"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Encyclomedia and Uses for Engineering

So I'm told meade is not all bad. Awesome critique group member and friend Chris says this is so, and, as I trust her, I'm willing to give it another try. After all, her husband makes it! She suggests something fruiter, and sent me the most awesome link to do my own research. So yeah, I need to go buy a bottle.
Got meade?

Next week I'm participating in my first panel as an author at the Oklahoma Encyclomedia Conference. And here's where my past life career of engineering comes in handy. When it comes right down to it, I'm pretty gifted with computers. A lifetime of programming and designing chips will do that.
I maintain the Class of 2k8 website, I maintain my own website, and I can design some fancy PowerPoint slides. So I've been working on my speech and my presentation to go along with it. I have about 12 minutes to talk, and now have plenty of material. Yay for PowerPoint!

And just FYI, who knew there was so much to learn in The Emerald Tablet? The book is packed full of useful classroom information. Just check out this nice slide if you don't believe me.
(Note - If you see a typo, please let me know!)

I'm working on my swag abilities, and have Class of 2k8 fellow member Stacy Nyikos to show me how. Check out these awesome postcards she designed to mail to librarians in the area.
(Note - We know Thursday is not the 20th! It was corrected before mailing!)

On a different, but so darling I couldn't help but mention it, topic my son brought home schoolwork he's done thus far for the year. He's 7-years-old and in the 2nd grade. Here you can see some of his favorite things.

I asked him about it and he got the sweetest look on his face.
Man I love kids!

And, yes, the song "I Want it All" is the one by Queen. While I do my Bohemian Rhapsody karaoke, he'll be right after me ready to do his own Queen tribute!


Lapillus said...

Best wishes to you for the panel!

Your son's homework assignment is too cute. What a sweetie!

Sheri said...

I love it! I love the way he spelled spaghetti and how our children are our biggest advocates. i guess they see us cheering them on... It's just wonderful! I also love all the things you can learn in the Emerald Tablet and your cool post card to libraries - awesome idea PJ!

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Casey! He is such a darling little kind boy!

We laughed about the spaghetti, Sheri! It was like he knew it was spelled differently, but didn't quite know how. But he tried. (And we didn't laugh in front of him!)

Thanks so much, you guys!

Christine M said...

Your son is the greatest!

PJ Hoover said...

I have to say, Chris, your kids come in a pretty close second what with those great reviews they gave me!

beth said...

OMG! Your book sounds even more amazing! It needs to hurry up and come out!!

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks so much, Beth! I really appreciate it!
That's the great thing about writing - we can throw all our interests into whatever we write! I love that!

Kelly said...

Aw, that's awesome. How cute :)

Working Mom said...

My Kids do an amusing rendition of "We Will Rock You."

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Kelly! Kids are saved by how cute they are!

We Will Rock You is a great one, Working Mom. Will they be participating in our karaoke adventure?

keri mikulski :) said...

Adorable.. :)

And I can't wait to read your book. :)

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Keri! And I can't wait to read yours!

Carrie Harris said...

How absolutely adorable. And I have to tell you that the need-to-read-your-book suspense is getting to be a little overwhelming here. In a good way, of course. :)

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Carrie! That is a good thing! I'll take all the need-to-read suspense I can get!

Beth Kephart said...

Oh, I want it all, too. Or at least some fraction. Or a shard.

I love your postings, PJ. Even if someday I forget to tell you that.

I often feel so rung out of verve. You give me hope.


Barrie said...

I second lapillus: Best wishes to the panel! Ha! (I actually typed "panic" instead of "panel" by mistake! Not even kidding.) Looking forward to meeting you in real life!

PJ Hoover said...

Does that mean you're up for Queen karaoke, Beth?
Thank you so much for saying that about my blog! I really appreciate it! Such a nice thing to say :)
Often days I feel out of verve, too. And that's when I crank up the Queen. "We are the Champions" is a great one!

I can't wait to meet you either, Barrie! We are going to have a blast! You think we'll have enough to talk about on our drive?
OK, totally kidding! I can't imagine running out of things to talk to you about!

Thanks for visiting! Hope everyone's having a great day!

Janet Fox said...

Hey PJ - great post, and what a tribute to you from your son.

It's why we write, isn't it?!

Best - Janet

Tabitha said...

Your son is so cute!! :) And your book sounds really cool. It's pre-ordered, and I'm looking forward to it coming out!

We have another thing in common, PJ. I have my undergrad degree in Math/Computer Science. My career before concentrating wholy on writing was testing software. Lots of different kinds of software. I'm not so fond of writing code, but I can do it. How funny is that to find another writer with these skills?? Too cool!

C.R. Evers said...

Wow! Things are really rolling for you and the Emerald Tablet! Your son is so sweet! :0)

I can't wait to read your book! It sounds right up my alley!


PJ Hoover said...

It's exactly why we write, Janet! It made me so happy! So much better than seeing Captain Underpants written there!
Not that there's anything wrong with the captain!

Thank you so much for pre-ordering, Tabitha! I so much appreciate it!
And how cool you're a technical gal, also. So you get my quote - "There are 10 kinds of people in this world - those who understand binary and those who don't."

Thank you, Christy! I'm glad it sounds like something you'd like to read. I sure had fun writing it! It was like a science experiment where I got to throw a bunch of chemicals in and see what happened!

Thanks for visiting!

Don Tate II said...

I'm going to have to talk to you about PowerPoint. I still use old-fashioned slides.

PJ Hoover said...

And I can talk to you about iMovie, Don. You can give me the one minute overview.
But I guess not this Saturday!

carmenoliver said...

I'm even more excited to get a load of those bookmarks! The librarians and teachers are going to love you up with the cool educational material kids will discover in The Emerald Tablet. I'm so bummed about this weekend. I guess I'll have to wait a little longer to see you and get the bookmarks.

P.S. I love how our kids think what we do is the greatest!

Debby G said...

That is so sweet!

My son did a similar thing in school last year when he was seven, and said my Supernatural Rubber Chicken book was his favorite.

This year in school, he chose a Dan Gutman book. Oh, well. At least he's honest.

PJ Hoover said...

I know, Carmen! Bummer about this Saturday! But hopefully it will be rescheduled soon.
It was really helpful for me to put together all the information. Speaking of which, I should probably put that on my website.

That is sweet, Debby! I'm actually surprised my son put my book down instead of yours! You think he was just trying to butter me up?

Thanks for visiting!

Kimberly Derting said...

Dang, PJ! You're book is all thinky and stuff! Makes me feel a little inadequate.

Good luck on the panel!

Gottawrite Girl said...

"Next week I'm participating in my first panel as an author at the Oklahoma Encyclomedia Conference." WOW. I am very excited for you. And, your son's favorite book? Makes it all worth it!

lynn said...

thanks for commenting on my blog--it's great to see a fellow ex-engineer make it in the writing world!

PJ Hoover said...

All thinky and stuff! You crack me up, Kimberly! Too funny! And thanks for the well wishes!

It really does make it all worth it, Susan! It's so what's really important in life! Thanks!

You're welcome, Lynn! I hope all is going great with your career change!

Thanks for visiting, everyone!