Friday, July 23, 2010

And Now For Something Completely Different...

"You see, I don't believe that libraries should be drab places where people sit in silence, and that's been the main reason for our policy of employing wild animals as librarians."

I will be offline until the middle of next week as I return to Oregon to see my mother (who’s been in the hospital for several weeks) and take care of things. I will miss everyone, but I’ll be lucky to check my emails. (However, The Sunday Sillies will proceed as planned.)
So, as you read this, Spunky is either on her way to Oregon or she’s already there!

* BOOK NEWS *

How to Hook Your Reader at A Book Inside

Character backgrounds and more! A Writer’s Journey

And saw this in a Yahoo Group post this week:

950,000 titles out of the 1.2 million tracked by Nielsen Bookscan sold fewer than 99 copies. Another 200,000 sold fewer than 1,000 copies. Only 25,000 sold more than 5,000 copies. The average book in America sells about 500 copies

Rather sobering, isn’t it?


* CAPTION WINNER *

It was so tough this week! However, I forced myself to choose…

Hart Johnson - "Thumbz! Leak calls for thumbz and I got nun!"



* PHOTO OF THE DAY *

I recently shot a reception and thought you'd enjoy a photo of the cupcakes that acompanied the cake.

18 comments:

Rayna M. Iyer said...

That is such a brilliant photograph, Diane.
Second only to your photograph of those paper stars lit from within.
Thanks for sharing.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Wonderful Photo, hope your mother gets well soon.

Yvonne.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Gorgeous picture and cute caption by Hart. :)

Hope your mom is better soon--take care of yourself, too, Diane.

Mason Canyon said...

Love the cupcake photo. Hope your mom is doing much better. Have a safe trip.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Marian Allen said...

Give your Mom a hug from me!

Those cupcakes--um, yum! I would be so jazzed on those icing roses, I'd be running around the room on the walls.

Marian Allen

Karen Walker said...

Sending you love and hugs, Diane. Hope your mom recovers quickly and easily. Just remember to take care of you while you are there taking care of her.
Karen

Mary said...

You know I love your photos!
Take care of your mom but don't forget to take care of you too.

Laura Marcella said...

Gosh, I don't think I could ever photograph food. I'd be too busy ruining the display by eating it! Terrific picture, though!

Sending warm thoughts and prayers to your mom! Have a safe trip to Oregon.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Safe travels and send more cupcakes.

Tamara Narayan said...

Thanks for the info on the book sales-I had no idea. The cupcakes look delectable. Safe travels.

DL Hammons said...

My mouth just started watering!!!

Yum...yum. :)

Jemi Fraser said...

Good wishes to you and your mom - travel safely.

Donna M. McDine said...

Best wishes for your mom's speedy recovery. Safe travels!

Susan Fields said...

Don't those cupcakes look beautiful? Yum!

I hope all goes well in Oregon and your mom's feeling better soon.

Simon Hay Soul Healer said...

Those are sobering stats. I'm hoping platform improves sales. Safe journey.

Mr. Stupid said...

That's a nice shot of the cupcakes. Congrats to Hart. That was a funny caption. Have a safe trip:)

Jai Joshi said...

Those cupcakes are too good looking for me to cope with.

Jai

notesfromnadir said...

Beautiful! I wish I could make & decorate cupcakes like that. Also, I could easily eat at least 2 of 'em! :)