Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Okay, here I am trying on my fancy smancy dress before taking off for the ACFW Conference last week. My necklace is glittering. I'm practicing my smile - squinting a bit since my husband insisted I had to look into the sun. The dress looks sharp. But what do you see right over the deck railing beside me? A cow's back. What can I say? I'm a country girl. I can't remember a time when there wasn't a cow around. My grandkids love it. The last time a couple of my WV grandkids came to visit, the four-year-old kept looking at the seven-year-old and saying with great wonder and surprise, "Our Grandma's a farmer!" I could never decide if she was impressed or amused. But having a cow around (or country living) is good for keeping a girl's feet on the ground not to mention having to watch where she steps to make sure she doesn't put her foot in something she'd rather not.
So I'm glad I live in the country with cows out in the fields and deer that sneak in at night to eat all the apples off my trees. As long as I can keep them out of my strawberries next spring. At the same time it was fun going off to the big city (Indianapolis was a big enough city for me) and getting to know so many writers last week. But of course I got to eat humble pie. When my time to sign books came around, nobody came to my table for my autograph. The writer next to me had a line. I took pictures of her. I should have taken a picture of lonely me. But being a country girl, I shrugged it off. And when I got home I had some e-mails from sweet readers who told me they enjoyed reading my books. So there are times when you can be the glittery, dressed up writer and enjoy the special events, but there are more times when I have to be the country girl at home taking care of chores and trying to come up with a new idea that readers will like enough to pick up my book - and maybe even want my autograph on the inside cover someday. Meanwhile I've got to go for a walk and you can bet I'll be watching where I step.
Birthday Book Giveaway
Don't forget - if you haven't entered my birthday giveaway, you still have time. I'll be doing the drawing on the last day of September. I mean if I have to get older, I might as well celebrate by doing something fun and I think it's fun to give away books. You can check out the details, etc. on the Events page of my website or down in the box at the bottom of the homepage. www.annhgabhart.com. Thanks for reading.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
- Grandmas hold our tiny hands for just a little while, but our hearts forever. ~Author unknown.
- Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children. ~ Alex Haley
- The simplest toy, one which even the youngest child can operate, is called a grandparent. - Sam Levenson.
- To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but asolutely terrified of the word "boo." ~ Robert Brault
Hope you have many good memories of times with your grandparents. I'll be having some good times this week as I spend a couple of days with my husband at the National Quartet Convention and then go to my first ever national writers conference, the ACFW Conference. Plus I'm going to get to celebrate getting older. I don't count the birthdays, but I sure do celebrate them. One way I celebrate is by giving away books. You can be one of the lucky winners of one of my books and a surprise by sending me a message from my website or leaving a comment here. You can check out details of my birthday giveaway on my events page on my website.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
And it gets worse. Of course all the way through I'm thinking that things may not turn out well. Boy oh boy, they don't. I didn't cry about that either. I think that was because I was so disgusted that I'd spent so much of my reading time cheering on this character for him to come to such a bad end. Critics all loved the book. It is well written. You really like Edgar and the dogs. Or at least I did. You like Henry, a character that played a bit part. You wonder about Edgar's mother. How she could do some of the things she did. That is sort of explained toward the end of the book, but I kept thinking she really wouldn't have done this or that before the later explanation.
But why is it that critics always love the books that have sad endings? Why is that not as predictable in a literary book as they usually claim a happy ending is in any other book? I'm beginning to think that what the critics label a literary book would be more unpredictable if it did have a happy ending. I don't expect everything to be sunshine and roses. If any of you have read any of my books, you know some of my characters run into trouble and some of them die. Life is that way. But come on. Don't have me rushing to find out what happens and then it ALL be bad. Bad things do happen, but so do good things. The sun comes up in the morning and with the sun I want to have some hope shining through. People do sometimes marry the person they love. People do sometimes avoid getting run down by a train of despair. People do sometimes realize they are on the wrong track and do some backtracking to find the right track.
I realize not all so called "literary" books have unhappy endings and I've read books where the ending wasn't what you might call happy, but I was able to shut the book after reading the final sentences with a feeling of hope for the future even though everything didn't come out exactly the way I might have wished for the characters. The best endings leave a reader thinking, "Yes, that is what happened." With this book and some others I've read too, I want to rewrite the last chapters. Something else, something not so bad, could have just as easily happened. Might have even more probably happened.
How about you? You ever feel that way about books you've read? Or that you've written?
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
But texters don't have to worry about pens. They have their fancy little phones in their pockets. And then they type in shortcut words and phrases. Like LOL. I know what that one means although the first time I saw it I thought maybe it meant Lots of Love. But the writers kept throwing in expressions of love at the oddest times. Finally somebody let me know they were laughing. Probably at me! Of course ROTFL is even funnier. And somehow I always doubt if the person is actually rolling on the floor laughing. Have you ever seen anyone over the age of five roll on the floor laughing? Especially while typing. But perhaps you can ROTFL and text at the same time.
What got me started on this is I got a message from a friend and she ended it with TTYL. I have no idea what TTYL stands for and so I've been trying to figure it out. It came at the end of her message so I thought it might be some kind of Yours truly. Truly truly you live. Text till you're loved. Tomorrow take your leave. Take that you louse. That's the yellow lemon. Obviously, as you can see I'm TOTT. Too old to text.
I found that out some time back when I did one of my first on-line interviews. People signed in and I was signed in and they asked questions that after a respectful pause I was supposed to answer. Somebody asked me if I was a SOTP writer. Well, not wanting to appear out of it and TOTT, I frantically tried to make sense of what in the world a sotp writer was. Silly? Old? Timid? Proud? I had to forget about the proud and admit my ignorance. Of course! Seat of the pants. Anybody - especially a writer - should be able to figure that out. More so, since I am one. A sotp writer. But not a sotp texting interviewee it seemed.
I think I need a reference book for texting shortcuts. Maybe there is one out there already. If so, I don't think you want me to edit it. Although between us, I'm wagering we could come up with some interesting entries. I just worry I could put some letters together that I might think means one thing when it might mean something not so nice to text experts. Like Iitd. (I'm in the dark.) So educate me those of you not TOTT. Throw some texting shortcuts out here and see what weird meanings I can discover for them. Then you can all be ROTFL.
My website book giveaway winners were Lucy of Ohio and Barbara Sh. of I don't know where yet. Barb, you'll have to e-mail me your address. Lucy won three books. She picked my Orchard of Hope and she gets Susan Meissner's Shape of Mercy and Athol Dickson's Lost Mission - both award-winning books. Barb gets her choice of one of my books and that Shaker surprise - a spicy fragrant Hands to Work and Hearts to God hot mat and a huge Shaker clothespin. Fun gifts from the Shaker gift shop. Check back soon here or on my website. I'll be doing a birthday giveaway. I mean even though I might be TOTT, at least I'm not TOTGAB. Too old to give away books. (Or Too old to Gab either.) Have a great week.