was so proud. *wipes eyes*

When it was time to get the next one, I tried to get them to go to the comic book store with me. Mockingbird looked at me as if I’d grown another head. Armadillo, on the other hand, squeed and said, “Comic books! Yea!”

At least one of my daughters is mine. 😉

The latest thing about comic books is to make at least three different covers for every edition. What? You want me to choose which cover I want? I want them all!

Which one did the seven-year-old Armadillo pick? Cover C wasn't available.

Which one did the seven-year-old Armadillo pick? Cover C wasn’t available.

*cough*

Since buying more than one copy is not a viable option (unless it’s Spider-Man #700…*whistles and walks away*), I let Armadillo pick the cover she wanted. Do you think you can guess which cover she picked?

I’ll reveal the answer later this week. 😀

Are you a comic book fan? If so, what have been your favorite titles?

2012 in Review and Looking Forward to 2013

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for Mermaids Don’t Do Windows.

In the almost six months that I’ve been blogging, here are my top 5 posts and my theories for why they made the list:

  1. Mermaids Aren’t Real? — This War of the Worlds moment (remember the radio program that had people panicking?) had to be shared.  If they are real, they are smart enough to elude Animal Planet film crews.
  2. My Very Own My Little Pony — Ponyfest12 was a success!  I couldn’t believe that my pony won, but then again, I have awesome friends.  Look for a pony reveal soon.  In the meantime, you should check out Rebecca Enzor’s blog, because Ponyfest is hers and she’s great.
  3. Totes, Selfies, and Sharpies — Why did this one make the top 5?  Because there are people searching on teen selfies.  Not kidding! Exactly 25% of the known Google searches that linked to my blog were about selfies, and most of those were looking for teens! Ick. Parents of teens, monitor your kids’ phones and uploads.  Just sayin’.
  4. Welcome to Gattaca — Who doesn’t love that movie?
  5. We figured that one out a long time ago — I just can’t help myself when I hear of discoveries that shock scientists about the intelligence of women.

These fabulous people were my top 5 commenters. I love their blogs.  I hope you check them out:

  1. Pauline B Jones
  2. Julie Glover
  3. Ryan King
  4. Debra Kristi
  5. Jordan L. Hawk

I launched this blog at the end of June last year with a ton of support and encouragement from my WANATribe Blogging for Brand classmates and WANA founder, Kristen Lamb.

So what’s in store for Mermaids Don’t Do Windows in 2013?

  • Three posts a week.
  • Pony reveal!
  • A visit from a Norse god. Yes, Thor is coming to visit me soon!  He will get to see what Texas is all about.
  • A blog upgrade and some tweaks.
  • A posting schedule.  What?! 
  • More housework avoidance (and maybe some decluttering projects).

Happy New Year to you all!

Thanks for stopping by.  I’d love to hear what you have going on for the new year.

ROW80 Check-In Week 2

Is it already time to check in for ROW80 Week 2?

I’ve been busy with the start of Kristen Lamb’s Blogging for Brand class, too, so this check-in is, well, what it is.  🙂  Too add a little bit of color, here’s a pretty pony my own princess made.  The most shocking thing is that it isn’t pink.

So far this week:

  • Write an average of at least 500 words per day while doing much-needed research for my middle grade WIP. On track! 
  • Submit and query my adult fantasy manuscript, HUNTER MOON. Query agents. Just started making a list.
  • Work out at least 4 times a week. Halfway there!
  • Read a book.  I’m still reading We Are Not Alone–The Writer’s Guide to Social Media by Kristen Lamb. Haven’t picked it up in days–I’ve been too busy with the blogging class. 😉 
  • Weather permitting goal:  Plant carrot, spinach, and lettuce seeds to accompany the broccoli plants.  Time permitting, too.
  • Post at least 3 times a week here at Mermaids Don’t Do WindowsWill keep this up!

How are you doing on your own goals this week?

ROW80 Check-In

The ROW80 Challenge started just two days ago, but today is check-in day.  So here’s a quick post to share my progress.

  • Write at least 750 words every day on my middle grade WIP.  Otherwise, my daughter will get very, very mad at me (she’s my #1 beta reader).
    On Monday, I wrote 1300 words; on Tuesday, about 200.  So I managed to average 750 words.
  • Submit and query my adult fantasy manuscript, HUNTER MOON.  It’s all shiny.  *pet pet*
    Almost there.  Wrote a 200-word synopsis yesterday (not easy to go that small) and finished my query letter.  One more look today.
  • Work out 45 minutes to an hour at least 4 times a week.
    Just 1 time so far. It’s early.
  • Read a craft book. We Are Not Alone–The Writer’s Guide to Social Media might be a good place to start since I’m taking Kristen Blogging for Brand class.  (I’ve been reading it slowly.)
    Working on it. 🙂
  • Plant carrot, spinach, and lettuce seeds to accompany the broccoli plants.
    Not yet.  The weekend will be here soon enough.  Must buy seeds before then.
  • Post at least 3 times a week here at Mermaids Don’t Do Windows.
    This is the second one, so I’m on track.

What about you?  Do you have updates on your goals in ROW80 or in other areas of your life?  🙂

Because My Life Isn’t Busy Enough: #WANA1012 and #ROW80

Here at Mermaids Don’t Do Windows, I don’t usually write about writing.  Today, I’m making an exception because I have some goals to post for October 1st.  I promise something thought provoking (I hope) for TINSTAAFL Tuesday.

Blogging Dreams

The day I realized that I must start a blog was the day after I returned home from DFWCON (DFW Writers’ Conference) in May.  This conference opened my eyes to the opportunities out there.

Then I started having dreams.  For three nights after the conference, I dreamed about blogging. I don’t remember anything about the dreams other than the distinctive feeling that I had to start a blog.  I still knew nothing about blogging.

I found Kristen Lamb’s blog.  I attended two of her sessions at the conference, found out she went to my alma mater (icing!), and joined WANATribe The next logical step was to take her blogging class.

Still, there were more blogging dreams.  Oh. My. Goodness.  Really?  Enough already.  I got the message.

So was born Mermaids Don’t Do Windows.  I hope you are enjoying my fledgling attempts.  I have enjoyed being here and meeting great blogging friends.

Did I mention I still have blogging dreams every so often?  Yep.  Blogging for Brand class 1012, here I come.  I have so much to learn and accomplish.  And I’d really like for the blogging dreams to stop harrassing me.

Writing Dreams: #ROW80

October 1 is also the beginning of Round 4 of A Round of Words in 80 days — ROW80.  Since I’m writing, I might as well make myself accountable with the support of other writers who also have families, other jobs, housework, stuff going on — lives.

I set my own pace and my own goals.  I post them here for the entire world to see.  Here goes:

  • Write at least 750 words every day on my middle grade WIP.  Otherwise, my daughter will get very, very mad at me (she’s my #1 beta reader).
  • Submit and query my adult fantasy manuscript, HUNTER MOON.  It’s all shiny.  *pet pet*
  • Work out 45 minutes to an hour at least 4 times a week.
  • Read a craft book. We Are Not Alone–The Writer’s Guide to Social Media might be a good place to start since I’m taking Kristen Blogging for Brand class.  (I’ve been reading it slowly.)
  • Plant carrot, spinach, and lettuce seeds to accompany the broccoli plants.
  • Post at least 3 times a week here at Mermaids Don’t Do Windows.

Those are my goals.  I may tweak them as I go, but that’s the beauty of ROW80.  I can adapt when life happens.

Everyone is busy.  I’d love to hear what you’re up to.  It’s your turn for some pimping and promoting in the comments section.  What are your current projects and goals?  Do you have any completed goals that you are especially proud of? Share some linky love.