Thursday, May 6, 2010

Hard is the Heart That Loved Naught in May

Whew! I kind of disappeared again after Spread the Awesome. (BTW, don't forget to sign up for the book giveaway.) Sorry about that! My internet connection has been sporadic all week. And when not completely down, it's been way too slow. (You know those little dragons you can use in Windows rather than the wait hourglasses? Well, we're not friends anymore, the yellow one and I.)

But it’s May! And I can’t stay mad at little, yellow dragons that make me wait when May weather is here. When we don’t have spring, gale-force winds in Flagstaff we have the best weather anywhere—warm, yet never above 80 degrees. And then as summer moves in and the tempuratures start to rise, the monsoons come and cool it down again. I love it.
You know what else I love?
Blog tags and blog awards. Here are a couple I received while I was on blog break last week:

Blogging buddy award from Susan Fields. If she didn’t live so darn far away, I’d give her a hug, just like in the picture (I would be the short, blue one). Susan also tagged me in this cool questionnaire:

Where were you five years ago?
1. Working on a PhD
2. Preparing to move to Flagstaff, AZ and our “first, real job”
3. Hiking all over in the sagebrush and dragging along a two year old with me
4. Eating out way too often, what between traveling all over Utah and living in a city that has some great restaurants
5. Trying to sell our house and HIGHLY stressed out about it
Where would you like to be five years from now?
1. Still writing, hopefully a book a year
2. With at least some of those said books published
3. With all three kids in school (As bittersweet as that will be.)
4. Twenty pounds lighter (this last baby packed it on)
5. Building my own addition onto the house (Complete with library loft!)
What is your to-do list today?
1. Finish The Laundry Pile of DOOM
2. Write a blog post and hit blogs I missed last week
3. Clean for company
4. Tai chi and yoga practice
5. Change a dozen diapers, including those from the kid who refuses to potty-train
What five snacks do you enjoy?
1. Veggie chips & ranch
2. Grapes
3. Emerald’s cocoa-covered almonds
4. Coconut M&Ms—tried those today and now I'm hooked!
5. Watermelon
What five things would you do if you were a billionaire?
1. Pay off my house and other debts
2. Set up a dozen different charities
3. Build the addition mentioned above
4. Plant a thousand trees
5. Buy a new truck
I tag for the Blogger Buddy Award some of my first blogging friends:
Myrna @ Night Writer
Shelley @ The Storyqueen's Castle
Susan Quinn @ Ink Spells
I tag for the meme (because I want to know their answers):
Wendy Ramer
Roxy Haynie
Jemi Fraser

Next, the lovely Roxy, @ A Woman’s Write gave me pretty Mr. Quillfeather:

I pass him on to some of my new blogging friends:
Michele Emrath @ Southern City Mysteries
Caroline Starr Rose @ Caroline by Line
Natalie Bahm, the Wife, Mother, and Writer
Rayna Iyer @ Coffee Rings Everywhere

Lastly but not leastly, the Wonderful Wendy @ On n' On n' On gave me the Beautiful Blogger Award

Here are the 7 things about me that go along with this award:
1. I won’t drive across the Navajo reservation at night because I’m afraid of Skinwalkers.
2. When I was thirteen I attempted my second novel, a cliché Old West romance between a handsome, young prospector and the wealthy, Nevada landowner’s daughter. My first novel? A contemporary MG about a tomboy named Jym Shoe. I was eleven.
3. I once cleared trail through 34 downed trees in one day, all without a chainsaw. That night I fell asleep with my clothes on and my backpack still on my back.
4. I started going grey at eighteen.
5. I was twenty-five before I really read fantasy, then I realized I’d been missing out!
6. I’ve had heat exhaustion more times than I can keep count.
7. My favorite writing companions are water bottles, Lifesaver’s WintO’Greens (only the individually wrapped ones), and my own trail mix blend (Craisins, almonds, and dark chocolate M&Ms). My more COMMON writer companions are a baby on one arm and a toddler on the other.

I bequeath the beautiful blogger award to:


  1. Congratulations on your blogger awards! So nice, and fun to learn more about you. Sounds like you're an outdoor aficionado. Good for you!

    And thanks for the side bar note about my give-away!

  2. Congrats on all the awards! I hope in five years we can both be writers and meeting at some super writer's conference somewhere. =)

  3. Thanks, Jackee!

    I don't know if you follow Niki at Wool-n-Nuts, but she just posted that Quillfeather (the rooster on the award) died.

    My youngest brother served his mission in Mexico, and he saw a lot of weird stuff. After what he told me about skin-walkers, I'd be afraid too.

    Congratulations on your award. I'm going to have to find some coconut M&Ms; they sound delish!

  4. You liked the new Coconut M&M's??! I HATED them! :P Bleck!
    It was fun to read these answers and learn things about you that I didn't even know. (You wrote books at 11?!) Sorry I. guy is still refusing to potty train! Have a fun weekend with your company!:)

  5. Congrats on all your awards!

    Sadly, the real Quillfeather passed away today :(

  6. That's neat that you eat veggie chips, too! Thanks so much for the award!

  7. Oh, all those diapers. I don't envy you for that. My two children didn't overlap, which helped. May potty training be swift, may you be published and debt-free in your future!

  8. Awww - thanks so much! I'm definitely stealing your library loft idea!! Awesome answers and congrats on all your awards! :)

  9. Wow, that trail clearing day sounds beyond exhausting. When I was a reporter I did a story on a young woman who had lost an arm to cancer. She was clearing trail for the Forest Service with her one good arm. Amazing girl.
    I loved reading all these tidbits about you! Congrats on the awards; you certainly deserve them.

  10. Congrats on your awards! We have a loft in our house that's the kid's art room/library. It's one of my favorite rooms. And coconut m&m's sound fantastic - coconut's one of my three favorite foods.

    Aww...someday we'll meet up at a conference or something and I'll get my hug. :)

    And I found out why your baskets are lucky today - Myrna Foster was kind enough to give me the link. All right - I hope they keep working!

  11. Yay - I itro'd you to 3&4 (right?) of your fav snacks!!!! I feel like a winner right now! Today I ate myself sick on hummus and Stacy's naked pita chips.... I will have to get you hooked on those next! ;)
    You are awesome!!! And yes... this is the most beautiful place on earth without the crazy awful wind! Also - I am terrified about skinwalkers too!

  12. This post is too, stinking cute! I'm so glad that I checked it out before crashing for the day *smiles*! Hope you have a fantabulous weekend with the family...and also, I hope in five years, your dreams come true! Tory

  13. P.S. Quillfeather is smiling down at you from above, thrilled you received the award in his honor!

  14. I just knew you were going to plant trees if you had a billion dollars!!!
    And if it makes you feel good, I lost 26 lbs after my last kid, so you can definitely do it!

    And thank you for passing on the Quillfeather Award to me. I just heard that the handsome fellow passed away yesterday, so it is a bitter-sweet experience to get the Award today.

  15. Aww *tears* As you would have read in the comments, Quillfeather has passed away. But it's wonderful to see him still flapping his way round bloggieworld. XX

    Great post and congrats on your awards :o)

  16. I love your trail mix combo. But WintO’Greens? Bleck. :)

  17. Congrats on the awards. And spring is crazy sometimes. Blizzarding one moment and then beach weather the next.

  18. What? Coconut M&Ms? Surely you jest!

    Congrats on the Awards, Jackee - lovely to hear those tidbits about you! Have a great weekend.

  19. I read this list meme on another blog and love the answers you both have given. It's always nice to get to know someone a bit more personally, isn't it?

  20. Thanks for the award, Jackee! And for introducing me to some wonderful new blogs! I liked learning more about you. Arizona sounds wonderful. My husband has always said Flagstaff would be his first choice, although I think I'd prefer living in the hot part!

  21. Thank you!!

    It was fun learning more about your life.

  22. I do miss visiting Flagstaff. Arizona is such a diverse state. I love that about it. Congrats on all the awards!

  23. Thanks Jackee! I know what you mean about having kids in school. Mine will all be in school in 5 years and it will be great, but a little sad too.

  24. It's nice to learn more about you, Jackee. You are well-deserving of the awards. Here are some sci-fi/fantasy recommendations, since you asked for them. :)

    Anything by:
    Orson Scott Card
    Brandon Sanderson
    Connie Willis
    Julie E. Czerneda

    and if you want to read some great short fiction, check out (Yes, I just shamelessly plugged my magazine.)

  25. Thanks Jackee! Now I have even more cool links to check out! :)

  26. Congratulations on all your very well deserved awards Jackee. I really enjoyed reading about you and your interesting experiences.

    And a great big thank you for passing me an award. I am chuffed to bits!!!

  27. Congrats on all the awards!!! And I hear ya on the 20 pounds lighter thing. Kids are great, but it takes a LONG time to recover from carrying them around for 9 months!

    Happy Mother's Day Jackee!

  28. Congrats on all the awards! You deserve them.

    And, you can still read my Twitter posts on the contest if you click on my profile, you just can't tweet anything. Before I had an account, I remember lurking and reading. :)

  29. cool questionaire! i'mma have to tag myself haha and answer those 5 questions on my blog sometime.

  30. and i hope you're having a happy mother's day

  31. In your honour and in the honour of wall the Writwrs and Poets, I published an ilustration.

  32. Congrats on your awards. I haven't seen the coconut M&M's yet.

  33. I hope you're internet is back to behaving. Mine has been arguing with me for the past few days.
    It's supposed to make our lives easier, right?
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Congrats on your awards. :)

  34. Congratulations on your award. I'm going to have to find some coconut M&Ms; they sound delish!
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