Friday, October 4, 2013

My new website

www.stacysjensen.com
Thanks for following me here on Blogger.

As I mentioned in my last post, I have a new website. Please visit me at www.stacysjensen.com.

Today, I have my Perfect Picture Book Friday post up.

I won't be posting here anymore. There are options for RSS feed and email subscription at the new site, so you can keep up with my posts.

Again, I appreciate you following me here.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Two redirects, oh my!

A funny thing happened when I mentioned I would be silent for just a little while longer  here ...

My monthly post on the Pikes Peak Writers blog Writing from the Peak is scheduled to appear today.

Working on my Puzzle, er, Manuscript is up today. I wrote about revisions and those tricky puzzle pieces — or words as we call them in the writing business.
This was tricky to make. Of course, now I know how to make a picture into a puzzle.
Black was not my best color choice, but you'll understand if you read the blog.
Major accomplishments (so far) this week: 
  • I revised a pitch to submit to Susanna Leonard Hill's Would You Read It series. I've read and commented on pitches, but never submitted one. My motivation arrived in a FB group discussion. I said, "Oh I should REALLY do that." I wrote on my calendar to submit a pitch this week. My tentative date for Simon Wants to be a Helper is in December. Don't worry, I'll remind you all when my Wednesday arrives. 
  • A soft opening for my website! I've joked that building a website is like writing a story  — we could revise it forever. So, if you have a second, stop by www.stacysjensen.com. There are several ways to follow the site from RSS feed to email. I chose mailchimp for my primary blog delivery system. So, we'll see if I figured that out or not. 
So, I'm doing a big no no this week asking you to go two places — Writing from the Peak and stacysjensen.com . It feels funny not to type the blogspot at the end of my online address. While Blogger has treated me well, I'm excited to have a WordPress site with my own domain.

My next post here will be the famous "I've moved" and redirect you to the new website. I hope to see you at the new place. 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Winner of Confessions of a Wonder Woman Wannabe

Last Friday, I posted a review of the Confessions of a Wonder Woman Wannabe by Jenny Lee Sulpizio.


There were comments. Names were tossed into a sandwich bag. Some people have hats. I have sandwich bags.

The winner is ...

SUE WANG

Thank you all for commenting.

If you buy a copy of the book, you can email a copy of the receipt to Jenny for a chance to win this ebook bundle.

Hope you have a happy Friday.

I hope to spend more time this week reading Perfect Picture Book Friday selections over at Susanna Leonard Hill's blog. Fridays filled with picture book recommendations and fun activities are always a treat.

I plan to rejoin the fun in October at my new website. The last weekend of the month I get to attend the Rocky Mountain Area SCBWI conference in Denver. Can't wait to soak up inspiration and information!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Review and Giveaway: Confessions of a Wonder Woman Wannabe


Jenny Lee Sulpizio

I've shared Jenny Lee Sulpizio's picture books here in the past — Something About a Boy and Mommy Whispers.





Today, I wanted to share her latest nonfiction book: Confessions of a Wonder Woman Wannabe: On a Mission to Save Sanity, One Mom at a Time  (Leafwood Publishers, 2013).

I don't want to say it's a manual for moms, but it certainly is a fountain of ideas! If you want to be Wonder Woman, Jenny doesn't give you a roadmap to that superhero title. Instead, with each chapter she offers specific tips on how to organize, simplify, and survive some of the challenges of motherhood.

Jenny's sense of humor, faith, and commitment to mothers shines through on each page. The book is written in a conversational tone.

Jenny's tips aren't written in stone for mothers, but she certainly gives a good foundation with her lists and charts to begin our own motherhood journey or to break free of some of our Wonder Woman Wannabe issues.

A passage I loved early in the book:

But who told me I needed to be perfect? And who said that my best wasn’t going to be good enough? It certainly wasn’t God. Nope, that person was me. I was a new mom struggling to become “super” . . . and I was losing the battle, big time. 

An idea I really liked:
Cuckoo Prevention Kits — One for kiddie crises combative and one for sanity-saving mommy must-haves. I laughed out loud about the tip to have a chocolate stash in the car and in summer months try a Tootsie Roll. Perfect.

Many of the chapters have lists of tips on how to deal with everything from cleaning out and stocking up the minivan to how to take a time out when you are frazzled and frustrated. Many items on Jenny's list is workable into my schedule. Now, if I will only implement some of her cleaning tips. Her ideas definitely gave me food for thought in my own motherhood adventure.

Jenny's writing style feels like a conversation I would have with my mom friends at church. I related to most of the topics in the book. I don't drink coffee, so the chapter on caffeine didn't do much for me. I know I'm weird. For those, who do drink coffee, you'll like that chapter.

The book is a fast read. I feel like it could also be digested in chunks too. You could read a few chapters, see how the tips fit into your life, and then read a few more.

I received an advance digital copy of the book for my honest review. Since, I enjoyed reading the book, I'd like to have a giveaway. Leave a comment and I'll do a random drawing. I'll keep the comments open until Sept. 19 at noon (MST). I'll post the winner on Sept. 20 (and contact the winner to arrange delivery).

In the spirit of saving a mom's sanity:  Consider sharing something you do to save your sanity that could help another mom.

I'll start. My son loves a pair of hand-me-down slippers. I don't argue with him about wearing them in public. Not fighting over his shoe choice saves me a little sanity and time.


Author Bio: Jenny Lee Sulpizio is a wife and mother of three who enjoys writing about anything and everything under the sun, but especially loves to instruct, motivate, and guide other moms with practical advice, tips, and a whole lot of comic relief in the process. Jenny is a contributing writer for The MOB Society and Moms Together, and is the author of the recently released guide for all mamas titled, “Confessions of a Wonder Woman Wannabe: On a Mission to Save Sanity, One Mom at a Time.” To find out more about Jenny or to follow her blog, visit www.jennyleesulpizio.com.


Also, if you sign up for the newsletter at Jenny's website, you will receive blog and newsletter updates. When I signed up, I received a free PDF with Sanity-Saving Mommy Must-Haves including her 30-minutes-per-day weekly cleaning schedule. This list gives you a glimpse at some of the tips in the book.

As toddler tornado says before bedtime, "One more book."

Oh, wait, I was trying to say, "One more thing." If you buy a copy of the book online, you can email a copy of the receipt to Jenny for a chance to win this ebook bundle. 



Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Blog Hop Interview: My scary answers



Susanna Leonard Hill tagged me after she completed a "blog hop interview." 

Who started all of this tagging? — Robyn Campbell, of course. Who wants to miss the fun when Robyn and Susanna are involved? NO ONE!

I copied the questions from Susanna's post. She said I can answer four (or as many as I like from the questions). I'm supposed to tag three other writers, who in turn answer their four questions.

Here are the questions: 


  1. What are you working on right now?
  2. How does it differ from other works in its genre?
  3. What experiences have influenced you?
  4. Why do you write what you do?
  5. How does your writing process work?
  6. What is the hardest part about writing?
  7. What would you like to try as a writer that you haven't yet?
  8. Who are the authors you most admire?
  9. What scares you?


My answers: 

1. What are you working on right now? — Revisions for submissions and a new WordPress website.

6. What is the hardest part about writing? — Time. I have several projects in the "write, revise, repeat" phase. Deadlines for critique groups and submission have kept me on task. Well, I've pushed up against a few deadlines, but they still motivate me to reach a goal. 

7. What would you like to try as a writer that you haven't yet? — I always answer "short story" to this question, but haven't sat down to write one yet. It seems to be the best vehicle for a few ideas I have, but other projects take priority before jumping into this area.

9. What scares you? — An immediate concern is whether my husband is accurate that I allegedly over watered my neighbor's plants, while she was away. Long term? Would I have what it takes to survive a continual onslaught of zombies? I mean, could I do it like some of those movie characters for days and years. 

Check out Robyn Campbell's answers here

Check out Susanna Leonard Hill's answers here

Hmm. I'm supposed to tag three people. Since I'm a writer and my math is shaky sometimes, I'm tagging Teresa Robeson — this is her blog! Anyone else?

I hope you all are having a wonderful summer. Like many of you, I've been busy — writing, studying, building a website, spending time with family, etc. 

You'd think I have been fighting off zombies due to my absence from the blogging world, but I have not. That's not one of my super hero powers (as evidence of my No. 9 answer)! 


Friday, June 28, 2013

PPW: A success post is good news for everyone

I'm seeing all types of GREAT news from fellow writers this week. People are signing with agents and accepting writing positions.

So, it's good timing that my monthly post at Writing from the Peak appears today, after a week filled with awesome news.

You can read what I wrote "A success post is good news for everyone" at the Pikes Peak Writers blog.

Do you have good news this week?

I joined an in-person critique group this week. I'm excited about the  feedback. Plus, I submitted two picture book manuscripts and an essay.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

My PPW blog: Help an Author Out — Leave a Review, Please!


I was over at Writing From the Peak last week. I wrote about my declaration to write more book reviews this year. I have three books on my Kindle right now that need my attention.

Why am I late in posting this here?

Hmm. I was in Iowa last week on a family visit. In my rush to leave town, I forgot to schedule my post. Then, I was in the black hole of technology. You know where your cell phone provider is not King and you want to spend time with family (because that's why you are there in the first place).

Oh (and whispering) I had a birthday too and so did Enzo.

Fun times.

If you have a moment, take a look.

I hope my friends in the U.S. are having a great Memorial Day Weekend.