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Growing People, Plants & Novels

A grainy picture of flowersDear Blogosphere,

It’s been far too long. I won’t regale you with tails of woe and excuses as to why I haven’t written for the better part of a year. Let’s just put it down to the following, logical, equation:

Family + IVF + Pregnancy + Work + Uni + NaNoWriMo + Maintaining Sanity = Something’s Gotta Give.

You, my dear bloggy space, were de-prioritised.

But, let’s not dwell. Let’s move into a new season – one that will hopefully include more blog posts, but will DEFINITELY include: NaNoWriMo, a feat I am loving; Stephen King novels; Christmas; births and birthdays! Lots of wonderful happenings to enjoy!

Whilst I’ve been growing a person, eating my weight in dry biscuits and writing essays, I have managed to read a few books. I finally finished Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 – an interesting story, though if it weren’t for the sheer size of the thing, I’m not sure I would have hung in there. That doesn’t sound right, I know, but once you’ve committed so many hours of your life, there doesn’t seem to be an Exit Stage Left anymore. The only way out is through. In this case, it was worth it for the simple fact that the world Murakami paints is interesting and I enjoy his quirky writing, though the story wouldn’t make my top 10 and I’m pretty sure I’m disappointed in the ending (though I’m still percolating on that). I’d be interested to hear what anyone thinks of 1Q84?

I’ve also passed the time with some great authors who weave a good yarn. Tom Clancy (rest in peace), Patricia Cornwell and John Le Carre to name a few. I’ve been looking forward to getting into SK’s Joyland and Dr. Sleep, but have been savouring those until I can really sit down and enjoy them. Watch this Space.

You may recall a post in which I talk about my life-long desire to write. Well, I’ve taken the plunge and delved head first into NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month. I’ve never participated before, but am really excited to be giving it a bash. For some reason, I have this crazy notion that being forced to sit down and write 50,000 words in one month will somehow forge an innate connection to Stephen King. Haha, stalker much? “Cray cray” as the hipsters say? I’m heading down that track, I know, but it’s true! I have loved his books for so long and they have been such a huge part of my reading life, to be writing one of my own does feel like something of a tribute.

Finally, my world has consisted of some fairly intensive gardening. I once started a blog called “Sheco Blog” FYI it no longer exists, but was meant to document my escapades of seeking a more sustainable lifestyle. Well, Shecoblog or not, H and I have been foraging our way through this new terrain, slowly trying to figure out what it means to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle – and how to do it. It’s slow going, but lots of fun. I’d like to keep you posted on that stuff, it’s a big part of our lives.

Well, thanks dear readers. It’s so great to have the head space to blog again. I hope I can keep it up!

Shan

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November 19, 2012 · 1:26 pm

Very Inspiring Blogger Award Nomination

Hey, guess what?!!

Dear Stephen King, has been nominated for the ‘Very Inspiring Blogger’ award. Wow, what a milestone! Thanks to The Jenny Mac Book Blog  for my first blogging nomination, it is SO FREAKIN COOL!

I love these awards, they are a nice way to showcase other blogs and build up the blogging community, don’t you think?

OK, so there are some responsibilities that come with this nomination, let’s not forget.

Rules of Participation:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.

2. Link back to the person who nominated you.

3. State 7 things about yourself.

4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.

5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

7 Things about myself:

1. I love to read, it’s my favourite thing.

2. My all time favourite TV show is M*A*S*H.

3. I tried really hard to fall in love with Jennifer Egan through her debut ‘The Invisible Circus’, but was sadly disappointed. Though I haven’t given up, I have ‘A Visit From the Goon Squad’ and I hope it will rock my world..

4. I work in Community Development and have co-created a local community project for mums, called Motherhood Unmasked.

5. My favourite colour is green, or red. Sometimes blue.

6. I’m currently reading Murakami’s ‘IQ84’; Virginia Woolf’s ‘Mrs Dalloway’ and ‘A Room of One’s Own’.

7. I have chickens and fruit trees – life is good 🙂

OK, my nominees for Very Inspiring Blogger are:

1.  I AM A PALINDROME http://palindromeiam.wordpress.com/

2.  Melbourne Pub Culture http://melbournepubculture.com/

3. Madam Inside Out http://madaminsideout.wordpress.com/

4. Poppy Fox http://www.poppyfoxathome.com/

5. Wanderlust http://morealtitude.wordpress.com/

6. Peas and Cougars http://peasandcougars.com/

7. The Rowdy Chowgirl http://rowdychowgirl.com/

8. Hovercraft Doggy http://hovercraftdoggy.com/

9. Bigwords http://www.bigwordsblog.com

10.101 Books http://101books.net/

11. Silver Poetry http://silverpoetry.wordpress.com/

12. Meet Me At Mikes http://meetmeatmikes.com/

13. Tough Little Birds  http://toughlittlebirds.com/

14. The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say “Shhh” http://busyteacher.wordpress.com/

15. A Little Blog of Books and Other Stuff http://alittleblogofbooks.wordpress.com/

Thanks you guys for your creativity, energy and inspiration.

Cheers!

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