Monday, January 23, 2012

Told you so. :)

I told you I would post more frequently.

But I mentioned a while ago an exciting event surrounding some writing.

Well, it is now time for me to introduce Teachable Moments. There are so many things that are going to be happening over there this year.

First of all my '09 NaNo novel will soon be ready for purchase on Amazon.

Also, I have been working on a couple of books that use a Proverb to tell their story.

And I am also writing a Preschool curriculum designed to be accomplished in short spurts, giving a homeschooling mom enough time to work with older students.

So keep your eye out over there! You never know what's going to show up next!


Kookaburras and Kangaroos and Koalas, Oh My!

We just returned from a week long vacation in Australia. We were visiting with some friends of my parents on Tamborine Mountain on the Gold Coast. It was absolutely breathtaking. The were kookaburras singing outside the window each morning.

We were also able to see a waterfall in a rain forest, visit the Movie World amusement park, and on the last day visit a park where we fed lorikeets, pet kangaroos, and held a koala.

My camera requested a break from all the pictures I took, so I'm granting it's request. Hopefully, I will be able to post them soon.

A week was definitely not long enough, but was a great appetizer. :)

Now that I am back, my posting should be getting back on schedule.


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Edoras and pictures......

I thought I'd make up for all the pictureless posts by using this post to add a lot!

We made our way to Edoras on an official tour this past Saturday. We almost didn't go. The weather in Christchurch was awful, cold and wet without even a peek of blue sky. But we decided to press on and go to Mt. Sunday.

I also elected to wear an Eowyn costume I had made a few years ago. It was fun being able to stand up there dressed as the part.

We were so glad we did. The weather there was absolutely beautiful. The sun was shining and there were just enough clouds in the sky to add dimension to the place.

Right, now on to the good stuff.

Mt. Sunday (the place used for Edoras) is set in a valley. As you come over the mountain and see it for the first time, it really doesn't look like much. Set against the backdrop of much taller mountains, it actually looks like a tiny hill.
But then you start driving closer. And it starts looking bigger.
And then you are at the base and you realize that it is pretty big. It also sets in around this time that you had agreed to climb it. :)
The only natural thing to do when get ready to climb is to sit down for a rest first.
Then we made it to the top.....
And the view was breathtaking.
The nice thing about going on an official tour is that they bring props. Archery I'm comfortable with. Swords......not so much. :)
This is the view on the other side of the mount.
This is the view they used when Aragorn first sees Helm's Deep. Although Helm's Deep is actually a few hours drive away. :)
Dad had fun with Aragorn's sword.
And he got to hold up the Rohanian flag.
Afterwards we had a delightful lunch at a lodge nearby and then made the almost two hour journey back to Christchurch.
The beauty here in New Zealand is breathtaking and I wanted a panoramic camera the whole way up.
Hope you enjoy the pictures!

Thursday, January 5, 2012


I thought I might post an update on my visa. But then I realized that I don't have an update on my visa.

So I thought I might post an update on pictures joining my posts. But I don't really have an update there either. I have found a device that will copy pictures from the card in my camera right into my iPad, but I am waiting to get it from the States.

So then I thought I might post an update on my writing adventures. But I don't really have an update there either. I mean things are progressing forward, but still no dates or anything to announce.

So finally I thought I would post an update about the earthquakes because there are always updates about earthquakes.

So here is my update:

We have had many aftershocks since December 23rd. Our family was at the camp for the really big ones, but we had a good sized one (4.8) two mornings ago.

So there you have it. I hope this has been an enlightening update(less) post. ;)


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Tuesday, January 3, 2012


I need your help.

I am in the process of writing a monodrama (a performance by one person) about the life of Jane Austen. It has been fun researching and planning and I am really excited to move onto the writing stage.

However, this is where I need your help. I am torn between writing the whole thing from Cassandra's (Jane Austen) point of view and writing it in more of a play format with multiple characters (Jane, Cassandra, their mother and brothers, etc.).

So, what do you think? Which do you think would be more interesting and communicate her story better?


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So, I am not a......

Camper. Dad was invited to be the morning speaker for our denomination's family camp this last week. It was held at a camp on the north island. Our family was fortunate to have a little cabin to ourselves. Fortunate in that we weren't in a tent. :)

It was a wonderful weekend full of biblical teaching, friend making, talent show performing, and family relating.

However, by the third day I had realized that I was not a camper. I don't enjoy having to chase the outdoors from indoors. I don't enjoy sleeping on a mattress in the middle of the kitchenette. I don't enjoy the muggy stickiness of hot a humid days with no air conditioning. I don't enjoy having to check each room I enter to make sure that there are no spiders already inhabiting it. Like I said, I am not a camper.

Just to make sure you understand, the camp itself was lovely. The people were amazing. I met some lovely new friends. And the teaching was amazing (not just Dad's, the evening devotions were wonderful).

In fact, I haven't completely ruled out going again next year. I just now know a few more things to bring so that I will be prepared.


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