Review: The True Meaning of Smekday

This would be the cover of Smekday
What is Smekday? Read and find out.

Here’s Gratuity “Tip” Tucci and the invading alien Boov, J.Lo, traveling from Pennsylvania to Florida then Arizona in a floating hatchback called “Slushious” with a cat named “Pig.”

Wait. That’s a lot of information. What’s Smekday?

The True Meaning of Smekday is a 400-page tour de hilarious force aimed at middle grade readers (9 to 12). I would call Smekday, the 21st Century’s first fitting tribute to Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Wise beyond her years, Gratuity is a fantastic narrator, cracking wise throughout the book, and explaining mysteries along the way. For example, Why do cats love the aliens? What really happened in Roswell? Should we really trust the powers-that-be? And why do those abducted by aliens come back sporting weird moles?

This would be the picture of Slushious
One hatchback + Slushy machine Parts + Boov engineering = Slushious

Adam Rex did a tremendous job with this book and I would recommend it not only to middle-schoolers with an interest in science fiction, but anyone who wants to read a very, very funny story about aliens that takes several amazing turns.

While my son Alejandro was reading it, he pointed out the word “asphyxiation” was used repeatedly. He wasn’t sure what it meant, so I sent him to the dictionary, and then he laughed at the tale of the Boov moving from the sea to land.

This would be types of Boov, duh.
What does a Boov look like? Kinda like a garbage can with arms.

Oh yeah, so what exactly is Smekday? It’s the day (previously known as Christmas) the aliens land on Earth and named their discovery after Captain Smek.

Want to learn more about Smekday, why not surf on over to the Smekday web site where you will learn:

In 2013, the Boov invaded and life on Earth changed. It is the goal of the National Time Capsule Project to provide a record of this time in America’s history forever.

 Shout out to author E.C. Meyers for forever changing my life by introducing me to this book.

Get The True Meaning of Smekday at Amazon.

Summer Reading 2010

Here’s a list of the fictional books we’ve been reading this summer:


The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex


Carlos is Gonna Get It by Kevin Emmerson (assigned to Alejandro for 6th grade summer reading)


Stargirl and Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (the former assigned to Alejandro for 6th grade summer reading)


Norwegian Wood by Hiruki Murakami



The Wind-up Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi


The Bone Series by Jeff Smith

The Alex Rider Series by Anthony Horowitz


The Complete Adventures of Tintin – Volume 2 – Herge

Arthur (multiple books)


First Graders from Mars

Non-fiction-wise, here’s what I’ve been reading:

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What’s Your Favorite Writing Subject?

Every writer has a subject they love writing about. Something they’re passionate about and turns up in their work over and over again.

For me, it’s always been two things:

The first is telling a story about a scientific development pushing our limits of knowledge. I love interviewing scientists who are passionate about their work. I enjoy helping them translate their science work into an easy-to-understand, conversational story.

The second is a fictional story about a kid – usually a preteen or young teenager – who finds himself in a complicated situation and needs to complete a quest.

What’s your favorite writing subject?

Observation: This is Wall Street

On the train two women trade verbal insults.

“…You people don’t even know how to act on the train!”

“It took you ten fuckin’ minutes to get your fat fuckin’ ass off the train but I’m fine. I’m relaxed. You got issues.”

“I don’t have issues.”

“You’re the big fat ass. I’d beat that fuckin’ ass all night.”

“You should be glad you’re not like me.”

“I’m relaxed. I’m fine. I’m OK. You’ve got issues…”

Just another day in NYC.

Y! The Last Man – Volume 6

Here’s Yorick, Dr. Mann and 355 on their way to Australia, a side trip as they cross the ocean in search of Ampersand, who was kidnapped in San Francisco. Ampersand, Yorick’s capuchin helper monkey, holds the key to Yorick’s immunity from the plague that killed all Y-chromosome containing mammals.

More than a few people in Girl on Girl get some action.
More than a few people in Girl on Girl get some action.

There’s a fair amount of drama on the ship: Dr. Mann and 355 have a romantic rendez-vous. Yorick and the ship’s captain come close. And the Australian Navy adds to the tension since The Whale may be smuggling elicit goods.

Highly recommended as the middle of the series.

Why I Started Writing This Site

I’ve been writing professionally for 12 years, writing fiction and screenplays on-off for 18, and keeping a journal for 22 years.

I love writing and started writing this blog for three reasons:

1. I wanted to collect the writing I publish elsewhere.

2. I want to comment on developments in biotechnology and the emerging field of synthetic biology.

3. I would like to help scientists tell their stories.

I am a huge believer in storytelling and the written word’s power to translate big ideas.

I want to connect with you and show you how I write and help my clients tell their science stories.

So please read, share, contact me and come back soon.