Thursday, July 7, 2011

What I Did During My Summer Vacation

Remember those reports we used to do as kids with the above title? Mine were always easy. "I swam. I slept. My parents shoved me in the car and drove me places I didn't want to go. Now I'm back in school, blah!"

Unfortunately, my vacation report this year is not much more exciting. Except the pool where we were staying was filled with kids so I didn't feel like venturing in that direction. I actually didn't sleep all that well. And it seemed like all I did was shove kids into the car and drive them places I didn't want to go. The kids actually didn't complain since I took them to Lagoon four times. There were other things of note, but if you follow me on Twitter (you follow me on Twitter, right?) then I think I covered most of the highlights.

My personal highlight was being able to read, which is something I don't get to do as often as I'd like. I can now cross a few books off my "am reading" and "want to read" list. Yay!!!

But now it is time to pay the piper. As much as I tried to keep up with my email, I have 56 personal emails and 130 work emails waiting for me. OUCH! On top of that, I have 182 blog posts to read as well. At least I have tomorrow to catch up on work and the weekend to catch up on everything else.

When I left I had 49 followers to this blog. I'm sooooo close to 50, I thought I'd get one more follower in the meantime. Nope, still at 49. When 50 hits I'll have a little contest and give away a little prize. So who will #50 be? If you could encourage people to follow me, I'd be most grateful.

Now, on to writing topics.

One of the books I read was Larry Brook's Story Engineering. It is the main book on writing I've wanted to get to since the LDS Story Maker's a few months ago (has it been that long?). I've mentioned outlining before, and I think this gave me a lot of great ideas on what to look for. Coincidentally, outlining is where I am in my book development process so the timing on this could not have been better. I'll expand more on this later, maybe this weekend, as I think it deserves a blog post of its own.

I did stay on top of Twitter. The post that mainly caught my attention was one that questioned the double spacing after a period. This blew my mind because I didn't even know it was under debate, much less that some are considering it taboo. This bodes not well for me as I'm hopelessly addicted to hitting the space bar twice after hitting the period. You can see that in this blog post and I'm leaving it as is for now. I want to research this more and probably make that the Lesson of the Week.

Okay, I've got a lot to do tonight! I've got some serious catching up to do on blogging so you may hear from me a few times this weekend. At a minimum, at least once. I guarantee it, or double your money back!


  1. Yeah, I made the double space mistake at first but caught it early and I have become a self proclaimed teacher of all things single spaced. Crazy, huh? What were they paying our computer teachers? Clearly it wasn't enough for them to do it right ;)

    Yeah, Lagoon 4 times in a short vaca would be a lot to deal with. Did you buy season passports?

    Glad your back to blogging (and don't forget to send me that outlining stuff)


  2. Lynn Parsons is follower #50!! My thanks to Shelly Brown for passing the word!

  3. Shelly: Sent you the two links that inspired me most. I'll be making a big study, and possibly a blog post (or three), out of the ordeal. It was actually cheaper to buy the four tickets than season tickets for each, since two of them were bounce-backs and the other two were bought with coupons.

  4. Nice blog! It's always fun to get to know fellow writers.