Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Rescue Help Needed

Most of us have heard stories of couples who give the boot to their previously beloved pets as soon as they have a baby. For all those dogs and cats shoved aside to make way for the furless two-leggeds, this one's for you.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Friday the 13th, 2029

Turns out it will be a very lucky day for us as the asteroid 2004 MN4 will not be hitting the earth.

As much as I'd like to add some clever political spin, I will hold off. After all, I am an astronomer first, and a political pundit second. Or third, or 245th.


Wednesday, May 04, 2005

May Madness

A writer never has a vacation. For a writer life consists of either writing or thinking about writing.
– playwright Eugene Ionesco

The way you define yourself as a writer is that you write every time you have a free minute. If you didn't behave that way you would never do anything.
– novelist/screenwriter John Irving

Holy %$^&!! I've got four weeks to write half a book!
- blogger/novelist--no, make that novelist/blogger Jeri Smith-Ready
I probably won't be blogging as often this month, because I'll be too busy following college lacrosse.

For those of you who live west of the Appalachians (is it still Tuesday in your time zone?), or north of New York, or south of Maryland, lacrosse is a team sport where players use baskets strapped onto big sticks to toss a ball back and forth, with the ultimate objective of inserting it into the opponent's goal. The ball has the approximate density of the earth's core and travels at a velocity comparable to a 747 at the point of takeoff.

It's hockey played in midair--which makes hockey players a bunch of wussies, comparatively speaking.

Okay, truth be told: for the next four weeks I'll be wrapping up the first draft of my latest novel. I'm at the point where I need to walk, talk and breathe this book, and for the moment reality is kind of a needless distraction. It's my first novel not set in a contemporary time and place, so it takes more of that imagination stuff than usual to immerse myself into the book.

If you're not a writer and can't understand why I'd have to give up blogging just to finish a novel, then I'll compare it to the final paper/exam period in every college student's life--the time when all other concerns fall to the wayside as you try desperately not to be a complete failure.

If you're not a writer and you've never been to college, then I'll put it this way: we just had to replace our well pump to the tune of--well, let's just say it's not a catchy tune. It wouldn't make the Billboard top 100. Or the top 1,000. Top 1,500? Getting closer. And though blogging fulfills many other purposes, one thing it doesn't do is pay for new well pumps.

Filling in for me here at Seething in the Wilderness will be my husband, radio personality Christian Ready. He'll begin with a review of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. After which I'll comment on all the parts I disagree with. Feel free to jump in if you've seen the movie, or hope to see the movie, or want to complain about why you can't see the movie, or complain that there is a movie at all.

I'll wrap up with a few observations:

1. Hitchhikers was brilliant, especially when it allowed itself to be its own entity rather than trying to recreate the painful (sorry, but it's true) BBC-TV series.
2. Governor Robert "I Sign Your Paychecks, I'll Tell You What to Think" Ehrlich's latest actions make the opening of the opera version of George Orwell's 1984 even more appropriate.
3. The Maryland men's lacrosse team beat those goody two-shoes Duke Blue Devils to win the ACC tournament.

Fear the Turtle.

Monday, May 02, 2005

Protect Reader (and Writer) Privacy

As some of you may know, part of the PATRIOT Act (Section 215, to be precise) allows the government to monitor your bookstore purchases and library borrowing habits without even telling you.

You don't even need to be a suspected terrorist--all the FBI has to do is claim that their search is connected with a terrorism investigation, and the judge must grant the search order. No appeals or court reviews are allowed.

The Campaign for Reader Privacy is an organization fighting for the repeal of this section when it comes up for renewal in December. They have more information, a petition, and a suggested letter to your Senators/Representative.

Because when the government turns your life upside down investigating you, even by mistake, they tend not to clean up after themselves.


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