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So anybody who follows this blog, or sneaks to the post just under this one, knows I recently named Natalie Whipple’s blog Between Fact and Fiction the blog of the week. Well, I’ve been in contact with Natalie and she has graciously accepted to grant my humble blog with an interview.

So, as I was sitting down to write the questions out, I realized I write this blog not only for myself, but for all my great writer friends. With that in mind, I would like to offer all of you a chance to create one question you would like to know. Leave it in a comment, then on Sunday morning, I will post all of your questions, including my own and we can put it to a vote.

There can only be five questions, so take your time.

Now it’s off to find my pencil, my wonderful pencil of Oz? I’m being silly, but it would be funny if I found it there.

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Okay, so I know today is normally Road Trip Thursday, but really it should be Wednesday, so I’m fixing that now and making Blog of the Week my new post theme for Thursdays.  Oh, and I should have started with this, I’m back.  And thank you to everyone for your concern and for reading my short story over at Glass Cases.  It means a lot and it was nice to know people care.

Anyway my blog of the week for this week is….Between Fact and Fiction.

Three reasons why I love this blog:

First, I love Natalie Whipple’s design, it’s so awesome.  Before you read anything about her you have an idea of what genre she writes for. And who doesn’t love large-blue (my fave color) block letters surrounded by childhood doodles?  If you don’t, you’re reading the wrong blog.

Second she has an agent, Mr. Nathan Bransford (I’m so jealous), and blogs about her journey through the agented world of writing as well as being the founder of the Happy Writer’s Society, whose goal is to rekindle the joy of writing in writers who have lost it.

Last, she’s real.  I love writers who are down to earth and include little humorous tid-bits about their day. Especially embarrassing ones or ones that don’t put the author in a particularly good light.  These are the things that help us connect with each other and why I love Natalie’s blog.  In fact, her latest post reveals just how juvenile she really is when she makes a flatulence joke.

So click the link.  Check out Between Fact and Fiction and make mistakes so you can blog about them later.  If they’re embarrassing enough, I just might feature you in my next post for Blog of the Week.

Until then, goodbye.  My pencil seems to have accumulated a pile of dust since I’ve been here last and is in dire need of cleaning.

Oh, if you follow, write, or come across a great or well written blog, I would love to hear about it.  Just leave link in the comments and I’ll be sure to check it out.  Who knows, maybe they’ll be in the next installment of Blog of the Week! ;p

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Today is the day my short story has been posted on Glass Cases.  Please check out the links to the side of this post, I would put it in here, but  I do not have the time.

Hopefully I’ll be back to blogging again within the next couple days, until then enjoy.

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I’m sorry, but this Thursday I do not have a Road Trip Thursday for you; although the people at YA Highway do.

Since I don’t know any other way to say this, I’ll just say it, My Grandmother is in the hospital and it doesn’t look good. I’m guessing she will pass sometime over the next few days.
So I’m going down to the hospital.

Hopefully I will be back soon, especially because I’m super-excited to introduce a new segment entitled blog of the week.

So please don’t get too discouraged if I disappear over the next week or two, I promise I’ll be back. I love all my writerly friends too much not too. And so you’ll know when I return, just go to the side bar and subscribe to my blog.

Love you guys and hope this finds you well. Today I have my pencil tightly in hand.

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New Hair-Do

So, spur of the moment I had my waist length hair cut to my shoulders on Sunday.  My mother, who cannot grow out her own hair, declared my hair was just getting pretty and asked me how I was going to belly dance now. 

When I was little I was terrifed of cutting my hair because my mother had me convinced it would never grow back, but now that I’m adult I realize my hair is different than my mother’s and, after multiple cuts, know it will grow back.

My boyfriend on the other hand, is on the fence.  He never likes my hair after I change it, but after a few weeks, he’ll look at me and say “I like it.”

Everybody else has told me how cute my new do is and I like it too.

I realized my hair is like my MS.  When I first began writing, I thought I would never be able to reach 50,000 words or more and when I finished I thought, how can I cut anything?  It won’t be as good.  It’ll be too short.

But after cutting the first draft, I realized how much healthier my MS had become and saw the places where there was room for healthy growth. 

I realized I could regrow my MS and, if necessary, cut it again, without fear of it never growing back again.  Just like my hair.  It will only be a matter of time before I find my boyfriend sitting on my hair again.  Then I’ll know it’s time for another cut.

How do you get through tough cuts of your MS?  Do you find you create more room for growth?  Or have you cut the life out of it?

It’s been awhile since I’ve written anything.  Perhaps it’s time I went to find my pencil

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First, I would like to thank everybody who congratulated me and offered suggestions for my bio.  Your help and support is greatly appreciated and it’s nice to know I’m not blogging to myself. ;p

Second.  I spent my Saturday up in Idyllwild for the annual Art and Wine Walk, and like always, there was plenty of grapes and crackers and I remembered why I love Pepper Jack Cheese so much.

Anyway, while I was walking around the lovely mountain streets drinking my chardonnay, I came across many things I wanted, but of course, did not have the money to buy.

So now I invite you to come a on a brief walk with me through my haze filled day and my understanding of the power of money and alcohol.

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Some art work I really liked in the Lady of the Lake…I couldn’t bend over without falling at this point.

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I didn’t notice when I took this, but you can see my reflection in the window.

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Some hand-made pots I didn’t have any money to buy :(

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Took this after running into my fifth grade teacher. She was so embarrassed she told me she had non-alcoholic wine. I told her then I did too. She looked so confused until she realized I was old enough to drink.

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My sister and I, otherwise known as the lightweight and the heavyweight.

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This painting was up for auction, unfortunately it started at $200.00, but I couldn’t leave with nothing. I loved it so much I had to take a picture to remember it by.

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I’m so excited, I can’t hold it in.  I’ve never understood how people could be so happy they cry, but today I almost came close, I was that excited. 

Anyway, I’m guessing you want to know who is going to be publishing/posting my short story right?  Well, it’s Glass Cases, a blog run by Sarah LaPolla of Curtis Brown publishing; althought this is her personal blog, I still consider it awesomely fantastic that an agent would accept my work and post it anywhere.  It’s a good sign for the future.  At least I hope so.

Oh, and this is just a warning, even though it’s a short YA story, it’s pretty dark…so I’m just telling you now in case you go and check it out.

Now all I have to do is come up with a bio to send to Sarah…does anyone have any ideas?  If you do please let me know, I’ve never had to give a bio before and I’ve never hand anything posted in this kind of way.

I’m sorry if this post is a little incoherent, I’m too all over the place right now to care.  Oops…I just tossed my pencil across the room.  I better go and find it again.

P.S.  I will post a reminder when it’s up so everyone can read it.  Gulp.  Oh, and go check out the featured short story of today Half-Blood.

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