Thursday, February 28, 2008

Seven Random Things About Me Tag

I was tagged by Anne Bradshaw to tell you seven things about myself. So here goes...

1. I don’t like chocolate ice cream of any brand or variety.
2. I once sprayed air freshener up my brother’s nose. I said, “Here smell this” and then sprayed. My mom had to call poison control.
3. I went to London with BYU study abroad the summer before I was married and I was a USU student. It was awesome!
4. I love cheese.
5. I graduated in Psychology and worked with the adult persistently mentally ill population and had to drive a huge van with 12 patients to a baseball game. If any of you have ever seen the movie “Dream Team” it was kind of like that….Interesting.
6. I minored in music in college with an emphasis in piano and voice. I practiced the piano for an hour every day during my entire college career. It was so much fun and I improved so much. I wish I could do that now. My children like to “play with me” as soon as I sit down.
7. When I was about eight years old, we went camping and fishing as a family. I got tired of waiting for my turn for the pole and there was a bunch of fishing line along the bank of the creek. I found a stick and tied the broken line (which also had a hook) onto the stick. I put a piece of worm on it and sat on a big rock and waited. I caught a fish! It was only about six inches long, but my dad was pretty amazed. Here's a pic of one our old family fishing trips with my little brother, me, and my mom and dad.


That was pretty fun and those are some pretty random things. I’m interested to see some random things about
Shanna

Nichole
and
Rachel Ann Nunes

Monday, February 25, 2008

A Roar for Powerful Words Award

Thanks to Cindy Beck over at LDS Writers Blogck for passing along this award. Words really are amazing and have been such a powerful influence in my life. I hope that someday my words will be published in a book!



The “A Roar for Powerful Words Award” requires that I pass on three snippets of wisdom before bestowing the honor on others, so here they are:

— Believe in yourself. If you don’t, who will?
— Submit, submit, submit, submit, submit! You’ll get used to the heartbreak of rejections faster when they show up in grundles in your mailbox.
— When you become a famous writer, share the wealth with me. After all, it’s probably my snippets of advice that got you there. :)

Now I would like to pass this award to

James Dashner because he is a great writer and his blog is pretty cool too.

To the wonderful ladies over at Writing on the Wall. There is always a wealth of information over there.

My mom, because she taught me the power of words long ago.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Time for a little friendly writer tip!

Now those of you who aren’t strange enough to enjoy rejection, editing, reviews, and writing in the middle of the night because you had a great idea may not think this is important. That’s okay, read it anyway.

I was editing some notes from a survey for one of my books and I noticed that almost everyone double-spaced after a period. I remembered that I didn't learn that you only need one space after a period until I worked as a freelance editor for another publisher.
At first I thought it would be very hard to remember to put only one space, but after concentrating on it for a bit, it became natural. At the time, I had been typing regularly for at least ten years and I have since talked to others that learned how to do this after typing for over 40 years. When I mentioned this to my writer’s group, people were worried about going through their whole manuscript and fixing every double space. Someone suggested using the “Find” tool in Word to help you with this.

Just in case some of you may still think that putting 2 spaces after a period is correct for publishing, never fear. I was taught that way with my typing programs about 20 years ago, but it is no longer necessary. This dates back to the age of typewriters I guess, when you needed 2 spaces, but if you check into writing guidelines for publishing houses almost all that I have seen (if they mention it) will tell you to only put one space after each period. Otherwise the typesetting is tricky when it comes down to the final draft.
So remind yourself now: Only one space after each period! Unless of course you aren’t a writer-ly type and therefore don’t care.
Happy typing!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

My First Blogger Award


Woo hoo! My very first blogger award has been delivered by LDS Publisher. Thanks LDSP. I enjoy her blog and the great tidbits of information she continually offers. This was actually awarded last week when I was still on my cruise. It's taken me a while to catch up with everything that went on in blogland while I was gone.
I'd like to give this award to some other great bloggers I know. I visit all of these blogs regularly and have enjoyed "getting to know" these people through their blogs.
Ali

Shanna

Anne Bradshaw

Tristi - I know you've got a ton of these but you deserve another!

And some of my fellow Author's Incognito members over at LDS Writers Blogck

Thanks everyone for making my day!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Cruisin'


I am back from my cruise! Time to get back to work. Yes, lucky me and my husband were able to go on an all-expense paid Royal Caribbean cruise for 4 nights. I earned the cruise as a free incentive for working my Story Time Felts business.
It was so much fun! We went to San Diego, Catalina Island, and Ensenada Mexico. There were all kinds of things to do at each port and of course we loved the warmer weather. I think Catalina Island was probably my favorite port. The island is so cute and quaint and I loved that most everyone drove golf carts! The picture above is on Catalina.
Of course on the cruise ship there was food, food, and more food, and did I mention there was a lot of food? I got to try all kinds of interesting dishes and if I didn’t like them I just ordered something else and it didn’t cost me a dime. It took a little getting used to when the ship took off each night for the next port, but after a few days we adjusted. Now that I am back, I have to re-adjust now because I sometimes feel like “the boat is still moving” and also this cold weather and snow everywhere was quite a contrast from the cruise.
While we were on the cruise Story Time Felts announced what next year’s incentive will be and I am so excited! I can’t tell yet until they reveal it to the whole company but I’ll post about it later. I’m going to try to earn it for my whole family!
Here's a picture of me by La Bufadora in Ensenada. It means "The Blowhole" and there's a neat crevice that the ocean sprays up through, sometimes over 70 feet high.


We had a lot of fun bartering with the local Mexicans there and we bought some cute dresses for our girls. They were pretty excited to wear their "Mexico Dresses" to church on Sunday.


Once we bought one thing then they were all shouting at us, saying things like, "My turn!" and because Steve had his Green Bay Packers hat on they kept saying, "Hey Green Bay, I have a poncho for you, come over here and see this hat."
It was pretty funny and quite the experience. I used a tiny bit of my rusty spanish to find a few little items, too bad I wasn't fluent or I'm sure I could've got an even better deal!
I had a wonderfully relaxing time on the cruise but I was also glad to get back to see my girls. My husband and I decided it’s fun to be away for a bit because it makes you appreciate home too.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Progress on the BIAM

Thanks again to Tristi Pinkston for her great Book In A Month challenge. She was a great cheerleader and provided lots of motivation during the month of January for many writers.
I wasn't really working on a word count number, instead my project was to revise and edit the first full draft of my nonfiction book. I'm happy to say that with lots of help from others I achieved my goal.
I will continue to work on my book and am looking forward to working on some of my other projects.

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