If you are a regular reader here, you’ll recall my previous mentions of admiration for Kristen Lamb, her #MyWANA virtual meeting place and all of my WANA711 peeps met during her summer Blogging to Build Your Brand course. For regular followers–THANK YOU! For your loyalty, you get the keys to the Godiva room. If you are new to my blog, you get a Godiva truffle and a promise of keys in the future if you stick around. 🙂
I am blessed to have connections to other writers in my local critique group as well as friends across the country that I’ve met at conferences. I now consider many in the WANA band to be part of my extended circle of writer friends. They are fellow bloggers, crafters of short stories and novelists covering multiple genres.
We chat about writing goals, successes (and struggles) with finding writing time and word counts and what next to tackle in our to-be-read piles. We’ve shared about day job tortures fun and how to get it all done with family demands. They understand and support my performance reality TV show addictions and share their own for Dexter, The Real Housewives series and CSI. We cheer each other on, kick each other back into gear and have some wicked virtual parties.
Another thing we do is sing the praises of others’ success and blogging by giving awards. I was bestowed the One Lovely Blog award by Angela Orlowski-Peart. Angela fits my description of someone with a positive energy and spirit, and just looking at her Gravatar just makes me smile.
Angela is a young adult paranormal romance and urban fiction writer. She’s also a beautiful blogger with a range of topics. Do check out her blog. You can do it now if you promise to come back. I’ve got some dark chocolate to munch while waiting for you.
The award rules are that I need to dig out five wacky/random facts from the depths of my secret lair, then pass the award on to five people. Here we go:
- In elementary school, I used to dry Elmer’s glue blobs on paper, color them with Crayola markers and then eat them. No, they didn’t taste like the “flavors” I’d colored them.
- I attended a Dead Milkmen concert in the late ’80s and hung out in the mosh pit.
- In its heyday, I watched MTV every hour on the hour for repeats of the newest videos. Many times my face would be nearly pressed to the screen.
- I can read material that is upside down.
- I used to be able to put my ankles behind my ears while sitting on the floor.
I’m passing the award on to the following peeps (make sure you visit each of their blogs):
Who makes up your writing community? How do you do to build upon the virtual or conference friendships you have made?