Wonderful Workshops

open bookLast week was awesome. I held a free workshop on hooks & stakes at our local library, and we had a full house. Not only that, I saw lots of new faces. That means that word is getting out. Our local writing community is reaching more people and bringing them into the writing fold, which makes me very happy.

So now… [drumroll]…

I’m offering an intensive, two-day novel-writing workshop.

Why? Simple.

I spent too much time writing badly.

I cranked out five novels while reading various craft books and attending conferences. I felt like the advice I got was hit and miss. I wanted a more comprehensive, interactive learning environment for writing the novel. I signed up for an MFA program, which was a chunk of cash.

I don’t want you to have to pay $40k to learn the craft of the novel. I’m bringing you all the best lessons I’ve learned over the past decade and boiling them down to 16 hours.

I’m also hard at work writing a workbook to go along with the class. And we’re going to have fun!

So, save yourself thousands of dollars and a decade of bad drafts and sign up for this two-day workshop here.

 

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What is it about New Year’s Eve?

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Pass the tissue. Again.

I’m always sick on New Year’s. I can count on one hand the number of New Year’s Eves in the past fifteen years that I’ve been well.

It’s strange because I actually have a pretty good immune system. I don’t get sick much during the rest of the year, but the holidays always get me. I don’t remember this being the case before I had kids. My first New Year’s of motherhood was 2000– the big Y2K. I remember staying up until midnight, determined to see the new millennium come. I was sick on the couch with a sinus infection.

Two years later I was sick again. I delivered my son on January 3, and I had no voice. In fact, the antibiotics they gave me for the delivery made me well. I left the hospital feeling great (with my new baby boy).

Year after year, it’s been a consistent pattern. I’ve missed more church choir Christmas performances than I’ve participated in–usually because I have some kind of bronchial gunk that zaps my voice.

This year was no different. My kids have all had one bug or other since September. I stayed healthy. I went in and got a flu shot because I recently took a fulltime job, and I knew I’d have a higher chance of being exposed.

I’d rejoiced in the fact that I made it through Christmas without getting sick, but I left work on December 31st feeling lousy. Two days later I sounded terrible. I began to worry that I’d end up in the walk-in clinic begging for antibiotics.

Saturday, January 3rd, was my son’s birthday. He turned thirteen. He said, “Mom, are you ever well on my birthday?”

I started wondering. Sure, there have been years when I wasn’t sick on his birthday, but some of those were years when I got sick at Christmas and was on the mend when the new year rolled around. As I’ve gotten older, the holidays seem less fun. Maybe this is why. Someone is always sick. If it’s not me or my kids, it’s the cousins, who inevitably share their colds with us.

Maybe my body knows that at Christmas, I’m guaranteed a little down time, so it takes advantage of the window of opportunity.

I don’t know, but it’s becoming annoyingly predictable.

 

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My FAVORITE Harvest

Love, love, love August in Eastern Washington. It’s harvest time. I am so lucky to have a husband who planted a nectarine tree for me and tends it all year long, just because he knows I love them. That, my friends, is true love. He is THE BEST!

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Swpid-20140802-052850.jpgo, my NILA friends, are you hungry for some farm-fresh nectarines courtesy of Mr. Hansen?

Mmmmm. So good.

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#BeforeTheyFindUs Blog Tour- Day 4

Day Four? How did I manage to miss posting about days 2 and 3?

My daughter broke her leg and I spent ten hours in the ER in the very same week that my in-laws returned from a two year mission in Ecuador AND two families of cousins came to visit. EEK!

You know, I scheduled this blog tour on my spring break from school. My week was supposed to be WIDE open.

No matter. If you missed any of the posts from the previous days, you can follow them on the links below.

Day 2- March 25th

Sweet Southern Home >> Review
YA Story Teller >> Review
Mythical Books >> Guest Post
Shattering Words >> Review
A Book Addict’s Bookshelves >> Top 10 List
Istyria book blog >> Review

Day 3- March 26th

Mom With A Kindle >> Interview
Between Printed Pages >> Review
Addicted Readers >> Excerpt
Fic Central >> Review
Romance Schmomance  >> Review
Book Lovers Life >>  Guest Post
My Full Bookshelf Reviews >> Review

Day 4- March 27th

Literary Nook >> Review + Excerpt
All in One Place >> Review
Beauty and the Bookshelf  >> Interview
Living in a Bookworld >> Review
Read More Sleep Less Blog  >> Review + “Behind the Scenes”
Gabic Reads >> Review
We Live and Breathe Books >> Review

Don’t forget to enter the giveaways at any of these blog stops. Up for grabs: $25 Amazon gift card, autographed paperback of Before They Find Us, ebooks of Before They Find Us and Painted Blind, and this cute charm necklace plus BTFU swag:

You still have a few more days to enter to win the cute book-lover shoes! The raffle ends March 31st.
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Thanks for following the blog tour. I’d love to hear your comments about it.

 

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