It’s my birthday tomorrow. I figured I could tell you a little bit about the last year…
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.
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
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.