It’s my birthday tomorrow. I figured I could tell you a little bit about the last year…
Last September my book “I Want to Be Baptized” (illustrated by Corey Egbert) was published by Cedar Fort Inc. and on Tuesday the board book version will be released. Buy it HERE or HERE.
This past July I attended RWA National Conference in New York City. Since I’ve been wanting to go to New York City since I was a child, I had very high expectations. NYC did not disappoint. The Subway trains, World Trade Memorial, the fashion, the people, and THE FOOD — AMAZING!!! All lived up to and exceeded my expectations. So amazing. Taking photos is addicting. I did nothing traditional, but it was the taste of NYC I always dreamed about. To boot — I finished Little Boy Blue’s chapter book and gave it to him as a gift as belated birthday gift.
In NYC I learned so much about writing Romance (yes, I have a penname for that) and met such wonderful authors like Josi Kilpack, Jennifer Beckstrand (Rita Finalist), and Stacy Henrie (Rita Finalist). Thanks to Jewel Quinlan from the OC RWA Chapter, I braved the rejections and continue to write and write and submit.
In the the last twelve months, I’ve written two novels, received four rejections, signed a new children’s book contract, promoted my children’s book release and updated my filing system which now consists of filing cabinets painted by the children. :-)
I won’t mention the two cookbooks and screenplays that I’ve done. They are still a work in progress.
Central Park, July 2015
This year has been very happy for me. Here’s a list of this year’s favorites:
FOOD – Bison Borscht & Blueberry Cayenne smoothie @GoIndieFresh
COLOR – Red (like the red dress I got from the Kukui’ula Shopping center in Kauai)
PLACE – in my dreams conjuring new book ideas
MOVIE – Aloha (2015) with Bradley Cooper
BOOK – I Can Pray Every Day by Catherine Christensen -and- The Little Seahorse by Sheri Fink
Props to my alma mater LDSBC & BYU!
Thanks to my parents, family and friends for enduring my wacky ideas to make my dreams come true.