08 May Random Lies and Truths

      Me and the super fabulous and funny Gagaumalo Irene Nautu in Brisbane. 


I was at church and someone said, “You haven’t blogged since April 19th. When are you going to blog again? I’m suffering from Sleepless in Samoa withdrawal symptoms.” It’s very nice to be missed, thank you Clint! So here I am back on the blog wagon with a quiz for everyone. A lot has been happening in the last month but ONE of the following items on the list is a LIE. Which is it? The first person to identify the lie scores a print copy of TELESA from me! (yay…)

1. I finished writing the second TELESA book, ‘When Water Burns’. It’s now in the capable hands of my editor and fingers crossed she doesn’t hate it or find too many things wrong with it.
2. There was a p-lab in the house across the street from us. We were woken up at 5am by a SWAT team raid with guns, sniffer dogs going nuts, fire trucks, police everywhere and a decontamination unit for everyone who had to go in the house.
3. I met star rugby players Digby Ioane and Quade Cooper at the Brisbane TELESA launch and I felt like a giant next to them. A very large, very splodgy, very shiny green giant.
4. As a kid, I promised myself I would NEVER go to Australia because I’m psycho scared of snakes. And mildly psycho scared of sharks, crocodiles and killer spiders. But I went to Australia last week and I didnt see a single snake, shark, crocodile, spider. OR a single kangaroo either.
5. Big Son went on a three day mountain biking trip and crashed into every single tree, bush and curve on the route. And he had a very very sore butt. And he never ever wants to go mountain biking again.
6. I quit eating Eclipse mints. Finally.
7. Ezra Taylor told a crowd of two hundred people that “Daniel” is pretty much “perfect” and the only thing the two of them have in common, is that they both play rugby. Have tattoos. And abs. ( Ok, he didn’t say the abs bit – the super cool MC doing the interview said that.) Ezra does deserve to get an award though, for being the mostest patient and accomodating cover model on the TELESA planet because not once did he get annoyed with the hyper-rabid-fan attention at the Brisbane Launch. (Security!)
8. The most amazingest cupcakes in the world have frangipanis on them and they’re made by an amazing cook called Netta.
9. Big Daughter read the first few chapters of ‘When Water Burns’ and told me “this is not suitable for young readers. I think you should cut out a lot of things or else nobody will let their kids read it.” Excuse me?! Like what stuff? “Like all the kissing. Do they have to keep kissing?!”
10. The Hot Man was embarassed because women in Australia kept exclaiming, “You must be the Hot Man! I read your wife’s blog…”
11. I wore disgustingly high heeled shoes to a book launch and DIDN’T TAKE THEM OFF. At least not until the end when nobody was looking.
12. I had a Diet Coke Tower at a place called the Hog’s Breath Cafe. And I wish I had one for my house. (hint hint to the universe…)
13. I think a GPS for your car is the stupidest thing ever. Especially when they get you lost for two hours on the way from the airport to your hotel.
14. I re-defined the word SLEEPLESS in the last few weeks of frantic writing. All night writing and writing for two days straight. I now, never want to write another book again. Ever. (Hopefully this feeling will go away soon. Or else book three in the series is in big trouble.)

22 Comments
  • Ummmm i'm guessing you didn't quit eating your eclipse? How could you when they help you channel all your awesomeness?? Loved watching the speech by the way, so inspirational…keep up the awesome work.

    May 8, 2012 at 1:01 am
  • Meeting you was amazing!! i was quite shocked with your accent though. I was expecting a Kiwi accent, but nope American!! thought it was pretty cool:)

    May 8, 2012 at 1:16 am
  • #11 Oh and Quade Cooper is soooo handsome! And I think I said Digby is a cutie for a short guy…lol. I'm 5'10 and a lot of woman, I would have looked like a big boned Zina warrior princess next to them. I wish I could have been at the launch. But thanks to Ali and the pictures and videos I was able to enjoy some moments too. Great job you guys!

    May 8, 2012 at 1:45 am
  • #14 bahaha cause you LOVE writing 2days straight… LOL Oh Reenie!!! wish you couldve been here! #sisterhood would've been complete! LOL

    May 8, 2012 at 2:26 am
  • #11 🙂 I know Reenie answered it first but can the second place winner get a bookmark at least? hehehe.

    May 8, 2012 at 3:15 am
  • Glad you enjoyed the speech Elena…was super nervous!

    May 8, 2012 at 5:11 am
  • Thanks for the book support Kristin – I have to tell you that I DONT have an accent of any kind. Im sure i have a accentless voice….lol

    May 8, 2012 at 5:12 am
  • You and me both Are Zena warrior princesses then Reenie. I took a couple of pics with them and felt very giantess next to them. Couldnt wait to move away from there, lol. Ali and the team did a great job and I love how they've put a lot of things online for people to check out.

    May 8, 2012 at 5:14 am
  • Yeah right Alice! LOL

    May 8, 2012 at 5:14 am
  • Hi Etta, actually number 14 is incorrect, LOL. I wont announce the correct answer and winner until Friday.

    May 8, 2012 at 5:18 am
  • My guess is '5' … and I already have the fab book … and dare I say it BOOK TWO TOO he he he so if I win can I PLEASE have a frangipani cupcake!? Or a cinnamon bun. Or some oka. Your darn books make me hungry!!!

    May 8, 2012 at 8:15 am
  • I'm guessing #5 or #6 lol it was such a pleasure to meet you Lani and I can't wait for the 2nd book! Let me know when you're next in Brissy and I'll have cupcakes ready for you! xx Neta

    May 8, 2012 at 11:47 am
  • I'm guessing #2 is the lie and I'm hoping my lucky number earns that print copy hehe. So disappointed I missed out on the book launch in Brissy, but I bet it went well! Visit Melbourne next time please.hmmm…now I want a cupcake…I look forward to your next post 🙂

    May 8, 2012 at 1:17 pm
  • No 11You're feet hurt so much you couldn't wait until after the presentation to take them off. 😉

    May 8, 2012 at 8:14 pm
  • Gotta be number 5!

    May 8, 2012 at 10:52 pm
  • (and I'm so glad you're back blogging! missed you here in Texas!)

    May 8, 2012 at 10:52 pm
  • Def left ur shoes off at the book launch in Wellington I think ur dad sd ur mum would've freaked lol … Lomz

    May 9, 2012 at 5:39 am
  • Just went through your twitter and found that my guess #2 was wrong 🙁 oh well #5 was already taken anyway lolStill loving my E-book copy 🙂 can't wait for the next book!!

    May 9, 2012 at 12:48 pm
  • Ha! Dont feel bad. U felt like a giant, and I always feel like an ant. We just cant win. As for the lie…I'm thinking 9? I'm probably wrong (I always am) I already have the print book…but (please?) how about book 2???…if not I'll take the 1st…after reading a bit of it on my computer, little sis wants to read it and I refuse to let her have my copy. All the pages will be bent…and she takes FOREVER to read….so this will be the perfect opportunity. Plus..her birthday is coming up on the 22 of June…perfect timing.

    May 9, 2012 at 2:53 pm
  • i say 10..what was number 10 again lol…idk, I just know that youre an awesome blogger and would love to read your awesome book 🙂 kudos!!!

    May 10, 2012 at 3:57 pm
  • Thanks everyone! Elena Akaroa got it right first – Im still eating Eclipse mints….Elena can you email me your postal address and we'll get your book sent out to you please? LaniWendtYoung@hotmail.com

    May 10, 2012 at 10:46 pm
  • Woohoo!! I'm gonna go buy me a lotto ticket tomorrow! LOL. Nah…this is probably as far as my luck goes. Thanks so MUCH Lani!

    May 11, 2012 at 8:25 am

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