Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Yikes! How I ended up with this award I’ll never know. I think I must be the least creative (or kreativ, for that matter) blogger on the planet! But I’m humbled by the faith that Heather Justesen has placed in me and will try to improve and rise to this occasion in my future posts. (That’s not a promise, mind you, so don’t get your hopes up, but you never know…I might surprise you all, myself included, and burst into kreativity someday! Whoever invented the spelling for this award was very kreativ, don’t you think?)
First, I'm supposed to list seven things you don't know about me. Here goes!
1. I broke all the legs off my sister’s favorite toy horses when we were children. Not on purpose, it just happened while I was playing with them. Isn’t that what “toy” horses are for…playing with? Apparently my sister didn’t think so. She accuses me of having an accomplice named Terry (or Terri?), but for the life of me, I can’t remember having a friend named Terry (or even Terri!) at that young age, so I think the crime must indeed have been committed by myself alone.
2. I’m quite sure I would be taller if my growth hadn’t been stunted by breathing tailings and smelter smoke between the formative ages of 2 to 7. Then again, someone once told my also short parents, “You can’t get a horse out of two ponies”, so maybe my height is more genetic than I’d like to admit?
3. I used to have terrible nightmares as a child. One day, my mother went through the house and gathered all my nightmares up in a paper bag, then our whole family drove to a town 8 miles away where we let the nightmares loose. And I never had another nightmare for years and years…until we wound up moving to that town 8 miles away where my nightmares were roaming free.
4. The first book I ever wrote was a cross-mystery/romance between some characters from Star Trek and Dark Shadows, complete with “illustrations” I’d traced and “redressed” from a Francie coloring book. (Does anyone remember who Francie was besides me and my sister?)
5. I’m a Fox News junkie, but I’m not a Glenn Beck fan. (Gasp!) I enjoy Bill O’Reilly, but Neil Cavuto is my hero! (And not getting the Fox Business Network just stinks.)
6. As a child, I loved sneaking a spoon full of sugar from the sugar bowl in the kitchen cupboard. I always felt guilty about it, though. One day, I felt so guilty that I broke down and confessed to my mother, only to have her confess in return that she sneaked spoonfuls of the sugar from the sugar bowl, too!
7. The first, and I think last, class I ever cut in college was to watch the landing of the first space shuttle. That was so exciting I’ve never forgotten it, or even felt guilty! (Unlike the spoonful of sugar mentioned above.)
Okay, now it’s my turn to nominate 7 people for this wonderfully kreative prize! Here are my choices (and I hope none of them have been nominated already):
Jaimey Grant at Into the Mind of Jaimey Grant
Donna Hatch at Donna Hatch
Suzanne Barker at Up To Speed
Tina Scott at Totally Tina
Cindy R Williams at Blogs & Blurbs
Danielle Thorne at The Balanced Writer
Theresa Sneed at Theresa Talks
Now, here are the rules:
1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award. (Thanks, Heather!)
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link the logo to the person who nominated you for this award.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might not know.
5. Nominate 7 Bloggers.
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they have been nominated.
Good luck, ladies!
Friday, August 21, 2009
Calling All Authors!
Do you remember your first dream?
Epic Authors presents the 2010 New Voices Writing Competition for young writers. This free annual contest provides the opportunity for budding authors to submit and be judged, and to win and be published.
“Viewpoints are rapidly changing in the publishing industry and our school systems regarding e-publishing. EPIC’s members have been on the forefront of the literacy fight, speaking at schools and conferences, encouraging evocative and expressive writing from young writers.”
--New Voices Brochure
The New Voices competition takes short stories, essays, and poetry submissions from youth ages 11 to 18 (Middle School and High School). Judges are educational or publishing professionals. Our winners are chosen from each age group and category, and are published in an anthology. Prizes vary and range from an e-reader to gift certificates (and more).
New Voices is a wonderful chance to encourage our youth to develop their talents and pursue their goals. Spread the word about New Voices and foster a child’s dream.
Visit the New Voices website for details: newvoicesyoungwriters.com
Or, for more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
In the course of various interviews for my current book blog tour, I’ve had a number of blog reviewers ask me some variation of the question, “What’s the best part about being an author?”
Needless to say, there are many “good things” about being a published author. But this weekend, my answer to this question would have to be a resounding: “Reconnecting with my favorite roommate and best friend from college after losing track of each other for 30 years!”
I was stunned to find an email from my long-lost-roommate, Laurie, in my email box this weekend. Fate threw us together as dorm partners for two years. Neither of us knew the other before that. She was beautiful and vivacious, I was mousy and painfully shy. We should never have clicked. But we did. Outside of the dorm, we mostly went our separate ways with the separate friendships we developed. But inside that dorm room, we shared a unique bond that I have treasured all my life. If fate threw us together, it was surely because fate knew how much I needed a friend like Laurie in my life!
We never had a single fight. Something I cannot, alas, say about any of my subsequent roommate experiences after Laurie abandoned me to marry the man she loved. (How could she have been so selfish?) Laurie was simply too funny to ever fight with. Observing her life was like watching a comedy, and I was the laugh track. Her off-the-wall personality kept me too much in stitches even to feel annoyed. But it wasn’t “all about her”. She cared about me, wanted to know what was going on in my life. It was like coming home at the end of the day to “family”. The adjustment to new roommates in an apartment after her marriage was difficult. Instead of “family”, my new roommates and I were more like “ships that passed in the night”.
Laurie and I tried to keep in touch, but you know how such things go. It was before the age of email, and letters gradually faded until neither of knew what had become of the other.
Until this weekend. Laurie and her husband wandered into a Deseret Bookstore and saw a copy of one of my books. “How many Joyce DiPastena’s can there be?” they apparently wondered. My editor had included my email address in the bio at the end of my book, so Laurie shot off an email to me. Sure enough, I was me and she was her! And now I’ve got to post this blog, so I can shoot an email back to her.
Yes, as of today, one of the best things about being an author is finding my long-lost roomie.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Oh, and in case you’re wondering what the answer to contest #8’s question was, it was: agony.
I hope you’ve found my little “release party” anything but an agony today, though. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to enter my contests, chat with me, and help me celebrate my new book! I’ve had an absolutely wonderful time, and hope you’ve all had fun, too!
Just a couple of final notes to mention:
Beginning next Monday, you’ll be able to read a month’s worth of reviews of Illuminations of the Heart between August 10th – September 18th. I’ve listed the dates and links in the sidebar on the left side of this page, so you can follow along each day or click along randomly to see what people are saying about my new book. And there will be prizes involved if you leave a comment at any or all of the reviews: 3 $10 online gift certificates will be awarded towards the purchase of a copy of Illuminations of the Heart (one each to Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com, and DeseretBook.com), plus an autographed copy of Illuminations of the Heart--4 prizes in all! You'll receive one entry for every comment you leave on any of the reviews during the blog tour.
Also coming up soon is an all day chat with The Sweetest Romance Group at Coffee Time Romance on Friday, August 14. Here’s a description of The Sweetest Romance Group:
“This group is for those who write, and enjoy reading, sweet G-rated romance stories like our mothers/grandmothers recall reading. We take the reader through tender, heartwarming romance leaving them uplifted and inspired. Plain and simple, it's Jane Austen style writing--just clean, pure, and undefiled love between a man and woman.”
If this is the kind of romance you enjoy, then stop by Coffee Time Romance on August 14 and join us in the Latte Lounge...well, okay, I haven't figured out how to direct you to the Latte Lounge yet, but I'll figure it out and post the directions here at JDP NEWS before next Friday! The chat starts at 9 AM EST, and at least 5 sweet romance authors will be available to chat with you and answer your questions. (I’ll be the one yawning, since it’ll be 6 AM my time!) Hopefully more sweet romance authors will stop by throughout the day. Along with general chatting, you can read excerpts from many of our books and I can pretty much guarantee there will be some more contests involved. (And not just from me this time!) Oh, I also promise I’ll be the one sipping hot chocolate during the chat. Or possibly chilled chocolate milk, since we’ve been hitting 110 degrees or above here for the last couple of weeks! (And sadly, yes, you might have to slip by a few less-than-sweet-romance book covers on your way to the lounge, but once you're at the chat, I promise you'll be safe. And if I can find a link to bypass the covers and send you directly to the chat room, I'll post that here, too!)
Thanks again to everyone who participated in my party today, and I hope to see many of you again soon!