Sep 08

This summer I got the Liebster Blog Award from Hope Roberson, (Thanks again, Hope) and I finally had the chance to post. If you’d like to learn more about Hope, click on the link to see her answers.
 

 
So there’s three parts of this award: sharing eleven things about myself, answering eleven questions, and nominating eleven people.
 
And since when I try think of random things about myself, my mind goes blank. So I like to take the previous person’s statements and use them, about me though.
 
Part One: Eleven Things About Me
 
1. I freeze all winter long, so I love summer. But I can’t stand 90 degree heat and the hot sun, so I sit in the shade a lot.
 
2. I love to swim, but I can’t dive because I’m too chicken.
 
3. I can’t wiggle my ears.
 
4. Fireworks shows are super cool, and every few years our town hosts a week long fireworks conference, which includes nightly shows. Love to watch but I’m glad I don’t live next to the fairgrounds.
 
5. I love to read in the car, and luckily, my husband prefers to do the driving.
 
6. I used to love upside down rides at amusement parks. I haven’t been on one for a while, so I don’t know if that’s changed.
 
7. My garden is pathetic. I’m not very good at it.
 
8. I’ve never had a cat. I grew up with dog people. I married a dog person. And I am a dog person.
 
9. One of my favorite shows is Law and Order SVU.
 
10. I’m pathetic because I haven’t read anything in about a week.
 
11. Pinterest is fun, but I don’t get on very often.
 
Part Two: Eleven Questions
 
1. Favorite color? Blue
 
2. If I could change or make a law, what would it be? Children are not allowed to speak until being called on after raising their hand. (Yeah, right . That’d never happen.)
 
3. Do you believe individual personality characteristics have more impact from environment or genetics? Environment.
 
4. Do you believe there are other life forms in the universe? Sure.
 
5. Can you remember your last dream? What was it? Being late to my high school class because I couldn’t find the room.
 
6. What movie most impacted your childhood? Goonies or Star Wars
 
7. What is your fear? Losing my children
 
8. If you were granted one wish, what would it be? To meet my husband’s mother who died when he was a kid.
 
9. What was the last song you listened to? No clue.
 
10. Who is the one person I would want to spend eternity with? I suppose I should say my husband. :)
 
11. When was the last time you smiled? When I typed the answer to my last question.
 
Part Three: Nominate eleven others
 
So, this is the part that I usually skip, and I will do it once again.
 
Thanks, Hope for the award, and now please tell me something random about yourself.

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May 19


Recently I received two Liebster awards, which means I get to answer a bunch of random questions.
 

The first set comes from Kate at My Next Life. Here are her questions.

 
1. If you were an animal, what would you be?
Dolphin maybe? That’d be fun swimming across the ocean, jumping out of the water and playing around.
 
2. What is your favorite book of all time?
The Outsiders has been my favorite since grade school. Haven’t read it as an adult, but I should. Also loved the movie, as any girl would.
 
3. What’s your biggest fear?
Dying without seeing kids grow up.
 
4. If you could have any talent, what would it be?
Singing would be cool. Not that I’d want to do it for a living; I just wish I could carry a tune.
 
5. If you could invite 3 famous people to dinner, who would you choose?
Emeril Lagasse: he’d have to cook dinner
President Obama and Rush Limbaugh: just to see what would happen

 
6. If you had a time machine, where would you go first?
For fun: medieval times. Take the place of a princess or queen. That’d be cool to live in a castle.
 
7. If calories didn’t count, what would you eat today?
Shrimp and scallops fettucine alfredo with a side of the most tender filet wrapped in bacon. Brownies (no nuts) and vanilla ice cream.
 
8. What book do you wish you’d written?
How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr
 
9. What antagonist do you most relate to?
I have no idea. I’m not very antagonistic. :)
 
10. If you could relive any day of your life, what would it be?
Wedding day, probably. So I could remember more of it. It goes by too fast.
 
11. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
Paris
 

The second set comes from Dani at Entertaining Interests. Here are her questions.

 
1. Which urban legend freaks you out the most?
The person in the back seat of your car with a knife. Yet, I don’t always check my back seat like my mom always said to.
 
2. If given the chance, which dream celeb would you have asked to your prom?
Back in the day, it would’ve been Corey Haim or Kirk Cameron… what dreamboats. I think Kirk turned out okay, unfortunately Corey did not.
 
3. Who would you “Freaky Friday” (switch places) with?
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge. Maybe she’s not a princess or a queen, but maybe duchess is the next best thing.
 
4. Why?
I don’t know. It’d be cool to be a duchess.
 
5. If you could claim any novel as your own, whose would it be?
How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr
 
6. Is there any skill you’d like to learn?
I always wanted to learn fencing. I should’ve taken a class before the kids were born. I don’t see myself doing it anytime soon.
 
7. What movie would you like to star in?
Any of my novels made into movies. I’d even take just a little cameo instead of the starring role.
 
8. Which book/series would you like to see made into a movie?
I think Shine by Lauren Myracle would make a good movie.
 
9. You just crashed into the back of Ryan Gosling’s car, what do you do?
Grab my camera. And not to take pictures of the damage.
 
10. The zombie apocalypse just broke out; besides family, pick 1 movie star, athlete, weapon, and one other person or object, who/what would they be?
Movie star: Charlton Heston. I figure he’s got a good stack of guns somewhere. Even though he’s dead himself now.
Athlete: Whomever is the last winner in the UFC championship.
Weapon: Crap. I don’t know what all kills zombies. If I can have unlimited bullets, a gun, but otherwise a samurai sword.
Person/object: Magic zombie killing powder. (The question didn’t say it had to be real)

 
11. What is your dream day?
Sleeping in to a quiet home. Doing some reading in a quiet home. Doing some writing in a quiet home. Eating what/when I want in a quiet home. Basically I want a quiet home. :)

 
Thank you to Dani and Kate for the fun award. And as usual, I’m backing out of the passing it on to other, because I hate that part.
 
So go check out their blogs to learn more about them.

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Jun 10

More thank yous for a few ladies.

Cortney Pearson for the Stylish Blogger Award. (Which I did previously, so check back a few posts.)

Andrea Teagan and Theresa Paulo for the Booker Award.

The rules for the Booker Award:

This award is for book bloggers only. To receive this award the blog must be at least 50% about books (reading or writing is okay)

Along with receiving this award, you must also share your top five favorite books you have ever read. (More than five is okay) You must give this award to 5-10 other lucky book blogs you adore.

Here are some of my favorite books in no particular order:

The early years:
The Outsiders by SE Hinton
Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

The not as early years:
War and Peace (the abridged version)
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

The Current years:
Split by Swati Avasthi
Night Sky by Jolene Perry
Shattered Soul by Jennifer Snyder
 
Here are the ladies I am passing this on to, and hopefully they haven’t received it yet.

LeighAnn Kopans
Amy Rose
Jade Hart
Dahlia
Valerie Lawson
 
I’ve wondered about what makes other people love a story. What makes them give a book a 5 Star Review?

I generally don’t over-analyze books; I either liked it or I didn’t. But now I’m starting to think more about why. So when I love a story to death, these are usually the reasons.

* I wish those characters were my friends/boyfriends/parents/etc…

* I’m sad for the characters (if it ends badly), and wish I fix it for them. (Although that would totally change the story.)

* I want to keep reading, even though the story is done. I desperately want an epilogue or sequel.

* I couldn’t put the book down. (Or only did because I had to… for instance, to get my kid to school on time.)

* The book was an easy read. (I’m not into purple prose—hello, skimming time.)

* I wish I wrote that book.

So what about you? What makes you love a story enough to give it a 5 Star Rating?

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May 27

The awards are flying all over the place, as you can see. Three in one week. How cool!

Thank you to Jenny Morris for the Beautiful Blogger award,

Rachel Schieffelbein for the Kreativ Blogger Award,

and Cassie Mae for the Stylish Blogger Award.

 

 

 

 

 

As with these awards, you have to post a number of things about yourself, either random stuff or answer questions. So here it goes—I’m just gonna mix them all together.
Random things (I’m being lazy, so I’m piggy backing off some of Jenny’s random things.)

1. I’ve never read Pride & Prejudice.

2. I love avocados, especially in guacamole.

3. I don’t drink Mountain Dew. I had a short stint with Diet Mt. Dew, but that was because my only other choice was Pepsi-ick.

4. I’ve never been to Alaska.

5. Growing up, I wanted to be many things: writer, lawyer, and obstetrician. I went to school for engineering.

6. We had a station wagon when I was younger. The third seat could face backwards—that was way cool.

7. When I grew up, my grandma and uncle lived in a huge farmhouse. They sold the house and the new owners moved it away. The following Christmas was very different.

8. Sour cream and onion is my favorite flavor potato chips.

9. I had a retinal detachment years ago.

10. Our dog came from the Humane Society.

What’s your favorite song/singer?
Chicago is one of my favorite bands. They had a ton of great songs, but my favorite is “Remember the Feeling,” which wasn’t one of their biggest hits.

What is your favorite dessert?
Chocolate cake with ice cream.

What ticks you off?
Stupid drivers. But I don’t do much; probably just swear at them in my head.

When you’re upset, what do you do?
Want to be alone.

Which is/was your favorite pet?
Lacey is the dog we have now, that we got a few years after we got married. So she was my baby before the kids. But growing up, I had a dog Tisha, that lived until she was 17–so she was a big part of my life too.

What do you prefer, black or white?
Black. It absorbs the sun and warms me up when I’m cold.

What is your biggest fear?
Not being there for the big moments in my kids’ lives.

What is perfection?
I have no clue.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Reading too much, when I should be doing other stuff.

So I’m being lazy and skipping the other stuff you’re supposed to do. So maybe that means I can’t fully accept these awards, but to find people to pass all three on too… that’s too much.
But still thank you to Jenny, Rachel and Cassie.

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Mar 11

Just a few things to mention today. First…

Thanks to Jade Hart for the Awards.

I know I’m supposed to pass this on, but I’m being lazy. This week slipped by and we spent the weekend at our last hockey tournament so of course I had to have this post ready before that out of town trip. I didn’t do like I did with the WIP Movie post, which I pulled together in a few hours. After seeing everyone else’s, I wish I would’ve planned better. Oh well.

I’ll answer the questions that come with the awards. (But I’m not adding the cool colors like Jade did—laziness once again.)

Favorite color: Aqua blue. (Christmas) red. I have lots of favorites.
Favorite animal: Dog
Favorite number: 1
Favorite non-alcoholic drink: Coke
Facebook or Twitter: Like/use both, but they have totally different sets of people.
My passion: Reading/writing/my children
Getting or giving presents: Giving in general, unless I don’t know what to get, then it’s a headache.
Favorite pattern: brightly colored polka dots (for kids stuff—I have no polka-dotted clothing)
Favorite day of the week: Saturday—sleep in day
Favorite flower: Snapdragons—my mother always had them and I loved popping the heads off.

To the next thing: I’ve added a project to my Current Projects tab. I’ve been thinking about messing around with Finding Juan lately. The basic story is done, but I need to work on character development and do a lot of editing since I wrote it about a year ago and the writing is atrocious. It takes period over less than a day and I need to work with my flashback too, since they comprise a lot of the story and I should cut them back.

The last thing. If you don’t use Google Reader, than GET IT! Yes, I’m yelling. Seriously, I love it—thank you to my good friend Lyz for telling me about it.

For those who don’t know, Google Reader lets you organize all your blogs in one place. Any time a new posting comes in, it shows up and stays highlighted until you click on it and read it. You can then click on the link to bring you to the site (or not).

This keeps me from going into my favorites lists all the time to get to my favorite blogs. And everybody has different posting schedules and unless you memorize them all, you’re constantly unnecessarily checking all these blogs.

No more.

I still have a bunch of blogs under my favorites list, ones I’ll randomly check. But the blogs I regularly follow were moved into Google Reader. The bad things is, I might have to hit unsubscribe to a few blogs because I don’t need them coming into my e-mail and GR. But then I figure the blogger will see that, so I’ll have to send a note explaining I’m not dropping them. I’m just reading them a different way and I don’t want to hurt their feelings because I hate doing that.

So if you haven’t checked out Google Reader, do it.

A few weeks ago, I went through this big thing with Google Friends Connect. I pulled many hairs out trying to figure out how to get it on my WordPress blog. I couldn’t. Impossible.

Until I got a friend’s highly-knowledgeable-about-computers husband to help me. He figured out a sneaky way to put GFC into some other code and then refer back to it via a widget. Voila! I had Google Friends Connect. So thank you to the people who friended me.

It’s gone now because apparently Google made some changes. I’m just glad my friend’s husband wasted an entire day trying to figure it out. I haven’t told him yet. I probably will when I send his thank you with the gift certificate I got to Dairy Queen. He’s got 3 kids, so I figured that’d be a good choice.

So that’s what happened to my Google Friends Connect if anyone wondered.

But back to my main point. Google Reader—check it out. It’s already saving me time.

And just a quick note on the end. My little guy got four goals and 3 assists in a 3 game hockey tournament this weekend. What a great way to finish off the season!

Whatever will I do with all my additional time?

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Feb 05

Guess what.

I won my first blog award from Jade Hart at Dream, Write, Publish. She’s got one of those fun blogs with a great mix of personal stuff and writing tips. And she lives in New Zealand, which is cool too. Check out her blog.

The Skunk Award is a fun blogging award named ‘The thumbs up from Skunk award’ since “we all feel like stinky, stinky skunks some days” and there are people who “make us feel (and smell) a lot better”. Stuff like this is the reason why the writers/blogging community is so great: supportive and fun.

So thank you Jade.

In order to accept my award, I have to name one thing I love about myself than pass it on to some other bloggers.

I love that I am able to stay home with my children. (Yes, I know that is more about what I love about my life—and thank you to my husband for that—but  I don’t think there are any Skunk Award Police, so I’m going with it.)

I have two people to pass this on to plus an honorable mention.

Krista at Mother. Write. (Repeat.). Krista’s posts terrific agent interviews and does query contests—she’s a wonderful resource but she also shares more personal stuff about her writing/publishing journey and the ups and downs. Krista’s blog was probably the first one I started following and I look forward to her returning from her blogging hiatus.

Janet at My Journey as a YA Writer. Janet hasn’t done many posts but I like her blog for two reasons. She made me laugh. And I can relate to her posts.  Plus she got me thinking of something I should read more: historical fiction. I love to read stories set in other countries that take place long ago (meaning centuries, not years), but I just haven’t read much of them. But now she got me excited and thinking about reading more books like that. I really don’t know of any off hand, so if you have any suggestions of good historical fiction, let me know.

The honorable mention goes to Cassie Mae  at Reading, Writing, and Loving It! Cassie has the best blog and is so fun to read, positive and hilarious sometimes. (She also gave me great tips on how to improve my blog. I am trying to take her advice, but WordPress keeps frustrating me.)

And in case you’re wondering, I gave her the honorable mention because Cassie is such a great blogger, she has received this award several times already—well deservedly of course—and I won’t make her go through the whole award process again.

So check out these ladies’ blogs.

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