READING THE BIBLE IN 1 YEAR: Numbers 29

READING THE BIBLE IN 1 YEAR: Numbers 28

READING THE BIBLE IN 1 YEAR: Numbers 27

Reading the Bible in 1 Year: Numbers 26

Reading the Bible this year: Numbers 25

Reading the Bible in 1 Year - learning about the Children of Israel's history

Reading the Bible in 1 Year: Numbers Chapter 22

Reading the Bible in 1 Year: Numbers Chapter 21

Reading the Bible in 1 Year: Numbers Chapter 20 - Moses

Reading the Bible in 1 Year: Numbers Chapter 19

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Reading the Bible in 1 Year - Join us on our Journey

Reading the Bible in 1 Year: Numbers 17

READING THE BIBLE IN 1 YEAR: Numbers Chapter 16

Reading the Bible in 1 Year: Numbers 15

Reading the Bible in 1 Year: Numbers 14 - See Post Below

Reading the Bible in 1 Year: Numbers 12

Reading the Bible in 1 Year: Numbers 11

Reading the Bible in 1 Year: Numbers Chapter 10

Reading the Bible in 1 Year: Numbers 9 - The Passover

Reading the Bible in 1 Year: Numbers 8

Reading the Bible in 1 Year - Numbers Chapter 7

Reading the Bible in 1 Year: Numbers 6

Reading the Bible in 1 Year: Numbers Chapter 4

People Need to Come Together - Not Fight

Reading the Bible in 1 Year - Numbers Chapter 2

Join Us as we Read Through the Bible this Year

Reading the Bible in 1 Year: Leviticus 27

Reading the Bible in 1 Year: Leviticus Chapter 26

Reading the Bible in 1 Year: Leviticus Chapter 25

Reading the Bible in 1 Year: Leviticus 24 with a NT Devotional

Reading the Bible in 1 Year: Leviticus Chapter 23

Reading the Bible in 1 Year: Leviticus Chapter 22

READING THE BIBLE IN 1 YEAR: Leviticus 21

READING THE BIBLE IN 1 YEAR - Leviticus 20

Reading the Bible in 1 Year: Leviticus 18 and 19

READING THE BIBLE IN 1 YEAR: Leviticus Chapters 16 and 17

Reading the Bible in 1 Year: Leviticus Chapter 15

Reading the Bible in 1 Year: Leviticus Chapter 14

Merry Christmas - We're Reading Leviticus 13

Reading the Bible in 1 Year: Leviticus 11 and 12

READING THE BIBLE IN 1 YEAR: Leviticus Chps 9 &10

Reading the Bible in 1 Year: Leviticus Chapters 7 & 8

READING THE BIBLE IN 1 YEAR: Leviticus Chapters 5 and 6

Reading the Bible in 1 Year: #Exodus Chapters 2, 3, and 4

Reading the Bible in 1 Year Leviticus Chapter 1

The Nation of Israel - Reading the Bible in 1 Year

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Mt Tabor - Portland views








My husband and I took the dogs for a walk to the top of Mt. Tabor. Here's a few photos from Saturday morning.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Anime Convention at Doubletree in Portland, OR






Here are a few photos from an anime convention today in Portland, Oregon.

You can read more about it here.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Holiday Weekend - Fun Things to Do

It's a holiday weekend!!! Hope you all have a fantastic time picnicking, playing baseball and eating hotdogs - or whatever your family does.

I thought I'd give you all a few fun things to do while we're away.

This is a fun video, check it out here and when you're done with that, take this quick little personality test to find out what type of a person you are. Click here.

I guess I'm a daydreamer. What are you?

Thursday, August 28, 2008

28 Agents that Want Your Work - thanks to WD

If you're looking for an agent to represent your work, Writers Digest's Chuck Sambuchino did a great article about 28 agencies that are looking for you. You can read the entire article here

Scroll down to the 10 tips: it lists the actual agencies and what they are specifically looking for.

GOOD LUCK!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Commitment to the Craft - Part 4

Gloria Steinem had the foresight to say, “I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career.”

But, I say, “Marriage and a career – that’s nothing, try adding kids into the equation.”

And any mother, who works and writes, has to be pretty amazing.

Pru, Piper, and Phoebe can’t even compete with most modern-day Moms.

And, unfortunately, Dads are rarely divine. So what’s a writing woman to do, to find the time to devote to her craft?

Here is my number one hint:

1) Get a laptop computer.

I have written more words with my laptop in one year than I ever wrote with a desktop computer. It’s simple. I take it with me - everywhere: outside, on vacations, out to the front room so I can go “watch” t.v. with the family, while I write.

This one device has made ALL the difference for me. You can look at a few options that start out at about $499.00 here.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Commitment to the Craft - Part 3

JOIN A CRITIQUE GROUP

Critique Partners (also known as “CPs”) are, like Martha always says, a good thing.

You might think joining a group is just another commitment that will eventually take time away from your writing, but the truth is these CPs can help hold you accountable, without uttering a single word.

And, when you have a set time and place to meet, to go over your writing with others who are counting on your participation, it can help motivate you to keep that pen to the paper.

It’s easy to put things off when there is no “date” to keep. But standing someone up, takes guts. Most of us don’t want to let people down, and being a member of a group helps hold you "committed" to your writing plan.

Jackson Pearce did a really fun vlog about critiques. You can read about her here. And just click on the arrow to play it.

Enjoy! Thanks to Jackson Pearce.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Commitment to the Craft - Part 2

WANNA BE A WRITER - IT’S SIMPLE - AS MURDER

Wanna be a writer?
Sure.
It’s easy.
What do I have to do?
Nuthin much.

Really?

Yep, it’s insanely simple. All you hafta do is commit murder.

You’re insane - asking me to kill.

That’s right, all it takes is one simple act. If you want a career in writing, all ya hafta do is be willing ta commit murder.

Killing off characters? Is that what you’re talking about?

Nope, not at all, I’m not talking about killing off some weak character. This is gonna be much more difficult than that. Remember nuthin worth having is easy. This is gonna take guts. What I’m talking about, here, is setting priorities.

What?

You said you wanna be a writer.

Yeah, of course, but….

No buts ‘bout it. If you wanna be a writer, it’s simple. Write.

It’s not that easy.

What’s holding you back? What’s keeping you away from your keyboard right now?

Sit down and make a list (and if you’re honest with yourself) you’ll most likely see a pattern take shape. It’s something everyone does: we all waste time. Writers just need to remember: even the minutes matter. ‘Cause those ticks on the clock, they turn into hours and hours can be frittered away into days, weeks, even years. And where does all this time go? It’s spent on frivolous entertainment that has nothing to do with writing.

Think ‘bout it. How many hours per month do you spend watching television?

We all need to break dangerous addictions. Wean yourself off the daily regimen.

Remember, there’s a reason it’s been labeled the “boob tube”, “dummy box” and “opiate of the masses”.

Even if you say it’s only the late night news you watch, that’s still a half hour every day. Think about all the pages you could put together and print in three hours.

I didn’t realize how much time I was wasting sitting on the couch, propped up in front of that screen until I quit that bad habit: “cold turkey”. After dinner, instead of going into our “media room”, which is what the kids call our front room, I’ve decided to spend more time with my new-found friend: my laptop. Okay, if we’re being totally honest, really I lie down on the bed to relax before I start tapping away at the keys sitting in front of me.

Sometimes I don’t get much from my muse but, believe me, I’m putting more words on the page than I would have written if I’d been sitting out in the front room watching the latest sitcoms, shows or serials and someday I might even get those pages published. At least there’s more chance of seeing my name on a byline or my words in print if I’m spending my evenings writing than if I’m watching shows someone else wrote.

So, if you say ya wanna be a writer, then WRITE!

All ya hafta do is kill your T.V.!!!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Commitment to the Craft - 4 part post

Do you ever feel like one of those people in a movie who’s being drawn and quartered - I mean someone who’s being pulled in four directions at the same time?

In 1960, Mom was raising 9 kids and running her own beauty business but, looking back, the truly amazing thing is that we always wore clean clothes to school and came home to find a warm dinner on the table.

I can’t even begin to compete with her.

There’s only one possible explanation: Mom must have been using some sort of magic. I just don’t know why she never shared her secret or, more importantly, any of her spells.

I know I’m supposed to be the lucky one; today we’re all living the easy life, in a world of high technology where everything is right at our fingertips. But as I travel down this crowded information highway, using my cell phone, fax and mapquest, somehow I’m still lost. And I can’t even seem to figure out what I’m looking for.

It’s that elusive, simple, four-letter word that keeps avoiding me: time.

Maybe it’s because being a Mom is one occupation where none of the usual rules apply. What other job offers no training or has you on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with no time-off or vacations? You aren’t even guaranteed an 8-hour sleep break. And there’s no financial incentive to compel you into this chaotic career choice. You can’t even expect a paycheck, commission or bonus at the end of the month. Yet educated people actually choose this occupation and, when they finally are initiated into the sisterhood, they happily celebrate the onslaught of morning sickness, nightly trips to the toilet and elastic waistbands, with a party – commonly known as a shower. And this is the only shower that you’ll share, with a bunch of other women. What could be worse?

Everyone gets to sit around and guess your ballooning weight, while you sit and smile.

Parenting is like playing in the stock market – it’s all about patience and long term investment.

With such a simple game and only one rule, it should be easy - right?

Wrong!

Then, if you try to add an additional goal, like writing to the mix – well, watch out. You’re in for a heap of a helping of the hurries.

Just this Saturday morning, I got up at six – on a Saturday – took the dogs for a walk (look how they’ve grown).



Then I went to my writer’s group (which I could have skipped but here's the commitment to the craft part), I'm planning to go berry picking, make some homemade jam and write. Well, somewhere something has to give – right – not necessarily so. I’m committed to my craft – or maybe I should simply be committed.
Over the next week, I’ll give tips, hints and maybe a little crazy advice on how to “Just Do It”.

If you have any helpful hints, please post them in the comments section.

And, just remember, no parent is perfect so play this game like a little league game and, when reality pitches a problem across your home plate, swing your sense of humor - that way, you may not hit a homerun but at least you’ll never strike out.





(My critique group: Pam, Ila, Jen, Kerry, Kristin, and me)

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Random House Young Adult Novel Contest

October 1st is the first day entries will be accepted. It's coming quickly and I thought I'd warn you all, the ending date is the end of December - but those are busy months - with the holidays wedged in there. They have a middle grade writing contest, which accepts submissions in the summer but "YA" or young adult acceptances are almost here. So get ready now and submit early. You can read all the rules and information here b

Friday, August 22, 2008

Freaky Frogs - There are a lot of Strange Things

There are a lot of strange things in the world but one of them shouldn't be the frogs. I grew up camping. In a family with nine kids, that's the way we spent our vacations. Of course looking back, now, I realize it might have been relaxing for Dad but Mom was working her tail-end off. Just think of packing for eleven people. And campsites weren't well-equipped back when I was growing up. We even had to haul in our own water.

But back to my point. We used to spend hours catching frogs. It was our own catch and release program - before I'd ever heard of such a thing. But I never found one freaky frog. According to National Geographic Freaky Frogs are the norm.

It sounds like a scary movie to me: Freaky Frogs.

You can read all about it here.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Simon and Schuster goes Gotham

There is so much talk about kids not reading, reading less, and/or reading shorter books that I thought this article was really interesting, read it here. I found it out from Kelly Mortimer's newsletter, she's not my agent, but she seems to be an amazing woman. You can read about her here. I can't wait to see her handbags, check out her soon-to-be site here.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Criticism - How do you handle it?

Writer's Digest has a story "Surviving the Spite" written by Melissa Hart, a journalism teacher at the University of Oregon. You can read it here.

I met Melissa at a SCBWI writer's conference in Portland. She is such a friendly person it's hard to imagine someone being so critical of her. But I guess being in the public eye has its drawbacks.

I haven't experienced such criticism from the public - maybe I should be glad I'm not a celebrity. It's normal to want people to like us; so, it's no surprise that it would be hard to take such open hostility. I just try to remember what my Mom taught me all those years ago, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never harm me."

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

What's a Glog - I learned something new today

Lisa Schroeder of I Heart You - You Haunt Me taught me something today via Verla Kay's blueboards. I always thought glog was a mulled wine we drank at Christmas but today I found out it has another totally modern meaning. Thanks Lisa.

You can read all about it here.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Sunday Evening - Cam's and Destiny's Wedding








My son, Jake, was a groomsman at one of his best friend's weddings. It was a lot of fun and we all spent the evening swing dancing.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Deschutes River - Pics from our morning hike





My husband and I went on a three mile hike this morning and then we went for a swim. Here are a few pictures we took along the way.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Eagle Crest - 104 degrees today - sheesh!





My husband has a golf tournament today here and I'm just tagging along. I dropped him off at 12:30 it was already 100 degrees. It's a beautiful place but a little too warm to stay outdoors too long. My husband says it hit 107 out on the course.

My brother, Doug, even came for a visit and stayed for a swim - after all it was 107.

Word Count - What Should Your Manuscript Be?

This is a great post by Editorial Anonymous about appropriate word counts for manuscripts and how to find out what range your manuscript should fall in. It's not a quick answer but a lesson. And, I like this answer the best because it gives you a broader range to work in rather than a cut and dry number to try to stay under. You can read it here

Friday, August 15, 2008

Agent's Mini Contest

Agent Rachelle Gardner is having a little contest on her blog.

Here's the prompt:

You are lying on the beach, soaking up the sun. A cooling breeze drifts across your body and you're deeply relaxed and content. But your peace is interrupted by a shadow that abruptly blocks the sun from your face. You open your eyes, squinting, looking up and trying to see who or what is blocking you. It's the one person you never expected to see here...
***


→ 300 words max.
→ Submit your entry in the comments to the contest post.
→ Deadline is next Wednesday, August 20th at 11:59pm ET.
→ WordServe clients can enter but are not eligible for the prize. (Sorry!)
→ Rachelle will choose one winner around Monday, August 25th.
→ Winner can choose an evaluation of ten pages of their work, or a $20 Amazon gift card.

Write2Ignite - Writer's Conference

I will be speaking at a Writer's Conference in November and wanted to share the link. I am so excited to be able to meet new people, talk with so many different people and have an opportunity to learn from all the people who will be attending.

You'll have to scroll to the bottom of the page to read my little blurb.

If you want to read more about it, please click here

Thursday, August 14, 2008

NOT A LOT OF HOT AIR

Here's another great link where you can read all about the windmills coming to Oregon.

It's a great way to utilize natural energy. Read it here.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Rebuilding and Renewing America

Rebuilding and renewing America. You can read about it here

Reinstating the Superfund tax - I think that's a good idea.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

An Editor's Opinion of What Makes The Perfect Author

This is fun to read. Editorial Ass posted this a while ago, but it's still a great thing for new writers to read.

Read it here.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Family Entertainment

Here's what we do around our house in the evening for fun, this is my husband (Lars) and my son's girlfriend (MacKenzie).

It's a piano/violin practice of Ave Maria. See it here.

Publisher's Weekly Sneak Peek for 2009 Children's Books

If you want to write for children or if you do, you'll find this interesting.

Read about the upcoming books here

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Providence Bridge Pedal - (Six Bridges)





My husband and I rode over 14 miles today, traveling over six bridges around Portland.

The ride benefits Providence Heart and Vascular Institute and the Bicycle Transportation Aliance. You can read more about it here

Here are some of my favorite pictures.

Flex car - zip car

Here in Oregon, Portland specifically, we try to be sustainable. One way we do that is by offering short term car use within the city. That means people don't have to own a car to get around. Read more about it here.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

The Last Lecture

For anyone who hasn't seen this yet, it's inspirational:

here

Friday, August 8, 2008

Gender and Reading

Reading and gender - do they go hand in hand or what?

Read an interesting post by Adina Kahn at Dystel & Goderich here

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Wakeboarding and tubing tonight on the water




Well I didn't go running but I did go wakeboarding and some friends came with us. Lynn and her little boy Oliver. My husband had so much fun with Oliver. Oliver wants to be the captain.


I am wakeboarding with one hand



Here's Oliver and my husband, Lars



Here's Lynn and Oliver

Pints to Pasta


I put on a few pounds this year,

with Mom being so sick, I ate more than my share of Cherry Garcia. And Lisa Graff (an editor at FSG) had done a beauty blog and that inspired me. Read about Lisa's beauty blog here

If I post on my blog that I'm going to diet - maybe that will help me be more accountable. So, now I'm training to do the Pints to Pasta. Read about that here Wish me luck!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Bella's Ball

Check out these photos here.

Take Five Panel - Top Tips from RWA

Great 5 top tips from different agents to help make you a more successful writer.

Check this one here

Check out this one to right here

Interesting Self-Publishing Article

This is an interesting article. Click here

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Interview with an Editor

Great article with senior editor for Ballantine, part of Random House, Liz Scheier, which I found out about on Nathan Bransford's blog:

Here

Monday, August 4, 2008

Other blogs worth reading

I was reading an email Anastasia Suen sent about life’s interruptions and realized this is good information for any aspiring writer, written by Myra Johnson:

here

Thanks to Anastasia Suen:

visit her site here

Friday, August 1, 2008