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Blogging Sounds for 3WW

Published August 29, 2012 by Ms. Nine

Weekly Writing Challenge from The Daily Post at : blog sounds


3WW prompt: free, affair, expectation

Free from twitter beeps

An affair with the keyboard

Tap tap tap tap

Hummmm of  a hard drive

Scratching muse

An expectation

Anticipation of a post

Like dinner hot on the table


Mom’s Advice: “You should be Writing Your Book”

Published August 13, 2012 by Ms. Nine

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What would happen if you suspended posting for a week?  Is the world going to end?

Is someone going to die?

Would you shrink and disappear into the nethermost digital divide?

Is this unthinkable?  Can you stop blogging for an entire week?


This is my challenge.

If I’m successful, you’ll see a new post on August 20th.

Would I finish my wip??

I’m about to find out.



Thanks for stopping by.

Does it Matter?

Published August 10, 2012 by Ms. Nine

When I discovered blogging, I made a mistake and told my mother about it.  She didn’t get it at all.

“Why are you doing that?”

“It’s fun to write stories and read other people’s comments,” I said.

“How do you know they are who they say they are?  They might be scammers. You could get a virus, you know.”

Trying to tell my mother about secure servers, virus protection, and anonymity is like telling the Holy Father about birth control.  Why bother?

I simply said, “It’s safe, Mom.  I don’t even use real names.”

“So what.  Hackers could find out.”

“You know the story about the tree and the elephant cables?  Well, I write stories like that on my blog,” I said. “You’d get a kick out of them”

“I don’t go on the internet for stories.  My computer is too slow. No. No..No..I wouldn’t do that.  Can’t you just mail the stories? Just send them to me.”

We didn’t need to be skyping for me to see her shaking her head. I dropped the subject like a coconut from a skyscraper.  I told myself it didn’t matter if she reads my blog.  That was a fat lie.

Mom called today.

“I read your blogs, you know,” her sing-song tone sounded like a nananaboobee.

“Oh.” I said. I wanted to jump up and down, shout hallelujah, and do a cartwheel.  I was proud of her.


“Well, what did you think, Mom?”

“There’re wonderful!….You should be writing your book.”  There it was – a “should be” – an admonishment dressed up and ready for church.

“I’m doing both at the same time,” I said.

“Okay, yeah, yeah,yeah… You remember Bob? Well, his father died and the funeral was yesterday…”

A funeral?  So she called to tell me about a funeral?

She told me she sang at the service, baked a cake, and brought over a casserole for the family.  When she received the thank-you note, she was baffled at how much her gifts had meant to them.  An implied  shucks it was nothing.  A lie.  Maybe she didn’t expect them to express their gratitude so deeply. I’m sure she appreciated knowing that what she did mattered.

“Mom, remember how grateful we were when Dad died and all those people brought food to the house? We sent thank-you notes, too.  Kindness matters.”

“Yeah, well…”

Not long after our conversation ended, it occurred to me that shucks, it was nothing was the same response I had made when she told me she reads my posts.  It matters.

Thank-you, Mom.

Happy writing and happy weekend!

Dudley Do-Right and a Drum Roll

Published August 6, 2012 by Ms. Nine

Awards.  When I taught middle school, they were part of the game.   For kicks, our team decided to award every student with a “candy bar award”.  We brainstormed a list of candy bars and matching attributes.  For example the “Mr. Goodbar Award” went to the most helpful student, the “Peppermint Patti Award” to the most cheerful, the “Snickers Award” to the funniest, etc…You get the idea.

When I received two awards this weekend, I was flabbergasted.  If I was to receive a candy bar award it would be the “Almond Joy Award” for being the happiest blogger in the blogosphere.

I was nominated for the “Beautiful Blogger Award” by Nicole.  She’s an excellent writer venturing into the world of fiction.

Terry nominated me for the “Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award”.  You’ll find her life situation and her writing very inspirational.

The rules for accepting each award are identical:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you with a link.
  2. Copy and paste the award logo to your blog.
  3. Share seven things about yourself
  4. Nominate other bloggers for the award and notify them.

Seven Five Things:

  1. When I was six, I learned how to change diapers (the cloth and pin type).
  2. There’s a 1953 Farmall Super C parked by the barn.  Like my husband, it still works.
  3. Cell phones are annoying gadgets.
  4. I have seven siblings.
  5. Rocky and Bullwinkle are brilliant commentators (Rocky the flying squirrel, not Rocky Balboa).  The new WABAC machine arrives in 2013.  Aren’t you excited?

Now for the nominees (my favorite part)…

Beautiful Bloggers:

  1. Lucas Draeger
  2. Kirk Watson
  3. Karin Wiberg
  4. Marji Laine
  5. The Living Notebook

Sisterhood Bloggers:

1. Cathy

2. Heidi

3. Amy Signs

4. QM

5. Clotildajamcracker

All of these blogs are full of Almond Joys.  Indulge yourself.

Happy writing and thanks for stopping by!

 I would never…

Published July 26, 2012 by Ms. Nine

I would never post anything my kids shouldn’t read. In fact, my writer’s soul wants them to read my posts. I want to share my words with them like I did every day when they were little.  Now that they’ve grown, that desire persists.

“Thelma, did you read my post today?”

She chortles. “I didn’t have time today, sorry.”

“Sandy, what did you think of the post today?”

“I don’t know. I didn’t read it. Yet. I’ll read it later. I promise.”

“Marie, did you like my post today?”

“What post?”

I shrug off their indifference. I stop asking. You see, it doesn’t matter whether they read it or not, the story is alive. Permanently.

Today, the phone rings.

“Mom, I called to tell you I laughed when I read your blog story.”

And that, my friends, is why I write.

Thanks for stopping by! And keep your stories alive.

“Liking” Whores

Published July 24, 2012 by Ms. Nine

When I read my favorite blogs in my reader, I confess, I sometimes just click the like button. Is that bad? I’m not making excuses for what one blogger calls “like whoring”, but some blogs take forever to load and some don’t load at all until I’m logged out of WordPress.   When this happens and I want to post a comment, I must log back in.  This nightmarish cycle continues when the page won’t reload.  What is going on?

To the blog writer featured on “Freshly Pressed” who ranted about how the “like”clickers were trolling for traffic to their own sites, your conviction to never do this is enviable.  I wish I could have commented, but your comments were closed.  Sometimes all we can do is click “like”.

So if I “like” your post and you have the feeling that I’m just a clicker, it’s not the case.  I’m finding it just too difficult to load your page.

If anyone has a solution for slow or no loads please share.

Thanks for stopping by!

Light as a Feather

Published July 23, 2012 by Ms. Nine


Just when I think I’m a goose feather in the wind, I wake up and discover that I’ve become the down in someone’s pillow.  I have no idea how this happens, but somehow my writing drifts in the wind and lands on somebody’s head.  Luckily, it’s light as a feather.

Thanks to Vikki for nominating me for the Illuminating Blogger Award.  I enjoy visiting her blog and  her perspective on writing.

The rules for acceptance are:

1. Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you 

2. Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back 

3. Share a random thing about yourself

4. Select five or more nominees and notify them on their blogs.

Copy and paste the award on your blog somewhere.

Here’s my random thing:  Once I taught mathematics to students in a psychiatric hospital.

Please visit these worthy blogs for inspiration and enlightenment:





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Published July 19, 2012 by Ms. Nine


Blogger Addiction

I wonder if I’ll ever just write a post and forget about it.  Will I ever stop looking at the numbers? Will my heart stop skipping beats whenever the comment tag flashes? This blogging thing had infiltrated my brain wirelessly, silently, invisibly.  Deadly.  I spend more time writing my blog and watching my stats than I do writing my wip.  Bad.

And don’t mention the reader aspect.  I love to read other writers’ blogs!  I have books, real books, which are gathering dust on my nightstand, but the fascinating work of on-line writers is too compelling.  So I thought… What if I stopped for a week?  What if I tore myself away from the internet?  Would I wither away and die? Would I collapse?  Would I fall into a crevasse?  I can’t imagine the unthinkable.  How would I navigate the new world of writing?

I took the test and I’m 74% addicted.  It’s time to take action! So I tell myself to get faster at writing.  Multitask.  For today, my laptop is open for me to work on my wip and my desktop is open to my stat page.  I’m going to chart my progress.

Thanks for stopping by!

Don’t read this.  It’s too scary.  Addiction or Conviction?

Sky King and One Lovely Blog

Published July 17, 2012 by Ms. Nine

I was just nominated for the One Lovely Blog award.  I never know what to think when this happens.  This time, I’ll play by the rules.  The rules are to:

1) thank the blogger who nominated you with a link to the site.

2) write seven things about yourself that other bloggers don’t know

3) nominate fifteen other deserving blogs

Thanks to i.arxiv for the nomination!  Check it out for insightful and eclectic writing.

Seven trivial, random, and undisclosed things about me:

  1. Four years ago the US Army Corp of Engineers searched my property for Unexploded Ordinances (UXO) from WWII.  But they missed one.  I found it in my garden this spring.  So, tell me, what were they really after?
  2. I’m a conspiracy theorist.
  3. My husband and I make salsa with our own tomatoes.  We name each batch because it takes more time to make salsa than it does to make children (and we gave them names).  It’s only fair.
  4. I think Vesuvius is a lovely name for anything hot.
  5. I’m writing a novel about an evil rabbit and MK-ULTRA.
  6. I drink scotch.
  7. I wonder if Sky King became a victim of his own crop dusting.  What do you think?

And the nominees are: (Could somebody please tell me how to link better)

Thank-you all for your lovely contributions to the clouds.

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