Here are a few more pictures.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Here are a few more pictures.
More pictures . . .
We're home! And here are some vacation pictures.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Actually, I didn't establish this tradition; Lisa Samson did. But since I sent her the mp3 recording with which she began the tradition, I feel qualified to pass it on.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
It is a terrible thing
To be so open: it is as if my heart
Put on a face and walked into the world.
Sylvia Plath, “A Poem for Three Voices”
Isn't that profound?
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
If this is Sunday, I'm heading out on vacation! Hubby and I are taking a cruise, leaving the country, and we'll probably be incommunicado for a few days. But I promise to share pictures when we get back, and then I really have to get to work!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence along with these instructions in a note to your wall, and post your sentence in a comment here as well.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual.
Friday, November 21, 2008
I had a thoughtful moment yesterday when I realized the date was November 20th. That day will forever belong to Glenn, the young man you see pictured with a very young me. That photo was taken in 1977, the year we sang together in the ReGeneration.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Found my first dead rat today. Outside, right by the place where I figured they were getting into the house.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
My hubby and I found this short video the other day--it's cute. Gary saw the punch line coming a mile away, but I was caught by surprise. :-)
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
What have I been doing lately? Writing proposals. Researching. Learning about neurolinguistic programming. And getting ready to write an article on historical fiction.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Do you remember swinging as a kid? There is/was a little neighborhood park around the corner from my house, and I remember going there and swinging . . . and no matter how hard I pushed and pulled and tried to go high, I never seemed to move beyond a certain point of the arc . . . and I think I would have scared myself silly if I had.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Do you have a child who marches to the beat of a "different drummer?" If so, you should appreciate and enjoy this little film, created by four students. It lasts eight minutes, but it's really precious.
Monday, November 10, 2008
If you're like me, a sense of frustration can grow with the approaching Christmas season. When the children are grown, it's easy to look at our gift list and realize how blessed we truly are--because we don't really need anything under our Christmas tree.
WOW!!! This one single word sums up this powerful novel. Phenomenal author Angela Hunt never disappoints, and THE FACE is the best novel she has penned to date. I predict it will make a huge impact and win a multitude of awards. Every single character is vibrant and over-the-top, bringing each and every page alive and pulsating with life, and the characters themselves jump right off the paper and into your heart. Written in alternating chapters that feature Sarah's and Renee’s first person voices, THE FACE is a commanding piece of work. It’s a blockbuster novel that deserves every award out there. I don’t have the power to bestow such accolades, but I can award it a Perfect Ten. Even at this early date, I will also pronounce THE FACE to be a strong contender for RRT's Best Book of the Year award -- it is nothing less than an extraordinary work of fiction.
Sunday, November 09, 2008
When my daughter was a baby, I remember having her on the changing table when the phone rang. In that instant, as I debated leaving the baby on the table to answer the phone, it occurred to me that I PAY for that ringing annoyance. So why should I risk my child's life in order to answer a ringing phone?
Saturday, November 08, 2008
This month my neighborhood book club read DEWEY: The Small Town Library Cat That Changed the World. We all agreed that the book isn't exactly high brow literature, but it gave us several hours of enjoyment. Myself, I went through nearly a box of tissues as I read. :-)
Friday, November 07, 2008
Questions and Answers about THE FACE?
And did you write the chapters in order (switching back and forth from Sarah to Renee) or did you sometimes write several focused on one and then fill in with the other?
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Publishers Weekly's Best Books of the Year!
“May you live in interesting times” is a quote commonly attributed to Confucius, probably erroneously, but Robert F. Kennedy did use it in a speech in 1966, adding a rueful twist: “Like it or not, we live in interesting times....” Regardless of your thinking on these current times, they are certainly anything but boring, and we feel the same about the books published this year.
Once again, we take the opportunity near year's end to review the year in books, highlighting the very best of what American publishing had to offer in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, comics, religion, lifestyle and children's.
No One Heard Her Scream
Jordan Dane (Avon)
Dane crafts this debut murder mystery with tight plotting and smooth prose, and adds a few sparks to create a story that appeals to mainstream thriller readers as well as romantic suspense fans.
Angela Hunt (Mira)
Compelling characterization drives this enthralling tale of second chances and new beginnings, centered on the struggles of a young woman born without a face.
Linda Lael Miller (HQN)
Miller's second Cave Creek supernatural mystery is packed full of plot twists and smart romance, painting crime-solver Mojo Sheepshanks as much more than just another quirky psychic.
Heart of the Wolf
Terry Spear (Sourcebooks/Casablanca)
A werewolf woman defies the alpha male of her pack in this supernatural romance, with chemistry that crackles off the page and a richly depicted pack dynamic.
Sherry Thomas (Bantam)
Deft plotting and sparkling characterization mark this superior debut historical romance, wherein an English lord agrees to grant his wife a divorce if she produces an heir within a year.
Other reader reactions are beginning to trickle in on this blog, so I won't repeat them for you. I'm just happy that a book I labored long and hard over seems to be accomplishing what I hoped for in the marketplace.
Tomorrow: Q&A, so don't forget to leave any questions you might have!
P.S. Randy Alcorn has some great thoughts on his blog. Worth checking out!
Oh--and I promised to give away a copy of THE FACE, didn't I? Okay, here's how we'll do it. THE FACE is the (number) book I've had published. It may take us two days to come up with that many comments, but I'll add them up and the person who comments at that number will win the free copy! Please, make sure you don't leave two comments in a row (if you can help it.)
Have fun! Just say "hi" if you want to. :-)
And now--the debut of our new trailer!
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
My editor liked THE FACE when I handed it in, but she had a few major suggestions. First, she was afraid the discussion of waterboarding, etc., would become dated, so she advised cutting it all out. Second, in my original draft, I had Dr. Mewton jump out a window at the end of the book, and my editor suggested that I change that. So I suppose Dr. M owes her life to my editor. :-)
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Writing THE FACE was challenging, especially at the beginning. I had a dickens of a time trying to figure out whether it was Renee's story or Sarah's story. I designed a plot skeleton featuring Renee, then I did one featuring Sarah.
Monday, November 03, 2008
THE FACE required quite a bit of research in several areas: first I read a book on beauty and its effects on people--and yes, there are effects. Even babies show a pronounced preference for symmetrical, or "beautiful" faces. Beautiful people do generally have an easier time of things.
Sunday, November 02, 2008
The idea for THE FACE stemmed from a TV show I saw on the Discovery Health Channel. The special was about Juliana Wetmore, a little girl born with Treacher Collins syndrome . . . the most severe case ever recorded. This child was literally born without a face. (Photo: a current photo of Juliana. I love her spirit!)
Saturday, November 01, 2008
I've been waiting for what feels like ages to tell you about the origin and development of THE FACE. I'll share how the idea germinated and talk about the writing, editing, etc . . . so stay tuned over the next few days!
Now Sarah has an ally, a long-lost aunt who has discovered her true identity. Aided by this brave psychologist, twenty-year-old Sarah must find the courage to confront the forces that have confined her for so long. And the strength to be reborn into a world she has never known.
Tomorrow: how the idea originated.