I'm so excited to have joined a daily novel workshop created and published by author Alan Watt - "The 90 Day Novel". Some friendly local authors will be meeting weekly during this summer project, and now I'm actually facilitating the workshop online!
This is a new venture for me. It's my hope to encourage creativity in others as well as to write a complete novel length manuscript over the next three months. Whatever happens, I like the idea of getting on the page and having fun telling story.
Thankfully, I have an emotionally safe place for my debut facilitation. The Writer Zen Garden has been my online home for many years now. The people are talented, open-minded, and generous. Let's hope I do right by them.
It helps that Alan Watt seems to have the same gentle approach to creativity as Julia Cameron. And my beloved Zen Garden forum group has not only invited me to join in on Ms. Cameron's various workshops but encouraged me to guest host one. Writing some of those essays gave me a little experience, at least.
Do you have any exciting plans over the coming months?
Today I was honored to find myself nominated for the
Liebster Award. It’s sort of a blog hop party but in the form of a chain
letter. Before that notion turns you off, think of this as a way to meet other
bloggers. I look forward to it, having enjoyed the A to Z Blog challenge in
For my involvement I’d like to thank the delightful Strayer,
an advocate for stray cats in need. Her blog, Cat Eyes --- A Cat Woman's Photos,
includes some really great photos as well as stories, both about cats and life
in general. Stopping by is certainly part of my daily routine. I hope you’ll
As for the Liebster Award, here are the steps needed to participate:
1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to their
2. Give readers 11 random facts about yourself.
3. Answer 11 questions from the blog of the person who nominated you.
5. Nominate 5-11 bloggers for this award (those with fewer than 200 followers
6. Come up with 11 questions for your nominees.
7. List these rules in the post, along with said nominees
and the questions you wish them to answer.
8. Last but not least, notify your nominees.
9. And, of course, have fun!
Having achieved the first and seventh steps, I will now offer 11 random facts
1. I have had two-tone dyed hair since before the
style became popular.
2. My most complete music collection is Marilyn
3. If I won the lottery, I’d open an animal shelter.
4.I usually prefer
the company of animals to people.
5. Most of my life
was spent in denial that I am a science fiction geek.
training is my second favorite form of exercise behind swimming.
7. I want to invent a
force field that lowers gravity immediately around a person’s body for both
safety and convenience.
8. It just occurred to
me that the aforementioned invention would also be a fantastic beauty tool (!) –
no more sagging.
9. The ocean is my
favorite type of vacation spot.
10. One goal is to
learn something new every single day.
11. I can go days
without Internet access and not feel deprived.
With that last admission, I still must say that I enjoy
connecting with fellow writers online. Anyway, here were the questions Strayer asked
1. Cats or
dogs? Well, my partner prefers cats, so we have feline companions but I greatly
appreciate most dogs.
2. Your favorite book? Ooh,
that’s tough. I suppose I’ll go with Stephen King’s “It” which I return to
every few years, but Mr. King’s “The Stand” is a close second.
3. Your favorite movie? That
would have to be “Cousins” with Ted Danson and Isabella Rossellini.
4. Mass transport commute or your
own car? My own car, for sure. I don’t like crowds and really enjoy freedom
5. Eat out or eat in? That
depends upon my mood, though there have been a lot of restaurant bills racked
up recently. ~grin~
6. Noise or silence? Silence
is golden. As much as I love music, it’s rarely played loudly.
7. Crowds or Alone? I
definitely prefer being alone. It doesn’t matter if I’m in a lake, on a
mountain trail, or sitting at home. I’ve even attended movies and concerts by
8. Have you ever been to a county
fair? Absolutely! They are fun even now that I’m grown up, though I hate
that they always happen when temperatures are high.
9. Jet ski or kayak? I would
probably prefer a kayak, if only for that noise issue. Interesting question!
10. TV or book? I much prefer
to read, though I do adore movies.
11. City or country? I’m definitely a country girl for the most part. However,
I have enjoyed visits to St. Louis and Chicago.
Now I will list my nominees in alphabetical order. I hope they have the time