29 September 2011
26 September 2011
You ARE funny! And you know, you kind of look like Tiffany Amber Thiessen...
I'm with you on this one: it's wonderful to meet supportive people working toward similar goals. : )
I haven't been to her blog, which means I'm sure some of our readers haven't either. Thanks for the referral!
22 September 2011
The first emotion I felt was disbelief. I knew my grandma was sick. I knew she was in the ICU, but I didn't know her cancer was stage IV, not stage I, or that her organs were shutting down. Only after I was told she'd died did I know this.
The tears came next as I tried to make sense of it all. My crying mother, her voice unusually high, described how it happened: The doctors told my grandmother she was dying and there was nothing they could do, but she didn't believe them. She'd fight this. She'd get better. She said good-bye before falling asleep surrounded by her loved ones, fully expecting to see them again. She never woke up. Her tired heart slowed until it stopped beating. My mom held her hand till the last beat.
Grandma's death was a horrible one, long and painful. I'm glad she isn't suffering any longer, but I'm sad that my youngest children won't remember Great-Grandma's high-pitched gasp of laughter or her firm kisses on the mouth. I'll miss both.
I cannot express how grateful I am that I know this is not the end. I will see my grandma again.
I look forward to celebrating her life with my family and her friends at the funeral. Her name was Joy, and she was that—a joy.
21 September 2011
Of other importance—I've nearly reached 200 followers! Do ya'll think you can get me to 200? Yes? Well, you can start by signing up for KILLER CHARACTERS BLOGFEST! Grab the button, display it proudly on your blog, and join the fun!
Writtled tagged me in a post two weeks ago and Christa at Christa Writes tagged me last week. I'm supposed to share ten things about myself. I apologize if I bore you.
1. The only video game I play is Mario Kart Wii, and I'm a three-star racer (for those of you who don't know what that is, it means I'd kick your butt in racing). Princess Peach and I are tight!
2. I eat chocolate religiously. It's good to have daily rituals.
3. I was born in Canada, eh.
4. My cell phone doesn't have the Internet or text messaging. I know, I'm a dinosaur.
5. When I'm upset, I bake cookies. Then I eat them by the dozen.
6. Top Gear is my favorite TV show. The American version is okay, but I could watch the British version nonstop. Jeremy Clarkson, you're my hero!
7. I'm a mother to three perfect children: one know-it-all, one suicidal maniac, and one demanding princess. Life is good!
8. I'm a cat person. Nothing is more satisfying than harassing a cat. Their dirty looks are well worth the effort.
9. Real Housewives of any season is my guilty pleasure. Just because people are rich doesn't mean they have class... or brains.
10. I would wear my housecoat (that's a bathrobe to you Yankees) all day long if it were socially acceptable. In fact, I'm wearing it now.
And finally, Angie at Live to Write... Edit When Necessary gave me the Versatile Blogger Award and The Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award two weeks ago, followed by L.A. Speedwing of A blog about Writing, Arts and other Randomness, who passed on The Versatile Blogger Award, and Lindy at Lindy Legends who also passed on the Versatile Blogger Award and the Liebster Blog Award. Thank you ladies! I've already posted facts about myself, so I must pass on these awards to more bloggers who are irresistibly sweet AND versatile. Check them out!
Julie at Quiet Laughter
Samantha at The Frog and the Princess
Rachel at Dreamer, Bread Baker, Story Maker
(If none of my picks know the rules of the awards, let me know.)
19 September 2011
As my blogging buddies, you will understand that it can be a struggle to decide which topics to post about. There's so much to choose from! We can voice our fears, failures, and successes. We can share information we've learned, occasions to celebrate, and our goals for the future. In doing so, we are open, we are honest, we are real.
But how honest are we really? We lie, I mean embellish for a living (or in some cases, we'd like to make a living). No one wants to say it, but there's an elephant in this world-sized blogging room and that elephant is TRUTH.
I'll answer first: I consider myself a straight-shooter. Either in my personal writing or writing for my blog, I put my best foot forward. But even after I've done my best, some of my flaws are disconcertingly apparent.
I'm not alone. We all have weaknesses in our writing that we don't wish to reveal, especially not on the Internet (yes, even in a world of Twitter, Facebook, and Blogger there is such a thing as, gasp!, privacy). As a human being you are entitled to your privacy, but you're not just any human—you're a writer. In case you don't already know it privacy isn't a perk. Everything you jot down on paper is you. If you share your writing with anyone else, you're out there, warts and all.
This isn't always unfortunate. You can learn a lot by exposing truths. One of the best ways to hold a mirror up to your writing is to have someone else critique it. But be prepared to see the not-so-pleasant reflection of your writing—and yourself, because that's how it feels. Receiving a critique is Personal with a capital P. No one likes to have their flaws pointed out to them. NO ONE. Still, being honest about your weaknesses—and strengths—opens the door to progress and success.
I've come across many writer/bloggers posting about their flaws. This is fantastic! Acknowledging a weakness is the first step to turning that weakness into a strength. We're writers, not gods. Although our words may be immortalized when they're put into print, we are mortal, and mistakes are inevitable. But beware that you don't beat yourself up too much. Truth is harmful when used as a battering ram instead of a tool for betterment. Focus on the good, shed light on the bad, and never give up.
We need not write perfectly—we need only write with integrity. And really, what more can we ask of ourselves or any other writer?
What role does honesty play in your writing?
12 September 2011
09 September 2011
The theme is, you guessed it, Killer Characters! Is there a hero who's haunted your dreams? How about a lower-than-dirt bad guy who's made your skin crawl? Or a spunky sidekick who's stolen your heart? Tell us about them!
Join us in three challenges:
1) Oct 24 post about your favorite literary supporting character
2) Oct 26 post about your favorite literary protagonist
3) Oct 28 post about your favorite literary antagonist
All entires should be 250 words maximum, but you may use all the pictures you'd like.
Choose characters you feel strongly about. They don't all have to be evil—though seeing how it's Halloween, malevolent characters are welcome—but they should be killer (AKA awesome, incredible, terrifying, formidable, etc.). Note: The characters you choose should be famous literary characters. For instance, the Ugly Stepsisters (supporting), Batman (protagonist), and the Wicked Witch of the West (antagonist). Then write concise, clear, and convincing entries. Explain why your characters are the best!
To encourage you to join, we have three killer prizes. We're giving away Elana Johnson's book, POSSESSION, to the third prize winner. The runner-up will receive a 5-page critique from Elana herself, and the winner will receive a 10-page critique from Elana!
Deana and I will judge the contest. The winners will be announced November 2nd.
To participate you must be a follower of my blog and Deana's blog. Sign-up in the linky below and leave your e-mail address in a comment. Then grab the button in the sidebar and post it on your blog to identify yourself. The week of the challenges, blog-hop to read and comment on the other entries. Killer Characters Blogfest is going to be a scream!
06 September 2011
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