Friday, May 4, 2012

They Know the F Word Isn't Fart

Okay. This month has been nutty, to say the least. May will probably be just as crazy, but for different reasons. For example, I'm heading off to San Francisco this afternoon with 19 people from my Girl Scout troop. When I return, I'll have a new set of revisions to work on and a water polo team/family trip to Hawaii to coordinate.

Anyway, as I was checking my email this morning, I received a message from our local city library informing me that a book my eleven-year-old daughter put on hold has arrived at our local branch. The book? Go the F*** to Sleep!

Maybe I'm guilty of this, as we did have a discussion about said title while perusing a bestseller list a few months back. Still, I'm shocked she had the balls to even search for it in the library catalog, let alone put it on hold for herself!!! Kind of reminds me of the time my oldest son played the F word against me in Scrabble, scoring something like 38 points. I don't think his voice had even changed yet, and that happened back when he was twelve.

All right--I've got to get out of here. I'll try to be better about blogging in the future. Have a great weekend, everyone!


Adrienne said...

Whoa - that book is definitely NOT for children! Although as a parent I have to admit I found it hilarious.

Ara Burklund said...

So true on both counts!!! : )

Teri Lee said...


Last summer at a bbq I dropped an F bomb and Tris said, "Mom, you're not supposed to say the f*** word!" Except he didn't say just "F."

Now everyone who was at that bbq loves to remind me...

Ara Burklund said...

Ha! Don't feel bad--I'm afraid I dropped a couple choice words in front of my Girl Scout troop over the weekend, despite trying to keep my language as clean as possible.

Cat Winters said...

Hi, Ara! I'm back from revisions so I can finally comment on posts again.

I can imagine your surprise when you saw that your daughter put that particular book on hold!! Yikes! So far, my 12-year-old has kept her language clean around me (I'm not sure if the same is true around her friends), and she complained about Libba Bray's overuse of the F-word in BEAUTY QUEENS. I guess she learned quite a few other adult things from BEAUTY QUEENS, which I haven't yet read myself.

Good luck with the editing craziness. I'll probably be back into revisions again in the coming weeks. I'll be thinking of you. :)

Ara Burklund said...

Glad to see you back in the blogosphere, Cathy! I've been in the revision cave all day, once again. May your next round be light!

There's a lot in BEAUTY QUEENS that I imagine would sail right over young readers' heads. You should read it, then ask her what she thought of all the thinly veiled Gaddafi and Death Cab for Cutie references. I'm betting the transgender ex-boy band member is what shakes most kids up when they read that book, but really, I think Libba did a good job with it.

Cat Winters said...

Now I'm intrigued. I think I'll dive into BEAUTY QUEENS right after I finish my current read. I've been so immersed in research books lately that my fun fiction reading has fallen by the wayside.

Good luck with those revisions!!

Dana Elmendorf said...

For some reason, I feel a little less guilty for when I cuss around you. Hehe. Freaking kids! I swear my boys keep me on edge all the time. My 11yo just told me he as a girlfriend!!!! I'm so trying to play it cool and not freak out. HOW DO YOU NOT FREAK OUT!

We have to trust our raising counted for something...right? Right.

I know you are drowning in revisions. Call me when your head is above water. Miss you!

Ara Burklund said...

Thanks, Cathy! I'm still swamped but looking forward to being finished with this round.

Dana~A GF at 11???!!! I guess it happens, but I'd be freaking out, too! Will call you next week (hopefully!).