Getting to know you, and you, and you

I won three awards!

So I must spill some secrets

Good luck finding some

I owe some thank yous!

I’ve been nominated for the Beautiful Blogger award by YA Addict Erin Brady Pike at Writerlious.  She made me work for it by contributing a piece of flash fiction, which was the first step in a new writing journey for me. Her site is a must for anyone interested in paranormal YA or with a love of zombies, beautiful or otherwise.

I’ve also been nominated for the Versatile Blogger award by both Cindy Brown of Everyday Underwear and Muddy Kinzer of Muddying the Waters.  They are moms who, like me, see life through the lens of love and humor.  I’m proud to be in their circle.

Finally, I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine award by Michelle at Words of Compassion, Creativity and Knowledge, she’s a woman of great strength and faith, and shares my appreciation for Viggo Mortensen.

As part of the first two awards, I’m supposed to tell you seven things you don’t know about me.  I’m hard pressed to find something I haven’t already spilled all over the pages of my blog, but here goes.

1) I was born in Detroit, Michigan, and was raised in the greater Detroit Metro area, so I grew up on Faygo, White Castle and Sanders Hot Fudge. I have a Midwestern accent, which I didn’t know until I married someone from the East.

2) I am a huge Red Sox fan after living in Boston for five years, and my basement wall is painted to look like the Green Monster. I listen to games while I write and curse often.  It has been a difficult season.

3) I’m a violinist, and I play orchestral and chamber music, but my group has been known to break out the Springsteen on occasion. I play some mean Van Morrison.

4) My two favorite writers are Margaret Atwood and J. K. Rowling, and I’m not sure how they fit together.  I know an embarrassingly large amount of Harry Potter trivia.

5) I’m a substitute librarian at the middle school level and volunteer one afternoon a week so the kids know I mean business.  I know this because one of the kids spelled “Your (sic) not very nice” while playing hangman. I bit back the urge to say “Tell me something I don’t know, and by the way, Shakespeare, you’re has an apostrophe.”

6) I hate the cold, and during the five years I lived in California, I did NOT miss the seasons.  Not even once.

7) I cannot see without my glasses, but I’m licensed to drive without them, which is sort of frightening.

The Sunshine Blogger Award comes with 10 questions, sort of like Inside the Actors Studio, without James Lipton.

10 Questions…

  1. What is your favorite color? Purple. It is the color of power. What’s not to love about that?
  2. What is your favorite animal? Cats. I have two, one whom I openly envy.
  3. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink? Coffee.  This is the Mobyjoe Cafe, after all.
  4. Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter? I’m not great at either.  I have more friends on Facebook, but I’m working on it…
  5. What’s your passion? Writing, writing, writhing.
  6. What’s your favorite pattern? The open to fourth finger eighth note drone that provides the foundation of the Brahms Sextet No 2 in G major, which just happens to be my favorite piece of music.
  7. Do you prefer giving or getting presents? Getting.  I am a selfish being.
  8. What’s your favorite number? 11, because that’s the number my amps go to.
  9. What is your favorite day of the week? Sunday, now that I don’t have to go to work on Mondays.
  10. What is your favorite flower? Roses.  My grandfather grew them, and my grandparent’s house always smelled like roses.

So now comes the part where I’m supposed to refer you to some new blogs and pass the love along.  I still owe some from the second Liebster award, so by my count, I’m up to 30 something.  So here is what I’m going to do.

Writing is usually a solitary occupation. I spend a lot of time alone at a desk, my only company the characters that live inside my head. Don’t get me wrong, they are very interesting and keep me amused for hours, but it’s very different from my corporate life.  There’s no gossiping in the break room, or breaking down workflows onto a whiteboard, arguing with your peers about how long each step should take.

Writing seems very daunting sometimes, the world changing moment by moment.  To take it all in and process it can be overwhelming, especially when there is no one around to talk you off the ledge. Community matters, even for the introverted.

I’ve been blessed to be part of Robert Lee Brewer’s Platform Challenge.  (His blog, My Name is Not Bob is a must-read for any writer, In addition to the invaluable advice and step-by-step process, I’m part of a community of writers that coalesced during this process.  It’s a broad base of people who write in multiple forms across multiple genres.  My association with this group has broadened and enhanced my world and my writing, for which I am grateful.

Lara Britt at Writing Space completed an annotated blogroll of every participant in our group, affectionately known as the Not Bobbers (MNINB).  We have poets, moms, essayists, inspirational writers, food writers, travel writers, you name it– enough to cover seven posts worth. This talented group of writers is working on launching a website of our own, where we can share our work with a broader audience.  I’ll tell you more about it as we build our new playground. In the meantime, however, please visit Lara’s Blog and find some new peeps to follow.

Until tomorrow–you rock.

7 comments on “Getting to know you, and you, and you

  1. Muddy Kinzer says:

    My favorite part of these awards is reading the 7 things about you and your answers to the 10 questions! I laughed at your #5 story! 🙂 and what’s not to love about Viggo Mortensen? Him in the movie Crimson Tide…hot! And not because he’s in sweaty, cramped quarters on a submarine.

  2. obermoeller says:

    It was fun getting to know you. I have been bad about getting to all the blogs from MNINB. I thought I signed up for that new blog of Lara’s, but maybe I messed up or something??? And yeah, what’s not to love about Viggo Mortensen? I can’t remember the movie, about a horse – Hildago, I believe.

  3. Veronica Roth says:

    I was just telling Kharra how I need to get my act together and here you’ve written your thanks beautifully, so thank you for the inspiration; I’ll get going. Also, I’ve commented on a couple of your posts…Taking a leap of faith was one…but my comments aren’t there. I do talk some drivel sometimes so totally fine for you not to post them, but I was wrangling WP the other day and wondered if they went missing.

  4. Writerlious says:

    OoOooOoh! Congrats on all your awards! So exciting. 🙂

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