Monday, April 20, 2009

In spring there is a renewal of all things...

Including my determination to keep up with my blog :) So here's an update to get you started. Since December:

**The contest I entered on New Year's eve? I won first place and they've chosen a couple of the other submissions I sent in to publish as well. I am stunned. I am ecstatic. I am grateful. They'll be published in the Fall 2009 issue of Segullah. Segullah also invited me to join their staff as a member of the poetry board.

**I entered another poetry contest, a local one, with word coming about that next month probably. I'm not confident about it, but I loved the idea so much I had to send something in. The winners have their poem engraved on plaques and posted in a "poetry garden" on the grounds of the public library for a year and they and the honorable mentions get the poems places on the city buses!

**I entered ScriptFrenzy and am failing miserably at it so far.

**The kids are growing. The kids are amazing. Princess is getting ready to be popcorn in her spring dance recital. Bear loves to say "I'm a pirate: aarrrggghhh".

**I finally opened an actual eBay store front called 8pizza and am loving how much simpler it is to deal with than the onesie twosie stuff I have done for years! Here is the first of some very nifty promotions I'll have coming up: sign up for my store newsletter (one email every other week and the occasional spotlight email) and get $1 off your purchase! Sign up by going to my store site and finding the Store Newsletter sign up button on the left side half way down. Free local pick up for locals and lots of "best offer" items too--don't be afraid to haggle with me just because you know me!

**My husband is not attending school this quarter and we are stunned at the time we have to hang out as a family. It's cool :)

**Night Writers (the writing group I go to) is producing its first publication; a year book of sorts that will include writing of many genres from the ladies in the group. It will be finished this week, and we are having an publication reception this Saturday evening with readings by the authors, autographed copies of Night Writer's Ink and treats. If you're interested in coming, drop me a line and I'll tell you when and where!

**Facebook has sucked me in and takes up way too much of my time, but it's sure the heck fun.

**I have lots of travel planned for the summer, and I am so excited to get to see some of you! We'll be doing a six-state road trip as a family and the kids and I will be doing some flying on our own too. Raise your hand if you want postcards!

I missed the blog. It's good to be back.


Emily M said...

Lara, we were blown away by "Expectancy." So thankful you submitted it, too. It's one of my favorite poems we've ever published (I found your blog through linkbacks; I hope it's okay if I comment here).

Mom of 3 Boys said...

Congratulations! You are an amazing mom, friend, poet, writer, organizer, and therapist *grin*

I'm glad you are back in blog land for a bit.

Courtney said...

Congrats on all your good things! :) And yay, you blog! Now, blog more! :)

Lara said...

*****Thanks Everyone! And of course you are welcome here Emily! I am glad you stopped by :) Can't wait to get my forum access straightened out so I can hang with the Segullah sisters more :)

texasblu said...

I've got to join the night writers thingy.

I get a lot of hits from people looking for celestial university - are you getting more people?

And I had no idea you were back! Glad I followed the impression to check you out today! :)

Lara said...

*****Hey Aine! Actually, we've closed CU for the time being. Hopefully we'll be able to get it going again later in the year!

Jeremy Saunders said...

CONGRATS! Lara! I am so proud of you and the way you are keeping up with your talents and passions amidst raising your kids! Great job!