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Monday, June 30, 2008

I liked it so I stole it

A to Z All About Me

A-Attached or Single? Just celebrated 3 years, but we dated for 7 years before we got married!

B-Best Friend? James -no question
C-Cake or Pie? One of each please!

D-Day of Choice? Sundays Rock. It's the time I spend the most with my family.

E-Essential Items? A book to read and a pen (don't always have to have paper, either.)

F-Favorite Color? I like all the colors.

G-Gummy Bears or Worms? definately worms

H-Hometown? Amarillo, Texas. But I was born in Tulia, TX

I-Indulgence? Food... Maybe I should indulge a little in some exercise as well...

J-January or July? July all the way!

K-Kids? 1 boy, a little over three months

L-Life isn’t complete without… Family

M-Marriage Date? April 23, 2005

N-Number of Siblings? One brother and One Sister.

O-Oranges or Apples? depends... I like food, remember?

P-Phobias or Fears? Clowns... eeesh

Q-Quote? Slayer. Comma. The. She who hangs out alot in cemetaries....

R-Reason to Smile? Are you kidding me? My life is pretty damn close to perfect right now. What ISN'T there to smile about? I have a loving husband and a beautiful baby boy, and I'm working towards a dream that is getting closer and closer to being realized. It could be a hell of a lot worse!

S-Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman!!!!Girls kick ass!

T-Tag 5 people. I don't know 5 people to tag.
Okay, If you're reading this : Crystal, Sarah, Nette, Toni, and stephanie!

U- Umbrella or poncho? Umbrella... I like to twirl it!

V-Vegetables? Love em-bring em on!

W-Worst Habit? laziness... I mean what the hell is on TV Anyway?

X-Ray or Ultrasound? Definately ultrasound!

Y-Your Favorite Food? Pad Thai

Z-Zodiac Sign? Cancer

I stole this from Travis Erwin

Back from the River

Back from the River and we had a blast. It was a completely different experience than Colorado, where the water was moving at 4000 cfs (thats what the something or others is: Cubic feet per second) at Huaco Springs it was moving at 200 cfs. It took us 5 hours to float a small part of the river and I was loving it. I think I fell asleep during part of it. But it was so relaxing. And in Colorado we stayed in a hotel, but we actually camped out this weekend, which I loved It's not exactly the most clean thing in the world but there is just something about washing your hair in the river....

But now we're back home and life unfortunately didn't slow down for us at all. (Life, I've found, often has no sympathy for us!) All work and no play makes Karin a very dull girl. But I think I'm going to have to start waking up at 4am. That way I can get some writing done while every one else is asleep...

Its only sleep right? who needs that?

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

It's Been Awhile

I haven't posted in so long because there has been so much going on! I can't believe all the things that have happened in the last few weeks. (Time is a little wonky for me right now-it's going by to fast!)

Anyway first things first...

The FIW conference was AMAZING this year. I learned so much information in so little time... Robert Ray told me in a two day span my writing had already improved and that I needed to get a writing group together. Not a critique group~which we really need as well...but a group that just gets together to write and read and NOT critique.

Then there was the contest. I submitted a mainstream novel and the category didn't make this year, but I did win first honorable mention (So Happy about that!)
Then the agent who judged the category personally came up to introduce himself to me and told me that it was a shame that category didn't make because I "Would've been very hard to beat." When I got my critique sheet back he wrote "You are a very talented writer and will be a succesful novelist."

(He also asked for a full manuscript. At this point I took several minutes out of my day to berate myself for not having a full manuscript... )

As if that wasn't enough to keep me high as a kite for several days (actually my head is still kinda in the clouds about it!) 3 days later we head out for colorado where we went white water rafting. Talk about a blast! It was absolutely beautiful all morning. We were surrounded by mountains and the water, which is basically the snow melting off the rockies, smelled so clean. It was freezing and it was quite a workout to row our way through waves that went over our head. (The water was moving at 4000 something or others which our guide described as "Picture 4000 basketballs flowing down the river every second.)
But I've never had so much fun! Then after lunch we hit the water again at which point there was a downpour on top of even rougher rapids than before. I personally thought the rain was even more beautiful than the sunshine in the morning. But maybe that's because I don't get to see it that often!

Now we've just recovered from that trip and we're off again... Down to New Braunfels to float the gaudalupe...

I'm going to be exhausted next week! And I hope Steven doesn't think we're abandoning him! I called my mom every night to check on him last week. I can't wait until he's old enough to join us on our little adventures!

Well, I'm off to do laundry and pack for the trip tomorrow. Hopefully I'll have time to post something new in a few days!

Monday, June 2, 2008

FIW Finalist

I'm so excited! I got an email today that says I'm a finalist at FIW! GO ME...also my lone critique partner also finaled so we are ecstatic! Wish us luck!