Thursday, August 12, 2010

Meet the Teacher and a Truth Award

It's Meet the Teacher day at the girls' school, which means... Monday's it!

Truth: I've never really liked the girls going back to school. I feel like they're taking those first little steps away from me, starting their own little lives. Then I feel like time is passing too fast, and my throat gets tight...

OK, more truth, I also like not having a schedule or using an alarm clock in the mornings.

This year, the sad truth is I'm a little glad school's starting back. I'll be able to go back in the writing cave and not feel guilty about it.

(But I never left the writing cave, you argue? No, I did. This summer my only writing was for work and on this here blog.)

My primary focus on the ole novelist career this summer was networking, joining crit groups, and revisions. All very important, just not writing.

Still, I met so many amazing writer friends. If you missed it Monday, one of those is Carolyn Abiad whose Burnt Amber blog is absolutely fascinating.

Her paranormal romance of the same name is set in Turkey and filled with all kinds of legends and locations. She chronicles and explains them all on her blog. (Click her name above to visit.)

Fun truth: I'm a sucker for all things exotic.

So a brief post today. WriteOnCon is still going strong, and if you're a writer, get over there and check out all the great information.

Sadly, I haven't been able to participate in the critique forums. My window was Wednesday, and the site was down half the day. And it's not right to post if you can't give feedback.

But there is so much good stuff there. And it's completely free.

Now for the Award:

This award was given to me by Cruella at Giraffability of Digressions. The Bold Face Liar Creative Writer award requires you to:

1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link to them. (THANK YOU, CC! And you can visit her beautiful giraffe-laden blog by clicking on her name above.)

2. Add the award to your blog.  (DONE!)

3. Tell six outrageous lies about yourself and one truth. (Another variant: Tell six truths and one outrageous lie.)

4. Nominate six creative liars–I mean writers–and post links to them.

5. Let your nominees know that they have been nominated.

OK! So to start, sigh... I know so many bold face liars, er, creative writers. But I'll tag some of my new blogging friends who weren't mentioned on Monday.

I happily pass this award to the following friends who have amazing and/or helpful blogs:

Holly, the Supermom who Writes
RaShelle, who needs a No. 2 Pencil, Stat!
K.M. Weiland over at Wordplay
Karen, who's Coming Down the Mountain
Ezmirelda, who has Dreamz

and my precious cousin Alison who recently started her blog: Pure Imagination! Run check it out and give her some love~

Now, you funny reader-friends time to guess the Truth amidst all these... creative statements. (Lie is such an ugly word.) Which of the following is TRUE:

1. I won a contest in elementary school for collecting the most postcards from different cities.

2. I graduated from a coffee cupping class in college.

3. My first job was at a snowball stand in front of a used car dealership.

4. My two front teeth are fake as the result of a bicycle accident in childhood.

5. My nickname is "Curls Magee."

6. I was going to major in Marine Biology in college, but ultimately switched to Journalism.

7. My first attempt at creative writing was a graphic novel titled Zombie Woman.

That's easy enough, right?

The TRUTH and a Book review on Monday! This time the one I was going to review when The Hunger Games swept in and derailed everything. Until then, have a great weekend, reader friends~


DL Hammons said...

I'm going with #1 because...I have no clue! :)

Carolyn Abiad said...

#7 - Zombie Woman story?

THANK YOU for the linkage and the wonderful promotion! I'm off to learn about Giraffes now. Did you know they're my favorite animal too? They are, since I was a kid actually. Love their long eyelashes :)

Hart Johnson said...

Oh! I hope you really like your daughters' teachers! And it is GOOD to be eager for the time to write. Kids growing up is bittersweet at times... okay who am I kidding... I am darned RELIEVED... I loved the baby/toddler thing, but elementary was not prime time for me. I like it now that they are people.

And I'm going with #7, too...

LTM said...

@DL: (evil laugh) mwa ha ha haaaa...

@Carolyn: You bet! Your blog's cool... and Me too! (about the giraffes, I mean... :o)

@Hart: I'm so torn. I'm w/you on the little, little kid phase being hard. More truth? I get tired of playing Zhu zhu pets. :o| But then I feel so guilty for that... :D

OH, and more evil laughter. So far you're all wrong. :p

Unknown said...

Hah! What a fun award. I love the twist on usual "tell 5 things about yourself" bit. Thanks so much for tagging me!

Karen Jones Gowen said...

Thanks for the award, your truths or are they? are really funny. Now I'll go check out the new blog links :)

Anonymous said...

I know 2,3,&4 are true, not sure about the rest.

LTM said...

@KM: Can't wait to see what you come up with~

@KarenG: *hee hee!* (loved your post today, btw.)

@Anon: A-HA! You're close, but no cigar. I took a page from (outrageous liar) JRM's book and planted "almost-truths" in all but two stmts... mwa hahahaha again! ;p

Ezmirelda said...

Aww, Thanks so much for the award!

I'm guessing # 6. You seem like the journalistic type. (Is journalistic a word???) haha^^

Can't wait to read your book review on Monday!

RaShelle Workman said...

How fun!!!! Thanks so much for the award!!! I can't wait to tell some lies. Heh heh.
Did you love writeoncon or what???

Cruella Collett said...

Ooo, good lies(sorryImeancreativestatements)/truths! I am not reading the other comments just yet, because I don't want to be influenced by others. Now there is one I *know* is false (as you talked about this recently), and then another that I suspect is (I mean, how many biking incidents could your family take?). The question, then, is whether I go with all lies and guess which is correct, or all truths except the one I am certain is a lie...

Right. My money is set on all truths except #7. Maybe your family is just not supposed to be around bikes...

And thanks for the plug :)

Cruella Collett said...

Oh, man... After HAVING read the other commens I'm going to change my guess (if that is allowed....) to all lies except, uhm... You know, the bike thing sounds to coincidental to be true... Probably one of your half-truths (tricksey!).. Number 3? Even if the concept of selling snowballs is very foreign to me. We don't do that in Norway, for some reason... :p

LTM said...

@E and CC: Wrong, wrong and wrong... Mwa hahahahahaaa!

Also, you're welcome, sweetie, and no snowballs in Norway??? Umm.. oh, right. You also never get 100+ degree temps. ;p girrhll...

@RaShelle: you're welcome! And I DID think WriteOnCon was extremely informative. It also gave me some ideas for agents to hit up, er, I mean query. ;p your lies, I mean, creative stmts, are very nice...

RosieC said...

I don't even know what #2 means.

I'm going with #1 for absolutely no good reason. When I was teaching English abroad, my friend's nephew's school ran the same competition. I gave my students extra credit to send him as many postcards as possible and write him notes in English. It was fun. So I hope you won, too!