Countdown to Augustina: The Cabin

I came home from Utah with three boxes or pictures (not tiny boxes either) from my  parents’ house since they’re moving. I browsed through them today and came across a few of our family cabin we had awhile back. My parents sold the cabin when they went on their mission to England, so we haven’t been there in awhile. But…

I loved that cabin!

In fact, I loved it so much, I wrote it into SADIE and AUGUSTINA.

Sam Jackson’s family owns a cabin up in Whitefish, MT, and the four guys go up their every Christmas Break to ski. Sam’s cabin isn’t exactly like my family’s cabin, but it definitely has similarities: huge great room, two-story stone fireplace, loft, large pine walls, wrap-around deck.

With AUGUSTINA a week-ish away, I thought you might want to see it. :)

  • Side note to my dearest family: Don’t kill me for posting these pictures. Here. I’ll mention to my blog readers that the pictures are at least 10 years old, and we’re all much skinnier, prettier, and more stylish now. *cough*. Plus (1) I didn’t tag any faces or name any names, and (2) I’m 1,600 miles away so what can you do to me? :) Hopefully, the pictures will bring back great memories. We all loved the cabin.

So here they are:

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The cabin in early spring. In Sadie I mentioned large windows and a wrap-around deck, plus aspens all around the lot. So pretty.
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This is my family 17 years ago (again, don’t kill me). Note the matching outfits? When you read about Sam’s family having matching outfits in their pictures, you’ll get the general idea.
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Not the greatest picture, but here’s a shot of the large, stone fireplace. Sadie loves the stone fireplace in Sam’s cabin. :)
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Besides a cute pic with my dad and my oldest, this one shows the loft where the guys slept.
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More matching outfits. My mom is the queen of matching outfits. She kept OshKosh in business.
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The pine kitchen with some awesome girls.
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Haha. I just had to add this one because…well…it’s awesome. My boy is 17 now. Talk about bribery. Only unlike my brothers and sisters, I live with him. Shoot. I might be in trouble for posting this. Shhh!

I hope those give you a better idea of the cabin mentioned in my two books.

Only more week until AUGUSTINA!!!

Do you picture Sam’s cabin looking at all like our family cabin?

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A Lifetime of Music (and more pictures)

(reminiscing)

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Quick note:

Sadie is 50% off for Deseret Book’s Summer Sale. It’s also back in the top ten. Yahoo!

Buy one for yourself, a daughter, or a friend. Just get it before the sale ends. Details here.

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Music

After last weekend’s trip to Utah, my family sent me home with a bunch of pictures from my childhood. It’s been fun reminiscing, but my poor kids are struggling with the fact that I was once as young and dorky as they are – well, maybe they believe the dorky part, but not so much the young part. :)

A common thread I noticed in the pictures was music, music, and more music. It’s been such a huge part of my life. Since most of my music is on Musicaneo’s website, I wrote a post over there called A Lifetime of Music.”

You can read it at the link here.

To get you excited, here’s a small sampling of the pictures. Sorry in advance about the hair.

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Starting Young

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So go check out my post on musicaneo and let me know what you think.

Have a great one!

Experiences from a New Author:

1) Writing a book is easy (comparatively). Editing/cutting a book is not.
2) Editing/cutting a book is easy (comparatively). Getting a book published is not.
however…
3) Getting a book published is DEFINITELY worth the effort!
Lovin’ life in the University Village Deseret Book, Orem
This year I learned how to make a website, create a facebook fan page, blog, tweet, help make a book trailer, create covers for self-published music, edit HTMLs, create a goodreads page, a playlist, and sign books. I’ve learned how to self-promote (my least favorite thing) and relearned how to sign my full name since I’ve been cheating on checks and visa receipts for awhile now. In my defense, I went from Becky Lund growing up (9 letters) to Rebecca Belliston as an adult (16 letters–almost double). It’s been a stretch. Now I have a few hundred people who know exactly why I got a C+ in third grade for my handwriting. 
I also learned this year that having a book published has allowed me to connect with so many people I haven’t seen for years. High school friends, cousins, Michiganders that defected to Utah. It allowed me to work with my dad closely on something we both love. It has also allowed me to meet many new people who have been so kind and inspired me as an author. I think these have been the greatest benefits.

Book signing with my sister, Cynthia Dobson
and my dad, Gerald N Lund in the SLC Deseret Book

As 2011 winds down, I just had to drop a quick note to say thanks to everyone that has encouraged me along the way, to those at Deseret Book for making this possible, and to everyone else who has given me feedback on SADIE. It is very fulfilling to think that my story might have entertained you for a few hours. Hopefully there are many more stories to come.

One last thing…
If you happened to like SADIE, I would love it if you would take a few minutes to nominate it for a Whitney Award. The Whitneys are an academy set up to honor LDS novelists in all genres and across all markets. You can nominate more than one book/author in any given year, but there are only two more days to nominate a book for 2011. The website is here
Thanks again for helping to make 2011 a great year!!!