Thursday, January 13, 2011
Quick Queen of Quincy and her Quacking Quackeroo
We all know his story, how his editor challenged him to write a book using only 150 words. Out came The Cat in the Hat. He probably "invented" children's literature as a genre. I think he also, with later books, such as his alphabet book from which the title of this post derives, showed that nonsense words could be playful and legitimate in a story.
I've got so many books. Being surrounded by books is a necessary in my life. I couldn't find the alphabet book as I was looking through the stack. I wonder if it was destroyed in one of the many water-in-the-basement episodes we've had over the years. When I was designing dungeons at the time I played Dungeons and Dragons, I relied on situations I'd read about including a problem lifted from directly from Bartholomew and the Oobleck. Someday, I would love to have a room that is a library, floor to ceiling bookcases with every book I own carefully organized and handy.
The search for these two books as well as her collected Chronicles of Narnia, has caused me to (gasp) do a little cleaning in small sections of the basement. I am going to, and I know you will faint, get rid of the apple computer boxes I still have in the basement. I don't need them and they can be broken down and recycled. I'm going through those two boxes "over there" and either tag stuff to give away, toss stuff or put it where it can be used. I resolved to be better about the mess. Baby steps. Baby steps. Clean a section here. Clean a section there. Do I really want to save 'this' when 'this' hasn't been used in 25 years?
Dr. Suess books are exempt from this question.
Beverage: Scottish Blend tea