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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Catching up

Well, the monsters went back to school last week--normal kids, like mine, did too. It was fabulous. Not only to have some time in a quiet house, but also to have their brains occupied with something other than facebook, PS2, and picking fights with one another. They like school with varying degrees of enthusiasm but like I tell them "Enjoying what you do is a luxury. Get over it." I like to lift their spirits with inspirational sayings like that. Another favorite is "Don't worry what people think of you, cause they don't." That was one I got from my father, you know, the type you swore you'd never repeat. Yep, I'm repeating and my kids like it about as much as I did back then. Such is the eternal round of parental mistakes.

BEFORE they went back to school, I had the opportunity to do a podcast with the lovely ladies of the LDS Women's Book Review--always an awesome time to chat with these gals, and I got to share the podcast with Michele Holmes, whose second novel, All the Stars in Heaven, has just come out with Covenant. Her first book, Counting Stars won the Whitney Award for romance in 2007. Anyway, it was a fun time. You can listen to or download the podcast HERE.

Included in the podcast is a super-fun-and-exciting announcement--I won't spill the beans here because we're still working on some details, but it's gunna be awesome and if you listen to the podcast you'll have the heads up before I announce it in detail here :-)

AND, I'm on the final, final leg of my current book--Devil's Food Cake. No, I don't know who did it for sure, and I'm not done. Yes, it is giving me an ulcer, which takes a lot of the fun out of the writing process. But, I'm still optimistic that I can have it done by my deadline, which is the 15th. Cross your fingers, light a candle, say a little prayer, bake cookies or something otherwise inspiring if you have a minute. I could use all the help I can get!

So, that's what's up with me. More to come next week, I hope.

15 comments:

Luisa Perkins said...

Oh, I LOVE the title of your latest--and it's not just because it's almost lunchtime for me.

Enjoying what we do IS a luxury. Lucky, lucky, lucky we are.

Happy Mom said...

I can't wait to read Devil's Food!!!

My favorite "inspirational" saying: You don't have to want to, you just have to do it!

Carolyn V. said...

I love your dad's comment! I've got to start telling that to myself (isn't that sad?) I've never heard that podcast before, thanks for sharing!

Don said...

I enjoyed the podcast - it was a lot of fun. And remember, you have fans in Texas, too. Just sayin'.

Good luck on finishing up Devil's Food Cake. Sorry I couldn't give more on the recipes for this one, but they came through at a time when we were trying to figure out some major food allergies with the kids, and it seems like whatever ingredient we were trying to avoid (like chocolate) was front and center in the recipe.

Sending some good writerly vibes your way!

Heather B. Moore said...

I listed to the whole darn podcast and didn't get the big announcement--unless it was the discussion you had with your product director. But to me, that was a no-brainer :) Was that it? Huh? Huh?

Stephanie Humphreys said...

Does folding laundry count? I guess not. I'll just say a little prayer for you since I can't wait for your next book to come out!

Jordan said...

Here's a hint: the butler did it. The butler always does it.

I just won a copy of English Trifle and I'm excited to get it!

Good luck!

Josi said...

Don--no worries, of course, thank you for all you offer the class. As I remember you made several of them despite your family situation, which I appreciate very much. The next book will be a bit more allergy freindly :-)

Heather, now I'm going to have to listen to it--I wonder if it got edited out. Dang.

Heather B. Moore said...

Well, I did fast forward just a tiny bit here and there, but made sure I didn't miss any conversation threads, so it could be my fault . . . maybe it was what you are doing with Julie starting in November ???

Shanda said...

Thanks for the mention, Josi! Hope you can figure out who did it soon. It would be a shame if that ulcer wouldn't let you enjoy any more of those yummy recipes. As for the podcast editing, mainly "ums" & "uhs"- I would never edit out your announcement :). I try to edit as little as possible- thus the 90-minute + podcasts, LOL!

L.T. Elliot said...

Awesome title!

Yeah, I'm finding that I repeat my dad's little pearls of wisdom too: "'Shut up' is not proper use of the English language."

Brillig said...

Okay, your opening sentence in this post killed me. Hahahahahaa.

Also, I love that you're still not entirely sure "who did it."

Crystal said...

I made a peach pie-and even thought of you on slice #2--get over it!

Julie Wright said...

I know what the announcement is!!! I love being in the loop. You are amazing with your ability to speak your ideas clearly. I really need to work on that.

An Ordinary Mom said...

"Enjoying what you do is a luxury. Get over it." I really like that!

I hope you got your book done! It sounds fabulous!