About Tanya Spackman

Tanya was born in Provo, Utah, on a warm July day. After escaping childhood with nothing more than a few scrapes and bruises (except for 5 stitches - oh, and that incident with the staple in the thumb), she graduated from BYU with a degree in molecular biology. Before graduation, she served a mission in Chicago. As graduation neared, she decided lab work really wasn't her thing, and she had no interest in research or teaching (but really, molecular biology is interesting), so she decided to attempt the world of technical writing. Thus, she now works as a technical writer/editor for the Navy in Washington, DC. She loves to read and travel.

The Little Things

Long ago, in the days before the internet, I was a timid freshman at Vassar College. Vassar is located in Poughkeepsie, New York, about an hour and a half north of New York City. Though there is a small airport in a town near Vassar, it was significantly cheaper to find your way to NYC and fly in and out of there.

There was a shuttle between Poughkeepsie and the NYC airports that was convenient and fairly inexpensive, and it was popular with the Vassar students, so I used that to get the airport when I flew home to Utah for Christmas. I, of course, planned to repeat the route to get back to campus when I returned after Christmas, but was thwarted after landing in NYC when I found that the shuttle company had gone out of business.

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Ethical Responsibilities of the Mormon Author

I’m doing NaNoWriMo this month. It’s a fabulous activity; I can’t recommend it highly enough for anyone who has even the slightest interest in doing some creative writing. The concept of NaNoWriMo is to write a 50,000-word novel in the month of November. You just write, write, write. Editing is eschewed; that’s what the rest of the year is for. Sure, you’ll write a lot of crap that way, but that’s okay. To quote from the NaNoWriMo website, “By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.” It’s an exercise in simply writing. It’s really rather enjoyable.

This leads me to my contemplations and quandaries this morning. Continue reading

FAIR Conference 2009, Day 2

Day 2 was as enjoyable as Day 1. As before, Blair Hodges has excellent notes, so I’ll link to those.

John Lynch – “Uh oh!” to “Ah ha!” in Apologetics—20/20 Foresight for a Faithful Future in Defending the Church
[LOGP summary]
We are decidedly partisan in defending the Church. What are we defending?
1. Foundational claims of the restoration
2. Canonized teachings
3. Priesthood authority
4. The good name of general authorities and the Church

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FAIR Conference 2009, Day 1

It’s FAIR Conference time! Today was day 1 and I had a fabulous time. Previously I’ve attended alone, but my sister and brother-in-law joined me this year. They’re not into apologetics, but they are indeed thoughtful members of the Church, and they both greatly enjoyed the day. Proof that non-apologists can enjoy the FAIR conference! (I tell you this in case you missed out but might like to come next year. Also, the presentations should be available soon via mp3, if you’d like to go that route. I’m uncertain on the cost, but hope it isn’t too much as I would like to download a couple of today’s presentations.) Continue reading

You know you want to join in on the fun!

The FAIR Conference is a mere 2 weeks away (actually slightly less), Thursday and Friday, August 6-7. Click here to register. You can also register at the door, but it’s cheaper to register now online.

I’m particularly looking forward to Daniel Peterson’s presentation, The Temple as a Place of Ascent to God. He’s always a lively speaker. In addition, cosmology fascinates me, so Ron Hellings’ presentation on Joseph Smith and Modern Cosmology calls to me.

If you find yourself within driving distance of Sandy, Utah, I highly recommend you come and check it out.

But if you’re not within driving distance, you can still participate via video streaming! (Registration for that on the same page.) Isn’t technology neat?