Maryann Miller. If you haven't had the pleasure of meeting Maryann or of reading any of her many books, check out her blog... and her impressive listings on Amazon. You'll find quite a few books by this talented gal, whose career roles include journalist, award-winning short story writer, novelist, screenwriter, actress, and director. (And probably some others I've forgotten.) Plus, she's really sweet.
At any rate, I'm honored that this talented writer passed an award to ME. Thank you so much, Maryann. I really do appreciate it.
- Link back to and thank the blogger who nominated you. (Check!)
- Post the badge on your blog. (Check!)
- Answer the questions posed to you. (Wilco.)
- Nominate five bloggers who shine a little light in your day, and notify them. (I'll do something close to that.)
- Ask five questions to nominees. (Uh-huh. See #4.)
So here's Maryann's questions for me:
How long do you spend putting together a blog?
Too long. At the very least, an hour, but that's extremely rare. Most of the time, between researching for information, images, and quotations, and then compiling, writing, and editing, I take the better part of a day. Oftentimes longer.
What other writing do you do?
Now that you know how long it takes me to write most blogposts, you can imagine how much time I've put into writing a book. But in spite of myself and my incessant need to edit and improve, my long-suffering novel Hot Flashes and Cold Lemonade is about to be (ta-DA!) published. I've also had a short story and an article about amateur radio published in national magazines... and even got PAID for them! What a concept. I say that because most of my writing over the past forty-some years has been pro bono. Yeah, I know. I'm an idiot.
Do you blog because you like to, or because you were told you have to by a publisher?
Like many others, I started a blog because literary agents said I should, but I've continued blogging because I enjoy it. To be more precise, I enjoy the wonderful people and sense of community I've found in the blogosphere. (Who knew?)
What is a story your family liked to tell about you?
When I was in school, it was standard practice to observe a minute of silence on certain days of the year...
As a first grader, I sensed the solemnity inherent in standing quietly in honor of Pearl Harbor Day, but was too young to understand the day's significance. That evening, I sighed, and with tears in my eyes, said, "Poor Paul." Natch, my parents wanted to know what I was talking about, to which I replied, "The Japanese dropped a bomb on his head today."
When you visit another blog, do you promote it on social media?
No. When it comes to social media, I'm woefully... unsociable.
Okeydoke, here's the part where I'm supposed to select five of you to receive this award. Impossible. Really. How am I supposed to consider all of you, and then pick only five who shed a little light on my life? The truth is, you all do. Every single one of you.
So, here's what I'm gonna do. If you want to take this lovely blog award badge back to your blog and answer all five of my questions in a post, GO FOR IT... with my blessings, and sincere gratitude for how much your posts always brighten my day. OR, if you'd prefer, pick and choose a question or two, and use your comment to answer right here. Easy peasy, right?
Now, all we need are the five questions:
- If you could possess any talent for a single day, what would it be?
- If you could host any three people (living or dead) at a party, who would you invite?
- What motivates you and makes you happy to be alive?
- If you could deliver a speech to the world's political leaders, what would you talk about?
- Are you a dog person, a cat person, or both? Mutt or purebred?
We all possess certain talents and gifts that are unique to only us. You already have everything that you need to start living an extraordinary life. It's up to you to turn the switch and let your light shine. [Randa Mannin-Johnson]
Until next time, take care of yourselves. And each other.
Burn brightly without burning out. [Richard Biggs]
[Images courtesy of icanhascheezburger.com and seniorark]