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I cannot believe this is my first post in almost a month, and it happens to be the first Wednesday of the month, which also means… (Drum roll please… It is time for another post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, founded by the über awesome Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh! The Ninja’s Associates for this month’s meeting are: Julie Flanders, Heather Gardner, Kim Van Sickler and Elsie is Writing. Thank you so much for assisting Alex this month! Everyone appreciates and acknowledges your time and efforts!

For those of you who are not familiar with the IWSG, it is a safe haven where writers of all levels and experience can go to discuss and post their innermost thoughts and fears without fear of embarrassment, mockery and other such tomfoolery. We are here to motivate and encourage you, not to belittle you, make you feel inadequate or weak. If you would like to become a part of this amazing group of writers, please, please, please, I encourage you, to click on the image posted beside these words and we will transport you to the IWSG website, where you can sign up.

With that being said, I must apologize to one and all for my absence these past few weeks from my blog. I thought I would be able to squeeze a few short posts in between working NaNoWriMo, but during the first week of November, I also found a place to live, so I had to pack! Anyhoo, I do apologize and will catch up at some point this month, between the move.

The bigger news is: I GOT MY WINNER BADGE ON NANOWRIMO! I know you can’t see it, but you can try to visualize me doing some crooked jumping jacks and yelling HUZZAHHH! across the room! 🙂

I validated my novel at 50,091 words, and although it is not done yet, I have a good idea of where I am heading with it and after I let it rest for a couple of weeks, I will go back and rip it apart with the editing and revisions. Realistically, I will probably only use about one-third of what I actually wrote. Ah, well, at least I have some good characters.

I cannot tell you how many times I wanted to give up during the month because I kept falling behind in my word count, at one point I was behind almost 12,000 words. Of course, we all need to motivate ourselves to keep writing and doing what we need to do, because it is work, hard work, but do you ever feel that if it were not for the push of some very special people, you would not have been able to accomplish that one very important thing you did not think you could do on your own? I know I do. For helping me get through and winning NaNoWriMo and NEVER letting me give up, thank you goes out to:

My best friend in the cyber-world, Marilyn, http://onbecomingawriter.com,

and my fellow NaNo participants and mutual winners!! Huzzahhh!!

Melissa Janda at http://melissajanda.wordpress.com, Leanne Ross at http://readfaced.wordpress.com and Catherine Lumb at http://nowrittenwords.wordpress.com or http://www.catlumb.com. Without you, I would have been a mess, and for everyone else whose blog I visited and gave boatloads of useful advice, I thank you too! That is all I have for this month’s post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. I am going to finish my Dunkin’ Donuts Pumpkin Coffee now, visit a few blogs, enjoy a good read, sleep, finish cleaning out my cottage tomorrow, and start catching up on some posts already!

PS – Have I told you all lately how very much I have missed you this past month? Oh my God, it has been torture! Until next post, I love you guys.

More Award Nominations!

I’ve been so caught up with things over the past couple of months, my Stroke Journey telling and some unforeseen circumstances, that I’ve fallen behind in accepting new Awards I’ve been nominated for.  Some of them go back to August!! (Looking down at the floor in shame)… I am so very sorry. I was going to address the Awards in one post and cover them all in one shot. Some are duplicate Awards, but out of respect and gratitude to the person(s) that nominated me, I wanted to fulfill the Award requirements. I can’t accomplish that in one post, unless you want to read one gigantic post. . . I didn’t think so either. 

What I am going to do instead, is work my way from the oldest to the newest and have them done no later than Tuesday. Expect two or three Award related posts within the next two days. 🙂

Going all the way back to August;

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WORDPRESS FAMILY AWARD

I must thank my adopted WordPress daughter Briana Vedsted over at http://whenibecameanauthor.wordpress.com for nominating me for the WordPress Family Award. This is a big one for me. Once again, she has made me feel so blessed and humbled. I didn’t forget you Briana!! 😀

The rules for accepting this Award are as follows:

1. Display the Award logo on your blog

2. Link back to the person who nominated you.

3. Nominate ten others you see as having an impact on your WordPress experience and family.

4. Let your ten family members know you have awarded them.  That’s it! Just make sure these people have taken you in as a friend/family member, and then spread that love!!!

I know some of my nominees already have this award. I don’t expect them to go through the procedure, but I nominated them anyway because they have helped me so much since I started blogging and getting more serious about my writing. I only ask that they accept it in the spirit in which it is given.

My nominees for this award are:

  1. Marilyn Parel, my BFF over at http://onbecomingawriter.com, who has been with me from my very first days. I don’t know what I’d do without her. Check out her blog when you get a chance. She’s a great Twitter resource, an up and coming screenwriter, great short story writer and is now into the Undead too!! Yup. That’s my family!
  2. Janet K West over at http://janetkwest.com, Can’t help reading her blog. I ask most of the very same questions! 🙂 Check her out sometime.
  3. Karen Soutar over at http://karensoutar.wordpress.com . My rock chick/sister/cheerleader is always there for me! Love her!
  4. Deanie over at http://deanieblog.wordpress.com . Amazing children’s author, into books, horses and is always checking up on me. 🙂 Definitely family right here.
  5. Rebecca Bradley over at http://rebeccabradleycrime.com who has a wonderful blog with author interviews, book reviews, writing tips and even a crime book club that I’ve recently joined! If I could only figure out time zones and Google + hangouts. Definitely doing November! Already bought the book! 🙂 Rebecca, you’ve got to help me figure this out!
  6. Catherine, whose blog Cat Lumb: The Struggle to be a Writer that Writes can be found at http://catlumb.com. It’s a wonderful blog with all sorts of writing tips and stories. She’s gonna help me get my Nano badge! 🙂
  7. Melissa Janda over at http://melissajanda.wordpress.com . She’s got an amazing site too with great reviews, resources, word of the day and she’s doing Nano this month also. 🙂 Definitely check out her site.
  8. Sandy over at http://sanderellascrochet.wordpress.com . Sandy is amazing and has offered to help me in so many ways. Check out her sites when you have a sec. The one I’ve listed is only one of several (a crochet pattern site).  She’s a thoughtful and caring person.
  9. Jennifer over at http://jenniferzeiger.com who’s got a really cool site with reader participation story creations, great short stories and other info. She just released a book on Halloween ‘Midnight Abyss’, which was a collaborative effort between her and eight other great writers who met at Writers Carnival, a great writers group that I am proud to say I am a part of.
  10. My friend over at http://lifeconfusions.wordpress.com . She’s a wonderful young lady with a great new blog, and posts things I love, like ‘A song a day keeps the sadness away’ 🙂 Check her out sometime! Oh, and she’s studying physiology too. Hello!!

That’s going to be it for this Award post. Congratulations to my nominees! Until next post, love you guys!

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!

I’m very proud and humbled yet again to announce that I’ve been nominated for another award. This time, the wonderful Melissa Janda over at  http://melissajanda.wordpress.com nominated me! Thank you Melissa! If you haven’t visited her blog, Melissa Janda. . .The Buzz on Writing, you should hurry up and do so now. You are missing out on so much good info!!

She nominated me for the SISTERHOOD OF THE WORLD BLOGGERS AWARD.

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The rules for this award are:

  1. Post the logo on your blog.
  2. Thank the person who nominated you.
  3. Choose 10-12 other ladies who blog as your nominees.
  4. Post the links to the nominees’ blogs and notify them on their blog.

My nominees for this award are:

  1. Marilyn Parel who has proven to be my closest friend and confidante here in the blogosphere. You can find her at http://onbecomingawriter.com
  2. Ionia Martin A true warrior and beloved part of my WordPress family at found at http://readfulthingsblog.com
  3. Briana Vedsted My adopted online “daughter” and another member of my WordPress family who is at http://whenibecameanauthor.wordpress.com
  4. Karen Soutar My blog and Twitter friend who can be found at http://karensoutar.wordpress.com/about
  5. Janet K West  can be found at http://janetkwest.com. I never miss any of her posts. They always getting me thinking.
  6. Lauren Sapala  can be found at http://www.laurensapala.com. I love her site and blog. So much useful info; love her!
  7. Julianne Victoria  can be found at http://juliannevictoria.com/about. Her blog is titled Through the Peacock’s Eyes and is such a soothing and welcoming site to visit.
  8. J.C. Wolfe  can be found at http://jaycwolfe.com/blog. I love her site, her blog, her advice and her tips. She is all around awesome.
  9. Damyanti  can be found at http://damyantiwrites.wordpress.com. Her blog, called Daily (w)rite and I love to read it when I get the chance. Good stuff to be found here!
  10. Catherine Lumb  can be found over at http://nowrittenwords.wordpress.com/about. Her blog is called The struggle to be a writer that writes. Great reading found here.

Congratulations to all my nominees!!