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A Girl Named Digit

"On the morning of my kidnapping, my mom's makeup was perfect."  So begins the hilarious story of math genius Farrah Higgins, who is a senior in high school and more than anything wants to blend in with the crowd. "Digit" hides her abilities and slides through high school life pretending to be just like everyone… Continue reading A Girl Named Digit

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Let It Snow

On several of my fall field trips out at the GSL Shorelands Preserve, we saw Woollybear Caterpillars with wide red-orange stripes around their bodies.  This is supposed to mean that there will be a long, cold winter.  Well, those caterpillars may know something:  this past weekend we were hit with a huge snowstorm.  I was… Continue reading Let It Snow

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The Magic of Christmas

Recently, someone asked, ‘What do Santa and reindeer have to do with the birth of Christ?”  Well, maybe on the surface, not much.  But let me explain.  The whole Santa thing may be just a game we play with our children, but it’s a fun game, and what it represents is related very strongly to… Continue reading The Magic of Christmas

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I Did It!

I did it!  I finished my novel!  City of the Giants stands at 80,014 words and 309 pages.  Yippee!  Wow, what a month it's been.  I've had a wonderful time creating this story.  Now comes the hard part of rewriting and editing.  But first I've got to get Christmas taken care of.  A little more… Continue reading I Did It!

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The End is Near

National Novel Writing Month is almost over, and I am on the home stretch of the first draft of my book, City of the Giants.  It’s been a crazy, wonderful, amazing month of writing.  I love the creative flow that happens when I can just write.  So far, I’ve got 68,594 words (266 pages) which… Continue reading The End is Near

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NaNoWriMo

It’s November, and you know what that means.  It’s NaNoWriMo!  National Novel Writers Month is the time when writers 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 maybe… Continue reading NaNoWriMo

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Halloween

Tomorrow is Halloween.  I’m not into blood and gore, hauntings, possessions, and hatchet murders.  I don’t do scary.  (Although I do indulge in the occasional vampire and werewolf story.)  But I do like to dress up and pretend, to see all the kids’ costumes, hand out candy, and carve pumpkins.  I enjoy watching "It's the… Continue reading Halloween

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SLC Comic Con

This morning (Saturday, Sept. 7) my son and I, along with a couple of friends, went to Salt Lake City's first Comic Con.  Like most experiences, it was a mixture of good and bad.  Bad: We stood in line for two hours in the hot sun to get into the Comic Con.  Especially for those… Continue reading SLC Comic Con

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Shopping

I normally hate shopping. I procrastinate going to the store (with the exception of bookstores) until I absolutely have to. I complain about the crowds, the high prices, the closed-in smell, and the fluorescent lights. But lately I’ve seen that shopping can actually be fun. While in Calgary, my sisters, niece, and I went shopping… Continue reading Shopping

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Farewell to Alberta

This has been a vacation that will be remembered with great fondness. I was able to spend time with each of my dear sisters as well as some of my nieces and nephews. I enjoyed listening to my nephew play the organ. I was thrilled to watch my third oldest sister perform in the Cowboy… Continue reading Farewell to Alberta