Thanks so much to the teachers, librarians, parents and students who nominated Alice MacLeod, Realist at Last for the 2008 Young Reader’s Choice Award, the oldest children’s choice award and part of the Pacific Northwest Library Association! I am honoured.
In other news, Harper Canada is issuing a new version of Alice, I Think for the adult market. To celebrate this new edition, I wrote a chapter from an adult Alice’s perspective. It was fun to imagine what she’d be doing in her early twenties. Nothing very impressive, I assure you!
And finally, before I go off to continue downloading (legally, just in case you were wondering) more 50 Cent songs, I will share with you the results of my longest running science project.
James is always after me to quit eating cupcakes from our local grocery store. He claims that they are indigestible and that the dyes will remain in my system for many years and even now are turning my internal organs peculiar shades of blue and purple. I scoffed at his warnings. Then, last Canada Day, I decided to conduct an experiment to find out just how biodegradable my precious cupcakes are.
It turns out, not very. Here is my Canada Day cupcake ten months past its expiry date. It hasn’t changed a bit! The red dye is still vibrant and the cupcake icing looks as soft and moist as you expect in an edible oil product.
I’m undecided whether to use this cupcake as a reason to eat more cupcakes or swear off them. Perhaps if I eat enough cupcakes I too will be rendered ageless and indestructible (if diabetic)? Or it may be as James suspects and I am being preserved like a pickle by the chemicals in my favourite sweet treat.
It’s a tough call. I may need to eat a cupcake to help me make my choice. And until the cupcake disappears in a puff of smoke or begins to break down, it will continue to live out its life safely in the cupboard of my writing studio, a well deserved retirement from the rigours of being a cupcake.