I am VERY BUSY reviewing my manuscript and brainstorming ways to approach my editorial letter, in case anyone at Arthur A. Levine Books is reading, so this will be a very short blog post. First of all, we have a winner in the #Antfighter! album title contest – many many congratulations to shiny new #Antfighter! groupie Jenn Bailey!
Now if you know (or know of) Jenn you’re already familiar with her Twitter presence, her very active participation in the Kansas chapter of SCBWI, and her shadowy involvement with the imaginary Twitter insurrectionist group #rebelsagainstmikesempire, the persistent enemy of my imaginary Twitter kingdom #mikesempire. But did you know she’s capable of very sly, Old World English humor as well? Because check it out, yo, her entry for the title of #Antfighter!’s debut album is PISMIRE RAIN. I found this definition of “pismire” on dictionary.com:
late 14c., from pyss “urine” (in reference to the acrid smell of an anthill) + mire “an ant,” probably from O.N. maurr “ant,” perhaps distantly connected with Gk. myrmex, L. formica “ant.” Cf. pissant, also early Du. mierseycke (from seycke “urine”), Finn. kusiainen (from kusi “urine”).
“He is as angry as a pissemyre,
Though þat he haue al that he kan desire.”
Applied contemptuously to persons from 1560s.
ANT PEE. Used as an insult. Awesome! We had a whole big mess of great entries, of course, so Jenn’s was not unique in being awesome. Sarah Stevenson‘s husband even got into the game, tossing out the following gems: MEN WITHOUT ANTS. ALONE ON A HILL. ALL UP IN YOUR PANTS. Fantastic, right? But an Olde English word that’s basically an ancestor of the word “pissant” definitely stacks up.
Anyway, yo, Jenn of the Bailey clan, you may take your pick of any book from the Erin Murphy Literary Agency client list, the Arthur A. Levine Books catalog, the THE SECRET YEAR by Jenn Hubbard list, or the THE LATTE REBELLION by Sarah Stevenson list!
I will make a real blog post sometime in the future, I guess,