Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Doing For Others

The things we do for . . . You fill in the blank.
Love, friends, glory. How about giveaways!
So, here's to spreading the word that Tristi's monthlong giveaway is winding down to a grand finale and you can still get in on the goods. I've been a 90 something % participant all month long and haven't won a prize yet. But I'm hoping that means I have a good shot at one of the last and best two prizes. (I'm saving the best for last.) Afterall, I did win a Lazyboy recliner with just a $1 raffle ticket (to a good cause), so nothing is impossible.
At any rate, I'm building on that friend word above. Go to trisitpinkston.blogspot.com and get to know this wonderful person (and maybe win a prize).

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Time is a Busy Time

Merry Christmas to All!
'Tis the season to be jolly . . . and busy! But I haven't been busy writing. I guess you could say that I took the month off. My critique group decided to do that and I got my manuscript submitted earlier this month, so why not? Yet I feel busier than ever. I've been making some homemade gifts this year. I made some candy and recorded some stories for the grandkids. And I did a 3x4 foot Crayon Batik wall hanging (for an outdoorsy family with them pictured in it). A what? Basically, I painted melted crayon onto cloth, scrunched it up to make cracks all over, and put it in a dye bath. Then I had to iron out all the wax. Tedious, but a nice change of pace for one month out of the year. Sometimes we have to let those other creative outlets find their place. Would you like a glimpse?


 Some detail painted on.                                                

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

(Sub)mission Accomplished!

It's in! I submitted my LDS Adult Book of Mormon Fiction, The Seventh City. This was November's goal. No, the whole year's goal. But today I can check that goal off. I'd love to tell you a little about my book:
A death. A secret. A spirited, sixteen-year-old widow.  For the young, Mayan princess it was either kill or be killed. Then a Nephite missionary comes to preach about repentance. Can Karlinah gain acceptance and remarry without revealing her secret?
As soon as I pushed SEND, I did the happy dance. Then came the second guessing. Why do we do that to ourselves? I'm going to quit thinking about who else should have read it first, etc. It doesn't have to be perfect. That's what an editor is for. It just has to be my best effort. I worte it to be read and that's what pushing SEND will hopefully do. Now comes the waiting game. For the next few months, no news is good news. Wish me luck!
Well, back to writing the sequel ( the second generation of King Lamoni's family).

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

More Contests

A prize a day! If you like contests, this is definately one to check out. It only takes a moment. Hey, and find it in your heart to follow me as well, if you haven't already, or lead someone else here. Thanks!
Tristi Pinkston is hosting an absolutely huge contest over on her blog to celebrate the release of her new book, "Dearly Departed." A new prize will be offered every twenty-four hours, and with multiple chances to win, you can't go wrong! Prizes include books, jewelry, perfume, movies - and the grand prize is a free night's stay at the Lion Gate Manor in Lava Hot Springs. Visit Tristi's blog for rules and more details.