Thursday, October 13, 2011

Awards, giveaway reminder and news

The wonderful Tara Tyler has passed on this award to me:
I'm going to go with Tara's Halloween theme because it was so much fun reading hers!
Here are seven Halloween facts about me:

1. Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year. I love the costumes, trick-or-treating, and all the horror movies on TV.
2. I dressed as the Bride of Frankenstein in grade seven. It was a fantastic costume, but it took a few days to make my hair lie flat again.
3. We didn't have much money when I was growing up. When I was seven, I dressed up as a witch with a big black sweatshirt and a construction paper hat, and my brother wore a garbage bag with the word BOO! in paper letters across it.
4. In grade eight, I dressed as an accident victim and was complimented on how realistic my injuries looked. My acting was horrendous, though!
5. We lived on a street full of townhouses. Most families were young families and had lots of kids. We'd go trick-or-treating to over 200 houses and fill two pillow cases with candy.
6. I dressed up as an alien when I was eight. I wore an inflatable head on top of my own. I looked more like an alien totem pole!
7. When I was 12, I was told I was too old to be trick-or-treating. I was devastated. Now I'm excited to have a child of my own and experience the excitement with him.

I also received this award from the fabulous Summer Ross:
Thank you, Summer and Tara, for the awards.

I pass on the I <3 Blogging award to:
Cherie Reich
Tania Walsh

I pass on the Seriously Cute Blogger award to:
Jessica G.
Sabrina Llave

I want to remind everyone that today is the last day to enter in my Journal Giveaway. New followers are welcome to enter too.

In other news, I finally have my new Nook Color. I love it! I've been playing too much Angry Birds. I need to read more. That's what I got it for. Yet those green pigs are taunting me. I must crush them!

I had a good birthday last week and a nice visit with my mother. It helps to have another adult around during the days to entertain the munchkin. My mom made me a huge Death By Chocolate cake. I'm still feeling it sit in my belly. I regret nothing.

I've been doing a lot of reading and critiquing lately. I have my monthly writers' group this coming Saturday. I submitted a medieval zombie story to be critiqued. It's a story that I've had short-listed three times and then rejected in the end because it's "too different."

I hope to have my current WIP ready to be sent out by the end of the month. I want to go into November and NaNoWriMo with no other projects. I'm not sure what I'm going to do for NaNoWriMo this year, but I want to try to outline first. I'm a pantser. I've never managed to follow an outline before, but since I have such limited time to write, I thought it might help me this year.


  1. busy, busy, busy you are!
    loved your fun facts, i was a bum one year...(hobo)
    and i'd love to hear a medieval zombie tale!

  2. Congratulations! And good luck with the outline.
    Twelve is too old for trick-or-treating? Since when?

  3. Congratulations for the awards and thank you for awarding me with the I<3 Blogging award!

    My parents were the same way about trick-or-treating beyond age 12. I got away with it in my twenties when I took my sister trick-or-treating and got candy too from people. *grins*

    Angry Birds is awesome yet time-consuming. It makes me want to play them again, though. *looks at phone*

    I think it's good to use an outline, but then again I'm a plotter. But remember an outline is only a guide, not set in stone. :)

  4. Congrats on the awards and fun facts too, agree 12 isn't too old.

  5. Tara, I was a hobo one year, too, and I think my brother went as that a couple of years!

    Alex, thank you. Dang stuffy adults telling kids they're too old! I still would go out trick-or-treating if it were acceptable.

    Cherie, you're welcome. :) It's fun that you got to take your sister. It's cool people gave you candy too!

    Pat, thanks and you're right. Twelve is not too old!

  6. Reading about your fun Halloween costumes and Trick-or-Treating, I'm feeling a little deprived ;). It's not a big thing in England, and I never went Trick-or-Treating. I think it's done more so now though.

    I'm glad you had a good birthday. That Death by Chocolate cake sounds yummy!

  7. Glad you had a good birthday and a great visit.

    I love my Nook. I don't have angry birds on it though. One day, I'll have one of your stories on it. :D I'm sure.

  8. C D, I sometimes forget that Halloween is mainly an American/Canadian thing. It's my favorite holiday. I'd do away with Christmas just to keep it!

    M Pax, my goal is next year. *knocks on wood*

  9. Huge congrats on the awards...:) And thanks for picking me... I feel special... just blogged about it on my blog:)

  10. Congrats on the awards! I LOVED your Halloween list.

  11. Congratulations on getting the awards and thank you :D I'll try to blog about it next week!

    Halloween is also my favorite time of the year! I remember when I was only 8 and I told myself I was too old to go trick-or-treating.

  12. Congrats on the awards and thanks for passing one on to me! P.S. Happy Belated Birthday too! :)

  13. Thanks for the award! I think you're rather adorable, too.
    And here's one of my dirty little NaNo secrets: one year I worked on two different projects. One was about demons and werewolves while the other was a light-hearted YA romance. The two totally did not mix. So which one I worked for my daily word count depended on what kinds of mood I was in.

  14. Congrats on your awards! You have a lovely blog, I am a new follower stopping by from the October blogfest.:)


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