Saturday, 29 September 2012

Super Swe-e-e-e-e-t Award

I'm flattered to have received a Super Swe-e-e-e-t Award from Jeanette Anderson http://jeanettesandersen.blogspot.com/ on September 20 (sorry for the delay in getting this up Jeanette but it is greatly appreciated)!  Her mission is to make people laugh, cry, shout, smile, frown and just enjoy reading so check out her blog and see if it works!

The Guidelines:

So, once I accept this award, the guidelines state that:

First:  I must thank the person who nominated me... of course, that's the proper thing to do! Thanks Jeanette!

Second: Answer the Super Sweet Questions (that follow below).

Third: Nominate a baker's dozen (13) to receive this award (if you can't find 13 that's okay... just find as many as you can).

“Super Sweet” Questions:
 
1. Cookies or Cake?   Cookies. Especially my mother-in-law's special oatmeal cookies!  Even tastier when eaten at the cottage.


2. Chocolate or Vanilla?    Vanilla, with lots of fresh berries.


3. What is your favorite sweet treat?   I really don't have a sweet tooth... I know, ironic considering the nature of this award, right?  But, if I had to choose it would be Godiva Chocolates.


4. When do you crave sweet things the most?   
I don't :(

5. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be? 
My dad called me Annie Bananie (does that count)?
 


My Baker’s Dozen: I'm going to highlight the blogs of some of my special friends and favorite people, not necessarily because their content is sweet (although some of it is) but because they have touched my life in some way:

The Awards go to:

Katie Foster -  http://www.arabiantalesandotheramazingadventures.blogspot.com/
Susan Castle - http://susanthecoach.wordpress.com/
Debbie Nicol -  http://embersoftheworld.com/blog/
Jo Parfitt -  http://www.joparfitt.com/
Padmini Sankar - http://paddersatdubai.blogspot.com/
Shirley Ralston - http://texpatfaith.wordpress.com/ 
Sarah Walton - http://www.thehedonista.com/
Lynda Skok Martinez - http://longhornsandcamels.wordpress.com/
Alison Delory - http://alisondelory.com/blog/
Linda Janssen - http://www.adventuresinexpatland.com/wp/
Morgen Bailey - http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/
Maria Foley - http://iwasanexpatwife.com/
Zvezdana Raskovich - http://www.zvezdanarashkovich.com/apps/blog/ 

You all rock!


Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Back to ‘Normal’ Routine

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Morning Coffee... part of my writing routine
When you make a habit of straddling two countries sometimes it’s hard to tell exactly what is ‘normal’.  Yesterday, as I sat on my balcony with my coffee and checked my emails I realized I was slowly getting back to ‘Thai normal’ after our summer in Canada.  No, the jet lag hasn’t completely gone away as I’m only into the fifth day of what is going to be an 11 day recovery process for me according to all the literature on how long it takes…. one day for every hour of time zone change… but we’re getting there.

As much as I’m an adventurer and love to travel, I also relish my routine and when it’s out of whack for any length of time, I go through a sort of withdrawal.  I'm now back at my desk, with my coffee and picture of my loving husband to my right and my trusty muse Zorro either to the left of me snoozing away on his ‘half’ of my desk or directly behind me so I have to pause to look around before I push my chair back.

Also to my right is the stack of notes and To Do’s for each of my clients.  Yes, they’re still handwritten in this crazy electronic age!  The feel of the paper being crumpled in my hand and tossed into the actual garbage can - or the ‘bin’ for my UK readers - under my desk because all of the items on it have been ticked off, gives me such great pleasure.  These must be prioritized in stacks of descending order of importance depending on deadlines: a blog tour plan, Twitter and Facebook update for one, LinkedIn profile for another and final changes for a freelance magazine article.  All is right in my world.

And, yes, I continue to query agents for my novel, Mental Pause.  I did promise to keep you updated with the progress and I’m tickled to report that I finally had one agent ask for the full manuscript after reading my query!  I guess that one was written right.  I’ve had others ask for two or three chapters but this is the first who has asked for the full manuscript following a query. I do write a fresh one every time depending on who the agent is, what they typically represent, the character of their agency and the requirements of their specific submission guidelines.  Of course, the synopsis is usually the same with a few tweaks (as it can always be improved)!  No word from her yet but I’ll keep you posted.

So, happy writing and feel free to share your quirky routines too.  It’ll make me feel better.   For now, I #amwriting (which is my favourite hashtag on Twitter - I'd love for you to join me there too @annethewriter).