Thursday, May 22, 2008

My New Favorite Genre

I've never read too much Young Adult Fiction. I picked up a few YA novels earlier this year. Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George and Book of A Thousand Days by Shannon Hale were what got me started. I loved both of these books.

Recently, I started reading a few others and I wonder why I never read this genre before. Today, I finished reading Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. I loved it! I posted a review of it on the 5-Squared Blog. I'm eager to read more of her books. I'm now reading Princess Academy by Shannon Hale and Heaven Scent by Rebecca Talley.

On my list of to-reads is Dragon Flight by Jessica Day George. It's a sequel to Dragon Slippers which I loved and got me started loving this genre to begin with.

If anyone has a great suggestion for Young Adult novels, please let me know. I'm eager to read more of them.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Salt Lake County Library

My friend and fellow author, Rebecca Talley, just wrote in a blog about the Salt Lake County Library System. It made me curious, so I went over to their website to see how many copies of my books they had in their system.

I was very excited to see that they have 66 copies of Reasonable Doubt in the Salt Lake County Library system. None of them are available. They're all either checked out, on hold, or in transit. And, there are 157 holds on it. So, 157 people are waiting to read my book! Wow! That is exciting.

I just had to share that wonderful piece of news because it makes me happy.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Marketing to Kids

I'm really frustrated with advertising and movies these days. There are so many movies that are PG-13 and are being marketed to kids. It's driving me crazy. My kids don't watch PG-13 movies yet; they're still too little. However, they see all the toys being offered in kids meals at restaurants and want to see the movies. Well, one of them does anyway. The 6 year old still thinks they look scary.

My 8 year old even asked me the other day: "Why do they have toys for kids if the movie is PG-13?" I wonder the same thing. We went to Burger King the other day where they have Indiana Jones toys, and so my son wants to watch the movie, but it's PG 13. Then there's Transformers, Spiderman, the Simpsons, Star Wars, Pirates of the Carribean, Superman Returns... I could go on and on...

I have no issue with how the movie is rated. My problem is with the toys, clothes, books that are geared to young children, even toddlers. Am I alone in being frustrated by this?

Monday, May 12, 2008

The Super Trio

Matthew Buckley, author of Chickens in the Headlights and Bullies in the Headlights, has a new book that you can listen to online for free.

It is called The Super Trio and you can listen to it by going to My eight year old and I listened to it on Saturday with the intention of just listening to the first chapter before bedtime. However, Buckley hooked us into listening to the second chapter. We just had to keep listening to find out what happened. Then, we just had to listen to the third chapter.

There are four chapters currently available, and he will be adding more. It is the story of a family of superheroes and begins with the 10th birthday of twin brothers who are anticipating the arrival of their super power. My son has enjoyed listening to this story. I recommend you check it out.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Feeding Turtles

On Thursday, I took my two and a half year old to the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. He'll be 3 in August, so I'm trying to take advantage of all the places he can still get in for free. Three and under are free, so I just had to pay for myself. Nice deal. I thought he would get bored with all the plants & flowers, but he actually really enjoyed it. He liked saying the colors of the flowers we saw and thought it was cool when we saw a banana tree. He loved walking around, especially around fountains and other water sources. He loves throwing rocks & leaves whenever he sees water.

Luckily, when we went to this mini-lake to see turtles, he was thrilled. We bought some fish/duck/turtle food. He loved throwing the bits of food into the lake. It was by far our favorite part of the outing. While we were feeding them, more turtles and ducks came over by us. It was so fun to be close to them and watch them try to eat. Here are some fun pictures. He kept saying, "I like turtles."

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Cleaning Can Help

I felt very unproductive this morning. I didn't get much done. After baby finally went down for a nap, I knew I wanted to write, but I couldn't get into it. I didn't have a scene in mind to work on. I do so much better when I've had a scene running through my head. Then, I can sit down and just write.

So, I decided I should mop my kitchen floor. It really needed it. Guess what? Mopping helped. As I mopped the kitchen floor, I tried to get a scene in my mind to work on. It was just long enough to help me figure out what I wanted to work on next. Now, I have a clean kitchen floor and a scene to work on.

Cleaning can help. It's not something I have to concentrate on, so my mind is free to work on writing. So, it's killing 2 birds with one stone ( I hate that saying, but I couldn't think of a better way to say it) You clean the floor and you scour your brain for a scene.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Writing Frenzy

Ahhh, it feels good. I've been in quite a writing frenzy the last month and a half. It hasn't felt like this in almost four years. Prior to 2004, I had a year of writing frenzy. I wanted to write every night. I thought about the story all day long and couldn't wait to hit the computer. I didn't care to watch any TV. I just lived for the story.

In 2004, I sort of hit a writer's block. The presidential election tempted me away from the computer. I watched CNN every night, read books about the candidates, and left writing to the side. After that, I became pregnant and was too tired almost every night to write. My son will be three in August, and writing has not been the same. After that, I wrote out of necessity. I made myself write to meet deadlines, but the passion was not there anymore.

Until now, my passion is back. I started writing a new book in March and have been writing like crazy since. I think about the book most of the day and long to get to the computer. It's been a while since I have felt like this, and it's good to have it back. The presidetial election is looming, and I worry that my attention will be diverted once again. Luckily, we don't have cable anymore, so no more late nights with CNN. And any pregnancies looming? Who knows.