WORLD POETRY DAY

FRIENDS

I woke up to the most flattering email.  A fellow blogger and writer wrote to me about one of my blog post that inspired them to do something.  My topic was truly nothing of merit and one that I did simply because I had nothing else to talk about at the time, but what Emilia Leigh took from it and did with it, is truly AMAZING. If you do not follow her along, please check out her blog post, Office in a Suitcase.  If her creativity in any way reflects in her writing,  I have no doubt she will definitely be one to watch.

Emilia’s thoughtful email got me to thinking about all the wonderful people I’ve met and come in contact with through cyber space.  I’ve said it before, but I’m going to say it again, there are some wonderful, amazing, supportive people in this world. Some, who if or when we meet, I have no doubt that we’d get along just fine.

So, in celebration of World Poetry Day, to all my unseen friends,

Unseen Friends

Although you are a friend of mine
And letters we exchange
I would not know you on the street
And doesn’t that seem strange?
You hold a place within my life
Unusual and unique
We share ideals and special dreams
And still we do not speak
I picture what I think you are
Perhaps you picture me?
An intriguing game for both of us
For someone we cannot see.
So for this friendship we possess
We owe this mail a debt
Perhaps the charm lies in the fact
That we have never met.

-Unknown

7 Facts- One Lovely Blog Award

There seems to be a trend of these going around.  So far I’ve been nominated to  participate in four different kinds of blog tags/tours and while some may find them bothersome or annoying, I quite love reading everyone’s answers and finding out a little more about my writer friends. This nomination came from my friend Bill.  When Bill started following me on twitter, I saw one thing on his profile that caught my attention.  Whataburger.  Now if you’ve never had this southern delicacy, I’m sorry.  You are truly missing out on one of the best fast food hamburger joints around.  However, Bill and I have more in common other than our taste in food.  Both from the south, we migrated north and live in small-town communities where we share in our loathing of satellite internet.  Bill is currently working on his first thriller and if you’re not following his blog, you should be, because he’s an all around great guy to know.  W.C.Cunningham

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The rules of this blog hop type award are that I share 7 facts about myself, and links to 15 blogs that I enjoy reading. I’ll be honest, I’m terrible at nominating other blogs, because I never want anyone to feel pressured to participate.  However that doesn’t mean I don’t want to continue the trend.  So please, anyone that would like to join in the fun, do so.  I’d love to see your answers and would gladly link your post back to this blog.  I’d also appreciate a link back to mine.  Now what to do?  Share 7 facts about you that we don’t know, and nominate 15 blogs you like (we’ve already discussed this, you choose how you want to handle it.)

Here we go with 7 lovely facts about me:

1. I’ll probably have a few gasp here, but I don’t like chocolate.  Nope, not a fan.  Unless we are talking about Whoppers, which I can eat my own weight in.  No chocolate cake, pie, or ice cream for me.  It’s just never something that I acquired a taste for.  I’m a plain ol’ vanilla kind of girl.

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2. I find some of the most inappropriate things funny sometimes.  I should be ashamed, but I’m not.  I think it comes from the built up tension and stress from my day job.  I see, hear and deal with things and people that never seem to amaze me.  Just when I think I’ve heard every story imaginable, somehow someone still surprises me.  So no, nothing I come across ever really sends me into to shock and I’ve learned to take all the ill-humored things in life and laugh at them.  I don’t however embarrass my family and friends by sharing them all on Facebook.  I do put the claim on Pinterest though, so if you follow me there, it’s fair game and I can’t promise that it’s always going to be PG rated.

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3. I decorate cakes.  I’m no cake boss, but it’s something that I like to do.  During college, I worked nights in a bakery.  My duties were to get the production ready for the next day, however I was usually there by myself and had to learn to write on cakes for those that came in last minute and purchased one out of the ready made case.  Eventually the decorators began showing me other things and I found it was something that I enjoyed.

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4. I love traveling and taking road trips with my family. As I mentioned earlier, we live in a very small community.  At times the greater population can be a little judgmental and narrow minded (two traits I have little tolerance for). So, it’s important to me that my children know there is a whole big world full of different cultures, religions, thoughts and beliefs.  Don’t get me wrong, I love where I live.  Small-town life definitely has it’s perks and our area is absolutely beautiful.  I’d love nothing more for my boys to take root and raise their own families here, but I also want them to experience the bigger picture.

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   5. My husband and my paths weirdly crossed before we ever met.  Once upon a time in a small town in Kentucky, there was a brother and a sister who became doctors.  One went on to practice locally and delivered my husbands two brothers.  While the other somehow ended up in Texas and delivered me 🙂  Yep, before we ever knew each other, we had a connection.  We came about this bit of information after we were married and moved back to Kentucky, when the doctor in Texas passed away and my mom noticed that his obituary named a sister living in a neighboring Kentucky town of ours.  I asked my mother in law and she confirmed that the sister had delivered her two eldest sons.  I think it’s pretty neat.

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6. I always cry at weddings, funerals and any time I hear The Star Spangled Banner.  I can’t help it, trust me, I try not to tear up and it never works.  It doesn’t matter who the people are or what type of event I’m at, a few tears will fall.  It’s kind of funny and amusing because I’m normally quite the opposite, especially at work, but those three things get me every time.

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7.  I have a wide variety of taste in books and music.  I’ll read just about anything.  I love any variation of romance from the clean and sweet to the more dark and erotic tales.  I easily get lost in a good thriller and true crime stories and I very much enjoy memoirs.  My taste in music is the same.  My phone is cluttered with an array of styles and genres. One moment I may be listening to Hank Jr. or Keith Whitley and the next Eminem.  I was introduced to Olivia Newton John, The Oak Ridge Boys, Donna Fargo, and Elvis at an early age.  I listened to a lot of Alabama while in grade school until the big hair bands took off and then I went on a binge of Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, White Snake, and Poison.  Around middle school I was introduced to R&B and I am still a huge fan of Jodeci.  These days I listen to a lot of the newer country. Thomas Rhett, Tyler Farr, Brantley Gilbert, Colt Ford and Cole Swindell are all on my playlist.  Some of my other loves, Bruno Mars, Jeremih, Nickelback, Pink, Phil Collins, Rihanna, and Staind.  I’ll even venture off to southern rock, classical, and even some Celtic stuff on occasion.

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That concludes my contribution to The One Lovely Blog Award. Below you’ll find some great folks that have contributed as well.  I hope you’ll take a look because they are some amazing and talented people.

W.C. Cunningham, Writes

E.L. Wicker, A Writers Journey

Aether House, Writing and Life By Michelle Iannantuono

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Dr.Suess“You have brains in your head.  You have feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  You’re on your own. And you know what you know.  And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go …”

I may be showing my age here, but I’m part of the WWW. generation.  The people who went from teenagers to adults in an era that literally blew up with technology.  I was 18 when the world-wide web took off, and the idea of talking to others online was quite interesting and amazing. Back then chat rooms were the thing.  I have no idea if those still exist since we have so many other options with all the social media outlets available, but at the time, chat rooms had a certain appeal.  My friends and I used to “hang out” in them, talking to people we didn’t know.  Of course that was before things went wild and you had to be more cautious about who you befriended.  I can honestly say, that I’ve never had a bad experience.  Well … maybe one.  Although, I don’t consider it bad.  Freshly out of high school and “hanging” in a room, I had a married couple ask me to join them for some extracurricular activities 🙂 or let’s say I assume they were a married couple.  Who knows, they might have been two ex-con’s ready to kidnap me if I’d agreed.  I politely declined, they politely apologized and that was it, so no harm done.  It wasn’t until years later that fears started to rise.  Kids running away to meet strangers, identities stolen, lives forever changed.  I think it’s pretty safe to say that  kids nowadays are taught from an early age the dangers of being online and us adults have become overly cautious about our activity, so much that we ensure that our social media sites are private and secure.   After all, the world is full of people waiting to prey on other’s.  Right?

Right.

And wrong.

If becoming a writer has taught me one thing, it’s that the world isn’t as terrible as most of us believe.  There are also some really good people out there.  And social media isn’t only filled with criminals waiting in lieu to steal your information.  It’s also filled with an array of folks who are genuinely good-hearted and genuine.  I know this because I’ve met some of them, maybe not physically, but some that I truly care for and hope that their days are filled with happiness.  I know Twitter and Facebook can be fairly fake at times.  There are a lot of people I follow and who follow me back that are only interested in hoarding a bunch of followers to try to sale their books, promote their music, deliver a message or whatever else their cause and reason may be.  Maybe that’s the way to go.  Maybe a mass of followers will get you a best seller.  I haven’t figured out the key to that since I’ve only published one book and I’m confident in saying that it hasn’t made any kind of “list” yet.

However, I do look at every person whom I follow profile page.  And if I share their stuff, it’s usually because, they are one of those people I call a friend or because they’ve shared something of mine and I’m returning the favor or maybe it’s because it caught my eye and was something that I really liked.  Yes, I know some just retweet everything that flows through their feed and again, maybe that works for them.  I’m no professional and in no position to be doling out advice, so I’m not going to say what is right or wrong.  All I can draw from is my experience and that is, to interact with people.  In by doing so, you’ll not only gain a few followers, you might gain a few friends that are willing to pitch in and help you along the way.

So what does any of this have to do with Dr. Seuss or the places you’ll go?  My personal Facebook page recently had a spike in friend request from people I don’t know.  As I said, I always look at a person’s profile before I add them and usually I can make the connection of where they found me by friends we have in common.  I can only be hopeful that maybe these folks want to be my friend because because they’ve read my book and think it’s super awesome.  Honestly, I’m really not that entertaining, so they’ll probably be disappointed.  I post the occasional picture of my kids, update  the goings on of my book, but other than keeping up with what everyone else is doing, I don’t interact a whole lot there.  So when I received a friend request from a lady in Australia and we had no friends in common, I was a little leery of clicking the “add” button.  That was until I received a message saying that she’d read my book and really enjoyed it.  Wow! I thought.  Not only because she read my book and enjoyed it, but because she’s from Australia.  Australia!  I’ve never been to Australia, but I’d love to go.  When I asked her how she’d come across my book, she said that she’d seen it on a post I made on Susan Mallery’s page.  Do any of you know who Susan Mallery is?  Her Wikipedia page say’s she’s a New York Times best selling author of more than 80 books.  To me, she’s big time 🙂  I love her Fool’s Gold series.  She’s one of the authors I follow simply because I love their stuff and enjoy reading their post.  She’s also very generous and is constantly hosting giveaways.  One night, she even opened her Facebook page up to other authors, allowing them to post links to their books and asked any readers that liked what they saw to make sure they let the author know that.  Taking a gamble, I posted mine.  The result … at least one book sold and a new friend.  I am truly amazed by the generosity of others.  People you’ve never met that reach out and befriend you and are willing to help you promote your work.   Those people that I now consider friends.

“Oh, the Places you’ll go …” Maybe I haven’t been to Australia, but my book is there, so does that mean since a piece of me went into writing that book, that I’ve been there too?   If so, then I’ve also been to England, Canada and New York and even parts of Kentucky that’ I’ve never visited.   “You’re on your own.  And you know what you know.  And you are the one who’ll decide where to go.”  -I’m sorry Dr. Seuss, I have to disagree with you here, sometimes you have no say in where you’ll go, because with the help of some good friends and generous folks, there is no telling the places you’ll end up.

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