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Very Inspiring Blogger Award Nomination

I am humbled and honored!

My heartfelt thanks to my new cyber friend and fellow blogger Angela Put It Together 4 U for nominating me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. We are fellow “classmates” in the Writing 101 blogger challenge, please go to her blog to learn more about her thoughts and writing.

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Below are the ‘rules’ that go along with being a nominee. I’ve shared them (along with my answers) below.

1. Thank and link the amazing person(s) who nominated you. (Done)

2. List the rules and display the award. (Done)

3. Share seven facts about yourself. 

1) I married my high school sweetheart the year after we graduated from high school. Thirty-eight years later I can honestly say I love him more with each passing year. That doesn’t mean we never disagree or argue, but at the end of the day, I can’t imagine life without him.

2) Our three sons are grown and on their own and I have a wonderful daughter-in-law. It seems like only yesterday they were little and our house was full of boys, toys and noise. I miss those days, but am very proud of the men they have all become.

3) I write in my head much IM005798more often than on paper. Doesn’t everyone? Driving in the car, I used to make up stories about the people and places we passed, entertaining the kids and hubby with the outrageous fun lives I imagined the strangers along or path lived then shared with my family.

4) I graduated from Aurora University Summa Cum Laude in 4 years while working full-time. I have a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with minors in Sociology and English. I wanted to major in English, but the University wouldn’t allow me to because the classes were mostly during the day and I had to get special permission from them to take each class (and make up the hours for my job accordingly). OH, I graduated the same year my youngest son graduated from high school; 2003.

5) I have short stories published  in 2 Anthologies available on Amazon and Untreed Reads. A Woman’s Touch and The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Second Helping. Check them out – both are great collections that I am honored to be a part of.

6) I love to travel. Trains, planes and automobiles are all great ways to explore our world. We have been in every state in the U.S. except Louisiana and Alaska. Soon to be only Alaska because we are going to New Orleans in fall. We’ve also been to Canada (my grandma was born in Toronto). I am trying to convince the hubby to travel to Europe. I’d like to see the UK, France, Germany, Italy….so many places so little time 🙂

7) lastly, I hate talking about myself. It is hard to pick 7 facts that someone might use to define me. So I’ll leave you with a few fast facts:

I am a loyal friend, a hard worker and adore going to the movies. I will forgive almost anything or anyone unless they hurt my family or friends. I have a tatoo (my college graduation gift from me to me). I sleep little, read a lot, eat too much and should exercise more. I love writing – ‘nough said.

4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated. 

1.singlestitchknit.wordpress.com

2. Hingesehen…- ein Bilder-Tagebuch

3. The Bookshelf of Emily J.

4. Blogzone

5. Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

6. Wendy Welch, Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap

7. The Artsy Fartsy Chick

8. Book Reviews | Open Book Society

10. The Sweaty Knitter, Weaver and Devotee of Other Fiber Arts

11. Knitted Notes

12. stitchknit

13. millie anne lowe

14. knitting with heart

15. Bucket List Publications

5. Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you. (Will be done as soon as I figure out the widgets! and done)

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Writing 101 day 4

Day 4 we are assigned to write about a loss. Our musings can or cannot be part of a trilogy of posts based upon our chosing. I decided to roll with the idea of three connected posts, so come back tomorrow and Monday for the next installments. I’ve also made the choice of writing a work of fiction this time to give me more liberties.

The Greatest Loss (working title until something else replaces it)

“Time is of the essence!” declares Charlie as he slowing moves across the crowded restaurant using his hated walker.

It was nice to be able to get around without falling over, but honestly, did his grandkids really need to put those neon yellow tennis balls on the front legs of the thing? He was steady enough to pick it up each time he moved forward. Most of the time anyway.

“Mom, mom, mom,” chanted his six-year-old great-granddaughter. She didn’t really want anything other than being the center of attention. Hopping around like a kangaroo on crack, she banged into the back of at least three people on the way to their table. One lady dropped pasta down the front of a previously lovely white sweater when her lunch was disrupted by the girl.

“Katie, come back here,” hissed Charlie’s newly divorced daughter Amanda. “Dad, we’ll just meet you at the table, don’t hurry.”

Amanda may have told him not to hurry, but Charlie heard the impatience in her voice. She was irritated with her granddaughter and her father. He tried to step it up a bit, but his hip was really sore from a fall the night before. Of course he didn’t say anything about it to Amanda, she’d be one step closer to moving him to a nursing home and herself in his house.

Finally arriving at the table, he thumped down in the chair with an audible sigh of relief for having made the journey from the car safely. Gone were the days when he could hop out of the car without even thinking about it, jog to the stairs and take them two at a time. Sitting quietly collecting himself while the women in his life chatter over their lunch choices, he wondered how he slipped unnoticed from a vibrant young man to the old codger he’d become.

End part 1 – hope to see you tomorrow 🙂

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Writing 101 day 3: What is the soundtrack of your life?

Today we were asked to think about, write about, describe and define the three (seriously, only 3??) songs that are the most important in our lives.

I’ve was thinking about this on and off  while working the day job today. The song that immediately came mind was “Do You Feel Like We Do” by Peter Frampton. It has to be the live version on the “Frampton Comes Alive” album. Yes, album. Released in 1976, this two album set became the soundtrack of my newly married life. We played it on the new stereo in our first apartment. Young, without much money, we could easily afford to stay home and listen to Frampton. Three years later I was still totally into his music. In 1979 I rocked our new son singing Frampton instead of lullabies. “Do You Feel Like We Do” is still one of my all time favorites. Possibly even more so now that we have seen Frampton perform it live. Twice. Wooooooooo!!! 🙂Frampton_his son_Cheap Trick Summer 2014

The next  two songs are not as clear in my mind. I’m a Beatles fan, love the Rolling Stones and listen to Big Band tunes from the 40s when driving on the snowy, ice covered streets of Chicago’s winters. I mentioned yesterday singing the Kookaburra Song to my sons when they were little, it brings the fondest memories of my Grandma, mom and aunts singing to me when I was little.

If I absolutely have to narrow my soundtrack to three, the second would probably be “Still the One” by Orleans. Also a pop song from the early days of dating my husband, it can take me back to the 70’s but also remind me that “…I want you to know, after all these years, you’re still the one I want whisperin’ in my ear…” Corny but true, I can’t imagine life without him even after 40 years. This song makes me happy.

“What a Wonderful World” by no one other than Louis Armstrong will round out my favorite songs. This song is so beautiful it makes me cry most times when I hear it. It is the song I picked for the mother/son dance at my son’s wedding. I chose it because no matter what sadness or sorrow touches your life, there are things of beauty all around us if we just open our eyes to see them.

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Writing 101 day 1

Hum. I started blogging on 12/29/11.  My plan was to get into the habit of writing every day. After a short bit, I decided maybe every day was too ambitious. Three times a week would be good. Then it became once a week. Then once every few weeks, then months went by. So much for writing every day.

Eventually I split my blog into two. One of them focused on my love of books, writing reviews and updating my progress in getting published. Technically, I have been published. Magazine articles, an essay/short story memoir, short stories in ebooks… all very exciting to me. Possibly very boring to readers of blogs. Maybe some can identify with the troubles writers encounter and yet keep on writing.

In My Words (lauramhartman.wordpress.com) is that blog. Almost all of my posts are book reviews, which is the best of both of my worlds. Reading then writing about what I have read. I’m finding fantastic new authors, discovering established authors and a few that I don’t ever want to read again.

All the while I have been working on various writing projects of my own. My focus the last year has been writing children’s picture books. I’m in a fabulous, wonderful, funny, bright online crit group that has given me so much help with my writing I feel guilty. They are an amazing group of Chicks 🙂

I guess it is funny that I am working so hard on story books, when all of my adult short stories involve murder and mayhem. But my Jekyll and Hyde personality can both be satisfied with these two genres so I am rolling with it.

My latest story is going to be for a bit older group. Young readers 8-12. I’ve been writing bits of the story in my head (doesn’t everyone???LOL) and will soon get it to paper.

My other blog (writeknit.wordpress.com)  is all about knitting, crocheting and other crafty things. I started working on the Knitting Guild’s Master Knitter program about the time I started the blogs. I am not sure I really want/need to do that anymore. I knit to relax. Sometimes I really push myself with a hard pattern or difficult yarn. So the jury is still out on the program.

Again, I’ve been totally lax in my posts on this blog. Since the first of the year, I’ve completed 2 lace scarves, most of a sweater (for myself – what a concept!) and began working on some afghans for Christmas gifts.

Anyway, now that I’ve rambled for 20 minutes, I’ve completed my first challenge for WordPress’ Writing 101 course. I would have added the widget, but for the life of me I can’t figure out how.

Thanks for listening – I’ll be back tomorrow.

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Setting Goals for 2013

Happy New Year to one and all!

I am not one to make New Years resolutions. Instead I prefer to set goals for myself. These can be lofty, wishful and/or hopeful, but it gives me something to strive for in the upcoming year. This year I have a list of projects I want to complete, some of them are roll overs from last year, these goals are the mean stepsisters of resolutions past.

Since I am sharing them with all of you, any of you, some of you…maybe more of them will be completed this year. I’ll circle back to this post in late December and assess my progress or lack thereof.

I’ll start with my writing goals:

1) Publish at least 4 blog entries each week starting now (I know, already 5 days into the new year) either on this blog or my writing blog (inmywords.wordpress.com) – this will keep me motivated to write, write, write. I write in my head all of the time, getting these words to paper is a long and laborious task.

2) I will get at least one story, book, article or essay published this year. I know one doesn’t sound like a very lofty goal, but if you are a writer, you’ll be shaking your head muttering “Good luck with that, ha ha ha”. Getting published is very, very difficult but wonderful when it happens.

Knitting and Crocheting goals:

1) I will attempt to complete the Knitting Guild of American’s hand knit masters’s program this year. I’ve already downloaded the new instructions (they change slightly each year) and will make Monday’s blog entry an update day. Master’s Mondays will start to appear the first Monday of January.

2) I will complete the Fan Throw I began working on Jan 1 for my girlfriend’s birthday on February 1. Originally I was going to make her a shawl, but decided on a throw instead.  Fan throw first square

3) Left over projects on my 2012 goal list need to be completed. Namely the alpaca hat and buffalo mittens (which may change to a helix scarf because I would wear that way more than mittens). I would be remiss if I left off the third pair of socks that I didn’t complete last year. I have issues making things for myself. They always get pushed to the end of my lists of things to do. All three of these projects are for me, so hopefully I’ll get them done and you won’t see them on my list of goals for 2014.

4) Two baby blankets must be completed by April for the little boy that is due.

5) Assorted Christmas projects. I am not sure yet what Christmas projects I want to tackle. One will most likely be an afghan or throw for my cousin. The problem I see is I have 2 cousins so should make them each one this year. This makes the goal even a bit crazier, but what the heck, this is January and I’ve ordered the yarn for one of them already.

Now that my goals are on cyber paper, it brings life to the list. I’ll keep you all posted which will keep me on task.

Here’s to a great 2013 to all of you. May all of your goals be completed. Reach for them – the whole year is ahead of you. Live it to the fullest and have lots of laughter and fun while enjoying it.

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The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Second Helping

Today is the day! I’m happy to tell you that The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Second Helping, which by the way, happens to contain my short story Perfect Pumpkin Pie is now available. Check it out, or better yet, purchase and download it instantly from any of the following locations!

The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Second Helping

The Untreed Reads Store: http://bit.ly/RwyLY8
Amazon (six countries): http://amzn.to/SPPASD
Barnes and Noble
Lightning Source (a distributor, primarily North America)
OmniLit.com
Scribd.com

While you are on Amazon, check out my author page. It isn’t very long, but you’ll find out a bit about me and if I can find a decent one, see a pic. Perhaps it will be of a younger, thinner me. Most certainly I’ll be able to find a great picture of my dog, and more than likely I will find one of the whole family. As a matter of fact, I am sure I’ll be able to find one of our extended family last summer when we all traveled to Maryland for my son’s wedding. The only ones missing are my daughter-in-law (she stayed home for a day of rest before the wedding) and our new baby cousin who was not born yet.

Soon I hope to add a children’s book to my list of credits. I don’t know if it is a good sign or a bad sign that the publisher that requested the manuscript still hasn’t said anything other than it would take approximately a month. Maybe the longer she has it the better it is? Or maybe it is sitting on someone’s desk? Who knows. But whatever the case may be, I am holding to the old antiage of no news is good news.

I have to thank Jay Hartman (no relation) of Untreed Reads for choosing to add my short story to add to this year’s Thanksgiving anthology. Take a few minutes to look at all of the books and short stories Untreed Reads Publishing has available. http://www.untreedreads.com

If you are an author, look at all of the calls for submission. There are a lot of opportunities in various genres. Something for everyone to read and write about.

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Plum Tree Books

Plum Tree Books.

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Dead Duck Part Deux

Dead Duck Part Deux.

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