Footloose and Fancy-free Friday awards — April 9, 2010

Footloose and Fancy-free Friday awards

I have been remiss in my duties.  There are awards that I’ve been given, but I have yet to acknowledge them.

I plan on rectifying this situation now.

First up, it’s the Sugar Doll award from Lydia Kang at The Word is My Oyster.

I’m supposed to tell ten things about myself.

1- I suffer from an extreme case of wanderlust.  I want to travel.  I want to do nothing but travel.  If I ever get a job that pays a good, stable salary I’ll be able to save up to do so.  I’ll probably try to go once a year.  But I might have to sacrifice book buying to do so.

2- I apparently like the phrase “to do so.”

3- I’m kind of addicted to TV.  Favorite shows?  Bones, Castle, CSI:NY, Project Runway, What Not to Wear

4- I just got a haircut and I like it.

5- The last movie I saw was Avatar and that makes me sad.

6- I don’t watch R-rated movies.

7- The last book I bought was The 39 Clues book 8.  (Don’t remember the title, sorry.)

8- The last book I started to read was Plague Ship by Clive Cussler

9- I lived in London for two months while on study abroad.  If I had the money, I’d live there.

10- I’m obsessed with soundtracks.  They constitute the bulk of my music collection.

Next is the Prolific Blogger Award.  The lovely Roni over at Fiction Groupie and the fabulous Angie at Notes from the Writing Chair sent me this one.  It doesn’t appear to come with any rules so I’ll stop here.

I can’t ever decide on who to pass these on to.  I’ve been so graced and blessed in my writerly journey because of blogging.  I can’t imagine having made it through these last few months of the voyage without all the friends I’ve made here in the blogosphere.

If you follow this blog, consider yourself awarded.  Thank you all.

And the absolute truth is: — February 24, 2010

And the absolute truth is:

Coming in a minute.  This was kind of fun to do.  You all had such widely varying opinions on what was true about me.  I’ll re-list them and explain them below.

1- I’m the next Phil Mickelsen.

I wish.  Except not because his spouse is going through cancer and that battle is nasty.  I’ve witnessed it twice and I don’t want to go for a third.  I do want to improve my golf game.

2- I’ve lived the same place my whole life.

Nope.  My parents moved about 11 or 12 times before my dad passed away and my mom has moved once since.  (Not to mention all the times I moved apartments while I was in school.)

3- I am ridiculously cool.

I wish.  But alas, tis not the truth.  You’re all ridiculously cool for thinking so but I’m not sure what I’ve done to give that impression.  Love you all.

4- I have a secret longing to open a bed and breakfast near a golf course.

And we have a winner.  I would love nothing more than to open a bed and breakfast.  And if I put it near a golf course, #1 could come true.  (Or I could at least met him.)

5- I’ve competed in rodeo my whole life.

While I have ridden horses, I’m too chicken for barrel racing.  (Which is about the only event women can compete in when it comes to professional rodeo.)

6- I’m secretly a world-famous author who is trying to write with a modicum of anonymity.

Yeah, no.  Some of you have met me and know that pretty much what you see is what you get.

7- I’ll be a presenter at the Oscars in 2 weeks.

Nope.  But I would love to meet Sandra Bullock someday.  And Meryl Streep.

Sorry I was so late with this.  Today’s not been a great day.  There’s a little black cloud hanging over me and I think I’m coming down with something.  And I have to work tonight.

Awards — February 23, 2010


I’ve been neglecting you all.  I’ve received a couple of awards lately and not shared them.  I apologize ladies.  I do appreciate that you have taken the time to tell me you find something valuable in my blog.

First up it’s the Happy 101 Award.  I received it from Jen at unedited and then again from Roxy over at a woman’s write.  Thank you to both of you!  I’ve posted my ten things already.   The original post can be found here.  (It’s the last memo in the post.)

Next is the Creative Blogger (or bold-faced liar) award.  Margaret at Musings of a Would-Be Writer graced my blog with this award.  Thank you, Margaret!

The rules:

1: Thank the giver.
2: Copy the logo and put it on your blog.
3: Link to the giver.
4: Tell six outrageous lies and one truth about yourself.
5: Give to 7 others who might have fun with it.
6: Link to recipients.
7: Comment on the recipients’ blogs to let them know about it.

OK, 7 things about me.

1- I’m the next Phil Mickelsen.
2- I’ve lived the same place my whole life.
3- I am ridiculously cool.
4- I have a secret longing to open a bed and breakfast near a golf course.
5- I’ve competed in rodeo my whole life.
6- I’m secretly a world-famous author who is trying to write with a modicum of anonymity.
7- I’ll be a presenter at the Oscars in 2 weeks.

I can’t pick 7 people to pass this on to so I’m not going to pick any.  If you want to participate, consider yourself tagged.

Oh, and can you guess which is the truth in my list?

Happy Sunday! Awards! Q&A! Oh my! — November 8, 2009

Happy Sunday! Awards! Q&A! Oh my!

I’ve been neglecting to do this but it’s time.  I think in the future I’ll just use this post to continue with award giving.

I’ve received some awards as of late that I have as yet failed to properly pass on.

Natalie Murphy over at The Sound of Rain, gifted me with this lovely award.  (For some reason the picture isn’t working.  Sorry.  It’s in the sidebar if you want to see it.)  It’s the One Lovely Blog Award.  Rules are as follows:
1.Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered.

2. Contact the bloggers to let them know they’ve been chosen

You all have such lovely blogs, but I’ll select a handful to award this to.  (Sorry, it won’t be 15.  You know me, I’m just such a rule-breaker.)
Roni over at Fiction Groupie
Glynis over at Author Blog: Glynis Smy
Carrie at Carrie Harris
Stephen at Nikon Sniper
Tara at The Bloodcrossed Writer gave me the Honest Scrap Award.  Rules are simple: Copy the picture to your own post, list five more of your favorite honest bloggers, then open the blog to personal questions from the audience.
Scott, Davin and Glam at The Literary Lab
L.T. Host at Quest: Published

Leave questions for me in the comments if you so desire and I’ll get to them this week.

Roni at Fiction Groupie gave me this one.  I like the image of it.
Rules: Include the award logo in your blog or post.

Link to post where you received the award.

Nominate seven blogs that you feel are helpful to others.

Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.

Let them know they’ve received the award by commenting on their blog.

Share one thing that no one knows about you & quote a sentence from your favorite book.

One thing about me: My biggest weakness is Swedish Fish.  I’d rather get those over flowers or chocolates any day.
All the blogs I follow are helpful, so you’re all getting it.  If you’re a follower of my blog or I follow yours, you get this award.
Quote from a book: Can’t think of any off the top of my head.  Sorry.

Again? Thanks! — October 30, 2009

Again? Thanks!

The marvelous Michelle McLean gifted me with another award.  This time it’s the One Lovely Blog Award.


1. Accept the award, post it on your blog along with the name of the person who awarded you, and their blog link.

2. Pass the award to fifteen other blogs and remember to contact the bloggers to let them know.

Thanks to The Cutest Blog on the Block and many other web sites we all have very lovely blogs.  I know I sound like a broken record, but I honestly cannot possibly pick from among the myriad blogs I follow and read.  So, you all have lovely blogs and I gift this award to you all!  Happy Halloween!

Awww, shucks… — October 29, 2009

Awww, shucks…

The lovely Julie Dao over at Silver Lining gifted me with the Heartfelt Award.  If you haven’t read her blog, go check it out.  Seriously, I’ll wait while you do…

Here are the rules:

Do you reach for a cup of cocoa or tea when you’re relaxing, seeking comfort, sharing a plate of cookies with family and friends? You know the feeling you get when you drink a yummy cup of cocoa, tea, or a hot toddy? That is what the Heartfelt Award is all about, feeling warm inside. Rules: put the logo on your blog/post. Nominate up to nine blogs which make you feel comfy or warm inside. Be sure to link your nominees within your post. Let them know that they have been nominated by commenting on their blog. Remember to link to the person from whom you received your award.
I’m lame, I know, but I honestly can’t decide on 9 blogs to give this to.  So, I’m just going to express my heartfelt gratitude.
Thank you so much to everyone out there reading this.  Honestly, if I hadn’t found you I’d have given up on blogging a long time ago.  I never thought a single soul would read my blog.  In fact, initially I wasn’t entirely sold on the whole blogging thing.  But I took a page from Indy’s book and took the leap of fait.  And what do you know?  There was an invisible bridge after all!  Thank you for your support and friendship.  May the months ahead treat us all well.

WiP Wednesdays 10/28 — October 28, 2009

WiP Wednesdays 10/28

Did you notice my project ADD come out to play?  Which status bar moved this week?  Oh, and I redecorated.  Again.  Seriously, I have issues.  And it’s snowing as I type this.  I hate winter.
Yeah, that’s right.  I officially went back to work on Oracles Promise.  Writing Lodestar was feeling too much like a burden.  When writing the first draft, it should be fun.  It should be exciting.  You should look forward to entering the world you’re creating each time you do.

That was no longer happening with Lodestar.  I’m at roughly 12K-13K words.  I honestly have no idea how I’ll stretch that book out to being 75K, like I envision.

So it’s being tabled.  Not necessarily permanently, but still.  I’m going to finish Oracles Promise.  That is my goal.  I’ve been working on this book for 7 years or so at this point.  These characters are a part of me and they’re more enjoyable to write.

Take, for example, Saturday.  It was the second day I’d gone back to work on it.  I sat down to write, and almost before I knew it two hours had passed and 1600+ words had ended up on the page.  It was like magic.  I didn’t struggle with the words.  They just came out and things flowed.  It was a beautiful thing.

With Lodestar, it was sometimes a challenge to even get a sentence written in a day.  Now, if I’m struggling so much as a writer my readers are certainly going to struggle, right?  So, I’m putting it away for now.

I’ve officially reached past the halfway point in my book, percentage-wise.  And I think I’m a little over half done with the storyline for the first book.  I’ve got good outlines for the next two books so I think I’ll be okay as far as foreshadowing goes.  We’ll see what happens.  I may write the draft of book two while I let Oracles Promise sit and simmer.  Maybe even the final book in the trilogy.  Just so that I can then map everything out start to finish and make sure I’ve got all my ducks in a row.

But school will likely get in the way of these plans.  We’ll see what happens.  I have registered for classes.  I’m looking anxiously forward to an entirely different college experience from my last two.  This time around I’ll be taking photography, drawing, 2D design, and learning the intricate workings of InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.  And then a random health class thrown in.  It’ll be interesting.

And maybe someday I’ll be able to sketch my own characters.  I can dream, right?

In other news, the wonderful Deb over at Ranch Girl Ramblings has generously gifted me with another award.

The Best Blog Award rules are: 1) To accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his/her blog link. 2) Pass the award to other bloggers that you have recently discovered and think are great! Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

So, I can’t choose from so many wonderful blogs.  If you’re reading this, consider yourself awarded.  There are a ton of fabulous blogs out there that I really wish I had more time each day to devote to them.  I love every blog I’m a follower of and they all bring so many wonderful things to the table.
Awww shucks — August 25, 2009

Awww shucks

Strange Fiction at Ranch Girl Ramblings gave me the Super Comments Award.

Really don’t feel I deserve this one.

Thank you SF.

Only rule for this is that I pass it on to 5 people.

1- Elana Johnson @ Elana Johnson, Author
2- Fiction Groupie @ Fiction Groupie
3- Lazy Writer @ A Walk in My Shoes
4- Strange Fiction
5- Angie @ Notes from the Writing Chair

So, consider yourselves awarded. But to all those not on that list: Know I’d give it to you all if I could. But I’m scared Elana and the Blog Police are gonna come after me if I award it to more than the 5.
I’m not worthy — August 15, 2009

I’m not worthy

Strange Fiction over at Ranch Girl Ramblings gifted me with another award. I so am not worthy. But thank you very much.


I never feel like I deserve the awards and accolades. There are so many blogs out there far superior to my own. I’ve learned so much from reading everyone’s blogs. I feel guilty that I can’t follow every blog out there. But I simply just do not have the time to do so.
Here are the rules for the award:
1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.
2. Copy the log and place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
4. Name 7 things abot yourself that people might find interesting.
5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers.
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they have been nominated.
7 Things About Me:
1. I’m a total poser when it comes to all things nerd because I can’t make the “Live long and prosper” sign. I try, I really do, but my fingers just don’t work that way.
2. I’m a hopeless romantic. (Curse you Disney!)
3. I’ve always gotten along better with people older than myself. And by older, I mean as a general rule people who have kids my age. i.e. Teachers, church leaders, etc.
4. I’m a pack rat who can’t bear to let go of books unless I just absolutely abhor said book. (Like “Wicked”)
5. I have an amazing memory for randomness. It amazes my mom sometimes. But then there are times when I can’t recall what I did during the week.
6. I’m a committment-phobe. I tried everything when I was little– ballet, gymanstics, soccer, piano, violin, etc. Never stuck with any of it.
7. My biggest fear in life is a math problem.
The 7 more deserving Kreativ Bloggers (and I’d pick you all if I could, really) in no particular order:
Groupie @ Fiction Groupie
Tess @ Tess Hilmo
Lady Glamis @ The Innocent Flower
Well, there you have it. Sorry if I offended anyone with my choices. I would really give it to everyone in the blogosphere whose blogs I read if I could.
They like me? Really? — August 7, 2009

They like me? Really?

Uh, wow. I’m humbled and so undeserving.

Thank you to Strange Fiction at Ranch Girl Ramblings.

I so don’t deserve it.

What, you ask?

An award. It’s called the Silver Shoe of Sincerity Award. It was begun today by Lazy Writer over at A Walk in Her Shoes.

No rules except one. The person you pass it on to has to show absolute sincerity in their comments. You don’t have to pass it on if you don’t want to, but who wouldn’t want to?

It’s time now for me to pass this award along. I’d seriously give it to you all if I could. But I can’t.

I choose to give it to Elana J at Elana Johnson, Author. She always takes time to comment on the post of every blog she reads. And she is thoughtful and eloquent in her comments.