Lovely Blog Award Winner- I didn’t even know I was nominated

Well, it would appear that I have been tagged, no corralled… wait.. offered… err, awarded the One Lovely Blog Award!!

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YAY!! I was given this monumental honor by Kendra S. Berni, author of the Angels of Children series.  She was in fact, roped into this… I’m sorry, declared a winner, by none other than Casey Sean Harmon (author of The EverAfter Chronicles – He tagged Kendra and she subsequently tagged me… Please go and check her out at the following link.  (

So, according to the rules, I have to reveal 7 random facts about myself… here we go…

1. I make jewelry with one of my best friends and we have a company called Aikane Kreations.
2. I always dreamed of becoming a veterinarian, until I went to college, then I realized it wasn’t for me.
3. I went through a year long phase where I had hot pink hair… I miss it.
4. I love grits and corn, but I hate hominy.
5. It took 8 years to write The Gathering.
6. I’m learning to play the guitar and speak German, French, Italian and Gaelic.
7. I have 13 holes in my ears (piercings) 5 in one ear and 8 in the other.
Hope you enjoyed those random facts all about me. So, I must choose 3 more unsuspecting individuals to be tagged, err awarded the Lovely Blog Award… so I choose:
Hmmm, well, I think there are a lot of lovely blogs… 3 are located to the right of this post… Cynthia Shepp Book Reviews & Editing, Narly Nut’s Book Lovers and Library at the End of the Universe… I think they’re lovely, as well as the many other blogs I myself follow… all offering up a plethora of humor, poignant thoughts and information.  I call you all LOVELY BLOG AWARD WINNERS!!
Please feel free to post 7 random facts about yourself and declare yourself a Lovely Blog Award Winner!  Have a wonderful day!!

One Star Reviews – Cynthia Shepp

My friend Cynthia posted this today on her blog and I think it was eloquently stated and couldn’t be more true. Please check it out.

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I want to talk about one star reviews for a minute. A book that I really liked got a 1 star review this morning that it does not deserve. This book had great writing and a great plot. I reviewed it myself and I gave it 5 stars. It was funny, unique, and I still tell people to read it and I read it a long time ago. Which means that the book stuck with me because it was good. I only give books what I think they deserve. If I really loved a book, the editing was good, and the book flowed well, I will give it 5 stars because it deserves it.

Some books could deserve one star reviews, I am not disputing that. People should always give their truthful opinion. If you don’t like the book, you don’t like the book. What pisses me off is when…

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Finding the muse…

Sorry I’ve been away for a while, but I’ve been looking for that elusive goddess, thankfully I finally found her.  She was working with a talented director in Illinois.  I’ve been working on a script with him and it’s been essential for bringing me back into the writing fold.  All those ideas in my head, floating around like items in an anti-gravity chamber.  It’s then that I find it most difficult.  I need to organize and compartmentalize and it makes me nuts.  Then the added pressure of committing to a plot and of course, my 2nd novel post explains those pressures.  I think about writing everyday, but I dont’ always sit down and do it.

It’s funny when you fall away from the rituals and rhythms of writing… it isn’t easy to get back on that train.  I know it’s about commitment and treating my writing like a job, but it gets hard to balance everything.  Ok, so I’m whining… I hate whining, so I’m going to stop.

Bottom line, I’ve been working on this script and it’s been a savior, because it’s given me an opportunity to dip my feet in the water.  I’m getting more secure in the direction I want to take with my next novel and I get to keep writing because I’m working on this screenplay.  I can feel the goddess whispering in my ear, fueling my imagination and creative identity.

I’m also back and reviewing books, so that is going to be great.  She comes to me there as well and I can’t wait to see what amazing reads come my way.

Ok, well, I’m back now and I promise to be committed to my ramblings on a much more frequent schedule.  Look for my reviews and updates about any new musings.  And listen carefully, she might be whispering to you too.