Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

ANWA Conference

We took a trip to Phoenix where I taught two classes to a bunch of amazing authors.
Time Management for Creative People (soon to be a book)
and Creating a Children's Book

Here are a few pictures I snapped:

·                                 This is our friend Adam Sidwell who wrote Evertaster. See Website here:

We will be getting together more often 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Treasure Hunting with Hubby

Had a surprise adventure today with Hubby. TREASURE HUNTING! We found a cashe of gear and relics including books on slaying paranormal creatures and this really cool WWII bayonet knife which, more than likely, has shed Nazi blood. Nate says he thinks this might have been a Skinwalker's stash. There was a TON of werewolf paraphernalia and Native American spiritualism stuff.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Rain in the Desert: Thoughts on the Gilbert Cultural Celebration

I just watched the Gilbert Cultural Celebration clip here:

My first thought was, "Why is everyone sweating so much at night?" Followed by, "Why is everyone wet?"

"This must be part of the event. Everyone is soaked. They are dancing in mud. What kind of a celebration is is?"

Then I saw the full shot and could see the massive pouring rainstorm in the surrounding lights.

Then my thoughts were:

Wow, and they are still smiling.
Everyone looks so happy despite the storm around them.
They are so dedicated.
Even the sister missionaries are out there singing in the rain all for the chance to sing to the prophet.

Once I got over the whole rain in the desert shock, I started looking at the themes behind the celebration.

I loved how many different types of cultures they showed. That's one thing I've always loved about the Mormon church.

There are so many different types of Mormons, not only culturally as it is a world wide church, but it embraces personality differences as well. This is evident in the "I'm a Mormon." videos seen here:

"While our backgrounds and experiences are diverse, we share a deep commitment to Jesus Christ, to each other, and our neighbors."*

The whole song with the thousands of white flags was amazing. I couldn't help but think of the traditional flag of Zion. Its a white flag marked by a gold sun with twelve rays of light.

The whole field seemed bright with those flags, which to me, is a sign of peace, strength and safety. We create our own sanctuary when we come together.

The rain really added its own beauty to the whole celebration. 
I loved the way it sprayed off the ballet dancer's white skirts as they pirouetted. Each droplet capturing the light like enchanted fairy dust, adding a mystical element to their praise.

I loved when the "Army of Helaman" charged out onto the muddy field, despite the storm. The lack of hesitation reminded me of the valiant the Army of Helaman. Without hesitation, they served their God and country. They did not doubt, they did not fear, they did not question when they saw what they would have to face.

The performers were soaking wet, the ends of their clothing covered in mud. I can only imagine how many of them slipped and fell. Anyone who spent anytime on hair and makeup had their work ruined, which for a bunch of teen girls is kinda a big deal, especially since this was being filmed.

This reminded me of life. There are going to be spiritual storms all around us. EVERYDAY. Sometimes we are going to slip and fall in the mud, but with God's blessing we can be clean again. Anytime it rains in the desert like that it's a blessing from God.

Despite the adversary who beats down on us, we can smile, be genuinely happy and turn our trials into something beautiful and inspiring.

What were some of your thoughts on the celebration?

*Quote from
Photos courtesy of

Saturday, March 1, 2014


"The Watchers Series" has been described as Braveheart meets Supernatural.

The mythology for the series is based on many theological texts from dozens of sects with correlating themes. Ancient writings include the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Traditional Apocrypha, the Pearl of Great Price and the Kabbalah.

“The Watchers” are supernatural beings in human form whose duty it is to protect and guard mankind from the armies of darkness.
Unfortunately, as the Book of Enoch mentions, some of these Watchers go bad.

Knight of Light Book #1 (Release date September 1, 2014)
Although the mythology is based on these texts, Deirdra Eden’s "The Watcher’s Series" is written in a traditional fairytale style with a young girl’s discovery of incredible, but dangerous powers within herself, a cast of humorous side-kicks, a quest for greater self-discovery and purpose, and villains of epic proportions.

Hidden Fire Book #2 (Release date February 4, 2015)

Auriella, an other-worldly warrior born in human form, is not the only one with extraordinary powers she must keep secret from humans. There are others like her, both good and evil, including Orion, the Scottish warrior who pursues a romantic relationship with Auriella which threatens her political standing and creates a deadly love triangle. But sometimes there is no right choice, and the man she is about to marry will make her the queen of apocalyptic evil and destruction.

The series starts in medieval times and takes us through modern day. The finale to this epic tale has the Watchers preparing for Armageddon. They desperately hold off the Shadow Legions that threaten to initiate the end of the world the complete genocide of the human race.