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And The Liebster Award Goes To…

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…Me! I was nominated a couple of months ago, but never really got around to writing this post. I was nominated by The Nail and Makeup Whisperer and honestly, this is one of the coolest things anyone in the blogging world could give me lol. It’s nice just to get some recognition, and to know that people are reading my blog.

For those of you who don’t know what the Leibster Award is, I’ve taken the description right from The Nail and Makeup Whisperer’s blog post, who took the description from the Mommy Loves Nail Polish blog:

What is the “Liebster Blog Award?”

It’s an award that was reputedly started in Germany in order to give smaller bloggers recognition for their hard work. You receive this award from a fellow blogger that feels your blog is both worthy & important to them.

The rules are:

1) Post eleven facts about yourself 2) Answer the questions the tagger has set for you and create eleven questions for people you’ve nominated 3) Choose eleven people to give this award to (with fewer than 200 followers) and link them in your post 4) Go to their page and tell them 5) Remember, no tag backs!

Here are 11 facts about me:

  1. I own my own custom jewelry business.
  2. I’m a published children’s author and I’m working on a couple of novels.
  3. I love all kinds of music, but especially Celtic/New Age.
  4. I own more books than I have room for.
  5. I’m a full time college student, majoring in English literature with minors in Psychology and History.
  6. My favorite colors are black and turquoise.
  7. I did karate for 14 years. I taught it for 5.
  8. I have the worst attention span ever.
  9. I love studying mythology in my spare time.
  10. I interned with the Oxygen Network’s social media department and now do independent social media consultant (yes, I have quite a few jobs. 6 total, actually).
  11. I love receiving candles and incense as gifts.

The Nail and Makeup Whisperer asked the following questions:

  1. Where is your favorite place to travel? Down South, particularly to Tennessee. Once I finally get to Ireland, that will probably become my favorite.
  2. Favorite brand of coffee or tea? I enjoy Frappes from Starbucks and ice coffee from Dunkin Donuts, but that’s really it in the coffee category. However, I’m a huge tea snob. My favorite tea comes from www.spiceandtea.com. Seriously, try their Coconut Oolong.
  3. What pets do you have? I have 2 dogs, a German Shepherd and a Beagle/Daschund mix, and a Ragdoll cat (though I have to admit that I like the dogs more…they’re at least friendly).
  4. If you could be anyone for just one day, who would you be? This one’s a super tough question.  Kate Middleton maybe? Her job seems pretty cool. And she has people who clean her room for her.
  5. What are your hobbies? Pretty much any craft I can get my hands on…crocheting, jewelry making, painting, etc. Anything mind numbing.
  6. What’s the craziest thing you’ve done? Put wasabi on my sushi (sorry to disappoint, but I’m that nerd that stays home and reads books).
  7. Last day on earth, what would you do? Considering the state of mind I’m in today, probably just sit on a beach with a pina colada. Ask me this again tomorrow and you might get a different answer.
  8. Favorite beauty product and why? Peach scented Bath Junkie scrub. It smells amazing and it leaves my skin feeling soft. The fact that you customize your own scent is an added bonus.
  9. Is there anything you are known for by family and friends? Being an encyclopedia of useless knowledge. Did you know you can regrow lettuce?
  10. Funniest thing you’ve seen lately? A guy walking into my office wearing a silver, satin pajama suit. He was quite proud of the fact that he got away with wearing it to his business forum class.
  11. What’s your favorite movie? The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Eleven questions for blogs I’ve nominated:

  1. What famous person would you want to have lunch with?
  2. What’s your dream job?
  3. Smooth or creamy peanut butter?
  4. What was your most embarrassing moment?
  5. What new hobby, if any, would you want to take up?
  6. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  7. Which book or movie left the biggest impression on you?
  8. Do you speak any other languages? If not, which ones would you like to learn?
  9. Why did you start blogging?
  10. If you had access to a time machine, what era would you travel to and why?
  11. What’s something you want to accomplish in the next 10 years?

Finally, I’d like to nominate the following blogs:

Triathlete Racing with RA

My RAD Life

Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Living with Fibromyalgia

Deep Glade’s Apothecary

Chronically Healthy

Alive (To The Tips of Her Fingers)

RheumaBlog

Carla’s Corner

Stream of Caitlinness

Pajama Program

Again, thanks for the nomination!

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Happy Anniversary to Me

It’s been one year since I started this blog, and it’s been a crazy year at that. I’ve grown so much in so many different ways since April 2012, and not without the help of my readers. You guys have been with me through my good days and my bad days, for my comedic moments and some not-so-pleasant breakdowns, and many of you have offered me amazing advice and encouragement along the way. So, thank you. Now let’s see what another year brings.


Quick Update

My apologies for being so quiet on here. I’m happy to announce that I’ve started my own online business! The bad news is that it’s eating away a lot of my blogging time. I promise I’ll be much more active after the New Year. See you in 2013!


Back With a New Game Plan

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Okay, so I already told you that I pretty much had to throw in the towel when it came to NaNoWriMo. Between work and school, my joints just weren’t cooperating. Now that the craziness following Hurricane Sandy has died down, I’m back to work as usual, meaning very little free time until Winter break.

Working in a college Writing Center definitely has its perks. I’m surrounded by lots of talented writers every day. Most of the tutors are English majors, and some are poets and fiction writers going for their MFA degrees. My boss and a few of my other coworkers were doing NaNoWriMo with me, and the last time I had checked their word counts, they were doing pretty well. I got to work early yesterday morning, so my boss sat down with me and we just talked while we waited to open the center up. She’s sooo cool, and we have the kind of rare employer/employee, professor/student relationship where we can talk to each other about anything. She gives me great advice all the time, and occasionally I do the same for her. I told her how I fell off the wagon and how much that disappointed me. Then she made a great suggestion: why not bend the rules a bit? Living with RA means that sometimes you have to improvise in life, so why would this situation be any different?

The solution we came up with was that I shouldn’t worry about writing a new novel this month,

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but instead worry about fixing the ones I HAVE written. I have two “finished” first drafts of novels that I’ve been neglecting. She challenged me to finish editing at least one of them by the end of the month. Challenge accepted. At least with the editing, I won’t have to worry about writing a lot all at once. I can break it up into smaller, more manageable pieces. It doesn’t matter to me if I’m not following official NaNoWriMo rules at this point. All that matters is that I’m not allowing some achy joints to prevent me from doing what I love most.

Hopefully by the end of this month, I’ll be able to announce that I have a second draft finished. My boss also invited me to join her writing group. She and 2 other women meet every so often to read and critique each other. I’m totally going to jump on that chance, because that pressure is definitely what I need to keep going. Slowly pushing forward…


NaNoWriMo Fail

So, if I haven’t mentioned this before, I will mention it now: I’m a published children’s author, but I’ve written a couple of novels as well. They’re still in the editing phase, but they’re written. Every year for the last two year’s I’ve done National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). It’s a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel from start to finish by November 30. Granted, I’ve never actually “won” NaNoWriMo and finished the entire novel, but I’ve come close. I always thought that once I was finished with school and had more free time I would be able to do better.

Even though I’ve never hit the word count, I’ve at least made it to the end of the month before with about 30,000 words. This November is just a total disaster though. I was off to a great start at the beginning of the month. I was getting my daily goal of 1,667 words with little trouble, and for a few days I was ahead of the game. Then, BOOM: stiffness and horrible pain in my fingers and wrists. I guess I’m just not used to typing that much anymore.

I tried everything to make my fingers work. Liniment oil worked for the pain, but didn’t help much with stiffness. My medication didn’t do much better. Google and WebMD provided me with some stretching exercises that felt great for awhile, but overall there was no permanent solution. I kept writing, but my daily word count was dwindling. I haven’t touched my novel in days.

I’ve disappointed myself. It’s been a year since my official diagnosis, and I wanted to use this novel to prove to myself that I’ve made progress. But like everything else in my life, I realize that sometimes it’s just not possible to keep up with other people. I need to pace myself to avoid having to admit defeat. So, I’m going to set my own goal. I’m just going to write something, anything, every day. I’m thankful that I have the ability to write and to write well, and it’s not a talent I want to waste. Even if it’s only a paragraph, I will be happy. Because it’s not about quantity as much as quality, right?


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