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Lit on Deadline has been nominated for a Baltimore Sun Mobbies Award–a best-of the local blogs contest, the third annual. My blog is in the  ‘uncategorized’ category. I know. An oxymoron.

Yet, since LOD is not just a personal column, with the blog’s teaching and writing edge, Uncat is where I ended up. Check it out and get out the vote if you can at the Sun’s Mobbies site or

I have to say, I’ve got some pretty stiff competition from the likes of:

A Healthy Dialogue The President and CEO of GBMC HealthCare, John Chessare, M.D., updates his blog every Friday.

Cody and Martin have a Website

Deep Ad Thoughts A blog about advertising and marketing brought to you by The Cyphers Agency

Energy4Business (Constellation Energy) Blog with national and regional energy news and market insight

The Pinehurst Land Rover Society and

Unsolicited Drivel Your Internet source for informed misinformation.

The one I’m most worried about, however, is the  Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Blog Stories of girls in your community who are making the world a better place!

Who can go up against the Girl Scouts and win? Help me out here. On the off chance I take home a Mobbie, I think I get to go to a party with free food and drink. And I could use a night out.

Thank you for your support.



In Suspense

NOVELS ARE NARRATIVE, and narrative , whatever its medium — words, film, strip-cartoon — holds the interest of an audience by raising questions in their minds, and delaying the answers . . .

— David Lodge The Art of Fiction


My son was consuming a Dum Dum lollipop the other day when, unexpectedly, he pulled just the stick out of his mouth:

“Oh man,” he said. “My lollipop just popped!”

Note: One day later . . . . Oops. It happened again, and I realized I might have misquoted my own son from ‘memory.’ What he actually said (at least as I wrote it down this time):

“The pop went off the lolly!!”

Blogs a Billion

I just got a note from a really mad blog called Rolli Writes. The writer liked my Baltimore Review Contest entry post a couple of days ago. And I like the look of his site. See it here.

I’m thinking of updating my Lit on Deadline look—-maybe shifting from the bluesy, subtle,  literary Victorian-styling approach to something more white spacey and color splashed (albeit still quality, of course, a la personal essay, narrative moments, quirky observations, writing tips, and full-throttle mommy madness.

Anyone got any ideas on WordPress looks I should check out? Or maybe classic is the way to go. Thoughts?

Requiem for ‘Q’ or is it ‘K’ or ‘G’ ?

Not too long ago The Christian Science Monitor was in an editorial quandary over how to name the notorious ruler of Libya, “Blame it on the name of the country’s head of state, Colonel Gaddafi. Wait, no, that’s Kaddafi. Or maybe it’s Qadhafi. Tell you what, we’ll just call him by his first name, which is, er … hoo boy.”

Now the question is: How to headline all those Ever Colonel’s obituaries? Even worse, what about the cacophony of post-Google searches muddling the cyberaftermath of his death?

According to The Monitor: “part of the problem here is that there’s no universally accepted authority for transliterating Arabic names. Normally, news outlets will just go with whatever spelling the subject prefers, but this particular subject hasn’t settled on a single Roman orthography for his name.”

Now too late to ask, we can ponder what slate he might offer up in the Apropro Afterlife (?). Just consider what was previously listed on Libya’s official website alone:

  • AL Gathafi
  • Al Qaddafi
  • Algathafi
  • Al-Gathafi. “Adding to the multitude of his spellings is the increasingly ironically named “Al-Gaddafi International Prize for Human Rights.”

The Monitor continues: “And that’s just the surname. Variations on his given name include Muammar, Moammar, Mu’ammar, and Moamar, etc.. Once you’ve settled on how to spell his first and last names, you then have to decide whether you want to add the Arabic prefix “al-” before his last name. Which can also be spelled “el-.” And then you have to decide whether the prefix should be capitalized.”

Top contenders, in brief, have been: At CNN, AP, etc. it’s spell it “Moammar Gadhafi.” The New York Times spells it “Muammar el-Qaddafi.” At the Los Angeles Times, it’s “Moammar Kadafi.” Reuters, the Guardian, and the BBC go with “Muammar Gaddafi.” The Irish Times goes with (the rather wacky)”Muammar Gadafy.” And, finally, ABC News – which spells it “Moammar Gaddafi” – has posted a list of 112 variations (!) on the English spelling of the Libyan dictator’s name.

The Christian Science Monitor itself goes with “Muammar Qaddafi,” (see full story) “a spelling that is no more or less defensible than anyone else’s.”

No matter how you spell the man’s to me, I’m glad he’s history. During the fallout of this year’s Arab Spring, Moammar “Mad Dog” Q.K.G.’s military forces captured, jailed, and beat up a longtime ex-boyfriend of mine, photojournalist Joe Raedle.

Then el Colonel changed his mind, and let him go.  At least on that he could decide, with a right mind.