31 October 2012

Halloween-Countdown to NaNoWriMo

Well, this month has certainly been busy and gone already.  A few of those days, I wasn't even on the right day, usually two days off either way.  Most of my month has been planning, plotting, playing {a CCR cd that I recently unearthed, no doubt thanks to the brownies.} I have a new appreciation for published authors who manage to live a life as well as write.

The synopsis I posted for NaNoWriMo has been updated.  I've found a few more ideas to use and my map has disappeared. Back to the drawing board.  I have the quick one I printed out using my sister's printer. My email has been nutty lately. I get repeats of ones I've read and a bunch came through that I hadn't seen-from 2 weeks ago. I cleared it out on Sunday.  I'm not as organized time-wise any more. Well, that's due mostly to the handy dandy program I downloaded.  Now, if I'd been on the forums more at NaNo last year, I'd have seen another one.  Ahh well, live and learn.

My synopsis has grown to 7 pages-more editing?  As the synopsis for each of my novels was entered into the program, I realized that some of them contained mostly backstory= revision.  The only thing I don't like about this program is that I'm finding myself doing a lot more writing, researching and plotting.  Days and nights are blending together.  I see how some people can write up to 100,000 words during NaNo.  I'm easily doing 800 wpd {words per day} without half trying.  The other thing I'll have to do is break some of the scenes down as I just wrote while the writing was good. teehee.

Angela Ackerman had an interesting guest post that I read just today: Your Blog As A Promotion and Branding Tool-Nina Amir. One point that struck me was: "Writers write. That’s what we do. That’s what we are good at. And that’s why we balk at promoting ourselves and our books."

Sales experience is one thing I don't lack.  Gift shop-operating in the red to breaking even in two months to operating at a profit in three months.  It was simple how I accomplished this: I determined how much sales I'd need to do to cover my wages, then the department wages, then total department expenses.  Each day I worked, I had three goals to reach.

Minimum was my own pay and max was the whole department. As an added incentive, my son soon joined the department along with my niece.  Course this was after one expansion. The GM came in one day and looked at the space.  He said expansion could take place if we kept the revenue up for three more months.  Three months later, we had the expansion.

My take on promotion is don't worry about the huge numbers. Keep your goals simple and before you know it, your sales will soar.  And you'll have fun besides, if you allow yourself to have that fun.  Most people are happy to buy something when it's presented as a great benefit to them.  Just make sure you have a great book.  Self-promotion will become word of mouth promotion before you know it.

A simple formula I use is annual living expenses divided by 365 for the minimum sales.  Most expenses you'll encounter is simply a percentage of the gross sales of your book.  I understand industry standard is around 30-40%. Taxes will roughly be dependent on your tax bracket; you can get this from tax tables at the IRS, say roughly 35%. I use that figure because it kind of builds in a safety margin. So roughly 60-70% for expenses. So: $100 - $70 = $30 left for your use.  Yeah, there are deductions and so forth. This is simply the minimum that you would aim for. If you price your book at .99, you know you'll have to sell at least 100,000 copies of your book to get $30,000.  100,000 people out there in this land of 308.7 million people - 2010 USA census - who would be willing to buy your book. US & World population 7 billion worldwide.  {edit-works out to about 275 copies a day}

My plan-earn enough to pay professionals for the marketing stuff I just don't have the time for. When I worked in the gift shop, my boss took care of the day-to-day operations which left me free to concentrate exclusively on sales.

All the little hobgoblins, witches, vampires, spooks and other creatures of the day and night have now gone home to bed and I can relax til next year.  And now, I'm off to NaNoLand to procrastinate til midnight.

28 October 2012

Vision Quest II

The days have been busy, busy, busy since my last post. I had a request to hear about my Vision Quest. This post will be a partial summary of what happened due to the personal nature of that quest.

Once I worked past the anger, the hurt and even past the rage that blossomed when matters were contemplated. Much of the emotional facets were laid to rest and what is left from that Quest is the knowledge that I have grown, I have overcome an obstacle. I have been writing, rewriting, editing and researching furiously these past couple weeks.

One benefit has been my writing. I feel a difference when I write. Very rarely do I have any hesitation about what I want to say, how I want to say. I have a clearer vision of who I am, where I came from and where I want to go.

One reason is that I have faced an inner demon or two and no longer fear these. What is that, you ask? Ahhh. That is between me and my Creator. I will say a weight has been lifted from my shoulders that I had forgotten about during my journey to get where I am today.

Because of this fact, I am taking advantage of the energy that courses through my mind, my body and my soul. My stories are taking on an added dimension that wasn't present before. I have experienced this elation before, so I know that it may not last as long as I'd like it too. Life, as is said, does go on. And it has a way of bringing more questions with more Vision Quests. Therefore, I am enjoying the days, the nights and looking at the world with clearer eyes. {I used to wear rose-tinted glasses when that shade became available. Teehee. Now, my lenses are clear. Forgot to order the rose.} Miigwetch. See ya.

21 October 2012

The Vision Quest

Four Directions Teachings is a website that has some basic teachings, explanations for a way of living from the perspective of one of four First Nation tribes in Canada. Native Art in Canada is another site that explains a bit more about our way of life. The Vision Quest is explained in a manner that I recognize from what I was told. I haven't looked at the whole site, enough to know this person, this artist, is truly of the People.  Much of what she described and talks about I have similar memories. I've been on a Vision Quest to deal with anger and hurt.

The concept of the Vision Quest has been romanticized, even among the People. This is where I noticed a similarity among cultures. Prayer and meditation is common among all peoples, all cultures. Church congregations observe a moment of silence for certain things, they teach that one must meditate on Bible teachings in a quiet place. When I taught my sons about religion, I explained my belief regarding this: there are "true Christians" and those who call themselves "Christians." I don't remember the exact Bible verse that explains about false teachers even among the church members. I do remember that there is a test involved. Actions must match your words.

The same is true for traditional People. Actions must match your words. There is a way provided to guide one back to the People if one gets lost. The Vision Quest. In the old days, women did not go into the sweat lodge. Sweat lodges purify your Spirit. Women were purified every month; because of the connection to the moon and childbirth, women were already conscious of their purpose in life. Men did not have that connection and so they had the Vision Quest, the sweat lodge. Today, limitations on sites available must be taken into consideration. Women elders are holding sweats for women as traditions are being lost. Many women don't know or are confused and so must make that connection.

I make comments every once in a while about my cigarette habit. Once, a woman told me that she quit after she considered the People's reason for tobacco: Talking to the Spirits. She thought about the things she thought, the things she said while smoking a cigarette. How the Spirits were listening to her "talk about her boyfriend." She told about how women who step over men's things would be "read the riot act" because of the fierceness of her love for her sons, her willingness to protect them.

I thought about what she said. In order to fit in, I, too, smoked cigarettes. I'm not a pipe carrier. I don't smoke to fit in anymore. I watch my thoughts when I smoke that cigarette. I'm aware of the Spirits when I smoke. I say prayers for guidance, or change the direction of what I think. If I can't change the direction, I put out that cigarette. I'm more conscious of what I talk about, what I say when visiting with people. I don't go to negative places anymore because the Spirits are with me when I smoke in those places. So, when I make comments about smoking or buying them, it's because my dad isn't traditional. He's church, he thinks about health reasons among other things, which is fine. We agree to disagree. And he still buys me cigarettes once in a while.

I think of the fierceness of that woman's love for her sons. I have that same fierceness. I think about the women who don't know what they're doing. I also think about the men who don't know and leave their things in the path where a woman walks. I think about the matched sets of dishes that are so popular now. In the old days, each had their own eating utensils. Now, one can't tell what belongs to who. Men and women drink from the same bottle. At feasts and such, the food is served directly into each person's hands and eaten, thus no need for worry. I thought about why would that woman have to "read the riot act" if she taught her sons to keep their things out of the way.

I check the influences children and young ones watch and listen to. I'm hoping that they won't have to walk a difficult path because of those influences. Not because I hate those things, it's because some of those things are not teaching what I want the young ones to learn. It's hard to watch them stumble, fall, hope they have the strength to pick themselves up. Sometimes, it's hard to offer help and have it rejected. I think about the reason for that rejection; when it means they do have the strength to walk their own path, I'm glad. That is what I taught my sons; sometimes, one must walk a lonely path to do what is right.  We talk, each respecting the other's feelings, even if there is anger and hurt. We think about it and tell why we agree or disagree. The feather is always in our thoughts, it hangs where we can see it. Thus we show respect for each other's thoughts on something.

That particular spot has feathers on the ground, there is rice in the bay, there are cedar trees there. A fire was lit, tobacco was smoked, food and drink were shared. What did the Spirits think when they arrived?

I don't go to negative places, where there is no respect, no honor. When negativity spills out and touches others, a Cleansing must take place. Thus, my Vision Quest.  Where can one go that the Wind does not touch, where there is no Water, no Animal, no Tree, no Feather, no Tobacco? Where can one go that the Creator does not go? Miew.

16 October 2012

Gwen Gardner/Angela Brown "Characters Support Self-Publishing"

The ParanormYA Blog Tour has arrived at this stop. I've enjoyed getting to know the authors and their creations in following along on their tour. And now for the people, characters, I've been waiting for:

Characters Support Self-publishers

Indigo Eady (Givin’ Up The Ghost) sits at her bedroom desk at PIP Headquarters. Soft morning light filters through the window across the paper she’s scribbling on.

Abigail Bishop (Neverlove) enters the room. “What are you doing?”

“I’m making a list of pros and cons of self-publishing.”

“Oh? What does it say?” Abby leans over Indigo’s shoulder and reads.

Pros of Self-Publishing:

In charge of project, start to finish
Control over cover art
Control over editing
Be your own boss

Pros of Traditional Publishing:

Join the New York Pub Club
Feel validated, earn respect
Want the same things, be accepted
Be the same as “real” authors

Abby leans over and points at the last sentence. “Hey, what’s that supposed to mean? Real authors?”

“It means,” says Indigo, “that some people think because you don’t go for the big publishing houses that your writing sucks. That you’re not a real writer because you’re not traditionally published.”

Abby snorts. “Well, we know that’s not true.” She sits down on the edge of the bed and leans her forearms on her knees.

“We sure do,” Indigo agrees, twirling in her chair to face Abby. “I mean, we wouldn’t be sitting here, house-sitting PIP Headquarters if Angela Brown and Gwen Gardner weren’t real writers.”


“And the truth is, neither of them even queried our - I mean their - books.”

“No.” Abby shakes her head. “Look at the Pros of Self-Publishing list. It’s all about in charge of and control over. They’re control freaks. That’s why they self-published.”

“Yeah,” Indigo agrees. “Control freaks.”

Abby gasps. Her hazel eyes widen.

Indigo’s hand jumps to her heart. “What? What is it?”

“I just had a scary thought.”

“Crap. Don’t scare me like that.” Indigo shakes her head.

“No, seriously. Listen.” Abby catches Indigo’s gaze with her own.

“Go ahead. I’m all ears,” says Indigo.

Abby continues. “What if they aren’t real writers?”

“Yeah. That would suck, but...”

“ Don’t you see? If they’re not real writers, then that means...”

“...we’re not real!” Indigo finished.

The girls stare at each other, blue eyes locked with hazel.

Indigo pulls out a drawer and riffles through it, spilling the contents out haphazardly.

“What are you looking for?” says Abby, coming to stand beside her.

“Markers. Aha! Here they are.” Indigo spreads the rainbow of colors across the desk.

“What are we going to do?” asks Abby.

“First, we’ll make posters, then...”

“...we’ll protest! They’ll be forced to admit we’re real.”

“Exactly,” says Indigo.

Are you a self-publisher? What do your characters think about it?

 Purchase Angela Brown’s Neverlove at Amazon US, Amazon UK, Barnes and Noble, Amazon FR,and Amazon DE.

Angela Brown's Bio

Born and raised in Little Rock, AR, Angela now calls Central Texas home.  She's a lover of Wild Cherry Pepsi and chocolate/chocolate covered delicious-ness.  Steampunk, fantasy and paranormal to contemporary - mostly young adult - fill her growing library of books.  Mother to a rambunctiousdarling girl aptly nicknamed Chipmunk, life stays busy. Her favorite quote keeps her moving: "you may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result." ~ Mahatrma Gandhi

Purchase Gwen Gardner’s Givin’ Up The Ghost at Amazon US and Amazon UK.

Gwen Gardner's Bio

Running, writing and reading are my favorite things. 

I am also a dreamer. 

Have you ever told yourself that "some day" I'm going to travel or write or whatever it is that you are passionate about but can't do right now for whatever reason? You can go for years and years and keep telling yourself that "some day" you'll do it. Too often "some day" never comes. But mine did. I am a former Administrative Manager and Vice President of a successful swimming pool plastering company - until I woke up one day and realized that my "some day" had arrived. I quit my job, moved to the mountains and began to write. Crazy, I know. But even crazier? Is when you get to the end of your life and realize that your "some day" is too late. Life is much too short for that! So the adventure has begun. 

And there are two giveaways! Visit Partners in ParanormYA for the Big Swag Giveaway and for theWeek Two Giveaway 

13 October 2012

What's in it for me?

What's in it for me? I've thought about that question a few times. I've gotten that question a few more times. In relation to writing, thoughts have clarified a bit in the last year or so.

When I first started seriously writing, I looked at a lot of places on the net. I joined a few sites for writers, I bookmarked a lot. Research, you might say, is a hobby of mine. And the net, as I've said before, is one big library that I can get lost in for days.

I always wanted to write a book, then the inner critic would strike. Especially the image of a person who unknowingly put the kibosh to my poetry attempts. "Poetry should come from your soul, with the words already formed. Revising means you're not a writer." Silly me. Now that I've managed to wrestle that image down to the black hole, I'm actually enjoying myself, enjoying the hunt for the right words to describe what I think, what I feel and what I hope to accomplish. They may not always find their way into print. That's okay though. I know they're there for me and me alone. Well, my Creator has a bit to do with it.

And that's what's in it for me. Even on the days when I don't like what I've written. I come from the old tradition, where words have power. The written word is more powerful. I remember being shushed when I'd say something an Elder thought I needed to be more careful with saying. I remember the books being passed around the village. My mom would save reading material, anything, even the "Enquirer" for people who were looking for something to read. I paid attention in English class, even though I thought some of the books were "booorrriinnng." Ones like Chaucer, Shakespeare, Hemingway.

And not for the reason some may think. It's because they were describing a world I knew nothing about and couldn't relate to until I left the rez for a time. My world was, and is, different from those descriptions. Parties and balls, Cinderella and Prince Charming? Always someone unreachable. I had Nanaboozhoo, the little people, the lady in the lake. I had Spirit Island, powwows and ceremonies. I had treaties, constitutions and school plays. I had the BIA, IHS and MCT/RBC. I couldn't see the difference then, being the literal minded person I am. Those books were just something to get a passing grade in.

Now, I know that viewpoint is important and mine has broadened. Writing has helped me define the differences. Writing has sharpened my wits, dulled the bite of history. Writing has helped me find the similarities. That's what's in it for me.

11 October 2012

"Stories of the Past" by Mildred R Holmes

Stories of the Past, a short story collection to be self published November 15, 2013 on Smashwords.

A collection of short stories told by the Storyteller of the People. This collection tells the origins of the Windiigo-Zukale  Joselyn Oakes in "Tales of the Windiigo" and the battles of two legends who rose to fight the Windiigo with the establishment of two Orders, Aedan Oakes in the "Order of Vigilance" and Tallulah Nokomis in the "Order of the Midnight Moon".

The saga contains the tales of three people who know the influence of the Windiigo is not over; Victorios “Victor” McLeod who has fought the Spiritual being in "Dreams of the Midnight Order", Dr. I.R. Graham who found the manuscripts in "Written in the Long Ago" and Viitah Tallulah Nokomis who was lost in the "Valley of Shadows."
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I just recently got the names of the two orders from a participant at NaNoWriMo who graciously allowed me to use the names: Order of Vigilance and Order of the Midnight Moon, which title immediately captured my attention in the Adoption forums.  I asked for help with the other one and received it promptly.

I originally intended the above picture for my NaNo novel from last year. As happens so frequently with writing, titles and whatnot, I decided to use this for my cover.  When I took this picture, I was only intending to get a shot of the repairs that needed to be done.  Hmmm, did not use it for its intended purpose. Shadows of things to come?

09 October 2012

Oh, happy am I

On Sunday, I got the 250 word challenge from Debbi Ridpath Ohi at inkygirl.com/inkygirl-wordcount-challenge/. I set up the word counter from writertopia and posted the first word count on it. I used my blog post as the writing.

I did some writing yesterday and forgot to get a word count. So, today, I did some writing during odd moments and just now posted-1346 words. Now, why does that seem amazing? I try to get the recommended word count of 1667 words during NaNoWriMo. And there were days when that goal was too far for me. Yet today I did 1346 without even thinking about it.

It's that handy dandy new program, I tell you.  I tried other software and it was to much work to transfer because I didn't know how.  When I analyzed it, it comes down to the scenes, the notecards.

The way it's set up, it seems like I'm just writing here on my blog. I have done the plot and have added scenes. I don't ramble as much as before. I had the habit of putting research notes right in the story. And now, I put them right on the plot card or one of the other ones without worries. I spent about half an hour transferring those notes down to the scratch pad when I was finished. Oh and to the Revision notes, as well as being able to read just what I have written and make any corrections right then.

I might have to revise the writing challenge to the 1000 word one and get a total year count. I am working on many different projects, so I don't think I will have any problems with making the 1000 word a day.  On the other hand, maybe I should do the 500 word challenge instead?

And that is the real reason I am doing the happy dance.  I write more than I think I do. And here I was feeling like a slacker when I see everyone else's WIP's and the counters. Oh, happy, happy, happy.

07 October 2012

NaNoWriMo progress check

Reference: the update yesterday, I inadvertently put an ending to my synopsis. That's what happens when one is in a rush. Too excited about the new program. First rush is now officially over. Have figured out the characters I need for the most part.

I've come across some interesting posts on the forums and one was about Phase System. I checked out the link and discovered that this is somewhat what I do.  Only, I start with a synopsis, or rather a copy and fill in from there.  Numbered each sentence or two and worked from there. Somtimes, I'd forget to highlight a piece of research when I didn't want to open a new doc.  Other times, I'd forget what I named something. Mostly, it worked, cause when I edited, I'd move things around. Still doing this now and it's working.  I think I can delete my spreadsheets and make more storage. teehee.

Have been adding some things that I didn't want on my original blog-niiganab. Some of the links will need to be checked again before I post that page.

I sure am glad I joined the Platform Building Campaign. I met a lot of interesting people, writers and this has led me to other interesting designers, illustrators, editors. I just now looked for the Platform Builders campaigners logo and methinks the grem...uhh imm... are laughing their fool heads off.  I lost the logo somewhere in my mad experiments with the layout of my blog template. Well, that explains their increasing quietness the last few days. They must have been nudging each other, wondering if this was the day that I'd notice their little escapade.  Well, I hope none of them have won their little bets.

06 October 2012

NaNoWriMo Storm Clouds Synopsis (w/update)

I've been happily playing with the new program I have several of my stories entered and have most of the Notecards finished. I've been working on transferring the characters. This is the handy part because a few of my characters show up in more than one novel.

Here is the synopsis I've come up with for what I will be writing in November. My word count is linked in the sidebar. Yea for all those frustrating months of coding.
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Storm Clouds Synopsis

Tallulah Zultanah Nokomis, a First Born, grows up knowing she must marry and have a child to keep the line unbroken so the Pact between two Peoples can be upheld. The first of her line to marry for the Pact had a child who used the Knowledge of the Old Ones to her benefit.

The First Act is the story of her childhood and ends with the birth of her first child. She has to go to school. She doesn't want to do this because she knows that the path of her life is not going to be easy. She will never have the freedom to choose as her brothers and sister do.

In the opening scene, The Seekers are coming to take her to the Temple where she will learn how to use her power to see the future. A horse that has been in her dreams every night for two weeks shows up at her door. She thinks the horse is sent to change her destiny, so she rides the horse.  He takes her to the Mountain of the Old Ones where she learns the full story of what her ancestress has done. She accepts the responsibility and decides to go to school, not knowing the Old Ones haven’t told her the whole story of her part in the the legacy-she is the catalyst for the Balancing.

The Second Act is the story of her struggles accepting the future she sees in which her First Born dies in a battle that concludes the Balancing-the death of Zukale*. Spiritual beings start surrounding both of them in a protective circle. The visions are confusing when she starts to see a different outcome and she decides to prepare for that outcome.

She has a tiny bit of Protective magic that she learns can be used to heal. Healing energies can be used in many different ways and she figures out a way to protect her child.

The Third Act is the story of training her child in the use of the Healing. She does this against the advice of the Old Ones. When she meets Zukale, who has been sending dreams to Zultanah, she realizes that it will take more Power than she has to protect her child. One of the Spirits shows her that there is one who is also struggling with Zukale. She decides to keep an eye on her to learn what this will mean for her and Zultanah. What she doesn't know is that this one has been given Protection and Power from a future she cannot see.

Just before the final battle, she learns the price for her protection of her child. It is one that she rejoices in gladly for her child will live. She dies not knowing the result of her interference. 
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I see I forgot to delete ending #one. I have three different endings for stories I write. I let the main character head toward one of three endings. It depends on what happens in the rest of the story. I wasn't going to post the ending.  And it might just be that a totally different ending will happen. The battle is the determiner between the two visions.

Ending sentence #2:
It is one that she rejoices in gladly for her child will live. She becomes the first of the Dream Walkers as her Healing was tied to a living person.

Ending sentence #3:
It is one that she regrets: her daughter must become a Seeker and she, herself, must make a long overdue sacrifice for the use of her Power: Banishment to the grey fog of the half-world.

*Zukale is a character that was put up for adoption in one of the forums at NaNo. Unfortunately, the year was wiped and I don't have the person's name anymore.  Might still be in one of my original notes from that year.  May even do a forum thread, looking for that person. Generally, Zukale was an undead with other characteristics and I added my own interpretation. I kept the name and a few of the statistics. 

04 October 2012

Writing the next novel

It's that time of year once again.  Sign ups for NaNoWriMo started yesterday. I've been over to the site and checking it out. It's been redesigned.  I've titled my novel "Stormclouds" with the idea that it will be fantasy.  I thought about trying a historical fiction. May try that yet. I have 29 days to make the choice.  I think I will do some plotting, synopsis, research.

I have all that family history research on my computer, so that might be a place to start.  Most of it is in the late 1800's, early 1900's.  Might even ask my dad to help with plotting. The historical fiction might be doable after all.

I'll see what comes up as I plot this book.  This will be the first time that I will plan it out before November 1. I'm planning on self publishing some short stories right in the middle of the month. Why did I not remember I'd be doing Nano?

Yesterday, I saw Stephanie Allen's comment about NaNo and that reminded me. A good thing too, as the wipe at the site meant there wasn't as much to hunt though for the threads I wanted to read. I came upon the sponsor for NaNo. One is the Write Way program which is free for NaNo participants with a code and a 50% code to purchase.

I downloaded it and spent the rest of the day looking through it. It does have places for everything that now is in several folders and flash drives.  I'm slowly transferring my stories over and putting my notes and ideas into their proper places. Doing this has freed up quite a bit of storage space. The only thing I still have to check out is if I can access it through the Drive. Hmmm. I'm already plotting for NaNo and it's easy, now that everything's in one place. And my other stories are being organized and I've made some changes as I've entered them. Easier to edit, so far.

I found the badge and widget which I had no problem posting to my sidebar. Yea, all those hours coding and getting my blog back to working paid off. Trial and error, even through I read the directions.

Now, I'm off to play with my new program. Thank you Stephanie for the reminder yesterday.

02 October 2012

Award received, miigwetch

 I received the Daisy Blogger Award from Gwen. Miigwetch. Thank you very much, Lady Gwen.

Photo origin unknown
Seven weird things about myself? Let's see. I have to pick and choose seven things that are weird.

1. Dance all around the living room, the kitchen and down the hallway.  Have to wait til everyone's sleeping first.  There's no room. 

2. Magic, sorcerers, witches, and other arcane/mundane subjects are apt to enter into my conversations at any moment. I have received some very odd looks from people.

3. Talk to myself so much that those I live with have to see if I'm actually talking to them before they answer, questions in particular.  I have received some very good answers for plotting problems if they answer without thinking.

4. I like to vacuum.  At least til the vacuum got the best of me one day.  Now, I get one of those little duster types, or leave the vacuuming to someone else.  I'd use a broom but the witticisms delivered by family and friends pertaining to...well, hauuh.  

5. Walk into doors, walls and such other hard to miss items that I'm surprised I pass the peripheral vision test.

6. I can make frybread, but can't make yeast bread.  Don't understand it, they are both leavening agents. By the way, I use baking powder, flour and water or milk when I make fry bread.

7. My doctor once told me I had an allergy to wild rice.  Not sure how that could be, I've been ricing since I was 13, 14 years old.  I had gone on the lake with my son and within an hour, we had to land as my face and hands were swelling.  That was the only time I had that reaction. Weird is all I can say.

I received this award last week. Had a time coming up with weird things about me. I had this image of people telling me I'm weird. For the life of me, I couldn't remember why I was weird.  Even asked my sister and brother, who were probably too polite to give me any answers.  Could it be the fearsome repercussions if they did answer faithfully?

Now for the five bloggers who've helped me in one way or another with my writing skills:

mark koopman
Jessica Mckendry
David Powers King
Ruth Berge

I know I'm supposed to let them know I've given this award. Not totally sure what the award is for. And from my search, I found this entry. The Reader Appreciation Award which has different picture.  I saw a couple other references.

The above award apparently is an award for the most comments.

"Here’s the rules:
Award your top 6 bloggers who have commented the most.
Be thankful.
You cannot award someone who has already been awarded. And you cannot give the award back to me.
Don’t forget to tell the bloggers you’ve awarded.
If you don’t want to pass on this award, that’s okay to. Just admire it."

Well, most have commented on one or the other of my blogs.  And each of those comments has sharpened my writing skills, either observation, thinking or taking my plotting off into another direction.  I enjoy reading the comments on these blogs and have occasionally followed others on the basis of the comments they've left.

I'll just leave off the letting the bloggers above know. There are more I read regularly and in an upcoming post, I'll mention them. In fact, I must clean out my bookmark as they're now on my reader list having learned how to operate that handy dandy tool.

Again, thank you, Lady Gwen.  

01 October 2012

Giveaway -copy of Chippewa Customs winner

Each comment published since 23 Sep 2012 and all fanpage likes were entered into the drawing.  The winner.... Valencia.  Thanks to all who participated.

One copy of "Chippewa Customs" by Frances Densmore is going to the winner.

Stayed tuned for more giveaways as I figure out my way around the publishing world.

*Edit" Winner was drawn by an independent person. (The unforeseen circumstance-had to find someone not related to me, my blog or my page.)