Showing posts from May, 2010

The Zoo Field Trip: My Brush with Insanity

A couple of weeks ago I promised to describe the zoo field trip I went on with my first grader and how it surely cut some years off the end of my life and made me want a padded cell.
My group consisted of four cute little first graders: two boys and two girls, counting my daughter.
I volunteered all year, so I knew the kids; they were a really smart set. I was lucky. Or so I thought.
All goes well for the five minutes we took at the school for potty breaks. Then we head out to the buses. They aren't all there yet, so we have to wait.
Boy 1 proceeds to run around the grass, this way and that, joining other groups and coming back only when I herd him back to our little group so he won't board the wrong bus.
In spite of my efforts, he gets away for probably the 9th time and head-butted Girl 1.
G1 bursts into tears. B1 apologizes profusely, and I can tell he means it; he was messing around and didn't realize that the things he sees on TV can oh, HURT. I comfort G1.
But she's c…

Author Interview: Sarah M. Eden

***ATTENTION: Giveaway Below!***
It's no secret that Sarah M. Eden is my new favorite novelist. I've read four of her books (only one is in print currently, neener, neener), and after the first one, Seeking Persephone, I knew I had to meet her. That book was a Whitney Award finalist for Best Romance, so at the Whitney gala that year, I ran around frantically afterward asking people who Sarah was and where she was sitting. I'd never seen a picture. Turns out my rush to bow at the feet of her greatness was a slight inconvenience; Sarah had been rather urgently waiting for the end of the gala to make a discrete trip to the ladies' room. Then this crazy woman hurdles tables in a mad dash and hijacks Sarah to gush about her work. (I think she likes me anyway.)Since then, Sarah's moved to Utah so I get to see her a lot. She's now part of my critique group. This means I get to read her work before anyone else. (I know what story she's working on now and what charact…

The Lyman Flat Daddy Family

I swear, I have the best blog readers ever.
TODAY I get to officially place the order for the Patterson Flat Daddy. Booyah!
The next ones to get a Flat Daddy are the Lyman family.
Get this: their Flat Daddy is already paid for. I didn't even get a chance to tell you who they were, and you all donated enough to pay for it!
So here's their (belated) spotlight:
The Lyman Family
Daddy Lyman departed for his first deployment just two weeks ago. In his wife's words, it's already "surprisingly HARDER than we thought it would be."
The Lymans have four children: 8 months, 4 years, 6 years, and 8 years. (My heart is aching just thinking about those little ones.)

Daddy Lyman
The family loves adventure, the outdoors, camping, and animals. Daddy Lyman is a huge kid at heart and loves wrestling with the kids on the floor. They have a menagerie of animals, including a horse and chickens. They enjoy reading together as a family and discovering new, exciting books.
Now his young chi…


In less than 24 hours, we received enough in donations for the Pattersons' Flat Daddy!
My list of families has four more (so far) for whom I'm hoping to get Flat Daddies.
Special thanks to the awesome people who made the Pattersons' Flat Daddy possible:
KristinaP KymberleeV Heidi Ashworth Lisa and Laura Emily Milner Melanie Jacobson

Lyon's Tale Flat Daddy Families!

The longer Band of Sisters is out, the more military families I come across, whether in real life or online. I'm coming to see just how many of them could use a Flat Daddy of their own.
(Not familiar with the Flat Daddy concept? Visit my web site's FD page.)
These families can submit their names to Elaine Dumler (the official Flat Daddy Lady) to get on the list for a free one when the funds are available. But fund raising can take awhile, and the current waiting list has around 120 families.
So I had an idea: What if my awesome readers help get Flat Daddies for specific military families, one at a time?
Right this minute, I know of at least four families by name who could really use a Flat Daddy, and I'm sure I'll find more. If I somehow run out of names, Elaine can always provide me more from the wait list.
I really, really want to support families going through deployment, and if just some of my readers donate a few dollars here and there, we'd be able to buy several…

WNW: When Dictionaries Get It Wrong

My good friend Meggen sent me a link to an article, knowing it was right up my nerdy alley.
You can go read it, but the gist is this: a physics professor from Australia noted that every English dictionary he could find (including . . . GASP!!! . . . the OED) had the wrong definition of the word siphon.
We all know the general idea of siphoning: a liquid moves from one place to another, such as siphoning gas from a car.
Here's the problem: English dictionaries (which are not edited by scientists) all state that the force that creates a siphon is "atmospheric pressure."
The professor knew that was wrong. The force that creates a siphon is gravity.
I quickly checked my own OED, and sure enough, there it was: "atmospheric pressure," the definition dating back to 1911, and, unluckily for all the rest of us non-scientific folks, that's the definition every English dictionary has used for over a century. (Siphon is defined incorrectly at Merriam-Webster onlineand Dicti…

It's Almost Here! Teen Conference Reminder

The final registration day for 2nd annual THE Teen Writers Conference is just around the corner: Tuesday, May 25th. (That's a week from TOMORROW.)
If you know a teen who wants to write, this is the place for them!
The Teen Writers Conference includes lots of workshops with published writers, including Janette Rallison (whose sales are just under a million copies now), Dan Wells (international best-seller and Whitney Award winner for Best Novel by a New Author), and many others (including yours truly).
For an all-day conference, it's dirt cheap: $43 for the full day, and thatincludes lunch. (Attendees are welcome to bring along snacks as well. They can also bring their own lunch and pay just $35 for registration.)
Why is the conference so cheap? Because the committee behind it considers this a labor of love. The cost is to cover basic expenses. We truly believe in giving teens the tools and skills to become successful writers and to follow their passions.
THE CONTEST: The conference…

Writerly Bonding

I've pretty much been absent from the Internet for about two days or so.
(I returned to 300 some-odd e-mails and nearly 500 blog posts in my reader. I've emptied the in-box for the most part, but I may just mark the blogs as read. I love the blogs I follow, but 500? Ain't happening, folks.)
I was offline for a very good reason: Heather B. Moore, K. C. Grant, and I were invited to speak at the Utah Library Association annual conference in St. George.
We were part of their annual break-out session called "LDS Fiction Extravaganza," which sounded really cool and made me feel important, reality notwithstanding. We were asked to talk about our publishing journeys and then a bit about what we see as the changes and future in the LDS Market.
I've covered my publishing history pretty well in my Writing Journey series, and throughout several posts, I've made some references to how things are changing and will change in the market, but I should probably put them toget…