Monday, May 9, 2011

Mothers Day Recap, Giveaway, and All Kinds of Goodies on the Horizon

First off I want to give a BIG SHOUT OUT to the MOMS out there!  Hope your Mother's Day was fantastic, I know mine was...breakfast in bed, cards from the kids AND (drum roll please) my husband got me a membership to SCBWI!  I can't wait to get connected with more writing buddies, go to conferences and learn learn learn.  Woot!

In the midst of happiness I also found out some very emotional news about my three year old son that has me simultaneously broken hearted and sighing with relief.
Some developmental issues since birth have had him very familiar with a doctors office and blood tests.  It was a urine test, however, that finally brought to light the diagnosis causing him developmental delays, low tone and lack of energy.  It is a rare genetic disorder called SCAD (Short-Chain Acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency) which is basically a condition that prevents the body from converting certain fats into energy.  Since fats are the bodies second source of energy it can cause loads of problems.  It goes without saying, as I've poured over research on this rare disorder, how blessed we are that his form is mild.  It is also a relief to finally have a name and soon enough, a plan to help.  It is still never easy to hear one of your children is going to have to live in a restrictive way of life in order to live a long healthy one.  Needless to say this Mother's Day was especially touching for me.


In other news the first edition of 'Firsts Fridays' was a blast!  Thanks again to Margot Finke for being my guest.  Please don't forget to enter for a chance to win Margot's E-book for children, Taconi and Claude's 21st Century Adventure.  It is a fun filled book starring a smorgasbord of her reader's favorite characters.  To enter, just follow my blog then go to Margot's interview here and tell me what wonderful insight she had to offer you.  There are three chances to win and the contest closes May 19th so don't miss out.


Last but not least, blogging has been all kinds of fun for me as I've learned a butt load of useful info and met a slew of like-minded and fabulous people.  I want to give back to writers and I believe, even as a newbie, it is possible. 
Stay tuned for a really big, fun, earth shattering extravaganza in your near future.  Think summertime, think networking in the writing biz, thing blog-o-rama with contests you don't won't to miss!  Check back soon for more details on how you can be a part of the action.

And just so you're up to date on the 'Firsts Fridays' excitment we have planned for the month of May...

May 13- Rachael Harrie from Rach Writes... and master of the Writers' Platform Blogger Crusade will be dousing us with platform building tips

May 20- Kathleen Rushall agent from Waterside Productions Inc will go in depth about what an agent wants from you.

May 27Monica B.W. has landed an agent and she will clue you in on her journey there and what happens after you have one.

Until next time...
Keep writing.  Keep learning.
Short chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency


Leslie S. Rose said...

Deana, my heart goes out to you for the news about your son. At least you have the peace of mind knowing what it is you are dealing with. Looking forward to your upcoming posts.

Deana said...

Thanks Leslie, it breaks my heart, but I have to consider myself blessed considering he has a mild form of it.

I'm excited about the upcoming fun on the blog too. I hope you will join in:)

Shannon Lawrence said...

Looking forward to those posts!

I've been looking into SCBWI, but haven't had much time to do so. It seems like a great group of people, just judging from those members I've met!

I'm sorry about your son's news, but glad for you that you finally have answers. I hope it is an easy adjustment and improves things for him and your family.

Deana said...

Shannon, thanks about my son. I hope so too:)

And as far as SCBWI...I am most excited about the regional stuff they have going on. Not much happens in KY as far as writing and conferences so I am thrilled about joining for that reason alone.