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Twin Cities Book Festival 2016

Exhibitor-ad-2.6-x-2.6-squareThe Twin Cities Book Festival is scheduled for October 15, 2016 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. There are over 100 exhibitors along with author readings, book signings, book sales, forums, and events for kids, tweens, teens, and adults. The best part is admission is FREE!

Barefoot Editing will have an exhibit table at this year’s festival and I am excited to offer two book signings in the afternoon at my table. Author’s Sarah Solmonson and Karen Stockwell will both be signing books. I would love for you to meet both talented authors and have your book signed.TCBF Book Signings Flyer
***Today’s Book Signing is scheduled for October 15, 2016 at the Twin Cities Book Festival.

Click on the link for a full list of Twin Cities Book Festival scheduled events.


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Eh…It’s Minnesota!

Once again Mother Nature tricked us all and gave us winter again.


This was my backyard yesterday with more snow this morning…sigh…Summer will come eventually…I think.

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Hibernation is Therapeutic

I hibernated this winter quite by accident but it was a great break. We sold our townhouse in November within four days of putting it up for sale and moved to a friend’s house so we could take our time looking for what we wanted. It was so cold here in Minnesota this winter that I ended up hibernating, not only physically but from technology too.

With temperatures reaching -30 degrees and wind chills reaching – 50 degrees and snow piling up like it did when I was a kid, I didn’t leave the house for much of anything. Schools were closed because it wasn’t safe for anyone to be outside for more than a minute without getting frostbite. It was so cold we boiled water and threw it up in the air and watched it evaporate instantly into snow. Needless to say, we often thought twice about leaving the house. Our cars were stocked with extra snow pants, hats, scarves, gloves, boots, and we wore long underwear and wool socks daily. I curled up in my blanket with my coffee and peppermint mocha creamer with the dog and read most weekends. I rarely turned on the computer all winter and it felt fabulous. Don’t get me wrong, I answered emails from my phone so I wasn’t completely unplugged but I took a nice break away from the computer and blogging. I recommend everyone should do that every so often.

I apologize to those that wondered where I disappeared to. I hadn’t planned to take a break, it just sort of happened.

Even though it was bitter cold I ventured outside a couple of times and had some really fun adventures (I waited for the warmer days). We went ice fishing, explored ice caves, and drove across frozen Lake Superior. I’ll blog about those adventures soon and share some pictures.

We will move in less than a week to our new home and hopefully we will live there for a very long time. I’m looking forward to the spring thaw, planting a garden, and venturing outdoors more.

Hibernation has been very therapeutic!

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RIP Vince Flynn

English: Photo of author Vince Flynn taken by ...

English: Photo of author Vince Flynn taken by Phil Konstantin in San Diego on October 31, 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Vince Flynn, one of my favorite authors, passed away this morning, at the age of 47, due to prostate cancer.

Vince Flynn is a born and raised Minnesota author with 14 published books, most landing on the NYT Bestseller list. One of his books, American Assassin, is being made into a movie.

An interesting tidbit of information for all writers is that he self-published his first book, Term Limits, which was later picked up by a publisher. Flynn started writing to overcome dyslexia. This seems to be a common thread among writers.

I love reading the political thrillers he wrote. In fact, I was just going to re-read his series from the beginning. My family pass his books back and forth because they are so good. I encourage everyone to read at least one of his books. However, once you read one you won’t be able to stop until you’ve read them all.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Vince Flynn’s family and friends. The world lost an amazing author this morning.

Cover of "Term Limits"

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Dreams Do Come True

This post has nothing to do with writing, but it’s full of inspiration to never give up.

The Chicago Steel proudly announced they drafted Jack Jablonski yesterday. I was in awe and almost speechless when I heard this.

Growing up in Minnesota to me meant spending hours and hours at a hockey rink watching my brother play and my dad coach every year. I know hockey inside and out and love the sport.

Unfortunately, sometimes accidents happen. As did the night of December 30th, 2011. Jack Jablonski, a forward for Benilde-St. Margaret High School, was hit from behind into the boards during a game. Jack has been paralyzed ever since, but his story doesn’t end there.

The hockey community rallied behind Jack with benefits and support. If you are involved in hockey you have probably heard his name and story. He had been told he would never walk or skate again, but he continues to make strides toward rehabilitation. As of April 30th, 2013, Jack has been able to feel tingling in his toes and the top of his foot. And on his CaringBridge page there is a picture of him kneeling with very little support.

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United States Hockey League (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

May 6th, 2013, Jack sent a tweet that read: “Dear USHL teams, Just thought I’d let u know I am eligible for tomorrow’s draft. Sincerely, Jack Jablonski.” That tweet landed him a spot on the Chicago Steel hockey team!

The Chicago Steel stated on their website that “Jack was the winner of the 2012 Courage in Sports Award and has been considered an inspiration for his work ethic and passion.”

Maybe this post does have something to do with writing. Writers, strive to be more like Jack. Never give up and keep working toward your goal. You never know when your dreams will come true.

Congratulations Jack Jablonski!

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