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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Dinner/Workshop in Preston Expanded/Post-Dated

The "Dinner with Chris Heimerdinger" in Preston, ID has been moved to Sept. 22 and the Professional Writing Workshop has been expanded to two classes--Thursday evenings at 7:00 PM and Friday mornings at 11:00 AM. To accommodate this new schedule the event has been pushed back one week. Apparently there are adults who would like to attend and can't come in the morning. Soooo, this, I hope, is our final schedule:

PLACE: Kimber Academy in Preston, ID, 17 E. Oneida Avenue
TIME: Thurs., Sept. 22 at 6:00 PM.
COST: $7.50 per person. $20.00 per family (up to 6). $5.00 per person above 6.
FREE PERKS: Dinner (duh!) and a free signed copy of the DVD Passage to Zarahemla
Chris will also autograph and sell copies of some of his other published works. BRING UNSIGNED BOOKS YOU ALREADY OWN TOO!

PLACE: Kimber Academy in Preston, ID, 17 E. Oneida Avenue
FIRST CLASS: Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7:00 PM and Friday, Sept. 30 at 11:00 AM
SCHEDULE: No class last week in October (Hunting Day)
COST: $75.00

CLASS IS FOR AGES 14 AND UP! YOUTH OR ADULTS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND EITHER CLASS. Yeah, I know. Only three of you even live close enough to consider coming, but I felt it was still worth posting, even if only for those three people.

For more information call me at 801-870-2070 or Noel Barney of the Preston, ID Kimber Academy at 801-678-9683.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Writing Workshop in Preston, ID...among other UPDATES

WHAT??? You mean there are still some readers who visit FrostCave rather than www.foreverlds.com?? Shucks, I posted last winter that fans needed to make this transition. I haven't posted on FrostCave since 2015, hoping folks would start heading to ForeverLDS.com, which is a blog PLUS a podcast PLUS lots of other things. Then fans and friends on Facebook started asking why I'd stopped posting to FrostCave and I realized my message hadn't reached everyone. SOOOO I guess I'll have to occasionally post here too, providing updates, and reminding folks to sign up on ForeverLDS.

FOR STARTERS--I'm doing an "in person" Professional Writing Workshop in Preston, Idaho (which is only a hop and skip from where I live, in Providence, UT).

It kicks off with a DINNER and FIRESIDE humbly called "A Night With Chris Heimerdinger." (Tried to convince them to call it "A Night With Mater and Yoda" since my 5-yr-old son has forced me to learn some pretty good impersonations, but they didn't think it would sell as many tickets. I wasn't so sure.)

PLACE: Kimber Academy in Preston, ID, 17 E. Oneida Avenue
TIME: Thurs., Sept. 15 at 6:00 PM.
COST: $7.50 per person. $20.00 per family (up to 6). $5.00 per person above 6.
FREE PERKS: Dinner (Duh!) and a free signed copy of the DVD Passage to Zarahemla
Chris will also autograph and sell copies of some of his other published works. BRING UNSIGNED BOOKS YOU ALREADY OWN TOO!

Of course, at the dinner we'll also talk about the Writing Workshop. Space is limit to 30-35 students. Call me at 801-870-2070 or sign-ups will start that night. You can also call Noel Barney of the Preston Kimber Academy at 801-678-9683.

PLACE: Kimber Academy in Preston, ID, 17 E. Oneida Avenue
FIRST CLASS: Friday, September 23
TIME: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
SCHEDULE: No class last week in October (Hunting Day)
COST: $75.00
SPECIAL NOTE: Classes cover a range of topics from Nurturing Ideas, Character Design, Plot, Editing, Publishing, Self-Publishing, Marketing, and more. Toward the end students will be asked to submit samples of their own writing for a professional critique. Don't be freaked out by this. The goal is to build your confidence and help talented wordsmiths know exactly what to expect if they truly wish to pursue a full-time writing career or a rewarding storytelling hobby.

If you live in Florida, the weekly commute might be a bit overwhelming, but anywhere in northern Utah or south-eastern Idaho might be worth it. You can enroll by calling me directly at 801-870-2070 or come to the dinner and fireside on Sept. 15. RECOMMENDED AGE FOR STUDENTS IS BETWEEN 14 AND 104. (We'll consider a student under 14, but they better be a very active reader and highly precocious. If you're under 14 and don't know the meaning of "precocious", that's a pretty good indicator that you might be too young. Okay, we'll even consider students over 104, but it's our experience that most fail to complete long term projects. Was that "ageist?" Sometimes I just don't know how far gone things are with PC.

NOW, before anyone starts asking the obvious, such as "WHEN IS THORNS OF GLORY COMING OUT?!?!" let me just give you the scoop: I'm over half way. Things are going good. I hope to finish soon. But now for a dose of reality...The LDS market does NOT pay what it did ten years ago. Is that a news flash for anyone? Then let me repeat it. The LDS market does NOT pay what it did even FIVE years ago. That's why many of my LDS-genre author friends are no longer LDS-genre authors, but have moved into other national market genres, some with considerable success. I've resisted this--resisted, resisted, resisted--for soooo long. And honestly, if the Tennis Shoes series was complete, I'd have probably given in. I'd hate myself for it, but let's face it: Feeding my family has to come first. Hey, ask Gerald Lund if his latest novel series is selling anywhere CLOSE to his "Work and the Glory" series. Half as well? Keep coming down. One fourth? Still down. One TENTH as well? Uh-uh. Dowwwwn. Yer kidding, right? Oh, I wish I were.

Anyway, the fact is that my Tennis Shoes series is not complete, and so I've stubbornly REFUSED to write any other major novel projects that might be more lucrative until I finish it. Why? Well...for the simple reason that if I got hit by a bus, it would be as if I wrote 12 books for nuthin', leaving the dat-gum story incomplete and soon entirely forgotten. So I forge ahead, undaunted. Okay, not ENTIRELY undaunted. Admittedly, I've been forced to take on a few freelance projects to make ends meet from time to time, and YES, that does slow down the completion of the series (in case you haven't noticed). I don't think I've ever confessed that to my fans before, but I felt it was about time. Just bear with me. I fully expect Thorns of Glory to be the best in the series. You know how sometimes a series gets worse as it goes along? I won't mention any names, like Divergent or anything. (Wait...I said I wasn't gonna mention any...Doggoneit!)  Anyway, I'd be crushed if anyone said that about The Tennis Shoes Adventure Series. The last book(s) (still not sure if it'll be one book or two) will be the best in the series or I'll die trying.)

That's a promise. As to when it'll be released? No promises whatsoever.

But I am hoping to finish the manuscript around the end of the year or shortly thereafter.

Chris Heimerdinger

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Announcing My New Podcast: ForeverLDS.com

Okay, for many this is not "news". It's been a topic on Facebook for a couple weeks. But I meant to release it slowly and get feedback, but listeners let the cat out of the bag quickly, so I feel kinda bad that the last folks to whom I'm revealing this information are my followers on Frost Cave. Honestly, it's a confusing question what my "crossover" audience is. In other words, which fans subscribed on Frost Cave, but also on various Facebook "Chris Heimerdinger" club pages. So I felt it was time to bring some of my most faithful fans in on this so-called "secret".

I've always wanted to do a radio show of some type. Podcasting offers a unique opportunity to exercise my gift of gab and also express those views closest to my heart, especially regarding the most sacred views I have on  the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. This Podcast is a combination of my own lectures on original topics I consider particularly fascinating and entertaining, as well as interviews with a wide range of LDS personalities in areas like writing, filmmaking, music, science, scholarship and maybe even politics! In other words, the stuff that excites me the most.

Our latest Podcast is an in-depth interview with T.C. Christensen, the director and screenwriter of "17 Miracles," "Ephraim's Rescue" and "The Cokeville Miracle" (and a long, surprising list of other LDS-themed films!). I think listeners will enjoy it. Because I've also directed a feature film, I think I could ask questions that only another filmmaker would ask. Check it out at: T.C. Christensen Interview

Other podcasts deal with my thoughts and philosophies about on a wide range of stuff, always standing up--dramatically!--for LDS values and doctrines, while simply celebrating the Gospel with the kinds of subjects and questions I think we talked about more enthusiastically 20 years ago. I fear as a Church we're in a bit of a "state of siege", fearing all the political pressures of not-conformance with the world's standards.

The youth of today are the ones most savvy to Podcasting, and it's that generation whose passions I hope most to ignite. Finally, this is a chance to express, in my own unique way, the eternal gratitude I feel that God somehow helped me to find this Church, and then, after I did my part (reading the Book of Mormon and deeply wanting God's knowledge), bearing spiritual witness to me of its truthfulness. It's purity. And the perfection of it's message. That doesn't mean we don't all make occasional blunders as human beings. But the Gospel itself is perfect and it's this organization that will inevitably save the world. Certainly every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is the Christ, but also that the Lord's priesthood was indeed restored under Joseph Smith and His kingdom will roll forth like the "stone cut from the mountain without hands" until it fills the whole earth.

Yes, I'm still working daily on Tennis Shoes Volume 13: Thorns of Glory, but the Podcast will steadily become the "hub" of all things Chris Heimerdinger and Tennis Shoes. I'll continue to post here on FrostCave.blogspot.com. But I invite all Frost "Cavers" to also join www.foreverLDS.com. That site is still under construction in some ways. Donations, no matter how small, are sincerely appreciated. You can access ForeverLDS through iTunes and Stitcher and other RSS feeds. Soon ForeverLDS will feature writing classes as well as a webstore for autographed books, and many other features. But the Podcasts are where it's at right now!

I hope you'll subscribe on iTunes or just visit the site every Tues (or Wed if I fall behind). We plan to provide a brand new episode every week. I truly believe this podcast is filling a niche that no other LDS podcast currently fills. Hear it for yourself!

God bless you this holiday season and as always,

Stay close to the Lord,

Chris Heimerdinger