May Days

It’s been a busy few weeks. Let’s play catch-up!

I now have an author page on Facebook. Unlike on this blog, I actually post there in a timely manner about writerly things that are going on in my life (like interviews or Gladys book news), so if you’d rather find out about that stuff as it’s happening rather than weeks after the fact, you can “like” me there. πŸ˜€

For instance, if you were following that page, you would have seen that on May 11, along with my agent (the excellent Ammi-Joan Paquette)Β I got interviewed by the also-excellent Krista at Mother.Write.(Repeat.). I share my query letter, and Joan and I both talk about the process that brought us together.

I also got invited by Krista, by buddy Monica BW, and the other organizers (Cupid and Brenda) of “The Writer’s Voice” to be the “expert commenter” on all 44 entries in the agent-seeking competition. Yee-haw! Since I connected with my agent through a similar contest, I was definitely excited to help out. Now, I may not be a real expert on anything other than comma placement, but that’s not going to stop me from sharing my two cents on all of the entered queries and first pages. Agents are voting today, and my comments go up on all the blogs tomorrow.

Andy and I welcomed our first official houseguest to Colorado, and spent an awesome week with our world-traveling buddy Ray. Isn’t it great how a visitor gives you the impetus you need to visit all sorts of cool places in your area that you hadn’t been to before? We hit Rocky Mountain National Park…

I live in the most beautiful state!

Great Sand Dunes National Park…

A huge sandbox at the foot of the Rockies. What could be better?

…and made much-needed repeat visits to the Flatirons and the Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory (where they will seriously let you sample as much free tea as you can drink).

Sleepytime Bear says “Drink More Tea!”

Our finest achievement, though, was thoroughly addicting our previously board-game-apathetic friend to two of our favorites, Ticket to Ride Europe and Settlers of Catan. Pretty sure he’s counting coal, bricks, wood, and wheat in his sleep now as well as sheep. πŸ˜€

And then, near the end of his stay, Ray brought us the luck of the Irish, and Andy got a job. Hurrah!! This, however, necessitated us giving up our carless lifestyle so he could actually get to the office. I don’t love driving and am not a great fan of most cars…except for this teeny-tiny one I first spotted during my studies in France in 1999. When it finally arrived in the USA in 2007, I did a happy dance every time I saw one on the road. And now (this still blows my mind), we own one!!

Beep, beep!

Yup, 2012 definitely seems to be the year that all of my dreams are coming true. πŸ˜€

So how has May been treating you?

7 Responses to “May Days”

  1. eugenemyers

    Sleepytime is my favorite Celestial Seasonings tea, mostly because that sleepy bear is so cute! Their factory is on Sleepytime Lane or something like that, right?

    Congrats on all the great things coming your way! I love that tiny car. I want to get a Cooper Mini one day.

    • Tara Dairman

      Yes, it’s on Sleepytime Drive. Too cute, right? If/when you come visit Boulder, we will go there!

      I also covet the Mini Cooper…just not quite as much as the Smart. πŸ™‚

  2. Melodie

    That car is adorable! LOVE – too scared to drive it here though. I could drive over that in my car like it was a speed bump.
    Pictures are great – Colorado is gorgeous! But, alas, I must take issue w/ your ‘most beautiful state’ statement. Alaska is what Colorado wants to be when she grows up. πŸ˜‰


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