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Time Out (IWSG)

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It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time for our group posting for IWSG. Insecure Writer’s Support Group is the brainchild of Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, and his co-hosts for August are Nancy Gideon, Bob R Milne, Doreen McGettigan, Chrys Fey, Bish Denham, and Pat Garcia! Thanks for all your hard work!

Taking time off from blogging is rough. You come back and then you wonder, what do you write about, and would anyone even care? I suppose that is one of my major fears and insecurities… what do I have to say and does anyone care? Maybe it’s an insecurity shared by every writer, or maybe I’m caught in a purgatory that is all my own…

I realized my brand of writing was 70% staring/procrastinating and 30% writing, which means I’m not very productive, even when it comes to something as simple as writing a blog post. And that’s what mostly accounted for my being MIA. I had some things come up, and well, blogging just became the thing that had to go, at least for a while. I’m still doing rewrites on my WIP, “Lost,” though, so I haven’t totally been unproductive writing-wise. And as I continue chugging along there while riding the crazy waves of that thing called real life, I’ve decided to continue my blogging break for a month or so. But of course, I just can’t make this post and NOT share some music. See you in Sept!

 


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The Lighthouse Award

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First of all, thanks so much to CeeLee for nominating me for The Lighthouse Award. It is such an honor to get it.

A Blog That Brings Light To A Dark World … wow. I’m not really sure my blog deserves such a distinction but it certainly gives me something to aspire to. I made this post a while back about what writing meant to me and how that one person is enough to make it worthwhile. Receiving this award definitely makes me feel all sorts of fuzzy!

 

Now for the Rules:

• Display the Award Certificate on your blog.
• Write a post and link back to the blogger that nominated you.
• Inform your nominees of their award nominations.
• Share three ways that you like to help others.
• Nominate as many bloggers as you like.

 

Three ways me and my blog help others:

  1. Encourage and motivate others

  2. Connecting and supporting my fellow bloggers/writers

  3. Music always makes me happy and I hope by sharing them in my blog they make people happy too!

 

My nominees for this award are:

  1. Alex J. Cavanaugh – The man behind IWSG. Finding IWSG has been one of the best things to have happened in my albeit still short blogging journey so thank you Alex and IWSG!

  2. Ann, A Friend of Jesus 2013 – If faith is not something that can bring light to the world then I don’t know what is.

  3. lilypadheart – Living, loving, and learning to laugh along the way (Can’t say it any better than that!)

  4. Effectively Human  – MJ is one of the most generous bloggers I know and her A-Z theme “Letters To Self” is something to check out

  5. Books and Bark – Her site is just such a happy place to go to!


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Celebrate The Small Things – Endings and Beginnings

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Celebrate The Small Things is a blog hop wherein we post our celebrations (big and small) every Friday. Thanks to our host VikLit for this awesome hop!

It’s the last Friday of the month (time flies by so fast!) and I’m here to celebrate:

  1. Getting moved successfully. Moving is hard, packing and unpacking, getting used to new surroundings. I definitely miss the old place but such is life. We have to keep moving and things are only new for so long before we get used to them.

  2. I finally finished Draft 2.5 of my novel. Yes, I’m calling it 2.5 because I’ve gone and tinkered with it so much. I’m also announcing my draft as “done” after blogging about it for the last two months. Of course, it’s far for from being actually finished as I face the road of more revisions ahead. For now, I’m setting it aside and will probably come back to it after Camp NaNoWriMo.

  3. Another award! Thanks to CeeLee for the nomination. Watch out for my post sometime soonish!

  4. I reached over 100 blog followers sometime in the last week. Thank you Blogs with < 100 Followers, hosted by the wonderful people at A-Z Challenge, for being there from the start. You guys rock! (And if you haven’t signed up for A-Z yet, it’s not too late to sign up! They’re coming very close to 2000 bloggers).

  5. Four more days till Camp NaNoWriMo. Got some outline done but will probably be pantsing my way for the rest of it. I’ve met some wonderful people in the process of gearing up for it and together, we are taking this one crazy adventure. And that, I think, is one of the best things to celebrate about–the people we meet and the relationships we form along the way.

What are you celebrating this week?


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Liebster Award

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First of all, huge thanks to TCC Edwards for nominating me for this award. I generally don’t like the concept of “chain mail,” which according to the official Liebster Award site, is pretty much the kind of award this is but I’m gonna be a Yes! girl and play along.

I’m also opting to go with the rules my nominator used, with the exception of going with the less than 1000 followers from the official rules instead, so I could include some of my nominees that just missed the 200 mark. However, in the spirit of the nature of the award, I have picked fairly new blogs and/or those with not much followers, which leaves me with these rules:

  1. Each nominee should link back to the person who nominated them.

  2. Answer the 10 questions which are given to you by the nominator.

  3. Nominate 5-11 other bloggers for this award who have less than 200 1000 400 followers.

  4. Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.

  5. Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.

The questions I got from TCC:

1. If you could rewrite the end of any movie, what movie would you choose?
A: SPOILER ALERT if you haven’t seen Frozen

Off the top of my head I’d have to say Frozen. I thought the ending was a bit rushed and the whole Anna/Kristoff thing doesn’t work for me. Their connection seemed lacking and it being a Disney film I felt that’s one thing that should’ve made sense at least.

2. What theme do you wish more fiction tackled?
A:
Hope/Hopelessness

3. Have you ever witnessed or been in a natural disaster?
A:
I don’t know if it counts but when I was a kid, a volcano erupted about 150km from where I lived. I remember everything being covered in volcanic ash for days.

4. If you could go to a bar (or coffee shop) with any fictional character, who’d you choose for your drinking buddy?
A:
Gandalf. I’m sure he’s still got some great stories left to tell!

5. What’s a common trope in fiction that really bugs you when you recognize it?
A:
I’m actually OK with tropes, as long as they’re handled well. I think it really depends on the kind of book I’m reading and my expectations based on the genre.

6. Have you ever tried writing something completely out of your comfort zone? (For example, if you never wanted to be a poet, but tried writing poetry anyway.)
A:
I had to write a poem for one of my classes. Needless to say, I sucked. Never tried it since.

7. Was there ever a book you just couldn’t finish? Why not?
A:
There’s quite a few of them actually but no titles come to mind at the moment. If the first few chapters just drag on with not much happening I find myself losing interest and just abandoning the book. So yeah, a book has to get me in those first few chapters or I’m gone.

8. Which author (living or dead) would you most like to meet in person?
A:
Ernest Hemingway

9. What was your least favorite book assigned to you in school or university?
A:
I can’t think of any

10. It’s Halloween and money is no object! What character would you dress up as?
A:
Aerith from Final Fantasy 7

I’m passing on the award to the following people:

  1. A Writer’s Life For Me.

  2. Tara Tyler Talks

  3. fanny barnes thornton

  4. Scribblings

  5. Melissa Maygrove

  6. Writing Off The Edge

  7. Madness of a Modern Day Writer

  8. Carrot Ranch Communications

  9. mckellegeorge

  10. bemuzin

  11. ~~On the Wrong Page~~

My questions for them:

  1. Which fictional character do you most identify with and why?

  2. In another life, what would you be doing, if not writing?

  3. Would you rather have a slow painful death by terminal disease or a quick death by accident?

  4. Your books are a big hit. Would you rather see it as a: (pick one only) movie, TV series, computer game, or a Broadway show? Why?

  5. Admit it, you already have a dream cast in mind. Who are they?

  6. Any part(s) in your manuscript(s) you’ve been embarrassed to let your family/friends read?

  7. Was there ever a book you just couldn’t finish? Why not? (Yup, stole #7 from my nominator. Shame on me.)

  8. What is the one thing you would never, ever let your characters do?

  9. What do you think is the most underrated book/movie?

  10. Do you prefer happy endings or tragic ones? Why?


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Celebrate The Small Things … With An Award!

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It’s Friday, which means it’s time for Celebrate The Small Things! Hop on over to our host Viklit‘s blog for more info and join in the celebrations!

First off, it’s been a crazy (and not in a very good way) last couple of weeks. I missed posting Celebrations last week (I know, I suck) and to further prove my point, it seems I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award by TCC Edwards some days ago and completely missed it. Yeah, I double suck. LOL

I’m supposed to answer some questions and think up new ones for my nominees, which isn’t as easy as it sounds, so I’ve decided to take the next few days to come up with my questions for the award before making the post.

So for my celebrations this week:

  1. Getting nominated for my first ever blog award.

  2. Brunch with old friends.

  3. Got to hear Lea Salonga, who is the singing voice behind Princess Jasmine of Aladdin, perform live. Such an amazing singer! She also played Eponine in the 10th Anniversary concert of Les Miserables.


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