Friday, September 2, 2022

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Return of the King the final book in The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien concludes the adventures of Frodo, Sam, Merry, Pippin, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, and Gandalf, the surviving members of The Fellowship as they face Sauron and his orcs in their last struggle. Sam and Frodo are in Mordor, but will they make it to Mount Doom? And will Frodo be able to throw the ring into the lava, or will it completely take over his mind?
And while he and Sam are making their way through Mordor, what is the rest of the fellowship doing? Merry and Pippin, best pals, have been separated. Pippin is in Gondor, and Merry is in Rohan. Legolas and Gimli, despite being from two species that have never really gotten along, have become best friends and have learned to support and appreciate each others' differences. Gandalf the Grey has become Gandalf the White, and has greater powers than before. But for how long? Will they be able to successfully stand against Sauron, or will he defeat them? It all hinges on Frodo getting the ring to Mount Doom! Return of the King was first published in 1955.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Two Towers, the second book in The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien continues Frodo's journey toward Mordor. Now, separated from his companions, except for Sam and a strange little creature named Gollum, Frodo is still trying to get the ring to Mount Doom. But he can't fully trust Gollum.
And when he meets a strange ranger named Faramir, he isn't sure what to make of the guy and his friends. Meanwhile, the rest of the fellowship is broken apart and strung out across Middle Earth, working to do what they can to stop Sauron from taking over the world. But will they be successful, or will Sauron destroy everything good in the world? The Two Towers was published in 1954.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Fellowship of the Ring, the first book in the Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien, starts off the adventure of Frodo Baggins, the nephew of Bilbo Baggins who once found a mysterious ring on his adventure to fight a dragon and help some dwarves get their home back.
As Frodo discovers, the ring is much more than he realized. It's actually dangerous and needs to be destroyed. It was made by Sauron, and can only be used for evil purposed. And having been made by Sauron, it can only be destroyed by throwing it into the lava in Mount Doom where it was created. So how will little Frodo, a hobbit, get it all the way to Mordor where Mount Doom is? Well, when his friends volunteer to help him, along with a dwarf, an elf, and two humans, Frodo just might have a fighting chance! Fellowship of the Ring was first published in 1954.

Monday, August 1, 2022

Kanab Writers' Conference

I recently got back from Kanab, Utah's annual writers' conference, the Kanab Writers Conference. I had a fantastic time teaching a class titled Helping Readers Suspend Disbelief, and enjoying the other classes and activities that the conference hosts. Connecting with friends, old and new, was one of the great parts of the conference. And the presenters were also given a lovely airbnb to stay in for the conference which was so fun! the Kanab Writers' Conference is a great conference for writers at all stages of the writing journey! The committee for the conference did a fantastic job!

Iron Will- Movie Review

Inspired by true events, Iron Will directed by Charles Haid is the story of a young man who sets out on a dangerous cross-country sled race hoping to win the $10,000 prize and save his family's farm from financial ruin.
He and his dogs endure all sorts of trouble, including harassment from a fellow racer who doesn't like the competition. But as he and his dogs work their way along the route, they begin to inspire a nation to believe in his cause. And he helps a cynical and shallow newspaper man start to see Will and his dogs as more than just an inspiring news story, but as a cause that deserves genuine support and not just lip service. Iron Will was first released in 1994.

Spirit Untamed- Movie Review

Spirit Untamed, directed by Elaine Bogan and Ennio Torresan, is an exciting, family friendly movie about a friendship that develops between a girl and a horse.
Spirit, the horse from the movie Spirit, Stallion of the Cimmaron, continues his story as he and his herd see a train and race it for fun. A girl on the train sees him, and tries to make friends before the train outpaces Spirit and his herd and leave them behind. The girl, Lucky Prescott, is on her way to see her father whom she hasn't seen in years. Not since her mother was killed in a circus accident involving horses. Once in the town where she'll be staying with her father, she makes several friends. And finds, to her surprise, that the stallion she tried to befriend from the train, has been caught and put in a corral. Will she be able to free him? And what happens when Lucky and her friends uncover a plot by rustlers to capture the rest of Spirit's herd and take them into captivity? Watch this fun, family friendly movie to find out! Spirit Untamed was first produced in 2021.

Friday, July 15, 2022

Newspaper Article: Uintah Basin Standard

I am excited to let you know that I was featured in The Uintah Basin Standard on July 13 for my books! Journalist Mason Miles was very kind to contact me and ask me about interviewing me for the paper. Of course I was excited to! HERE is a link to his article in the July 13, 2022 issue of The Uintah Basin Standard. Below is a picture of the front page. No need to tell you that the topmost article is not about me, but the one below it, beside the picture of Felicity's cover!