Becca Wilhite Blog

August 29, 2012

To the Moon

Filed under: history — becca @ 8:15 am

Guys. Look at this. It is so cool. This is the speech that President Nixon had his speech-writer (William Safire) prepare in case the Apollo 11 mission (that’s Armstrong on the moon, children) had failed. I got it here. I’d never really considered the fact that if Neil and Buzz couldn’t get the rockets to restart, that would be the end of that. No rescue mission. No hope of salvation (and what a story plot resides right there, in that thought). It’s a sobering idea attached to what is pretty much a huge adventure story. (Rest in Peace, Mr. Armstrong, an epic man of flesh and blood.)


Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace.

These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice. These two men are laying down their lives in mankind’s most noble goal: the search for truth and understanding.

They will be mourned by their families and friends; they will be mourned by their nation; they will be mourned by the people of the world; they will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send two of her sons into the unknown.

In their exploration, they stirred the people of the world to feel as one: in their sacrifice, they bind more tightly the brotherhood of man.

In ancient days, men looked at stars and saw their heroes in the constellations. In modern times, we do much the same, but our heroes are epic men of flesh and blood.

Others will follow, and surely find their way home. Man’s search will not be denied. But these men were the first, and they will remain the foremost in our hearts.

For every human being who looks up at the moon in the nights to come will know that there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind.

August 27, 2012

Help Me?

Filed under: anxiety — becca @ 8:41 am

So school’s back in session around here, and you know what that means? That’s right — hot breakfast every day. It’s one of precisely two ways in which I am awesome, maternally speaking.

This morning, we had waffles and cantaloupe.

Mmmmm. Google Images.

And as I plugged in the waffle makers (2, you know, because some of us likes ’em square, while others of us likes ’em round) I noticed, again, the orange sludge that gathers around the hinges. I know what it is. I just don’t know how to defeat it.

It’s the residue of Pam spray. Years of it. I’ve tried removing it with the following: Bleach spray, hot water on a washcloth, Clorox wipes, voodoo, and curse words. With the following results: Stink, ruined washcloths, sticky mess, guilt, and guilt(2).

How do I clean my waffle irons? See, the insides are great. But the outsides make me gag. Should I just chuck them and buy new ones?

I wish I were kidding, but this is what is concerning me today.

August 24, 2012

Advice for Writers, From Writers (Part Five and The End)

Filed under: writing,writing process — becca @ 6:07 am

Here are the rest of the amazing images/quotes from Buzzfeed. Read them. Then, for the love, start writing. (I’m talking to me.)

Library of Congress image

Uncredited, but how'd you like to write ghost stories in that little cottage in the woods? Yes. please. (Also, I like to think that both F. Scott and Mr. Gaiman enjoy the placement of these images.)

Uncredited from Buzzfeed, and my favorite pic of Mr. Gaiman. Could that face possibly hold the brain that gives my baby boy nightmares? (Answer: Yes, and we adore him.)

Image by Mark Lennihan, AP. And even though I write opposite of Mr. King, I use this advice all the time when editing for someone else. So, it's good, is what I'm saying.

And there you have it: The stuff I borrowed from the Buzzfeed article that made me so very happy. Another shout-out to Chris Ritter for the totally amazing design. (Go see the original, because there were a couple that wouldn’t transfer over.)

I hope your week has been lovely and full of great words. Off to write many more, myself.

August 23, 2012

Advice for Writers, from Writers (Part Four)

Filed under: writing,writing process — becca @ 6:25 am

More writer-y advice from Buzzfeed, but first one from ME. Ahem. “Duct tape your hind-parts into a chair and don’t get up until you’ve written 1.000 words.” You’re welcome.

Uncredited, but visual basis for my Steinbeck crush.

Image by Carlos Osorio / AP

Image via Library of Congress. Do they have YOUR photo?

Uncredited Ernest interview. Which I adore.Uncredited Image from Buzzfeed

Image by Marty Reichenthal / AP. Also, I need a cartoon signature. And a fantastic face like Kurt's


And once again, come back tomorrow for some more great advice. Or don’t. Advice is free, for what it’s worth.

August 22, 2012

Advice for Writers, from Writers (Part Three)

Filed under: writing,writing process — becca @ 6:14 am

More Buzzfeed greatness.

Image by Deborah Feingold / Reuters (Good advice for those of us who still author our own books, right?)

Uncredited image from Buzzfeed, and justification for this entire string of posts. Thanks, Tom. No, really. Thanks.

Uncredited from Buzzfeed, and one of my favorite images. Also, I love his typewriter.

This image is also uncredited. Damn. (Sorry, Dad. I had to.)

Uncredited, but if I'd taken this madman photo, I'd want my name on it.

Uncredited from Buzzfeed.

But wait. There’s more. Come back tomorrow, won’t you? And maybe tell me your favorite piece of writer-y advice.

August 21, 2012

Advice for Writers, from Writers (Part Two)

Filed under: writing,writing process — becca @ 6:04 am

Here’s some more from that great Buzzfeed article.

Uncredited from Buzzfeed, Mr. GK Chesterton, you know.

Uncredited image from Buzzfeed, again.

Image by Steve Castillo/AP

Image by Dermot Cleary / AP

Uncredited Emerson image is the reason I didn't just link the whole article. Someone spelled Emerson wrong. So I had to take matters into my own hands. You understand.


There’s more where these came from, don’t you know. Come back tomorrow! If you want!

August 20, 2012

Advice for Writers, From Writers (Part One)

Filed under: writing,writing process — becca @ 6:04 am

Do you know BuzzFeed? Sometimes I’m too old for it. But THIS. This is awesome, and I want to bring some of it to you. I lifted each of these images from THIS article, classically designed by Chris Ritter.

Image by Frank Polich / Getty Images

Image by Michael Lionstar/AP



Image uncredited from Buzzfeed. But I love it. So much.

Image by Mike Segar / Reuters


Awesome, right? Want more? Come back tomorrow. And all week long. I’ll keep pilfering amazing stuff and giving credits. That, you know, is what I do.

August 19, 2012


Filed under: familyness,goals — becca @ 3:52 pm

At the end of last school year, I taught a bunch. I told you about that when it was happening, it seems to me. So one day, this thing happened, and I have been thinking about it over and over and over for MONTHS now. Let’s discuss, shall we?

All right.

So I was in a classroom full of Kid 1’s peers. One of them, in a casual moment of small-group discussion, asked me something about her. I may (possibly) have praised her. A lot. I am sure the words, “she’s amazing” and “I like her a whole lot” came out of my mouth. A different kid in the room, a few feet farther away from me, said to the kid beside him, “My mom would NEVER say something like that about me.”

I immediately felt horrible. Not that I had praised my Kid, but that the boy who overheard me would respond that way. And I hope he was wrong. I really do. But if he’s wrong, what’s up with his mom never saying things like that  (or other nice things) about him in his hearing? And if he’s right? Isn’t that even more sad?

So here’s what I think. One of my goals for this school year (which, despite my best efforts, is right there beginning on THIS week’s calendar lineup) is to not only say nice things about my kids, but to let them overhear those nice things now and then. And to speak to and about my kids so that they will never doubt, never wonder, never question what kinds of things I might say about them when they’re not in the room.

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