Saturday, July 31, 2010

My Very First Blog Award

I was given this wonderful Blog Award by Bonnie at The Literary Gato.
This is my first Blog Award. How cool is that?

There's a To-Do List that comes with it and I comply with great pleasure. After all, celebration & sharing make the world go `round:

1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award
Thank you Bonnie at The Literary Gato.

2. Share 7 things about yourself
a.) I’m vegan
b.) I love old TV shows (A-Team, Maverick, Simon & Simon, Greatest American Hero, almost anything Stephen J. Cannell has touched. My favorite is classic Doctor Who)
c.) I love to travel but have developed a fear of flying (it hasn't stopped me, though).
d.) I love treadmilling
e.) I love reading and writing (duh!!)
f.) I live for making my sister laugh so hard she can't breathe
g.) I loathe papaya

3. Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic.

a.) Feeding Five For Fifty
A Scottish woman, Helen, realized her food budget was over 150 pounds a month so she decided to see if she could feed her husband, her three kids and herself on fifty pounds a month. She is a fascinating read with great pictures of food, her kids and great stories she shares with us on her trials and tribulations.
She makes me laugh a lot!

b.) Ah...Me So Hongry!
A woman's plight to lose weight naturally and healthily via Weight Watchers.
One thing in particular I love about this lady is she's not afraid to share her failures. That speaks volumes to me about her integrity and commitment. Her Blog is enjoyable and inspiring.

c.) Storytime with Tonya and Friends
I love this Blog because of 'The Friday 56'. Every Friday, you open the book nearest to you, flip to page 56 and quote the 5th or 6th line down in an attempt to entice others to try the book out. It's a great way to find books you might not otherwise, bump books up your TBR pile and make new friends.

d.) Mila's Daydreams
This woman is on maternity leave and this Blog is her hobby. While her baby sleeps, she sets up scenes around her, snaps a beautiful picture and labels it. The pics are gorgeous, creative, darling and real must-sees. Her tagline is: "I'd like to see into your dreams, my little girl."

e.) Amy Durham ~ Writer and Book-Lover
I've recently come across Amy's Blog and I enjoy it.

f.) Life Ramblings
I recently came across this Blog, too. I like it. It's picture-heavy and has lots of sights of Vienna, Austria. I'm really loving it!

g.) Chatty Crone
This Blog is hysterical. She's got comics and jokes and lovely quotes and a wonderful attitude toward life that seeps right into you.

h.) A Chocolate Lover's Confessions
This is a Blog documenting a couple's plunge into wedding planning - they are now less than two months away from the DAY! It's such a great read. She asks for advice, keeps us up to date on where they're at in regards to all those details/to-do lists of wedding planning and loves their anonymity.

i.) Katnip Lounge
The Blog of a dozen cats - so far! I love the background of this Blog, the entries (made by the cats themselves) and the warmth. It's so much fun to visit. The comments are as entertaining as the Blog posts and when you're done for the day - no cat hair! Unless you're like me and have a cat draped across your arms as you (try to) type.

j.) Literary Lunchbox
Karen Burgess is an unpublished author with a great Blog - and a great manuscript, by the way. It's only a matter of time before she gets her mystery published - I'm sure of it!
She has an audio short on Sniplits. "Detective Kathy Martinez convinced Lerone Johnson to do the right thing and testify against the man who killed her neighbor. So when the jury fails to convict him, Kathy feels she must protect Lerone and her daughter. Sometimes doing the right thing just isn't easy...."
The audio story is $0.88 - can you beat that?

k.) Katz and Other Tales
Ellen Whyte's Blog is about cats and reviewing books. I just found it the other day and am loving it!

l.) Crone and Bear It
Very funny Blog. She is really funny! Her posts are inventive, clever and make you laugh out loud.
I especially love this particular post about Grilling Vegetables. You have to click and read it - it'll take about 20 seconds or so. It's more than worth it - then you'll be hooked on her Blog forever!! (I was. Or, am...)

m.) 10,000 Questions
This awesome Blog asks one question a day. The idea is the Blog is your interviewer and over the course of 10,000 questions, "You would end up with a comprehensive portrait of not only your surface thoughts, but also your deeper inner wisdom and insights. You would learn your whole story."
It's wonderful for self-discovery, journalling, blogging, writing an auto-biography...

n.) Just One More Page
Rebecca used to do the Monday Musings, a fun meme. She would post a question about books (what have you used as a bookmark, what should be on a 'best book' list and so on) but stopped due to time constraints. She still updates her Blog and it's still enjoyable.

o.) Laurel-Rain Snow
She's got a bunch of cool blogs. It's fun to poke around and see what she's making, reading or thinking!

There are other Blogs I visit that deserve this award, too. I think it's so much fun!!

4. Contact the bloggers you’ve picked and let them know about the award.

Please realize that you are under no obligation to accept this award and that it is done in the spirit of recognizing and acknowledging really great blogging!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Friday 56 - And Then There Were None

This is a cool weekly thing from Story Time With Tonya.

1. Grab the book nearest you right now.
2. Turn to page 56.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like).
5. Post a link with your post to Storytime with Tonya and Friends.

And remember - no spoilers. We want to share books and suggest books - not spoil books!

"Mrs. Owen's jewels. Mrs. Owen my foot! I don't believe there's any such person."

Oooh, it makes me want to read it all over again! I loved this book. A great mystery - well, of course. It's Agatha Christie and I love her.

-And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Friday, July 23, 2010

Friday 56 - My unpublished book but a book

This is a cool weekly thing from Story Time With Tonya.

1. Grab the book nearest you right now.
2. Turn to page 56.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like).
5. Post a link with your post to Storytime with Tonya and Friends.

This was the book nearest me - one I wrote but have not yet published - so I thought, hey, why not give it a looksie? See what's on page 56, the 5th line down.
(The Westin family has visited a town during a horrid thunderstorm - confusion and chaos quickly take hold.)

"Chip grabbed at his thigh but there was no gun. 'He's back. He's come to curse us all!'"