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Friday, August 17, 2007

Tag, I'm It!

A week or so ago, Lavender Chick tagged me for this:

8 Random Facts/Habits.

Here are the Rules:

  1. Post the rules, before you post the facts.
  2. Start with 8 random facts/habits.
  3. People who are tagged need to write their own posts about their own 8 facts and post these rules.
  4. At the end of your post you need to tag 8 people and let them know they've been tagged.


    PREFACE

    I started blogging on Xanga.com in April of 2005. I loved the community, and was really inspired by
    Bea and Maddie -- gifted writers -- to find my voice and write well. In July of 2006 I caught wind of a Bloggy Tour of Homes hosted by Boomama, and I discovered an even bigger community. I jumped on the Tour Bus, and visited so many homes I think I still see swatches of wallpaper and carpeting when I close my eyes at night.

    Finally, in December of 2006 I posted on Blogger, and I’ve been ‘winning friends and influencing people’ ever since. (Okay, maybe not influencing…but it sounded powerful and important, didn’t it?) I post the same content now on Blogger and on Xanga. I participate in several ‘writing challenge’ blogrings. I choose the prompts that charm me, and thereby hone my craft.

    I kind of have this unwritten rule (unwritten until now, I guess) that when I post something I want it to be an exercise in good writing. You know – good idea…rough draft…editing, editing, editing…read aloud to my daughter for her approval…edit some more…then post.

    So, I always struggle with the “TAG, you’re it” invitations I get from others. Not that I don’t want to play along, but I can’t bring myself to post a bulleted list, or just a photo, or the “someone’s having a contest” type of thing. I’ve toyed with the idea of starting a separate blog for the fun stuff, like Deena’s
    playground over at Junk in the Trunk. But I have enough work fun posting on this blog, so I haven’t taken the plunge into another one yet.

    Therefore, it’s taken me a few days to finagle this 8 Random Facts Game into a substantial post that actually shares some interesting things about me, and still requires writing effort of me. I’m not sure it’s coming out as a quality piece of writing, but I’m gonna give it a whirl. So, please don’t let my hang-ups keep you from tagging me. Just know that I probably won’t respond to the challenge immediately, because I have to work at it a while.

    Finally, I give you my answers to the
    8 Random Facts About Me Challenge:

    In the coming days each of the following 8 facts will be topics, and I will make this challenge a sort of serial, 8 part writing exercise. I will not write in order. I’m not disciplined enough for that. So, look for the first installment on one of these topics on Monday.


    1.
    I am the oldest child of three. (Posted October 19.)

    2. I taught myself to read at the age of four. (Posted October 26.)

    3. I am left-handed. (Posted August 20.)

    4. I have horrible penmanship. (Posted October 25.)

    5. I have an irrational love for empty notebooks with lovely fabric or leather covers. (Posted September 26.)

    6. I write part-time for a small publisher in California.

    7. I am addicted to color-coding. (Posted September 25.)

    8. I am a word-hunter. (Posted September 5.)



    I know, I know…but I was never one for following rules. In fact, I’ll probably break another with this
    fine-print disclaimer:

    I reserve the right to alter my list of eight random facts, as inspiration falls upon me.

    So, stay tuned my readers. You’re about to read more about me than you ever wanted to learn!

4 comments:

Kari said...

Hey, that's funny - I'm a lefty, too!

justabeachkat said...

Looking forward to it.

Hugs!
Kat

BooMama said...

That makes me very happy that you were able to connect to new people through the tour of homes thingy. It still blows my mind how vast this blogging community is...so it's neat to see that you have not one but two home sweet bloggy homes. ;-)

Sandi @ the WhistleStop Cafe said...

That is a good way to keep us coming back again, and again, and again...

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