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IWSG – ANOTHER ABSENCE

Hello, bloggers. It is the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means, right? Time for the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

NinjaInsecure Writers Support Group Badge Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh , my hero and one of my mentors, founded this amazing and wonderful group.

The group’s purpose is to allow writers to share their doubts and fears, trials and tribulations without fear of being mocked or feeling foolish. It’s also a place where writers who have “been there” can offer wisdom and guidance.

Whenever anyone finishes a draft, edits their work, finds the perfect critique group, publishes their work, or has any other good news to share, this is the place to do it too!

The awesome co-hosts for the June 7 posting of the IWSG will be JH Moncrieff, Madeline Mora-Summonte, Jen Chandler, Megan Morgan, and Heather Gardner!

 
June 3 Question: Did you ever say “I quit”? If so, what happened to make you come back to writing?

 

There have been many times that I wanted to say ‘I quit’. I’m not talking about my writing; that I can answer on my other blog lilicasplace. Those that are close to me know when times are rough, like when the depression or pain hits hard, it’s easy to want to crawl back into my shell. But I don’t, most of the time. I keep in mind that ‘this to shall pass’ and move forward, even if it’s at a turtle’s pace. This is one of those times, which is why I’m keeping this month’s post short.

Though you may not see me posting much for a while, know that I appreciate each and every follower I have. Xoxoxo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IWSG – AND NEW WEEKLY QUOTES

Hello, bloggers. It is the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means, right? Time for the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

NinjaInsecure Writers Support Group Badge Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, my hero and one of my mentors, founded this amazing and wonderful group.

The group’s purpose is to allow writers to share their doubts and fears, trials and tribulations without fear of being mocked or feeling foolish. It’s also a place where writers who have “been there” can offer wisdom and guidance.

Whenever anyone finishes a draft, edits their work, finds the perfect critique group, publishes their work, or has any other good news to share, this is the place to do it too!

The awesome co-hosts for the February 1 posting of the IWSG are Misha Gericke, LK Hill, Juneta Key, Christy and Joylene Buter!

Don’t forget to visit them and thank them for their hard work!

Now that I’m settled in (for the most part) with home, doctors, insurance, etc., I started thinking about how I could motivate myself into blogging more. I decided that I would post a quote every week that would reflect how I’m feeling at the time I schedule it.

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One week it could be funny, the next it could be reflective. You get the point. Since this is the first Wednesday of a new month, I decided to start today.

I somehow manage to find the courage every day. I hope you do too.

 

February 1 Question: How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?

Check out my other blog’s post at lilicasplace for the answer.

What motivates you to continue blogging? Did you answer the question of the month?

 

 

 

 

 

#IWSG – SHUFFLING ALONG

Hello fellow bloggers. It is the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means, right? Time for the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

Click on the Image to Join

Click on the Image to Join

Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh , my hero and one of my mentors, founded this amazing and wonderful group.

The group’s purpose is to allow writers to share their doubts and fears, trials and tribulations without fear of being mocked or feeling foolish. It’s also a place where writers who have “been there” can offer wisdom and guidance.

 

The awesome co-hosts for the November 4 posting of the IWSG will be Stephen Tremp, Karen Walker, Denise Covey, and Tyrean Martinson!

Make sure you pay them a visit and thank them for all their hard work!

October was a good month, all things considered. I received good news regarding my pension, my mood has stabilized since coming off a particular med, and my pain levels haven’t been intolerable.

I was able to get more reading, writing, reviewing, and blogging done. I love it. What’s even better is that I’ve engaged in social media more and befriended a couple of other stroke survivors and family members. I love that even more.

Just wanted to share that with everyone this month. No major insecurities I want to talk about; I’ll save them for next month. 🙂 Does anyone else have good news to share? I’d love to hear about it. Of course, I’m here to listen to any insecurities too. That’s what the #IWSG family is all about. Until next month…

 

 

 

 

Blessed – ENCOURAGING THUNDER AWARD!

Wow, just wow! June is starting off to be an amazing month for me. Fellow blogger and friend Jen at jabrushblog again nominated for another award. This time it’s for the Encouraging Thunder Award! Can you believe it?  That’s two awards in less than two weeks. Thrilled doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel right now. I almost want to cry, but I won’t. 🙂

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What you can do with Encouraging Thunder award?
– Post it on your blog
– Grant other bloggers with the award

What you can’t do with Encouraging Thunder award?
– Abuse or misuse the logo
– Claim that it’s your own handmade logo

 

What you should do after receiving Encouraging Thunder award:
– Enjoy the award
– Thank via comments or mention the blogger who gave you the award 🙂

That’s it. No questions to answer or cumbersome rules to follow. It’s acknowledgment to those blogger friends who have stuck behind you through good times and bad, whether through comments, social media, email, etc.

You don’t need to award it to anyone else if you don’t want to. Just accept it. So many people have my back, I can’t sit behind this computer and not give this Award to some very special people. Whether they choose to accept or display it is completely up to them. (They’d know I love them even without it!)

I’m giving the Encouraging Thunder Award to the following people:

Culinary queen, animal activist/advocate, and my virtually adopted Mom (I did that, but she doesn’t mind) 😀 Jo Wake at Food, Life, and a Scent of Chocolate
Author, Blogger, Musician, founder of the Insecure Writers Support Group, my virtually adopted baby brother (I did that too!) 😉 – Ninja Captain Alex at Alex J. Cavanaugh
Fellow stroke fighter, Megan, who is becoming near and dear to my heart at Stroke Survivor
Blogger friend and #CTST host Lexa, at Lexa Cain
Blogger friend and fighter, Katie at The Cyborg Mom
Blogger friend Maggie at Just Get It Written
Author, blogger and friend, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
Although we’ve just recently ‘met’, M.R.R. at God, Entertainment, and Annoying Things always leaves me encouraging and positive comments.
Author, blogger, cheerleader, and friend Elizabeth Seckman.
One of my kindred spirits, amazing graphic artist, and fellow blogger, my dear Father Dragon Al at Dragon on a Mission
Author, blogger, cheerleader and friend Lisa Buie-Collard
Author, blogger, cheerleader and friend Melissa Maygrove
Author, blogger, fellow zombie enthusiast and friend David Powers-King
Writer, blogger, cheerleader, and friend Morgan Shamy
Fellow blogger Dixie at dcrelief – Remove the Rose Colored Glasses

I need to include author, fellow blogger, and friend Mark Koopmans, but the link I have for him won’t work. I gotta find the new one. I definitely need to give him this award because he’s the one that helped me find so many amazing people by commenting on my first blog, lilicasplace, when it was just a baby blog.  😀

I know, right? God has truly blessed me with amazing people in my life. I know there are a couple I can’t think of at the moment. I’m sorry for that, but when I do, I’ll make it a point to let you know and I’ll make sure I correct my error. I’ve been prone to them lately.

Thanks again Jen for the Award! I feel unstoppable now! Love ya girl!

 

 

IWSG – MISTAKES AND FOCUS

Hello fellow bloggers. It is the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means, right? Time for the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

Click on the Image to Join

Click on the Image to Join

Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh , my hero and one of my mentors, founded this amazing and wonderful group.

The group’s purpose is to allow writers to share their doubts and fears, trials and tribulations without fear of being mocked or feeling foolish. It’s also a place where writers who have “been there” can offer wisdom and guidance.

Whenever anyone finishes a draft, edits their work, finds the perfect critique group, publishes their work, or has any other good news to share, this is the place to do it too!

The awesome co-hosts for the June 3 posting of the IWSG are M. Pax, Tracy Jo, Patricia Lynne, Rachna Chhabria, Feather Stone, and Randi Lee!

Make sure you pay them a visit and thank them for all their hard work!

May was hit and miss for me personally. I had problems as far as getting medical paperwork done and Medicare issues to solve regarding Speech Therapy. I met my writing goals though. Kinda. I’m saying yay to the fact that I was nominated and accepted the Versatile Blogger Award last week. Awesome, right?

It is. Except when I informed my own nominees, I advised over half, if not most that it was for the Inspiring Blogger Award.  ** Slaps Self **  FOCUS. One of my biggest problems is focus and concentration. Lord knows how hard I try to make sure that I’m doing things right. Every so often I slip up. This was one of those times. Of course everyone who follows this blog knows my history and can figure out what happened, but still, color me embarrassed.

I’m acknowledging my error here rather than going to each nominee individually. Each and every one inspires me, but I feel like a doofus for making that mistake.

Has anyone ever made such a glaringly obvious mistake on their blog and been unsure how to handle it? I’d be curious to know. I really don’t want to be the only one! Somebody please save me!  🙂

 

 

 

 

VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD!

Hello blogger friends. I have to say, after the daunting couple of weeks I’ve just gone through, I was stoked to find some good news waiting for me. VB

Fellow blogger buddy Jen from jabrushblog nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award, and I am so stoked!

Thank you, Jen! Read about her nomination and her nominees on her post here.

 

 

Here are the rules of the Versatile Blogger Award:

  1. Provide the link and name of the blogger who nominated you – and thank them.
  2. Share 7 facts about yourself.
  3. Nominate any number of fellow bloggers, adding a link to their blog.
  4. Share these rules with them.
  5. Go and make yourself some coffee and/or write a nice letter to someone.

Seven facts about me:

  1. I love flowers, especially lilacs; they remind me of my mother. They were her favorite.
  2. I am addicted to House of Cards and Orange is the New Black.
  3. I am a Zombie freak.
  4. I prefer Dunkin’ Donuts coffee over Starbucks any day of the week.
  5. My favorite food is Mexican.
  6. I’ve been honored with several Emergency Medical Services awards over the years from various agencies, including recognition for service on 9/11/2001, pre-hospital deliveries, and cardiac arrest saves.
  7. I’m a huge Baltimore Ravens fan, even though I’m a New Yorker.

My nominees for this award are:

  1. Blogger friend and fellow stroke fighter Megan at Stroke Survivor
  2. Blogger and writer Denise over at DeeScribes.
  3. Blogger friend, writer, and one of my cheerleaders CaffeMaggieato at Just Get It Written
  4. Fellow blogger and writer I met through the A-Z Challenge, roweeee at Beyond the Flow.
  5. Blogger, friend, writer, and another cheerleader, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne at deanieblog.
  6. Blogger and fellow activist Cheryl Wright at Plucking Of My Heartstrings.

Some of you may already have the award, and I understand if you choose not to participate. I just wanted my blogger friends to be acknowledged. 😀

Now I’m going to advise my nominees and instead of coffee, I’m gonna have some juice, cuz it’s late.

 

Celebrate the Small Things – WEEKLY CELEBRATION

Hey everyone! It’s Friday again and time for another posting of Celebrate the Small Things brought to us by LEXA CAINPost anything in life that you’re celebrating, no matter how small or big, on your blog.

Sign up by clicking on the image, hop around and celebrate with others.

Make Celebrate the Small Thingssure your blog post has a link to the sign-up as well, so other bloggers will be able to sign-up and hop around too. 

This is such a simple and easy blog-hop, and it also happens to be one of my favorites.  After posting the things you have to celebrate, please don’t forget to visit and thank Lexa and her awesome and amazing co-hosts for the wonderful job they do:

 

 

LG Keltner @ Writing Off the Edge
Katie @ TheCyborg Mom

I have a few things to celebrate this week, but I don’t want to sound redundant. It seems that a few posts from my alter-ego site, lilicasplace, addressed the same questions a couple of times. In a nutshell, I’m celebrating:

-the fact that I enjoyed my daughter’s company for the entire Mother’s Day weekend.

-got some writing and blogging done.

-Caught up on some things that needed catching up on.

-Most important, I’m still here and blessed with some very special people in my life.

What have you celebrated this week?