Writing Fun Friday, and the County Fair

Weird Al created the perfect song for word geeks…and I love it!!!


Book Signing News

Look for me at the Lane County Fair this Sunday, July 27th. I’ll be signing my book, Along the Way Home, from 11-1 at the “Oregon Authors” table between the two exhibit halls.

I’ve got candy to give away and fun quizzes about the Oregon Trail, so stop on by! (Extra bonus if you bring me my favorite fair food, a corn dog )

What about you? What’s your favorite “fair food”?

Click on the link for a full list of all attending authors (I’m about 1/3 down the list) http://www.atthefair.com/Oregon-Authors/

Writing Fun Friday (Earthquake and Fire Drill Edition)

This is a bit late due to today getting away from me. I gave a “author” type talk to a 4th grade classroom and right in the middle of my speech, right when it was getting good, the earthquake drill went off, and then it was quickly followed by the fire alarm and an evacuation drill.

Good thing I roll with change well 🙂

Since today was a day of talking about writing, I figure I’d feature a favorite cartoon that perfectly illustrates the need for the Oxford Comma.

Do you use the Oxford Comma? If no, why?

Oxford Comma Illustration

And, in case any of the 4th graders who listened to me talk today happen by my blog…this picture’s for you! See, even Woody reads my book 🙂

Entry #33

It’s almost here!

One of my favorite days of the year is fast approaching, April Fools Day!

Today I’m rerunning last year’s April Fools Day post for two reasons: my twins are on spring break so I don’t have a lot of time alone to concentrate on a new post, and after you read the following repost I’m wondering if you have any ideas of tricks to play?


I love April Fools Day and always have. This is due to my mom’s plethora of tricks she played on my brother and I each year; the two I recall best are dumping piles of uncooked rice between the mattress and the bottom sheet, and removing my dresser drawer and putting it back in upside down so all the clothes fall to the floor the next time it’s opened.

So now I’m following in her footsteps, and showing the Corbett twins what practical jokes are all about.

First, I did the nail polish trick and accused them both of the spill. It was all in good fun and they loved it!

So, then I proceeded on to the brownie trick.

Thankfully, I had some real brownies on hand so they weren’t too disappointed :D.

I also made them some special juice to go along with dinner (hint, it’s Jello! Thanks to Vanessa for the idea!)


And then I finished off the day with the classic trick, short-sheeting the bed.

How about you? Did you play any tricks? Get fooled by anyone?

Writing Quote Friday

Today’s writing quote comes from Mark Twain…

“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” 

And here’s some fun writerly links to kick off your weekend…

7 Reasons Writing a Book Makes you a Badass

10 Funniest Rejection Letters

20 Signs That You’re a Writer