Thursday, May 23, 2013
I do love wearing my sandals though and love the flowers but that's about it. However, so many things have been happening in the world lately that have been negative so I refuse to let the summer get me down. I'm going to try my best to be happy for every minute of every day! Live is precious and we should all thank god that we are here to enjoy it.
I just got back from a trip to Virginia to visit my parents and siblings. I even got to attend a book signing with my sister and mom! This is NOT a good photo of any of us but here goes:
We had a wonderful visit together and that is a big part of why I've decided to appreciate life a little more. My father has Alzheimers and since I last saw him in November, he has gone downhill. The Dr's for some unknown reason took him off his Alzheimers meds by mistake. That caused him to
Good news though... while there my husband emailed me an article about a doctor that was experimenting with coconut oil on an Alzheimers patient. That patient was making remarkable progress so we ordered some immediately for my dad. The day that I left for home, my mom got the coconut oil and began giving it to my dad. That evening, she said my dad was really good and has been good ever since. Now it was too early to tell if it was the coconut oil or not, but we have hope!
Anyway, life is short. Too short in some instances. I pledge to be a better person, better writer, and more positive. It's going to be really hard for me because I do tend to be negative, but luckily I have a very positive friend/writer (Deborah Lynne) who will shake me up and put me in line!
How about you? Are you happy summer is finally here?
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Before I talk more about the "Tag" I want to let everyone know that this will be the last post I'll be doing until the week of May 13th. I'm going to Virginia to visit my family, participate in a book signing or two, and relax. I'll see you when I get back!
Ok now for the rules of the tag:
3. Answer 11 questions from the person who tagged you.
4. Ask the people you tag 11 questions.
5. Nominate 11 other blogs.
Here are 11 random things about me:
I hate slow people. Slow drivers, slow walkers, people who take forever to do anything. Speed it up people! I don't have forever!
I am addicted to a certain type of blanket. I'm like a child who doesnt like to be without it all the time. It makes me feel warm and snuggly!
I get the heeby jeebies in a restaurant that doesnt look clean to me. I can't eat and feel panicky.
I'm 56 but still dream about high school all the time!
I freak out when I know someone is going to stop by my house. I go nuts cleaning so they won't see a single piece of dirt. I do this even when it's just a repair person. So dumb!
I won't eat at a restaurant by myself. Don't know why, just won't do it!
When I go clothes shopping, I have to try on nearly everything in the store before I find one single thing I like.
I'm an awful cook. I keep trying but I suck.
I never have just one of anything, I have at least 2 or more. I'm always afraid I'll run out if it's something I love or I forget I already have one! Sigh.
My lucky number is 21. I can't even tell you why anymore, it just always has been!
I rarely ever wear a shirt with no collar. I hate the way I look without one!
That's it. Aren't you just so fascinated now that you know so much about me!!
Here are Cat's 11 questions and my answers:
I think I'd like to shift into an eagle so I could fly. That would be awesome!
I usually form my opinion pretty darn quickly and normally stick to it. However, it does excite me when I read a book that is exciting enough to persuade me to be surprised and actually change my first impression.
When I was younger, maybe. But now, absolutely not. I'm too boring for spontanuity. I'd need to know weeks ahead of time to avoid pure panic!
And just why do I need to know that? I'm going to guess that one has bumpy skin and the other doesnt. Now I'll go onto google and see.
Yep, and that's exactly why I guessed it wrong!
None. I don't have a DVR or anyway to record.
No, and I still don't have an interest in it.
Hmmm, there are alot that I like but some that I would drop everything to go see their latest movie would be Robert Downey, Jr., Nicole Kidman, Tom Hanks, Barbra Streisand.
I love a good steak but only if it's done right. It's harder to screw up chicken so I'd probably say chicken.
5. Are you more afraid of Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Floods, or Thunderstorms?
7. Which bothers you the most: Sloppy people; arrogant people; loud people; or negative people.
8. What major thing would you change about yourself if you could?
9. If you could own some kind of store, what would it be?
10. Of all the writing and illustrating awards out there, which would be your favorite to win?
11. How would you handle a really bad review of your writing? Would you cry? Would you want to contact that person and ask them why they were so negative? Would you give up? Would you just forget about it?
Now for the lucky people who have to answer my questions! I'm going to have to cheat though and only send to five people, not the eleven required.
There you go! Have fun playing tag!
I'll see ya'all back here in 3 weeks!
Thursday, April 18, 2013
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I'm also doing the happy dance because I just finished my first Skype school visit. I skyped with some 6th graders in Bryan, Ohio because they were all writing a picture book for kindergartners and wanted to talk to a real author. Wow... I'm a real author! It feels great to say that outloud. Anyway, although my skype wasn't working correctly and they could only hear me and not see me, the visit was great. I could see them though and they seemed genuinely interested, except for a few that were yawning throughout. But that's typical for kids and I got a kick out of it, plus it gave me a good excuse to make fun of them and get them laughing.
That's it for me this week. I hope everyone has a fantastic week!
Thursday, April 4, 2013
I'm still enjoying the singing, but if AI makes it another season and those two are in the judges seat again, I don't think I'll be wasting my time next year.
I am also addicted to The Voice. However it didn't seem to have the level of talent as AI until this year. Plus I am loving the new judges. All four judges are having a blast with each other and making the show a lot of fun for the viewers. That show is improving, not going downhill like AI.
Did anyone watch X Factor too? There's alot about that show I enjoy, even Simon Cowell. He has mellowed through the years and not half as mean as he was on AI. Can't wait for that show to come back on.
I'm also loving Smash and Nashville. Maybe I just love singing shows! Singing was always a dream
of mine. I wanted to be just like Barbra Streisand... too bad my voice sucks!
So guess I'll just have to stick with writing children's books!
Thursday, March 28, 2013
My favorite picture book is Charlie the Ranch Dog by Ree Drummond, illustrated by Diane deGroat. Oh how I laughed at this story about an adorable short-legged pioneer dog named Charlie. Breakfast is his life, especially when bacon is involved. Charlie has dangly ears, floppy skin, and big, fat paws. He describes just how hard he has to work everyday, and of course he has to get a few naps inbetween. The illustrator did an amazing job as well. I love this book and am just upset that I didn't write it!
Not only do I love reading the big famous authors books but even more so, I love reading books that my author friends have written. Last year, I think my favorite friend authors book that I read was Courtney Rene's A Howl in the Night. This is a great paranormal book with fascinating characters, some of which turn into wolves. Not werewolfs, but wolves, which are such cool beings. I felt myself wanting to be one while I was reading about them! Courtneys voice is unique and comes out with such wit in all of her books. I sure hope she is busy working on a sequel to A Howl in the Night because I know myself and her fans want to see one!
ts that. I not only enjoyed their book tremendously, I also love reading their blog posts each week. Take a peak when you get a chance and show your support by joining their blog. You can read about my mothers difficult journey writing with macular degeneration. She actually has to type in the computer and use a software program that speaks what she writes back to her because her eyes can't read what she writes. Anyway, check it out when you get a chance SwopeParente .
That's it for me. What was your favorite book you've read so far this year?
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Today I'm introducing a very interesting and talented author, Josh Baker. He has most graciously offered to giveaway an autographed copy of his book Please Don't Remove MarGreat's Glasses. All you need to do is make sure to join my blog if you haven't already, like his facebook page, and leave a comment. You can do all this through the Rafflecopter at the end.
Please Don’t Remove MarGreat’s Glasses is an inspirational coming of age story that follows the trials and tribulations of a Timothy Clement, a privileged teenager. He comes from a wealthy family and is expected to pursue a legal career like his esteemed father. Losing his mother to cancer, Timothy is no longer under her protective wing and consequently has adopted his father’s atheist views. Like many teens, Timothy’s longing for an adult identity paired with weak spiritual foundation has left him ill prepared to defend his faith when challenged. He has been seduced by glamorous rebellion.
As Timothy prepares for his first year of law school, he and his two closest friends embark on one last adventure before entering adulthood. This puts them in the middle of Miami’s seedy nightlife - complete with parties, wild girls, and various illegal activities. Things go horribly wrong when Timothy crosses the wrong people and his younger brother Stephen pays for Timothy's reckless behavior with his life. Stripped of his status, abandoned by his friends and family, and incarcerated, Timothy is forced to reevaluate his life, and in particular his atheist beliefs. In isolation, only his amateur comic drawings bring him any solace. His comics play an important role in his self-discovery, rehabilitation, and poetic penance.
During his journey, Timothy meets many colorful characters; the most important of which is Brother Jude who takes an interest in helping Timothy when everyone else has turned their back on him. It’s a thankless endeavor at first, leaving others to question why he bothers. As the layers of Jude’s character unfold, we gain insight into his motives.
Josh Baker, the author was raised Catholic, but like many young people he abandoned his faith after high school. He went on to embrace an agnostic worldview and accompanying secular lifestyle. For years he was a harsh critic of organized religion - Christianity in particular. By the grace of God, and the intervention of His spirit, Josh experienced the gift of renewal approximately three years ago and returned home.
When asked if there was a reason that he chose to write this book for the intended audience of young adults, Josh said, “He feels it is critical to evangelize to young people, and to do it in terms they can relate to. The enemy certainly knows this as evidenced by today’s mainstream television programming and popular music. In this digital age, we cannot be complacent and rely solely on traditional means of evangelizing. The book does a great job addressing common misconceptions and misrepresentations of our faith in contemporary language and presentation which young adults will find credible and engaging.”
As a child Josh loved developing interesting characters and then constructing stories to showcase their unique personas. Writing allows him to channel his creative streak in a way that is very rewarding.
Josh has been busy writing and drawing new MarGreat comics for children and teens. He’ll be uploading them to his website www.MarGreatsGlasses.com on a regular basis. He’s also begun writing his next book which is a Christian themed mystery/suspense thriller dealing with the moral dilemmas of genetic engineering. It will keep readers guessing right up until the end.
His short story, “Easter Plans” won Grand Prize in the April 2012 Christian Choice Writing Contest.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
And if that isn't great enough, I'm also giving away an autographed copy of The Pea in Peanut Butter coloring book version. The coloring book has the entire story in the front and coloring pages in the back. All you have to do for a chance to win is follow my blog, if you aren't already, and leave a comment. That's it! Each comment counts as a chance to win. I'll announce the winner on next weeks blog.
Now, here is a bit about Valerie.
4. Did you have to do several drawings of Kailee before you came up with the perfect illustration of how you wanted her to look? What prompted you to give her pigtails?
And now just for fun:
Love them all….but French Fries are my favorite food of all times!
That was so much fun! Thanks again to Valerie. If you'd like more information about Valerie, check out her website here.
And watch my blog for updates on our new book together, Inside the Magic of Words.
On next weeks blog, I'll be hosting another giveaway for author Josh Baker for his book Please Don't Remove MarGreat's Glasses!