It’s Tuesday, let’s do a flashback. Also: Hi, Dad!

Written By: admin - Nov• 15•11

So Dragon*Con happened a couple of months ago, but I haven’t cleaned off my phone’s photo directory in a while, and I just remembered I had these.

Let’s set the scene.  Dragon*Con, for the uninitiated, is more like eleventeen different science-fiction and fantasy conventions at once.  There’s something for everyone, and for people with very short attention spans (like me!) there can be eleventeen somethings going on at once!  So I kept pretty busy.

I tracked down Jen (of EPBOT and CakeWrecks) in her now-annual Find Jen! contest and won a super-rare Carrot Jockey necklace:

Oh look who I also tracked down totally by accident, is James Marsters.  You’ll just have to trust me that the person he’s hugging (because we are BFFs!) is me.  Also, I’m wearing a Dingoes Ate My Baby t-shirt, for those of you who care about that sort of thing.

Then I went to the most fabulous sing-along of Once More With Feeling and Dr. Horrible, back to back… pretty sure I was the most sober person in the entire ginormous room.

Where DO they go from here?

And yes, they had the signs of awfulness up all over again this year.  But this year, there was also this sign, which helped balance things out, because AWESOME:

And just feet away, I found this evidence of an honorary RPB-er, out there in the masses!

But then… alas.  There was this.  I know some of y’all will probably not gnash your teeth quite as hard as I will at this.  But can we at least agree that this is a debatable point of spelling and that it does not merit the defacement of a kick-ass poster?



Confidential to my father:  THERE YOU GO DAD, ARE YOU HAPPY?  😛

Looking-Glass Wednesday

Written By: admin - Jul• 01•09

There’s nothing at all wrong with this sign. In fact, it is delightfully right. In a Lewis Carroll sort of way.


I snapped this one myself in a medical office building.


Written By: admin - Jun• 03•09

In short, the new comments policy is: yes please! Actually, that’s the same as the old comments policy, but apparently that one didn’t work, so I’m issuing a new one. I know there are a hundred or so of you checking this page daily, which is mildly impressive, in my humble opinion. I want more submissions! I want comments! How can I ever earn my Internet-based Coffeetable Book Contract if none of you ever talk? 😛


Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•09

Today is Ada Lovelace day.  For more about the event, check out the post Liss wrote over at Shakesville.  Otherwise:  Ada Lovelace helped program the first computer-ancestors, and today is “an international day of blogging to draw attention to women excelling in technology.”  Bloggers around the world are posting about a woman of their choice in technology.

After thinking about it, I decided not to just pick a random woman I didn’t know much about and post about it here, since it seemed sort of irrelevant to the Red Pen Brigade mission.  So instead I’ve decided to point whatever readers I have over to one of the coolest websites to which I’ve ever been priveledged to contribute:  The Women’s Genre Fiction Project at Emory University.

The WGFP has preserved hundreds of “women’s literature” publications by women written between the mid-1800s and the 1920s.  The books vary in quality and significance, but they’re all fascinating and fun.   Plus, as a double-whammy for today, the project was heavily driven by several very strong, imaginative, determined women in Emory’s digital technology stable.

I really enjoyed serving as a copy editor (hey RPB tie!) for the project for a few years — especially the time my text featured a hero named Denis and the capturing process had digitized it every single time as a reference to the male sexual organ.  🙂

So anyway:  check the site out.  Also check out Emory’s Women Writers Resource Project and the other collections, including the WWI postcards and poetry(I did a lot of the WWI stuff and the poems are really a remarkable read).  Celebrate the persistence of  women in technology and in writing.  And happy Ada Lovelace day!

Thoreau Monday

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•08

Every time I pass this sign I make a mental note to share it, and then of course I forget because I’d forget my brain if it weren’t nailed in there.  Anyway, I love this sign.  There’s nothing technically wrong with it, either, if we waive complete-sentence punctuation requirements for signs (which I do).   I think it is perfect for a Monday post… it sort of expresses a quiet desperation.  Please.



Written By: admin - Sep• 14•08

Kudos to Mr. Joshua for introducing me to this one.  (Click on image to link to its source, the webcomic Achewood.)


New category (again): Things that amuse me

Written By: admin - Sep• 08•08

There’s nothing whatsoever wrong with this sign, and it isn’t even wrong in the sense that some things are just wrong.  In fact, it’s sweetly right.  Optimistically right.  There might be pies, or there might not, but doesn’t this sign kind of make you hope there will be?  I loved this so much I took a picture of it, and I’m not able to afford two blogs at present, so consider this a happy bonus.


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