Monthly Archives: September 2017

Laura Roettiger #AMMConnect Bio

The magnificence of aspens and pine in fall.

The book I’ll be submitting for #AuthorMentorMatch is Cruze Control a #YA story about mother/daughter relationship.

17-year-old Hanna lives with her family in Lake in the Pines,MN but wants to see the world, write music, and dance in music videos.

Set in 1986 just before technology changed life as we know it, she idolizes Madonna and dreams big.

About me:

In no particular order:

  • I’m a reading specialist.
  • I’m an environmental educator.
  • I’m passionate about nature.
  • I love dancing, hiking, and skiing – not all at the same time.
  • I love country music.
  • I’m from Chicago and a Cubs fan for life.
  • I live in the national forest just west of Boulder CO.
  • I love reading, writing, and photography.
  • I have three children.
  • I love travel.
  • My favorite TV shows are Jeopardy and Stephen Colbert.

Sunrise from my home in the Rocky Mountains

More about my book:

YA Historical/Contemporary Fiction 75,000 words What happens when Hanna’s mom promises to keep her secret in exchange for better grades and behavior during senior year? Secrets and promises have a way of unraveling those who hold them. The goals of mother and daughter are at odds creating challenges for the whole family.

My book contains realistic, universal issues teenage girls face, including relationships between sisters, parents, and friends. Excellent dialogue and ideally a way to increase communication between mothers and daughters.

“I love you to the moon and back!” Every mother to her child.

Mentor Wishlist

My MS could use:

  • the TLC and guidance of a mentor who understands how it feels to be a daughter on the cusp of independence and a mother who wants to keep her close and safe.
  • Help with POV issues.
  • Plot points that need strengthening and maybe some that need to be discarded.
  • More anger and drama to create tension in places where it’s missing.

What I bring to the party

  • Lots of delicious recipes (a play on party but also my characters like to cook so there are recipes)
  • My picture books – 3 written so far – have all gone through major revisions and are notably improved from the guidance of CPs and professional help. Currently being queried.
  • A commitment to the process of writing and collaboration on my work.
  • A sense of humor and willingness to learn from those with more experience.
  • I have recently attended The Southampton Writers Conference, the SCBWI Squam writes retreat and will be attending the Rocky Mountain SCBWI Letters and Lines conference in October.

The beauty of Amsterdam

Switzerland Trail with the hiking honeys

When you are lucky enough to live at 8000 feet, just east of the continental divide, and are gifted with a perfect fall day for a hike, you stop to admire the beauty of nature.

The juxtaposition of a bluebird sky and green-turning-to-golden aspens is not to be missed.

Today is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. For me, being in nature is a religious experience. The traditional treat is apples and honey. Since my hiking group is known as ‘the hiking honeys’ and when we stopped to eat, I had an apple, I am counting today as an excellent beginning to the new year.

L’Shanah Tova

Mad Creek Trail Hike

I love hiking in the fall. The changing colors are Mother Nature at her best. Yesterday I went on the Mad Creek Trail in Steamboat Springs, CO for a lovely hike with an amazing group of Chicago women. We hiked to a historic barn and considered taking shelter there when the skies grew dark and threatening. The consensus that the storm was traveling away from us, a lack of thunder, and our desire to continue with our hike led to the decision to continue. A few raindrops amidst the sunshine was no problem and we hiked down. The views on the way up and on the way down were different, but both were breathtaking. So grateful for the opportunity to be part of their annual Colorado girls weekend and hiking a new trail.

Follow up to Managing Physical Pain

Two weeks ago I shared my thoughts on knee and shin splint pain leading to my decision to try acupuncture. The day after my first treatment, I felt considerably less pain but no increase in stability. Still, a marked improvement, making me feel good about my decision. I continued to wear my knee brace for any hiking or long walks.

After a second treatment a few days later and virtually no pain, I continued to increase physical activity with no negative side effects.

Placebo effect? This was mentioned by someone and after considerable discussion, we both agreed it may be a factor but only a small one. I don’t believe a placebo effect would allow me to sleep through the night instead of waking up in pain. The unconscious brain of sleep operates differently.

Two weeks and eleven hikes later, my stability is strong and the pain is minimal. Yesterday I arrived at the trailhead having forgotten my brace. A test. And I am proud to say, I passed!

The screenshot of my Fitbit from yesterday tells half the story. My not needing Advil and ready for more today tells the rest.

While acupuncture may not be the answer for everyone, I recommend it for pain relief based on my experience. The lack of pain has allowed me to build up strength over the past two weeks which I believe will only improve over time.

Yesterday, at a local store in Nederland, I saw a sign that said “66 days til ski season!” I’ll be ready! 🎿⛷🎿

Squam Lake Writing Retreat

A weekend spent in the company of other writers is enlightening.

A weekend in a serene setting with a lake and a challenging hike to beautiful views is also lovely.

When you are able to combine these two into the same weekend, you’ve really done something special. It’s thrilling to have casual time with other authors, agents, and an editor. The casual environment and well crafted sessions combined everything I look for in a writing event. Hearing my words read so beautifully by someone else for professional critique and the positive response to my first page renewed my focus on writing and revising.

Thanks to Melissa and Jilly for their excellent coordination of the weekend.

Bountiful Harvest

The joy that comes from eating what you’ve grown with your own hands and hard work, planting seeds, watering them, patiently waiting to see what will grow is a primal. Our vegetable and herb garden has been truly a magical part of our summer.

Some of our plants were lost to rabbits, squirrels, and chipmunks or the challenges of high altitude gardening. But the exquisite shades of green as I pick arugula, spinach, and lettuce more than make up for the disappointments. If you have never eaten “just picked”broccoli, go to a farm or farmers market soon. And next season, grow your own. 😎

We also have created wildflower gardens where there was nothing before. Again, the leap of faith to put seeds in the ground and water and wait has paid off. As we enjoy these last days of summer, I’m appreciating every aspect of the season and the land.