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Winner of the Awesome

It’s time to Announce the Winner of the Autographed Copy of The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore. There were 88 comments in all. Holy moly, that’s whole lotta awesome, guys. Thanks for all the participation. I wish I had more books to give away. Well, I know why you’re reading this post… to find out …

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Star Wars…

The thing about Star Wars is this… I love it in pretty much every from, no matter what. This is no exception: See more funny videos and funny pictures at CollegeHumor.

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I’m Out Today!

I’m off to the DFW Writer’s conference, where I promise to make an fool out of myself at least twice. (The second time will be for those that missed it the first time.) But, while I’m gone, let’s all give a school girl squee about new Glee this week. This scene always makes me cry, …

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I Started a Post Today…

I started a post today called writing with distractions, and it was all about how to write and blog and such while your kid was home with your for spring break… Then I was all, WHAT THE HECK AM I DOING!! I AM BLOGGING WHILE MY KID WANTS TO PLAY. So, don’t avoid the distractions, …

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National Grammar Day!

I dunno, I mean–grammar’s cool and all, but what’s really the point, ya know? Is it, like, really, seriously an important thing that we know the rulez or whatevs? Yes, why yes it is. So, here’s the thing. I spend a lot of time gaming, and I think my punctuation, grammar, writing style is definitely …

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Jobs I Had Before I Was a Writer

The thing about writers is, until we figure out that we’re actually supposed to spend our lives living in make believe lands and telling pretend stories–we are a little lost. So, we work some pretty interesting jobs. What’s so great about those experiences, though is that they give us a chance to see and learn …

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The Age Old Question…

I know what you’re thinking here… It’s the chicken/egg thing–right? Nope. I don’t actually care which came first. I don’t really like eggs all that much, although I do think they’re a cool shape. What I do want to know is this: Are you a Ninja or a Pirate?

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Courage In Patience Winner

It’s time for the winner of the Autographed Copy of Courage In Patience. There were 41 comments in all, so I did the random.org thing and #9 is the winner. (As an aside, I really need to update my comments so that they have a number beside them and I don’t have to go through …

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Are You A Hero Or A Villain?

Since I’ve been thinking a lot about super powers lately, I’ve been trying to decide what makes a hero and what makes a villain. I mean, at first glance that seems like a pretty obvious answer, right? Heroes are good and villains are bad. Sure, there are some guys that are super evil and nasty …

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You Remind Me Of the Babe…

That’s one of those quotes that you instantly know. I mean, right? I assume you know what movie that comes from, or seriously, we can’t be friends. Actually, pretty much the second I hear it, I have to do a youtube search and watch the part again. But, because I am such a good friend, …

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One Month…

Okay, so the goal was to blog every day for a month. Did I make it? Um, almost. 🙂 Ha! How classically Jamie* is that to blog every freakin’ day and then to NOT do it two days before the month was over. But, I’ve been thinking about the weekend blogging. Here’s the thing. I …

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You Know What Sucks?

Blogging on Sundays. When this month is over and I get to be done with my little bet with myself to blog every day in January, I am so not going to blog on Sundays anymore. I would like blogging on Sundays, except no one ever reads it. Maybe I should start like a feature …

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Questions for Hal

Blog, you know Halle… Well, she wants to answer your questions. So, if there’s something you want to ask a four year old, then here’s your chance! Ask her anything (that doesn’t offend me–I’m her mom I have final say on all q answering.) and next week she will be back to let you in …

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My Blog Intro

The ever awesome Josh Berk made me the coolest little blog intro song, so I needed to figure out how to add it to some pictures or whatever. Well, since I suck at that, I just made this instead. Remember: awesome song = the amazing Josh Berk crappy video editing = me

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Branding Yourself

So, yeah. As soon as I wrote that the mental image of a poor branded cow popped into my mind. Now that I’m trying to be a cool blogger chick that actually keeps up with a regular posting schedule and offers insight and well, just whatever else I’m doing here… I feel like my blog …

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The Bluggie?

Keepin’ White Girls Nice and Toasty since… at least like last week or something. And go here to win one. Which, means I love you guys. Because–really I want to win it myself. 🙂

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We’ve Got Karma, Yes We Do!

I talk a lot about karma. I’m not some when-the-moon-is-in-the-seventh-hour-flowey-dress-wearing person. I mean, I’d like to be. I think they dress neat and have great hair–but I’m just not cool enough. But, I do believe in karma. I don’t pretend to understand it, but I think I get the basic premise. Honestly, it’s kind of …

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Do I Even Have Goals?

Goals. It’s something writers talk a lot about. We spend time in twitter chats discussing our writing goals for the new year, we participate in #goalwars with other authors, and we even announce crazy goals on our blog and work our butt off to reach them. I’ve even participated and pwned (yes it’s a word) …

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Recycling

We’ve been unpacking our stuff into the new house, and have accumulated a lot of boxes. They only give you like 10 cents per box if you take them back to the box store, and that just isn’t even worth my time. So they’ve been sitting in the room I have no furniture for my …

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Glee

I don’t think I’ve written about my new favorite show of all time–Glee. The only way I could love this show more is if instead of Glee club, they were all in marching band… but seriously–it rocks. Now that I think about it, I’m not so sure I’d love a show that had an entire …

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Why Do I Write YA?

I am feeling all nostalgic, and went back through my writing stuff. I love this post. 🙂 Recently, a friend asked me why I wrote young adult fiction. It seemed like a pretty logical question. I am, after all not a sixteen year old girl–why would I want to write about one? *Awkward Pause.* *Crickets.* …

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Thanks GM Texas!

So, we got super cool seats at a fun concert and free tickets to the State Fair all from Gm Texas. We had such fun, and the fair weather was perfection! I’m not sure why the daughter felt the need to go dressed as a reindeer. But, I decided to go with it. 🙂

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Fun in Lewisville

I’m a country girl. I grew up in a farm town, and I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a community pool. Well, I saw them on television, but they looked kind of gross and dirty. So, when a friend mentioned taking her kids to the Lewisville Pool I was a little …

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Making the Wrong Choice

Writing and Real Life are different. If I repeat this enough, then maybe I will get it. This is hard for me, because I want to make the right choices in life. I want to choose the best school for my daughter. I want to pick the right house, and I want to generally do …

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My Kayaking Adventure

Part of the whole goal The Adventure Project is for me to find adventure on my OWN, not just with Tammy and Kelli. Last night I had an amazing adventure, and I want to share it with you. I apologize for the lack of pictures. I am having so much fun experiencing all this that …

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Mom, I Want to Quit

Should you let your kid quit their organized sport or activity, or should you make them stick it out? This is something that parents have to deal with. Sometimes we put our kid in an activity we think they will just love so much only to discover they hate it. You spent 50 bucks on …

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I Should Be Asleep

I am hanging out before the night of our first real family vacation and I feel like I’m ten again because I can’t sleep! I’m too excited. I Want this to be a fun and memorable trip for Hal the way my family vacations were for me and my little brother! I just hope that …

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Cut is Chinese for Hug

So, my daughter loves that little Kai-Lan show, and I am okay with it too. It’s cute, the songs are snappy–and no one takes their top off. (That’s how you know for sure it’s quality family programming these days.) But, her new thing is that she has decided she speaks Chinese… when it’s convenient. We’ve …

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The Many Hairstyles of Halle

It’s Halle’s birthday today. She turns 4. So, I thought we would take a look at the many hairstyles of Halle over the years… It all started with the bling hat. I should have known I was in for it then… And then the spike look started–who’s hair does that on it’s own? Halle’s… that’s …

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Tomorrow my Baby Graduates!

And by graduates, I mean her little pre-pre-school, but still! It’s huge to me! She turns four in a week, and I don’t even know how to handle that. You would think out of everyone, I, the former kindergarten teacher turned stay at home mom, would be ready for this. I would be ready to …

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A Lotion Giveaway!

A couple of weeks ago I tweeted about some amazing foot lotion I picked up at Sally’s. As soon as I did, AntiOxoDerm tweeted me back and told me their foot lotion was way better. And, to stand by their claim, they mailed me some. Not only did they mail me some of their yummy …

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I’m too scared!

I hear this from my daughter like ten times a day. I know that this is a normal phase. I respect it, and I understand it has to happen. It frustrates me. She doesn’t want to sleep in her room, because a scary monster lives in her closet. She won’t go dryer shopping with my …

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Wow I need this swingset!

Okay, so they are giving away a friggin swingset over at Dad Blogs and I need the thing so bad! How much would Halle love that thing? I have always wanted one of them, and this one is from Kids Creations. The thing is this… we don’t actually have a swingset, but if we had …

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Book Cover Fun!

Okay… so someone is hosting a query letter contest to write the worst query letter possible… I felt that no query letter would be complete without an awesome book cover, so here’s mine…

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Mom! I Need That!

When I was a kid, we watched the commercials.  It was a part of television.  We used the commercials as a bathroom break, or sometimes we saw something we liked and begged our parents for it.  Occasionally, they would buy it for us. While the toys almost never lived up to their hype, we still …

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An effort to eat less meat

I am thirty. Nowadays, thirty is the new twenty. (I think I believe that mostly because I am thirty, but whatever.) But, the thirty year old body is not the same body as the twenty year old body.  I don’t think I can continue to survive off red meat and potatoes for every meal any …

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I am going frakkin nuts!

Okay, so Thursday night Halle woke up in the middle of the night complaining about her cheek.  For like a good hour I had no idea what she was talking about, then it suddenly dawned on me that her ear was hurting… Duh! So, I gave her some tylenol, laid down with her and eventually …

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Breathe!

Ahhh My first 1000 words are up at Miss Snark’s First Victim.  I am so stressed out seeing them there!  It will be okay though… and I know they will be much better after the commenters get done… right???

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I was thinking…

There once was a girl that was writing a book.  She was so busy typing this book that she was forgetting how important it was to not use a certain word in what was to be her manuscript.  I was trying to remember what that word was, but for some reason, even though it was …

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It’s giveaway time!

I won a giveaway over at The Maynard Moment but it is a pay it forward kind of giveaway… so I have to follow through! So, here are the rules: I will choose five comments randomly (with random.org of course) and then I will make you SOMETHING! Who knows what it will be– or when!  …

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A funny thing happened…

So, I started writing the other story because I just couldn’t take editing Seeing Clearly anymore, right? Well, guess what… now I can’t stop editing it! I am in love with my little book again, and I am having so much fun editing it! I guess I just needed to step out of the AMY …

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Can I start a new story?

So, there’s a story in my head… a new one… and it really wants to be written… but I am not finished through the first round of edits yet on my FIRST book… part of me really wants to table it and come back to it later, and the obsessive compulsive part of me wants …

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Cutest Hair in the world…

So, I am obsessed with my kid’s hair, or at least I thought I was obsessed with it anyway, until I found the greatest little website for fixing your kid’s hair, and realized I was only sort of obsessed. So, check it out, really, if you have a kid with way too much hair like …

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Editing is WOW!

So, I have started the first big initial edits on the book, and they are going okay, but they are way tougher than the first draft!  For the first draft, you just sit down and start writing… it kind of flows onto the page, and you just go with it.  I watched the story twist …

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Pandora can read my mind.

My Pandora thinks I am in love with musicals… screw you Pandora… and your accurateness.  Seriously, I thought I was keeping my need to jam it up to the Musical Stylings of RENT and Phantom of the Opera a secret, but leave it to the human genome project to figure out I wanted to spend …

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The Power of Twitter!

So, I posted the other day that I really wanted a cute little signature at the bottom of all my blog posts, and the Jaceman stepped up and helped me! First, he found my plugin that allowed me to have a signature, and then he even installed it on his OWN blog when I couldn’t …

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Woohoo! I just won!

Have I ever mentioned how much I love bloggy giveaways?  Well, I totally do!  I just won an Alice Cullen mini choker… I love Alice… and I love necklaces!  Thanks mammadawg!! She is still giving away TONS of stuff so get over there!

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