Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Ash Wednesday

Whoooaa.  Headache.  Why, why...oh, right.  Yesterday was Mardi Gras.

Which would make today Ash Wednesday, right?

Right.

Well.  We have two options in my parish.  Go to the 8am mass with the schoolkids and get your smudge then, or wait until a special mass at 7pm.

I've decided to go with the 7pm option.  Partly because it's God knows how many degrees below zero outside and after I dropped my kid at her carpool-- at 7am-- I had to get back inside. I suppose I could have waited around in some drafty coffee shop for the morning mass to start, but that seemed like torture.  Which would have been an okay way to kick off Lent, but I guess I'm just not saintly enough for it.

The downside to attending an evening mass is this:  I can't do dinner before 7pm. Which means I will probably spend half the mass thinking about how hungry I am after a day of fasting, and should I have linguine with clam sauce or just grab a (meatless) pizza on the way home.  Pasta, pizza, pasta, pizza....  shoot, is the sermon over already?  So sorry I missed it.

So.  Who's got any ideas about how to observe Lent this year?  DIH is all ears.

Monday, February 16, 2015

The By Now Totally Required "50 Shades of Grey" Post

I just read that the number one February release of all time, according to box office take, was Mel Gibson's 2004 "The Passion of the Christ."  And the Number 2 February release of all time?
"Fifty Shades of Grey."

So.  Let's agree, for the moment, that what America goes to see at the movies tells us something about who we are.  What does this little tidbit tell us?

Hmm... that we love God best and porn second best?

Nah.  Too simple.

That we've come a long way in a downwards direction in the past eleven years? I could believe that.  I mean, what with Average Barbie and all. 

That.. oh, let's see.  Women are bored with chocolate and roses?
 Yeah, that'll be the day.

The fact is, Desperate doesn't feel like speculating.  She is, in fact, 100% sure who is behind this thing, as I imagine my readers are too.  Put it this way:  he's the guy the "hero" of "The Passion of the Christ" defeated.

But even losers can rear their ugly little heads once in a while.  As FSoG pretty much proves.


Friday, February 13, 2015

Writers' Digest Awards!

I know what you're thinking.  You're thinking, Gee, Desperate, it's Friday the 13th and the day before Valentine's Day-- I wonder what's on page 46 of the latest Writers' Digest Magazine? 

Why, isn't that a list of the winners of the Writers' Digest Self-Published Book Awards?  And say-- isn't that Breakfast with the Pope by Susan Vigilante? 

Why, yes.  Yes, it is.

Thank you Writer's Digest and everyone who loved the book.  You can order copies of it here:

http://susanvigilanteauthor.com/books/

And of course at Amazon.com:
http://www.amazon.com/Breakfast-Pope-Susan-Vigilante/dp/0980076382/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1395933599&sr=8-1&keywords=Breakfast+With+the+Pope

Friday, February 06, 2015

I Have A New Blog!

Come and visit me at
www.susanvigilanteauthor.com

I did the designing myself, can you tell?

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Invitation

I've started a new blog:  susanvigilanteauthor.com.  Stop by and see it some time- ten points if you can guess who designed it!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Peppa Pig, Your Days Are Numbered

Oxford University Press has announced that authors who publish books through their house may no longer mention pigs.  Or pork, or bacon, or ham, and it won't be long before they add Spam to the list.

Why?  Because the mention of pork offends Muslims.

From today's International Business Times:

"The move was revealed during a discussion on free speech during BBC Radio 4's Today programme in the wake of the attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hedbo and its decision to use an image of the Prophet Mohammed on the cover of its latest issue.
Presenter Jim Naughtie said: "I've got a letter here that was sent out by OUP to an author doing something for young people.
"Among the things prohibited in the text that was commissioned by OUP was the following: Pigs plus sausages, or anything else which could be perceived as pork."

An OUP spokesman added, An OUP spokesperson said: "Our materials are sold in nearly 200 countries, and as such, and without compromising our commitment in any way, we encourage some authors of educational materials respectfully to consider cultural differences and sensitivities.

Read the whole thing here: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/oxford-university-press-bans-mention-pork-pigs-books-avoid-offending-muslims-jews-1483378.

 

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy New Year!