Monday, July 18, 2011

I'm Back -- Sort Of . . .

The foot is progressing, thanks to the good care I'm getting from my wonderful hubby -- ice packs, great meals, juice, my stack of books I've saved for this period, bringing them to me on request. I've felt like a queen. So, last night I knighted him. (I tapped him on the shoulder with my hand, since we don't have swords and shields lying around the house.)

I've been reading like crazy, and in a day or two I'll start reporting on them. But today I want to pass on two nice awards Richard Hughes gave me. (what a nice thing to come back to!)  Mosey on ovr to his site and enjoy his posts.  He writes about Paris, reviews e-books, shares some of his stories and has an all around interesting blog.  Meanwhile, thank you, Richard, I really appreciate it.

Here are the awards.

 I am supposed to thank the sender and refer readers back to him/her,
then pass it on to five or more others, and then tell seven things about myself that others might not know.

So, here are my five new candidates (but, oh, there are really so many
good bloggers out there.  It's hard to choose!)

1.  Lia Keyes, the founder of Scribblerati (a wonderful writer site; come join) and an all around whirlwind wonder, whose blog keeps you informed about the writing world, tips on writing all kinds of fiction, although her specialty is Steampunk, and who manages to write a trilogy, while hosting chats . . . Oh, it just goes on and on.  Go check out her site.

2.  Hope Clark, a writer with an interesting blog who also has a fabulous newsletter, Funds For Writers, that posts new markets, new contests, new conferences, retreats, grants; you name it.  Visit her blog and subscribe to her newsletter.  I always find something of value at both sites.

3.  Michelle Fayard, blog hostess at Bird's Eye View and pre-published author, who interviews authors, reviews books, and greets the writing world with infectious enthusiasm -- and also had an agent request to see more pages of her work.

4.  J. L. Campbell, who has three different blogs, but my favorite one is The Character Depot, where she raises interesting issues that arise during a WIP, invites guest authors to address issues writers worry over, and always provides food for that.  once you are at her site above, you can explore the other two blogs as well.  (One is devoted to book reviews.)  I had the good fortune to win a copy of her e-book, Dissolution, a good read that I'll be addressing later this week.

5.  Rosi Hollinbeck, who does it all:  shares the ups and downs and angst of the writing life, passes on good articles and contests (and has been winning some of those contests as well), and writes some great reviews.

I am going to stop at these five for now, saving some others for the future.  But check them out; you won't be disappointed.  Meanwhile here are seven new things about me:

1.  This first will only be new to those who have met me online.  I'm a vegetarian.  I do eat fish and seafood and also dairy products, but nothing that runs on four legs or flies.  I was never a big meat eater to begin with, but when I started cooking for my vegetarian husband, a truly wonderful food world awaited me.  Trust me when I say "Yum!"

2.  One of the great triumphs of my life was learning to cook a wonderful South Indian rice cake called iddli.  (My husband is from India.)  You'll never know how many years that took, even with help and demos from my sisters-in-law and numerous nieces.  It's not an easy treat to make, and when it started coming out consistently right I knew that . . . I'll find an agent and a commercial publisher yet!

3.  I'm getting ambitious in my Spanish lessons: my goal is to be able eventually to read a novel in Spanish.  Well . . . maybe a novella.

4.  I confess to never having read The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings.  They are on my "someday" list, but (a second confession) other books are on the "sooner than someday" list.  (I'm sure when I get to Hobbit and Ring I'll kick myself for taking so long.)

5.  I love my Mac.  I'm saying this now, because when I first got it, I had to make a complete adjustment from so many years of working on Microsoft, and I often ranted about how everything as located in different places.

6.  I have menioned before that I'm not a dessert person, but once in a blue moon, I love coffee ice cream.  I think I'm a coffee person.  I love cafe con leche, too.

7.  I wrote a poem to a spider this week.  It was traveling aross my ceiling as I lay captive in bed -- my foot elevated on four pillows -- and prayed fervently that the critter would make it to the far wall before losing traction and falling on me.

That's it for today.  Happy blog-hopping.


writing and living by Richard P Hughes said...

Good to see you back.

I'd like to be a vegetarian, but I don't care much for cooking, and my wife would never become one. It's kind of ironic that you're a vegetarian and you love you Mac (as in a Big Mac at MacDonalds):).

I've never read The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings either.

I assume the spider made it; otherwise, you'd have been back in the hospital.

J.L. Campbell said...

Thanks ever so much, Elizabeth. It's good to know a little more about you.

Michelle Fayard said...

I don't know which is greater news, Mitty--that your foot is on the mend or that in giving this award you've included me on the same list with bloggers and authors such as Lia, Hope, Joy and Rosi. Wow and thank you very much!


P.S. I love our iMac too. :)

Rosi said...

I've heard about the rice cake being so terribly hard to make. Congratulations! I love the spider story. Can't wait to see the poem. I read the Hobbit, but just could not read the Ring trilogy, try as I might. I miss my Mac. I was a Mac person for many, many years and went to the dark side a few years ago. I'm sure there was a good reason, but I can't remember why. I'm not a coffee person, but love coffee ice cream or chocolate or vanilla or Moose Tracks or Bear Claw or...I love ice cream. Thanks for the honor.

Hope Clark said...

Thanks for the awards. That's so sweet - pun intended. I'm honored.

Hope Clark

Rachna Chhabria said...

Its good to see you back. Congrats on the two awards. You deserve them.

Well... so you have mastered the art of making Idlis. That's great. :)

Carol Riggs said...

Congrats on the awards, and I hope your foot continues to heal well (and that the spiders stay on the ceiling)!!!

Pat Tillett said...

Congrats on the two awards. I'm happy to hear that your foot is doing well. Hang in there!

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Thanks everyone for all the good wishes. I'm about halfway through my recuperate period, enjoying good reads but dying to get back to my MG novel. Your comments and visiting your blogs keep my morale high and help me to be patient.

Tanya Reimer said...

Congrats on these awesome awards! Your 7 things are so great. And the poem about the spider made me smile, because, ya know, it tells me something sweet about ya.

penandpaints said...

Good to see you back! Congratulations on your awards!

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Thanks for stopping by Project Mayhem today!

Julie Musil said...

I'm glad you're feeling much better! It was so cool reading fun details about you. I know what you mean about the Mac. It's a huge learning curve, but boy is it worth it! Take care.

Jayne said...

Glad your foot is on the mend, and I love the thought of you knighting your hubby with a tap on the shoulder!

I think you should give The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings a go. Saying that, I have never managed to get into Tolkien's other books, such as The Silmarillion. Too dense for me!

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Thanks, Tanya. I actually submitted the spider poem to my writing group and am planning to submit it to a ckidren's mag. It wasfun to write.

Pen and paints, I hope to start blogging a little more this week. Thanks for the good wishes.

Caroline, your site is quite interesting, and I'll be back. I h.ope others commenting will visit it as well.

Julie, only someone making the switch from pc to Mac can appreciate how much of an adjustment it is,, but you are right when you say it's worth it.

Jayne, thanks for the good wishes. . . And you have helped to move The Hobbit a nd The Ring series a little higher on the TBR stack.

Take care, all.