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Christmas Aftermath

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We had a nice Christmas- the kind full of family, fun, and food. 
Ever since my parents left and we moved we haven't exactly had traditional or typical Christmases. This year was no exception. That always makes holidays kind of weird when you don't keep to your traditions. New house, new people, new activities. There's not a lot of sentimental value left, you know? Christmas morning is not all that exciting when there aren't little Santa-believers anxious to open presents.
It gave me a lot of time to think and reflect on the importance of holidays and holy days. I think I really would prefer it if we really did treat our two actual holy days as real holy days. Commercialism keeps Easter and Christmas alive, for which I am grateful. But I could live without all of the commercialism, right down to gift-giving, caroling, etc. I would much prefer a real, true, actual holy celebration, even if it only lasted 1-2 days.  Other cultures and religions truly celebra…

Buy the Book(s)!

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Just a little reminder! There is still time (if you order it by Wednesday, noon Eastern time) to gift a signed copy of "You Heard It Here First!" It's $7.99 plus shipping! And we can skip the formalities of using Amazon or CreateSpace and just use paypal for you to order it straight from me, so that we can make sure it happens on time! 
Get the e-book on Barnes and Noble (Nook) or Amazon (Kindle) for $3.99. To get a signed paperback, just send me an email (or leave a comment below).
And did you know you can "gift" e-books as well? It's true! You order and pay for it on Amazon or Barnes and Noble, and the recipient gets an email letting them know you gave it to them. You can even arrange to have the email sent on Christmas, or any other specific day! Not a bad deal! Get the first serialized section of the sequel to "You Heard It Here First" on Barnes and Noble (Nook) or Amazon (Kindle) for $1.99

And don't forget my novella, "The Agency!&q…

Silent Monks "Sing" Hallelujah

Because we all need another reason to smile today.

The Stance on Pants

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I have had one long and interesting day (and it is far from over). I learned a lot about humanity today, in both good and bad ways.

I wrote an article that ran as the cover story on Meridian Magazine today. The title is, "Pants in Church: A Feminist Movement." In a very, very small nutshell, essentially there is a movement of LDS feminist women to wear pants to church this Sunday as a symbolic gesture/demand for more gender equality within the church. My response in the article is simple, I avoid all discussions of gender equality, and only discuss the appropriateness of using a meeting devoted to renewing covenants with God as a place to make a personal, political stand. (Again, in short, I am against that.)

If you read the article closely, I actually do not disagree with anyone who wants more gender equality. While I fall very short of backing all of their cries of inequality (actually, I think they are flat out loony on some of their "issues"), there are a few …

I hate the world today

Things wrong with the world today-

1. North Korea setting off a test rocket

2. A shooter rampage in Oregon killing 2-3 people shopping for Christmas

3. "Jedi" has actually made it onto a list of official religions (this is also on the awesome list of things happening in the world today)

4. Everything happening behind closed doors regarding the fiscal cliff

Got anything else to add to the list?

Books, books, and movies and books

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I consider myself to be somewhat well-read and an avid reader. I'm also a huge fan of music, Broadway, and all things show tunes. And I am absolutely a huge movie fan.
So how it is I have never read The Hobbit or Les Miserables, nor seen any production of either story, is a bit of a mystery.
But with both famed works of literature coming to the silver screen this month, I've decided it is time to read both books. After all, I can't allow myself to be one of those people who saw the film and never read the book- especially such famed books!
I downloaded both books to my Nook over the weekend. That's roughly 1,000 pages of reading to do over the next 2-3 weeks. (because obviously I have to see both films within a week of their debut. to do otherwise would be sacrilege!) Considering I'm also neck deep into a new obsession with Doctor Who, that's a pretty tall order! (I only have 2 seasons left on Netflix, you can't expect me to stop now!)
Not to mention I wan…

Fish Amok (oh how I miss Cambodia)

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Last year when I was living out my wildest dreams volunteering in Cambodia I was introduced to a dish I had never heard of before. It is called Fish Amok. One of the other volunteers tried it first, and one by one converted us all over to it. We even made a special trip to one of the most expensive restaurants in town to try it because we heard it was best there.

It's hard to describe the taste. It's almost like a curry dish, and yet, not. But if you like curry Thai dishes, you will definitely like Fish Amok. It isn't a spicy dish, or at least nothing that will make your eyes water. But it is very flavorful. Just like many authentic Indian or Thai dishes (or even Chinese), it is a thick soupy or pasty meal, with meat in it, served over rice. Or in my case, I just took my plate of rice and dumped it in the coconut. That  shallow wooden spoon thing took way too long to scoop it up and pour it into my rice. I have no idea how impolite  was to do it, but I didn't care. My…

The Bend in the Tunnel

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In the past 10 days I have applied to approximately 30 jobs, had 1 in-person interview, and 1 phone interview (different jobs), launched a new book, and had a few magazine publication rejections. I know no more about my future today than I did 11 days ago. I often wonder if there really is a light at the end of the tunnel? Or should I just stop searching for it, sit down, set up camp here, and learn to be happy at this familiar bend in the tunnel? Is there a point in pushing on?

This Just In - $1.99

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THIS JUST IN! Haley McAdams has found the love of her life in Camden Morrison. She's landed her dream job and fame and fortune are hers for the taking. Her life reads like the perfect modern-day fairy tale. She's never been happier.  But just as the starbursts and fairy dust begin to settle, the fireworks and explosions begin. Cam's career is on the line, and worse, Haley is starting to realize they may not want the same things from their relationship. Her best friend Jessica is about to lose everything, and Haley doesn't know how to help her. Just when she thinks she has it all figured out, she finds herself back in the spotlight as scandals, pirates, and a kidnapping turn her life upside down.  Is her life a fairy tale or a complete nightmare?
Each installment of the serial will be about 50-60 pages. Overall, the paperback book will be roughly 300 pages (which are 6x9, Verdana 9 pt, in case you are curious). The paperback won't be printed until the s…

I've tried so very hard.

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That old familiar, annoying, and frustrating, feeling of depression is creeping back into my life.  I've been trying for so long and working so hard to move on with my life. Trying so very hard... But these HUGE things that I want to change and improve in my world I only have so much control over.  I've applied to over 140 jobs. ONE HUNDRED FORTY!!! I've looked at a dozen places to live.  I've networked.  I've worked hard.  I've published. I've waited. And waited. I've tried.  I've tried so very hard.  So very very hard.  But I can't make these things happen. I can't make someone see me in the pile of resumes.  It's not unlike that feeling of being "too" single.  Of wanting to be dating, wanting to be married, wanting to be in love.  But no matter how hard you try and how much you want it, you just never find The One.  Or s/he never falls in love with you.  You just want to move on, and have that life, but you can't contr…

Wait for it, wait for it...

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REJECTION

One word, three simple syllables.  REJECTION
Today I am bracing for it. 
Monday
The day I am expecting it. 
REJECTION
Tomorrow, Monday, I have multiple opportunities for rejection.  A less pragmatic person, or an overly optimistic person, might say that tomorrow I have multiple opportunities for success.  But I'm a little more pragmatic than that. I know I have multiple chances for success, but realistically, all of these opportunities will not pan out. And that is just fine with me. I don't need to win in every area. I'm okay with that. But it sure would be nice to have at least one win tomorrow.  Ways I could win or lose tomorrow-- I find out if I am a finalist in a national contest (of all the things I may lose out, I'm okay losing this one. It has little to do with my personal merits and skills. If I'm going to lose, I'd rather lose at a lottery, and not because my efforts were not good enough.) My second novel*, "This Just In," the sequel …