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    DD, working statistics problems--


    .... One could say that taking the log of the dependent variable data makes things exponentially more linear...


    muahahaha...




    Me: {groaning} You are enjoying this WAY too much.


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    DS5 has decided that he is not a child, but a "young adult" and is firmly convinced we have missed a few of his birthdays! Adolescence will be fun... smile

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    just got hooked on Warriors last week, after bouncing off the first book last year -- too many pages, too small print). I think it is because they are so very predictable, and yes he was able to articulate that he liked not to be stressed out worrying about things turning out OK in the end. He hates scary stories.

    Hmm--you may want to be aware that characters DO die in Warriors. Admittedly they go up to some type of kitty heaven or something, but they die. DD wept over several Warriors books. It's not like Rainbow Fairies, etc where everything always ends happily/the same...

    Also, whoa, thank you for the glimpse into the seamy underside. I recently did tell DD about the writing factories behind Rainbow Magic/Warriors and now she is all scornful and suspicious and keeps asking me if other books with many installments are like this. (What IS the right name for that? It's not really ghost writer or pen name. Sock puppet? Group pseudonym?)

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    Factory seems to do nicely, I think.

    And no, not ALL series are like that.


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    Sindicate?


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    Originally Posted by ultramarina
    Also, whoa, thank you for the glimpse into the seamy underside. I recently did tell DD about the writing factories behind Rainbow Magic/Warriors and now she is all scornful and suspicious and keeps asking me if other books with many installments are like this. (What IS the right name for that? It's not really ghost writer or pen name. Sock puppet? Group pseudonym?)

    I remember similar disillusionment upon discovering that Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, and The Bobbsey Twins were all written by the same syndicate. smile

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    In an attempt to make his homework more interesting - and painfully drag out the experience leading to lots of yelling - DS 7 had to answer a generic question about a book he was reading. Shouldn't have taken that long, did a lot of drama about not knowing what to write. Finally does it - and he added citations from the text - complete with parentheticals and page numbers! Can't wait to see what the second grade teacher thinks of them!

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    In connection to an upcoming wedding, dh and I were talking about how some people jump into marriage after knowing each other for just a bit and how others like us waited for many years. I commented that as long as it works for the couple, it is alright. Dd4 was listening and she said," you know what I am going to do. When I grow up, I will look for a good person every day and the day I find him, the next day i will get married." I joked," the very next day! Don't you think that is silly?" Dd replies," maybe so. But it works for me!" Haha

    Also last week, I was very upset that an acquaintance is non-stop pushing his religion on me. Even though I respect his religious belief, he is unable to respect my non-belief. Dd consoles me," mom, you don't have to believe if you don't want to. You know what I say when people bother you. Hakuna matada." I cracked up and we both ended up singing the song.

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    DS6 wants to be a Minecraft Torch for Halloween. Not a creeper, but a torch. The reason? Torches are scary, Mama, spooky castles and caves all have torches. To each his own, I'm off to decorate a head-sized box with orange and red construction paper...

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    Not academically impressive, but apt: DS2 was watching an episode of the TV show "Between the Lions" when a musical interlude came on. He said, "This is terrible music." He was right!

    On the ride home from swimming tonight, we were running through the alphabet and naming a dinosaur for each letter to occupy DS' attention. I blanked at "T", and he promptly suggested "titanosaur". I couldn't even think of t-rex or triceratops (or even a class like theropod) and he outclassed me.


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