Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Ski Song

Teaching three- and four-year-olds how to ski, requires patience, a joyful spirit, attention to safety, and above all, the ability to make up songs on the fly.

I had one three-year-old that needed a little cheering up so I started singing,

"It's snowing, it's snowing
and the wind stopped blowing,
now to ski we are going."

My little pupil quickly requested that I sing more of the ski song. So I looked around and added,

"Look at all the trees
let's take up our skis."

Then she requested to hear more of the song. I think I launched into some beautiful ballad about the chairlift and bears. Eventually she grew more excited about skiing than singing and I was relieved...until we were walking back to the lodge. "Can you sing the ski song again?" she asked.

Darn, I've really got to write that thing down.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Publishing My First Book

It arrived! My book arrived. Sisters is a guidebook for prospective sister missionaries and it is now in stores.

It's been a long process getting to this point. I started the book about a year after I returned from my mission because I noticed a lack of advice for sister missionaries. When I was trying to decide whether or not to go on a mission, the only talk I could find was from the 70s and advised among other things to sleep on a satin pillowcase to preserve your hairstyle and femininity. I figured the world could use an update.

I finished the book a few years later and sent it off to a few LDS publishers. Two immediately rejected it and a third, Covenant Books, never responded. I set it aside for a long time figuring it was dead in the water.

Last May, I attended a writers conference for LDS writers and Covenant was hosting pitch sessions. I thought, what the heck, and booked a session. The editor I spoke to didn't see much of a market for my book but said he would forward it on. I never thought I'd hear from him again. Then November, I got an e-mail saying they were publishing my book and it would be out in the spring. I was stunned. I had prepared myself for failure but never success.