And I’d also like to thank Raphaela from Hummingbird Redemption for including me in her choice for Versatile Blogger nominees and presenting me with this award.
Juana blogs about energy work and shamanism, being a mom, and often shares her dreams and doubts with an open heart on her blog.
Raphaela is a survivor, a poet, an artist, writer, and a lover of life.
I was honoured to be awarded by not one, but two lovely bloggers this week. It’s always an honour for me to receive an award, though I’ve often wanted to deem this site ‘award free’ due to time constrictions. And due to the fact that I’ve been blessed with being nominated by so many wonderful bloggers already, and my belief that new bloggers should have their moment to shine, I no longer will be pointing out individual nominees, but am offering to share this award with all my fellow bloggers who I feel are equally, all deserving.
So please, help yourself to copy and paste these awards for your pages, and feel free to add my name as the one who awarded them to you.
Here’s the requested protocol for accepting either or both of these awards:
Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
List the rules and display the award.
Add 7 facts about yourself.
Nominate 9 other bloggers (some posts say 15) and leave a comment on their blogs to let them know they’ve been nominated.
Now for the 7 things you may or may not already know about me:
My brain is always working over time as a compulsive micro-manager.
In my head I’m always writing a book, but jump very quickly to a new topic.
When I was a child I was always eagerly wanting to do exciting things. My mother used to chastise me that I could only choose one. Her words: “You can’t dance at every wedding.” Well, that never went away. I still want to be everywhere at the same time.
I’m a great believer in the laws of attraction, and manifesting our desires, but I still can’t relax enough to ever accomplish meditating.
My dream is to be able to buy a ranch bungalow in the beautiful, mountainous area of Sedona, Arizona. (Remind me about this in 5-10 years from now to see if it actually happens.)
I often worry about the state of the world and economy to the point where it consumes me.
I am truly grateful for the people in my blogging and writing life, because youare the ones who keep me motivated to stay engaged and accountable in moments of doubt.
Read more about Juana and Raphaela’s award nominations below:
This week Hugh Roberts‘ #blogchallenge is all about Faces. Hugh invites us to post a photo on our blogs of an object that appears to have a face, and link back to his blog.
I took this as the perfect opportunity to share a most beautiful site in Sedona, Arizona – The Holy Cross Chapel and beside it, built up in the red rock mountains, is what is perceived as the Madonna and child followed by 3 nuns, or as some perceive to be, the 3 wise men.
Finding God Through Art –
“The Chapel of the Holy Cross is an architectural landmark and shrine. It was a gift from Marguerite Brunswig Staude, a sculptress, philanthropist, and a devout Catholic, who believed the arts should be in service of spirit and indeed, considered the Chapel of the Holy Cross to be her greatest artistic achievement and the fulfillment of her life’s mission. In 1932 Staude had an epiphany. While she gazed upon the newly completed Empire State Building, she saw a cross superimposed on the structure, and she thought, “What an idea for a church!” This idea, which affirmed her belief that churches should speak to the people of their time, would haunt and inspire Staude. “God can be worshipped as a contemporary–bringing him closer to earth and every one of us,” she said.
Initially, Staude envisioned the chapel as a modern skyscraper cathedral that would encircle one city block. Her early sketches impressed Lloyd Wright, son of the famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, but were not approved by the archbishop of Los Angeles, her home at the time. . . . .” To read more about this fascinating, deemed, holy site, read the article below:
Are any of you confused about what the phrase “find your writer’s voice” entails? This article by The Writing Chimp, (Georgina Cromarty), is a concise breakdown of what it means as a writer to be heard with your own authentic voice when readers take in our words.
“A writer’s voice can be an illusive thing. It is easy to see when you are not using it, but hard to know you have found it unless you are an experienced writer with enough books under your belt to be comfortable in being quintessentially you.
You often instinctively know when you are allowing your conscious fears to get in the way of what you really want to say, but it can be so difficult to do something about it. Whether it is word choice, style choice, character choice, or some other choice you are smothering, it can be really hard to quash your inner critique and just let the inner writer out.
I came across another excellent post from another wonderful author Claire Fullerton about finding your writing voice –
“Writers, do not doubt your voice“
“I’ve heard it said the first important step in writing is finding ones voice. I’ve also heard authors confess that when they write, they don’t read another author for fear of voice influence, however deep within the subconscious another’s voice may land. Perhaps some writers think another’s voice may outshine their own, tempt them to compare themselves with some imagined standard of excellence, throw them into self-doubt where they fear their own voice doesn’t measure up to the lofty mark of a more firmly established writer . .”
Friend and author Jack Eason is busy at work finishing his latest sci-fi with a love story twist.
Jack and I sometimes chat on Facebook, and he’s been toying around with the blurb for his upcoming book, Celeste. I was touched that he had asked for my opinion on his latest version, and even more taken aback when he wrote a post about ‘The Blurb’ and featured me, along with Derek Haines in the post:
“As my old friend Derek has said many times in the past, if you have bothered to pay strict attention to his many blog posts on the subject, instead of merely liking them and moving on as so many of you do, the one area every writer always tends to overlook is a book’s blurb. Apart from reading reviews, what the potential reader really needs to make up their mind to buy your book, is a blurb that leaves them wanting to know more. . .” to continue readingHave a look here:
As I am away on vacation, I hadn’t planned on taking on any challenges, but as Hub and I sauntered down to the pool on this beautiful day in sunny, Scottsdale, Arizona, I realized that what I was wearing over my bathing suit was striped.
I had Hub snap this photo en route to the pool.
If any of you wish to participate in this, or any other challenges Hugh creates, please visit his blog, HughsNewsandViews.
Here are the rules:
Want to join the fun? Here’s what you need to do.
1. Take a photo of anything that has stripes. 2. Create a new post on your blog entitled “Hugh’s Photo Challenge: Week 9 – Stripes.” 3. Add the photo(s) you have taken to the post and tell us a little about what you are showing. 4. Create a pingback to this post or leave a link to your post in the comments section below so that other participants can view your post.
Entries for this week’s challenge are open until Monday 25th January, 2016, and I’ll showcase five entries when announcing the next challenge. I look forward to seeing what you all come up with. Have fun!
“I have been a great critic of myself for most of my life, and I was darned good at it without the help of anyone else’s criticisms to assist in the deflation of my own ego.”
What do our shopping habits; high-heeled shoes and big hair have to do with how we perceive ourselves? Do the slights we endured when we were young affect the choices we make when choosing relationships?
D.G. takes us on her journey of unlocking the hurts of the past by identifying the situations that hindered her own self-esteem. Her anecdotes and confessions about Chic-Lit for real demonstrates how hurtful events we encounter in our lives linger and set the tone for how we begin to value our own self-worth.
Words We Carry is a candid view and a raw, personal accounting of overcoming the demons of low self-esteem with the determination to learn to love oneself.
What’s The Attraction?
Do you ever wonder why we gravitate to certain types of partners? Is it because we randomly meet people and connect with them, or are most of us in search of the perfect partners, not willing to settle for anything less than our ideal mates? I dare not say that anyone is perfect. We all have flaws, and sometimes we choose the wrong partners for a number of reasons. Perhaps we’ve spent a long time searching for meaningful relationships and we’re tired of being alone, so we settle.
When we find the opportunity to hook up with someone, we may be willing to forego some of our requirements in a mate, grateful that we’ve finally met someone. Or maybe we only see the qualities we like in that person and tend to overlook the things we don’t? Either way, I think these choices are a recipe for disaster in the long term. I can speak from experience about this because I too once fell into this situation. . .Read More
I was reading some of my favorite blog posts the other day, and while I was at Marjorie Mallon’s blog, I noticed a badge on her sidebar which had caught my attention. It read “I write like . . .Stephen King”. Underneath it, there was a link to click to analyze your own writing to see who you write like. Of course I was curious, and I clicked on the link.
Once on the site, you are asked to copy and paste a paragraph or two of your own writing for analysis. I entered two paragraphs from my book, Words We Carry, and I was informed that my writing is similar to that of David Foster Wallace. Then a box pops up with code in it to paste it to your own blog sidebar, saying, “I write like . . .”. (See it here on my sidebar to the right.)
I was humbled and proud for my writing to be likened to Wallace’s writing. Albeit, I didn’t know much about him prior to receiving my likeness analysis, but I was thrilled to at least be compared to a famous writer, and made a note to look into his works the next day.
As serendipity would have it, the next day I opened my email and received my weekly newsletter I subscribe to from Brainpickings.org. , a fantastic newsletter on everything about famous writers, by Maria Popova. The headline article of the day was on, who else, but David Foster Wallace!!!
You can read the article below, written by Maria Popova.
Born February 21, 1962 in Claremont, California, Wallace was a novelist, short story writer, essayist, and a college professor of English and creative writing. The genres he wrote in were literary fiction and nonfiction. He died by suicide, September 12, 2008, age 46.
His last unfinished novel, The Pale King, was published in 2011 and became a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer prize for fiction.
The L.A. times book editor, David Ulin called Wallace “one of the most influential and innovative writers of the last 20 years”.
Wallace struggled with drugs, alcohol, and depression. Apparently, he had stopped taking his medication for depression which had kept him productive for more than 20 years. Because of unpleasant side-effects he was suffering from the meds, he weaned off them. When he went back on them after depression set back in, they apparently had lost their effectiveness for him. He committed suicide by hanging himself from a rafter in his garage.
It seems like an all too familiar tragedy, ending yet another life of a creative genius. Wallace’s story serves to remind us of just how lethal depression can be.
I was more than elated to have my writing compared to Wallace’s. And it was an interesting experience to learn more about him.
To read a more detailed biography of Wallace, click the link below:
Sue Vincent is sharing some great tips here to help make your blogs more user friendly. Many bloggers may not be aware of the importance of these tips to help make sure your blog gets recognized.
7 New year’s resolutions to make your blog more user-friendly.
“You’ve done all the celebrating, the world is slowly getting back to normal and the Easter eggs are already crowding the shelves of the supermarket (yes, really). Many New Year’s resolutions have already been broken, slightly bent or put off till after the weekend… but there are a few easy ones that you can implement that will make your blog far more user-friendly… you could check off one per day for the next week. Once done, they take care of themselves and help readers make the most of your site……”READ TIPS HERE