Wednesday, January 03, 2007

On Your Mark, Get Set...Attack!

Well, the holidays are over. That's a good thing. Because like every holiday break, this one was jam-packed with stuff to get done. And so I'm glad to get back to work so that I can relax.

Honestly, though, once I finished repainting the boy's room, we had a nice time. New Year's Eve involved staying up and playing games with the family until midnight, pausing, of course, to stuff ourselves silly with delicious desserts we won't see again until next holiday season. And, the brunt of the cold that has infiltrated our household (despite my wife's best efforts, diligently slathering us
with antibacterial hand sanitizer every time we left the house, touched a store cart, or even looked like we were about to sneeze) waited until after New Year's Day to really take any of us down.

My third boy faced the worst of the wrath with a high fever and severe cough. Thank the Lord for Motrin and Albuterol, however. Together, along with a decent dose of prayer, we kept him out of the hospital this year. Poor kid. Two days ago, I put the DVD Cars into the player while the family ate. I forgot about him for a bit, but when I finally headed back in to check on him, he was just staring at the menu screen for the movie. I had forgotten to press Play, and he was too out of it to care.

Anyhow, back to New Year's Eve. This year, my wife bought us Uno Attack! It was a blast to play, and it is the first time we were able to play a family game where the entire family could play...even our three and four year olds. (Of course, they needed a measurable amount of assistance from Mom and Dad, but they had a blast.) My daughter mostly got a kick out of pushing the button and having a stream of cards shoot out. My youngest son got a kick out of being able to choose between playing his yellow seven, his yellow six, or his yellow two. My second oldest son got a kick out of trying to earn as many cards as he possibly could, then trading his hand with Dad so that I'd end up with fifty thousand points. My oldest just got a kick out of playing.

My wife? She got a kick out of winning. She blew the rest of us away, actually.

All in all, it was a blast, and we pretty much repeated the evening the following day and played more Uno Attack and eating more delicious desserts.

Hope you all had a great holiday! And now that it is over, I hope you can actually get some time to relax!


Ryan Field said...


I couldn't help but read your comment on Miss Snark's blog today. I'm usually in her corner, but I find it interesting that a literary agent who only reads snail mail (Miss Snark states this clearly)would also need an e-mail address in an initial query letter. The SASE should be good enough for a reply either way, and she shouldn't have to worry about e-mail addresses unless she actually requests material with the SASE.

I think it should be a given: You only want snail mail, then you don't get an e-mail address unless you request material with the SASE. Period. We're all busy people.

RyanBruner said...


I actually don't have an issue with that. She is filtering initial contact by snail mail...but if she wants something, it makes sense to use e-mail to request partials/fulls.

I have an agent that I submitted to snail mail, per requirements, but then requested the partial using my e-mail address. Basically, I hope to never see that SASE again...because it means a rejection!

Ryan Field said...

Thanks for your input.

I guess this is one of those gray areas where it's all matter of choice. your material, and congrats on the short story. That is a real accomplishment.