Friday, May 29, 2009

Cool With a Chance of Creativity

Walking you through the original...

the concepts...

and ideas...

and layers...

and layers...

and layers...
(Gee, I think I like layering...)

to the...

final product.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Overcast With a Chance of Thinking

I haven't really felt like writing lately. I've gotten a little lazy. So, I apologize for my laziness. Critique group is tomorrow, so we'll see if that spurs me on at all.


I'm tired. I stayed up til 2:30 a.m. reading this book. I finished it this morning. One of my best friends read it a couple years ago, and I randomly found it at the library on Monday, so I thought I'd read it. It started out really good, but it lost me about midway through. It did give me some insight on racism, though, which seems to be coming up as a predominant topic in the books I'm reading lately. I read Dominion by Randy Alcorn, and that dealt heavily with racism and the stereotypes against blacks. I realized that even though I don't think of myself as a racist, in some ways, I have acted or thought in ways that would be, um, racist. I haven't burned crosses in any one's yard or anything like that, but I do know I've taken a stereotype (say, a Hispanic stereotype) and then everytime I walked past a person that was Hispanic, I ended up labeling them with that stereotype, even though I'd never met them. Or when I hear news, automatically thinking, "Well, that's an Arab, Jew, Iraqi, (insert any nationality or color here) for you." Judging, racism, whatever you wanna call it. Still wrong. I did go out the day I finished Dominion, and made a point of smiling at people as I walked past them... the reactions were funny. :)

I got my letter from our local community college on Tuesday (I believe) saying that they had accepted me for their dual enrollment program. I'll be signing up to take Comp I and American History I classes during their June semester.

Saturday, I'm going biking with my church's youth group. We're going to do the Creeper Trail. Some are biking all the way up, while most of us are just biking the 18 miles down. I'm excited about it. We're dropping Victoria's bike off at the shop today to get the pedal fixed. If I get any pictures that turn out decently, I might post them.


Anybody up for a Dunkin' Donuts stop?


Monday, May 4, 2009

Stormy With a Chance of Rayne

... the Rayne Tour Series, that is!

This daughter of a rock star has it all—until murder crashes her world.
During a concert, sixteen-year-old Shaley O’Connor stumbles upon the body of a friend backstage. Is Tom Hutchens' death connected to her?
Frightening messages arrive. Paparazzi stalk Shaley. Her private nightmare is displayed for all to see. Where is God at times like this?
As the clock runs out, Shaley
must find Tom's killer—before he strikes again...

I should really make a note to myself to check my e-mail more often.

Hypothetically, if I had checked my e-mail, I would've known that
1) I was one of the first 200 entrants in the "Live Like a Rockstar" Sweepstakes
2) Consequently, I won Always Watching and it was being mailed to me
3) Inside the package that I received this morning was above mentioned book

I can't wait to read this book. I had honestly never read any of Brandilyn's books (though my sister has, and I'm sure Brandilyn's writing is great... she's the writing mentor to my favorite author, Erynn Mangum), but honestly, what got me interested in this book was Amberly's name.

I know... weird. I've always liked the name Amberly, though, so when I saw that she had written a series with her mom, I decided to check it out.

Needless to say, it sounds great, and I've already read the first chapter.

And now, I must go to bed. I need to get up very early for work tomorrow morning, and seeing as I went to sleep at 11:30 last night and slept almost 12 hours...

My head made an earlier appointment with my pillow for tonight.

P.S. In case you're interested in entering the sweepstakes, here's some of the info -
Teens age 13-18: Enter the Rayne Tour Series' "Live Like a Rock Star" Sweepstakes today! Grand Prize: $850 night on the town, including dinner for 6 and limo service. First 200 entrants get a free copy of Always Watching.
Go here to enter.

Seatbelt Suspense® for young adults.

Watch the trailer
Read prologue and first chapter
Join The Rayne Tour Series fan club.