Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Scenes and Beans

Don't forget that tomorrow I'll be posting my interview with Stephen Lawhead over on Favorite Pastimes. This is such a thrill and honor for me. Steve is my favorite author, my inspiration.

I've told you I'm writing for Brandilyn Collin's Scenes and Beans blog--a character blog for her newly-released suspense thriller Violet Dawn. Most of us were able to get together for a group picture at the ACFW conference.

Kneeling, left to right: Chawna Schroeder (writing as Bev Trexel) and Michael Snyder (Leslie Brymes).

Standing, left to right: Brandilyn Collins, me (writing as Bev Trexel), Dineen Miller (Baialey Truitt), Jennifer Tiszai (Leslie Brymes), Marjorie Vawter (Sarah Wray), Pamela James (Bailey Truitt), Stuart Stockton (Ted Dawson, aka S-Man), Michelle Pendergrass (Jake Tremaine), and Kjersten Nickleby (Wilbur Hucks)


Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers get together at the ACFW conference.

From left to right bottom row: Becky Miller, Beth Goddard, Jackie Castle, Bryan Davis, Kacy, Tim Hicks. Left to right top row: Jim Sanders, Stephen Burnett, Tracy Higley (T.L. Higley) John Olson, Michelle Griep, Terri Thompson, Ryan Smith, John Otte, Ronie Kendig, Stuart Stockton, Shannon McNear.

As you can see, or maybe you can't, only three of us participated in the dress-up part! Still, it was great fun to mingle with kindred spirits.


Monday, September 25, 2006

Reflections . . .

. . .on the American Christian Fiction Writer's conference. As promised, I posted a picture from my recent camping trip on the Oregon Coast. The above is a photo of starfish we found while exploring the beach during a low tide.

Now onto the conference discussion. Would you believe I took NO pictures at the conference. However, I know many friends who did, and I should be receiving images from them within the next few days and will post those to the blog.

First an important announcement. The three winners of the Genesis contest in the SFF category are:

1st Mirta Ann Schultz
2nd Rebecca Grabill
3rd Sherry Thompson

Congratulations to each one of them! The awards banquet was great fun, an awesome opportunity to dress your best--something writers don't often have the chance to do, especially those who are homeschooling-multi-children-novel-writing moms. (see previous post on this syndrome)

Conferences are a great opportunity to meet up with your writing buddies--in fact, this is probably the best thing I can say about any conference. Of course, they're for pitching your story and networking, too. My experience this year was mostly positive. Both my editor and agent appointments went well--all things considered.

This year there were over four hundred participants--a large number of people to compete with for attention, to be sure. I meandered around feeling somewhat lost in the crowd and forgotten, even though I've attended this conference for the last five years. As I wondered what on earth I could do to stand out, I strolled into John Olson's class, Science Fiction and Fantasy: Writing for Elves, Vulcans and Pointy-Eared Humans where he told us what we can do to stand out in the crowd. God's timing is always good--John's message just what I needed to hear.

I came away from the conference with two great ideas on how to make editors notice:

1) Change my last name from Goddard to Goddess (per Randy Ingermanson)
2) Write a scary vampire story (John Olson) Bad press is better than no press.

Seriously, I'm working on my plan for this year and giving myself a deadline for each project. Time flies and before you know it, the ACFW 2007 conference will be at our door.

Don't forget to join me at Favorite Pastimes this week for my interview with Stephen Lawhead.


Monday, September 18, 2006

CSFF Blog Tour: EdenStar

Okay, I've never heard of EdenStar much less visited the site. This is my first look. and I have to say I'm impressed. Very clean. Very professional.

And in fact, in a way, that is what the sight is promoting. . ."Good clean science fiction and fantasy." Already, it's enought to make me add them to my links. I'm going to do that now.


The first page that snags my attention is the "On Harry Potter" page where ten books are listed discussing this controversial topic. Then there's the page on Stephen Lawhead, my favorite author. Did I mention that I'll be posting my interview with him on Favorite Pastimes, September 28th and 29th?

I'm sure I'll be returning to Edenstar whenever I want to know about games my kids can play as well.

Please be sure to visit the other participats of the blog tour.

Jim Black
Jackie Castle
Valerie Comer
Bryan Davis
Beth Goddard
Leathel Grody
Karen Hancock
Elliot Hanowski
Katie Hart
Sherrie Hibbs
Sharon Hinck
Jason Joyner
Tina Kulesa
Kevin Lucia
Rachel Marks
Shannon McNear
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Cheryl Russel
Mirtika Schultz
Stuart Stockton
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith


Saturday, September 16, 2006

Warning: Camping. No Computers!

Egad. Last weekend we decided to take the kids camping. Somehow with our busy schedules, we neglected to do that this summer. So we're well into September now and off we went to the Oregon coast. It's amazing the chill factor by the ocean.

We decided since this was to be concentrated family time we would declare it to be an electronic free weekend. My daughter, knowing this "rule", pulled out her portable dvd player about halfway there. Scream.

As we approached the turn into to the campground, we noticed the wireless internet declaration added to the sign. My husband and I both looked at each other and agreed we were glad we hadn't brought our computers.

I mean, what is a camping trip and family time, if everyone is staring at their own electronic device? We spent most of the time combing the beach. The Northern coast is mostly too dangerous to swim in, not to mention too cold. The kids just waded about ankle deep and ran from the waves as they came in from two different directions.

To me, the most fun was combing the beach during a low tide. We spotted starfish and all sorts of sea anenomes. Once I get the pictures uploaded, maybe I'll have a chance to post some.

Next week is a very busy week. On Monday the CSFF Blog Tour (Christian Science Fiction Blog Tour) will be discussing Edenstar, a website devoted to clean science fiction and fantasy.
Also happening next week is the Annual American Christian Fiction Writer's Confernce, which I will be attending. The next week I'll be hosting Stephen Lawhead, or rather posting an interview on Favorite Pastimes. So, a busy schedule ahead!

Don't forget to check back on Monday for more about Edenstar.


Monday, September 04, 2006

Steve Irwin

I had planned to blog about The Village, another M. Night Shyamalan movie. The untimely death of Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter, took me by surprise as it has the rest of the world.

My family loved watching his show, The Crocodile Hunter. Many times we were concerned over his antics and wondered if one day he might fall to a black mamba or a crocodile, after all.

The fact that he died in such a freakish manner, is all the more disturbing.

I'm sorry for his wife, Terri, an Oregonian, and their two children.

I confess I even modeled a character in one of my novels after him--sort of:)

Noteable Quotes

_ "Crikey!" — his catch phrase, exclaimed repeatedly during his television show whenever something interesting happens.
_ "I get called an adrenaline junkie every other minute, and I'm just fine with that."
_ "I have no fear of losing my life — if I have to save a koala or a crocodile or a kangaroo or a snake, mate, I will save it."
_ "I've worked with more dangerous snakes than anyone in the world and I've never been bitten. It's a gift."
_ "I bled a lot. I got hit across the face. We couldn't film for seven days. I got hit, whacked, underwater, across the face. I finished the shot, got into the boat and blood started coming out." — on one particularly close shave.
_ "Crikey, mate. You're far safer dealing with crocodiles and western diamondback rattlesnakes than the executives and the producers and all those sharks in the big MGM building." — comparing dealing with deadly animals with show business.
_ "Crocodiles. I've been catching them since I was nine. No problem."
_ "Fear helps me from making mistakes, but I make lot of mistakes."
_ "It is all about perceived danger. In front of that crocodile I was in complete control. Absolute and complete control. That is my profession. I would be considered a bad parent if I didn't teach my children to be crocodile savvy because they live here, they live in crocodile territory." — On the 2004 controversy in which he was filmed holding his infant son while feeding a snapping crocodile:
_ "To hear people say that it was a publicity stunt, that I'm just like Michael Jackson, well, it just tears me up. It makes me sick to my stomach to be compared in that way." — On the same incident.
These quotes were drawn from a variety of sources, including Irwin's television show, The Sunday Telegraph newspaper, Australian Broadcasting Corp. and Australian Associated Press. (Taken from the International Herald News)

Goodbye Steve.

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