The Liebster Lives On


C.p. Singleton of The Musings of C.p. Singleton’s Mind has nominated me for a Liebster Award.  Technically, nominations are reserved for blogs with 200 followers (or less) – which I’ve been blessed to exceed – but with gratitude for the nomination and to follow the spirit of the Liebster, I want to highlight some up-and-coming bloggers.  Here are the 4 terms of accepting a nomination (from C.p.’s nomination post) –

1. Thank the Liebster Blog presenter who nominated you and link back to their blog (above).
2. Post 11 facts about yourself, answer the 11 questions you were asked and create 11 questions for your nominees (below)
3. Nominate 11 blogs who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been chosen (bottom)
4. Display the Liebster Award logo (top).

11 Facts About Myself

1.  I’m wearing pajama bottoms right now with a vivid pattern of chickens and eggs displayed vertically.

2. I’m listening to “Artist Radio Based on Iris Dement” on Spotify.  A woman named Mary Gauthier is singing, “A Long Way to Fall”.

3.  Yesterday, I completed the second draft of “The Family Room” section of my spiritual memoir Delight in Disorder: Meditations from a Bipolar Mind.

4.  I’ve been watching (and greatly enjoying) episodes from Season 2 of the TV show, “Numb3rs”.

5.  I had Kentucky Fried Chicken for lunch.  In addition to chicken, I had cole slaw, mashed potatoes with gravy, and a dinner roll.

6.  I plan to go to an open mike night at Joey G’s in Madison, Indiana on May 8, to see my college roommate and hear his son perform.

7.  I once worked at the Kentucky Derby supervising college student ticket takers to make sure they didn’t accept bribes.

8.  My water jug says, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.”  (John 7:37)

9.  My cousin Cam Baxter’s son Ian Jackson is having a graduation party tonight.

10.  I’m looking for a driver for a road trip from Columbus, Indiana to Austin, Texas to see Zoe Muth at The White Horse on May 19.   I will  pay for the gas and buy you 1 beer the night of the performance (as long as I can drive afterwards until you sober up).

11.  It’s now time to eat.  I’m having a chicken pasta salad.  Care to join me?

Answers to 11 Questions

1) Why do you blog?

I blog to have a creative outlet, to make new virtual friends, to gain readership, and (hopefully) give glory to God.

2) Are you paper published?

In a manner of speaking, I am.  I published some poems and short stories in my college literary journal Kennings.  I have published meditations in the devotional magazines These Days and Upper Room.  I published sermon reviews in Lectionary Homiletics and a book review in The Presbyterian Survey.

3) Why does the Easter Bunny deliver chocolate eggs and is the chocolate hen ok with that?

The Easter Bunny delivers plastic eggs with money in them at my Grandma’s house.  The next time I see a plastic hen, I’ll ask how she feels about it.

4) Are you comfortable working to a genre?

I’m wrestling to narrowly define my two works-in-progress within a genre.  I would like them to be “bridge-builders”.  I’d like people who have a mental illness to read Delight in Disorder to find faith there.  I’d like church folks to read it to better understand the mind of a person with Bipolar.  Also, with my short story trilogy – Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, I would like to bring together orthodox Christians and secular atheists to discuss these stories that reveal value and consequences (hopefully in an engaging way).

5) Skirt or trousers?

Trousers, I suppose (though I call them “pants”)

(6) Favourite children’s book?

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

7) First record bought?

Hotel California by The Eagles.

8) Tony the Tiger or The Milky Bar Kid to win a Rap battle and why?

I’m old school.  Tony the Tiger rules.  He’s way cool.

9) Place where your soul is forever kept?

As an orthodox Christian, I do not believe in a disembodied soul.  My soul is who I am – body, mind, spirit.  It is tenaciously kept by the Holy Spirit until death (or Christ comes), at which time I will be blessed with a transformed identity, a “spiritual body” (hopefully, one with hair).

10) Ever seen a ghost?

Seen?  No.  Felt a strong otherworldly presence?  Yes.

11) which super power would you like?

I would like to be faster than a speeding bullet so I could run to Austin, Texas for Zoe Muth’s next performance and be back by bedtime.

11 Questions for Nominees

1.  Who would you most want to be compared to as a writer?

2.  If you could drive in a Nascar race or jockey in the Kentucky Derby, which would you choose, and why?

3.  Who/what do you count as your muse?

4.  If you could name a brand of coffee (or tea) you’d like to drink, what would it be?

5.  If you were part of a group starting a new church (or “ethical club”), what would you call it?

6.  Who (or what) motivated you to start blogging?

7.  Name 3 (or more) songs you would like in the soundtrack of your life story.

8.  What vocation/career did/do your parents want your parents want you to pursue?

9.  What is your favorite unhealthy meal?

10.  Have you ever gone on a blind date?  If so, how was it?

11.  Name a teacher or coach who most motivated you to learn in your life.

11 Nominees (in no particular order)

{The Book Musings}

One Imperfect Life

Counting. Steps. Forward.


wendyenberg’s Blog

all about me and my black dog

Bipolar on Fire


The Magic Black Book

empty lithium bottles in a giant jar

Faceless OCD

Shining Through Recovery

2013 shine_on from Eye Dancer

Being the official scribe for the matticuskingdom carries with it grave responsibilities which I do not take lightly.  One of these is to be at the beck-and-call of the Jester whenever he puts out word for guest posts.  Another is to gladly accept and faithfully respond to award nominations.  The Jester nominated me for a “Shine On” award on April 18, and though it’s taken me some time to share the love, better late than never.

These the rules, as detailed by TwinDaddy:

“This award is for the blogs that shine, make you feel good and are inspiring to the reader.”

  • Link back to the blogger who nominated you (above)
  • Share some facts about yourself or answer questions given to you.  (below)
  • Nominate fifteen bloggers who shine a little light in your day and be sure to notify them. (below facts)

Some facts about myself (7, in fact, since 7 is a complete number) –

1)  I am applying for a position as an adjunct professor of “communication”.  (As my dad would say, “Not bad for an  ‘ole Kentuckian with a six-grade education”)

2)  One of my stories – “The Distant Mountain and the Barren Tree” is being published in an on-line collection of blog hop stories.

3)  I just finished listening to an audio version of N.T. Wright’s  Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters and liked it so much I borrowed the kindle version to read.

4)  As I write, I am listening to “White Lightnin'” as part of a George Jones marathon on Spotify (to celebrate his life and music).

5)  The Sunday morning message at church today was on Isaiah 17:1-14 and it was entitled, “Forgetting the God You Grew Up With”.

6)  I just applied for a library card at the Bartholomew County Public Library.  This makes 3 libraries where I can access material (and I think as a property owner in New York, I also have privileges at the New York Public Library – I’ll have to check this out.)

7)  I am planning a “writer’s retreat” the end of June.  My aunt and uncle are offering me their condo that sits on an island on the Gulf Coast.

For the nominees, I’ve decided to do a WordPress tag search for “recovery” and highlight 15 bloggers who have written something inspiring on a topic heavily on my mind right now.

May you be strengthened with all power, according to [the Lord’s] glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy…

[God] has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.          

(Colossians 1:11,13-14; English Standard Version)

And the nominees are (in no particular order)…

Kahrman Blog – “Goodbye My Sponsor”

Recovering by Grace – “Running, Walking, or Swimming”

SarahWriteNow – “Reflection of Me (Written 2011)”

Soberistas – “Believe in the Power of Fear”

Hungry Running Girl – “We Live and Learn”

Human in Recovery – “Hypomania is Breaking my Brain”

A Path to Recovery – “When Life Gives You Lemons”

Life Uninterrupted – “What an inpatient stint taught me about recovery – Hint! It’s not what you think.”

enduring and after – “when I fear I have lost my flavor”

Believe – “When Does ‘Recovering’ Become ‘Recovered’?”

bipolarblogging – “It can happen to you…”

The Running Father Blog – A Full Moon, the Bi-Polar crazies, and Taking Care of First Principals.

themiracleisaroundthecorner – “The Twelve Steps in Everyday Living: Part Three

the wunder year – “day 115. the driver’s seat.

In Love With The Lord Poetry and Prose – “The Blessing of Being Hurt”

Family Matters

Well, the Jester of thematticuskingdom has done it again.  Not only has he nominated me for an “I Am Part Of the WordPress Family” award, but he has dubbed me “the official kingdom scribe”.  I am doubly honored and duly accept.

At the same time, I find the title of this particular award rather dubious.  It strikes me like the ribbons I used to get at Art and Science fairs that were white and just said, “Participant”.  I mean, just how many bloggers belong to the “WordPress Family”.  It’s not exactly as prestigious as a conclave of living popes.

Nonetheless, I will gladly receive the award and faithfully follow the terms, which are as follows –

1. Display the award logo on your blog (top)
2. Link back to the person who nominated you (below logo)
3. Nominate 10 others you see as having an impact on your WordPress experience and family. (below terms)
4. Let your 10 Family members know you have awarded them (will do on their blogs).
5. That is it. Just please pick 10 people who have taken you as  a friend, and spread the love.

Many WordPress bloggers have had an impact on my experience.  I’ve decided to nominate 10 “newer” members to my WordPress family (each of whom have started following A Way With Words in the past two weeks).   Brothers and sisters, welcome aboard!

10 Nominees (in no particular order) –

wendyenberg’s blog : An ordinary woman’s struggle with an extraordinary disease.

Artele și stiințele vieții

Music Unmasked : Bringing justice to the essential tracks of the past, present and future.

Lvsrao’s blog

Random spillage’s from a reportedly strange mind.

Iamforchange’s Blog : Positive growth and change in our world.

When all is said and done ~ I’ll still have something to say.

Taking the Road Less Taken : My journey to the mission field.

Holly D. Russell’s Blog : Finding God; Discovery Beauty

thepathseeker  for the spiritual journey

In Which I Accept An Award I Can’t Repeat (Because It Is Filled With Meaningless Slang I Abhor)

Im so Epic.

The Jester of thematticuskingdom has bestowed upon me an award (see badge above) which I will not repeat because, as someone with  A Way With Words, I have a deep aversion to meaningless slang that is mindlessly repeated ad infinitum, over and over again, world without end.  Amen.

Nonetheless, I will graciously accept the award because, as I indicated in my acceptance comment, “these wondrous awards give me the chance to befriend other bloggers and shamelessly promote my product – which is –  A Way With Words.

The terms of acceptance include telling 10 facts about yourself that might be deemed, well, you know… those two words (see badge) and pass it on to 10 bloggers who are, well, one or both of the two.

10 Facts About Myself –

1.  My two birth children had an average apgar score of 9.5 (they would have been perfect 10s but the nasty umbilical cord was wrapped around my oldest’s throat).

2.  I once played basketball on TV (an Indiana high school game of the week).

3.  I once sang on stage at the Kentucky State Fair (when they called audience members up to sing parts of the song “You Get a Line, I’ll Get a Pole” – my lyrics were “Honey…. Baby…. Mine”)  I won a t-shirt for being the crowd favorite.

4.  I once played the pigman Mordred in a modern version of “Hansel and Gretel”.

5.  I was Salutatorian of my graduating high school class and got to deliver a speech.  (I had mono and strep throat, though, so my nose was running and I didn’t have a handkerchief.  It was all rather traumatic.  Therapy has helped some.)

6.  Also, in high school, I was voted “Class Politician” as well as “Class Hick”.  After I make it big as a blogger, I plan move to North Carolina and run for Congress.

7.  I recently visited Gulfport, Florida and drove past a home owned by Grammy-award winner John Prine (my muse).   There was a car in the driveway and I was going to stop, but like the true cowardly stalker I am, I just took a camera phone picture while riding past.

8.  I met the man who wrote the musical scores for many popular television shows in the 1970s (but I can’t tell you which ones, or give you his name, because I met him on a psych ward and he might not like you to know that).

9.  In an effort to increase views, I tweeted a link to my blog with the words, “I Once Had Neil Gaiman’s Love Child (and other tweets to steal traffic)”.  (According to my stats, I got 0 hits.)

10.  I’m fairly certain that at least one shape-shifting Reptilian clone is stalking me.

And the nominees (in no particular order) –

A Year of Writing Well

The Eye of Faith : {vintage} clothing and lifestyle.

A Thing For Words : A lifelong writer’s second-chance journey to a literary life.

Kristen Hanson Brakeman

The IDEA Bucket : Simple ~ Happy~ Debt-free lives

little miss wordy :  homeschooling, fitness focused (physical, spiritual, mental), beach bumming, fashionably passionate/passionately fashionable, mom of two

Disorderly chickadee : Bipolar bird tells all.

girl in the hat

the quiet voice

hopebordeaux : Breathe. Live. Create.

Inspiring Blogger Inspired to Instigate Insurrection

Wayne Law of Cave of Fame has nominated me for an “Inspiring Blogger Award“.  With much humility and gratitude, I accept.  Thank you very much, Wayne.

The terms of acceptance are as follows –

1. Display the award logo on your blog (top).
2. Link back to the person who nominated you (below logo)
3. State 7 things about yourself (below terms).
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them (below 7 things).
5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements (will do).

7 things about myself –

1.  This morning I listened to an audio version of the letter to the Hebrews (English Standard Version), read by Max McLean.

2.  It’s after noon and I’m still in my pajamas, bath robe, and slippers.

3.  I’m now watching tattooed men with bandanas looking at old cars on the History channel (this is history?).

4. Tomorrow afternoon, I’m doing a reading of the scene “The Walmart Way” from my story “The Pursuit of Happiness” at Boxcar Books in Bloomington, Indiana.

5.  My second cup of coffee has become tepid.  I believe I will now switch to diet Mountain Dew.  Then water.  I like to stay hydrated.

6.  I once had a crush on Kristy McNichol.  Is she a lesbian?  Probably.  I have crushes lots of lesbians.

7.  I’m now listening to the Spotify playlist “Songs Are Like Tatoos” by Laura Morgan.  Leonard Cohen is singing “Famous Blue Raincoat”.

As for the nominees, well, listed below are 15 blogs that have inspired, confused, amazed and/or captivated me.  Either that or they just have more followers than I do and I want to catch up.  I did a lot of research to compile this list, including –

1) Looked at my site stats for who is following me…

2) Read blogs tagged “Writing” published on WordPress today.

3)  Clicked on the matticuskingdom category “Awards”.  (I am secretly plotting an insurrection within the kingdom and recruiting followers.)

And now, the nominees are…

Midlife Crisis Crossover – Aging mind hosts pointless fight scenes among cultures of pop, geek, and faith.

Brainstorms: How Epilepsy and Writing Connect

Simply Poetic: Poetic Creations from a Creative Mind.

In the Garden of Eva: The Daily Growth of a Writer’s Plot.

Journey of the Writer’s Heart: Fantasy novelist S.M. Welles shares her journey as a writer and author.

Ned’s Blog: Humor at the speed of life.

fortyoneteen: Words from the perpetually hunched.

knocked over by a feather: Beating depression with humor.

The Foodie Farmer

So I Went Undercover: Apparently I need a pseudonym.

Blog It or Lose It!: Keeping my brain from oatmeal…

Grayson Queen

rarasaur: Frightfully wonderful things happen here.

Deliberate Donkey: an ass on purpose.

Sorta-Ginger: A Quasi-Redhead Rambles On About Eating Disorders, Recovery, Nail Polish & Other Stuff.

Keep On the Sunny Side, Always On the Sunny Side

AR Neal at One Starving Activist has nominated me for a “Sunshine Award”, which I very humbly and gratefully accept.  It is nice to know that my naturally rather dark disposition hasn’t fully gotten in the way on my blog, that someone has noticed rays a brighter Spirit shining through.

The terms of acceptance are as follows –

  • Thank the person who nominated you (thank you, AR).
  • Answer ten questions (see below),
  • nominate ten fellow bloggers, link to their blogs and tell them that they won the Sunshine award (see further below).

10 Questions

1.  What inspired you to start blogging?

In December of 2012, I started looking for work in the field of writing and my job coach Joseph Smith-Biddie recommended a create a blog as a sort of portfolio and a way to network.

2.  How did you come up with the name to your blog?

Actually, the original title of the blog was Will Write For Food (and maybe dental).  As my confidence developed, I decided one day I was not so desperate, that what I really had to offer was A Way With Words.

What is your favourite blog you like to read? 

I follow over 150 blogs and read many of them regularly.  If I had to pick one that offers consistent quality writing, it would be – russell boyle: Russell Boyle’s Favourite Poetry.

Tell about your dream job.

I would like to be an adjunct professor of creative writing and a writer-in-residence at a small town Christian college.

Is your glass half empty or half full?

From a human perspective, my glass is completely empty – but by the grace of God, my cup overflows.

If you could go anywhere for a week’s vacation, where would you go?

The Adirondacks, with my children.

What food can you absolutely not eat?

Food that bounces when you bite it – like octopus.

Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?

When I focus on my health – dark chocolate.  When I give in to addiction – milk chocolate (as in peanut M&Ms).

How much time do you spend blogging?

Currently, quite a bit.   Maybe 6-8 hours/day.  Soon I hope to be gainfully employed, however, so this will likely be reduced.

Do you watch TV, and if so, what are some of your favourite shows?

The TV is often on in my household, but I don’t really watch it.   “The Andy Griffith Show” is far and away my all-time favorite.

10 Nominees

A is for a-muse-less (ah myooz lis) adj  1 bored with the state of everyday life, lacking something truely enjoyable and having to pull the absured and inane forwards from what we’re given.

The Equiatic Bind  Always speak the truth, think before you speak, and write it down afterwards – Lewis Carroll.

Marisa D. Lyon  Daydreamer. Passionate Writer. Music Lover. Spirituality seeker. Sarcasm Master. Travel enthusiast.

Gina Orlandi  My musings captured in words.

Iridescently Writings, Etcetera by Gina Marie.

mattthewriter  Travel… experience the world.

The Play’s the Thing  Reading Shakespeare’s Plays with Dennis Abrams.

Fide Dubitandum  Faith, Science, and the Meaning of Life.

Notes From the River Bank  A Pilgrim’s Journey (via a few bird hides)

MetaRealist Parables

Awesome Blog Content Award (or, “A John Prine Primer: An Alphabetic Soundtrack of My Life”)

abc award

I was nominated for the Awesome Blog Content (ABC) Award by djmatticus of the matticus kingdom.

The terms of acceptance are to write something relevant about myself for every letter of the alphabet and to nominate others (see bottom).  I was intrigued by the challenge.  And, as I established before, I am an awards hog.  The following is a “Prine Primer” – an alphabetical soundtrack (sorry no X, V, or Z) of my life (with links to videos).  If you’d like complete lyrics, visit the John Prine Shrine.

All the Best

I wish you love
And happiness
I guess I wish you
All the best
I wish you don’t
Do like I do
And ever fall in love with
Someone like you…

Bottomless Lake

Here’s the story of a man and his  family
And a big trip that they took
Well, I heard all about in a restaurant
And I read it in a history book
They rented a car at the Erie Canal
But the car didn’t have no brake
Said Ma to Pa “My God this car”
“Is gonna fall into the Bottomless Lake”…

Common Sense

You can’t live together
You can’t live alone
Considering the weather
Oh my, how you’ve grown
From the men in the factories
To the wild kangaroo
Like those birds of a feather
They’re gathering together
And feeling
Exactly like you…

Dear Abby

 Dear Abby, Dear Abby
My feet are too long
My hair’s falling out and my rights are all wrong
My friends they all tell me that I’ve no friends at all
Won’t you write me a letter, Won’t you give me a call
Signed Bewildered…

Everything is Cool

Everything is cool
Everything’s okay
Why just before last Christmas
My baby went away…

Far From Me

…And the sky is black and still now
On the hill where the angels sing
Ain’t it funny how an old broken bottle
Looks just like a diamond ring
But it’s far, far from me..

Grandpa Was a Carpenter

…Grandpa was a carpenter
He built houses stores and banks
Chain smoked Camel cigarettes
And hammered nails in planks
He was level on the level
And shaved even every door
And voted for Eisenhower
‘Cause Lincoln won the war…

He Was in Heaven Before He Died

There’s a rainbow of babies
Draped over the graveyard
Where all the dead sailors
Wait for their brides
And the cold bitter snow
Has strangled each grassblade
Where the salt from their tears
Washed out with the tide…

It’s a Big Old Goofy World

Up in the morning
Work like a dog
Is better than sitting
Like a bump on a log
Mind all your manners
Be quiet as a mouse
Some day you’ll own a home
That’s as big as a house…

Just the Other Side of Nowhere

I’ve come from just the other side of no-where,
To this big time lonesome town.
They got a lotta ice an’ snow here,
Half as cold as all the people I’ve found…

Killing the Blues

Leaves were falling just like  embers
In colors red and gold they set us on fire
Burning just like a moonbeam
In our eyes…

Late John Garfield Blues

…An old man sleeps with his conscience at night
Young kids sleep with their dreams
While the mentally ill sit perfectly still
And live through life’s in-betweens…

My Darlin’ Hometown

Far away over the sea
There’s a river that’s calling to me
That river she runs all around
The place that I call my hometown…

New Train

Full blown silence in an empty room
A former bride and a former groom
A folding table and a folding chair
A folded hand of poker there
All new directions must go everywhere
Big round people in a cool little square
You can’t cut it with a boat or a plane
Man it’s gonna take a new train…

Often is a Word I Seldom Use

…I’m cold and I’m tired
and I can’t stop coughing
long enough to tell you all of the news
I’d like to tell you
that I’ll see you more often
but often is a word I seldom use
often is a word I seldom use…


…And daddy won’t you take me back to Muhlenberg County
Down by the Green River where Paradise lay
Well, I’m sorry my son, but you’re too late in asking
Mister Peabody’s coal train has hauled it away…

Quiet Man

Strolling down the highway with my shoes in my hand
I don’t talk much I’m a quiet man
Beauty and silence both run deep
And running like crazy while you are asleep…

Rocky Mountain Time

…Christ I’m so mixed up and lonely
I can’t even make friends with my brain
I’m too young to be where I’m going
But I’m too old to go back again…


…Broken hearts and dirty windows
Make life difficult to see
That’s why last night and this mornin’
Always look the same to me…

Take the Star Out of the Window

…Robert was a sailor
For the best years of his life
His captain was his mother
And the ocean was his wife
Only fresh out of the cradle
Life’s one and only spring
He was sworn to do his duty
And got blood on his high school ring…

Unwed Fathers

From a teenage lover, to an unwed mother
Kept undercover, like some bad dream
While unwed fathers, they can’t be bothered
They run like water, through a mountain stream

Way Down

…Spring is just a smile away
Laughing at a summer day
Turn around  Look at fall
Winter, hear my lonely call…

You Got Gold

Is there ever enough space between  us
To keep us both honest and true?
Why is it so hard just to sit in the yard.
And stare at the sky so blue?
I’ve got a new way of walking and a new way of talking
Honey when I’m around you,
But it gives me the blues when I’ve got some good news
And you’re not there to bring it to….


       Charm City Jukebox

       Bottomless Lake:  “If you should make  a mistake in the bottomless lake, you may never see your sweetheart again.”  – John Prine.

       justysir: Music, mostly

      Inspired Freelancing: Smile! You’re at the best site ever.

      You Hear That?!

      Paws for Thought: A diary of being a guide dog owner in Ireland.

      Mellotone70Up Blog

      The Temenos Journal: I seek, therefore I am.

      The Yogi Rock: it’s easier in mars.

      Big Blue Dot Y’all: politics, ethics, culture, diversity, feminism, economics, good news, bad news & news from around the planet–straight out of Nashville.

      Meadow Muffins of the Mind: The droppings of some guy’s imagination.

      Meanwhile, at the Manse: Retrieving and renovating a childhood home.

      Cave of Fame: Digging through the relics of rock music.

      The Midnight Tracker: Vintage vinyl, one side at a time.

Long Live the Liebster

Todd Foley of Scribbled Revisions has nominated me for a Liebster Award.   This is my second Liebster, which means three things:

1)  I’m just that good.

2) I’m an award-hog, and –

3) I can now die in peace.

But before I do, I should fulfill the terms of acceptance which include –

1.  Post the award image on your blog (above).
2.  List 11 random facts about yourself (below)
3.  Answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you (further below)
4.  Make up 11 questions for those to be nominated (even further below)
5.  Nominate 11 people to receive the award (at the very bottom).

11 Random Facts:

1.  I didn’t get out of bed until 11 a.m. this morning (I’m in a bit of a funk).

2.  I had polish sausage and sauerkraut for breakfast.

3.  I’m currently listening to Bob Dylan’s “Love Minus Zero”.

4.  I’ve been reading Wendell Berry’s poetry collection Leavings.

5.  I’ll be travelling with my Dad to see my Uncle Larry in Tierra Verde, Florida this weekend.

6.  When I was a teenager, I had a crush on Kristy McNichol.

7.  I once had hiccoughs for 7 solid hours (a side effect of some medication).

8.  I once played basketball with Mel Davis (a Harlem Globetrotter).

9.  I’m planning to join a fitness center for a month (for free) and then drop out before they charge me.

10.  I’ve been attending a Reformed Presbyterian church in town.

11.  I’m hoping to land an adjunct teaching gig at a community college this year.

11 Questions Asked (and my answers):

1. Do you prefer conclusive endings in a story, or ambiguous endings? Why?

         Depends on the genre.  Novels and biographies – conclusive endings.  Short stories (as well as short memoirs, plays and poems) – ambiguous.  Well, not ambiguous exactly, but open-ended.  My reason?  If I invest as much time as it takes to read a novel, I believe the author has a responsibility to wrap up the loose ends.  For shorter reads, I prefer my thoughts (and emotions) to be provoked.

2.  Best movie you last saw?

      I saw both Lincoln and Les Miserables and while I believe Lincoln was well done, Les Miserables was a far better film.

Best book you last read?

    I really enjoyed reading Molly Best Tinsley’s memoir Entering the Blue Stone (reviewed here).

Favorite way to unwind and relax?

    I can usually best unwind by reading and writing, but sometimes I need to get out and take a walk.

What inspires you to write?

    Well crafted songs inspire me.  John Prine is my personal muse.

What is your ideal writing space?

     Sitting in a recliner with my laptop and my headphones.

If you could live in any city in the world, where would it be?

    Of the cities I’ve visited (or lived in), I would say either Louisville, Kentucky or Rochester, New York.

Biggest accomplishment as a writer?

                Aside from this nomination (of course), I would say completing a novella as a college senior called Life (in obvious places).

Biggest aspiration as a writer?

     I would like to complete my short story trilogy “Life”, “Liberty” and “The Pursuit of Happiness” for publication and adapt them into a play.  From there, I would like to supplement my income with published works.

If you had an entire day to yourself, how would you spend it?

Praying, walking, reading, and writing.  (Oh, and eating as well).

Favorite snack?

Nutella and peanut butter in a graham cracker sandwich.

11 Questions for Nominees:

1.  What is your favorite kitchen utensil?

2.  What are you currently reading?

3.  What are you currently writing?

4.  Do you believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone?  If so, why?  If not, why not?

5.  Have you ever run a mile?  If so, what was your best time?

6.  What country would you most like to visit?

7.  If you could invite 3 persons (living or dead, historical or fictional)  to dinner who would they be?

8.  What posters were on your walls when you were growing up?

9.  What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

10.  Who are you rooting for in the upcoming papal election?

11.  Name one of your favorite college courses.

11 Nominees:

alive (to the tips of her fingers):  Alyssa Hollingsworth vs. Travel, Writing, Arthritis and College.

The Cusella Files are a work in progress.

Words Without Pages: “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” – Ray Bradbury.

Kate Murray: A guide to being a dyslexic on a creative writing masters course.

thee sePARaTor: Dread mEssy streAming pounDing (erosion)

A Mind Divided: Artful, Conscious Living with Bipolar Disorder

onceup0natimeinabedofwildflowers:  The adventures of a country girl turned city mom…

Don’t Mind Me: It’s just the Lithium talking.

c. j. lee poetry: touching intimacy with honesty.

stray lower: “Graze on my lips; and if those hills be dry, stray lower, where the pleasant fountains lie.” -Shakespeare.

lazywednesdays: a quiet place to create an escape.

Depression Time: living with depression, panic, pills, sluggish response times, magnets, and big damn dreams

This Little Light of Mine: A “Shine On” Award

Shine On Award

Francesca of RarelySimple has nominated me for a “Shine On” blogging award.  I gladly and graciously accept, kind lady.  Thank you very much.

The terms of acceptance are as follows –

  • Link back to the blogger who nominated you (above).
  • Post the badge on your blog (further above).
  • Answer the questions posed to you (below).
  • Nominate five bloggers who shine a little light in your day and be sure to notify them (further below).
  • Issue some questions you’d like them to answer (even further below).

1.  Where do you see yourself in five years time?

Ideally, I would like to be in a small college town where I would be writing and teaching writing.

2.  If you could throw a dinner party and invite any three guests (living, dead, real or fictional), who would you choose?

  C.S. Lewis,  G.K. Chesterton, and John Prine.

3.   Is the glass half-full, or half-empty?

The glass is actually a cup and it overfloweth, but it has a slow leak in the bottom.

4.   If you could choose to live inside any fictional world, which would you pick?

In Watermelon Sugar by Richard Brautigan.

5.    When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A professional basketball player.


Down Unpaved Roads: I’ve traveled a long way… and some of the roads weren’t paved.

stuff I tell my sister

People Who Write: getting started, getting published & sharing information.

amanda pfeifer: May I sing you a story?

amalya ellman: book lover, professional writer, and blogger.

Questions for Nominees:

1.  What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

2.  What music are you listening to now?  Or, what did you listen to most recently?

3.  Describe a teacher or mentor who inspired you.

4.  Name three restaurants you enjoy.

5.  What book(s) are you reading now?

Lawrence Liebster Lives On: 11 Questions for 11 Nominees


As I mentioned in this previous post, I was nominated for a Liebster Award and I have humbly (yet with much fear and trepidation) accepted the nomination.  The 4 terms of acceptance are –

1)  Post 11 random facts about yourself (here).

2)  Answer 11 questions posed by the nominator (here).

3)  Make up 11 more questions for your nominees (below).

4)  Nominate 11 more blogs (further below).

`11 Questions for Nominees

1)  What brand of deodorant do you use? (If you don’t use one, make one up – WordPress isn’t equipped with a lie detector – yet.)

2)  What book(s) are you reading now?

3)  If you were a Beatle, who would you be (John, Paul, George, or Ringo)?

4) Name one of your guilty pleasures.

5) What (or Who) inspired you to create your blog?

6) Where were you when (choose one) –  a) JFK was shot. ; b) Watergate was exposed. ; c) OJ Simpson was arrested. ; d) The Twin Towers collapsed.

7)  Share a favorite Bible verse (or quote from classic literature).

8) Do you believe in parallel universes?  (If so, do you know how I might visit one.  No, really, I want to know…)

9) List 3 songs you never get tired of listening to.

10)  As you were growing up, what posters (if any) did you have on your walls?

11)  Have you ever memorized a poem?  If so, what poem?

11 Nominees

paralaxvu:  thought sketches from a skewed mind.

a novel journal (Veronique Darwin).

Little Cubicle : Writing, Drawing, Anything Between.


Words Will Keep Us Together: Fiction and musings by Gregory T. Janetka.

Woods End Cottage: Crystal Green is Coming to Life

Sue Ann Porter: An Embellished Memoir, in Short Spurts

Scribbled Revisions: I love words.  I’m learning to use them.

The Call of the Pen: Random Thoughts of a Scribe With a Need to Write.

In Quotation Marks

Rarely Simple: “The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple” – Oscar Wilde.