Wednesday, January 26, 2011

My goals for this year.

Yes I know that January is almost over. You can blame the lack of posts on a developmental thing called TEETHING. I have had to experience life outside of mothering in tiny snippets called nap time. Dont feel sorry, I love being a mom it's just that my muse requires me to be creative or shrivel and die.

So as to my goals. I have had at least all month ot think about it, right?

#1, I want an agent contract this year. I'd love a publishing one too, but an agent will suffice.

#2, I will make sure that my 4 yo is ready for school in August. I have plans and we are learning something new every day. This also includes potty training and were still working on that one.

#3, I will bake (create) more because it makes me happy. As well as hubby and kids. This is also a time for me to teach my kids some life skills and things like fractions.

#4, I will write as much as I can, given said schedule with the baby. I refuse to fall out of the drafting habit again.

#5, I will humor my creative side more. I will find projects and I will draw and sew and knit because I want to be diversified in my skills.

#6, I will be a red #2 stripe by December. And continue getting in shape while I do it.

#7, Improve my relationships with my children spouse and myself.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Peasant Queen By Cheri Chesley

I honestly planned to interview Cheri in conjunction with promoting her book. However, chaos has reined at my house for a few weeks and it's been nothing short of a miracle to do anything. (I'm here typing with one hand as baby finally sleeps in the other.)

I met Cheri through Facebook and found out she lives in Tooele my old stomping grounds. I have since then been in a critique group with her and sat next to her at conferences. Cheri is not only an amazing writer, but an all around nice girl and I understand an amazing cheesecake baker. (jealous!)

I have read "The Peasant Queen" and was pleased with the fluid prose and witty dialogue. She knows her stuff. Definately a good read. Here's the description:

After running away from home, Krystal is transported to a faraway kingdom where an evil tyrant is bent on taking the crown - and Krystal's hand in marriage. But when she falls in love with the rightful heir to the throne, she must make an impossible choice: sacrifice her one chance at happiness or face the destruction of an entire kingdom.

I was talking to her about her sequels and am intrigued and can't wait until they are also released.

If you like tales of royalty and magic and girls being kidnapped this is your book.

Amazon link HERE

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Top 10 of 2010

As the year 2010 is gone and past I thought I'd give a little look back at the best of the year acording to me.

Favorite food:Oreo Truffles, I'd eat these every day if I could. Nummy!

Favorite movie: How to Train Your Dragon. Simply amazing.

Favorite album: Onerepublic Waking up

Favorite song: (thats not Onerepublic) Sun Goes Down by David Jordan

Favorite book: Infinity by Sherillyn Kenyon

Favorite purchase: My tea for one in pale blue.

Favorite thing I wanted: New Laptop, maybe tax return?

Favorite writer thing I discovered: Project Notebooks

Favorite writerly thing: Finishing my edit and getting full requests from my query.

Favorite event: Elias' birth Aug 4th.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

I'm making these tonight . . . Nummy

Cranberry Chocolate Scones
Recipie from


3 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup reduced fat margarine
1 cup buttermilk or 1 cup milk with 1 tbs lemmon juice
3/4 cup fresh cranberries or craisins
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons cream
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:Prep Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
1 Mix flour, first sugar, baking soda and salt. 2 Stir in buttermilk and cut in reduced fat margarine. 3 Mix in cranberries, chocolate chips and first cinnamon. 4 Gather into a ball, press together and knead 12 times on floured board. 5 Divide in two pieces. 6 Grease a very large cookie sheet and push each piece into a large half inch thick circle on the cookie sheet, don't let them touch. 7 Cut each into 8 triangular pieces with a large kitchen knife, you will need to cut again after baking. 8 Mix cream, second sugar and cinnamon into a sort of paste, and paint over both circles of dough. 9 Bake about 20-25 minutes in a 400° preheated oven. 10 Let cool and cut again into 8 wedges each, following original cut marks.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

I'm not here today.

Instead I took a detour and ended up HERE for an author interview.

To win a cute ribbon book mark tell me the name of my first serious crush.

To win a Dove Chocolate bar Tell me why I like butterflies.

I will chose random numbers from the correct entries.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

To My Friends

As we close the door on all the successes and failures of 2010, I hope we can remember the good stuff, learn from the rest and look forward to dreams and success in 2011. Happy New Year everyone.