Personal updates

New Years Eve

What is your favorite New Year's Eve memory? I have quite a few, but one of the earliest is of my sister and I babysitting for our foster parents, eating snacks, and listening to Casey Kasem's Top 100 Year-End Countdown on the radio while singing along. Happy New Year, everyone!  

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News, On Writing

NaNoWriMo is Here!

It’s November, and you know what that means.  It’s NaNoWriMo!  National Novel Writing Month is the time when people abandon sane schedules, spouses, entertainment, sleep, and sometimes even food in favor of writing like crazy for an entire month.  And the reward is... the satisfaction of having reached your goal of 50,000 words (and a… Continue reading NaNoWriMo is Here!

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NaNoWriMo Winner: I’m done!

I'm done! It's November 30th, and I am officially finished my first draft of Out of the Depths. It has been quite the month, with a rollercoaster of emotions as I tried to figure out what this book was about and where it was heading. Some days I got discouraged and never wrote. Some days… Continue reading NaNoWriMo Winner: I’m done!

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Christmas Traditions

Our family has many Christmas traditions. Holiday songs and traditional carols fill the air. The house and tree are decorated with lights, the teddy bears wear their Christmas scarves, and there’s always a new nutcracker standing by the doorway to guard our home. A handmade, wooden Nativity is set up where the children can see… Continue reading Christmas Traditions

Double Play, News, Personal updates

League of Utah Writers Conference

The League of Utah Writers annual conference was held in Logan this weekend (August 28-29), and my friend, Annette, and I drove up together. We had a great time. The classes were fun, interesting, and informative, the food was delicious, and I got to pitch my new book. I talked to other authors, handed out… Continue reading League of Utah Writers Conference

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LUW Conference

This past weekend I attended the League of Utah Writers Conference.  I had a great time.  There were a wide variety of topics to choose from, covering everything from the beginning steps of writing all the way to marketing and publishing.  The class I enjoyed most was How to Write a Fight Scene, taught by… Continue reading LUW Conference

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Puppy Update

Today I thought I’d give you another puppy update. Rocky (a West Highland Terrier) is now seven and a half months old. He’s over the biting stage, and he now goes to the door and barks to go outside and pee. Yeah!!!! You can’t believe how happy I am about that! He knows quite a… Continue reading Puppy Update

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Summer Fun

My house is full of people. My sister K and her friend A are here, visiting from Canada. Also, my daughter M and her husband are here from Missouri, and my other daughter L and her husband are coming tonight.  We’ve had lot of fun this past week. Meals have lasted longer because everyone is… Continue reading Summer Fun

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, published in 1939, was one of James Thurber’s most famous stories.  Considered a masterpiece, it has made its mark on our society and even our language.  It is the story of a little man who spends his time in heroic daydreams when in real life he is dominated by… Continue reading The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Book Reviews

Sucks To Be Me

If you're looking for a fun YA book, try Sucks To Be Me, by Kimberly Pauley.  This is the story of Mina Hamilton, whose vampire parents have been hiding her existence from the vampire authorities.  But when they find out about Mina, they fine her parents and force her to take a class so that… Continue reading Sucks To Be Me