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Simply Susan - Sweet Love Stories

I’ve always loved telling stories. My favorite is the one where I sent the wrong letter to the right boy. We were married the next summer. I attended LDS Business College where I earned an Associate’s in Computer Technology and Brigham Young University where I should have majored in English. I live on a lush farm in the heart of Virginia complete with rolling hills, two rivers, more trees than I care to count and a haunted house overlooking two cemeteries. When I’m not busy writing, I can be found chasing cows, fireflies, my four adorable children or my extremely hot husband.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Three things

I'm so busy lately I don't have time to sit down and pound out some really thoughtful, or hilarious post. Sorry. So today you're getting the random unconnected thoughts that are floating up in my brain.

1. Why can't we have it all?

I mean you can live in, as my dad would say, the greatest nation that ever existed, or you can have lovely coins jingling in your purse. But you can't have both. Husband spent three weeks in Mexico last year, and when he came back we were oohing and aahing over the exquisiteness of the coinage he brought back.

I just removed a load of laundry in the washer to find that Youngest Son had filled his pockets with some of those coins. It's been a year and a half and he's still in awe, stuffing them in his pockets so he can pull them out at any odd moment. Do you think there are any kids in Mexico oogling over our quarters?


And yet, I would never want to live in Mexico.

2. Proof that the Book of Mormon is true.

As many of you know, I met my husband when he was serving a two year mission in Virginia. (And if you don't know that story you can find it here. I know. Shameless plug. *shrugs*) At the time I was a cashier for Deseret Book's outlet store. Which meant I got good deals on things that were seconds, or they had too much of. Anyway. At some point in this courtship pen-pallery (yes, I just made that up) I sent him a journal with his name on it.

And guess what?

It is completely untouched. To this very day. Completely void of any words. That was over thirteen years ago.

Back to the truthfulness of the B o M.

How in the world Heavenly Father got all those men to record, on metal plates no less, the important happenings of their day, I have no idea. Men hate to write. Shoot--they hate to talk. Anytime I tell Husband we need to talk he shrivels up in the corner and starts shaking like a leaf. I think he'd rather change a poopy diaper than actually talk. So putting words on a paper, words that they have to write...

Like I said.  Miracle. No other explanation.

3. At the Storymakers conference some big, swanky New York agent told us we should not only have a blog but we should also have an author page attached to our blog. So guess what I'll be doing very soon?

You got it.

Calling Tres to make me an author page.

HAHAHA. Just kidding. He'll only sit by my side and talk me through every single step. But, and here's the fun part, I will have a link to some things that I've written. I found out, also at Storymakers, from another author who, in an effort to protect the innocent, will not be named, that my Like Rachel short story is NOT EVER going to be published. I won't get into how I feel about all of that, because it wouldn't do any good. But. I love that story so much, and I have to thank LDS Publisher anyway because I truly enjoyed writing it. And because of that experience I am going to write other similar short stories from the scriptures, written from a teenage girls point of view. I'm hoping that when I'm done, you will all direct your Young Women toward this so they can be uplifted and edified. Because that's what I do.

I am the uplifter.

But I am also a writer. Which means I gotta go write real words that will be printed in a real book some day.

Adios, amigos!


Neal said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Sooo.....I should be expecting a call sometime soon then?

Rob said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love to write. I am a man. Therefore, a man loves to write, QED.

But, since I think the reflexive record of every sandwich I ate is a waste of my time, I don't fill Deseret Book journals with the boring details. It takes a more organic form. Political screeds in the comment sections of the paper of record. Sonnets about Jesus dedicated to my parents. Meter-correct love poems only my wife has seen. Short form essays about what I remember growing up in a Northwest forest.

It happens all the time. But the other thing that happens is that we have a photographic record going back almost 10 years now, stored very neatly in iPhoto and backed up on two hard drives, with facial recognition turned on, and with each picture sorted and indexed by location and date as well. Aren't computers fun?

In my opinion, that's a journal, too.

Toni said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Jeff's the same way. Perhpas they don't want their words to be used as evidence against them one day (:

Melanie Jacobson said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I think you short story idea is fantastic. Have you read any of Heather Moore's fictionalized Book of Mormon stuff?

Susan said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Rob, I think you're the exception. I'm making a sweeping generalization here. Quit messing it up.

Melanie--yes, I read one of hers. I don't think I could write something full length like she does. But a short story is fun, and easy.

Rob said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Dunno, Susan. You should have seen Glen's Ode To Smithfield Hams, that he wrote on our mailing list around easter time. The man's a wordsmith, I tellya. He made the moldy outer shell jump right off the page. Yum.

BYU Women's Soccer said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Susan, we can help you with your book. Email me and we can set you up with one of the girls on the BYU Soccer team to answer your questions. My email is jennie_smith@byu.edu

RaShelle said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Susan - Can't wait to check out the author page. YAY!!!