What we've been up to in 2015:
JANUARY: New York, New York!
|I was in town for a grad school mid-year shindig. We sat down with some agents and editors and visited all the cool sights.|
|I fulfilled my life long dream of seeing Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.|
|Then I fulfilled Cole's life long dream of visiting the library from the opening scene in Ghostbusters.|
|Had to stop by NBC. |
"Jimmy, cut. Cats rescuing firemen?! Somebody get me Tina on the horn!"
March: Gavin turned 7.
|You want a Kirby cake? You got it.|
|After the first 1/2 mile, we walked. Medals were for participation.|
|THIS IS THE BEST WRITING CONFERENCE IN UTAH!|
|HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, LUVAH. 13 years.|
|Our relationship in a nutshell.|
JUNE: Layne had a piano recital.
|Good job, sweetie! I love "Chopsticks!"|
|Layne learned a cheer and performed on the football field. She was fantastic!|
|Y Mountain in Provo, UT|
|We hiked the Y for the first time as a whole family.|
JULY: Hello, Vienna!
|For my second grad school residency, I spent 2 weeks in Austria.|
|Two weeks of writing, listening to writing lectures, workshopping manuscripts, and touring the city.|
|The monastery in Melk, Austria.|
|Love the architecture. At night the skyline is scalloped in places.|
|The canal that runs through the city.|
|Castle in Bratislava.|
|The Prater in Vienna.|
AUGUST: Summer hiking adventures. If you live in Utah, you take advantage of its beauty.
|First day of school. Gav - 2nd grade, Lane - 5th.|
|Segullah published an article of mine.|
|Beaka lives with grandma in So. Utah.|
|Gavin played on a community fb team.|
|I'm so proud.|
|Comic Con 2015. The best time of the year. Layne and Cole loved zombie laser tag. I loved the Animanics panel and the nerd poetry slam. Gavin loved his Sonic the Hedgehog hat.|
OCTOBER: Publications, birthdays, and Halloween!
|Wahoo! Another publication!|
|And more hiking in Capitol Reef.|
|This was a scary one for Layne. She has a fear of heights.|
|Layne turned 11 during the month.|
|Halloween. Gavin was Sonic.exe and Layne was a mermaid.|
|Layne won first place in the PTA Reflections contest for her artwork. The theme was "Let your imagination fly."|
|I wrote all month, except for a week when I was sick as a dog.|
|I've been writing my second memoir, Bigfoot & Me: A Memoir of Marriage and Mental Illness. |
I have 62,000 now, but it's still not done. I'm close.
|A nasty habit of mine.|
|Gavin suddenly grew some sort of an artist gene.|
|Where did this talent come from???|
|He's been watching tutorial after tutorial.|
|Cole and I refurbished this hutch. It belonged to my mother, and I'm pretty sure it's at least twenty years old.|
|Bought these at DI when we moved into our home 6 years ago. I added these letters so they would look a little like typewriter keys.|
DECEMBER: I published another essay!
|My article in Superstition Review is out! It's been a good year for publications.|
AND (spoilers) I had another one accepted for publication for January. More on this later.
|The Praterstern that I wrote about in the first bit of the essay.|
|Still teaching. Still loving it. Life is good.|
Merry Christmas, friends and family.
Love you all!