Monday, September 15, 2014

A WINNER!!! and other good things to share...

I warned all of you lovely people that a random commenter from my post with Charlie Holmberg would be chosen to win a paperback copy of The Paper Magician, and the winner has been found.
*drum roll*
And the WINNER is.... PATRICIA T.
Pat, if you can email Charlie at charlienholmberg@gmail.com she will get the book to you!
Congratulations Pat! You're going to love it!

Also, I just wanted to share that I get to celebrate my 10th wedding anniversary this week! This is a pretty exciting milestone. Part of it feels like a great accomplishment while another part feels like it really hasn't been that long. Kind of funny how situations can make you feel many different ways. So Happy 10 Years to Mr. LC.

AND... I've got my tickets bought for The Maze Runner! WHOOT!!! I'm totally stoked for this movie. It looks like they've done a great job with it. I hope it's true. I hope it's true!

What's new with you? Any exciting news to share? Are you a Maze Runner fan?

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Paper Magician ~ Ready for Your Reading Pleasure!

I am uber excited to have Charlie Holmberg visiting with us today so we can share the release of her novel, The Paper Magician. *squeals!*

I'm sure most of you know Charlie, but in case you don't - I've asked her 4 fun questions to show you how incredibly fun and awesome she is. Ahem...

1. A penguin walks through your door, right now, wearing a sombrero. What does he say, and why is he here?
Well, after I’m done screaming, scrambling onto my desk, and trying to figure out what on earth is going on, I imagine he’d ask me directions for Bear World and mumble something about me being “specist.” XD

2. What do you think about when you are alone in your car? *I hear Jaws music playing* but this shouldn't be too scary for an author to admit, right?

Uh… honestly, most often it’s probably singing techniques. XD I’m not a singer, but the best time to practice is alone in the car, driving 70 mph so you know no one can hear you, ha!

Unless I have news radio playing, then I’m probably thinking about government problems. Out loud. With the occasional dirty thought toward people driving while on their phones…

3. Pick two celebrities to be your parents. Who are they and why did you pick them?
Oh man, I suck at celebrities. I can’t put names with faces to save my life…

OH WAIT NO! I HAVE AN ANSWER!

Ellen DeGeneres as my mom and Jim Gaffigan as my dad. Everyone should know who these people are. XD I’d pick them because our household would be filled with hilarity, but still have a strong value-base. Ellen is always inspiring others to be kind to one another, and Jim Gaffigan is a family-man with Christian roots. Done and done.

4. And last but not least... what kind of motivation keeps you writing? Do you have a favorite inspirational thought or quote?

You know, I’m not one to ask for inspirational quotes. I’m a red personality, which means I’m super anal and bossy, so I honestly just keep myself writing. I’m fortunate in that I’m not very good at procrastinating.

But one quote that I can definitely share in regards to writing is from Galaxy Quest: “Never give up, never surrender!”

Ahh! Such phenomenal answers. Thank you so much for joining in the fun!

And onto the blurb...
Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she's bonded to paper, that will be her only magic... forever.

 Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous that she could have ever imagined - animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes. But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic.

An Excisioner - a practicioner of dark, flesh magic - invades the cottage and rips Thane's heart from his chest. To save her teacher's life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane's still-beating heart - and reveal the very soul of the man.

Um... tell me that doesn't sound FREAKING PHENOMENAL!!!??!!!

Probably as phenomenal as the writer...
Homegrown is Salt Lake City, Charlie was raised a Trekkie with three sisters who also have boy names. She writes fantasy novels and does freelance editing on the side. She's a proud BYU alumna, plays the ukelele, and owns too many pairs of glasses.

Find her...

Also... one random commenter will WIN a PAPERBACK copy of The Paper Magician from Charlie!!! WHOOT!
 A HUGE CONGRATS and THANK YOU to Charlie!!! Anyone else love books that have magic?  Do you hate when people drive while they're on the phone? - cause I totally do!!!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Productivity & Organization - Friends or Foes?

_0_ days spent writing.
_0_ words added to my MS.
_6_ days reading a good book. 
No writing for me this week. I was down after having a minor surgery so I tried to get caught up on some critique work! Critiquing can be such a fun job. I love reading new books that you know will be on the shelf some day, and you think to yourself... I read that before it was even published! Kind of a neat feeling. 
This week I will be finishing up the second book I'm critiquing, running to soccer games for another tournament, getting family pictures taken with my husbands side of the fam, doing homework, running around fundraiser items, going to cheer and gymnastics lessons, and writing! My goal is to write at least one day this week cause it's a pretty jam packed week.

What I'm working on right now is becoming productive! In order to do that, I have to get myself ORGANIZED!!! I feel like this entire summer has been CHAOS! It's horrible! I am really looking forward to the kids going back to school because it will give me time to accomplish some things. However, I can't blame it all on them. Productivity is still possible when the kids are home... especially if you organize your time! 

A few tips for improved productivity:
  1. Make a schedule
  2. Declutter
  3. Set goals
  4. Reward yourself
  5. Use your time wisely - even moments spent at gymnastics practice and cheer can be spent writing!
  6. Be flexible - if something pops up, don't let it get you down. Roll with it, then get back on track.
What are you working on this week? What are some tips or ideas that help you be more productive?