Saturday, December 18, 2010
I'm blessed to have people that care about me and want what's best for me
I'm blessed to have friends that make me laugh
I'm blessed with peace and hope and joy and a content heart
I'm blessed with a God who loves me, no matter what, and will never leave me
It doesn't matter what's going on around me, I can choose how I want to respond.
It doesn't matter how everything is playing out, I have a God who will always love me
and that alone, is enough to make me start counting my blessings
Thursday, December 16, 2010
"Hapiness is a choice, it isn't something that just happens to people."
"Love is a choice, not a feeling."
"And just when the caterpillar thought his life was over, he turned into a butterfly."
"Circumstances don't dictate how I feel, I do"
"It saved your life, and that makes it beautiful"
"God is with us wheither we're running away from Him or to Him"
"Real breakthrough happens when someone is scared to death to stop trying"
"Every hardship we face is an opportunity to either break down or break through"
"Crazy people don't know they're crazy, you're dealing with life"
Monday, December 6, 2010
My dearest Elizabeth,
It has been a while since that glorious night when Jesus was born, and I have yet to tell you all about it. As you know, an angel appeared to me and told me I was about to have a son. And, as you know, I was nervous and excited all at the same time. So, when it came time for a census to be taken in Bethlehem, Josheph and I packed up and went. The town was full of people. Everything was so full and crowded. All the inns were full, and there was no room, anywhere. It was coming time for Jesus to be born, and Joseph was frantically trying to find a place for me to stay. One of the inn owners offered us a place in his stable. It was smelly and dirty, but it provided a shelter from the cold. The pain was unlike anything else I had ever felt, Elizabeth. But the love I felt when Jesus was born erased all the memories. He was so perfect. I held him in my arms, memorizing every detail. Even though I was captivated by this child, I still felt some longing for the voices of women to welcome my son into the world. It was a selfish desire, a small want in the midst of Jesus's arrival, but I felt it all the same. Joseph made a bed for Jesus in a manger, and I wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him down. Somewhere in the night, shepherds were watching their flocks. Angels came to tell them that the newborn king had arrived and they came to worship him. I nearly cried when they told me of how a heavenly host of angels had sang their heavenly song. Instead of women's voices welcoming my son into this world, it was something of more value and importance, angels sent from heaven. Every little detail was so perfect, it was like God has arranged it with his own hands. I treasured each detail in my heart, wanting to remember every moment of this night. I am God's chosen one. I wish to see you and little John again, so that you may see little Jesus face to face. He still is a perfect child. I wonder how you are doing, and how God is blessing your life, my dear cousin. Write soon and tell me all about your life
With love, from Mary
As Christmas time is approaching, I think I connect with Mary more then I ever did before. It wasn't just some story. Mary was an average girl, who did average things. She would have been the same age that I am now when she has Jesus. It's hard for me to imagine. She embraced the gift that God gave her, Jesus, with great joy. She even said "My soul glorifies the Lord." It wasn't an easy journey for her, or for Joseph, but she embraced it with courage and grace. I only wish that I could embrace the challenges in my life the same way that Mary did. I wish, in the middle of my trials, I had the strength to say, My soul glorifies the Lord.
Friday, December 3, 2010
I woke up, and started doing school. I finished school around 2 something, and then I read and painted my nails and ate supper, and then my parents went to a Christmas party. So... I hung out with my siblings, and they were all ready to go to bed when... Jaxon puked, all over the floor. It was really gross. So, between the three of us, we managed to get it all cleaned up. We had to take shifts because one of us would start gagging and run outside, so we wouldn't puke. It was really gross. I really hope we don't get that flu that's going around. So now me and Jaxon are watching Dora the Explorer and the other kids are in bed. I cleaned the floor with disinfectent, and washed my hands about 12 times. Jaxon, and both the other kids, are armed with puke buckets. Oh yes, it has been an eventful evening. I hope tomorrow goes better.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tournaments, cocoa and one wrong move is the third book in the real life series by Nancy Rue. This is the story of the life of Cassidy Brewster, a basketball all star who tears her ACL, and is unable to play for the remainder of the season. It would be a pretty boring story, if it wasn't for dobermin pincsher dad's and her almost sister in law Gretchen trying to help, and giving her illegal steriods that get her kicked off the team, and put into the at risk class at school, and befriending some of those kids, and getting into loads of mischeif, and the surgery needed to fix her ACL, her friend's, her team, stabbing her in the back, and being a social outcast, and a strange book called RL. The main characters in this story are Cassidy, her friends Ruthie, Tank, Lizzard, Uma and Rafe, her basketball team, Kara, Hilary, M.J, Selena and her coach, her physical therpist Ben, her almost sister in law Gretchen, and her parents. The minor characters include her brother, Aaron, Emily, one of the second class girls on the team, Jimmy Sanchez, the trainer, Mrs. P.W, her art teacher, Dr. Horton, Ms. Edelstine, her study hall teacher, and Mr. Lasalle. Cassidy overcame the challenges that she faced regarding her family and friends, God, basketball, the use of sterioids and learning that there may be more then what meets the eye. My favorite character in this book was Cassidy. She was a strong person and wasn't affraid to get down on other people's level and stand up for what she believed in. My favorite scene in the book is probably when Cassidy and Rafe are saying goodbye, and Rafe tells her that she is not a loser. It is one of the last scene's in the book, and it is really a turning point for Cassidy, in my opinion. I really liked this book because most people can relate to at least one of the challenges Cassidy and her friend's face, and the real life answers Cassidy found, within herself, in God, and in RL. I would recommend this book, definatly. I am reading through it again, and I just can't stay away. I would rate this book a 4.8 out of five. Again, this was brilliant work by author Nancy Rue!
Friday, November 12, 2010
I'll post some pics when I get some.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
November 1. National men make dinner day, world vegitation day, national authors day and national literacy day.
November 2. Look for circles day, deviled eggs day
November 3. Housewives day, national sandwich day, international toungue twisters day
November 4. King tut day, book lovers day, zero tasking day
November 5. Gunpowder day
November 6. Marooned without a compass day
November 7. bittersweet chocolate with almonds day
November 8. National parents as teachers day, cook something bold day (Which we did with our meatloaf)
November 9 (today.) chaos never dies day, guiness world record day.
November 10. forget me not day, area code day
November 11. veterans day
November 12. chicken soup for the soul day
November 13. national indian pudding day, young readers day, national kindness day
November 14. operating room nurse day, teddy bear day.
November 15. clean your refrigerator day, I love to write day
November 16. button day, have a party with your bear day
November 17. homemade bread day, take a hike day
November 18. occult day, mickey mouse day, married to a scorpio support day
November 19. have a bad day day
November 20. beautiful day, name your PC day, universal childrens day, absurdity day, national adoption day
November 21. false confessions day, pumpkin pie day, world television day
November 22. thanksgiving day (In the US), go for a ride day
November 23. National cashew day, your welcome day, buy nothing day
November 24. D.B Cooper day
November 25. National parfait day
November 26. shopping reminder day
November 27 (My birthday) Pins and needles day
November 28. make your own head day
November 29. electronic greeting day, international day of soliditary with the Palestinians people, square dance day.
November 30. Stay at home because you are well day, computer security day.
Hope you have as much fun reading about these fun holidays as I did finding out about them.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
How did you become a Christian?
It's a really long story so I'll give you the short version. I wasn't a Christian most of my life. In fact, I was running from God. I believed I could find my own way, find my own happiness. But after I tried everything the world says will make you happy, I was miserable and empty. My life was in shambles. My marrige was failing, my kids were rebelling and I hated my job. So I picked up my old Bible and started reading, thinking maybe I could find some answers within it's pages. About halfway through Ezekial, I was reading about the prophecy about the Jews returning to their home land, and it struck me that the prophecy had come true in my lifetime. But Ezekial was written thousands of years ago! I didn't know exactly what happened, but it was like my mind was flooded with light and I remember thinking 'God is real.' Then I felt His precence envelop me and I've never been the same since!
What's your favorite Bible verse?
I have so many, but I have to say Romans 8:28. "All things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose!" That about covers it, doesn't it?
Do you have any pets, or did you have any growing up?
I had aquariams when I was growing up. I love them! And still have one. My mother wouldn't allow me to have any other pets, but I have 3 cats now.
Do you have any siblings?
Yes, One brother who is on the SWAT team in South Florida and one sister who lives in Tennessee.
Do you have any kids?
Yes, I have 6 children ranging in ages from 20 to 29!
What's your favorite way to spend a Saturday?
Relaxing with family or going to the movies.
Did you take anything in College that helped you become an author?
No! I was a math major. Isn't that wierd? It just goes to show that God can do anything, right? But if you're thinking of becoming an author, take English or Creative Writing classes.
How did you decide to write 'sea fiction?'
I've always loved the sea and the tropics. And I've always had a fasination with ships. So I guess it was just a natural thing for me to focus my stories around sea farring tales.
If you could say one thing that everyone would hear, what would it be?
Nothing in this world fufills except knowing God.
Where did you get your inspiration for the Legacy of the Kings Pirates series?
From the Pirates of the Carribean movies! After I saw the first movie several times, God put it on my heart to write about a Christian Pirate. At first I thought I'd heard Him wrong! But I guess I didn't because that book got published as soon as I finished it and my publisher wanted two more books in that series.
Where did you get your inspiration for the Charles Town Bellese Series?
From the Parable of the seed and the sower in Matthew 13. I wanted to show examples of all 3 seeds in the life of women who lived in colonial Charles Town. The Red Siren represents the seed that fell on rocky ground. She heard the word of God but the problems and struggles of life choked it out from her. In the story, instead of relying on God, she becomes a pirate to solve her problems! Hope, in the Blue Enchantress, represents the seed that fell amoung thorns where the word of God was strangled by the pleasures of this world. Her quest for the wrong kind of love causes her to be sold as a slave on a Carribean Island! And finally, in The Raven Saint, Grace represents the seed that fell on good soil. From all appearances, she seems to be a sweet, godly, perfect woman, but when she is kidnapped by a French mercernary, Grace discovers her darker side.
Can you tell us anything about the Book series you're writing now, the Surrender to Destiny series?
Yes, It's about finding God's destiny for your life. Each book follows the adventures of three different women that live in Baltimore, Maryland, during the war of 1812. Each of these women has something that is keeping them from God's destiny for their lives, insecurity, fear and unbelief. And as they overcome these struggles, they each get caught up in the war and play a huge part in changing the course of history forever.
What would you say to someone who wants to be an author?
Work hard. Take a lot of writing classes. Join ACFW ( it's an online group of writers) , ask for help and direction from God and never give up until He tells you to!
Who is your hero?
If you could do one thing and not fail, what would it be?
Bring everyone in my family to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
If you could write one book that everyone would read, what would the theme of that book be?
God's unfailing love for you.
Thanks again for doing this MaryLu.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
At riding yesterday, I rode a horse named Tidy. Next week, I'm going to be a 'guinea pig and ride Brooke. She's a Morgan Mare, and hasn't acually been ridden by a rider yet, so we'll see.
MaryLu Tyndall emailed me today and we should have the answers to that author interview thing by this weekend.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
26: Mule day
27: Sylvia Plath Day
28: Plush animal lovers day and Chocolate day
29: Hermit Day
30: National Candy Corn day
31: Magic day.
I don't think I'll be celebrating any of these odd holidays, but I find it fun to know what they are.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
You can submit any questions you might have here, through a comment. The cut off date is October 21, which is a Thurday is the internet is correct :)
Then I'll email the questions to her and we'll get some answers.
I'm really excited about doing this feature and am honored that MaryLu has agreed to do this.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
On September 11, 2001, I was mad because they interupted my kid shows to show a news report
On September 11, 2001, I put on my backpack and stood at the front door, waiting to go to school
On September 11, 2001, Airplaines hit the twin towers
On September 11, 2001, thousands, if not millions, of people died
On September 11, 2oo1, they stopped my kid shows to do coverage from the twin towers
On September 11, 2001, Families lost their sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, wives and husbands.
On September 11, 2001, Ground Zero was born.
On September 11, 2oo1, countries rallied together
On September 11, 2oo1, people frantically called their loved ones, hoping they would be alive
On September 11, 2001, some of them were not
On September 11, 2001, heroic men and women re-enlisted in the army, picked up their bags and flew to New York to help with the clean up, and lived amoung death
On September 11, 2001, it started out just like any other day, until the buildings started burning
On September 11, 2001, it is the day we all remember as 9/11
On September 11, We Remember
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Well, it's Friday again. Time for more fun facts. But, there will be no facts next week because...we're going to B.C. We're going on a houseboat with 2 other families (and us, making 3) on a boat that sleeps 22 people. get ready for crazy! We're leaving on Sunday, getting on the boat on Tuesday, getting off on Saturday, and I think we're getting back on Sunday night. A whole week. Then, when we get back, school starts. well, for everybody else it does. I still have to wait to get all my stuff in. Jaxon starts preschool this year. It's about 10 minuets from our place and he's excited. Jacob and Catricia are homeschooled this year, too. More crazy. But, let's get this weeks fun facts under way. (if you haven't noticed, i love doing these, i find them too cool)
1. a pregnant goldfish is called a twit.
2. certain types of frogs can be fully frozen, thawed and still survive.
3. Bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers were all invented by women
4. Sherlock Holmes never said "Elementary, my dear Watson,"
Well, I'll see you all when I return from the ship (hehehe, I love calling it a ship)
Friday, August 13, 2010
My horse is coming home from Camp today. He's been there for 3 weeks.
I'm finishing up the last level of my diagnostic test today. (I really don't like doing "school" in August)
On Monday, we're headed to the river for the birthday of two of my cousins, going to float on rafts!
Well, it's time for some more fun facts.
1. Banging your head against a wall burns 150 calories an hour
2. Orca's (Killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark's stomach from underneath, causing it to explode.
3. Inteligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
4. Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear trousers.
Happy Friday the 13th to ya'll.
Friday, August 6, 2010
So here's your four fun facts for the day, hope you enjoy them.
1. your stomach produces a new layer of mucus every two weeks, otherwise it would digest itself.
2.ten percent of Russia's government income comes from the sale of Vodka
3. Einstein couldn't speak fluiently when he was nine years old. his parents thought he might be retarded.
4. Ketchup was sold in the 1830's as medicine
Hope you enjoyed these cool fun facts.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
I was making muffins the other day and was going to mash the banana's to put in the batter. So I put them in a bowl, took a fork and started mashing and mashing but it wasn't turning to goop. The reason for this was: I didn't peel the banana's before I started mashing them.
It's moments like these when I have to look back and laugh at myself.
Friday, July 30, 2010
So let's begin, shall we?
1. More people are killed anually by donkeys then die in an air crash
2. Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a Friday the 13
3. A Saudi Arabian woman can get a divorce if her husband doesn't bring her coffee
4. Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny, was allergic to carrots.
Hope you enjoyed the second addition of Fun Fact Fridays!
Stay Tuned for more, coming next Friday to a computer screen near you.
Friday, July 23, 2010
1. Every time you lick a stamp, your consuming 1/10 of a calorie.
2. A cockaroach can live 9 days without it's head before it starves to death.
3. The fingerprints of a koala are virtually indestinguishable from a humans, so much so that they may be confused at a crime scene
4. Nutmeg is extremely dangerous is injected interveniously.
Hope you enjoy the first ever, fun fact friday.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
It looks great, even if it wasn't on purpose. The only downside will be the blonde jokes I'll have to endure. and no, I don't want to hear any.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Jaxon and the Mascot
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
The story is the life of Jessie Hatcher, a 15 year old girl with ADHD living with her bi-polar mother. When Jessie is given the shocking news that her father is back in town and wants to meet her, it sends her world crashing. When her mom is taken to the mental hospital, Jessie goes to live with her dad in Saint Augustine, Florida. There she meets new friends, learns to master the art of sushi, get along with a less then easy to get along with sister and sees the sights from the back of a motercycle, and finds RL. The main characters in this book are Jessie, Rocky, Weezie, Jessie's dad Lou, Rose and Bonsai, her sushi teacher. The minor characters include Jessie's mom Brooke, her friend Chelsea, her friend Marcus, Jessie's grandpa, Simone, Emma, Katrina, Travis, and Hank. Jessie overcame the challenges of her ADHD, and learned to accept herself as who she was, a child of God. My favorite character is Rocky. He doesn't pretend to be something he's not. he's real and honest. My favorite scene in this book comes at the end of the book were Jessie is finally sure of herself enough to stand up to her mom. I really liked this book becaause of how relatable the characters are and the real life answers RL gives. I would totally recommend this book. I loved it. I would rate it 4.8. Not quite a 5 because sometimes it was hard to follow Jessie's thoughts but all over, a totally amazing book.
Again, Nancy Rue has blown me away. This book definatly goes on my list of favorites
Saturday, July 10, 2010
(Sorry about the Jasper pictures. I do have them, they are just not on my computer. hopefully I'll get them up soon.)
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
On Canada day we went over to some friend's house for a BBQ. The old ladies, aka the mothers, decided to be really cool and go ride the golf cart. They decided to drive past the window doing all these goofy poses, then switch people and come around again. It was all fun and games, until someone fell off. It was hilarious watching these old ladies act like they were 12, maybe even younger because I'm sure no 12 year old, in their right mind, would do that. But it was funny to watch. Me and my Dad went to see twilight Eclipse the other night. Let's just say I like the books better. So, I guess I'll be writing to you tomorrow with my first review. Can't wait.
Friday, July 2, 2010
Here are some of the other books Nancy has written.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
I'll review the books listed below on the dates listed.I'll tell a little bit about what the book was about, the main characters, the challenge they overcame and who my favorite character was. I'll tell you how I liked this book, my favorite scene from the novel. I'll tell you if I would recommend this book to anyone else and why. I'll give my overall score of this book, the author, title, genre...
The books and dates are... (drumroll please)
- July 7- Boyfriends, Burritos and an Ocean of Trouble
- July 13- Motercycles, Sushi and One Strange Book
I can't wait to review these books for you.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
1 day left to study for my exams
1 day until we get our kitties!
1 day (hopefully) until I get to go see my horsey (I'll post the story below)
2 days left until my first exam, Math
3 days until my last exam, L.A
3 days until my dentist appointment, (I dislike the dentist, even if my mom does work there)
4 days until school, besides science which I don't count because I can do that out in the sun, is DONE!!!!!!
6 days until the Reba concert, which I'm going to with my Auntie
7 days, 3 hours and 21 minuets (from the time of writing) until Take 4 is going to be released!
7 days until I'm going to Red Willow day camp with my family for a day of family fun!
Ok, now I'll post the story. Our horses aren't here right now because we have too much clover in our new pasture and they got alsikes poisoning which means they ate too much clover and it does something to their liver and if we don't get them out now they could die. SO we moved them out, or my dad did, on Friday. Thank God that a wonderful Judy was inside, (Judy taught me riding lessons for a while back and she's friends with my cousin Carly) and answered her phone ( a real surprise if you know Judy) and she had extra pasture and was willing to take on the job of caring for our five little ponies. We might be heading out to visit them tomorrow.
I might be really busy with exams in these next few days so I won't post. I'll catch up as soon as my 'busy week' is over.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
blog more later
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
We were supposed to be moving yesterday. We had a lot of rain, though, in the last couple of days and that didn't happen. So we're still in our 'old' house. Our homeschool lady came last night. (I know she has a proper name, I just don't know how to spell it.) We figured out what we're doing for next year. Online there's a create a course thing that I'm doing and I'm doing a creative writing course. I get to plan the course and then take it, it sounds like it's going to be a lot of fun. On my friend Cairo's blog, she's doing this cooking thing. I just submitted my recipe for a dish with cheese, and now I'm hungry. Well not really, just that kind of feeling you get when you talk about food and then you want to eat it, like if people talk about Thanksgiving you want turkey, or at least I do. I'm writing book #4 in the series, you know the one that's un named but I talk about sometimes here, Shane's story is part of that. Anyway I started book 4 and I'm on this chapter that Shane narrorates and I'm not going to tell you what it's about because my mom is reading the first one, Shane's story, now and She still has to read the other 2 before she gets to this one and it would totally give it away if I told you guys. So I won't. We went to see Shrek the final chapter last night. It was good, but I love pixar movies. I can't wait until toy story 3 comes out this summer. I'm writing an essay for school about L.M. Montgomery. She's actually a really interesting person. Once I finish the essay all I have left is finals (and science) and then I'm done school for the year!
Monday, May 17, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Have you always wanted to be an author or was there something else along the way you wanted to turn into a career?
When I was really little I wanted to be a nurse but that disapeered when I read my first Nancy Drew novel, and decided to be an author. For a while in high school I wanted to be a choral director but that was never as strong as the desire to write. I still think it would be fun to be a back up singer as a side job.
What was your inspiration to write the Lily books?
A man named Steven Arterburn, who founded women of faith, wanted to see a young women of faith library and he asked my agent if he knew anyone who could start off that series with a book about an 11 year old named Lily. my agent did -me! I took it from there- it was as if God was waiting for a seed to be planted because God blossomed it into an image in my head. After that, all mini women were my inspiration.
How did you become a Christian?
I was born into a Christian family and baptized as an infant. It never occured to me growing up NOT to believe in God and love Him and worship Him. My true commitment, however, came when I was 12. I was in a confirmation class, being prepared to make a personal decision, and I began to pray, really pray, with no one guiding me. It was real, Jesus was real.
What is your favorite Bible verse?
John 1:12-13, as translated in the Message. 'Whoever did want Him Whoever believed He was who He claimed and would do what He said, He made to be their true selves, Their Child of God selves' my ministry and life are wrapped around those verses.
What was one thing you were told as a tween (or teen!) that you wished you'd listened to?
I can't remember anything but I can tell you something I wish someone HAD said to me "You are a late bloomer but you will come into your own, God has a plan" That would have saved me from feeling like a geek
Did you have any pets growing up and do you have any pets now?
We only had one dog, Lucky, who died when I was a tween. My parents weren't big on animals. My husband, however, was and from the time we were married we at least had one dog. Right now we have two five month old yellow labs named Guiness and Genevive. They are wonderful companions, despite the slobbering and the chewing and the getting into michief.
Do you have any siblings?
I have an older sister, Phyllis. I had an older brother but He died when I was only 7, I still miss him sometimes.
Did you take anything in Collage that helped you become an author?
I think about it and everything I took in collage helped me as an author! Some of it I didn't think was of any use at all to me at the time when I was yawning through it, but I'm constantly realizing that biology set me up for medical things in my stories and psycology helped me create characters and, of course, all those papers I had to write as an English major taught me to use words and be disciplined and express myself. One of the most clearly influential courses was Public speaking! I've had to do a great deal of speaking and teaching as an author and I'm so glad I had that. I think everyone who wants to be an writer should have a good Liberal Arts education at a solid university.
How did you decide to write tween fiction?
It chose me! I was writing for teenagers and happened to meet the editor of clubhouse magazine, a focus on the family magazine for tweens (boys and girls) who asked me to do a story. I liked doing it so I wrote more. That same editor went to the book publishersat focus and said" Please ask this lady to write some books for kids" that's how it started. I have been in love with 8 to 12 years olds, ecspecially girls, ever since. It seemed to work not only because I could vividly remember those years in my life but because God apparently wanted me there.
If you could say one thing that every young woman would hear, what would you say?
You have one power and that is the power to be who God made you to be. Spend your life peeling off the false selves the world puts on you and find your true self, the self that was made to love, serve, and live in joy and peace and compassion.
Where did you get your inspiration for the Sophie books?
I had a student named Sophie when I was teaching in high school. I used to call her Sophie-Lophie-Loodle. She fascinated me with her imagination as a theater student (and her tinyness and high pitched squeaky voice). Years later, when I was asked to create a series that followed Lily she came immediatly to mind. Sophie Lacroix, of course, took on a life of her own, but I could always see the real Sophie in my mind.
How did you decide that Sophie was going to be a daydreamer?
I was something of a daydreamer myself as a kid, though not to the extent that Sophie is, because there was enough Lily in me to keep me focused in school. I also once read a short story called "the secret life of Walter Minny"that I dearly loved. If you read that story(I think it's by James Thurber but I'm not sure!) you'll understand where I got the idea for Sophie's dream life.
Where did you get your inspiration for the Lucy books?
I was meeting a lot of tween girls who were tomboys , and who didn't go to schools with a big sports programs or churches with large, active, youth groups. But nobody seemed to be writing books for them. And, like Lucy, I had a blind father who I was very close to. It all came together in a character I dearly love. I set the books in New Mexico because I love it there and I have family who lives nearby.
What's your favorite way to spend a Saturday?
Curled up on a chaise lounge chair on my screen porch with my dogs, reading a book- or going out on the boat with my husband and having a picnic in the cove. There must be a nap in there somewhere for it to be a perfect Saturday.
What would you say to someone who wants to become an author?
If he or she is a young person, like under 25, I would say do 3 things. (1) Read, Read, Read! (2) Write,Write, Write, not to publish but to practise the craft and develop style. (3) Live as much as you can (within the limits of safety, good sense and the law!). I would say not to worry about getting published. Most great authors don't get published until they are over 25, and usually closer to 30. The longer you wait and practise at your craft and find your writing voice, the longer it will take to get published, even when you hit 30 and have some importent things to say. Enjoy the deliciousness of writing freely now- then take writing classes in high school and collage. Know that becoming a good writer takes time and practise. Never lose the joy
Who is your hero?
Besides Jesus? My earthly hero was my father, who lived his life with God to the fullest because he knew he wouldn't live to be very old. He died when he was only 48 after suffering the devistation of Diabetes. He was a great father-he seldom complained- and he always, always trusted God. I wish he could have lived past my 14th birthday but his memory lives with me still, and I consider him my best role model.
If you could do one thing that you knew you wouldn't fail at, what would you do?
Have a mentoring acadamy for teen girls who want to seek a closer realationship with God and share that through writing.
If you could write one book that everyone would read, what would the theme of that book be?
Be who God made you to be, no matter what
Thanks so much for taking the time to do this interview Nancy. I hoped you guys liked it
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
So go ahead and check out Nancy's sites and post your questions by TUESDAY MAY 5Th and I'll email them to Nancy (including some of my own questions) and once Nancy reply's I'll post them to my blog. Can't wait to find out what you questions Nancy to answer. You can ask her anything about faith, family, friends, her writing career, her life, Anything. Can't wait for your questions
And remember, THEY NEED TO BE IN BY TUESDAY, MAY 5
Monday, April 26, 2010
"Shane Carmichael you need to clean up your act," The man across from me, my principal Henry Bark, glared at me, looking like he wished he could reach over and wipe the smug grin from my face. I folded my arms over my chest and glared back at Mr. Bark. "Shane, I know your better then this stunt then your pulling now," He tried again, sighing and wrapping his fingers around the arms of his chair. I leaned back in mine, rocking it on its back legs. " Do you?" I asked in a sarcastic tone. "Do I what?" Bark asked, folding his arms over his chest in a way that was similar to the way I had mine. "How do you know I'm better then this?" I emphasized the word better. "Your just hanging out with the wrong crowd, Shane, if you tried...""What's to say I'm not?" I retorted. Mr. Bark sighed and grabbed a pencil off hyis desk, twirling it between his fingers. I almost laughed but it came out in a half whisper and barely made it out of my mouth before it silenced, echoing in the room for a few seconds before it was snuffed out like a candel. "Shane, what do you want to do with her life?" Mr. Bark asked. "I don't know," I chuckled. "Come on Shane," He tried me again. I thought for a minuet before I answered. "I want to be a lawyer," I said, dropping the tough guy act. "Ok, now we're getting somewhere," Mr. Bark's eyes softened a little. "Then work for it, if you want to be a lawyer, go for it," Mr. Bark said. I looked at him in disbelief. I'm sure my jaw dropped to the floor. My chair landed on the floor with a thump. "You heard me, go for it, Shane," Mr. Bark gave me a half smile. "I'm in grade 12," I regained my composure. "Yeah, and I'm 51," Mr. Bark replied. I glared at him, not getting his point. "What I'm trying to saty is go for it, Shane, don't let age stop you. You'll be graduating in 3 months, get it together, Shane," Mr. Bark said. I nodded and swallowed the lump growing in my throat. "Thatta boy" He touched my shoulder. "I took the liberty of signing you up from some extra curricular activites here at school," Now it was my turn to grow. "Like what?" I finally asked, my tough guy persona back in play. "Tutoring under privaliged kids, helping the grounds crew and a few select students clean the grounds at lunch on Monday's," Mr. Bark explained. I raised an eyebrow. "Get it together," He reminded me. I nodded. "Now get to class," He shooed me out the door.
Okay, you asked for it and I gave it to you
let me know what you think
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Can't wait to hear what you're going to come up with