January 2010
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Matthew Peterson
Author of the Parallel Worlds Series
Host of The Author Hour radio show

Matthew Peterson
Matthew Peterson


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Hello there! Hope your holidays were fantastic. We had an utter blast visiting family up in Utah. We Christmas caroled, looked at the Salt Lake City Temple lights (it was so packed we felt like sardines, but my boys were impressed), went sleding, and opened tons of presents. Ironically, despite our non-existant financial status right now, we had a huge Christmas because of our insurance company reimbursing us for the items that were destroyed in the house fire. Funny how that works out!

For me, the best thing of all was to get a little break from the radio show. Iím quite burned out right now with that, as it takes up almost every waking moment of my time. Iím excited for this month, however, as I added a few new guests to the list like R. L. Stine (Goosebumps series), Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House series), and Daniel Handler aka Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events). And of course there's Dean Koontz, Christopher Paolini, and many others. Take a look below.


Snowman (errr iceman) and the Spoils of Christmas
   

Snowman
Christmas

You can't have Christmas without a snowman, right? Since we live in Arizona, we never see snow. So this year we visited Utah and saw a ton of snow, but it was too cold, so the snow didn't melt enough to stick, so I improvised and used water to get it to stick. When we were finished, it was more of an iceman than a snowman!

The other picture is of the spoils of Christmas, mostly attributed to our insurance company. My kids basically got many of the same things they had already owned before the fire. But it was fun. We did get a Nintendo Wii. Oh, no! The day has finally come for them to play video games. Our arms are already sore.

Childhood Memory: The snowman reminded me of a childhood memory. When I was around 7 or 8, we had a huge snowstorm in Utah. So naturally we built igloos in our backyard. My oldest two brothers built a very large one and I built a small one for me to sleep in. Thatís when I got the idea to use water to turn the snow into ice. But in the middle of the night, my mom woke me up and forced me to come inside because she was scared that my igloo (or "snow fort" as we called them) would collapse on me while I was sleeping. The ironic thing was that the larger igloo that my older brothers had created did collapse on them during the night, but my ice-reenforced igloo stayed strong.


January Episodes of The Author Hour: Your Guide to Fantastic Fiction

David WeberDavid DrakeBen BovaJoe Haldeman 

  • Jan 7: Military and Hard Science Fiction
    • David Weber (NYT bestselling Honor Harrington series)
    • David Drake (bestselling Hammer's Slammers series, Lord of the Isles series)
    • Ben Bova (over 120 novels, 6 Hugo awards, former president of NSS and SFWA)
    • Joe Haldeman (The Forever War, 5 Hugo Awards, 5 Nebula Awards, former president of SFWA)


    L. E. Modesitt Jr.Carol BergDennis L. McKiernanDiana Pharaoh Francis 

  • Jan 14: High Fantasy
  • Dean KoontzChristopher PaoliniR. L. StineTodd McCaffrey 

  • Jan 21: Dragons and Creatures
    • Dean Koontz (International bestselling author with over 400 million books sold)
    • Christopher Paolini (International bestselling author of Eragon, now a movie)
    • R. L. Stine (International bestselling author of Goosebumps, 300 million books sold)
    • Todd McCaffrey (continuing Anne McCaffrey's bestselling Dragonriders of Pern series)
  • Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket)Brandon MullMaria V. SnyderObert Skye 

  • Jan 28: Fantasy
    • Daniel Handler aka Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events, 60+ million books sold)
    • Brandon Mull (NYT bestselling author of the Fablehaven series and Candy Shop War)
    • Maria V. Snyder (NYT bestselling author of Fire Study, Booksense Pick, Audible Editor's Pick Award)
    • Obert Skye (The Leven Thumps series, Benjamin Franklin, ForeWord Magazine & iParenting Media Award)
  • Season 1 is all booked up! Thanks for all of your suggestions. As of this week, all of my episodes are filled. Yahoo!

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    Jared the great "helper" and Matt's no longer in Cub Scouts... again.
       

    Jared helping in the kitchen
    Scouts

    We just found out yesterday that Jared (our 3-year-old boy) is going to need braces for his legs. He already had some small braces that went into his shoes. Let's see, his front teeth are missing, his head is deformed, his ears are too low because of the Noonans syndrome, his eyes droop, he has glasses, he has a G-tube (i.e. plastic thing on his belly for night feedings), he has a big scar down his chest from the heart surgery, and now he's going to have braces on his legs. Wonderful! Just one more visual thing for people to notice about him. Despite all that, we think he's a cutie.

    This picture is of him "helping" to do the dishes. He's very talkative right now. In fact, we can't get him to stop talking! He's in a special pre-school, and everyone just loves him because he's so friendly and is a role model for speech for the other kids.

    This other picture is of me (on the right) as I did an Arrow of Light ceremony for a Webelo cub scout. This week I just got released from cub scouts... again. We'll see how long that lasts. I wish I was still in it, since it gave me a chance to spend time with my twins. I've been so incredibly busy that I haven't had as much time with my family. Since the house fire, I stopped teaching them karate as well. That's one thing I need to get back to doing.



    Last remarks...

    Well, it's been over half a year now since our house was destroyed in a fire. Over a month ago one of the head honchos from Washington came to inspect the house, and he decided to give us everything we want (i.e. repair the house to pre-existing conditions... which the contract states theyíll do in the first place. Go figure), but he needed to get it approved from corporate. He said that would be about 2 weeks.... Itís been over 5 weeks now and weíre still waiting. Dealing with the insurance company is like swimming upstream. This newest scope/estimate is almost 4 times that of their original one! Wow! From the very beginning we were told by two separate contractors that it would cost this much to repair the house. Glad we fought the insurance company on this. Weíre not out of the water yet.

    Whatís crazy is that we just discovered that we were supposed to buy everything thatís getting reimbursed within 6 months. Ahhh! What? We donít have a house to put any of it in and it's already been 6 months! So we just got a 6 month extension, since presumably we might actually be in our house in that time. I doubt it. Even if we are, weíll have a week or two to buy everything. Iím guessing weíll need another extension at that time. This too shall pass. Until next time....

     

    Matthew Peterson - 20403 N. Lake Pleasant Road, Ste. 117-125, Peoria, AZ 85382