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Blogger Buddie – 5 Things you don’t know about me…

Hello there!
I hope everyone is doing well and having a good day!

Revising is going pretty well with my MS. I’ve gotten about halfway so far, however, there’s a lot to change. Surprise… It’s funny, after doing the book trailer, I got an idea for where the story should go – guess what? It’s somewhere I haven’t gone yet, so there’s still a bit of work to be done, but I like the new idea ;o)

The fantastic Little Ms. J gave me the blogger buddie award! Isn’t it cute? If you’re not following her blog you’re totally missing out, she has some of the most beautiful, profound posts I’ve ever seen. She’s unique, interesting and funny.

So. I guess with this blogger award I’m supposed to list 5 things ya don’t know about me… *thinking*- checks facebook, checks tweetdeck* okay, I’m going to pick some stuff that’s not on my blog or website, so it should be all new… *ahem* get on with it you say… okay.

1. I’ve known 3 of my close friends since 6th grade. We don’t see each other that often, but when we do, it’s as if we never were apart. I miss them as I’m writing this sentence…

2. I had my marketing internship at a zoo. While there, I was on the radio twice and the “Today” show came to to do a small piece about the white tiger and puppy (how cute is that!). However, I was not featured on screen (intern and all) boy did they ever miss out… Ha.

3. I can’t ride on buses. I had to when I was in high school show choir, but I hated it. I hate the movement, makes me feel all yucky in da tummy. I like flying though – short trips are better. I love to drive, but hate being a passenger, I drive everywhere, hubs has to read so he doesn’t go all “backseat driver one me” without the reading, we’d be divorced for sure. Sorry got off point there for a sec. Moving on…

4. When any of my co-worker-friends (they’re both) do something stupid, they say they “pulled an Erica.” Yeah, folks. Believe it.

5. I say what’s on my mind all the time. There is a filtering system, but it malfunctions almost every minute of the day – meet me in real life – and you’ll see what I mean ;o)

Whew, that was actually harder than normal. I guess I’m running out of “cool” things to say about myself… so sad.

Anyhoo – I’m going to pass this along to a couple of my blogger buddies ;o)

Shauna over at Read~ Write~ Revamp~
Regan over at Regan Leigh
Sara over at The Babbling Flow of a Fledgling Scribbler
Karen over at Eternal Moonshine of the Daydreaming Mind

These are all fabulous blogs, folks. Nice people with a lot of interesting things to say ;o)

Anne over at Anne Riley, Reading.Writing.Querying.Publishing? bestowed upon me – The Creative Writing Award (the one where you get to lie – oh yeah!) Thanks so much Anne – definitely check out her blog – it’s stupendous ;o) Since I received this one previously, I’ll just link my answers to this post ;o) If you’d like to see my Vlog about my lies and truths you can find it Here.

Hope everyone is having a great week ;o)

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Monday Featured Blog – Regan Leigh

Hello Folks!
I hope your weekend was great. Mine was subdued, but good. Nothing new to report ;o)

Well, we have another great blog – they all are aren’t they? LOL. Regan is a great friend and fabulous Beta! Don’t get any ideas – she’s all mine ;o) Just kidding…

She has a fantastic blog over at Regan Leigh Her posts are random and quirky…hey sound familiar… We have a lot in common which is why I was so lucky to find her on twitter one day ;o)

She loves to blog about music, writing or whatever fancies her at the time. If you haven’t seen her haunting, beautiful book trailer for Mallory’s Story you can find it Here She also has a great post on Lay vs. Lie (I know it helped me) You can find all the grammar goodness Here.

She’s also having an awesome contest where you can win a copy of The 3 A.M. Epiphany by Brian Kiteley! You can find it Here

Regan is a wonderful person who’s willing to help anyone who needs it. I’ve read her writing and I can tell you, it will be in the stores someday. She knows emotion, and she knows it well. Her story Hayes, actually brought me to tears. Yeah. That. Good.

Her profile Info:

I’m an aspiring author. That’s who I am in a nutshell. 🙂

I used to write as a kid. Even into high school, I wrote short stories. Something happened when I went to college and grad school. I started to hate reading. Not only did I hate to read because of all the required texts, but I had lost my desire to write.

I didn’t regain my desire until October of 2008. That’s when it hit me. How could I have forgotten? I’m a writer.

I started writing every hour I could spare, and after three weeks of non-stop writing in January of 2009, I had three hundred pages. It was like my muse was pushing me aside and typing it for me. I had no idea how I was writing so much and so quickly, without feeling tired. I lost sleep, but I didn’t even miss it. I wanted to be writing all the time. I still feel that way.

I know that I may be writing for years before anyone actually enjoys my finished product, but that doesn’t really discourage me much. My only real fear is that I’ll stop writing. That can’t happen. I won’t let it. I’m a writer and I don’t want to forget that again. So, no matter how stressful it is to think I may be writing complete crap each day, I’ll keep doing it.

You can find her on Twitter as ReganWrites

I also want to thank some of my peeps for awards I got recently! Anyone who wants them can have them ;o) If I had time I’d pick some people, but instead – take em if you want them – you are all wonderful and deserving ;o)

Ann over at All Write with Coffee gave me the Prolific Blogger Award – thanks so much- check out her uber awesome blog as well ;o)

Medeia over at Medeia Sharif gave me the Creative Writer Award! Thank you so much Medeia – check out her fabulous blog!

And… the super cool Madeleine over at Wordbird has given me the Honest Scrap award! Wow, that makes 4 times!! Thanks so much Madeleine! Check out her awesome blog as well ;o)

If you missed my first attempt at a book trailer – you can find it Here. Welp, that’s all I got for today! I hope you all have a wonderful Monday ;o)

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Monday Featured Blog – Rachelle Gardner, Literary Agent

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all had a great weekend ;o) I did, we got a new doggie – he’s 1 year old (same age as Maya) He’s a Shepard/Retriever Mix. Here’s a pic ;o) We love him!

Well, we have a really awesome featured blog today. I expect most of you are following her, but for those who have not had the pleasure, meet Rachelle Gardner, Literary Agent – Rants and Ramblings – On Life as a Literary Agent. Her blog is packed full of helpful posts on anything writing. A recent one that I really connected with is Where Rubber Meets Road. The last words in this post are just so eloquent and relevant.

“When your moment of truth comes, remind yourself: They told me it would be hard. This is what hard feels like. I can do this.”

Another great one (trust me I’m finding it hard to pick just a couple – all her posts are fantastic!) is Craft – Story – Voice in which she discusses what makes her say “Yes” to a submission. It’s great stuff folks!

There are certain literary agent blogs every aspiring author should follow – Rachelle Gardner’s is one of them. I learn something in every post – about myself, about writing, about publishing. She has it all. Trust me on that ;o)

Her profile info reads –
I’m a literary agent, a writer and a book editor. I’m the wife of a firefighter, mom of two amazing daughters, and a follower of Christ. I love music, books, Starbucks, American Idol, and everything outdoors.

You can find her on Twitter as RachelleGardner.

Onto another award! Wow, I feel so loved lately – lots of awards ;o) Emily over at The 2010 Numbers Game gave me the Sunshine Award – very cool, thanks so much Emily – make sure to check out her wonderful blog!

I would like to pass this along to all of you – because you all make me smile and bring sunshine to my life ;o) I know I’m cheating, but I can’t pick and choose who to give sunshine to. Come on… ya know me ;o)

If you missed my 2nd Vlog – you can check it out Here. I answer the questions to the lies I told on Friday ;o)

I hope you all have a great Monday – Enjoy ;o)

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Lies, Lies, It’s All Lies…

Greetings All!

Jessica over at Girl Meets Word gave me the Creative Writer Award – Yay – thanks Jess! Check out her blog – it’s fantabulous, just like she is ;o)

In order to accept this award, I must do some stuff…

Let’s see I have to make up 6 lies and 1 truth, that’s going to be hard because I don’t lie very often, luckily you can’t see my face. Ha.

1- I ran a half marathon in Chicago in 2008.
2- I was kidnapped by mutant Zombies and sent to the future to befriend Marty McFly. (okay I *may* have given you one)
3- I am a distant relative of Albert Einstein. Very distant – if you’ve seen my high school/college transcripts you’d understand.
4- I’ve sung on stage at Carnegie Hall.
5- I’ve never left the state of Michigan.
6- I placed third in the Michigan Regional Spelling Bee.

Hmm… which one is true? Can you guess?

Okay, now I’m going to give it away to 7 uber awesome blogs – seriously all of them – check ’em out!

Frankie Writes
Lost Wanderer’s Writing Blog
Ramblings of a Wannabe Scribe
Random Thoughts
Writing Roller Coasters
Pensive Sarcasm
Natalie Bahm

Can’t wait to see what “lies” y’all come up with!

I also received the wonderful Silver Lining award from my twitter pal Ashelynn! Thanks Ashelynn! Check out her awesome blog over at World Of My Own. I’m feelin’ so loved this week!

Side note – Today I’m volunteering with the American Heart Association’s Go Red for women luncheon. This is an organization near and dear to my… well, heart. I just want to remind all of you to take care of your hearts – because they are special – to me and many people. *hugs*

Enjoy your weekend everyone ;o)

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Oh, do "tell" & Awards & LINGER contest

Hi Everyone! Well this blog made it over 100 followers – unbelievable. Thank you all so much – you are truly wonderful.

I didn’t plan to give anything away… I thought about it… I didn’t want to half- arse it, so I will wait until I acquire something awesome! Maybe… if I can reach 200 ;o)

I hope everyone is having a great week so far. I’m still working on the revision of my MS. It’s going a bit slow…

The Truth?

I can’t seem to get back into the groove. It’s like when I started revising, it was exciting, I was all set to put some new stuff in and take the rubbish out, and take I did, like 10,000 words so far. I also found out I have a big problem with inner dialogue. Mainly, I’m afraid to “tell” too much, so I don’t “tell” at all. I’m trying to figure out how to stop and just let go, but it’s hard, I’ll admit it.

So, do any of you have that problem? Are you a born “teller?”

On to some awesome awards! Wow, I got quite a few this past week – so cool – thanks everyone! I have another one I was going to post, but I thought this post was getting a little too long… so I will save it for tomorrow ;o)

Lost Wanderer bestowed this most awesome award on me! Thank you so much Lost Wanderer, check out her great blog over at Lost Wanderer’s Writing Blog.

Welp, to accept this award, I must answer these few questions with one-word answers, then pass it along. So here I go!

Your Cell Phone? – Blackberry
Your Favorite Food? – Malts (just like the pic above!)
Your Hobby? – Golf
Your TV? – Awesome
What Are You Wearing? – Snuggie
Your Life? – Okay
Your Music? – Best
Where Did You Grow Up? – Michigan
Your Car? – Reliable

And… I’m going to pass this on to a couple blogs I love!

Supernatural Smut
Regan – Regan also gave me the Honest Scrap award for the second time! Thanks Regan ;o)

Also, Jamie over at The Variety Pages gave me the Silver Lining Award. Thanks Jamie! I’m sure you all know how much I love her blog – it’s a great one ;o)

Heidi over at Words a Plenty has given me the Honest Scrap Award – it’s my third time! I must have you all very fooled ;o) Thanks Heidi – check out her awesome blog as well!

There is an super cool contest going on over at Frankie’s blog (also super cool), Frankie Writes Linger ARC Contest You could win the ARC of LINGER by Maggie Stiefvater!! The more people you send over the better your chances – so spread the word :o) Oh and tell them “Large Marge” sent ya… LOL

Have a great Wednesday!

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