Becca Wilhite Blog

September 24, 2013

A New Book For All The World to Read and stuff…

Filed under: books,Uncategorized — becca @ 8:56 am

Guys! My cute friend Christy has a new book! And I would like you to know all the things about it! And see its gorgeous cover. Also, Scary Fingernails ala Wolverine. So here you go…

 

Blurb:

. . . because some Celtic stories won’t be contained in myth.A little magic has always run in sixteen-year-old McKayla McCleery’s family—at least that’s what she’s been told. McKayla’s eccentric Aunt Avril travels the world as a psychic for the FBI, and her mother can make amazing delicacies out of the most basic of ingredients. But McKayla doesn’t think for a second that the magic is real—it’s just good storytelling. Besides, McKayla doesn’t need magic. She recently moved to beautiful Star Valley, Wyoming, and already she has a best friend, a solo in her upcoming ballet recital—and the gorgeous guy in her physics class keeps looking her way.When an unexpected fascination with Irish dance leads McKayla to seek instruction from the mute, crippled janitor at her high school, she learns that her family is not the only one with unexplained abilities.

After Aunt Avril comes to Star Valley in pursuit of a supernatural killer, people begin disappearing, and the lives of those McKayla holds most dear are threatened. When the janitor reveals that an ancient curse, known as a geis, has awakened deadly powers that defy explanation, McKayla is forced to come to terms with what is real and what is fantasy.

A thrilling debut novel based in Celtic mythology, Awakening is a gripping young adult fantasy rife with magic, romance, and mystery.


Author Bio:

Christy Dorrity lives in the mountains with her husband, five children, and a cocker spaniel. She grew up on a trout ranch in Star Valley, Wyoming, and is the author of The Geis series for young adults, and The Book Blogger’s Cookbooks. Christy is a champion Irish dancer and when she’s not reading or writing, she’s probably trying out a new recipe in the kitchen.

@christydorrity

Links for purchase:



September 19, 2013

So Far, So Very Good

Filed under: books — becca @ 7:05 pm

I’ve been forty for like four and a half days or something. And it’s going just fine. I know you were worried. But have no fear — turns out I can handle it. And I can handle school and crazy fall sports schedules and even dinner (served over the course of 3 or 4 hours and in as many shifts as there are humans in this house, but I’m counting it). I even started reading (!) another book (!) by my charming and adorable fake-uncle Alexander McCall Smith (who is indeed charming and adorable, but not at all my uncle; I’d just like him to be, if you know what I mean, which you probably do if you’re a person who has ever read his books).

My head is physically and metaphorically above the water, and only a few of my students actively hate me for bringing LORD OF THE FLIES into their lives. I told them it’s not their job to agree with Mr. Golding’s dim view of human nature, only to recognize how he arrives at it and unveils it through the story. Also I geek out about brilliant sentences now and then, and they watch. Perhaps they snicker. Very few sneer. So it’s all good.

September 14, 2013

Today is my last day in my thirties.

Filed under: Uncategorized — becca @ 7:46 am

I just thought we all might like to know.

Here is how I will spend it:

Wake up at 5:50, in time to get Kid 2 to the Cross Country bus at 6:00. Except (ha!) the bus isn’t going until 6:45. So, fold some laundry and answer email and order those violin books from random internet sites.

Write a little.

Rediscover some blogs (what??) and smile at cleverness. Re-determine not to give in to the lure of Pinterest, especially the Guilt-Breeding Birthday Party posts. (Shudder.)

Go to a soccer game. In possible rain.

Travel down the mountain and attend a football game. Also in possible rain.

COSTCO!

Come home, plan a Sunday School lesson, vacuum all kinds of manky carpets, think about tomorrow’s meals.

Go to a neighborhood BBQ (did I hammer in the idea of possible rain?) and eat good foods.

Sounds like a winner of a late-30s day.

September 11, 2013

Wishings

Filed under: rambles — becca @ 9:51 pm

I’m wishing some wishes lately.

I’m wishing this: that my kids know how much I like their company (even though it seems SO OFTEN like I’m telling them to hurry up or to get to bed or to hustle out to the car).

And this: That I could be better at phone conversations. They are so hurried these days, and I miss the moments (hours) or getting lost in the laughing and crying conversations.

And this: that I could find an appropriate and believable way to tell my 200 sophomores that I LOVE THEM. Because I do. And you hear those sweet stories of OLD people telling about a teacher they had when they were young’uns, and they just knew their teacher loved them. My younger 2 kids feel that way — their teachers from elementary years loved them (most of them, but not all), and they know it and feel it. But I think my high school girl would deny recent teacher love (but I’d totally bet on it) and my college girl would only feel confident naming one or two high school teachers that loved her (when in fact most of them did, and tell me so). Can my students know I love them without it being weird? Every honorable feeling crosses dumb lines these days. Hey, my students’ parents! I’m not weird! I just love your kid! Okay?

Also: that my sophomore darlings would have believed me when I told them I’d have zero tolerance for cheating and plagiarism. *sigh* I found 3 papers with the exact same wording today, and I felt like I was going to cry. But I can be strong and give them the promised Zero on the assignment. And somehow, I want them to remember that I still like them. How do I balance that? (Mystery of Life, I reckon.) (I”ll work on it.)

And: I wish I could have more hours in a day and night. I’m not completely exhausted every afternoon now, but I wish I could hang out more with my husband, because, you know, I kind of like him. And it’s nice to see 10:00 pm without sleeping, but 5:20 comes pretty early in the morning.

And then: On a totally unrelated note, I wish I had a truly gorgeous world map on my living room wall, and a brown and sepia globe on a stand. I’ve always wanted a standing globe, but I’ve never bought myself one. Maybe next year.

Last of All the Game: I should like to give myself writing time again. I have dedicated most hours of the last month to Very Important Things and People, and I want to add writing to that list once more. So let it be written. So let it be done.

September 7, 2013

The Most Recent FAQ

Filed under: rambles — becca @ 7:40 am

How’s teaching going? Are you okay? I am loving this teaching gig. I seriously believe that I teach the 200 most brilliant, delightful sophomores in the whole world. They are lovely people. They have fine, fine ideas. They are almost all kind to each other. They smile when they come to class. At least half of them are actively eager to talk about things related to what we’re reading. It’s so, so good. With full time work, a few things may be falling by the wayside a little bit (things like cooking and grocery shopping, reading for pleasure [i totally remember that], visiting with friends, making/taking phone calls, watching movies [staying up till 10 is a new goal now and then], like that), but I still see my family every day (like while we’re scrubbing the floor together or riding to football/soccer/cross-country practice).

What did I miss when I wasn’t in class last time/for a week/ever, yet? Check the website.

What’s for dinner? Mondays – Sandwiches. Tuesdays – Tacos. Wednesdays – Pasta. Thursdays – Grilled Something. Fridays – Takeout. Saturdays – We’ll deal with that when we get there. Sundays – Seriously? You people want dinner EVERY DAY?

How’s Kid 1 doing at college? She’s brilliant there as she is everywhere. She told me the other day that going summer term was like learning to ride a tricycle, and now, in fall, it’s a lot like someone put her on a bike. In traffic. She plans to own the economics and theatre classes and I plan to force her to have fun (I’m thinking she needs a semester in London, and RIGHT AWAY).

How’s the writing going? How kind of you to ask. It’s… something. Patiently waiting, mostly. I have two things I’m incubating, with a total word count between them of half a book. (That’s code for “Neither is very developed, but I can find a way to put a shine on the situation since I don’t have a great track record of making time to write this past month.”) Schedules will shake out. Timing will become one of my talents again. I will climb out of this haze of exhaustion and carve out 30 writing minutes a day once again. Soon, I bet.

What are we doing today? We are grocery shopping. We are cleaning. We are going to Kid 2’s fiddle concert in the park. We are hitting Salt Lake Comic Con, all of us – the whole family. (No, that isn’t a joke. That is a PLAN.)

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Thanks for asking. How about you?

 

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Filed under: history — becca @ 7:17 am

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August happened.

ZOOM>>>>>>>>

(know what I mean?)

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