Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Back to the Books Giveaway Hop

A huge thanks to I Am a Reader, Not a Writer and Buried in Books for hosting this hop!

Fill out the form below to win your choice between either
A $10 gift certificate

or books valued at $10 or less from the Book Depository:

Monday, August 29, 2011

Pam Allyn's, "Your Child's Writing Life"

This phenomenal book is packed full of gems. Pam writes with wisdom, compassion, respect, and humor--the kind of writing that sucked me in from the first page. One second I was smiling, the next tearing up because something touched me, and I came away wishing Pam could teach my children.

But she can't. Which is one of the reasons I love her book so much. Because she's empowered me to teach and understand my children the same way she'd teach them--through love and listening, and showing them I have a genuine interest in what they have to say.

As a writer myself, I know the importance of putting thoughts into words and expressing oneself, but I never considered how vital it is for a child to learn the same at a young age. Yes, I love it when one of my children brings home their writing journals or stories they've created. I always read them and smile in prideful admiration. But thanks to Pam, I'll now be able to look at them with new respect, beyond the words and into my child's mind and heart, and think, Wow.

In Pam's beautifully written words:

From birth, your child has been working furiously to deconstruct the code of language and to form new understandings. When the child goes to the page to write for the first time, he furrows his brow, and with courage he begins. The scribbles on the page look strange to you, peering down as you do from your adult universe. But to the child, they are the electric beginnings of a precious gift you have given: his writing life.

Thank you, Pam, for giving me this gift.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Holes, Holes, and More Holes.

Let's just say I now have a whole new respect for any and all mystery/suspense writers. And all it took was a jaunt in their shoes. Well, more like a marathon--one I'm not even close to finishing yet.

Lately, I've been feeling like a carpenter working on the walls of a house. In a daycare center. Once I finally think I'm finally ready to texture and paint, a hole appears, or is pointed out to me. So I work on a way to patch that, only to have several more holes come as a result.

It's like "This is the Song that Never Ends" kind of annoying, but I keep wracking my brain--keep bugging my hubby, sisters, friends, for help. Eventually, I will get there (or at least valiantly try to). I'm too invested not to finish it now. But when I finally do, if this romantic paranormal suspense ends up being completely predictable, scratched and dented, well, just know that many of my brain cells were sacrificed in the process.

In the meantime, I'm off to do some more patching.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Summer Giveaway Blog Hop Winner!

Big congrats to
Lois M.!
(chosen from
for winning the Summer Giveaway Blog Hop!

A big thanks to all who participated and to I Am a Reader Not a Writer for hosting!