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I love Valentine's Day Surprises

I owe a huge thank you to Tara Lazar for holding PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month) in November.  After I finished NaNoWriMo mid-month, I tackled her amazing challenge and wasn't sure if I'd be able to come up with 30 new picture book ideas that fast.  Well...I ended up with 38 ideas by the end of the month, and can't wait to flesh out my favorites and tackle them in Paula Yoo's NaPiBoWriWee challenge in the beginning of May, where I'll write 7 picture book drafts in 7 days. 

Not only did Tara inspire me to come up with some amazing new picture book ideas, but she also held a wonderful contest.  Look what I got in the mail:

I love receiving surprises in the mail.  Thanks so much for the fun prize, Tara and Alyson Heller from Simon & Schuster!

Nineteen years ago, Hubby gave me a huge Valentine's Day surprise when he proposed to me.  I'll never forget how he ordered champagne and made the most beautiful toast.  But he acted kind of strange when I sipped the champagne.  He asked if it tasted okay, and I said it was great.  Sip, sip, sip.  Then, he held up his glass and said you can tell a good champagne by the effervescence of the bubbles.  I thought the bubbles looked fine.  Sip, sip, sip.  And then our waiter came over, took my glass, and tipped it toward me saying that sometimes champagne can have a bitter taste because of a metallic sediment on the bottom.  That's when I finally saw the ring--good thing I didn't drink it! :)

Here's our engagement picture (sorry that it's a little fuzzy, but I had to scan it in).

Hubby fished the ring out, dried it off, and proposed to me...what a wonderful Valentine's Day memory!  I hope all of you have a fantastic Valentine's Day, and make special memories that will stay with you forever. 
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( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 14th, 2011 09:41 pm (UTC)
What a romantic proposal story! Thanks!
Feb. 15th, 2011 06:47 am (UTC)
Thanks! I love your icon. :)
Feb. 14th, 2011 10:21 pm (UTC)
Great picture and story :)
Feb. 15th, 2011 06:48 am (UTC)
Thanks, Robin. :)
Feb. 14th, 2011 11:07 pm (UTC)
LOVE that picture!!! You two are gorgeous!!! Well, you still are! :-)

My hubby baked fortune cookies himself and planted the proposal note inside. He kept rearranging all the fortune cookies on the plate so I would choose the proposal one last.

"Rusty say: Will you marry me?"

The rest is history!
Feb. 15th, 2011 06:50 am (UTC)
Thanks, Kimberley. Aw, what a sweet hubby! I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day and birthday today. (((Hugs)))
Feb. 14th, 2011 11:21 pm (UTC)
Feb. 15th, 2011 06:50 am (UTC)
Thanks. :) It's wonderful to hear from you, Lisa. I've missed chatting with you, and hope everything is going great!
Feb. 15th, 2011 06:44 am (UTC)
Cute couple!

38 book ideas?? Actually, I shouldn't be surprised. You're a writing dynamo. ;>)
Feb. 15th, 2011 06:55 am (UTC)
Thanks, Christine. I don't know if I could have found all those ideas while working on NaNo, but the day after I finished my novel I was showering and suddenly had five ideas! I wrapped a towel around me and ran downstairs so I wouldn't forget any of them. It's amazing how many ideas come when you really keep your mind open to them.

Ooh, that reminds me that I had another PB idea the other day that I haven't written down yet. I better add it to my idea file before it flies away!

And aw, thanks so much for the compliment. :)
Feb. 15th, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC)
OMG - you are adorable! I love seeing old pictures of couples. You look gorgeous. Love the proposal story too.
Feb. 20th, 2011 05:22 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day. :)
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Mindy Alyse Weiss
I write humorous middle-grade novels with heart and quirky picture books.

I'm an Administrator on the SCBWI Blueboard, the FL SCBWI Newsletter Editor and Critique Group Coordinator, and a proud member of From The Mixed Up Files...of Middle-Grade Authors

I've been married for twenty years and have two beautiful daughters, an adventurous Bullmasador adopted from The Humane Society, and an adorable Beagle/Pointer mix pup who was rescued from the Everglades.

I've been published in Highlights three times and placed in the 80th Writer's Digest Competition.


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