Jaye Wells

Experts, Pigeons and Wombs

Has everyone found Expert Village yet? A big thanks to Lorraine Heath, who turned me onto this gem. Need to know how to choreograph a fighting sequence? Need a character to pull off a convincing belly dance? You’ll find these and thousands of other how-to videos and articles on this site. Think of youtube.com only you’ll learn stuff.

For the non-writers out there, there’s plenty of good stuff from pilates to travel tips to at-home waxing instructions. I don’t recommend you try the last, but it’s there.

What the heck did writers do before the internet? Oh yeah, I’ve heard tales of this thing called a library.

In fact, I went to one yesterday. Not a great idea with a kid who’s lowest volume is the whisper-yell, but fun nonetheless. We checked out two books by Mo Willems, a former writer for Sesame Street. They revolve around a trouble-making pigeon and they’re hilarious. His most recent, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus was a Caldecott winner. If you’ve got kiddos on your list this year, check them out.

Also, and I don’t know why this didn’t occur to me earlier in life but, I checked out three books on CD. We’re making a twenty-hour drive to North Carolina for Christmas this year. I’m hoping hubby and I won’t fight too much over which ones we listen to.
When I mentioned checking outThe Red Tent, which I’ve read and loved, he groaned. I’m hoping the Anne McCaffrey and David Sedaris will save the day when Mr. Jaye gets tired of metaphorical and literal womb references.

Sorry for the completely random post, but it reflects the scattered nature of my brain right now. Is anyone else travelling for the holidays? Any good travelling tales you can recomend? Ivan mentioned Jack Kerouac yesterday, which is an obvious choice. Any others?

16 Thoughts on “Experts, Pigeons and Wombs

  1. Bailey Stewart on December 14, 2006 at 10:14 pm said:

    Nope, staying right here in Big D. After all, doesn’t everyone want to spend Christmas in 80 degree weather? It better get cold again before then.

    Nope, no suggestions for traveling tales.

  2. Bernita on December 15, 2006 at 5:54 am said:

    Don’t know if they are on audio, but anything by Guy Gavriele Kay.

  3. EA Monroe on December 15, 2006 at 8:01 am said:

    Thanks for the link, Jaye. The only traveling episode that comes to mind is when we decided to get up early and take our son to Six Flags Over Texas in Dallas. AFter a long drive from Norman, we drove up and the parking lot was empty, no cars. Wow! We thought we were early and had beaten the crush. This was a couple of days before Memorial Day and the place wasn’t open for the season yet! We thought we were in an old Chevy Chase vacation movie and had gone to WallyWorld. Tip: check your traveling destinations ahead of time!

    If we take a trip to NYC, I’m sure we will end up in the Jack Lemmon movie, The Out of Towners. So, we stick close to home.

  4. Jana DeLeon on December 15, 2006 at 9:24 am said:

    I had a chuckle over the “whisper yell.” I had completely forgotten kids do that.

  5. I like Paul Theroux’s books, especially the Patagonia one… hm, drawing a blank on the actual title.

    Also, A Town Like Alice, which is only very marginally a travel book (at one point some civilian POWs are marched across a southeast asian country). It’s just a very good story.

    Oh! I know! The Piano Tuner. It’s almost a recreation of The Heart of Darkness, but involves a staid piano expert from London traveling into the heart of southeast Asia to tune the piano of an important British official.

  6. jason evans on December 15, 2006 at 1:10 pm said:

    We used to travel cross state years ago for Christmas (4 hours). Glad we’re not doing that anymore! Very often we had icy roads. Not fun.

  7. I love audio books. My favorite that I’ve listened to are the Dan Brown books, especially Angels and Demons. Don’t forget that Cracker Barrel is a great book checkout location. You can purchase it at one location and return it to any other in the country.
    I loved The Red Tent. It was a fabulous read … probably not for Mr. Jaye and Spawn.
    And Jaye, I have personally visited many libraries with you (and some fast-food joints on Forest Lane). Mrs. Friedman would be proud of you!
    I’m in Atlanta throughout the winter. Call if you’re close by! Happy Chanukah to my favorite PseudoJew! QuasiJew?

  8. M. G. Tarquini on December 15, 2006 at 4:43 pm said:

    Yes, ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night’ and ‘I am the Messenger’.

    Angie Johnson-Schmit has reviews on her blog, I think.

  9. Ballpoint Wren on December 15, 2006 at 9:32 pm said:

    We listened to Prince of Tides on a drive from Texas to California. That was a good one.

  10. Egad.
    The mall parking lots are sparsely
    taken up.

    Nobody shops till the snow falls.

    Little snow in Central Ontario.

    Poor British Columbia got all the crap weather.

    We are sitting here at a smug 50 F.

    Global warming?

    Looks like we’d better believe.

  11. Jaye Wells on December 16, 2006 at 9:13 pm said:

    Ivan, it was in the mid-70s today in Dallas.

  12. Oh how I love Dallas!

  13. Jaye, if it isn’t too late, get The Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman, read by Lenny Henry. You should be able to get it at your library, or if not, then there is probably a library system where you can get in on intralibrary loan. I promise, Mr. Jaye will like it as much as you.

    I’ve been gone for a long time, but writing very little. Sort of. But the internet has been my best friend. Wikipedia has been such a boon, same with Dictionary and Thesaurus dot com, and of course google. I’ve found out the most obscure of details that have filled in wonderfully. Maybe some day I’ll post about it with specific paragraphs.

    I haven’t looked at Expert Village yet, but it sounds like it is right up my alley, just what I’ve been looking for.

  14. Jaye Wells on December 18, 2006 at 8:08 am said:

    Scott, good to see you! You’re actually the second person who’s mentioned Anansi Boys to me this week. I bought Good Omens for hubby this year and am waiting for my turn to read it. If I have time, I’ll check to see if I can find Anansi on cd.

  15. Bailey Stewart on December 18, 2006 at 9:06 am said:

    It’s 10:00 a.m. and already nearly 70. That cold front better get here soon, because Bailey here is getting tired of Big D un-Christmas like weather. 40s on Sunday.

    Ivan – this Dallasite wants snow.

  16. Sambian on December 25, 2006 at 8:15 pm said:

    almost forgot Dallas … oh, the memories

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