Thursday, July 30, 2009

Boulder County Fair - July29-30

Life is hectic here in the Boulder County Extension Office as we prepare for 4-H and Open class project judging.

Open class offers the opportunity for residents to enter various projects for judging in Fair. All the tradional projects such as quilting, canning, photography are well attended as are school-age art, creative arts, clothing and many more categories!

4-H Interview Judging offers members and cloverbuds the opportunity to complete their projects for year end credit. After working all year on the projects specified at enrollment, the kids come in and talk to judges who are experienced in the field. This year, shooting sports, photography and foods were the biggest draws, but model rocketry and cake decorating also offered a strong show. 4-H has recently expanded project areas to include a strong emphasis on technology and sciences. Geospatial and Wind Power are two of the popular projects.

4-H is NOT just crops and cows anymore! Follow me through the week and see what the oldest County Fair in Colorado (celebrating our 140th year) continues to boast about!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Preview of the Boulder County Fair

Life has kicked into HIGH for the Harders' family. It is July and that can only mean one thing...Boulder County Fair!

Even though my daughter graduated from high school last year, she is still able to participate in 4-H this final year. She is raising lambs and competing in Shoot Sports. Her 4-H ambitions have definitely slowed down over the last few years, considering she is only participating in two projects this year rather than the sliding 6 to 10 as she has in years past.

Bud, who is going to be a senior in high school is also participating in lambs and Shooting Sports, but two projects a year is normal for my son : )

Although the County Fair doesn't technically begin until July 31, the Shooting Sports contests have already passed and I"m proud to say both Kara and Bud have qualified to go to the Colorado State Fair in .22 Caliber Rifle, Air Rifle/Pistol, and Archery.

Kara excels in .22; Bud in Archery.

Since I work for the Extension Office as the 4-H secretary, this coming week holds lots of adventure for me. Monday night the display cases for the projects need to be inspected and repaired. The project Superintendents will review their number of entries and plan to arrange the displays accordingly. I get to help and coordinate where ever I'm needed.

Thursday, we have Interview Judging Day for all the 4-Hers. The kids bring their projects for judging which includes an interview with a judge.

This is an exciting day.
This is a long day.
This will be a day full of surprises.

I'll post through out the week and let you know how life goes : )

Friday, July 24, 2009

Another Seeker Sale!!

Congratulations to Carolyn Slaughter w/a Cara Lynn James, another Seeker to win the nod of an editor!

WooHoo, go Cara!!

As you know,
First Sales earn the deserving Seeker a first-class ticket off of Unpubbed Island. With the sale of her manuscript, Love On A Dime to Thomas Nelson Publishers, Cara must surrender her hut and face the world of publishing.

I'm so proud of you, Cara!!!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Workshop with Michael Hauge

Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend a writing workshop hosted by Colorado Romance Writers. Author, consultant and speaker Michael Hauge gave a presentation that captivated novelist and screenwriter alike.

For 8 powerful hours, Michael Hauge kept his audience engrossed with his wit and humor, and his incredible talent for teaching the basic elements of writing in a manner that stirred many aha moments. Step by step, he took us through the process of plot vs scenes, identity vs essence and the dissecting the reasons why movies work or don't.

His most memorable, and useful, technique is the Six Stage Plot Structure. This method brings to the forefront of a writer's mind the journey your hero and heroine must take in order for your novel to bring emotional satisfaction to the reader. He drilled us through exercises designed to make us think about the characters and their GMC (Goal, Motivation, Conflict) in life. You may have studied GMC before, but not like this. The added bonus of attending this workshop with screenwriters was invaluable. So many questions important to the progress of a screen play relate to the completion of a novel. I appreciated this mixed audience.

To learn more about Michael Hauge, please visit his website Check out his books and DVDs. You won't be disappointed.

Also, please visit Five Scribes blog where Leslie Ann Sartor had the wonderful opportunity to interview Michael Hauge. Her interview offers a very well rounded view of Michael Hauge and a look into his talent and expertise.

If you ever have the opportunity to attend one of his workshops or purchase his books and DVDs, don't hesitate! Michael Hauge is among many things, a teacher of teachers.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Christy Awards

Similar to the RITA awards (Romance Writers of America), the Christy awards honor excellence in Christian fiction.

The finalists are announced in March. An awards ceremony is traditionally held during the International Christian Retail Show in July. Denver hosted the show this year with the Award ceremony and reception held on July 11 at the Denver Marriott City Center.

This year, Seekerville's own Mary Connealy was a chosen finalist! Calico Canyon is a finalist in the Historical Romance category.

Way to go, Mary!! We're so proud of you!!

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Head over to Seekerville!

Ruth Logan Herne posts on Seekerville today.

Come join in the fun as she shares her *Call* story!!

You'll be snickering long after you read the post : )

Winter's End Steeple Hill Love Inspired March 2010

Sunday, July 05, 2009

His Forever Love by Missy Tippens

Much like her debut novel, Her Unlikely Family, the characters found within the pages of His Forever Love are warm and friendly with just the right amount of conflict to make you wonder how they'll ever get together.

Bill Wellington lives in Boston, MA; Lindsay Jones lives in Magnolia, GA. There's a little bit of travel time between the two locations : )

To make matters worse, Bill returns to Magnolia to relocate his grandmother to Boston to live with him. Lindsay is heartbroken, but what can she do? As they work together to pack up Granny Bea's house, Lindsay rekindles her friendship with Bill only to realize the attraction she'd felt for him as a teen has fanned alive again.

Oh, did I mention, Bill has broken Lindsay's heart before?

Missy Tippens pens a delightful novel the makes the unpredicatable volley of emotions come alive in characters we care about from the first page.

His Forever Love

Steeple Hill

Love Inspired (June 09)

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Happy 4th of July!

We live in the most awesome nation in the world!
Thank you to all the brave men and women who fought to grant us the rights we enjoy!

God Bless America!

Friday, July 03, 2009

Progress - Day 5

I can't believe I'm ahead of schedule! I finished the revisions and applied polish to Rough and Ready. Now, it's winging it's way to a trusted friend for that final eye over. Whew! This has been some trip!

I love this story, I really do. If you'd like to see the blurb of it, head over to my website and click on my books. There you'll see the projects I've been working on.

Heads up though. I love Historical Romance and I love Suspense, but I'm afraid my heart is with the cowboys : )

Yee Haw!!

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Progress - Day 4

Days are getting better! Only 80 pages of polishing left!

This is feeling soooo good : )

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Progress - Day 3

Smokin' along! I have 8000 words to CUT and I'm finding places to strengthen my conflict.

Gets dicey at times, but I think the give and take I'm playing here will work out.