Monday, February 27, 2012

not really news at all

one of the perks of working in TV news is getting up close and personal with creatures you otherwise only get to see from the other side of a piece of glass or a chain link fence.

that's right. i'm talking lions, tigers and bears. oh my!
okay, not lions... yet.
but tigers and bears? you bet.

every few weeks, we have four-legged creatures visit our newsroom to appear on our morning program. before their moment in the spotlight, they spend a few minutes relaxing around our cubicles while we act like the paparazzi, snapping photos and asking lots of questions.

most often, these visitors come from one of our local zoos, courtesy of an excellent wildlife expert. it's said you learn something new every day. on the days the critters come to visit, i know that's true.
i have learned that baby bears need to be taught everything, including how to drink milk, and that arizona has the most venomous snakes in the country. i've learned that penguins are fearless and even a bit aggressive and that otters have a stink that will stay on your hands all day, no matter how much you scrub them clean.

sometimes, behind the scenes, my job is less about the news of the day and more about getting an education on the world at large. on these days, i feel so lucky.

Thursday, February 16, 2012


no point writing much here at the top, as i suspect most of you will scroll past any excess words to get to the good stuff.

so let's get right to it, shall we?

i'm pleased to reveal the cover for BUTTER!!!!

A boy everyone calls “Butter” is about to make Scottsdale High history. He’s going to eat himself to death live on the Internet – and everyone will watch.

He announces his deadly plan to an army of peers and expects pity, insults or even indifference. Instead, he finds morbid encouragement. When that encouragement tips the scales into popularity, Butter has a reason to live. But if he doesn’t go through with his plan, he’ll lose everything.

i expect to be posting this all over the internet soon, but starting today, you can also find it here, at my unofficially official website!

other exciting things are happening, and i can't wait to share them with you, but for now, i hope you'll forgive me if i put the regular features on hold in order to keep this beauty front and center on the blog for a bit!

UPDATE 2/24: cover refreshed with tagline! :)