Friday, July 25, 2014

The Return of the Friday Five 7-25-14

I'm baaack. Well, I never really left, but the Friday Five left. That's not to say it's going to be back every week. I think that's part of why it left - let's face it, some weeks, I really only have two or three things that are share-worthy. We'll play it by ear, okay? In the meantime... here's what's going on around here this week:

1. Bundle Up!

Are your kids reading this summer? WHAT? READ? But it's summer - YUK! I know, right? NOT!! READING ROCKS, and if your kids have to fill out a reading log this summer like mine do, you can now squeeze in four books all at once, and they won't even realize it. Okay - well they will, but by the time they figure it out, they'll be into it - promise. That's because for the first time, I've bundled all four Nate Rocks books together into a single book. You get the complete collection for under $5. Only from Amazon... get it  >>HERE<<


2.  Holly's Wishes.

I know. First I promised it would be ready July 1st. Then I said it would only be delayed a short time. And here it is, July 25th and no Holly's Wishes. Well, the good news is that after MANY rounds of revisions, it is finally finished. It's now in that happy place called editing where it's getting polished and ready for the world. Soon... and I mean it this time.

3.  Awesome Kid Saying of the Week:

Ok here's the deal. I have three awesome kids. Two teens and an almost eight year old, and the stuff that comes out of their mouths is just something else. Sometimes, it's so out there, I have to write an entire blog post about it. But sometimes, it's just a little snippet. If you have kids, or are around kids, you know what I'm talking about. So every Friday Five, I'm going to pick one thing from the week that one of them said that made me just either burst out laughing or shake my head and say "Huh?"  Here's this week's...

Since my life lately has been consumed with Holly's Wishes … re-writing it over (and over and over …) my sixteen year old innocently asked me why not just stop writing it.

"Mom, just skip that one and move on."

When I explained that I couldn't because it's book 2 in a series, and you can't have a series that goes from book 1 to book 3, his response made perfect sense.

He said, "You could be like Star Wars and just release all the books out of order."

Huh. Now why didn't I think of that?  Don't worry, see #2 above.

4. Critters.

If you follow me on FACEBOOK, you know that I recently moved. It was a crazy, stressful ordeal that I'm glad is over. To try to ease the stress, a friend helped me put together a lovely little zen garden in my new backyard.

  Unfortunately, it didn't last long.  First the flowers disappeared.

  Ok, I thought, They'll grow back. But then the tomato plant got eaten. THEN, the plants were GONE. Yes, gone - dug right out of the pots by the roots!

One by one, every plant has disappeared. I'm now left with a zen garden of empty pots of soil. At the moment I have two suspects ...  Exhibit A...

and Exhibit B ... which I believe belongs to a groundhog.

It is possible they are working together. I may have to call in Christopher Robin for assistance.

5. SWAG.

So, you know how above I said I might not have 5 things to tell you every week? Well this is one of those weeks lol! So instead, I'm going to giveaway SWAG!!  Sign up for my newsletter and get a signed Whispered Wishes postcard.The first ten people who sign up will also receive a copy of Ava's Wishes. (Postcards limited to US & Canada).

Have a great weekend everyone!


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