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Sunday, October 25, 2015

There's No Better Encouragement

The boys and I have been reading The Ifs Return--for the second time--and we are almost done with it.  They claim they don't really remember when I read it to them the first time, so the story is new to them, but I have a feeling even if they did remember, they would still be thrilled to read it again.

Their enthusiasm for the story is so contagious.  I wrote it for them and I use their names, so it's easy for them to put themselves in the characters' shoes.  They are invested in what happens and can't wait to get to the battle scenes.  They become disappointed when I finish for the night so they can go to sleep, and beg the next night for me to continue.

They want me to write a third, and I told them I would, but it's a matter of finding time.  I'm thinking over Christmas break.  I have about 9 days off, and when I write my middle grade stories, I like to challenge myself to write a chapter a day.  With about 13 chapters, I should just about get it accomplished.

They are especially excited about the next book because it's going to have zombies.  This was a request on their part, and it worked out that they can be incorporated.  I'm excited to write it on many different levels: the first being that I enjoy writing about zombies and the second because I love to write stories that my kids enjoy reading.

I don't think there's any better encouragement than having kids excited about my stories, especially my own kids.  It definitely makes me want to create more and have them enjoy them for years to come.

“Gage escaped.”

These are the worst words Broden could hear from his big brother Landon—just one day after they battled alongside Slade’s Ifs and his army of forest beasts.

Sure, the brothers had learned to work together to fight and capture the evil If Gage. But, now, Slade has informed them that Gage has escaped!
Fear and distrust have entered the boys’ world. Why should they help Slade if he can’t keep control of his prisoners? Will they be able to fight against a familiar foe? Plus, Landon has more news…

“Gage has magic.”

What kind of magic? Will he use it against them? As the boys are drawn into yet more adventure with the Ifs, they find out just how powerful, and dangerous, Gage’s magic can be.

The book is available on Amazon.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Such Great Helpers

It was another busy weekend with me traveling to do presentations. This time, I was in Big Piney and Pinedale on Friday, then Riverton on Saturday. The boys were out of school on Thursday and Friday because of parent-teacher conferences, so they went with me.

We left after work on Thursday night, and we were staying at my parents’ house in Rock Springs. We didn’t get there until late, and I was sooooo tired by the time I pulled into the driveway. The boys had slept in the Jeep, so they were ready to go. They played for a little while, then we all headed to bed at 10:00.

We were up and ready early the next day, and since we were in Rock Springs, we had to go to Cowboy Donuts. It was heaven! Seriously, that place should have a shipping service. I could eat those things all the time.

We then headed out for Big Piney, which is about an hour and a half away from Rock Springs.

I was giving my presentations at the Green River Valley Museum, and it was so cool! We had some time to check things out and explore, and we did. All of us really enjoy places like that.

My presentations were in part of the museum, so the backdrop were these amazing historical displays. 
It was awesome!

The presentations went great, and the boys were incredibly helpful. They contributed their thoughts to the program and helped me pack up. After Big Piney, we traveled half an hour to Pinedale to give another program at the library. Again, the boys were so helpful and had fun participating.

When that was done, we headed back to Rock Springs to stay another night. We stopped in Farson to get ice cream, then got home about dinner time. We hung out with my brother and his family, then called it an early night. Again, I was exhausted.

The plan was that the boys would head with me to Riverton on Saturday, but that didn’t happen. At 4:00 in the morning, my youngest got sick and continued to have issues all morning. I couldn’t take him to Riverton in that state, but I also couldn’t cancel the presentations. They’d been planned for months. In a panic, I called my husband so he could meet me in Rawlins.

I felt so bad for my baby. He was so miserable. I wanted to take his sickness away and make him feel better, but there was nothing I could do. After dropping them off, I headed up to Riverton to do my presentations, which went awesome. The boys would have had a great time, and I missed them helping, but there’s always next time.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Have to Catch Up

I was out for 4 days recently, so I haven't had a chance to post.  I will get caught up, then get back on schedule again.

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Here Comes the Cold Weather

I turned on the heater a couple of weeks ago.  It was staying pretty dang warm during the day, but at night it was getting downright chilly.  A few morning the thermometer read 38 degrees.  That makes me happy.  That means fall is here and the fun time of the year is right around the corner.

I really enjoy the end of the year.  Halloween is right around the corner, followed by Thanksgiving, and then the kids' favorite, Christmas.  It also means that winter and snow are getting closer, which means snowmobile season is close.  Yeah, it's a magical time of the year.

But before I get too far ahead of myself, let's take it one stepping stone at a time.  First things first, and that is Halloween.  The boys are so ready.  They've had their costumes for weeks now.  Although, to be honest, I didn't actually buy them for Halloween--mainly because I didn't think they'd last.  I bought them so they could dress up and have fun.  However, I think they are planning on wearing them.  They are so excited to be Stormtroopers.

Don't they look fabulous?  What are you dressing up as for Halloween?