Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Domestic Glamor

YEA!

I am the newest blogger for a blog called Domestic Glamor: for the space between mom and woman called Womom. I've got the domestic part down, and still have a ways to go on the glamor bit, but hopefully readers can chuckle along with me on the journey. Go check it out!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Word of the Week #4

niggle - [nig-uhl] - verb

Definition:

1. To be preoccupied with trifles or petty details.
2. To find fault constantly and trivially; carp.

Usage:
1. When doing rewrites it is sometimes hard to make just needed changes and not niggle over every word and comma.
2. Some wives niggle their husbands to death; before long they often end up without husbands to nag.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Laugh of the day: Interview with Edward Cullen

Author Robison Wells was able to procure the coveted opportunity to interview Edward Cullen of Twilight fame. That's right, fans (and those who are not fans-like Mr. Wells) for a good laugh pop by the Six LDS Writiers and A Frog Blog or Click here.

Just scroll down until the May 20th blog (or until you see the picture of Edward).

**Spoiler** A werewolf drops by too.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Word of the Week #3

insouciant - [in-soo-see-uhnt] - adjective

Definition: free from concern, worry, or anxiety; carefree; nonchalant.

Usage: The three year-old picked the pretty pink blossoms from our peach tree and presented them to me with an insouciant grin.

**True story**

Friday, May 16, 2008

Review for Enjoying the Journey



Hey everyone! Enjoying the Journey received a good review from Media Reviewer Tristi Pinkston on Families.com. YEA!!!


"I came away from this book feeling uplifted, inspired to keep moving forward, and with a greater appreciation for all the things with which I truly have been blessed."

Click here to read the full review.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Book Review: The Journal of Curious Letters


Genre: Fantasy
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
Publisher: Shadow Mountain (March 2008)

My oldest son is a voracious reader. He reads anything he can get his hands on, but his favorite things to read by far are fantasy books. As a result, we have a lot of them cycle through our house. The fantasy that holds the record for the fastest read is probably The Journal of Curious Letters by James Dashner. It took four hours for my son to read—from start to finish. And he loved it.

After that, I just had to read it for myself. The first book in a new children’s series called The 13th Reality, The Journal of Curious Letters is the story of Atticus Higgenbottom—Tick to his friends and family. Tick is a thirteen-year-old boy living a normal thirteen-year-old life until he opens his mailbox one day to find a yellow envelope addressed to him. This letter is the first of a number of clues that will reveal a special mission for Tick, which is not only mysterious but will also affect the entire world. If, at any time, Tick decides the mission is not for him, he just has to burn any one of the letters and all the strangeness will stop. To accept the mission Tick must unravel the riddles in each of the twelve letters before a certain time. And, almost more difficult, he must persevere despite increasingly bizarre happenings like run-ins with Tingle Wraiths, Gnat Rats, and strangely proportioned people with names like Mothball.

In an easy-to-read style, the book seamlessly moves from a mystery into the beloved fantasy realm, complete with alternate realities, an evil bad guy (or, in this case, woman), magic, scary creatures, and a quest to retrieve a powerful object. What gives the story a fresh take, however, is how Dashner spices it up with a little science fiction. As a huge fan of fantasy and sometimes fan of sci-fi, I really enjoyed the blending of the two. I can just imagine children across the country asking their parents about Quantum Physics.

I also really enjoyed the warmth and support of Tick’s family life, especially from his dad. One of the things that drives me nuts about many other children’s fantasy is how the characters refuse to turn to trusted adults for help. How many of us didn’t want to smack Harry Potter for not talking to Dumbledore sooner? In a refreshing break from the norm, Dashner has Tick enlist the help of his father, a truly lovable character who loves and supports his son. In a manner that will resonate with any parent, Tick’s father realizes that he has to let his son go and do what he needs to, but it’s hard.

Perhaps most appealing to younger readers, The Journal of Curious Letters is a fun, quirky, and delightful read that I am happy to recommend to anyone. I can’t wait for the next installment of the series.

For an added bonus, watch the Book Screener of The Journal of Curious Letters here! Now you want to read it, don't you?

Monday, May 12, 2008

Word of the Week #2

coruscate - [kôr'ə-skāt']- verb

Definition:
1) To give forth flashes of light; sparkle and glitter.
2) To exhibit sparkling virtuosity.

Usage:
1) The boy giggled as he used his watch to coruscate directly in the speaker's eyes.
2) My child's unbelievably high-pitched cries coruscated through the grocery store when I wouldn't let her buy the pack of gum; watch out Mariah Carey!

Great minds think alike

One of the best parts of Mother's Day yesterday was not even a gift. After dinner at my in-laws, my father-in-law excitedly told me to take a look at the LDS Church News. The front page showed a photo of President Monson at the recent BYU Women's Conference and the main story was about his address to the 17,000 audience members. President Monson encouraged those attending the conference to find "joy in the journey," to enjoy today rather than just look forward to what might come tomorrow.

Hmmmm. That sounds really familiar. Can you say, my latest book?! **Jump up and down, squealing in excitement** How cool is that!

President Thomas S. Monson also said "First, each one of you is living a life filled with much to do. I plead with you not to let the important things in life pass you by, planning instead for that illusive and non-existent future day when you'll have time to do all that you want to do. Instead, find joy in the journey — now." That last sentence is almost word for word like the back cover copy of Enjoying the Journey.

Great minds really do think alike! Yep. That's right. President Monson and I are on the same wavelength. Maybe he got the idea for his talk from my book.

You don't have to laugh. It could happen. Okay, Jaime. Reality check. That's hardly likely. Still, I'm just excited to be on the same wavelength in at least one thing.

Click here to read the entire article, or go to http://deseretnews.com/cn/view/1,1721,495007208,00.html.

So go enjoy today, everyone. President Monson and I say so!

Friday, May 9, 2008

New book out

I'm happy to announce that my essay on lessons I learned from my mother is in the new book, Mother's Wisdom: Lessons from Sons and Daughters, by Leatherwood Press. Mother's Wisdom is an inspirational collection of entries from more than fifty contributors who share personal experiences they've had and lessons they've learned from Mother's wisdom. You can buy it at Deseret Book stores or online at Deseretbook.com.
My essay is titled "Lessons from the Car Wash."

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Word of the Week #1

We'll start this off with a great word. And a big thanks to J. Scott Savage for this word :)

callipygian - [kal-uh-pij-ee-uhn]–adjective

Definition: having well-shaped buttocks.

Usage: I endure squats and lunges in my effort to reach the callipygian ideal.

Political Correctness to the Extreme?

I heard something last week that had steam coming out my ears. Someone sent my husband, a principal, an email explaining that in the UK schools are dropping controversial subjects such as the Holocaust and the Crusades from history lessons because they do not want to cause offense to children from certain races or religions.

Excuse Me? Are you serious?! Heaven forbid we actually *offend* anyone with history. Not to mention that it really happened, because truth is all relative anyway, right? Well, I’m offended by my Junior year Homecoming date. So, guess what? It never happened. Nope. We won’t talk about it. And the other people there? Well, they just better be quiet so I don’t get upset. And the pictures I have of the dance? Gone. They were obviously doctored anyway.

My example sounds stupid, but that’s just because it is a stupid idea. We better not teach children about the discovery of America by the Europeans, because it just might offend the descendants of the native American people. And don’t teach about Apartheid in South Africa. We wouldn’t want anyone to get any bad feelings. While we’re at it, let’s not talk about the fall of the Romans. That’s not a very happy story. We better not cover any of the wars in history either, or about any tyrants, despots, or dictators that have slaughtered their own people. Someone might get “offended.”

I’ve got it! Why don’t we just sugar-coat EVERYTHING, so that no one anywhere has unhappy feelings. Of course, then we’ll just raise a generation who can’t handle life or other people, because—guess what?—the world is full of offensive people and events. And we should get offended sometimes. That reaction keeps us from repeating some of the mistakes and evils of the past.

When I heard this I started foaming at the mouth, as you can probably tell. I thought to myself, “Self, this is a perfect opening blog.” Now, I write non-fiction, and so it is instinctive for me to check my sources. So I got online and, lo and behold, I found the following information.

NEWS FLASH This is a hoax and is not true. In fact, it has been circulating for at least a year now. I found this info. in multiple locations, but here is a letter from the Israel News blog.

“16th April 2007
Dear Friend,

Over the past weeks there have been a number of rumours circulating via email regarding Holocaust education here in the UK. The emails suggest that the UK Government are removing Holocaust education from the National Curriculum and that in general British schools steer away from teaching what they might consider, a 'controversial' subject. We want to make it clear that our understanding is the Holocaust is and will continue to be on the National Curriculum and therefore continue to be taught in all UK schools.”


So everyone, including yours truly, can just settle down. We’re not completely rewriting history—yet. All I can say is schools better stick to the facts, or else I’m going to be offended!