Wednesday, January 30, 2008

How to take the Ex out of Ex-Boyfriend

In my last post, I had a typo which said: I'm not going to read Janette Rallison's How to Take the Ex out of Ex-boyfriend, when what I meant to write was I'm now going to read Janette Rallison's How to Take the Ex out of Ex-boyfriend. Needless to say, my typo was a little embarrassing.
Well, embarrassing moments are common for Giovanna in this book. In fact, those embarrassing moments were quite comical. I really enjoyed this book and found Giovanna to be very likeable, the kind of character you want to root for.
When Giovanna's twin brother runs for student council president, Giovanna's boyfriend campaigns for the opponent. Giovanna then breaks up with him, and soonafter regrets her decision. She wants to get back together with him, but still help her brother win the election. There's a little twist at the end that makes for a surprising ending. I recommend this book; it's a fun read. And I'm finding that I really enjoy YA books. When I finish reading the Whitney-nominated titles, I'm going to find some more Janette Rallison and Shannon Hale books to read. I think I just found a whole new, fun genre that I've been overlooking for a long time. Who says YA books have to be for young adults?
I'm not going to tell you which book I'm now going to read lest I make another embarassing typo.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Book of A Thousand Days

As a member of LDStorymakers, I will get to vote for the Whitney Awards that will be presented in March. So, I am stepping up on my reading because I have only read a few of the nominated books.

I just finished reading Shannon Hale's Book of A Thousand Days. I'm not much of a Young Adult reader, but I have to say I simply loved this book. I had read Hale's Austenland and absolutely loved it. I hadn't read any of her YA books before. If her other books are as good as Book of A Thousand Days, I am sure I'll be reading them soon as well. Only, they will have to wait until after the Whitney Awards.

Book of A Thousand Days is about Dashti, the maid of Lady Saren. It is written from Dashti's point of view in a diary format. Dashti and Lady Saren are locked up in a tower for 7 years when Lady Saren refuses to marry the man her father has selected. It is loosely based on a Grimm's fairy tale.

Food begins to run low for them, rats infiltrate their tower, and they are visited by Lady Saren's two suitors. One of them is dangerous and villainous. I really enjoyed the character of Dashti. She is strong, courageous, and loyal. I highly recommend this book to all. I also enjoyed Shannon Hale's website where you can learn more about this novel. She gives great tidbits about the book.

Okay, on to the next Whitney nominated book. I'm not going to read Janette Rallison's How to Take the Ex out of Ex-Boyfriend, another YA book.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

7 Things About Me

Stephanie Black at Six LDS Writers and A Frog Blog tagged me in a seven-things-about-me game.

1. I'm an awul cook. I have messed up rice krispy treats and those cookies that people give you with all the ingredients mixed together and all you have to do is add an egg and butter.

2. I have naturally curly hair, which I hate. So, I do everything I can to straighten it.

3. I speak Spanish fluently, but have done an awful job of teaching it to my kids. I'm quite ashamed of it, actually. And I hope to do better. I would love my kids to be bilingual, but it's up to me and I need to do better.

4. I'm a Democrat, but for some reason I love to listen to conservative radio. I don't know why; I don't agree with a lot of what they say. But, I have to listen. I don't listen to the crazies like Rush Limbaugh and Michael Savage, but to the sane ones like Michael Medved, Laura Ingraham, and Dennis Prager.

5. I don't buy DVD's. I've bought a couple for my kids, but I don't buy any for myself. Unless you count the Abs of Steel one that I don't use anymore. As far as movies go, I've never bought a movie DVD for myself. I'm too cheap. I prefer to rent them or get them from the library. I just can't justify the expense; I probably won't watch them again.

6. I love being pregnant. It is my absolute favorite time. I miss being pregnant all the time when I'm not which is most of the time. I love the extra eating and the huge belly. I love maternity clothes. I love the amazing feeling inside of me. And, most of all, I love the extra eating. I only have three kids; and I think it will probably only be one more for me. I will be really, really sad after that.

7. I love to watch Charlie Brown shows with my kids.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Forget About It

I'm participating in a Winter Reading Challenge, and so far, I'm not doing very well on my reading. I've recently finished Forget About It by Caprice Crane. It's a Chick-Lit book about Jordan, a woman who gets walked on by her boss, her boyfriend, and her family. She wants to reinvent her life and so she fakes having amnesia. As her new self, she's assertive and takes charge of her life. She gets a promotion and a new boyfriend.

At first, I really enjoyed this novel and read it quickly. Toward the end, it lagged a bit for me and I lost interest a little. I found it humorous and liked it overall. I would have liked it better if it had kept its pace throughout the entire novel. You'll enjoy this funny novel, but watch out for a curse word here and there.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Watch This Video

I just received this information from an Autism forum I read. Watch this video and help raise money for Autism.

The band, Five for Fighting, is generously donating $0.40 to Autism Speaks for each time this video is viewed. The funding goes toward research studies to help find a cure. When you have a moment, please visit the link below to watch the video and pass it along to your friends and family. They are aiming for 10,000 hits, but hopefully we can help them to surpass this goal.


Thursday, January 17, 2008

Author Interview

Marsha Ward has posted an interview with me on her blog, Writer in the Pines. Go on over and check it out. Thanks, Marsha!

Friday, January 11, 2008

LDS Publisher Blog Sponsoring Contest

LDS Publisher is running a contest on her blog. Click here for the details. Basically, if you leave a comment on one of her posts, you have a chance to win a book. For the month of January, you can win my book, Reasonable Doubt, or one of two other books. You must leave a thoughtful, good comment. The more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Aren't Moms Wonderful?

It's been a busy past couple of days for me. Needless to say, I haven't gotten much writing done and have gone 5 days without meeting my goal of writing for 1 1/2 hours. Yes, that was probably an overzelous goal, but I didn't even come close those days. Here are my excuses:

On Friday, we went to Corpus Christi to visit friends and for my husband to look into a job opportunity. We had a great trip and the opportunity is really good.

Saturday, we went to Cole Park in Corpus Christi and the kids had such a fun day. It was 70 degrees and felt like summer. The park is on the shore of the beach. It was so beautiful. I walked out on the pier with my 2 year old who loved the waves. We drove back home.

On Sunday, we started afternoon church, so by the time we get back home at 4:30 the day is practically over.

On Monday, there was cleaning up to do from being away and lots of laundry and unpacking. I was exhausted by Monday night and just wanted to curl up with a book. No writing.

On Tuesday, I had an appointment with a doctor for my son who has Asperger's. Here is where I will digress a little as I rant a little. The doctor is a developmental pediatrician. She keeps a dog in her office. That's just weird. She says it's so the kids feel comfortable. Okay, maybe. But does it have to sit on the couch next to me with his legs in the air showing it off? Sorry, I don't like dogs. I know, I'm mean. And, I swear there was another dog roaming the halls too.

She also recommended my 8 year old to go on Prozac. I really don't think so. I know this drug works for a lot of people and kids, but he's not even severe. He's mostly just a little odd, but he doesn't need medication like that. I think she just prescribed medication to all the kids that come in there whether they really need it or not. Some do, but he needs social skills therapy and occupational therapy, not Prozac. Last of all, she hasn't even met him. Someone else in the office did all the testing and when I came back with to meet with her, they said he didn't need to come. How can she prescribe him Prozac without even having met him? I think we'll take the evaluation she's writing and just find him some good therapy and say no to the medication for now. Perhaps some day he'll need it, but not now before we've tried other kinds of intervention.

Later that evening, I took my son to Scouts at the Church and I went to an activity for the 8-12 year old girls at Church. That went well and then back home where my parents were coming to watch my kids so my husband and I could go back to church for quick interviews. My parents are great. (They'd already watched my baby part of the afternoon and picked up the other two while I met with the dog-loving Dr.)

Anyway, to get to the point of my blog... When the kids were finally in bed that night and I went to do the sinkful of dishes I left earlier that evening, the clean dishes were already put away and all the dirty ones were in the dishwasher. My sink, counter, and table were all clean. Aren't Moms wonderful? She had done all that while they were babysitting. I love my mom and dad too. They're great.

So, no I haven't done my writing these days, but I 'm starting up tonight. I have to get that thing finished!!