Posts Tagged ‘publishing house’

Blog-erview by Yours Truly

January 24, 2009


So here’s the deal.  My blog buddy at wrote a post answering random questions that someone asked of him.   So then he posted his answers and said he’ll send interview questions to others, if they post the answers.  Well, you know what a sucker I am for filling out forms, or answering the census questionnaires…. of course I responded.  Here are his questions and my answers… in black and white.  The truth hurts sometimes.

1.   What is something that your husband eats that you cannot stomach?  Just one???  Dr. Pepper, jalapeno peppers, coffee, cayenne pepper mixed with pure maple syrup and grapefruit juice.  Ok, that was four.  Disgusting, huh?
2.   Name one popular band or musical group that if you hear on the radio, you are forced to get up and change the channel or turn it off immediately.  OK, I need to ask my kids the name of the group, but they are all in bed.  It is a scream-o Christian rock group that gets on my nerves in a nanosecond.  (I’m thinking Skillet, or Disciple???)
3.   What is the biggest piece of advice in your life that you ignored and now regret?  Write down what you are thankful for every day.  I have done this on occasion, but wouldn’t it have been monumental if I had a record of thanksgiving from every single day??!!??  Shoot!
4.   Since you have written, how do YOU take an idea and turn it into something that can be published?  Most of my writing is about life’s situation that have come my way that I find either humorous or intriguing.  I strive for short, succinct stories that placate people with short attention spans. If I pull the stories out later in life and they still make me laugh.. or at least smile… I think, ‘maybe someone else would think this was funny too.’  I edit my writing at least 27 times, reading it out loud and then send it to my mother for more editing.  Oh, and my friend Jill edits my work too.  When I had a collection of stories, I researched publishing houses that already printed my type of stories, and sent out many proposals.  (Your Germany saga is worthy of publication, by the way.)
5.   What do you put on a hamburger?  Good question to end on.  Grilled onions, mayo, ketchup, cheddar cheese, grilled mushrooms, lettuce and tomato.  Salivating like Pavlov’s dog.

Now that all that is over with, if you’d like to participate in this little “ask me anything” assignment, here are the rules for anyone else who wants to be interviewed…

1. Leave me a comment saying, “Interview me.”
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. (I get to pick the questions).
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

On your marks.  Get set.  Go!

Le freak, c’est chic. Freak out!

December 22, 2008

Sing it with me…. “Aaaaaaaaahhhhh, Freak Out!” 


Enjoying every moment of non-stress Christmas break, I was spending a To-Do-List-Less day minding my own business, when BAM! 

Actually, I spent about an hour online last Thursday morning choosing a Conversational Spanish class that is offered at a local community college for eight weeks.  I knew it would be hard (due my 42 year old brain… and a 25 year gap from my last Spanish class) and time consuming (twice a week for 3 hours) but I feel like I need to take it before we go to Colombia.  I found the textbook.  I found the school.  I called Rick and informed him that we would need to find a ride to hockey for Keeve for eight Wednesday nights.  OK, then BAM! happened.

I phoned Michelle, my editor in Nashville, to report a printing glitch that was found in one of my books, Laughing in the Midst of Mothering.  ( After discussing the hows and whys of printing boo-boos, she casually mentioned that the week before she had presented my next book, Laughing in the Midst of Marriage, to the board of the publishing house and they gave it the thumbs up!   Whooooooo Hoooooooo!  She mentioned September for having it out!  Thrilling!  Yes! 

We hung up… and the Freak Out part started.  Where in the world was the file folder with my “book”?  I was on the phone with my sister while digging through my bedside table, pulling piles out from under my bed, shoveling stuff off my desk.  It only took me about five minutes to locate the collection of stories.  Then I remembered the minor computer faux pas that “hid” my entire computer profile…. including all my writing.  GREAT!  Thanks to my new best friend in the world, Missy’s Ken, the files were recovered… but they are not in a working file.  So today I spent my free time transferring and copying files so I can get down to business.

All that to say, I’m so excited about the marriage book and I won’t be taking Conversational Spanish any time soon.