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Writing Process Blog Hop!

20 Aug

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Hello! I hope everyone is having a wonderful day so far. Welcome to my blog. My lovely friend, Yolanda Isabel Regueira Marin, has invited me to participate in a writing process blog hop. Yolanda is a very talented poet and writer, and you can read and enjoy her work in her blog: Life Love and Other Catastrophes. Please check out her poems, you will not be disappointed.

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RULES:

 

  1. Introduce who referred the blog tour to you.
  2.  Answer the following 4 questions:

1) What am I working on?

2) How does my work differ from others in its genre?

3) Why do I write what I do?

4) How does my writing process work?

  1. Introduce the people you’re passing this on to who will then post a week later.

 

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***Since I have participated in the Writing Process Blog Hop a couple of times already I decided to change the questions up a little for the sake of not boring my readers to death. Those of you who will continue this blog hop can of course answer the original questions listed above. You can check out my other blog hops here and here. Thanks!

1- Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy?

I find romantic scenes particularly challenging, even more so than erotic ones. I believe it’s because to me, a romantic gesture should be touching, extraordinary and enchanting in order to feel genuine—otherwise it’s just another cheesy line in a story. When I write a romantic scene, I want the reader—whether male or female—to stop and savor the moment. That’s very difficult to do, and I wish I could say that I always achieve that.

2- Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

I would never write about my family or friends because instead of a non-fiction novel, it would turn out to be a comedy/horror novel. Ha, ha! Just kidding!

3- Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

Oh, boy! I remember when I published my first book, The Basement. I was getting all great reviews, and then I received my first dreaded two-star review. I felt like my world was collapsing around me. I was saddened, disappointed, and angry—all because of this one review. To add insult to injury, the person did not even have the decency to tell me why he gave me such a low rating. Well, I ranted and raved about it. I didn’t know any better. It was my first published book. I still couldn’t believe I had written a full-length novel or that I got it published, and I became very emotional about this insignificant, wordless review. I finally contacted the reviewer, which I know now never to do, and asked him why he gave me a two-star review. “What was it about the book you didn’t like?” I asked. Do you know what he told me? (Of course you don’t.) He told me not to take it personally. He said he had a friend whose book was in the same category as mine, and I was a slot ahead of him on the Goodreads list. What? I didn’t even respond to such nonsense.

Well, since then I have learned a great deal. Most reviewers will give you a good explanation as to why they’ve given you a good or bad review, and you can learn from their critique. Whether you choose to read the reviews or not, just remember that not everyone is going to like your book, no matter how good it may be. There are books that I absolutely loved that received several terrible reviews. Even novels from my favorite writers—Anne Rice, Stephen King, Dan Brown . . . And there have been books that I just couldn’t finish because they bored me silly, which have gotten great reviews from other readers who did enjoy them.

4- Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Sitting next to Ridley Scott or Wolfgang Petersen, the director of a movie based on one of my epic fantasies, at the Academy Awards. All joking aside, I hope to still have the passion and drive to write, and to still be writing novels.

5- How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning?

I think names are very important—at least the names of your main character and other important characters. For my novel The Basement, I did a Google search for the most popular names for kids between the ages of 11-13, since those were the ages of the kids in the story and also the audience the book was aimed at.

For the first book in my Fantasy Angels Series, The Fall of Lilith, I did some research in the Bible, Torah, and Quran and books related to those, about angels and their names.

6- What are you working on now? What is your next project?

I’m about to begin querying my second book, The Fall of Lilith, which is the first installment in my Fantasy Angels Series (Adult/Dark Fantasy). However, I’ve been really torn about whether to spend all the time required to query the book and get representation, and then a publisher, or to just publish it on my own. If you have advice on this issue, it would be greatly appreciated.

I’m also busy writing the second installment of the series, Dracul (working title).

 

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Look for the Blog Hop to continue soon at these sites: 

 

Alana Munro – Alana is known as ‘The Author Who Supports’, and for good reason. She’s been a kind and supportive friend to me since I started my blog a little over a year ago. As if that weren’t enough she is a huge talent. Her book, Women Behaving Badly is a #1 bestseller on Amazon. I read the book, and not only did it entertain me, but it also taught me a few lessons. Isn’t that awesome? What more can you ask from a book? She also writes insightful, interesting and informative posts on her blog: Alana Munro – Author & Blogger Check it out!

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Author Alana Munro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chantal Bellehumeur – Chantal is an amazing woman. She’s a talented horror writer, artist, and model. Her book Just Another Common Killer is on my to-read list. Check out her website here.

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Horror Author Chantal Bellehumeur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lorraine Marie Reguly – Lorraine is one of the hardest working writers I know. She’s also a blogger that blogs about writing and other subjects, teacher, and editor. Lets just say I’ve learned a few things from her. Check out her blog Laying it Out There, check out her eBook Risky Issues, and also stay tuned for author Lorraine Reguly’s Spotlight, right here on my blog, coming soon.

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Author Lorraine Reguly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As readers, do you enjoy reading about how writers work? Who’s your favorite writer, and why? What types of books do you read? What genre?

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Writing Process Blog Hop

26 May

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Hello everyone! I was invited to participate in another Writing Process Blog Hop by writer Tish Farrell. Her published fiction includes short novels for the African Children’s literature market, quick reads for unkeen teen readers, and short stories for Cricket, Spider and Cicada magazines. She’s also written a young adult how-to-write series ‘Write your own…’ which among other awards earned a special Golden Duck Award for encouraging excellence in children’s Science Fiction writing.  JK Rowling has also won a Golden Duck in her time. It is a sign?

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Author Tish Farrell

Tish Farrell is a member of the Society of Authors and of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Please check out her SCBWI page here.

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There are a few simple rules:

1/ I must answer the four questions below.

2/ I must link back to the person who invited me to this Blog Hop.

3/ I must name a few writers who will continue this Blog Hop and notify them.

 

 

 

Questions:

 

1) What are you working on?

I’m working on several projects at the moment. I’m almost done editing the first installment of my Fantasy Angels Series, Lilith. I’m writing the second installment, Dracul. I’m working on sketches for a children’s picture book.

 

 

2) How does your work differ from others in the genre?

I believe writers develop their own unique style over time. I enjoy weaving in a bit of romance and/or humor to lighten my horror or dark fantasy stories. I love adding suspense and thriller elements to everything I write. I also enjoy using a somewhat archaic language when writing fantasy because it gives it a fairytale quality.

 

 

3) Why do you write what you write?

I grew up reading novels by Stephen King. I love to read horror (but not all types), suspense, thriller and fantasy. I also love watching dark fantasy, horror, suspense/thriller and sci-fi movies and TV shows. So basically, I write what I love to watch and read.

 

 

4) How does your writing process work?

I’m a pantster when it comes to short stories. I get an idea in my head, and I run with it until it arrives at whatever end. When it comes to novels, I’m somewhere in between. I don’t believe you can write a 120,000-140,000 word novel by the seat of your pants. A well-written novel–one that’s exciting and thrilling with a great plot and well-developed characters–takes time, plotting, organization and good editing. I like to ponder my idea for a while. I always have my iPhone handy in case an idea for the story pops into my head while I’m driving, in the bathroom or at work. I’ve been known to rush off in the middle of things to record something that occurred to me, inspired by something I just saw or heard (my friends and family are used to it, and they forgive me). I do some light mapping and write a loose outline to organize my thoughts, but the process still flows organically and many times, the story goes off the map. I enjoy sketching my characters, animals and worlds I’ve created.

 

 

Look for the Blog Hop to continue next week at these sites: (Click on the author’s name and visit their sites)

 

Bianca Sloane – Bianca is an avid reader and a talented writer. Her book Sweet Little Lies was highly recommended by a friend and is high on my list to read. Her suspense novel, Live and Let Die, was chosen as Thriller of the Month (May 2013) by e-thriller.com.  When she’s not writing, she’s watching Bravo TV, Investigation Discovery, reading or cooking.

 

 

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Author Bianca Sloane

 

 

 

Rebekkah Ford – Rebekkah is an author of a YA paranormal/fantasy trilogy called Beyond the Eyes. She grew up in a family who dealt with the paranormal. Her parents were the directors of the UFO Investigator’s League in Fairfield, Ohio, back in the 1970s. They also investigated ghost hauntings and Bigfoot sightings in addition to UFO’s. Growing up in this type of environment and having the passion for writing is what drove her at an early age to write stories dealing with the paranormal. She’s fascinated with the paranormal world and love talking and writing about it. Rebekkah is a kindhearted, sweet and lovable person as well as a talented writer and I’m very happy to have met her.

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Author Rebekkah Ford

 

 

 

Jay Scully – Jay is a super cool guy and a talented writer I met on Twitter. He is an avid reader, reviewer and scriptwriter. He writes dark, gut-wrenching thriller that pose serious questions.  His novel Dutch Coffee Shop is about an American, Jimmy Dempsey, who is wrongly accused of murder and flees to Holland to escape prosecution. This is an edge of your seat, nail-bitting, hold on to your butts, roller-coaster ride!

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Author Jay Scully

 

 

 

Kimberly H. Smith –  Aside from being a talented writer and busy blogger Kimberly is an incredibly strong woman. She’s survived chicken pox, Catholic school, childbirth and the big C (cancer). Her debut novel Acting On Her Behalf is about a fetching television and film actress Colby Crenshaw, who is arrested on live television for killing her longtime best friend, Sharon Darcy. All of Sharon’s numerous secrets are revealed as Colby finds herself in jail awaiting trial for murder. Malcolm Morrow, a high profile Beverly Hills attorney, comes to Colby’s aid to defend her against the devastating charges. They are immediately attracted to each other despite the unusual circumstances. Malcolm becomes more determined than ever to exonerate Colby when her highly publicized troubles have friends and family turning against her. She is tested as her world crumbles around her. Fascinating, isn’t it?

 

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Author Kimberly H. Smith

 

 

 

Paul Rega – Paul is impressive and worthy of admiration. He is a Top 100 bestselling author who began his writing career in 1980 while attending Western Illinois University as a staff reporter for the Western Courier. Upon graduating with a degree in biology and journalism, he spent the next thirty years in business having started an executive search firm in 1984. His passion for writing stayed with him throughout his business life, and he started writing his first book in 1993. He published, How To Find A Job: When There Are No Jobs in December 2011. The book was an instant success, and hit #1 on Amazon’s bestseller list for job hunting books in March 2012. He published 12 Steps to Freedom in August 2013, Trail of 32, a true coming of age story in September 2013, The Syndrome, a novel in April 2014 and A Two Pedal World series in May 2014. Paul currently lives in a small town along the Gulf Coast of Florida, where he is writing his next book.

 

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Best-Selling Author Paul Rega

 

 That’s all folks! I hope you enjoyed reading a bit about my writing process. Please check out Tish’s blog and the sites of the awesome writers I’ve introduced her. Have a great week everyone! 😀

 

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Writing Process Blog Hop

9 Mar

Hello everyone! I was invited to participate in a tagging Blog Hop by the lovely and engaging Amanda Stanley. Her blog, Amanda Stanley: Fulfilling The Dream Of Becoming A Writer, is a compilation of stories, interesting articles and guest posts, author spotlights and interviews. Like me, she loves photography and sometimes shares her photographs with her readers. I recommend you check out Amanda’s blog, for you will be pleasantly surprised.

 

 

There are a few simple rules:

1/ I must answer the four questions below.

2/ I must link back to the person who invited me to this Blog Hop.

3/ I must name four writers who will continue this Blog Hop and notify them.

 

 

 

Questions:

 

1) What are you working on?

I’m working on several projects at the moment. I’m editing the first installment of my Fantasy Angels Series, Lilith. I’m writing the second installment, Dracul. I’m working on sketches for a children’s picture book.

 

 

2) How does your work differ from others in the genre?

I believe writers develop their own unique style over time. I enjoy weaving in a bit of romance and/or humor to lighten my horror or dark fantasy stories. I love adding suspense and thriller elements to everything I write.

 

 

3) Why do you write what you write?

I grew up reading novels by Stephen King. I love to read horror (but not all types), suspense, thriller and fantasy. So basically, I write what I love to read.

 

 

4) How does your writing process work?

I’m a pantster when it comes to short stories. I get an idea in my head, and I run with it until it arrives at whatever end. When it comes to novels, I’m somewhere in between. I don’t believe you can write a 120,000-140,000 word novel by the seat of your pants. A well-written novel–one that’s exciting and thrilling with a great plot and well-developed characters–takes time, plotting, organization and good editing. I like to ponder my idea for a while. I always have my iPhone handy in case an idea for the story pops into my head while I’m driving, in the bathroom or at work. I’ve been known to rush off in the middle of things to record something that occurred to me, inspired by something I just saw or heard (my friends and family are used to it, and they forgive me). I do some light mapping and write a loose outline to organize my thoughts, but the process still flows organically and many times, the story goes off the map. I enjoy sketching my characters, animals and worlds I’ve created.

 

 

Look for the Blog Hop to continue next week at these sites: ( I know I was only suppose to pick four writers, but these six came to mind immediately and I couldn’t choose between them.)

 

Writing My Novel–No Working Title Yet

Teagan Kearney has a wonderful blog. She shares writing advice and also writes about her writing journey. I’ve often been inspired and enlightened by her uplifting posts. She ends each post with an update of her writing process and a haiku (I so look forward to these–they’re really good).

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Jumping From Cliffs:  One Man’s Adventures In Writerland

What can I say about Jon Simmonds, other than he’s brilliant? His blog posts are fun to read and also quite informative and helpful especially to aspiring writers.

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From A Clogged Mind

Robert Price is a talented writer and poet. He writes fascinating short stories and passionate poems.

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Life, Love and Other Catastrophes

Yolanda Marin is one of the sweetest and kindest people I have had the privilege to befriend online. She is an amazing poet. The poems and articles on her blog are very beautiful and about as real as you can get.

 

 

 

KCross Writing

I love Katie Cross! She is dulcet, quirky and talented. I enjoy reading her blog posts because they’re always fun.

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Christine Campbell is a delightful person and talented author. It is truly a joy to visit her inspiring blog.

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Christine’s new release Flying Free is available in paperback and as an eBook.

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Meandering Monday Blog Hop & Linky Party!

27 Jan

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Happy Monday everyone! It’s time to join the party and link up with us!

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Say howdy to my linky party co-horts…

The wonderful Jessica from The Wondering Brain and Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures.

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Now join me in welcoming our amazing January co-hosts!

The very amazing Vashti from from Vashti Quiroz-Vega’s Blog!
“Writer of Fiction, adventurer, lover of animals, nature and chocolate covered strawberries.”
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The very wonderful Lisa from Chronically Content!
“I enjoy writing about my journey with Chronic Illness and how I have a desire to be content. It’s a challenge and I fail often, but turn to God’s Word for strength and encouragement. My life, like yours, is very busy. I’m a stay-at-home-mom who is homeschooling and trying to live a frugal lifestyle. Because of my health problems, this is very difficult. I’m sure I could learn many tips from you, so feel free to share.”
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The very fabulous Dara from Not In Jersey!
“Dara is a mom of 3 kids who loves blogging about their adventures. She also loves reading, Disney, the show Scandal, traveling, and more!”
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Now it is time to introduce our favorite This Momma’s Meanderer’s from last week, and boy oh boy it was a difficult choice! Don’t forget to grab your “I Was Featured” badge of honor! Congratulations to you all!

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Jessica‘s favorite post came from The Mad Mommy with the post “Focusing On What Counts“!
Saying, “As parents we tend to forget what’s important – all the advice from everyone else or what or who actually counts. Thanks for sharing the story and reminding us on who counts – our children!”
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Natasha‘s favorite post came from Joy’s Jots, Shots and Whatnots with the post “How to Make Your Digital TV Smart“!
Saying, “I’ve been considering cancelling my cable subscription and trying some alternatives for quite a while now. The trouble is that no one has Nick Jr and my son loves Nick Jr. I’ve been eyeing Chromecast because it’s so cheap – now I’m convinced, I’m going to buy it. Great post!”
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Lisa‘s favorite post came from Let It Shine with the post “20 Inspiring Valentine Mantels“!
Saying, “It has wonderful pictures. They are big and beautiful and the post is very descriptive, but gets my creative juices flowing and inspires me to try, too!”
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Dara‘s favorite post came from Lou Lou Girls with the post “Family Activities to Survive January“!
Saying, “January is a long and cold month. These ideas for family activities will help us make January more exciting!”
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My favorite post came from Darlene Nemeth with the post “How Gratitude Changed My Life“!
Through years of struggling with depression, I have learned that even the struggles that I must face are blessings in disguise. I am blessed in ways that I never dreamt I would be and am so thankful for it all!
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Congratulations to all of you amazing and wonderful linkers! Don’t forget to grab and display our “Featured” badge!

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Thank you to all of you who joined us last week!

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I am looking for February co-hosts for This Momma’s Meandering Mondays? If interested, please drop me a line at ssgannett@gmail.com. I would love to have you along for the ride! You can also check out my sponsor page for more info.

Now let’s get this party started!

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Remember everyone enjoys a little comment love!

Feel free to “meander” by some fellow bloggers and find a new recipe to make for the family, a helpful blogging tip, a funny story to read, and best of all a new friend to make! There are really no rules to follow, only some suggestions to keep in mind…because we are all to enjoy the friendships that come along by doing these few simple and wonderful things…

1. Link up your favorite post…a story, a recipe, a photo, or a helpful tip…As many as you want, that’s right as many as you want!!!!

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3. Find some new friends to follow, friendships are what it’s all about!

4. Be sure to leave some comment love, to get it in return.

5. Grab our badge and display on your blog, sharing the love is what it’s all about.

Meander through the links and make some new friends, find some amazing and useful tips, and maybe even a new treat to try!

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Meandering Monday Blog Hop & Linky Party!

5 Jan

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Hello everyone! Happy Monday! I was invited by the awesome Stacey Gannett to co-host the “Meandering Mondays” Blog Hop and Linky Party for the month of January. Yay! It was a lovely surprise and it looks like 2014 is off to a good start for me. So come on writers, poets, beauty and food bloggers join us and link up!

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In Stacey’s words…

Say howdy to my linky party co-horts…

The wonderful Jessica from The Wondering Brain and Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures.

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Now join me in welcoming our amazing January co-hosts!

Joining us for another month is…

 
The very amazing Vashti from from Vashti Quiroz-Vega’s Blog!
“Writer of Fiction, adventurer, lover of animals, nature and chocolate covered strawberries.”
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Newly joining us is…
The very wonderful Lisa from Chronically Content!
“I enjoy writing about my journey with Chronic Illness and how I have a desire to be content. It’s a challenge and I fail often, but turn to God’s Word for strength and encouragement. My life, like yours, is very busy. I’m a stay-at-home-mom who is homeschooling and trying to live a frugal lifestyle. Because of my health problems, this is very difficult. I’m sure I could learn many tips from you, so feel free to share.”
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The very fabulous Dara from Not In Jersey!
“Dara is a mom of 3 kids who loves blogging about their adventures. She also loves reading, Disney, the show Scandal, traveling, and more!”
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Grab a badge and join the party!

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Now it is time to introduce our favorite This Momma’s Meanderer’s from last week, and boy oh boy it was a difficult choice! Don’t forget to grab your “I Was Featured” badge of honor! Congratulations to you all!

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Natasha’s favorite came from Army Wife to Suburban Life with the post “A Few Things Worth Seeing“.
Saying, “This is a great post and so similar to my own thinking! It’s so true – when I first started blogging, I tried to copy what other, more successful bloggers were doing. When I found my own voice and my own style in blogging, I saw that I had more readers and they were more interested in my posts. And although I’m anxious to really start monetizing my blog, I want to focus on growing my blog and finding my niche first, then I believe that I will be more successful at monetizing. All around – a great post!”
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Millie and Kristina’s favorite came from Honesty’s Protege with the post “My Life Book 2014“.
Saying, “I think this is a great idea – it can help you set goals, see how you have grown and encourage your personal growth!”
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Mrs Tee’s favorite came from Pragmatic Mom with the post “Celebrating my Birthday with Random Acts of Kindness“.
Saying, “I feel that the thought of doing things for others on your birthday is one full of selflessness and definitely a large undertaking. I admired the uniqueness of the Acts as well as the willingness to complete the goal despite life’s delays (sickness).”
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Sinea’s favorite came from Kids Fun 101 with the post “Snowmen made from Kid Thumbprints make Perfect Holiday Thank You Cards“.
Saying, “I loved the snowman thumbprint craft.”
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Megan’s favorite came from Organizer By Day with the post “Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies“.
Saying, ” I love the addition of chocolate chips to a traditional oatmeal raisin cookie. Yum!”
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And my fave came from Country Road Abode with the post “Fairy Gardens“.
“The hubby and I both fascinated by the thought of little fairy/elf gardens and doorways throughout our house. He has even talked about decorating one room in a medieval theme and include these types of things in the decor.”
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Congratulations to all of you amazing and wonderful linkers! Don’t forget to grab and display our “Featured” badge!

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Thank you to all of you who joined us last week!

Now let’s get this party started!

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Remember everyone enjoys a little comment love!

Feel free to “meander” by some fellow bloggers and find a new recipe to make for the family, a helpful blogging tip, a funny story to read, and best of all a new friend to make! There are really no rules to follow, only some suggestions to keep in mind…because we are all to enjoy the friendships that come along by doing these few simple and wonderful things…

1. Link up your favorite post…a story, a recipe, a photo, or a helpful tip…As many as you want, that’s right as many as you want!!!!

2. Please follow our Host’s and Co-host’s

3. Find some new friends to follow, friendships are what it’s all about!

4. Be sure to leave some comment love, to get it in return.

5. Grab our badge and display on your blog, sharing the love is what it’s all about.

Meander through the links and make some new friends, find some amazing and useful tips, and maybe even a new treat to try!

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we want you

I am looking for February co-hosts for This Momma’s Meandering Mondays? If interested, please drop me a line at ssgannett@gmail.com. I would love to have you along for the ride! You can also check out my sponsor page for more info.

This Momma’s Meandering Mondays, now offers more ways to link up all of your favorite sites, so that we have more opportunity to Meander around and share the love! So happy Linking everyone!

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Meandering Mondays Bog Hop!

23 Dec

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Happy Monday everyone! It’s that time again. Pick your favorite posts and link up! It’s time to grow your blog and get to know a lot of other interesting and fun blogs. So get to hoppin’!

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I would like to say thank you to all of our regular linkers and to all of the new ones who happen by, your support is wonderful and greatly appreciated!

Now lets all give a big, resounding “howdy” to all of our awesome December gang!

The wonderful Jessica from The Wondering Brain and Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures.

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And now for the wonderful group of ladies who are our co-hosts for the month of December!
If you would like to know more about each of these amazing ladies, please read “Welcome to my December Ladies”!

Without further ado, please say, “Hello” to!

Millie & Kristina from 2 Crochet Hooks!

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Tiffany a.k.a Mrs Tee from Mrs Tee Love Life Laughter
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Sinea from Ducks N a Row
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Vashti Quiroz-Vega from Vashti Quiroz-Vegas Blog
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Megan from Meg’s Menagerie
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Be sure to stop by and share some love with each of these awesome ladies!

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Now it is time to introduce our favorite This Momma’s Meanderer’s from last week, and boy oh boy it was a difficult choice! Don’t forget to grab your “I Was Featured” badge of honor! Congratulations to you all!

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Jessica‘s favorite came from Missy Homemaker with the post Mothering Boys!
Saying, “I can so relate! I’m a mom to two boys – 2 and 20. Although they are far apart, I can remember having to raise the 20 year old and all the “boy” stuff that came along with it. Because of him, I am prepared for the 2 year old when it is time to go through all the boy stuff. Right now, I am dealing with potty training and bath time, kinda like the “smell” she is referring too. LOL!!”
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Natasha‘s favorite came from Missy Homemaker with the post Mothering Boys!
Saying, “Although I have one boy and he’s only 2 years old, he is definitely a wild child. He is really turning from my baby to a boy, right before my eyes. He’s wild, he doesn’t listen, and he’s a joy to watch. I can’t imagine having 4 of him, though. That must be tons of fun and exhausting too! This is a great post with a brand of humor that I so appreciate!”
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Millie and Kristina‘s favorite came from Krafty Cards with the post The Spouse 12 Days of Christmas!
Saying, “This is such a great idea! A wonderful way to show someone love and really you could do it any of the year!”
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Mrs Tee‘s favorite came from Darlene Nemeth with the post Happiness is…Shopping!
Saying, “I loved this post because I am in a place where I myself am learning to find happiness in even the smallest moments and I think this post was a great example of that!”

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Sinea‘s favorite came from Feeding Big with the post Dollar Tree Christmas Wreath!
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Vashti‘s favorite came from Purely By Accident with the post Bullying Is Wrong Regardless Of Your Reasons!
Saying, “I loved her raw honesty and her insight on this subject.”
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Megan‘s favorite came from The Pinterested Parent with the post Daddy’s Slow Cooker Turkey Soup!
Saying, “You can’t beat a good soup in the crock pot! I wish I had some right now!”
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And my fave came from Janine’s Confessions of a Mommyaholic with the post Brown Butter Pecan Coconut Cookies!
I just love coconut and nuts, especially in a cookie. The best part is that no one else in the family can or will eat them! LOL! Cookies that would be all mine!

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Megan – Meg’s Menagerie | Alma – A Conquered Mess 

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Remember everyone enjoys a little comment love!

Feel free to “meander” by some fellow bloggers and find a new recipe to make for the family, a helpful blogging tip, a funny story to read, and best of all a new friend to make! There are really no rules to follow, only some suggestions to keep in mind…because we are all to enjoy the friendships that come along by doing these few simple and wonderful things…

1. Link up your favorite post…a story, a recipe, a photo, or a helpful tip…As many as you want!

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3. Find some new friends to follow, friendships are what it’s all about!

4. Be sure to leave some comment love, to get it in return.

5. Grab our badge and display on your blog, sharing the love is what it’s all about.

Meander through the links and make some new friends, find some amazing and useful tips, and maybe even a new treat to try!

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I am looking for January co-hosts for This Momma’s Meandering Mondays? If interested, please drop me a line at ssgannett@gmail.com. I would love to have you along for the ride! You can also check out my sponsor page for more info.

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My Favorite Posts SHOW OFF Weekend Blog Party

21 Dec

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A toasty warm welcome to my blog. Thank you for visiting. I’m excited to bring you once more the Favorite Posts SHOW OFF Weekend Blog Party! I’d like you writers and poets out there to give it a try. Share your favorite stories and poems with many who are eager to read them.  Click here to enter  Fill out the linky form with the title of your piece, the link to your piece, your email (will not be posted) and your name. Then click on a button that says FROM WEB and it will take you to a page where you can choose a picture to go with your post. Try it! It’s easy, believe me.

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Happy Friday! Thank you for joining us for another fun weekend of making friends and finding new blogs! Please welcome my hosts:

 
 
Say hello to my December team:
 
Kim from This Ole Mom
 
Melissa from Deliciously Savvy
Miranda from Myra Bev’s Corner
 
Let’s SHOW OFF some of those awesome posts from last week!
 
 

Natasha’s favorite from last week comes from Jenny’s Evolution:

“I’ve been looking for some ways to make this Christmas special for my son. Christmas cookies and desserts are at the center of making it great. I’ve been following Jenny’s Christmas Cookies series, and I have not been disappointed yet! Great post!”

Stacey gives New Mama Diaries a thumbs up: “These last few months, I seem to have taken on more and more, which has led to me feeling overwhelmed with the day to day. This reminded me that I need to find a way to slow down and stop trying to do so much.”



Meg loved this DIY from Taylor-Made Ranch:  ” have been wanting to make my own laundry detergent for months and just haven’t jumped in and done it yet! This DIY laundry detergent post from the Taylor-Made Ranch Homestead Blog has re-inspired me to give it a try. It’s too simple not to!”




Melissa was excited to see this post from Put a Bird In It:  “This grabbed me because my hubby is always a lover of a good cup of hot cocoa as well as his entire family! I am going to do this concept at his family’s Christmas Eve Party… everyone will love it!!! Awesome post and creative idea having a Hot Cocoa Bar!!! Thanks You!!!”




Miranda thought that this post was awesome coming from Lady Blogger:  “I love Yoga but I found it so hard when I initially started to make matters worse we had an 80 year old wonderful lady who used to do the splits like there was not tomorrow, she made it look so easy I was very encouraged to continue. Such a lovely Post.”


My favorite goes to Taylor-Made Ranch.  I am very big on supporting non-profit organizations.  Part of my job resposibility at work is to work with non-profits within the community and I see what happens and who they benefit.  Tammy’s post was a wonderful way to help non-profits not just for the holidays but throughout the year through your donated goods thst you do not need anymore.  Thanks Tammy!



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Congratulations to our featured bloggers! Take our awesome badge and SHOW OFF your blogger skills by displaying it on your sidebar and encouraging others to join us! 
 
 
A quick announcement to all our faithful participants of My Favorite Posts SHOW OFF Weekend Blog Party.  We will be taking a short hiatus starting January 2014.  However, The Wondering Brain will still be hosting two other wonderful blog parties:  This Momma’s Meandering Mondays and Turn It Up Tuesdays with Stacey and Natasha.  If you’d like to co-host these 2 awesome blog parties, please reach out to them.  We’d love to have you!!
 
 
 
 
Ready to party? We are! But first… some guidelines to follow:
 
  • Link up your favorite posts. It doesn’t matter which one, just make sure it’s family friendly! 
  • Follow all 4 of your hosts
  • Follow all  co-hosts
  • Leave a comment if you’d like them to follow you too
  • Visit at least 5 other bloggers 
  • Show them your blogger love by leaving a comment  if you’d like them to follow 
  • Remember, it’s not a party unless you mix and mingle, so mingle around and make some friends! 
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My Favorite Posts SHOW OFF Weekend Blog Party

13 Dec

It’s Friday the 13th but that’s not going to stop us from partying! 
 
Say hi to my lovely hosts:
 
 
 
Say hello to my December team:
 
Kim from This Ole Mom
 
Melissa from Deliciously Savvy
Miranda from Myra Bev’s Corner
 
 
Let’s SHOW OFF some of those awesome posts from last week!
 
Stacey loved the recipe from This Silly Girl’s Life: “I love sweets more than I should and these just look fabulous!”
 
Cathy’s thumbs up belongs to Scarlett’s Excellent Adventures:  “I love eggnog and blending it with one of my favorite breakfast, French Toast, sounds delicious! Perfect breakfast for a cold holiday weekend!”
 
 
 
Melissa’s favorite also comes from This Silly Girl’s Life:  “OK… so I feel Like I am always picking something from The Silly Girls Life… but seriously…. I did it once again w/out realizing! I saw this post and picked it immediately even though there were many other posts that grabbed my attention afterward. But… I am a big believer in first instincts… and  who does not need a stress reliever this time of year? 2nd…. Who cannot use the occasional Jello Shot! It makes you feel youthful and fun and who cannot use a little of that once in a while? Plus it tastes fabulous! For those who are not accustomed to a normal “shot”, this is the shot for you! Thanks so much… I am going to make these, to help eliminate any unnecessary stress due to the holidays!!!”
 
 
Meg chose On A Wing and A Prayer  for her fave:  “I enjoyed the Holiday Joy DIY Air Freshener post by On a Wing and a Prayer. I have recently gotten into using essential oils and making my own natural beauty and cleaning products to reduce the chemicals I’m exposed to. This homemade air freshener will make your home smell like the holidays naturally!”
 
Miranda’s pick goes to 100 lb. Countdown:  “I loved 5 tips on how to get fit with your partner, me and I have been looking for ways to get fit with my fellow.”
 
 
My favorite goes to Smart Living 365.  What an awesome post on gratitude.  It’s perfect for this time of year since it’s allowing me to reflect on what I’ve done in the past.  
 
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Congratulations to all our featured bloggers! Take our awesome badge and SHOW OFF your blogger skills by displaying it on your sidebar and encouraging others to join in! 
 
 
 
Ready to party? We are! But first… some guidelines to follow:
 
  • Link up your favorite posts. It doesn’t matter which one, just make sure it’s family friendly! 
  • Follow all 4 of your hosts
  • Follow all  co-hosts
  • Leave a comment if you’d like them to follow you too
  • Visit at least 5 other bloggers 
  • Show them your blogger love by leaving a comment  if you’d like them to follow 
  • Remember, it’s not a party unless you mix and mingle, so mingle around and make some friends! 
  • Take our beautiful badge and proudly display it on your side bar to encourage others to party with us!
Let’s Party!!
 

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“Meandering Mondays” Blog Hop

9 Dec

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Hello everyone! Thank you for stopping by. Don’t miss another great opportunity to link up and grow your blog!

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         Stacey’s words…

I would like to say thank you to all of our regular linkers and to all of the new ones who happen by, your support is wonderful and greatly appreciated!

Now lets all give a big, resounding “howdy” to all of our awesome December gang!

The wonderful Jessica from The Wondering Brain and Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures.

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And now for the wonderful group of ladies who are our co-hosts for the month of December!
If you would like to know more about each of these amazing ladies, please read “Welcome to my December Ladies”!

Without further ado, please say, “Hello” to!

Millie & Kristina from 2 Crochet Hooks!

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Tiffany a.k.a Mrs Tee from Mrs Tee Love Life Laughter
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Sinea from Ducks N a Row
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Vashti from Vashti Quiroz-Vega’s Blog
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Megan from Meg’s Menagerie
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Be sure to stop by and share some love with each of these awesome ladies!

Grab a badge and join the party!

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Saying, “This post truly made me happy and smile throughout the rest of the day. Not only was the song one that stuck in my head and I added to my own Playlist but the very theme Blair had about allowing herself to simply BE present and in her life. It was inspiring and encouraging. We all should give ourselves time to Be Happy!”
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Sinea’s favorite came from Crafty Journal with the post “Christmas Money Tree”
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Vashti’s favorite came from Darlene Nemeth with the post “Happiness is…Blowing Up a Balloon All By Yourself”
Saying, “It’s a cute post that put a smile on my face and I believe she is right when she wrote that we as adults would be able to accomplish so much more if we had the determination of a child.”

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Megan’s favorite came from The Crafty Side of Sarcasm with the post “Friends Giving”
Saying, “I absolutely LOVE brussel sprouts and think they are very underrated. Give this recipe a shot, you won’t be disappointed!”

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And my fave came from Lady Blogger with the post “Why Middle Schoolers No Longer Scare Me”
“Okay, the title alone had me! LOL! All I could think as I read through this post was…I have been there, going through it, and got one more to go! LOL!”
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Congratulations to all of you amazing and wonderful linkers! Don’t forget to grab and display our “Featured” badge!

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Now let’s get this party started!

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Remember everyone enjoys a little comment love!

Feel free to “meander” by some fellow bloggers and find a new recipe to make for the family, a helpful blogging tip, a funny story to read, and best of all a new friend to make! There are really no rules to follow, only some suggestions to keep in mind…because we are all to enjoy the friendships that come along by doing these few simple and wonderful things…

1. Link up your favorite post…a story, a recipe, a photo, or a helpful tip…As many as you want!

2. Please follow our Host’s and Co-host’s

3. Find some new friends to follow, friendships are what it’s all about!

4. Be sure to leave some comment love, to get it in return.

5. Grab our badge and display on your blog, sharing the love is what it’s all about.

Meander through the links and make some new friends, find some amazing and useful tips, and maybe even a new treat to try!

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I am looking for January co-hosts for This Momma’s Meandering Mondays? If interested, please drop me a line at ssgannett@gmail.com. I would love to have you along for the ride! You can also check out my sponsor page for more info.

This Momma’s Meandering Mondays, now offers more ways to link up all of your favorite sites, so that we have more opportunity to Meander around and share the love! So happy Linking everyone!

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“Turn It Up Tuesday” Blog Hop

3 Dec

Hello everyone! Welcome! This month I am co-hosting “Turn It Up Tuesday” with Natasha Peter from Epic Mommy Adventures and several other lovely ladies, which you will meet as you read on. This is just another opportunity for writers, artists, beauty and food bloggers to grow their blog. So link up and have fun!

 

Welcome to the 12th week of Turn It Up Tuesdays! 
We had a great week with some awesome posts!  
Thank you to all that have linked up with us from week to week and welcome to those that have just found us! 
Turn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy and excited and energetic, and having fun! Link up your favorite posts and meet some awesome bloggers in return! Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, recipes, mommy moments — anything at all, as long as it is family-friendly.  We want to laugh, be entertained, be inspired, and have a good time!

Welcome our hosts!

Natasha at Epic Mommy Adventures
Jessica at The Wondering Brain 
and Stacey at This Momma’s Ramblings!
 
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Welcome our lovely co-hosts for December!

Megan from Meg’s Menagerie

Tiffany from Mrs Tee Love Life Laughter

Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise

Maritza from Surprise You Are A Mom!

Marcie at Marcie’s Nook

Laura at 2 Girls With a Food Blog

Vashti from Vashti Quiroz-Vega’s Blog

Jan from An Ideal Mom

 
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Interested in co-hosting? 

If you are interested, please complete this form.  Monthly co-hosts will be chosen on a first come first-serve basis. Co-hosts will receive free ad space on Epic Mommy Adventures or Grow with Epic Mommy for 60 days!
 
And here are the posts featured for the Week:

 

 

Miranda at Myrabev’s Corner received the most likes…

and Veronica at Digiscrap Boutique received the most clicks! Congrats!

If you were featured above, feel free to share the badge below with pride on your blog or website!
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And now The Best of the Best is…(drum roll please)

 As the Best of the Best, you win free ad space on Epic Mommy Adventures or Grow With Epic Mommy for 60 days! Please showcase the badge below with pride on your blog! Natasha will be in touch to provide you with all the details!

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My blog, Epic Mommy Adventures, is celebrating the 1st year blogiversary this month with a BIG giveaway! Enter for a chance to win an Amazon Kindle Fire + more prizes! Although we’ve started, we’re still taking co-hosts. It’s only $10! Sign up here!

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So now that you’ve seen the Featured and the Best of the Best, met our hosts and co-hosts, and saw our big giveaway, let’s get started! 



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