"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Five on a Friday

For the last two days, I've been thinking about my groove for the summer. I have vacation to DC planned, volunteering for a week of Cub Scout camp (yes, wish me luck), lots of kid time, and...well...less writing time. And this is not bad. I simply need to develop my groove for the summer months, go with it, and enjoy it. And anyway, I did used to work a full time job also, didn't I?

I'm ready. Are you???

Here are my five for the week:

1) Headed to BookPeople today and bought a ton of books including:
Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner
Grip of the Shadow Plague (Fablehaven) by Brandon Mull
Rise of the Evening Star (Fablehaven) by Brandon Mull
Soul Enchilada by David Macinnis Gill
The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

Also I looked for The Chosen one by Carol Lynch Williams but they were sold out.

2) For my son, I bought:
The Five Ancestors Book 5: Eagle by Jeff Stone

Two notes here:
(a) I kinda forced him into starting to read "longer" books by making him read 39 Clues. He read all three of those so I made him read Tiger next which he devoured. He couldn't wait to get back to reading it and totally loved it. So yeah, sometimes you have to push the issue or kids will stick with Super Diaper Baby forever.
(b) When Jeff Stone lived in Austin, he took Kung Fu at the same place I take it.

3) Okay, my daughter was at BookPeople with me. She really just wanted to play in the theater, but they conveniently have the 8x8 books situated right next to it. So she picked herself out an 8x8 book on Night at the Museum 2 (which we saw on Monday, plot holes and all).

4) I've officially made my first movie with iMovie. What fun! I can see where this would become addictive (just like everything else related to computers). I'm not posting the video as it was a DisneyWorld vacation video and I'm pretty sure you guys don't want to see 138 photos of my kids. But trust me. It is awesome!

5) My agent has a book coming out this fall.
Buying, Training, and Caring for Your Dinosaur by Laura Joy Rennert
Looks pretty cool, huh?
You can check out her brand new website here and even take a quiz to find out what kind of dinosaur you are here.
I'm a triceratops. You?

Okay, I'll throw in an extra:

6) Palm Pre anyone???

Have a great weekend!


Solvang Sherrie said...

I just heard about Jeff Stone's books last week. I need to get one for my son to check out. They look like something he would enjoy.

The cover for Soul Enchilada looks great. LOVE The Last Olympian.

*Smirking at #3*

I get so sucked in to iMovie. I sympathize :^)

What is Palm Pre??

Miriam S.Forster said...

Sounds like a great summer plan!

Loved Jeff Stone. So much fun... My one complaint is the last book isn't out yet. Sigh...

(The fact that I read books this short is one of the reasons my book count is so high. I think I got through all six of them in less than three days.)

beth said...

The author of Soul Enchilada lives in my state! :) Unfortunately, he lives on the complete opposite side, so I couldn't go to the book launch (not without a 7 hour drive, anyway).

I like iMovie--it's very intuitive and helps you easily create a lot of professional looking things. So, are we going to see a book trailer for NOTW soon...? ;)

Carrie Harris said...

Our bookstore does the same thing in the children's section, which makes my life a whole lot easier. There are a few things to play with, and they've placed displays of books right nearby. Of course, they're next to the displays of TOYS, but at least it's a start. :)

D.A. Riser said...

Have fun at Cub Scout camp. I remember doing Boy Scout camp as a kid. Think, "hot" if the camp's in Texas. Best to be prepared, right? You'll have a blast.

I hadn't tried iMovie, but I find the Windows Movie Maker program easy to use and have made several vacation videos out of it.

Keri Mikulski said...

Is palm pre like a palm pilot?

Cub Scout camp - love it!

This is Kaci's last summer before she starts school. I'm the opposite, wondering what it's going to be like during the fall when I have actual writing time (not an hour here for Sesame Street and an hour for nap time) and I can finally teach classes during the day again. :)

Happy Friday! :)

Jill Douglass said...

I'm a Diplodocus.

Kelly said...

You got some great books! I love browsing through book stores!
Your agent's book looks fun!

Stacy Nyikos said...

I'll bite. What is palm pre??

I'd love to see the Disney trip imovie. You guys must have had a blast!

Danyelle said...

*eyes perk*

*hugs shiny book titles*

Yay! And B&N is having a member's sale!

Cute test. I'm a diplodocus. :D

PJ Hoover said...

Jeff Stone's books seem to be like hidden gems, Sherrie. I had never heard of them until two years ago and then I saw them everywhere. And I was totally thinking of you on #3.

You just read fast, Miriam! That is the reason you've been through so many! I've read Tiger but not the others yet. I'll let my son fill me in.

I'm excited to read Soul Enchilada, Beth. I've been hearing a lot of good about it and I love the cover, title, and concept.
And NOTW video hopefully by the end of the summer!

Bookstore display people are smart, aren't they, Carrie? It does make going there so much more enjoyable!

PJ Hoover said...

Last year camp was broiling, Dan, and I didn't even volunteer then. I can't imagine how the kids felt. Oy.
And I tried Windows Movie maker too, and found it so intuitive. It's hard to believe how easy they actually make them to use.

Hey Keri! Palm Pre is the new Palm smart phone coming out. My Treo 650 has been asking for an upgrade, but I don't want to switch from Sprint.

Fun, Jill! That's a good dinosaur. A veggie eater, or am I wrong?

I love all the books, Kelly! And I agree on the dinosaur book. It looks like it will be a hit!

PJ Hoover said...

Hey Stacy! It's the awesome new smart phone coming out for Sprint. I'm excited! And I'll send you the link for the Disney video :)

Oooh, another Diplodicus, Danyelle. How fun! I love buying new books! I was so excited!

Thanks for visiting everyone!

Angela said...

More book recomendations, and just in time for me! Woot!

Casey said...

Have fun at scout camp!

I need to buy a new batch of books. I think I'll do that today or tomorrow!

Your agent's book looks fun! It looks like it has great illustrations.

PJ Hoover said...

Glad you like the books, Angela! I'm psyched to read them all!

I love the illustrations, Casey! They're just so happy and fun!

adrienne said...

I'm a T-Rex. Cute quiz, and the book looks like fun.

The movie making sounds like fun, too.

PJ Hoover said...

ooh, a t-rex! Fun, Adrienne! And the movie making is so cool!

Trisha Pearson said...

Finding writing time in the summer is definitely...different. I'm going to try doing my rough draft with a pen and 8X10 journal so I can carry it with me outside. I'm not sure how this will work as I'm addicted to backspace and delete!

I loved The Last Olympian and usually I don't like the last of any series as much as the others. (I hate to say goodbye to the characters I love!)

I'm a pteranodon (which I'm not sure I spelled right. I don't know my dinos very well!)

Vivian said...

So funny, I have Jeff Stone's books on my Friday list, too! They are really good.

Love your book choices!

As for the Palm Pre...my old college buddy has been with Palm for years and has been on the development team for each device. The Palm Pre was on the Jimmy Fallon show a couple months ago, and it looks very, very cool. Unfortunately, I don't use Sprint.

T. Anne said...

I am so there! I wish the weather would heat up because I've already got summer on the brain!!!! I love your summer reading stack, must replicate. Gives us some reviews when you can.

PJ Hoover said...

OMG, Trisha, I hadn't really thought that Last Olympian would wrap things up, but I guess it will have to! Too funny.

I saw your list, Vivian, and figured we must be on the same wavelength! Great minds think alike!

I'm so bad about doing reviews, T. Anne! I go way overboard recommending what I like and normally don't mention too much what I'm not crazy about.
But I'm really excited about all these books and have very high hopes!

Take care!

Lady Glamis said...

Oh, good luck with all you have planned! I loved DC so much, and would love to go again sometime. Summer is a time to relax just a little bit. :)

PJ Hoover said...

So true, Michelle! I should get plenty of relaxing in, at least in the non-work sense. Though call me odd, but I find writing relaxing!

Anonymous said...

Keep us posted on that groove thing. I keep trying to figure mine out. :)

David Macinnis Gill said...

Hi Beth! [waves to beth from other side of the state].

PJ Hoover said...

I'm looking, Becky! When I start talking about writing pages and pages, I'll have found it!

And waves from Texas to you both, Beth and David!

Anonymous said...

WOW! You're quite the reader... I have loads of must-reads and I'm a book junky. Always buying and borrowing from the Library and getting books from the Salvation Army - which surprisingly has loads of good/recent reads...

Books and Art supplies are the best gifts for kids. Get them into reading early on and somehow they explode with amazingly vivid ideas and thoughts - about everything!

Would love to see some interviews with authors on your page - lots of beginning and even big time authors love to do interviews... asked for one myself with Jonathan Stroud (Bartimaeus Triology and others) for fun. Don't know that he'll write back.

I didn't quite catch what you had written - what genre is your preference?

PJ Hoover said...

I'm reading more and more, Bethanie, and loving it! (and I have no idea how to get the special i with two dots in your name here).
Hmmm...I haven't thought about doing author interviews, but would never rule it out. I do love reading them!
I write MG and YA fantasy and sci-fi. The Emerald Tablet is the first of a MG trilogy. Thanks for asking!
And good wishes your way to get the interview with JS! That would be way cool!

Lady Glamis said...

No, you're not odd! I just think that sometimes we need a break from relaxing from what is relaxing, LOL. Nobody wants to waterski forever nonstop. Or hike nonstop. Or eat nonstop (well, not for our own good!). :D

PJ Hoover said...

I totally agree, Michelle! I love my normal routine and vacation reminds me of this!

Heather Zundel said...

Oooh, you've found one of my biggest secret loves - video editing. Don't stray too far into it less you become addicted.

Oh! I need you to send me an email of your addy so that I can get Dante to you. I keep forgetting to ask you about that.

Barrie said...

imovie? Sounds like you could do book trailers with it!! And what is palm pre? Just stopping by to check on you.

Robyn said...

PJ, imovie sounds like fun. I need to do that. Oh, and Cub Scout camp sounds like a lot of fun and a lot of MG book material. *smiles*

David Macinnis Gill said...

Barrie, you can definitely do book trailers on it. ;-)

PJ Hoover said...

I'll try to stay on the path, Heather! And I'll email you my addy. Yay! So excited!

Barrie!!! I miss you! And yes, this time around I'll have no excuse to not do my own trailer.

Total MG material, Robyn. Let's hope my sanity holds for the week with 17 8-year-olds running around shooting BB guns and arrows.

David! I'm just about to start your book! And your trailer is great! And scary :) Did you make it?

David Macinnis Gill said...

PJ-- I made both trailers on a Mac using iMovie, Garage Band, and some stock footage. It was a terrific exercise in learning to distill the story into its basic visual elements.

PJ Hoover said...

I'm not sure I'll dive into the whole garage band thing, David. It sounds a bit intimidating :) But iMovie and stock photos for sure!