The Liebster Blog Award

liebster-blog-award1A big thank you to Julian Froment, http://julianfroment.wordpress.com/,  who surprised me by nominating me for the Liebster Award.  I’m pleased to accept this award and pass on the honor and fun to others.
The Rules for The Liebster Blog Award are as follows:
List 11 random facts about you.
Answer the questions that were asked of you.
Nominate 11 other blogs for the Liebster Blog Award and link to their blogs.Notify the bloggers of their award.

Ask the award winners 11 questions to answer once they accept the award.

So, Eleven Random Facts About Me.

  1. When I first learned to read I drove my parents nuts reading outloud every sign we passed while traveling in the car.
  2. My first love was reading. My second love was horses. I married my third love!
  3. I was twenty-one before I learned how to drive a car.
  4. I’m not a dog person, but a cat person. Unfortunately dogs don’t seem to pick up  on this and like to mob me.
  5. I dream in color and sometimes have dreams that come true.
  6. Climbing trees is still something I like to do.
  7. I love frozen Junior Mints.
  8. I write my stories to classical music.
  9. Autocrossing my Corvette is what I do for fun!
  10. Accomplishing goals helps me focus my Adult ADD.
  11. I can’t stand to have my hands messy or dirty.

My Answers to the Questions I was Asked

  1. What is your favourite book?    Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R. Tolkien
  2. Do you play an instrument? If so, which one?   Piano. Only have torturous hours of practice.
  3. What is your ideal holiday?   One with all of my five children and sixteen grandchildren present.
  4. Which author would you most like to meet (they do not need to be currently alive)?  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  5. What is your favourite genre to write in?  Hmm, thought I like Romance and have written in that genre, I’m not sure I have a favorite yet. I want to sample several.
  6. What is your least favourite book?  War and Peace. Very slow, very long.
  7. Do you have siblings, if so which?  Two sisters and one brother.
  8. PC or Mac?   Vaio Laptop! LOL
  9. Do you eat meat?  Yes, and my favorite is buffalo.
  10. What is your favourite sport?  Anything that has horses in it. LOL
  11. Do you have a day job?   Gratefully retired.

Eleven Questions for my Nominees

  1. Would you rather read or write?
  2. Where is your favorite place to write?
  3. What are you currently reading?
  4. What is a favorite character name?
  5. Dog person or cat person?
  6. What is the piece of writing that is the best you’ve ever done?
  7. Your middle name is?
  8. How do you reward yourself after reaching a goal?
  9. To break writer’s block, what do you do?
  10. If you had to decide on pie or ice cream, which would you choose?
  11. What is your favorite time of day?

The Nominees

M.O.K. Author – http://mokauthor.wordpress.com/

Carmen DeSousa – http://www.carmendesousa.com/

Doug Simpson – http://dousimp.mnsi.net/

Danny Kemp – http://www-thedesolategarden-com.co.uk/

Charles Edward Yallowitz – http://legendsofwindemere.com/

Shauny – http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/

Shane – http://shanesbookblog.com/

Sheri Degrom – http://sheridegrom.wordpress.com/

Jalal Michael Sabbagh –  http://mysuccessisyoursuccess.wordpress.com/

Briana – http://whenibecameanauthor.wordpress.com/

Glynis Rankin – http://glynisrankin.wordpress.com/

Congratulations to all of You! I hope you will join in the fun and make someone’s day by passing on this fun and entertaining award. 

Addicted to Writing?

writing2I once worked  in a psych and chemical dependency treatment center. The first thing I learned was the definition of addiction and how we can be addicted to anything. There was checklist to measure the depth of the addiction

For instance – has it interfered with personal relationships? Has it affected your finances such as lost jobs, or impulse buying, or missing payments? Have you had problems with the law? Is your health affected by it? Your spirituality? Has it affected your lifestyle? Or have you been displaced such as a loss of residency? Do you have problems concentrating or are you obsessing about attaining your next encounter with it?

The other day I went looking for a box of my high school writings. I had read a blog by Ionia Martin where she asked if we thought our first writing was any good. I was curious about mine. I found several boxes filled with notes written on every conceivable form of paper. Post-it notes, napkins, scraps of wallpaper, receipts, postcards, envelopes, kid’s school projects, even toilet paper. I promise it was clean!

Suddenly I thought about that checklist. Had my writing interfered with personal relationships? Well, my husband had complained on more than one occasion about my vacant stares and his repeated questions that fell on my deaf ears. The kids got to know that look and knew not bother me when I was scribbling frantically. Impulse buying of notebooks, notepads and bushels of pens and pencils did affect the finances I guess. I can’t look at an empty piece of paper without the urgent desire to write something on that white expanse.

I suppose the electric company may have wondered about me when I asked for the bill back that I had sent in with the check because I had written a line of poetry on it. Then there were those occasional speeding tickets on trips. This is when I get most of my books written in  my head. I love a long drive so I can busily construct. Unfortunately I’m not always paying attention to speed limit signs when I’m doing this.

Of course there is the eye-strain from copious amounts of reading and bright computer screens. I stay up late into the night researching and writing so there has been many a Sunday I’ve been to tired to get up and go to church. Concentration on daily chores is interrupted by my mad dashes to the nearest piece of paper to capture an idea. Let’s not forget about obsessing over getting that opening chapter just right or the editing rewrite done.

So, I don’t know. Do you think I may have a writing addiction?