Thursday, December 29, 2016

What I Read, Watched, and Rocked Out to in 2016



My blog has been rather dormant this year, but I have not been! I've been busy teaching kindergarten, editing my middle grade novel, being a distributor for It Works health and wellness products, momming my three awesome kids, and all this below!

Here is my annual list of what I read, watched, and rocked out to!

BOOKS READ
I mostly read in the summer or on school breaks, so the list isn't as long as I'd like, but I read some amazing books this year!

ROOM by Emma Donoghue  (need to still see the movie!)

YES, PLEASE by Amy Poehler

ONE TO KEEP by Tia Louise

ELEANOR AND PARK by Rainbow Rowell

WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON by John Green and David Levithan

EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING by Nicola Yoon

BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE by Maggie Steifvater

SIGN OF THE GREEN DRAGON By C. Lee McKenzie

THIS ONE MOMENT By Stina Lindenblatt

SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS by Ann Brashares 

THE RAVEN KING by Maggie Steifvater

PERFECT TIMING By Robin Mellom

SEVEN DEADLY SINS by Corey Taylor
 
THANKS FOR THE MONEY by Joel McHale
Oh! And looky! Here's me with that handsome and hilarious author/actor Joel McHale!
 
 
MOVIES WATCHED
I am happy to report that I read more books than watched movies this year!
 

Grease Live on Fox

Daddy’s Home

Trainwreck

Civil War

Magic Mike XL

The Secret Life of Pets

The Legend of Tarzan

Batman vs Superman

Bad Moms

Rogue One (Sigh. Very sad about Carrie Fisher.)
 
CONCERTS ATTENDED
And you know my huge passion for my rock music. Concerts are my therapy for sure. Here are the bands I saw live this year! (And a sidenote: been dancing to George Michael tunes for the last few days. What a loss for the music world!)
Justin Bieber  (yes, I have a teenage daughter)
Skillet (a five dollar concert- man, they rocked it!)
Buckcherry - 5 times!  (my total count of Buckcherry shows is 15 now)
Sebastian Bach
Me and the Buckcherry boys
 
Goo Goo Dolls/Safety Suit
Click HERE to see me singing with Doug, the lead singer of Safety Suit! :)
 
 
WHAT WERE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS, MOVIES, AND CONCERTS OF 2016?
 

 

 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Fauxchella!

You all know how much I love my music. I LOVE my rock 'n' roll.

The good people of tickpick.com made me a concert poster of some of my fave rock bands! Now if only they could get these bands together for a day of amazing tunes!! I'd also have to add Sixx: AM, too and a few more bands. :)  You can never have enough rock and freaking roll.





If you could put together a music festival,
which bands would you choose?

Also, in other news, last day of school today! I'm ready to rock this summer!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Wild, Wild Midwest Conference 2016

This writer finally attended another SCBWI conference, and it was amazing! I feel like my brain is still processing and downloading all the wonderful information I learned there this past weekend.

Here's a quick rundown of my whirlwind weekend:

1. Look! I came prepared to learn from the wonderful Cinda Williams Chima, author of many bestselling books, including the Shattered Realms series. I attended her Ensnaring the Wary intensive, and learned so much about how to strengthen my middle grade manuscript.



2. Roaring Twenties Party!

What a fun way to start the weekend! The Charleston was taught. I danced to some Prince songs. And SO many fabulous costumes. So fun to mingle with so many talented people! Here is YA writer and friend, Gwen Flascamp, and I (photo taken by the wonderful Linda Sue Park - who was a speaker and part of the faculty. I attended an amazing session of hers on Saturday).


3. Saturday was jam-packed with session after session. I loved learning from agents, editors, and authors. Also, the attendees raised almost $4000 for the ‪#‎WeNeedDiverseBooks‬ ‪#‎WNDB‬ cause, funding diversity programs and publishing internships. Pretty awesome, right?!

4. Art Show Saturday Night

Beautiful art by illustrators were showcased. Here are some fave art pieces and people I met that night! Illustrators Matt Vincent and Michael Trujillo, middle grade novelist, KW Penndorf, and YA writer, Gwen Flascamp!  We had such a blast!

5. Sunday sessions and critique pick up!

Even more amazing sessions on Sunday plus a thorough critique of my manuscript by faculty of the conference.

If you haven't attended a conference in a while, don't wait! I came back with so many ideas to strengthen my manuscripts, met so many wonderful people and contacts, and am so INSPIRED by the weekend!

Happy Writing!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

What I read, watched, and rocked out to in 2015


Happy New Year, friends! I hope 2015 was good to you, and I hope 2016 is even better.

2015 was busy. I taught kindergarten and reading, helped coach my son in basketball, went to three weddings in June, hosted a Spanish exchange student, chauffeured and watched my kids play sports, and traveled to Arizona, Iowa and Wisconsin. My newest picture book I'M A LITTLE GREEN WITCH was released in September. I became an It Works! distributor (I'm healthier!). And I finished the year wrapping up my rough draft of a middle grade novel on December 31. I'm determined to make more time for writing and improving myself in 2016.

Here is my usual what I read, watched and rocked out to throughout the year!


Books
 










Bark Until Heard by Becky Monroe

Paper Towns by John Green

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John

One to Hold by Tia Louise

The Silent Wife by ASA Harrison

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

King of the Mutants by Samantha Verant

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Demon’s Ink By Kimbra Kasch

Into the Dark By Caroline Patti

Auggie & Me by RJ Palacio

 
Movies

Fifty Shades of Grey
Insurgent
The Spongebob Movie
Home
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Jurassic World
Inside Out
Minions
AntMan
Vacation
Goosebumps
The Outsiders
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (3x)

 
CONCERTS

Buckcherry for the 10th time

Papa Roach 2 times in January
Seether
Sixx Am/Apocalyptica

Taylor Swift/Shawn Mendez

Kip Winger (see below)












and Papa Roach (for the 13th time)/In this Moment/Pop Evil












What were some of your favorite
books, concerts, or movies of 2015?