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WNW: Colons, Commas, Parentheses, Oh, my!

Can you believe it? Word Nerd Wednesday is BACK!
After an unscheduled hiatus . . . ahem . . .
First, a link over to my Good Things Utah interview that aired live this morning.
CLICK HERE to watch my tongue go so fast that it's surprising that smoke isn't coming out of my mouth! (Oh, and to see an actual Flat Daddy of a currently deployed solider.)
Today we're tackling several questions Rebecca recently asked in a comment:
#1: Where do I put the comma, before the parentheses or after? Simple answer: AFTER.
Parentheses let you add something in the middle of a sentence, an aside or clarification. Because of that, the sentence must be able to stand on its own if you pull the parentheses out. Take this sentence:
After Officer Brad spoke to the students (the fifth and sixth graders), he passed out information about Internet safety.
The clarifying addition of saying exactly which students were there helps, but it's not necessary for the sentence to make sense. You could just as eas…

Yes, I'm Alive, & Other News

Holy unplanned blog break, Batman!
Life has swirled out of control the last while, and my poor blog (and blog reading) has suffered. I hope to be back on the bloggy bandwagon with my regular schedule soon.
(No guarantees, however . . .)
Okay, Now for Some BIG NEWS!
I'm on the Radio!If you're in Utah, tonight (that's Monday, March 29th) at 10:00 pm, tune in to FM 100.3.
Rebecca Cressman will be hosting me and my friend Chris. We'll talk about Band of Sisters, supporting military families, promoting Elaine Dumler'sFree Flat Daddy Project, and discuss what deployment is really like.
Chris was an invaluable resource for me as I wrote the book, having gone through a deployment. She's facing their second one soon.
(Remember to visit MY FLAT DADDY PAGE to donate as much or as little as you can!)

I'm on TV!Likewise, for Utah people, be sure to watch Good Things Utah on ABC4 this Wednesday, March 31st. The show airs for an hour at 10:00 am, and I'll be there with an a…

WNW: St. Patrick's Edition

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Just for fun, I thought I'd do a little digging to find out the background of some words centered around St. Patrick's Day and/or Ireland.
Here's some of what I found:
sloganAccording to my trusty OED, back in the 1500s in both Ireland and Scotland, a slogan was a war- or battle-cry. A slogan usually used a person's family name or a location that they'd yell out.
It comes from sluagh-ghairm, which, broken down meant host (sluagh) + cry or shout (ghairm).
Quite a different meaning today, when marketing types sit around a table, trying to come up with a nifty names and catch-phrases for their company and products.
(Suddenly I'm picturing an Irish warrior on a horse, raising his sword and calling out, "Kleeneeeeeeeex!")

galoreAgain, my OED confirmed this one, which I found somewhere else first. The word originally is viewed as either Irish or Gaelic, from go leor, meaning "in abundance" or "plenty."
Perhaps having beer galore led to all tho…

Lots 'o Giveaway Winners

I've had two giveaways going on at the same time over here, and today I'm announcing the winners.
FIRST GIVEAWAY:Rachelle Christensen's OfficeBox/Wrong Number giveaway has two steps. First, the 25 blogs participating each pick a preliminary winner who gets a prize package that includes:A ScrapMaBobA self-healing cutting matA ribbon box(That's a retail value of about $48.00.)
The 25 preliminary winners go on to be part of the grand prize drawing for an Original OfficeBox and a copy of Rachelle's new novel, Wrong Number.
The Lyon's Tale preliminary winner of the prize package is (drum roll, please . . .):
THE MOTHERBOARD from Crazylandwith her first (required) entry of simply commenting on her favorite item. (It pays to enter!)

SECOND GIVEAWAY:This one was to encourage readers to spread the word about our super-successful Triple Book Launch (more to come on that in another post). Thanks again to every single person who came and supported us. It was such a great night!

Supporting Our Soldiers' Families

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Prior to writing Band of Sisters, I watched a close friend go through her husband's deployment. We lived just around the corner from one another, and my youngest was the perfect age to play with her children.
I was more than happy to fill in as a last-minute babysitter or lend my husband to fix a clogged garbage disposal or whatever. A couple of times, she used me as a listening ear, even though, much as I tried, I knew that deep down, I didn't (and couldn't) really have a clue what she was going through without facing a deployment personally.
I like to think I was a little bit of a support to her, but the reality is, I felt pretty helpless and didn't know if there was anything I could really do to help her beyond being an on-call babysitter and having our family pray for hers.
Her deployment experience led me to researching the topic more fully and talking to a number of military wives, and, ultimately, I felt compelled to write a novel about the topic.
In the process, I …

Friday Writing Journey--Woot!

Today I have nothing profound to say. Instead, I'll just squeal.
Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Okay, that was fun.
The Triple Book Launch PartyTHIS evening, March 12, from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmAt the new Deseret Book just outside of University Mall (Near the movie theater.)
Julie Bellon, Sarah M. Eden, and I will be there with our brand new books and (we hope!) a good number of attendees.
Door Prizes!More and more people keep donating door prizes. That's reason enough to come, for sure! The latest addition: Copies H. B. Moore's two newest novels, Abinadi and Alma.

A couple of other quick notes before I return to my massive to-do list:I had a phone-in radio interview with Rebecca Cressman today. Soon it'll be sent out as an MP3 file in the Your LDS Neighborhood newsletter. I'll be sure to link over then. We discussed at length the charity I'm working with that supports military families, Flat Daddy. I'll post more about the charity soon, but you can see the gist on …

Author Interview: Rachelle J. Christensen

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I've known Rachelle so long that I don't remember the exact moment I met her, but it was probably at one of the first LDStorymakers conferences. I've always been impressed with her determination to work (versus the writers who daydream but aren't willing to invest the blood, sweat and tears) and to learn (too many people refuse to set aside the ego, thinking they know all).
Her first novel, Wrong Number, is now available. I look forward to reading it, but I must admit that when I heard what it was about, I had to take a step back. Rachelle is such a sweet, innocent thing . . . and her book is about murder? Who knew she had this side? (LOVE THAT!)

Here's what Wrong Number is about:When Aubree Stewart answers her cell phone on the way to work one day, she isn’t prepared for her life to change. Someone dialed a wrong number, a simple mistake. But the call changes everything when Aubree overhears information about the murder of a government official. Now she must run fo…

Go for Launch: Door Prizes Galore!

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If you weren't excited for the Triple Book Launch Party YET . . . you will be after reading this post.
Here are some of door prizes we have in store for those who attend:


Pendragon's Book BindingThe nearly lost art (truly an art!) of hand-bound books is alive and well at Pendragon's Book Binding. Their work is stunning, high-quality, and costs about half what similar companies typically charge.
One winner gets a hardbound journal, 8.5" X 5.5" with 160 sheets (320 writing pages). The actual journal made especially for the launch party is pictured below: hand-sewn binding with red butterfly paper and a black suede spine!


They have a ton of choices for cover styles (fabric, paper, photos, soon even leather) and you can have the book blank or have them print your own book inside for a family heirloom.

Retail value: Through other channels, about $40. Through Pendragon's, $20.

Pendragon's Book Binding is run by a husband and wife team, and they do all the work righ…