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More Awards? I’m Not Worthy.

I’m speechless yet again. I was nominated for three more awards last week. I apologize for the delay in expressing my gratitude to those who nominated me. My days have been busier than usual lately. My beautiful niece asked me to help plan her wedding and I’m doing my best to live up to her expectations. No, she’s not a bridezilla but she seems to hold my skills in high regard so I don’t want to disappoint.

veryinspiringblogawardChildren’s book author Deanie at Thoughts and Ideas from Deanie Humphrys-Dunne nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award and I’m very honored to accept. Thank you so much Deanie!

The Rules:

 1. Display logo on your blog to show you’ve been nominated.

2. Link back to your nominator.

3. Share 7 things about yourself.

4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award.

5. Notify your nominees.

Seven Things About Me:

Feel free to skip this part, I’m not that interesting but these are some incredibly stupid things I did when I was young and fearless and thought I was invincible {shaking my head}.

  1. When I was five my brother and I crashed the family car into our neighbors front yard, barely missing their house. The car was parked on a steep driveway. We released the emergency brake and shifted it out of park (imitating my mother’s daily actions).
  2. I often climbed to the roof of my house while playing with my brothers (army, most likely) and fell on one of those occasions (fortunately the injuries were minor).
  3. I rode on the back of a motorcycle travelling at 120 mph (yeah, I know…stupid, stupid, stupid).
  4. I switched places with the driver of a vehicle while driving down the highway (yes, you read that right, the car was in motion).
  5. I’ve been cliff jumping at Pace Bend Park in Austin, Texas (enough said).
  6. I accepted a ride from a stranger when my car broke down. He turned out to be a nice guy but I still cringe when I think of what could have happened (a uniformed security guard doesn’t automatically equal a person you can trust).
  7. I swam across the lake with my sister (we could’ve easily been overlooked by a passing boat and well…you get the idea).

I’d like to thank my guardian angel for working overtime while I was an intrepid (okay, imprudent) youth. I sincerely apologize for these random acts of sheer idiocy.

The Nominees:

I’ve been inspired by so many people in the blogosphere but I’ll follow the rules and only list 15. Next to their name I’ve listed the post(s) they inspired me to write and/or other inspiration I’ve received from them. Please visit their blogs, if you haven’t done so already. You may find inspiration for that next post or scene in your book or life in general. I don’t have a fraction of the talent they do so I feel completely unworthy of being lumped in the same class with them.

  1. Become An Author  inspired one of my first posts: Be Courageous…Be a Writer.
  2. Kristen Lamb’s Blog inspired the post Are You in Your Right Brain? and Wordle:  A Nifty Little Tool for Writers.
  3. Lori’s Inner Goddess inspired the post: ACUBA (Acronyms Commonly Used by Authors).
  4. James Ramsey inspired the post: Had to Rush My Baby to the ICU.
  5. Legends of Windemere inspired me to write: Shoot ‘Em Up! Rawhide (We Write)! after reading his adventures with self publishing.
  6. Jill London inspired me to play the piano again and to write the post: Inspiration for Writers Spending Themselves in a Worthy Cause.
  7. Barbara Crowe inspired the post: A Longing Fulfilled is the Tree of Life.
  8. Creative Writing with the Crimson League inspired the post: When Your Characters Come to Life. No, REALLY come to Life.
  9. Digging History inspired me to write about something in my next book by visiting his blog.
  10. Julie Green Art inspired me to brush up on my photography skills and dust off my art supplies.
  11. Author A.J. Adwen inspires me to persevere on my journey to becoming  an author.
  12. Petite Magique inspired me to dig deeper into one of my characters.
  13. Time to Write: I’d heard of pinning pictures of images that remind you of characters and scenes in your book but one of his posts inspired me to create a board of favorite book covers.
  14. 101 Books blogs about his quest to read Time Magazine’s Top 100 Novels and inspires me to keep up with a similar pursuit I started in 2011, to read the Modern Library’sTop 100. I’ve merged the Time Magazine Top 100 with my list.
  15. Free Little Words inspires me to keep my priorities in order and focus on what really matters.

copper-sunToria at Temitoria’s Wit nominated me for two awards: The Shine On Award and The Wonderful Team Member Readership Award. Thank you so much sweet Toria! Visit her blog and you will see that she has the soul of a poet. I’ve already accepted The Shine On Award here so I won’t bore you with more things about me.

Wonderful Team Member Readership Award

The Rules:

1. Display the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award logo on his/her blog.

2. Nominate 14 readers they appreciate over a period of 7 days, all at once or little by little, as most convenient to the nominee.

3. Name the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award nominees on a post or post(s).

The Nominees:

  1. Book Reviews & Poetry
  2. Daily (w)rite
  3. Human Writes
  4. Readful Things
  5. James Ramsey
  6. Jill London
  7. John W Howell
  8. Julie Israel
  9. Kira Lyn Blue
  10. L. Marie
  11. Legends of Windemere
  12. Petite Magique
  13. Sairyou.me
  14. Temitoria’s Wit

Congratulations to the nominees of these two awards. Please do not feel obligated to accept just know that you positively affect the lives of others and this blogger in particular appreciates you very much.

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Writers: Where Do You Find Inspiration?

When I was working in the financial services industry, I would occasionally come across a problem that I would have difficulty solving. I could be blocked for thirty minutes or an hour, but the minute I got up to take a break – WHAM! The solution would hit me. Often, this occurred in the restroom, a place I affectionately dubbed the Think Tank. All it took was a simple change of scenery and the solution would materialize.

Since I quit that corporate job, I’m no longer limited to the confines of an office where my options to change the scenery consisted of the restroom, break room or stairwell.  Now, I can change the scenery whenever and however I choose. I can go running, biking or driving so I guess my Think Tank is now more appropriately called Reflection Road.

I was feeling a little unfocused today. The ideas wouldn’t flow. So I headed out for a quick run on Reflection Road and guess what?  It worked. It’s amazing how it always works or me.  I spent hours surfing the internet, staring at the screen, doing just about anything other than writing today. But once I set out on Reflection Road the creative blood started pumping.

The last song on my i-pod was Just Breathe by Pearl Jam and as I listened to the words, a scene from my current WIP formed in my head. I’m still all sweaty but I had to write the scene before hitting the shower. I know many of you can relate. We have to get the idea down as soon as possible for fear that it will vaporize as quickly as it materialized.

I’m often inspired by music and this one was perfect today. Enjoy 🙂

“Just Breathe”

Yes, I understand that every life must end, uh-huh
As we sit alone, I know someday we must go, uh-huh
Oh I’m a lucky man, to count on both hands the ones I love
Some folks just have one, yeah, others, they’ve got none
Stay with me… Let’s just breathe…
Practiced all my sins, never gonna let me win, uh-huh
Under everything, just another human being, uh-huh
I don’t wanna hurt, there’s so much in this world to make me bleed
Stay with me You’re all I see…
Did I say that I need you?
Did I say that I want you?
Oh, if I didn’t I’m a fool you see
No one knows this more than me
As I come clean…
I wonder everyday, as I look upon your face, uh-huh
Everything you gave
And nothing you would save, oh no
Nothing you would take
Everything you gave…
Did I say that I need you?
Oh, did I say that I want you?
Oh, if I didn’t I’m a fool you see
No one knows this more than me
And I come clean, ah…
Nothing you would take
Everything you gave
Hold me til I die
Meet you on the other side…

The Best Moment Award

best-moment-award-winner1Wow! Just wow! I was nominated for The Best Moment Award by the lovely and talented Jill London.

The Rules:

Winners re-post this completely with their acceptance speech. This could be written or video recorded. Winners have the privilege of awarding the next awardees! The re-post should include a NEW set of people/blogs worthy of the award with notification sent to them of the great news. Display the award’s badge on your blog/website.

Resources: What makes a good acceptance speech?

  • Gratitude. Thank the people who helped you along the way.
  • Humor. Keep us entertained and smiling.
  • Inspiration. Make your story touch our lives.

Get an idea from the great acceptance speeches compiled in MomentMatters.com/Speech.

My acceptance speech:

“Hi, my name is Melissa Janda and I’m a writer… this is my story, my journey to becoming a published author. I hope it has a good ending.”

I didn’t expect to make that announcement on the blogosphere. When I started this journey, I expected to walk alone, or rather sit alone at my laptop and type thousands of words each day until I had completed a novel. Well, I did that. I submitted my first queries in February and received six fairly quick rejections. I realized I had a lot more to learn. That is when I discovered blogging.

The quote above is an excerpt from my first post and I didn’t know if anyone would ever read it.  But they did and they commented too. Their words encouraged me, inspired me, and told me I was not alone. It led me to their blogs where they shared what they had learned in their own journey. It’s shared in pure benevolence, in respect of other writers and the craft we love. I’m honored to read their words, to absorb the wisdom. They poured their hearts out by sharing hopes and dreams, tragedies and triumphs. At times I was left speechless by the beauty of the writing. Other times I literally laughed out loud. I was even brought to tears.

I dedicate the following video to those of you who have visited my blog, liked my posts, and shared your thoughts, and to all the bloggers out there who are sharing their story. You mean more to me than you know.

“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Here are my nominees for the Best Moment Award

  1. LorisInnerGoddess.wordpress.com
  2. KiraLynBlue.com
  3. ShanesBookBlog.wordpress.com
  4. LegendsofWindemere.wordpress.com
  5. ContentbyDawn.com
  6. Petitemagique.wordpress.com
  7. LauraAnile.com
  8. Dhdunne.blogspot.com
  9. James-Ramsey.com
  10. JohnWHowell.com

Inspiration for Writers Spending Themselves in a Worthy Cause

After reading Jill London’s post about some of her favourite quotes, I decided to share one that I love by Theodore Roosevelt.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how theodore-roosevelt_114086tthe strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Does that get your heart pumping? Does mine. Now go spend yourself in a worthy cause!

Had to Rush My Baby to the ICU.

“Oh my God! No! No! No!” My heart hammered in my chest as I watched my baby turn blue. I laid my fingers on her and tried to recall the technique. “Okay, on three. One, two, three!” I pressed CTRL+ALT+DEL on the keyboard and held my breath.

Ctrl+Alt+Del (webcomic)
Ctrl+Alt+Del (webcomic) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nothing.

“C’mon baby!” I tried it again.

Still…nothing.

Why hadn’t I signed up for that CPR (Computer Performance Restoration) class? My baby, aka my laptop, had turned blue and no remedy was working.  I cradled her in my arms and rushed to the closest ICU (Inactive Computer Unit).

With my baby protectively held to my chest, I threw open the door and yelled to the man behind the counter, “I don’t know what’s wrong with her! I haven’t heard a sound from her in hours! She turned blue! Please help!”

He smiled and placed a hand over his mouth. Wait, was he trying not to laugh?

“Ah, the dreaded ‘blue screen.’ Let’s have a look.”

blue screen
blue screen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I gently laid her on the counter and watched as he worked. I drummed my fingers on the counter as I awaited the diagnosis. He was so calm. What was that noise? Was he humming? Seriously? How could he be humming at a time like this? My baby’s life was on the line! I couldn’t stand it any longer.

“What do you think it is?”

“Uh, the hard drive may be going out.”

“What?” I covered my chest with my hand. “But – but she’s only two!”

He seemed to notice my apprehension and said, “Or it could just be a virus.”

“Do you think she’ll be alright?”

“Don’t know. We’ll need to run some diagnostics. It’ll probably take several hours.”

“You mean I can’t take her home with me?”

“We need to keep her overnight, just to be sure.”

“But – but I’ve never left her with anyone overnight.”

He laid a hand on my shoulder and said, “It’ll be okay.”

If you’re a writer like me, you can relate to the fear of something happening to your laptop.  Without it we feel like a bird without a song, a bull without its horns, a cowboy without his boots, a jockey without a horse…you get the point. For writers, the laptop is our lifeblood. Fortunately my baby received a heavy dose of antivirus meds and now she’s as good as new.

Special thanks to James Ramsey’s post, Inspiration. I guess she was right. You can find the inspiration to write by surfing the net. Her post reminded me of the trauma with my laptop last week and inspired me to write this post. Check out James’ website. She has a new book coming out next month which I can’t wait to read.