My Dream Guitar

I haven’t written for a while because I started a new blog for my writing of fiction and poetry. I’ve decided to use this one just for my music. I want to get more serious about songwriting and performing. Right now I’m writing some songs for hire and am saving the money I earn from that to record demos of my own songs.

I’ve also started taking voice lessons from an awesome voice teacher who’s going to help me not only with singing, but also with performance, since I tend to get really bad stage fright and it’s hard to sing and play well when you can’t breathe and your fingers are shaking!

I’ll be singing at some open mics and my husband will video tape my performances. Then my voice coach will go over them with me and evaluate them. Yikes! This will be really good for me. The only way to get better at something is to do it more. I’ll post on here when my performances will be and how they go. Maybe I’ll even put some of the videos on my blog.

Above are pictures of my dream guitar. It’s a Taylor 614ce. Isn’t it gorgeous? It’ll be a long time before I can get it since I got a new guitar last year for Christmas (a Taylor 314ce) and I love it. It’s got great sound, feel, and playability, but it doesn’t have the big leaf maple back and sides, the pearl sound hole and pearl leaf pattern fretboard inlay, or the abalone soundhole rosette that make this guitar so beautiful.

I also need to get a lot better at playing before I can justify getting something this nice. If I can meet certain goals with my music and save the money, hopefully I’ll be able to get this in the future as a reward. It’s something to shoot for and that will give me incentive to practice and perform and write songs as much as possible.

I wrote a new song this week called “When”. It was one of those songs that just came quickly and easily without me expecting it or even planning to write a new song at the time. I love it when that happens. I think having to cowrite several songs a week on demand and having to force myself to write when I don’t feel inspired is helping me tap into more ideas and get the creative juices flowing.

I’m also co-writing a song with one of my sisters. It takes longer to come up with stuff we both like, but in the end I think the song will be different and hopefully better than if we wrote it on our own. That’s my two bits for today and more than I typically write. I’ll write more regularly from now on and smaller posts.

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Student Fest 2011—Angels

This is my debut performance with a band. I’m just glad I made it through without any mistakes!

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Win an electric guitar and other prizes at Student Fest 2011

Saturday May 21st I’ll be singing with a band at Student Fest 2011 at Risen Life Church on 2780 East 3900 South. We’ll be doing Sarah Mclachlan’s “Angel” and performing sometime between 3:30-4:30. If I can figure out how, I’ll include a sample recording of me practicing the song, without the band, with this post, and if all goes well on Saturday, maybe I’ll include a video of our performance with my post next week.

It’s free to attend and there will be bands performing all day. Everyone who comes gets their name entered in a drawing to win a prize. They’re giving away lots of musical prizes including a new electric guitar at the end of the night to some lucky winner! Come and listen to the bands and enjoy. Hope to see you there.

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Parsnec awards, author interviews, and prizes podcast has been nominated for a Parsnec award!

Upcoming authors we’ll be intereviewing this year include: Jeff Savage (mystery/thrillers), Caleb Warnock (nonfiction), Rick Walton (picture books), Mette Harrison (YA fantasy), Jess Smiley (illustrator/writer), and possibly James Dashner (MG fantasy), and more!

So listen in every Monday for our new podcasts and don’t forget to comment so you can be entered in our monthly drawings for signed books and other prizes.

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Scrivener give away

My writing group writer’s podcast is giving away a free copy of scrivener (a writing program) on our website this month. Go to and comment on one of our May podcasts to be entered. You will be entered as many times as you comment and if you put our link on your website, blog, facebook or twitter accounts and put the link in your comment on our website you will be entered for each link. Good luck!

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Submission Admissions

Okay, I admit it. I did what I promised myself I wouldn’t do and got sucked into another reading and edit of my novel before sending it off! But . . .

. . . I have now made the corrections and have printed it again and it’s ready to go. I’m glad I read it through on paper because I caught a few inconsistencies at the end.

Fingers crossed. Wish me luck!

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Writingsnippets at Conduit

My writing group’s writing podcast “writingsnippets” will be on a panel at Conduit (a sci-fi/fantasy convention in Salt Lake City) on May 27th. The panel will be about “writing podcasts to listen to in Utah”. We’ll be on the panel with some of the members of the writing excuses podcast (our idols). Come and chat with us. We’d love to see you there!

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Brandon Sanderson Name Auction

Brandon Sanderson is having an auction to get your name in one of his books. How cool is that?
Brandon Sanderson's generous name auction to benefit LTUE is now live on eBay:

The auction goes from 9:30PM MST April 6th (today) until 9:30PM April 16th--a Saturday.

So spread the word and may the best bidder win!


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Revision Decision

I “should” finish the revision of my novel today. Should. That’s what I keep telling myself everyday. I’m on the last part of the last chapter. Then what? My temptation is to go back and start editing again. I’m an editing addict. Can’t stop. What I need to do is query some agents. But is it ready? I need to go back and fix a few inconsistencies now that I changed some of the ending. Little things. Not a major rewrite though. I can’t get caught up in that loop again. The editor who’s waiting on this rewrite may lose interest or forget about the book altogether if I don’t send it to her soon. So I’ll fix those inconsistencies, spell check, and send it off! Yep, that’s what I’m gonna do. Here I go!

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workshop with Jessica Garrison

Last weekend I attended a writer’s workshop with editor Jessica Garrison from Dial. She was very personable and had great insights into the editing and publishing process.

She edited The Shadows, an MG fantasy/mystery novel—the first in a series called, The Books of Elsewhere. It’s a cute story about a young girl named Olive who moves into an old mansion and discovers that she can enter the paintings. (I won’t give anymore of it away.) My favorite thing about the books is the great metaphors and similes the author Jacqueline West, an award-winning poet, creates.

We met with Jess for one-on-ones, and she was complimentary as well as giving some excellent and in-depth suggestions for improving my first ten pages. She’d be a wonderful editor for a lucky author to have!

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