Archive for January 15th, 2013

January 15, 2013

I won a free book

I won a copy of Jessica Schaub's Gateways!

I won a copy of Jessica Schaub’s Gateways!

I happily received an e-mail message today informing me that I won a copy of Jessica Schaub’s Gatewayswhich is now for sale for Kindle. I’ve been wanting to buy it all week but, you guessed it, I’m working on another deadline. Reading time has been at a premium again.

I’m looking forward to reading Gateways this weekend, after I reach my deadline. I’m also going to gift the copy I was going to buy for myself to my mom.

From the post where Jessica announced her contest:

A year ago today, I took a leap of faith and self-published my first book,Gateways. It was a leap of faith in myself. Do I have what it takes to make it as a writer? Can I tell a good story? Do I use all the literary elements that make stories good?

My conclusion: Yes! Gateways has been recieved well by readers, earning seven 5-star reviews on Amazon and encouraging comments on this blog.

So grateful to Jessica for writing this, for holding the contest and for generally being a wonderful person.

January 15, 2013

Me and the Inspiring Blogger Award

I celebrate January with snowflake curtains in my dining room!

I celebrate January with snowflake curtains in my dining room!

This morning I was pleasantly surprised to see that Slepsnor from Legends of Windemere had nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.


This awards’ rules are similar to the Versatile Blogger Award that he presented me with earlier this week. As a special thank you to him for nominating me, I’m listing the top five reasons I visit his site right here:

  1. He’s not just a good writer, he’s a very friendly person. If you comment on his site, he’ll comment back. We’ve had some really great conversations this way, and it’s made blogging even more fun.
  2. I’m intrigued by his Beginning of a Hero posts. I like the characters, the description and the general feel of the story.
  3. I enjoy the posts he writes about his own writing experiences. It’s nice to find common ground with other writers.
  4. I love the background on his blog. A few minutes there, even if I’m reading, makes me feel as though I’ve taken a walk in the woods. Completely relaxing.
  5. He’s got some exciting things in the works. I’m always happy to see the successes of my other writing friends. Besides encouraging me to keep going when things get difficult, I feel joy for them. I like feeling joy.

Here are the rules for this award:

1. Display the award logo,
2. Link back to the person who nominated you,
3. State 7 things about yourself,
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.

Now for the fifteen people I need to nominate–again, in no particular order, and again, I’m sure I could go on and on. Fifteen will not be enough. For the record, these blogs are inspiring to me because of the writing, the background and intent of the writer or the images they post. Often, it’s all three.

And now–seven more facts about me:

  1. I collect kerosene lamps. I don’t even know why I like them so much.
  2. My family and I are kind of into Star Trek right now. I even downloaded a Star Trek cookbook so I could make Rahkt with Yamok Sauce and Gramillion Sandpeas for dinner one night. That was a BIG hit at my house, although I altered the recipes to fit what I had in the pantry.
  3. I rotate curtains in my dining room to match current celebrations. Right now, I have snowflake curtains and snowmen figurines out to celebrate the entire month of January.
  4. I used to want to be a ballerina. I only danced en pointe for one year, though.
  5. When the water’s high enough, I can see a teensy sliver of the Great Salt Lake from my office window.
  6. For years, my favorite mini-series was The Tenth Kingdom.
  7. I had the following conversation with one of my daughters this morning:

Me: “Guess what? I’ve won two awards in one week. First it was the Versatile Blogger Award, and now it’s the Inspiring Blogger Award.”

Her–with a twisted-up expression on her face: “The Bristol Award?”

me: “No. The Versatile Blogger Award.”

Her: “Oh, good. I thought you said you won the Bristol Award. I thought you meant you advertised a reward for your contest and then gave it to yourself, and then I thought, ‘you cheater.‘”

I’ve been laughing about that all day. I LOVE being a mom!

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