Lynda Shoup is one of the nicest virtual friends I’ve had the pleasure to “meet” this past year.  We got to know each other last year during NaPiBoWriWee and caught up again last week for the 2011 version.  She recently bestowed upon me this award:

It came at a pretty ironic time because I have a terrible cold and am currently sporting sweatpants and a sweatshirt with my hair pulled back in a scrunchie.  Ordinarily I stay away from blogger awards just because I never have the time to “pass them on,” and I feel bad that by listing some, I skip over others that I also love.  However, this time the award really did boost my spirits so I figured it was time to join in.  The rules are to reveal 7 things about yourself that readers might not know and then to pass the award on to up to 15 bloggers whose blogs you enjoy.  So here goes.

7 Things You Might Not Know About Me (and that aren’t already listed on my 100 Random Things)

  1. I wish I would meditate every day.  I don’t know why I don’t.
  2. I will turn 40 later this month
  3. Surprisingly, I’m not upset about #2
  4. I’ve always fantasized about being an actress or a dancer (I have no talent at either)
  5. I once thought my car had been stolen, but really I had just forgotten where I parked it.
  6. I experience all five senses in my dreams – weird but true.
  7. I loved Charlotte’s Web so much as a child that I had a stuffed pig named Wilbur.  My mother sold it in a garage sale.  I’ve just barely forgiven her…

And now, onto some great blogs I think you will enjoy:

First up are three of my awesome critique partners who blog regularly.  Their blogs all have tons of great information!

  1. Alison Stevens
  2. Megan Bickel at The Write at Home Mom
  3. Christie Wild at Write Wild

Other virtual friends:

  1. Cheryl Reifsnyder at The Rich Writer
  2. Jean Reidy at A Totally Random Romp
  3. Ingrid Sundberg at Ingrid’s Notes
  4. Corey Schwartz at Thing 1 and Thing 2
  5. Julie Musil
  6. Catherine Johnson
  7. Katie Davis
  8. Nancy Hatch at Spirit Lights the Way

Eleven is probably enough for now, but I encourage you to check my blogroll for more ideas.  I read each and every one that is listed and enjoy them all.  Thanks again Linda!

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Three months from today I will be on the ground in Italy!!  Totally non sequitur, I know, but it just had to be said.

In other news, I recently donned my hard hat to do some major construction on my blogrolls.  I hadn’t looked at them for weeks, and they were a total mess.  There were bloggers there with whom I hadn’t had contact with in months, and plenty of blogs that I read religiously that weren’t there at all. (I’m talking to you Corey Schwartz, Tara Lazar, Julie Musil, etc….)  I’ve also been reorganizing blogs into categories that I hope make better sense and make it easier for you to find other interesting blogs.

I am certain there are some blogs that have gotten lost in the shuffle, so if I used to list you and you don’t see your blog anymore, drop me a note in the comments.  I can promise you it’s not because I don’t love you or your blog.  Rather, I worked on this project in between cooking, doing laundry, walking the dog and, every once in a while, interacting my kids.  Make sure to look for both your name and your blog name; in some cases I’ve switched from one to the other.

If you have a moment, please look through the categories and let me know if I’m missing anything/anyone.  I’m a bit light on Editor blogs and could use some ideas there, but any and all suggested additions are welcome.  Drop in on some of these blogs if you have the time.  I’ve taken a lot of care with my list.  If a blog is there, it’s because I read it, enjoy it and learn something from it regularly.

Finally, if you enjoy this blog and like what you read, please consider putting me on your blog list.  We’re all looking to reach people after all.  If you list me and I haven’t listed you, please let me know.  I always like to reciprocate if possible.

Thanks so much!  So glad that chore is completed!

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