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Three Thing Thursday



We’re having a WIFYR kickoff  January 15, 2016, Friday. 6-9 pm. !!!!!!!!!!!!!

At this point I’m not exactly sure where we will be, but . . . this event is for all writers, published and almost-published and thinking about writing.

This will be ticketed, meaning you’ll need a number to get in the door, as there’s a limited space.

We’ll share a fantastic potluck celebration and, if you’d like, you may bring a new or gently-used book that will be donated to a library in need of books.

We’ll have a guest speaker (TBA), a few writing prompts (bring writing material), a chance to share a best line or two and a quick pitch session (just with each other!).

This kickoff is supported by SCBWI UT/ID chapter. We’re excited to work with Travis and Sherry in making UT the producer of the finest children’s lit ever.



For those who are interested, Steve Fraser, an agent at Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency will be here in UT on February 24 and 25 for a day + workshop.

PM me on Facebook or email me and I can give you details.

Limited number for this event, too.



I admit, I haven’t been writing. 

But I have been reading. Not just fun reading, but critical reading. Deciphering what works, what doesn’t, what should have been.
And I’ve been thinking. It sounds like a cop-out, I know, but my process has always been to work things out in my mind first and then just transcribe it onto the page. By the time I physically write anything down it’s already on the third draft.
My big problem in my novel is the science. No matter what I do, I can’t make the science work in my favor. I need to make friends with some scientists. In another novel, it’s too short and too cliche. It needs a dose of reality, and I have no idea how to inject it.
But I haven’t given up. Someday something completely unrelated will happen in real life, and everything will click into place.
I can’t wait.
Carol wrote on the 7th about what the writing world had opened up for her: basically, a whole new world.  This after just having survived (like several of us, no doubt) NaNoWriMo, November, Thanksgiving.  And now we’re knee-deep in getting ready for Christmas.  Or, at least, getting ready to get ready.  I’m with Carol: time seems to speed up these days.
I refer back to the book I recommended last week and the week before: “TimeShifting”.  Try to hang on to the here, to the now.  Let the person who ignored you at the ward party go.  She probably was having problems of her own.
Let the family member (you know the one: the one who MUST have everyone’s attention) and stoops to coming “fashionably late” or fails to show up at all for a family gathering.  The guy who dominates all the conversation so that “significant others” belonging to this or that family member stumble through the evening trying to greet people they don’t even know, while the conversation has been hijacked by some needy friend or family member, and can’t stop railing about his/her misfortunes.
Concentrate instead on the attention paid to arranging the serving table.  Listen . . . REALLY Listen to the music playing softly in the background without calling attention to itself, even though it was carefully thought through and chosen by someone there.  Find that someone and give a thank you for the thoughtfulness of that gift of calming sound.  Talk to one of the small children whose parents are busy talking to other grownups.  REALLY BE THERE for any function you attend.  Look forward to it.  PLAN what you will do within the milling crowd of family, friends, and the occasional stranger.  Welcome that stranger by listening to him or her before moving on to others.
And thus create your OWN Merry Christmas Celebration, within the context of places you “MUST” be this holiday season:

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Kyra Leigh, Queen Bee–Reading!

Reading! I’m back to the reading game and I’m so happy about it.
Even tho I write for kids, I’ve been stuck on adult novels.

My current read is by Chelsea Handler. My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One Night Stands.  It’s a  little dated, and also has some tags, but it’s actually a pretty fun read. This is a book for almost any single girl in her twenties.

My next read will be Wild, by Cheryl Strayed. I just saw the movie, {loved it!!} and I’ve heard the book is even better!

I’ve also got Not That Kind of Girl by the amazing Lena Dunham. Lena writes for one of my favorite shows, GIRLS! If you haven’t watched it, watch it! It’s so amazingly awkward. But so funny.

I’m also going to finish a book I keep losing called Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz. I love what I’ve read. Mom loved it, too.

I’ll will keep you all updated on more great books.

Now tell me what you’re all reading!

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Kyra Leigh, Queen Bee

Happy Wednesday Everyone.

The time has been flying by! We only have a few more weeks until WIFYR. Who all is going?
I think I will be there for a day or two. I hope to meet some new friends and find some new inspiration.

Speaking of children’s books, I haven’t been reading them as much lately.
Somehow I’ve fallen for a few adult novels {I know . . . shame on me!}

But I did some investigating on Amazon and found some YA novels that sound amazing. I hope to get at least half of them read. If any of you have read any of these, please comment below and let me know your thoughts!

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz.

Noggin by John Core Whaley

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson {Wish I could get my hands on an ARC like I did her first novel. I’m excited to read this one!}

Signed, Skye Harper by Carol Lynch Williams {I know I know! I should have read this one by now, but my best friend Kati got to read it first. She loved it!}

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

In Darkness by Nick Lake

Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff

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Hello Lovelies,

Do you ever sleep under a big pile of clean clothes? I never do that.

Also, I love this book:

We read it all the time and the best part? Except for the recipe she looks up in her cookbook, there are no words. It’s one of the best wordless picture books I have ever read. It has it all: character you know (and love), clear plot, excellent pacing, and a satisfying ending. The best part is my three year old loves to “read” it to me.

So this morning when I woke up I decided to do something extra special for breakfast.

I said to my little boy: Do you want me to make the pancakes from the book?

He said: No.

I said: From Pancakes for breakfast? [because there’s a real recipe in there and whenever we read it I think I’m going to make those, I’m going to be so awesome and wake up one morning and feel like being so awesome and I’ll say, do you want me to make the pancakes from the book? And he’ll be so excited and watch me crack the eggs and we’ll talk about literacy and I’ll be so awesome].

He said: No.

I said: Yes you do. It’s going to be so fun.

So then he and his brother threw all their toys down the stairs while I made a recipe that includes sifting [which I didn’t do but still–it’s in the recipe]. The pancakes came out golden and perfect and I was so happy. The recipe in the book really works!

Come eat! Come eat! Get up husband! Come here kids! Come eat! It’s from the book! Come eat!

They sat down at their stools that are subs for tables because our table is dismantled and supposedly going to be painted by me but it’s been two weeks but I’m going to be so awesome and paint the table! Look guys! the table! It’s going to get painted!

And they ate three bites.

My son: I don’t like pancakes.

My other son: No pancakes.

My husband: Snore.

You guys! Are you so awesome! I am so awesome! I ate fourteen pancakes from this book Pancakes for Breakfast! Do you think I’m awesome! I am so awesome!

The end.

Are you coming tonight? 5:30 at Thai Ruby which is just southeast of BYU. We are going to have Masaman Curry with a side of Pad Thai. We are also going to discuss important things like why my hair is so fluffy despite it supposedly being a Hot Haircut that cost me lots of money and now I look like Barbara Bush (not that that’s bad) (that might also be why I’m not posting pictures–if I get it looking like a Hot Haircut again I MIGHT post a picture but then I’d have to find a cord and I don’t know where a cord is so I probably won’t be posting a picture). Are you coming? Come.


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