Travel and Inspiration

I recently went on a short trip to London with my husband and my daughter. It was a pleasant experience except for the sleepless nights we had, due to my four-year-old daughter singing and talking to us in the middle of the night because she was jet lagged. As tired as I was, I couldn’t complain. It was actually entertaining. A new idea for a book even popped in my head during one of those nights. It was for a children’s chapter book.

As we explored the city and saw the sights, I continued to get more ideas and inspiration, which definitely made the trip even more memorable.

Visiting Westminster Abbey was an amazing experience, especially seeing the Poet’s Corner.

I haven’t been able to do much work since we got back. My daughter is home for the summer so we’ve been quite busy. I’m still able to squeeze in some writing and editing here and there—not a lot, but definitely better than nothing at all.

How is your summer going?

The Versatile Blogger Award!

Wow. A few days of not blogging feels like a year of not working out. Well, it feels great to back. It feels even better because
I just found out that the lovely Robin Coyle nominated me for the The Versatile Blogger Award! Thanks for thinking of me Robin.

Blogging is fun, but it’s a lot of work. Learning that people dig what you write is satisfying. Getting comments on your posts can be inspiring. Receiving awards like this one is encouraging. It makes it all worth it in the end.

The rules of accepting the nomination:
Thank the person who nominated me. Done.
Include a link to his/her blog. Done.
Nominate fifteen blogs I enjoy and follow. Yikes. I don’t have 15, but see below.
Inform said bloggers about their nominations. Done.
Lastly, share seven things about myself. Done. See below.

7 Random Things About Me:

  1. I wrote my first poem at 14. I knew then that I wanted to become a writer.
  2. I wrote my first book as a novella, but later changed it into a novel.
  3. At one point, I wanted to become a professional poker player.
  4. Traveling inspires me.
  5. I’m a foodie.
  6. I’m obsessed with Paris in the 1920’s.
  7. I was a Graphic Designer for 10 years. I am so much happier now as a writer.

Here are my nominations:
The Canary
Sara Flower
Julie McKay Covert
Writing is Hard Work
Writing at Midnight
The Year of Wonderful Weekends
Lori’s Lane Blog
The Short and the Long of It

Thanks again for the nomination Robin!

Sunshine Award

I am flattered that Nicole Cloutier nominated me for a Sunshine Award. Thank you Nicole! Blogging just got more fun.

If you’re wondering how the Sunshine Award works, here are the rules:

Thank the person who gave you the award. Done!
Write a post about it. Done!
Answer the questions that come with it. See below.
Pass it along to ten people and let them know they’ve received the award. See below.

Favorite Color:  Orange. I just love it.
Favorite Animal:  Dogs
Favorite Number:  1. Just decided on that now.
Favorite Non-Alcoholic Drink:  Water
Facebook or Twitter:  Facebook for now, it may change later.
My Passion:  Writing.
Getting or Giving Presents:  Giving, but wouldn’t mind getting.
Favorite Pattern:  Solid. It doesn’t go out of style.
Favorite Day of the Week:  Friday, I’m in love.
Favorite Flower: Sunflower. It’s as sunny as the Sunshine Award.

Okay, time to nominate. I don’t have ten people, but below are the blogs I enjoy.
I like her blog, not because she nominated me (thanks Nicole!) but because I genuinely enjoy her posts. I’ve picked up some good writing tips from her.
I like her blog because it’s a combination of my two favorite things: writing and traveling. You can’t go wrong.
As a mom, I enjoy reading her posts. They’re always fun and entertaining.
A wonderful blog for mommies. Great tips, recipes and pics. I’ve learned a lot from her.
He cracks me up.
A great blog for writers. She has a lot of good information.

That’s all for now. Happy blogging!