Monday Musings

I learned five things this weekend:

  1. That fellow blogger Voidwalker smiles when he reads my blog.  I know this because he passed along a blog award.  More about that after I finish my list of five new things.
  2. That there is an absolutely amazing site for juvenile lit writers just waiting to be read.  Agent Mary Kole blogs at and has fantastic insight into the publishing world.  In addition, she is hosting a contest for writers.  If you’re interested in entering, check out the rules of her first chapter contest here.
  3. That I can still write short stories, and in fact, rediscovered my love for them after critiquing one for Michelle.  I set up a place on my sidebar that will take you to mine.  Just click on Short Fiction Sunday under The Things I Say on my sidebar.  I will try to post a new short once a week.
  4. That a little paint goes a long way in making old things sparkle and shine.  I helped DD repaint her room on Saturday.  We also applied some snazzy new colors to her old vanity.  Voila.  Elbow grease plus paint equals new digs.
  5. That I’m a bigger procrastinator than I originally thought.  DH had no problem pointing out that I have yet to start tanning for our fun in the sun vacay coming up.  I guess he doesn’t want to hang out alone while I keep my lobster butt in the shade.  

The 101 Sweet Friends Award

For this honor, I must post ten things that make me happy/smile.  In no particular order:

  1. Cauliflower and dip
  2. Hummingbirds
  3. Kids in general–mine in particular
  4. DH’s humor–I thank the Lord for his comedic outlook on life
  5. Which reminds me–my faith
  6. Flowers–and the fact that my summer office is my garden patio
  7. The written word–both reading and writing
  8. My friends
  9. My first bowl of chili each fall
  10. Family get-togethers

The rules also state I must pass this award onto seven bloggers who are either sweet or make me happy.  Like Voidwalker, I think handing an award out to gobs of people is like giving a participation award to all 4007 kids who competed in the tie your shoe race.  When everyone is special, no one is special.

And so I will pass along the names of the two bloggers that make my heart smile.  For my other faves check out my blogroll (like I do daily).  You might find a few you want to follow.

  1. Sweet goes to My Writing Masquerades, where excerpts and insights are beautifully written. 
  2. Happy goes to Elana Johnson.  I love her sense of humor.  She has tremendous kid appeal, and since I’m a nothing but a big kid, I laugh out loud when reading her posts.

For readers of YA, DD and I finished up our review on Kristin Cashore’s Graceling

What makes you smile?

8 responses to “Monday Musings

  1. What a great way to start my Monday! 🙂

    Cat, I always look forward to your blog posts– they’re smart, witty, and packed with fun. The way you incorporate stories and life lessons from your family and daily life is both refreshing and heart warming.

    Thanks for the award! 🙂

    • Thanks for the kind words, TK.

      My family is my life and writing is my passion. The two seem to go hand in hand. On occasions, my DD has said, “So, did you write about us again?”

      Not sure if she enjoys her mini-notariety or if she’s embarrassed.

      You’re welcome for the award. I look forward to your blog too.

  2. Hey! I have my “Tie Your Shoe Race” certificate displayed proudly on my wall! As it states, I came Firstish, just like all 4006 of my comrades. If one of us falls, we all fall! Probably because our shoes aren’t properly tied.

    J/K. ^_^

    I agree about the awards. And congrats. Since I discovered it a couple of weeks ago, I make sure to check your insightful blog everyday.

  3. I love when my favorite bloggers make “list posts” that tell me random bits and pieces about their lives! Congratulations on your award – very well deserved.

    And I think all is well as long as you don’t procrastinate actually going on your vacation!

  4. Great choices for the award – those 2 always make me smile as well 🙂

    Fresh paint is a wonderful thing, isn’t it? Makes everything crisp!

    • Jemi, I wonder if that’s what editing does? Gives our manuscripts a crisp, fresh coat of goodness. If that’s the case, I want to buy out the paint store!

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