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Foto Friday~Summer Sunset

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Procrastination~Don't do it!

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"Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy, carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the "someday I'll" philosophy." Denis Waitley

 There is quote I love from Marianne Williamson: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure."

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure...wow. What if we do become successful? What if we do have a responsibility to our success? Don't we have responsibilities to something in our lives right now? Do we fear we will fail? And what if we do? Does anyone care?

Writers are powerful. We know this tidbit of truth. We've read their books/essays/speeches. They've urged us to look within and outside ourselves, to stretch and learn and live. Who can honestly say they've neve…

Foto Friday~Summer Days

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Utah Book Month~Write On Con

Elana Johnson and friends started an amazing online writer's retreat. For FREE! It's over now but you can still go read all the educational posts from professionals in the writing business.

One of my very favorite post was from editor Molly O'Neill titled "The Essential Invisible Thing".
She talks about her definiation of craft: the work of writing.

"Because strong craft? It speaks for itself. It wows its readers. It elevates a story to something even greater than itself. Craft is like meditation, or prayer, or exercising. It’s mostly silent, and somewhat hidden, and deeply personal. Few people will notice that you’re working on it unless you tell them. But your self will be enriched by it, and your work will be strengthened by it. It’s a set of expectations that you can set for yourself, and if others (agents or publishers or booksellers or educators or critics or readers) eventually notice it, too, well, that’s well-earned gravy. Attention to cra…

Utah Book Month~Christmas Oranges Book Trailer

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This is the book trailer for CHRISTMAS ORANGES by Linda Bethers, another Utah author.

Guest Blogger Interview~Danyelle Leafty

Thanks for visiting, Dnayelle. Let's get moving! Tell us a little about yourself.

What is your favorite time of day?
Having always been a night owl, my favorite time of the day is around sunset when the sky's on fire.


Chocolate or Skittles?
Definitely Skittles. :)

What was your favorite TV show when you were a kid?
My favorite show as a kid was (and probably still is) X-Men. O:)

Is there a book or author who changed your life/viewpoint/writing?
I have a couple. :D

J.R.R. Tolkien showed me that language can both beautiful and accessible.
Patricia C. Wrede showed me how fun it can be to turn fairy tale tropes on their heads.
Sherwood Smith showed me how subtle things like court intrigue can up the stakes.
Patricia McKillip showed me how beauty and humor can intertwine to create a masterpiece.
Diana Wynne Jones showed me how to look at the world sideways from the corners of my eyes.

What is your favorite thing to do in the summer?
I would say long walks on the beach, but as there are no be…

Utah Book Month~ Mini Challenge!

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How many of you know what an "elevator pitch" is? I didn't for a long time. Basically, you have thirty seconds, or the length of an elevator ride, to convince an agent they want your book.

Now I have one! Want to hear, uh, read it?

"Angelica remembers nothing about the deaths of nine of her friends, even though she was there for each of them."

What do you think?

We have sooooo many amazing Utah authors! And soooo many excellent books. I wonder what their elevator pitch was??

Let's try a few (these are the first lines on goodreads):

"When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name."
Anyone care to guess? You in the rainbow shirt. Yes, you. MAZE RUNNER. You are correct! 

"Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe, until she falls in love with the wrong boy."
This one is a little harder. CROSSED by Ally Condie. Wow! You guys are good. 

Updated Updates

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Wow! I can't believe school is about to start! Where did summer vacation fly off? What about all my summer plans? Did I get any done?
Will my kids remember this as a fun summer? Or totally boring?

Let me see if I remember what we did: PoolGirl's CampScout CampsMall4th of July and Pioneer Day FireworksTook friends to Temple SquareATVingFamily ReunionsCampingScience ProjectsLate night moviesSleep outs
We had a full summer as a family! Hopefully the Lovell kids had as much fun as I did.

For me summer was fun and hard. I really wanted to spend the day at the pool writing, editing and reading. I try not to ignore the family while we're together so that means less computer time. I found ways to work, but not near as much as when everyone is back to school, which is fine because summer should be about family.

I read 18 books so far this summer.Hosted a couple of blog toursEdited over 150 pages on IT'S NOT MEStarted as the elementary PTA presidentBusy with our libraryHelped wit…

Don't wish your day away

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August Reading Challenge~Summer Book Trek

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August Reading Challenge is sponsered by LDS Publisher.


How many LDS author books can you read in August?? I'm going for FOUR. That might be pushing it with getting ready for school, getting PTA up and running, editing my manusscript for two critique groups and making chocolate chip cookies. *grinning like the mad person I am*



These are the four books I hope to read this month:

Endlessly by Kiersten White (DONE)
Paige by Annette Lyon (DONE)
Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
Destined by Aprilynne Pike (DONE)
Somewhere Over the Freaking Rainbow by L. L. Muir (DONE)
What I Didn't say by Keary Taylor (DONE)
Kill Order by James Dashner (DONE)
Michael Vey by Richard Paul Evans (DONE)

(Okay. So there's EIGHT books. Just in case I have time...)

So come join me!

Click on the link ----> LINK and sign up.

I. Dare. You.



Book Ideas (with a link to my review):

The False Prince by Jennifer Nielson
Daughters of Jared by H.B. Moore
Possession & Surrender by Elana Johnson
M…