Monday, October 24, 2016

Resurfacing After a Long Absence

Hello everyone. I've been absent for a long time again. Of course, I have my reasons. Normally, I'd call them excuses, but homeschooling my girls is a legit reason.

I know I started with the homeschooling but I want to deviate back to what I'm doing in my author world that has been sorely neglected lately.

I have a book signing with seven other authors in November. It's at the Piedmont Library on the 12th of November. It begins at 10 AM. I don't know how long it will last, probably for as long as we still have people there to visit with us. I'm excited for this because it's been a long time since I've done a signing. In fact, I believe I've only had one signing in the past two years.

I plan to make another post or two about this signing before the actual date to remind anyone who might want to attend. I have also started an event over on Facebook. You can find it here:

The pertinent information about the signing:

What:    Book Talk and Signing - All the authors have been asked to speak for about five minutes.                     Not sure if we all will have something to say, but we will all be available to visit.

Where:  Piedmont Valley Library
             111 Second Street
              Piedmont, SD

When:  Saturday, November 12th, 2016

Who:    Sandra Brannan - Thriller
             Lynn Fullmer - Children's
             Karen Hall - Mystery
             Jorie Jertson - True Crime/Poetry/Memoir/Historical Fiction
             Mary Nelson Keithahn - Spiritual/Inspirational/Children's
             JC Phelps - Action Adventure
             Dorothy Rosby - Humor
             JE Terrall - Western

Why:    Because!

The rest of this post is for those of you who might care what I'm doing outside of the writing world.

As I said, I pulled my daughters out of public school at the end of the school year last year and started homeschooling them. It wasn't an easy decision but it was the right one. We've been enjoying ourselves and have even bought our very own school uniforms. Blue and pink are our school colors because those are the favorite colors of my two girls. We even have a mascot. If you've been following my personal posts at all you'll know we have ponds on our property. They have fish, frogs, turtles, and crawdads. My eight-year-old chose our mascot as the crawdad and, though we have no real team for anything, we've decided to call ourselves the Murky Water Crawdads. All the idea of my eight-year-old.

I've never wanted to be a teacher. I believe it's a thankless job with major frustrations and I know I wouldn't enjoy it. That's if I was teaching other people's children and having to deal with the bureaucracy and parents. It's completely different teaching my own children. I'm thoroughly enjoying watching them and helping them learn. The way their eyes light up when I've explained something well enough so they understand it for the first time is amazing.

I pulled them out about a month before their Kindergarten and second grade years were complete so we started from the beginning and have been trying hard to stay caught up and haven't set an exact schedule other than work, work, work, as much as possible without getting too grouchy. This schedule doesn't lend itself well to writing so I've been fairly stagnant on that end. I do find a little time late at night to do a little writing, but that's all I've done, a little.

However, I am able to work with my hands while I help my girls and have been crocheting like a mad woman. I've completed several projects and will share pictures with you.

A friend tempted me with a video tutorial for a chicken potholder. Yep. It's a chicken. I couldn't find any solid red yarn so her comb looks more like a funky bonnet.

I crocheted two tank tops and one sweater for my girls. I've since bought shirts to go under them, but took the pictures before I did that.  I also made matching wristers and boot cuffs for all three but the sweater took more yarn so I made matching scarves for the two tank tops, only. Sorry, no pictures of those.

I'm currently trying to knit (not crochet) a blanket for my husband for Christmas. I don't know if I'll finish it in time. I'm fairly fast at crochet, but not very fast or good at the knitting. Practice makes perfect, right?

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Call for Submissions - South Dakota Authors and Poets

I was asked to announce Black Hills Books Press call for submissions for their series of anthologies. If any local authors are interested in finding out any more information or submitting you can find more info at  I see the submission deadlines are different than what shows in the flyer above. Most of them are now May 6th with the exception of the poetry deadline which remains stays July 30th.