Friday, September 19, 2014

Looking Up!

I'm back at my desk after a summer off. I loved spending lazy summer days with my brother's family visiting from Japan and soaking up every moment of my oldest daughter's last summer before college. I even went on a few field trips--like a day at the zoo--with my friend and her teenagers.

I feel refreshed after spending time with some of my favorite people on Earth, so I was happy when my 9th grader's English teacher's first assignment was all about social media's grasp on her student's lives. My daughter had to record her social media usage and write an essay about it (she's now deleted some of the apps on her phone). The unit started with this video poem:

A couple of hours after watching this video, I met a friend for lunch. She arrived ten minutes late, but I resisted the urge to pull my phone out of my purse. The folks waiting with me sat hunched staring at phones, which made them a little boring as far as people-watching goes, but I still enjoyed "looking up." I certainly get more ideas for stories when I'm engaged with the real world!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Blogging Elsewhere

I'm not doing much writing this summer, but I have started a new hobby. One I was too chicken to try for most of my life. You can read my post at YA Outside The Lines:

I'll be back with my own blog posts in September! 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Blogging Elsewhere

I've been ignoring my blog--it's just one of those times in life. I'm happily soaking up the last few weeks of "raising" my first-born before she heads off to college. We're both relishing lazy summer days.

I even missed my regular posting date at YA Outside The Lines, but I wrote one today:

I'll be back to posting regularly in the fall, I promise!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Happy Book Birthday!

Please welcome Not A Doctor Logan's Divorce Book to the shelves! 

Writing this book came easy. I guess I'd been waiting all of my childhood to write this story. A few months later, the manuscript won first prize in the Utah Arts Council Original Writing Competition. But finding a home for an issue-driven book proved a lot more difficult. It's not the next Big Thing, but now this book can find the readers who need it, thanks to Character Publishing.

About The Book:

Until 107 days ago, eleven year old Logan had never heard of Dr. Donna's Divorce Book. Now Mom has Dr. Donna quotes stuck all over the house. It's up to Logan to put an end to all this nonsense and reunite her parents. In the meantime, she's writing her own self-help book called, "Not-A-Dr.-Logan's Divorce Book."

As time passes, Logan's attempts to make her parents fall back in love become more and more desperate. When acting out in school, calling a prayer hotline, and doing magic in the desert don't force her parents back together, Logan begins to accept that her family may never be the same. Learning to dive on a team and making a new best friend help her to cope with her parent's divorce, but will she ever truly be happy again? 

You can find it at:


Barnes & Noble

Book Depository


Leave a comment to win one of five copies--open to anyone in the world! 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Camp NaNo Week #4: Failure?

I didn't get to print out a Camp NaNoWriMo winner's certificate this month. Of the half-a-dozen times I've committed to fast-drafting this is the first time I've failed. But I'm not too upset.

I have 3,000 words of a short story that wouldn't have existed if I hadn't attempted to write 10,000 words during this crazy-busy flying all around the place April. I'm excited to finish the story and write the next one and next one now. Life is going to slow down quite a bit soon.

Lazy summer days are ahead for me!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Camp NaNo Week #3: I have words!

Finally--I have managed to get a nice start on my short story. YAY!!! I am far from of my 10,000-word goal, but I will have a solid first draft of one short story (kind of hoped to have three stories started…). It's still possible to stretch 2,000 words to 10,000 (I do that all the time during November fast-drafting). But I'm not going to beat myself up if that doesn't happen this month.

The key to writing this month: escape.

I wrote nearly all of those words during a writing date with a friend at the cool library with a cafe. So, if you're ever feeling stuck invite a fellow writer on a writing date. Someone else's tapping fingers can be quite motivating!

Stunt fingers: mine need, um, attention, but I should probably vacuum first! 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Camp NaNo Week #2: My Camp Counselors Are Worried About Me

Ack! I still don't have an actual word count. The dialogue scribbled in my notebook hasn't been translated into a story document yet, so I've ignored the official NaNoWriMo folks. They sent me this  note:

Dear Writer,
We're sending this email to check in on you. (Our budget doesn't allow for home visits. Yet.)
We want to be sure that you do a couple of things this Camp session:
Update your word count. You created your project and you may already be writing. If so, up those digits to share your progress!
If you haven't gotten around to starting yet, that's totally okay. There's still a lot of month left: adjust your word-count goal or bravely promise to catch up. As long as you write something (even if it's only on the last day), you're making it happen.
Say hello in your cabin. Your fellow Campers are looking for you. Seriously.
From many years of doing this kind of thing, we know that creative quests work best when you have a support group. Your cabin crew is a built-in accountability system, and they're friendly to boot.
If your current group isn't working, you can always opt out and handpick some folks via theFinding Cabin Mates forum.
Okay, check-in over. We'll let you get back to that wonderful project of yours.
Thanks for writing it during Camp NaNoWriMo, and here's to a great rest of the month.
Chris Angotti
Director of Programs

I've never been so NaNo negligent before! I feel terrible about ignoring my cabin-mates! I really thought I'd be productive during my daughter's college visit last weekend, but writing squished into the middle seat on the plane wasn't going to happen. And I didn't write in cute cafes, I only ate too many delicious doughnuts (oh, Frosty's!) and muffins… And my evening alone turned into me lounging in an exhausted stupor eating gelato in my hotel room watching a Chrisley Knows Best marathon on TV.

Week #3 is looking good, though. I even have a writing date planned!