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Monday, June 29, 2015

iFly is In'freakin-credible

Throughout my life and travels, I've had some really neat things that I've been able to participate in or accomplish.  Not to list them out or name any names, as this is not a brag-book - but to say that I had the most fun in my entire life this weekend is truly special.

Since we've not had a summer vacation for our family in a while, we planned a quick four day get-a-way this past weekend.  We wanted somewhere close but far enough away from Oklahoma City, that we felt like we were going 'somewhere'.  We'd already done Dallas, Ft. Worth, Kansas City, Branson, but weren't ready to go as far as Missouri, Arkansas, or Tennessee.  So we figured Texas, as large as it is, would have a fun suburb that could hold some potential fun for our family - hence .... Frisco, Texas, where we found iFly.

iFly has been around for a while, but is just now making it's way to Oklahoma City.  Since we knew of it's pending arrival, we thought it would be fun to try it out for a little 'pre-flight' check.

Once we went through our training, with our trainer, Dominic, he walked us through the basics and gave us our flight suits, ear plugs, goggles, and helmets.

My only reservation was that my son may have issues with the air pressure, as he has had some severe allergies, which sometimes includes allergy induced asthma.

Dominic not only addressed it, but he took extra special care of my kid to the point of when it was time for my kid to take his second turn - which meant flying high into the tube (up to 40 feet above us) - he checked to make sure my lil' T was comfortable.

When lil' T said he didn't want to go that high, Dominic reinforced his decision and make him feel confident that he was good to go with staying near the bottom.  

T soared higher with more confidence, and had a more enjoyable experience than if forced to go higher.  I was so impressed and thankful that such a young man would be so good with my kid.

But warm motherhood feelings aside - this was fabu-fantastic-over the top fun.  The air pressure was exhilarating as it pushed me up higher and higher, and the trainers took liberty to teach us different hand movements that allowed us to spin or shift in the air.  

I was so enthralled with spinning that I angled my hands more than he expected and spun a ton faster than he planned.  He had to stop me, as in my head I was like a little girl in her first spinning chair, yelling, 'Weeeeeeee!'

On my second turn, we went up to the top, which I would guess was close to 40 to 45 feet up int he tube (pictured above).  The air pressure was so hard (in order to raise us up) that I could feel it push against my lungs as it entered my nose.  As I was up there, I was thankful that my kid chose to stay closer to the ground.

This was by far the most fun and I for one will be first in line for the Oklahoma City location.  They have packages for people, who want to learn tricks and more in-depth air skills, which I think I'm going to invest in.  I loved this so much, I'm thinking that a new love story surrounding a trainer and his student may need to come into play.

If you have ever thought about sky diving but were too afraid, (you won't catch me jumping from a plane ... ever) iFlying is the next best thing.  It's my new most favorite thing to do!  Try it out ...

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I'm In The Mood

Since finishing book 5, I put down my pen and decided to read a few books.  A general rule for me is that when I'm writing - I find it hard to read.  It convolutes my scenes with other author's and I'd rather keep my brain free from clutter to keep my characters mine.

So now that I'm ready to read, I've had some really great recommendations from some of my readers on my FaceBook page.  Some of them being:

And these all sounded really good, and someday I'll tackle them.  However, to be quite honest - I didn't want to spent upwards of 5 dollars to over 12 for a digital book.  Call me cheap, but I was in the mood for two things when surfing amazons book list.  

  1. Cheap or free
  2. An easy read
So out of curiosity, I searched with the terms: 'free kindle romances'

After days of downloading a few freebies here and there, and perusing Amazon's catalogue - here is what I found - you have basically 2 choices:  Steamy man sex without much substance or wit, or amish covered in cloth with wagon wheels and horses.

Let me state that neither of those types of books are bad!  They just weren't what I was in the mood for.  I wanted something in the middle, like the kind I write.  I wanted something that made me think, without giving me a headache.  I wanted something that was already proofread, so that I wasn't editing it as I went along.

I didn't think this was too much to ask, but hey it was the free section right?  I guess beggars can't be choosers.  I think there is a great divide between dry books without enough romance, and too much explicit sex.  I want something that gets your juices flowing and makes you cheer the characters on in their personal endeavors without feeling like you're committing a carnal sin by reading between the pages.    

Again, let me state the books that do promote either of these things have a market .... it's just not me.

My biggest pet peeve is a book that relies on sex to sell a title. Come on writers ... write a book that has substance and can stand on it's own without falling back on an obvious crutch.  My books touch on sex or almost getting there, as we're sexual beings.  Of course we're going to think of it!  But it doesn't mean I use it as candy to bait the readers.  I want my characters to have enough substance to stand on their own without taking their top off.

This blog didn't start out to be a book review.  My intent was to express my observations about how difficult it was to find something witty, romantic, and smartly written, without too much raunch.

But with continual search, and lots of digging - I found a book that fits the bill.  It was romantic and believable.  The characters were fleshed out without showing too much flesh.  The couples did the deed but it wasn't thrown in your face.  There was an intelligence about the book without relying on sex to sell it.  

Another plus to this book is that it had a conclusion.  There is a sequel to this, but the writer gave the audience a satisfying ending that left us putting down our kindle happy.  From one author to another, way to go Rachel Schurig!   You put me in the mood and left me completely satisfied!

Find the synopsis below:

Lizzie Medina went to London to reinvent herself. Tired of being the quiet baby sister, and in no hurry to settle into a boring existence in surburbia, she escapes from home at the first opportunity. When she settles in London for a year of post-graduate studies, Lizzie is sure she’ll be able to start a whole new life. Immerse herself in the books she loves. Explore a new country. Work on her dream of writing a novel. She might even be able to find a little bit of excitement for once. 

But falling unexpectedly in love with up-and-coming actor Thomas Harper causes Lizzie to re-think… everything. Just as she’s convinced herself this small-town girl from the Midwest can handle this great adventure, Thomas’s career suddenly explodes to superstar levels, and Lizzie finds herself forced to navigate the fame game of red carpets, catty co-stars, gossip magazines, and paparazzi. When she wished for a new life, she had no idea it would be anything like this! 

Lizzie must now determine if her love—and her confidence—are strong enough to get her through the complications of dating a movie star. Even if she and Thomas are able to pull through before she has to leave London, how will she deal with the inevitability of returning to a life at home that no longer feels like her own? Will she follow her family’s wishes or follow her heart? Will the Lizzie she discovered in London be strong enough to help her pursue her dreams?

Friday, June 19, 2015

Insight on Inside Out

This won't be a formal review going over how Joy has to work together with her other emotional pals to bring balance to her child.  It won't be a raving review about how many humorous jokes that were laugh out loud funny, even though there were some moments that had me bursting out with obnoxious laughter.

I won't tell you my favorite parts, because I don't want to spoil it for you.

What I will tell you is this:

The beginning of the movie and the end are amazingly funny and on the nose with their sarcastic viewpoint about how we all relate and communicate.

However the middle, where Joy and Sadness have to find their way back to headquarters, draaaaaaaagggggggeeeed on FOREVER.  I know they had to make the move a certain length, but the middle section had hardly anything that kept the adults engaged.

HOWEVER, that being said, the movie is NOT for adults.  The target market, your kids, will love it! My kid, at 12, was probably the oldest there, and he thought the entire thing was awesome.  

He even said, "I'd see that one again."  That is rare - especially coming from someone, who thinks most things are boring unless they're video game related.

So my middle drag out boring hum drum portion that I'd tell you to bring a pillow for, was still a home run for the kiddos.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Finding Kylie - The Script

After Finding Kylie was published, a film producer from London reached out to me asking to be a part of the script, insisting that it would be perfect for the screen.  He also warned it was a TON of hard work invested with a LONG turn around as the film industry can take years.
I thought, 'Okay a coupe years. I can handle that.' However, here we are about eight years later and a major door finally opened.  For the last 4 years, we've been trying to get a hard read set up.  For those of you who have no idea what a hard read is, I'll explain. 

It's basically doing a dry run or a read with real actors, to make sure it is what we think it is 'off the paper'. We've written the script, and in our heads (in 2D) its perfect - but when acted out or read aloud in 3D - it may not sync. 

This just helps myself and John, who is the film producer and my writing partner for the script, see it in person to finesse it so that we can hit the film market with a finished product. It also gives us a video or visual to show bits of it to investors. 

So, today I just got really good news, that makes me feel a little giddy ...

Our hard read, for Finding Kylie, is scheduled with a high profile drama department, and they're fitting our project in their tight schedule next year. This is a team that has turned down some major names in the film industry in years past, because they weren't able to accommodate them in their schedule. However, they were impressed with us enough to fit us in. 

This week I'll have a date set for a week's length dress rehearsal and a final night for the read.  

Stay tuned.  I'll have more updates as we progress.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Win Your Signed Copy - Book Giveaway

Want to win a SIGNED COPY of SAVING GRACE when it releases this summer??

If So — Read Below
My goal by the end of July is to have 1,000 likes at my FaceBook author page, in preparation for the release of SAVING GRACE.
To do this – I need YOU to invite your friends to like my author page.  This is given the fact that you have your own FaceBook account.  (If not, set yours up today!)
Some may not know how to invite others to a page, so let me step you through it.
There are 2 simple steps:
1) Once you go to my author page, you’ll see a button, below my author profile pic, that says ‘invite your friends to this Page’. (see below?)
Click on the button that looks like the one below!
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2) Next, your friends list will pop up, where you can click the button INVITE next to their name. This will invite them to like the page.
Send your friends a message, letting them know about your desire to win this book.  Ask them to not just ‘like’ the page, but to shoot you a message once it’s done.
Then message me at: kimberlymckayauthor@gmail.com to alert me of their names.  Once I confirm they’ve liked the page – your name will go into a drawing for a copy of SIGNED copy of SAVING GRACE.  It will be entered for each time you have someone enter!!!

REMEMBER to let me know who you are when you email me, incase your email doesn't match your name. I'll need to know who to enter in the drawing.

This will be open till the last day of July.
*** Please note – For exposure reasons, it is just as important to ‘follow’ my page as well as like it.  This means once you like it – you need to ask for notifications. ***  (This is not required for the contest, but it means FaceBook will give me more exposure, which is the goal for any author.)
This can be done at the like button, like so:
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Thanks everyone!  I truly appreciate your support.  It means the world to me.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Freelance Fun

From time to time, I freelance for different media outlets or organizations.  What I love about photo work is that every day is different.  Your subjects and environment always changes.  The only thing that stays the same is the eye behind the lens and how the photographer challenges him or herself to tell a new story.

Today, I filled in for a local paper, which took me everywhere from downtown Oklahoma City, Norman, to the State Capital.  With today's temperatures which were topping at 99 degrees, I was ready to get home to upload my assignments from the comforts of my air conditioner.

Here's a glimpse into my day ...

Here's from day 2

Friday, June 05, 2015

Jenner Justified?

People on both sides of the spectrum are up in arms with the platform of a transgender lifestyle. When it comes to the transition from Bruce to Caitlyn - people are vocal in both camps.  There have been a gazillion Facebook posts about Bruce Jenner's transition and how he doesn't deserve the title, hero.  I know some things in life are black and white - but in this instance ... I guess I'm a fence rider.

Sigh ... so (twisting my arm) - here is my two cents.

First let me state - that as a Christian, I am a believer of the Bible and the fundamentals that come along with that.  I know God wants us to follow Him by serving others, striving for a sin-free live, and most importantly accepting His son, as Jesus is our example of what LOVE is all about.  However, God also gives us free will to do with our lives what we want.

THAT BEING SAID ... WHO AM I TO JUDGE when someone doesn't live or believe like me?? 

Although I've been judged or criticized throughout my life for being a follower of Christ, I refuse to judge anyone in return when they can't see things my way.  It would be like calling the kettle black.

Do I agree with Bruce/Caitlyn's plight to reassign his/her gender?

I'm not in his shoes to make that call.  I am not confused about my gender so I could never imagine what he must have been facing when coming out to the world.  So, whether I agree or not - it's not my call.

Do I think he deserves an award for bravery?

I believe bravery comes in all shapes and sizes.  I don't take anything away from my military family for being heroic in battle or war, by saying someone else is brave in their walk in life. Although not a war hero, Bruce has been very brave to face the ENTIRE world in an arena that is NOT the norm in how MOST of us live.

Do I cheer him on and say atta boy - er girl?

I'll be honest.  The whole thing throws me off kilter.  I'm not a liberal.  I'm a conservative girl. However, I think it is his or her right to live how he or she feels fit --- as long as he or she is not causing damage to those around him.

My seventh grade teacher taught me a long time ago - that 'your rights end at the end of your own nose'.  I may not say atta girl - but I definitely don't harshly judge or have any ill will.  If I knew him her, I would love her as she is.

Bottom line here:

I wish the best for the whole Jenner family.  This must be a very challenging time for each one of them.