Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Progress Report and New Awards Received

As I announced last week, I had hoped to add 10,000 words to my novel over the long weekend. Here's my report through Sunday:

Friday: 1,908 Saturday: 1,183 Sunday: 2,366 TOTAL through Sunday: 5,457

I guess I'd have to write all night on Monday to get the job done, wouldn't I? Since I wrote this post Monday afternoon to pre-schedule for Tuesday, and since I planned to work on the book Monday evening, I'll have to let you know how that worked out.

Now for the fun blog awards I received last week.

On September 3rd, Jane Kennedy Sutton passed on the B-I-N-G-O Beautiful Blog Award (naming me B for Beautiful) at her blog, Jane's Ride. Thanks, Jane, that was a sweet surprise. The idea here is to name recipients that fit the following labels: B for Beautiful, I for Informative, N for Neigborly, G for Gorgeous, and O for Outstanding. Since these awards seem to keep hitting a lot of the same bloggers, I'm going to reserve the right to pass on the honor at a later date.

The second award I received last week was on September 4th. Helen Ginger of Straight From Hel awarded the Honest Scrap Award, which made me chuckle since I suspect everything on my blog would qualify as scrap. Hah. I love that.

The award rules are simple - pass the award to seven worthy bloggers who post from the heart, and list ten honest things about yourself. Happily, Helen added this: You don’t have to pass it along, unless you want to, but you do have to list 10 honest things about yourself.

Once again, I'm going to reserve the right to pass the award on at a later date. The ten honest things about myself? Here they are:

1. I had to buy new slacks to wear to next weekend's conference. I don't have to tell you why.

2. I often take on more projects than I should. I keep forgetting how old I am and fail to remember I don't have as much energy as I used to.

3. I feel anxious when the gas in the car falls below a quarter of a tank.

4. I love Ben & Jerry's Coffee, Coffee, Buzz, Buzz, Buzz Ice Cream.

5. I don't pay much attention to other people's expectations. I pretty much do my own thing.

6. I cry at sad movies and while I'm reading sad books.

7. I really miss the little kids my grown-up children used to be. They were the greatest joy in my life.

8. I don't answer the phone unless I feel like it, and I rarely feel like it.

9. I still have the bracelet my first boyfriend gave me when I was in 6th or 7th grade.

10. My mother-in-law died in 2008 at age 97 and my brother's wife died in 2009 (age 61). I miss them both so much more than I ever thought I would.

And that's the truth.


Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

I'm not wild about phones, either.

I'll have to check the Buzz, Buzz, Buzz out--haven't had it.

Mystery Writing is Murder

Rayna M. said...

I so hear you on the missing people bit - sometimes you don't even know who matters a lot to you till you lose them.
And in your hounour, I am going to give my 5 and 3 year olds an extra hug tonight. They are growing up so fast, and I don't want to miss the kids they once were.

Hope you managed your target of 10,000 words.

Karen Walker said...

You are the only other person I know who gets anxious when the gas tank registers below 1/4 of a tank. Thank you!

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

Add me to the list of anxious people when the gas tank is low, too. Even if you didn't make the 10,000 words, it sounds like you did quite well. I'm now thinking maybe I need to set word count goals.

Helen Ginger said...

I'm a crier too! And if my tank gets near the 1/4 mark, I fill it up. My husband will drive 'til the warning light comes on. My son has been driving my car a lot. Yesterday I got in it to go to the grocery store and it was on empty. I shut the motor off and went back inside, opened his door and glared at him. He asked, "What?" I told him I was giving him the evil eye for leaving me on empty. He just grinned and said, sorry.

Straight From Hel

Anonymous said...

Alright, it seems there are more of us anxious about the 1/4 tank! Glad to know I am not the only one!!

My grandmothers died in 2002 and 2003, my FIL in 2007. There's not a day that goes by I don't think about them or somehow are reminded of them.

Elspeth Antonelli said...

Add another person who gets anxious about getting low on gas! Who knew that this was such a common fear?

Many congratulations on an impressive work load - I'm not sure I would be capable of writing for that long - or if I did I'm sure most of it would end up getting highlighted and deleted!


Galen Kindley--Author said...

Around my home, I'm driving until the warning light. Nothing wrong with getting gas at the 1/4 mark, however. In fact, when on a trip and I'm not sure where the next station is??? I'm looking to stop before the 1/4 mark.