Monthly Archives: May 2008

2008 maiden voyage

So, we took the canoe out today. Or more accurately, Bob and Andrew took the canoe out. Kyra and I acted as support (really, not as much fun as going down the rapids backwards, but more on that later).

First, if you’re taking the canoe out, you have to clean it.

We drove up to the headwaters of Minnehaha Creek, which sounds exotic, but is only a few miles away. We launched the boys, then Kyra and drove back to wait for them.

Kyra with Lake Minnetonka in the background.

Canoeing is no laughing matter. It is serious business.

The launch. Let’s wish them luck.

Not even an ice cream from Dairy Queen can compensate for being left behind.

The mighty return.

It was at this point where they decided to go further and it was just after this point they nearly met their match with the rapids. I’m sure raising their paddles in the air had nothing to do with it. There were rocks, spinning around, and going down the rapids backwards. Discovery: Our canoe is more of a lake canoe.

Second discovery: Going down the rapids backwards = bragging rights.


Filed under Kids, Misc

I am Latte Girl

I am Latte Girl. I conquer my opponents, not with strength, but with the subliminal suggestion they must flee to the nearest Starbucks for something hot and overpriced.

What Your Latte Says About You

You don’t treat yourself very often. You find that indulging doesn’t jibe with your very disciplined life.

You can be quite silly at times, but you know when to buckle down and be serious.You have a good deal of energy, but you pace yourself. You never burn out too fast.

You’re addicted to caffeine. There’s no denying it.You are responsible, mature, and truly an adult. You’re occasionally playful, but you find it hard to be carefree.

You are complex and philosophical, but you are never arrogant.

What Does Your Latte Say About You?

Quiz first seen at Marianne’s. Quote from my story Speechless, coming … uh … nowhere to a screen near you. I haven’t found a home for it. Of course, I haven’t tried. That would be part of the problem, not the solution, no?


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Editing brain

So, I did a Google search on editing brain (don’t you ever search on strange combinations of words just to see what comes up?). I found these gems:

Editing is a transparent art form.


Editing is very mechanical and technical, but at the same time, it’s very artistic and emotional.

The writer was talking about film editing, but I think it applies to writing. Right now, I have serious editing brain. It would be nice if I could think of other things besides my book. I could get back to (okay, start) writing scintillating blog posts. I could cook dinner without burning it. (Okay, I didn’t really burn dinner. But. We all know it could happen.)

And I could think of a clever way to wrap up this entry.

Nope. Isn’t happening.


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The author at work

She’s writing something called The Sheep, Marissa, and MacKayla. My favorite quote of hers on the writing process so far?

I’m trying not to make this a bad book.

Funny. I’ve been saying that all weekend long.


Filed under Kids, Writing

Our contract

Let me show you it:

No, I won\'t look at the camera. You can\'t make me.

I have to say how ecstatic and relieved I am to have an agent (!!!) to vet all this for us. Man, that thing is long. And complicated. But pretty cool nevertheless.

And Darcy, FedEx is bringing it to your door ASAP.


Filed under Reading & Writing, Writing

California dreaming

So, the excitement = building for San Francisco this summer. At the end of July I’ll head out there to the RWA National Conference with … wait for it … the kids in tow.

They’ll stay at my sister’s during the four days of the conference. I’ll be in the Marriott.

(Insert maniacal laughter here.)

Seriously, I’m pretty sure positive they’ll behave. I’ve already read them the riot act about it.

Never mind the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, or even the Jelly Belly factory tour, Andrew nearly fainted when he found out my sister owns not only Guitar Hero, Dance, Dance Revolution, but Rock Band. Add in the nearby swimming pool, and we pretty much have instant vacation. Excited doesn’t begin to cover it.

I haven’t been to this conference since 2003. This time, I get to wear my “first sale” ribbon (Note to self: let RWA know you need first sale ribbon.). I don’t have to work myself into a panic over pitching to editors/agents. I can relax, go to parties (Chick Lit, Golden Network), and attend workshops, like these:

Building Buzz in YA (CAREER)– Tera Childs, Heather Davis, Simone Elkeles, Tina Ferraro, Marley Gibson, Stephanie Hale, and Dona Sarkar-Mishra

From Cinema to the CW: Using Pop Culture in Your YA Novel (RESEARCH)– Trish Milburn and Julie Linker (Trish is a Noodler.)

10 Things We Love About Writing YA Romance (CRAFT)– Shelley Adina, Carol Grace Culver, Kelly Parra, and Jennifer Jackson

Doddering Butlers, Pert Housemaids, and Faithful Retainers: Busting the Servant Myths (RESEARCH)– Janet Mullany (I haven’t written an historical … yet, but Janet is another Noodler and she’s hysterical.)

And then, after the conference, I’ll take a few days downtime at my sister’s. I’ll need a few days of downtime.

But! If anyone is headed out to San Fran, let me know. I’d love to see you.


Filed under Kids, Reading & Writing, Writing

Questions with easy answers, part 1

“Mommy, can I get a mullet?”


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