Mistaken Identity

If any person ever informs you that editors never commit really spectacular lexical blunders, know that said person is a rotten liar. (If they're speaking of editors broadly, that is. If they're speaking only from personal experience, I suppose they might be telling the truth, and shake my fist in resentful admiration at them and everyone they know if so.*)

The editorial team at Peter Pauper writes a lot of online descriptive copy, in order to communicate the loveliness of our journals, etc., to website customers who can't actually hold them and flip through them before buying. We like to make these descriptions fun to read as well as informative, which typically involves a bit of wordplay, and linguistic tricks such as alliteration and assonance.

I recently wrote an expanded description for our Cat's Meow Journal. When describing our journals, we often like to reference the experience of writing and thinking, in addition to discussing the journal's aesthetics. I believed I'd come up with an alliterative and moderately charming (key word, in retrospect, being "moderately") way to do both at once. It required a fairly exact synonym for "thinking" beginning with the letter "f." I was convinced that one existed. (There may well be one—I just can’t find it.) Moreover, I thought I knew precisely what this word was; my guess is that I confused it with “ruminating.”

I’m very glad I looked it up before I submitted copy that praised the “feline flair for fulminating."

*A note on this sentence and the one preceding it: I think "they" is an excellent ungendered third person singular pronoun, and fulfills a vital role not at all adequately performed by the clunky, distracting "he or she." People have used "they" in that capacity for centuries. Shakespeare used it thus. Modern writers are bringing it back. Even the Chicago Manual of Style came around a while ago. I capitulate to the current strictures of formal writing when necessary, but as sovereign of the Tuesday blog column, I hereby restore third person singular "they" to its rightful glory within my teensy realm.

Photo credit: Shutterstock.com/Dmitrijs Mihejevs

Self-Loathing Turns to Self-Improvement



Yes, sorry to say it but the season for over-indulgence is over with. If you're in the north you still have at least 6 months before beach season. Buck up! There won't be holiday cookies, chocolate, and candies in the office anymore. You can choose to get healthy without being bombarded by overly-sweetened stimuli all around you. If you're in the mind to get moving, get healthy, and perhaps drop some hibernation weight in January – we have just the thing! 

Diet & Fitness Journal is one of our best-selling items. This time of year, we see a spike in sales for good reason. It's a proven winner. Just check out some of the reviews on Amazon.com or BN.com. And you can customize it to fit whatever program you're doing (Weight Watchers, Zone, Belly Fat Cure, Atkins, etc.) You can log what you eat, your mood, your energy level as well as track all your exercise.

We'll also have a Workout Journal early to mid January that you can buy here

Same principals as Diet & Fitness but with a concentration on those that plan on working off most of their issues at the gym or via other exercise. Both of these have easy to follow introductions that give you the basics on diet and exercise. The rest is a tracker that you use to record your food and movement. There's also weekly status update pages and an overall progress page.

To complement these books, we also have a Pocket Calorie Counter which has two sections. The blue section shows you the nutritional information for everyday foods and the orange section has nutritional information for chain restaurants. 

Whatever you choose, we wish you the best in 2013! May it be a happy and healthy one.


Fifty Shades

In lieu of my usual Wednesday blog post, I've decided to update everyone on two hot items that are now in stock! (Actually, WordPress ate my post. I spent hours on it a few weeks ago, and it's gone. 🙁 But I will be vindicated and recreate it, just not in the next hour or two. My apologies for not having a blog post up this morning. Technical difficulties.)

One or two people in the world have heard of a certain erotic novel published this year. Maybe. A few of you have even cracked up at the hysterical parody SNL did of a Mother's Day Kindle ebook commercial. If you're curious and not easily offended, go to YouTube and search for "Amazon Mother's Day Commerical" or try this:

But if you want to unleash your passions on the unspoiled pages of our brand new journal, it would give us pleasure. ::blush::

You can write about fifty ways to leave your lover or fifty ways to say goodbye. Or maybe it's a great little travel journal to write in while sitting on a beach somewhere contemplating your inner deity.

Writing things down isn't your thing? Maybe you're reading a certain NY Times best-selling three book series? A-ha! Then you'll need a bookmark to keep your place if you're momentarily distracted. We've got you covered there, too. 

You can find them both here: http://www.peterpauper.com/fifty-shades-journal-4801

Laters! 😉


Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

What's a pirate's favorite sock pattern?


What do pirates admire about knights?


What law enforcement agency do pirates fear most?


. . . And in a show of commendable restraint, I'll stop there. Greetings, swashbuckling Internet corsairs! Today, if you handsome crew haven't guessed it, is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. If you aren't already avast-ing and ahoy-ing about the town, there's still time to join in on the festivities! Grab the nearest really dashing hat, converse with a parrot at the local pet store, or just bombard your friends with truly atrocious pirate puns (way more fun than cannonballs, and arguably more painful for those on the receiving end). To the high seas!

Avast, ye scurvy scratcher-sketchers! Peter Pauper has long appreciated seafaring pirates ("privateers," as some prefer), most notably with our Pirates Scratch and Sketch. It possesses that attribute known to ensnare pirates of all ages: sparkles. No need to best the kraken or sail through tempests to reach these shiny objects, though. You just have to draw them!




Keep out of my book! And for heaven's sake, don't dog-ear the pages!If you're tired of people nicking your reading material (a practice I imagine is all-too-common aboard your average pirate ship), our Keep Out! bookmark sends an unmistakable message. There's a lenticular version, too, for extra emphasis.




A little subtler.Our iClips send a similar message, perhaps a bit more undARRRRRstatedly. (Sorry, I know it's a stretch, but I couldn't resist.)





X marks the spot! If you can tell the real map from the decoys. YAHAHA!And of course, for the recording of navigational notes, buried-treasure locations, and really eloquent piratical insults for later use, there's our Skull & Crossbones journal!




FARRRRRWELL! May you walk with a little extra swagger in your step today.