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Giveaway Winners & The Winning Story

Announcing the winners of my 4-year Blog-Anniversary Extravaganza!
Thanks to everyone who participated; it was a lot of fun. It'll be fun exciting to see what the next four years hold.
First, one bit of fun news: With the release of my cookbook, Chocolate Never Faileth, in October, a companion DVD will also be for sale. Picture me doing a 1-hour chocolate cooking show! How cool is that going to be?
I'm in the process of talking with the director, deciding on which recipes to demo, and all that fun stuff. I've never done something quite like this before, but I think it'll be a ball.
(Biggest challenge: constantly telling myself to . . . talk . . . slowly . . .)
And now: The Winners!
NOTE: All winners must e-mail me their mailing addresses so prizes can actually GET to them. If I don't hear from you w/in a week, your prize will be forfeited.

3 COMMENTING and spreading the word winners:
THE CANADIAN CHOCOLATE PACK from Kim goes to Sarah M. Eden for her blog post telling read…

WNW: Where'd It Come From? Back-formation

One of my favorite quirks of English is how versatile it is in creating new words, and often without us even realizing it.
A common way of creating new words is essentially tweaking a current word in a process called back-formation.
With back-formation, the new word usually looks like it is the original one and that the other word or words came from it.
That idea make sense grammatically, because we tend to just slide into creating back-formations. The new word is typically shorter, because often a typical prefix or suffix was removed to create the word.
The first I heard of this concept was with the word EDIT. It wasn't the original word.
But wait: isn't that's what an EDITOR does?
Well, yes. That's what we call it today. But the person (EDITOR) was given the name, and what they do was later called editing.
English uses -OR and -ER endings to mean "one who" (a teacher teaches, a sweeper sweeps), so it's easy to take a noun that happens to have a similar endi…

Distance for Davis

If you're in northern Utah in just over a week (Friday, Aug 6 and Saturday, Aug 7), be sure to check out all the events surrounding the fund raiser for Davis Cox, a young man about the age of my own son who is suffering from a severe case of aplastic anemia . . . a very dangerous illness.
There will be lots of fun, from a 5K (okay, to ME running isn't so fun) to motorcycle stunts, hot air balloon rides, entertainment, and more.
Below is information from the press release about it.
Visit Davis's website (link below) for more information about him and the fundraiser:

Davis County Community Hosts Fundraiser for Local Teen with Aplastic Anemia“Distance for Davis Cox” Fundraiser Includes Utah Blaze and Miller Motor Sports Park
Rare Disease Affects Three in One Million U.S. Residents Each Year

WHAT: “Distance for Davis” Fundraiserfor 14-year-old aplastic anemia patient, Davis Cox.Event includes a Utah Blaze Football Clinic, Nitro Circus Movie Premier, motorcycle stunts by DJ Osborn,…

Cunningham Flat Daddy

We're getting close to having enough to pay for The Lyon's Tale's FOURTH Flat Daddy for a military family going through a deployment. Woohooo!
(Not familiar with the Flat Daddy program? Visit THIS PAGE of my website or go to the Flat Daddy site.)

I'm THRILLED with the response from my readers who have donated. (You know who you are; thank you, thank you, thank you!!!) Every little bit helps.
The fourth Flat Daddy will go to the Cunningham Family. A little about them:
Mom and Dad Cunningham met at a single adult conference in July 1996. They were married five weeks later.
During the early years of their marriage, Daddy C was in college, and even with a growing family (of four boys!), he managed to graduate with honors with (YES!) a Bachelor's in English Literature and Writing.
His final semester, he joined the Army and left for basic training July of 2000. The following February, the family headed for their first duty station: Fort Bliss, TX.
The following years are a…

How Do I Draft & Revise?

I've had several people ask variations on this question, so I figured it was time to answer it.
Every writer is different, and I don't pretend to hold all magical writerly wisdom in my hands. But because every writer is different, I think we can all learn from one another, see what works for one person, and try it out for ourselves.
My drafting and revision method (such as it is) has evolved over the years quite a bit. Here's roughly how it stands today:
I rarely draft chronologically, at least at first. I usually start a novel midway. This is largely because I have a first-chapter curse (wish I were kidding). If I try to start at chapter one, scene one, that section will be inevitably be doomed for the trash can.
It's also because my ideas for books don't START at scene one. I usually get a cool idea for a specific scene that happens in the middle. So I start writing there, back up, jump forward, and somehow link it all together. At some point I do settle into mostly…

4-Year Extravaganza!!!

Yippee! Today marks FOUR YEARS since my very first post here at The Lyon' s Tale, wherein I celebrated my writerly weirdness.
But first . . .
A lot much has happened in four years. A smattering: Four of my seven novels were published.I got two teenagers. (And an ulcer. Connected? You decide.)I got my own gorgeous office with built-in bookcases made by my husband.I won Utah's Best of State medal for fiction.The Whitney Awards were created. My suggestion for naming the award was picked. ("Whitney" in honor of apostle Orson F. Whitney, who envisioned an amazing future for LDS literature). I was a Whitney finalist, then a member of the committee, and this year got to present a Lifetime Achievement Award to Gerald Lund.(Speaking of which, be sure to nominate your favorite books by LDS writers . . . and that includes national books. A title needs five nominations to be official. Get nominating!)The Teen Writers Conference was born, whic…