Reading Local Challenge

These days there’s lots of talk about buying local, eating local, well, I thought, eyeing my to-read stack, I’m going to spend September reading local.

I’m going to catch up on books by Utah authors: Kristen Chandler, Carol Lynch Williams, AE Cannon, Kristen Landon, Bree Despain, and James Dashner.
Watch for updates on my progress–and some great giveaways of signed books by Utah authors. I challenge you to read a “local” book and support an author who lives in your part of the world.
Join me! (And I’d love to hear about what you’re reading.)

You Comment, I Donate: Library Blog Challenge

This is a library-loving blog challenge!

For every commenter on this post between now and March 28th, I will donate $1 per commenter to Room to Read, an amazing organization that builds libraries around the world, up to an amount of $250.

How easy could it be? You comment, I donate money, and kids all over the world have the chance to discover their own love of reading.

Note that my pledge is “per commenter”—so don’t leave 50 comments all by yourself. But please do help me spread the word…link to this post, tweet about it, and send your friends here so they can comment and raise more money.

If you’re moved to make a flat-fee donation to your library, an organization like Room To Read, or to start your own challenge, you are quite welcome, and please leave that information in the comments.

For a complete list of participating bloggers (and to visit other sites where you can help libraries just by leaving a comment!) visit the writerjenn blog at

Thanks, everyone! Let’s raise some $$$!

Looking Forward to Shopping

I hate shopping for clothes (for anyone). And I’m not really fond of the mall–unless I’m hiding in the food court with my writing notebook eavesdropping on people and making up stories about them (someday I’ll find a story for that Hot Dog On A Stick girl…). But today I’m kind of excited about going to the mall. I’m actually looking forward to buying my daughter a whole bunch of new clothes!

My daughter has bravely endured two spinal surgeries–one for a benign tumor, a second to correct a curve resulting from the first surgery. Last May she found out that the rest of her spine had started to curve. And she’d have to wear a back brace for 23 hours a day. Every day. Not the greatest way to start junior high.

The thick plastic brace acted like a corset, squeezing her stomach so she couldn’t eat a full
meal, rubbing her skin red and raw, and, yeah, it gave her cleavage a nice boost, but finding clothes has been torture. Pants have to be bought a couple of sizes too big to fit around the bottom of the brace. T-shirts won’t work. An undershirt has to be worn under everything. Most teen girls love to shop, but my daughter dreads it.

Until today! We got great news at this year’s checkup. My daughter only has to wear the brace for 8 hours a day (at night). I’m so incredibly proud of the courage and grace with which my daughter has handled yet another physical challenge. So let’s shop M&M!!!

See you this afternoon Hot Dog On A Stick girl.