Thursday, May 12, 2011

Help Write Now, Award, Meme and Twitter

Finally! Back up! Several comments have not shown up on here, but I replied to any that the system sent to my email. If your post is missing and I did not reply, it did not come through my email.

First, I wanted to pass along this blog that is auctioning off some really cool things (example: 30 page novel critique from Joanna Volpe at Nancy Coffey Literary) to benefit those in the south who have suffered due to the recent intense storms. The blog is Help Write Now. I learned about this site from Jeanmarie Anaya, a fellow writer/blogger.

I have officially folded and started a Twitter account. You've convinced me! My Twitter is under thewarriormuse, so find me if you have Twitter and I will follow you back (if that is, in fact, the way it works). That is also my email at gmail dot com, in case you need my email to find me. Like I said, totally new at this!

My thanks out to Jo of Shoveling in a Jo Storm for giving me the Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award! Jo is a fellow YA Fantasy writer who blogs about writing, as well. If I am not mistaken, Jo is further along in the process and will soon be a published author! Also, her husband has made his own film after years of working in Hollywood and they are doing a drawing for those that blog about his project on their own blogs. You can get more information on that here. Thank you for the award, Jo! (I'm being naughty and not doing the award requirements. I reserve the right to pass on awards at a later date).

I was tagged in a meme by Lydia over at This End Upside Down. She is a published author and fellow sufferer of insomnia. I'm supposed to answer some questions for this and tag someone else. I may do that at a later time, as well, but figured I'd answer the questions:

1. If you could go back in time and relive one moment, what would that be?
The moment I found out I was pregnant for the first time. We had tried for about five years, with those years full of surgeries and medications that did terrible things to my body. We were finally told we had 0% chance of getting pregnant unless we tried IVF (in-vitro fertilization), which would raise our chances to 30%.

2. If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would it be?
First, I'd probably keep things as they are, because each thing that has occurred has helped form who I am. But since some might see that as a cop-out, I would go back to teenage me and take college courses for high school credit for my last year and find financial aid so I could pursue my degree at that time. As it is, I didn't go to college until I had my first child, and I have only gotten my Associate's at this time. While I can do the things I want to do without a degree, part of me still wants that degree.

3. What movie/TV character do you most resemble, and why?
Personality-wise, I would say Meredith Grey on Grey's Anatomy. (I saw that same answer on someone else's page--Ani?--but it's true for me, too). I can come across as emotionally stunted sometimes, and am unwilling to show weakness in the form of emotions that others can exploit. I choose friends and stick with them. I'm independent and determined. I also wanted to be a doctor.

Looks-wise, I resemble Winona Ryder, or so I've been told since my teen years. The fact that people have against started telling me that means I've officially lost the baby weight, as no one told me that once I got up there in the poundage. The funny thing is that I just don't see it, myself. I've never been told so via a picture, so I doubt anyone on here will see it, either.

4. If you could push one person off a cliff and get away with it, who would it be?
Either my middle school drama teacher for killing my spirit so thoroughly through two years of mistreatment or one of my ex-landlords for being pure evil.

5. Name one habit you want to change in yourself.
Procrastination. I either do something immediately or last minute. There's no in between, try as I might.

6. Describe yourself in one word:

7. Describe the person who tagged you in one word:

8. Why do you blog? Answer in one sentence:
To help others who might be on the same journey, learn from others and to keep myself accountable.

Any Twitter accounts you think are must-follows? Anybody else go through blog withdrawal yesterday??

Happy Writing!


  1. Oh yeah, I went through blog withdrawal yesterday. It completely threw me off.

  2. You have some very great answers. It is nice meeting another fellow writer on the journey to publication. Thank you so much for finding time to stop by my blog and for following me.

  3. Sharon, thanks for the visit, comment and follow from the a-z challenge. So nice to meet you. I thought I'd gotten to everyone on the challenge. Sorry I missed you.
    I actually was relieved Blogger went down yesterday. Go figure.

  4. Loved your answers. I couldn't place who you looked like, but yep, Winona is it. I loved your answer about something you would change. I like you as you are!

  5. I didn't post yesterday, but I'm sad I lost my comments. I have the same habit you do... I either do something NOW or um, yeah, in about three weeks. :)

  6. Congratulations on your awards! I really admire you for going to college after your first child was born. You answered the questions well enough to make Oprah and Barbara Walters fight over you! Julie

  7. I like your answers especially about taking college courses your senior year of high school. That's such a great opportunity for students now especially with the skyrocketing cost of college!



  8. We tried for five years. I did not do drugs or invitro cause we were told it wouldn't help. We now have two kids. go figure.

  9. Hi.Lovely to meet you. New follower here and on twitter (I'm pichetsinparis.)

    I have to post this tag this week. I liked reading your answers.Very different from mine.


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  10. M.J., it totally threw me, too, especially since I still haven't convinced my brain it only needs to post twice per week.

    Murees, it's a pleasure! Thanks in return.

    Karen, if it had been a different day than one of my two posting days, I may have reacted differently, though I was frustrated I couldn't reply to comments and such.

    J.A., awww, thanks!

    Rebecca, it's not a great habit, but I'm betting we're stuck with it.

    Julie, thank you! The question is, who would win?

    Monti, so true. I didn't even know it was an option until it was too late. They never publicized it in any way.

    Jolene, that's the way it often works, right? I spoke with someone the other day who had one of the same issues I have (endometriosis) and these options did not exist for her back then (she is in her 80's), so they never had children. :( I know I'm lucky and I'm grateful I was able to have two wonderful children! (Some days I have to remind myself of that, of course...)

    Denise, I need to check out your answers. Thanks for coming by!

  11. Wow, you're right! You DO look like Wynona Rider! Do they keep an eye on you in jewelry stores? :-)

  12. Al, hmmm, maybe that's why they're always following me...

  13. I can identify with #1-- fertility issues can really suck-- and finally getting prego is so exciting!

  14. Jo, it truly is! You've come to doubt yourself, your body, the doctors, and you finally get that call that it's positive. Phenomenal. It is sad, however, that so many of us can share that feeling.