Awarded the Versatile Blogger Award… Yes!

Ok, I have resumed breathing at a normal pace.  When I saw this I was shocked and honored. 🙂 Thank you April Denton!

The Rules:

1.  Thank the person who shared the award with you by linking back to them in your post. 

2.  Pass this award to 15 recently discovered blogs and let them know that you included them in your blog post.

3.  List 7 things about yourself.

1) I have a strange obsession with pens.. I love to buy them and if I see a really nice one that doesn’t belong to me, I have a hard time not stealing it!

2) I think I have a connection with animals, although the animals seem to feel differently (c’mon guys!  let’s get on the same page!)

3) I threw up in my phonics book in second grade in front of the entire class.

4) Once, I accidentally on purpose set a full trashcan on fire (outside).  I scared the poop out of myself and ran like hell.

5) I associate everything with music.

6) My first published piece was a poem (called “Reality & Fantasy”) in a local newspaper at the age of 25.

7) I rescue spiders.

Ok!  Now for the fun part.  My 15 nominations.

Jeremy C Shipp

Breeana Puttroff

Tiffany A White

Anglea M Thomas

Matthew Merrick

Catie Rhodes

Lani Wendt Young

Ashley Elizabeth

Saronai

David Green

Melissa Foster

R A Evans

Sonia G Medeiros

Kristen Lamb

Jody Hedlund

wow.. that was slightly difficult.. 🙂  But loads of fun.. yes?

That’s all for now!

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Ideas (unedited rant on writing)

I’ve read in a lot of books about writing that in order to get anywhere with writing it is necessary to write at least a page a day.  I was at one time trying to break into the fiction market.  I was writing at least five pages a day about whatever popped in my head and I would not stop until I reached five pages.  This type of writing is called free writing.

I stopped writing for a couple of years.  Life happened and I had to buckle down.  Being practical superseded trying to live my dream.  I am trying to break back into the market again.  However, this time I am going down a different road.  That is the article road.

I find this to be a lot more challenging than fiction writing.  See, in fiction writing, I could write whatever I wanted.  There is little requirement for facts in fiction writing.

Article writing requires a lot of facts.  Facts are not hard to come by.  Finding facts that are indeed facts and not an interpretation of the facts is the difficult part.

So I get out my notebook and I write a list of all of the things I would like to write about. Then I write facts in big bold letters next to each idea.

Sports, Motorcycles, Women, Abuse, Alcoholism, Running, Eating right.  These are some of the ideas I have jotted down.  Some of these ideas are articles in progress which may make it to my blog or may be a victim of the delete button.

I was fortunate enough to get a response when I posted a link to my blog here on my Facebook page.  A writer guy I am friends with on there gave me some good advice.  I have to love it and I have to keep writing.

Ideas come from living.  I have to reach deeper and pull out some of the stuff that may make me a little uncomfortable to write about.  This world certainly wasn’t built on playing it safe.   My writing won’t be built on playing it safe either, it seems.