Thanks For The Love!


Many thanks to Matrone Bell at Rambling and Other Nonsence for nomination me for the Leibster Blog Award. It’s been a little bit of a rough week, so it was really nice to receive a some blog love. Be sure to check out her blog as it is full of interesting muse fragments and poetry!

The Rules:

1) Paste the award picture into your blog.

2) Write up 11 NEW questions directed towards your nominees.

3) When you receive the award, you must post 11 random facts about yourself.

4) Pass the award onto 11 other blogs and let them know.

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Questions from Matrone Bell:

1) What accomplishment in your life are you most proud of?

I haven’t sold out for any reason.

2) If you could get away with murder, how would you dispose of the body?

I hope it never comes to that!

3) What’s your biggest pet peeve?

People who use cell phones in the movie theater. Seriously, I did not shell out money to watch your screen light up or listen to your conversation. (Rant over.)

4) Are you a carnivore or a herbivore?


5) What did you want to be as a kid?


6) What made you start blogging?

I needed something to do after finishing my first novel. I had a lot of writing time that needed to be filled with more writing.

7) What do you admire most in people?

Compassion. We all have it . . . some just bury it deeper than others.

8) What do you consider your best quality?

My relentless optimism.

9) Name one personality trait you hate about yourself?

I can be a little too competitive.

10) What thing would you like to see me post more about?

Poetry. I love your poetry!

11) How devastated are you that twinkies are gone?

Twinkies were good, but they were never my favorite. However, I am crushed at the loss of the cupcakes with the little white swirly on top.

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11 Random Facts:

1) I have a life-sized Edward Cullen standee in my classroom. He was a gift and I love him.

2) The Mortal Instruments is one of my favorite YA series, along with its prequel The Infernal Devices.

3) I have a large Barbie Doll collection that I’ve been adding to since I was a kid. Among my favorites are the original dolls in the Barbie Fashion Model Collection and an original 1964 bubble cut Barbie.

4) Every year after Black Friday I clean out my closets. There’s no way I can buy that much stuff and keep everything I have at the same time. Goodwill usually gets a carload of clothes and housewares from our house during the last week of November.

5) I love broccoli. Steamed, no butter, no salt, no sauce. Just broccoli. Mmmmmm.

6) I know how to make my own lotion, shampoo, chap stick, etc. Everything is made with all natural ingredients, too!

7) I prefer blue pens over black pens. Pen over pencil. Crayon over marker.

8) I love snow, which makes it ironic that I live in a desert.

9) I love science fiction – Star Trek, Star Wars, or anything else half as cool!

10) Aside from Jane Eyre, The Fierce Bad Rabbit by Beatrix Potter is my favorite book.

11) All of my Christmas shopping is done.

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11 Nominees:

All of these blogs are full of inspiring and creative posts. I look forward to visiting each day and I hope you enjoy them, too.

All the Soft Spaces

Before the Ink Dries

Life Through Blue Eyes

Bag Lady Lulu

The World Poetized

The Writer Within

Lyrical Love

Three Daily Delights



Billie’s Craft Room

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11 New Questions:

1) If you could have one superpower what would it be?

2) What is something you’ve always wanted to learn how to do? (What’s stopping you?)

3) What is your favorite movie?

4) Mac or PC? Why?

5) If your home was one fire and you had time to grab one thing, what would it be?

6) Who do you admire most? Why?

7) What do you think you’ll be doing five years from now?

8) What is your idea of a perfect day?

9) Coffee or tea?

10) If a magazine asked you to write an article about any topic, what would you write about?

11) What charity or organization means the most to you?

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c.b.w. 2012


NaNoWriMo: Pushing Forward


As I move into the final week of NaNoWriMo, I can’t believe how far I’ve come since November 1st. Even after a few bumps in the road, revisions for Novel #2 are moving along beautifully! I’m right on schedule with 13,301 words revised, which means my goal of 15,000 words is well within reach.

Despite taking a couple of days off to enjoy Thanksgiving and indulge in a little Black Friday shopping, I didn’t fall behind on my word count thanks to working ahead and planning for a longer writing session on Saturday.

The zeros must be forgiven as there was much fun to be had.

So far, I’m ahead of the game!

Good planning aside, I think revisions went so well this week because I genuinely love the sections I’m working on. Emotions are crackling between my characters and scenes are getting rearranged in more powerful ways. It’s so much fun! I hope the momentum stays with me until the end of the week.

I’ll update this post later this evening with today’s word count.

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How are you doing with NaNoWriMo?

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c.b.w. 2012

There Be Dragons


Tempted dragon
broken fire
Forever chosen
marked fantasy
Space between
below and never
Spirit keeper
treasured beast

Dragon Carving in Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai, China
Photo by: c.b.w. 2005

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Special Note: This poem started as a poetical inspired by sci-fi and fantasy book titles. I ended up playing with it a little more by adding a few new words until I realized how well it went with this photograph. My muse is once again jumping from mode of creativity to another!

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c.b.w. 2012

22 More Moments of Gratitude


Around this time last year, I was inspired by Cindy Archer to create a list of 22 Moments of Gratitude. With Thanksgiving upon us, I’ve decided to revisit this idea and make another list.  I consider last year’s list to be pretty complete, but it never hurts to consider more things for which to be grateful.

My goal is to create an entirely new list that does not match anything on the previous list, which means some of the really obvious things might be missing (like family and friends).  Don’t worry, I didn’t forget the big stuff, it’s just on a different list.

22 More Moments of Gratitude:

1. There are more books on my shelf than I have time to read. What a beautiful conundrum.

2. My muse that hasn’t let me down all year.

3. I have the courage to experiment with poetry after years of being intimidated.

4. I got to experience the thrill of learning new things like photo editing and knitting.

5. There is a fire in the fireplace and plenty of extra blankets  – I am never cold.

6. I understand the beauty of staying at home and seeing the familiar with a new perspective.

7. How wonderful it is to teach what I love.

8. My shelves have plenty of blank journals waiting for my pen.

9. My determination hasn’t worn off.

10. Inspiration is everywhere and I am seeing it.

11. I am at peace.

12. My paycheck is small, but I don’t worry about money.

13. I still know how to be young at heart (and I’m not afraid to show it).

14. I know the feeling of love.

15. I no longer care how many calories or how much fat is in a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

16. I am happy with how I look, imperfections and all.

17. Experiencing the moment of winning a chosen battle in an unexpected way, (See Reconstructing the Lennon Wall and Clearly, I Will Not Be Silenced).

18. Knowing the feeling of completing a second novel ahead of schedule.

19. Walking to work at the moment of dawn. Watching the sun rise is a beautiful experience, especially on a daily basis (each dawn is different and beautiful in a new way).

20. Watching an old dog play even when he’s tired. It inspires me to never give up on anything.

21. The feeling of hope is never far away.

22. My heart is still beating.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

What are you thankful for this year?

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c.b.w. 2012