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ABCs and HPs

How much do you remember about learning how to read?

My mom asked me that recently, and for me the answer is "Nothing, really." I was quite young; two or three, maybe. Now my son appears to be following in my footsteps.

At age two and a half, he's already stopping to point to letters and numbers on signs or cars or anywhere they appear, and reading them aloud. So far it's mostly just the individual characters ("F! O! R! D!"), but in at least two cases he's remembered what the whole word is. (Those two cases, in typical negative two-year-old fashion: "No" and "Stop". Well, they're both on signs on lot.) We iz proud parentz!

In not exactly related news...

Analyzing my webpage hit statistics shows clearly that the old parodies are really what people still come to read, both the Lord of the Rings film ones and the two Harry Potter book ones. This indicates to me that the smart thing to do, self-advertising-wise, is parody the first five HP books too. So, eventually I'll get started on that. Anyone have an extra copy of Sorcerer's Stone they want to send me? I borrowed the first three books when I read them.

Maybe I'll even get the first one done before the next film comes out. Which, at this rate, gives me plenty of time.


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Aug. 30th, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
Considering I had to look up "fnord" to remember what it meant (which, apparently, is anything and nothing), it wasn't likely to occur to me. But "fjord" might make sense around here. :)

Another early reader who's still an avid reader--this bodes well!

Aug. 29th, 2008 04:10 am (UTC)
I have 4 copies of the 1st book, one practically brand new and never read through... Bought it a few years ago when I was determined to have every edition of every book. I have since realized that's a bit silly and pointless so if you'd like it, let me know and I'd be happy to send it along to further the parodies! Love your stuff!
Aug. 30th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
If you do feel able to part with a copy (it doesn't have to be the brand-new one; I'm not picky), I'd be happy to take it. I'd put a special thanks to you on the parody and give your LJ some free advertising. :)
Aug. 30th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
*laugh* Don't worry about the advertising. I don't really post anymore, just kinda stalk my old high school friends. :-P Send me your address, I'd be happy to help out. kikafae@gmail.com
Aug. 29th, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)
Yay, more HP parodies! I think the LOTR movie parodies are how I originally found you. *hugs them*
Aug. 30th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
They're how a lot of people found me! It was a bit frightening at the time...

There's always the idea of parodying the LOTR books, in turn, too.

E.g., Rivendell:
Gandalf: We must destroy the Ring.
Boromir: No we shouldn't.
Frodo: I'll take it there personally just to get out of this meeting.
Aug. 30th, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, man, the council of Elrond. Where Tolkien hashes out what the rest of the story is going to be about, right there on the page, via a very badly-chaired board meeting. Heee!
Aug. 30th, 2008 12:33 am (UTC)
Toddlers are amazing. Go Zach! You will be reading your mother's parodies in no time. :)

One of these days I'll get around to making a phone post with Colin so he can say hello the you Westerners now that he has true working vocabulary.
Aug. 30th, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
Yes! Must hear some eastern toddler talk. Other parents are always telling me to make more sound recordings, as they're so priceless to hear later in life. I haven't made nearly enough--a shameful omission in a linguist.

Is Colin repeating anything he shouldn't yet? Z said "Dammit!" the other week. Oops. Mommy's in big trouble... :)
Aug. 30th, 2008 04:09 am (UTC)
True confessions: I remember a lot about learning to read, b/c I didn't start until I was six... It's probably kind of boring to anyone but me, though.

More parodies! Yay! At last the Interthingie will be fun again! Does this mean Molly J. Ringwraith is back?

I admire your energy -- I've just finally, finally gotten around to finishing a Prince Caspian movie parody: http://naill-renfro.livejournal.com/
Aug. 30th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
People start reading later than that sometimes, and still turn into avid readers, so perhaps it doesn't matter much in the long run.

And yes, I suppose I'll use the Ringwraith name again, even if it's posted on this LJ, just for consistency. Or else I'll have to come up with an HP-related pen name.

I'll have to link your Caspian parody! Great work.
Aug. 30th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
That is so cute about Z! Very exciting! :-)
Aug. 30th, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
We're pleased with him. Makes up for some of those more exasperating two-year-old qualities. :)
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