Monday, June 5, 2017

Typing 100wpm to Save the World

Guess what!

My story is kinda funny, actually. I was that geeky kid who thought PC-Fastype was a game, and I used to hurry home after school just so I could hop on the computer and try to beat my previous time and accuracy. PC-Fastype was this super basic typing program with a blue screen and possibly yellow or white font, and it made this sound when you took too long to type something: bump, bump, bump, bump. Only imagine the sound as a nasally, pixelated alarm, and then you'd have what was chasing me across the screen every day. Man, I loved that game. What? Game? I mean, Typing Efficiency Improvement Program. Anyhow, by the time I was off to BYU for college, I could pass any typing test above 104wpm with 96%+ accuracy, depending on the day.

Little did I know how useless this skill would prove as my life progressed.

Still, I always enjoyed being able to type quickly and accurately. In fact, one time during NaNoWriMo, [cue daydreamy stare] I sat down to write, and ended up with 11,000 words of pure brilliance in one stupendous night of compulsive ice-water-drinking and urgent bathroom visits. What a rush!

So anyways, now that I'm on Fiverr, you can take advantage of my insanely nerdy typing skills. Just pick your package through Fiverr, and it will prompt you to send me an audio file, scanned doc, or even a cell-phone pic of your messy, hand-written pages. I'll have that whipped into a shiny, beautiful, and fully editable GoogleDoc for you faster than you can recite The Declaration of Independence by memory. Or 2 days. Whichever comes first. I can, of course, do it faster, but it's gonna cost ya extra!

Try me out for $5.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Operation Awesome: Editing and Polishing: Time to Add Some Ellipses!

Check me out at Operation Awesome: Editing and Polishing: Time to Add Some Ellipses!: EDITING and POLISHING Back in July, I tackled the topic of how I do my first revision in a brilliant and witty piece entitled Cooling P...

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Operation Awesome: First Revision: Cooling Periods and Paper

A fairly new feature over at our collaborative blog, Operation Awesome, is the #OAwritingtips. I am enjoying this series. For July, we're covering First Revision. Come talk to me about your process and learn a little about mine. When it comes to revision, there's no such thing as too many good ideas.

Operation Awesome: First Revision: Cooling Periods and Paper: First Revision For July, we're talking about the dreaded first pass of revisions on your recently completed manuscript. Revision an...

Monday, June 1, 2015

Operation Awesome: Operation Awesome Reads: June's Books 2015 #amread...

Operation Awesome: Operation Awesome Reads: June's Books 2015 #amread...: Happy June! Here's what the OA ladies are reading this month: Katrina  is reading The Great Good Thing by Roderick Townley, and  ...

Friday, May 1, 2015

Operation Awesome: Operation Awesome Reads: May's Books 2015 #amreadi...

Operation Awesome: Operation Awesome Reads: May's Books 2015 #amreadi...: Happy May! Here's what the OA troops are reading this month: Katrina just finished Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner, and is read...

Friday, April 10, 2015

Operation Awesome: O.U.R. Mission to Fight Child Sex Trafficking

Operation Awesome: O.U.R. Mission to Fight Child Sex Trafficking: Join the fight to free children from sex trafficking, the worst form of slavery in our modern world!

I'm an abolitionist because INNOCENCE IS PRECIOUS! What's your reason?

On Human Sacrifice and Slavery (which are one and the same)
by Katrina Lenay Lantz
Girls seven; of boys, the same,
to feed the insatiable appetite
of a monster of treacherous fame.
Eyes red like the fire that razes,
horns sharp like the bull that destroys,
it looks like a man but it isn't.
Half beast, but all brute in its ploys.
A hero discovers the horror
while walking his kingdom's bright shore
and balks at the terrible whisper
that his father could ever ignore--
And placidly send off our daughters,
our sons, to their torturous demise.
What falsehood could sanction this outrage?
What marvelous, gilded, proud lies?
For surely as good men do nothing
the evil that simmers will boil!
And no one can cool it or hinder
once over the cliff side it spoils--
When villages, houses, and people
are swept in its current of fire,
and mankind has turned the cup over
and earned all the wrath and the ire--
who sits not idle but sure,
and sends out His heroes to rescue
each fair son and daughter so pure.
Black sack cloth if King Minos wins
and the brute with his hunger unending
has sated himself on our sins.
Will you become one of these heroes
who conquers the beast in his lair?
Or sanction the unholy tribute,
condemning the slave to despair?
Black sack cloth if King Minos wins
and the brute with his hunger unending
has sated himself on our sins.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

What I Read When I'm Not Reading Fiction

If my blog looks like a ghost town, it's because LIFE!

Neighborhood kids singing You're a Grand Old Flag, Fourth of July 2014

I'm not really making an excuse because I firmly believe my time has been well spent. As a homeschool mom who dabbles in politics and takes every spare moment to read, whether it's current events or a really tasty bit of speculative fiction, it isn't that I don't have time to blog/write/read/review/whatever. When we're honest with ourselves, we know our "I just don't have time" excuses really just mean "I'm doing other things that I deem more important." That's true even if we don't want to admit to ourselves that obsessing over our sock drawer or 'everything' drawer or that highly addictive new facebook game is a value choice of one activity over the others we also claim to value. Luckily, I haven't been tempted by a facebook game since about 2007. :)

As a recovering perfectionist, I have to be careful how I spend my time or I end up writing until 3am or "sorting papers" (read: reminiscing over high school essays) for an entire day. This natural obsessive tendency, which is very much genetic, is what allows me to crank out first drafts in pretty good time when my heart and soul is in it. It's also what leads me down other paths that are equally riveting. 

So here's some insight into my Soul Stretching Out (hint: that's my blog title these days):

I read NDE's (near-death experiences) like they're going out of style. My most recent read in that category was this:


These books are a great supplement to the backdrop of intense scripture study I find myself doing, especially when it has to do with the beginning of life, the purpose of life, the end of life, and the end of days. While I don't believe everything I read from those who claim near-death experiences and visions, I do find these types of books about visions of the afterlife or future to be soul-stretching. They give me an opportunity to ponder and pray for my own answers, and those periods of quiet meditation are necessary reprieves for a mom of tiny tots. 

That brings me to something else I study somewhat obsessively:


I read about pregnancy and childbirth. You'd think after four pregnancies and births I'd give up my study, but I ALWAYS, always, always find new bits I didn't know before, or am touched by reading somebody else's completely different birth story, or find healing in a birth story a lot like one of mine. Every pregnancy, birth, baby, and child is different. I can't imagine abandoning my study or thinking that I've finally learned it all. 

Of course, since I do homeschool, another topic I obsessively study is education. 


This book, between twenty and thirty years old, has some of the greatest insights on education I've read yet. It's a bit of a thick read and heavy on the technical language in parts, but it also includes scriptural and apostolic guidance about the way human beings learn. Since I believe learning never stops until you die, I also like to read a bit of history and classic literature.

Right now I'm reading this:


So now you know what I read when I'm not reading fiction. For an example of the awesomeness I read when I'm craving fiction, check out the moving book carousel in the right sidebar. I'm lucky enough to know those authors, and every one of their books is an adventure.

What do you read when you're not reading fiction?