Friday, August 31, 2012

Back to the Books Giveaway Hop

This contest is INTERNATIONAL

It's that time of year again. I can smell the pencil shavings. To enter, leave a comment telling me what your favorite, most irresistible back to school supply is. My favorites are all those notebooks. I love to write, journal, organize, plot, jot, doodle, and I just have to have my notebooks. For an extra entry, follow my blog. Just let me know in your comment that you are a follower. Two total entries. Because I like simple. Simple is good.

I'll be giving away one hardback copy of Cinder and Ella and one ARC of Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem. Two entries. Two prizes. Two winners. Good luck! Be sure to check out all the other great giveaways. Here is the linky.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Do You Have What it Takes to Be a Writer??

This is not a trick question. It's not rhetorical, either. It is a question every person should consider who is thinking or has been thinking about writing for a "living."

Luckily, there is a simple test that will help give you some answers.


1. Stand facing the wall. Bang your head against said wall repeatedly. Have a headache yet? No? Keep going.

2. After you win the wall test, do a back flip. Don't know how to do a back flip? Do one anyway. You have to if you want to be a writer.

3. Now, are you ready for this? Repeat steps one and two over and over again.

Pretty simple, right? If you can do that, you can be a writer.

What kind of a writing week are you having?

Friday, August 10, 2012

Yeah, I'll Do Anything for Free Candy

So last week a friend of mine and I took our kids to the Discovery Gateway Children's Museum in Salt Lake. We enjoyed the museum for a little while, ate lunch outside and then let the kids run around in the fountains. Before going back to the museum, an adorable toy store begged us to come inside and play. So we did. For a long time. Longer than we had been at the museum; longer than it had taken us to eat lunch; longer than the bathroom and drink break in the Grand Hall of the Union Pacific Depot; longer than we spent at the museum after we had finally finished playing with sock monkeys and bubber. The store's name? Blickenstaff's. No, I did not just sneeze, and you'll probably need to practice a few times before you get it right. BLICK, as in...well I have no idea but it rhymes with BRICK. The next part's easy--EN--and finally, STAFF'S, as in a shepherd's crook, candy canes or the nasty infection, whichever helps you remember best. Blick-en-staff's.

This store was seriously awesome. The kids kept entertained the whole time we were there and the store has lots of fun toys, games, novelties, candy, fun, fun and more fun. We got a Chinese jump rope which my kids and I are very excited about. If you're ever at the Gateway in Salt Lake check them out. Their website is pretty cool too where you can shop for candy by the decade.

Thursday, August 2, 2012


Right now I'm reading this book which I'm sure will earn a 5 star rating. So far I've loved it and I hope you'll take the time to read it. I just read about a dream that Abraham Lincoln had ten days before he was assassinated. It's a chilling dream, a dream that shows the worry of assassination was on his mind. Perhaps he knew his death was imminent, and perhaps that's why he worked as hard as he did, knowing his time was running out.

It makes me think of dreams, and wonder about their substance. What are they made of? Our thoughts? Our worries and stresses? Our insecurities and fears? Our deepest convictions and obsessions? Was Lincoln being warned in some way? Or were his suppressed worries merely coming to the surface in his subconscious? It would be fascinating to know.

I wonder about the events and people in our dreams. It's like our minds are at work "creating," much like writers do when they think of characters and settings. I always marvel when I wake from a dream where I saw people that were not familiar to me. Did I invent them subconsciously? Is that even possible? If you can invent people and places in your dreams, imagine what you can do when you're awake. Maybe if we use our creativity during the day, we will have little ability to do it at night in our sleep. Just a thought.

What do you think DREAMS are made of?