Monday, May 26, 2014

My 7 year old sounds like a teen...and it's my fault! Plus, Fallen Soldier Memorial Statue

I'm a light gamer. I say 'light' because I don't play all the time, I don't care about building a community of gamer friends, and I'm not obsessive about gaming. Most gamers probably wouldn't even consider me to be one of them. I use gaming as a place to go when I need an escape when I'm between good book series. I play Guild Wars 2 on the computer occasionally, I like Minecraft, and I love pulling out the old Playstation 2 to play Dark Cloud 2. I like playing PvZ: Garden Warfare on Xbox with my kiddo and Candy Crush and Doombad on my iPhone.

Like I said, 'light' gamer is definitely a good description for me.

My 7 year old, however, is well on his way to being a serious gamer. He already knows more than I do. Lately, his favorite thing is to watch videos on YouTube by his favorite little teenage gamers. He thinks these teenagers and their melodramatic antics as one of their characters is destroyed and must be respawned, is hilarious. It gets so bad that he'll end up bouncing up and down in excitement as the teenager yells out while his character is annihilated. It's quite the racket.

Still it's harmless, right?! I mean they are appealing to my son's maturity level without crossing any lines I don't like.

The other day, the hub was giving my son a lecture after the kiddo left half his lunch on his plate. You know the one: There are children all over the world who are starving and would love to have even a quarter of the food you get every meal.
The kiddo
The kiddo took this with a straight face. When his dad finally finished (the hub really likes to lecture :P hehehehe) the kiddo looked his dad in the eye, pushed his plate across the table, and said, "Then you take it to them."

I'm not going to lie, the hub and I sat their, slack jawed, amazed that this teenage comment came out of our 7 year old's mouth. The kiddo lifted his eyebrow and continued. "What? You didn't think I was that quick, cupcake?" This comment came complete with tick of his head from side to side on each syllable of cupcake.

I'm pretty sure I almost pee'd myself. Later that day, in the privacy of our room, the hub and I relived the moment and rolled with laughter. The lesson I've learned from this? There are consequences for any and all actions...even allowing your child to watch 'harmless' YouTube videos.

Are you a gamer? 'Light' like me? Serious? Has some decision you made had as dire consequences as my decision about YouTube.

Fallen Soldier Memorial Statue Donation

Have you checked out my debut novella, Lost Haven? If not, please consider doing so and supporting a great cause...For 1 week starting Memorial Day and ending the following Monday, OK Army Nat'l Guard Veteran and Oklahoma Author, Sabrina A. Fish, will be donating 5% of each copy(e-book or print) of Lost Haven sold toward the purchase of a Fallen Soldier Memorial Statue honoring 1LT Danon Leehan and SGT Michael Prince of the OK Army National Guard.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Adios A to Z, Hello Print Books and Conference Season

A to Z is over! *Cue the streamers and confetti* I'm so happy to announce that I made it through the whole month, picked up several really interesting new blogs to follow, and made some great new friends. I hope everyone enjoyed getting to know some of my favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy characters. My goal was to introduce you to at least one new story you'd never heard of and judging from your comments, I was successful.

This week, I experienced another happy dance worthy moment: I received my very first box of books in the mail. Not going to lie...I smelled, kissed, and waved them around like a lunatic. In case you aren't certain: Dreams do come true, folks. *shakes out shameless plug* If you haven't checked out Lost Haven yet? It's now available in print or e-book on Amazon. The audio version will be available later this month.


This last weekend I attended the annual OWFI Conference, a local writer's conference that I enjoy volunteering for each year. This year I volunteered to be on the costume committee. We had our first costume contest and it was such fun. I had just finished the paranormal romance, Nefertiti's Heart by A.W. Exley, when I first learned of the contest so I went with a steampunk themed costume. Anyone who knows me and my love of all things pearl, lace, and Victorian era, won't be surprised.

It was a huge success with the winners going home with a huge bag of goodies including 2 bottles of wine, Starbucks, free book cover, gift cards, and various writing supplies. I can't wait to do it again next year! Is it too soon to start planning my next costume? *grin*

And to top the whole weekend off, I won my first conference writing contest award!! Woot!

How was your A to Z? Have you read Lost Haven? Been to or plan to attend any good conferences this year? Have any ideas for an interesting costume for next year?