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The 73 Questions
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I was nominated by my writer friend Tammy for this challenge inspired from a Vogue Magazine Series which interviews celebrities and other public figures. The questions are designed to allow you know more about my likes and lifestyle. Who doesn’t love to answer fun questions?

1. What’s your usual Starbucks order?

I like to change it up, so I usually try out all the seasonal drinks. When I have tried them all, then I got back to my vanilla latte with coconut milk. 

2. What does your workstation look like?

I have one of those desk cabinets from the 90s with doors. It usually has my computer and stack of books and papers I am working on. 

3. Favorite food?

Sushi is the best thing ever!

4. Favorite authors?

Two favorites this week are Davis Bunn and Pam Jenoff.

5. What do you think of open relationships?

I think they are not for me. 

6. What is your favorite video game?

Duck Hunt!

7. Guilty pleasure treat?

Cheesecake

8. Favorite movie?

Pride and Prejudice the 2005 version

9. Favorite book?

Children’s: The Story of Ferdinand (always)

Grownup: Educated by Tara Westover (this year)

10. Twitter, or Instagram?

Twitter

11. Desktop or laptop?

Laptop or paper.

12. Best advice you’ve ever received?

You can do whatever you set your mind to. 

13. What project are you working on right now?

I am working on short stories that are sci-fi.

14. Favorite color?

Purple

15. Did you get good grades in school?

Yes, I did.

16. Dream job?

Writing full time

17. Play any sports?

No, I used to play basketball and danced.

18. Do you have a degree?

Yes a couple

19. Nationality?

German, Irish, and French. 

20. What is your favorite kind of blog post?

A day in the life or list.

21. What do you like to collect?

Marbles, books, and purses. 

22. Describe yourself in three words?

Honest, quiet, student

23. If you were a rapper, what would your stage name be?

Smilie Geez

24. Who was the last person you DM?

Someone about blogging for a website I run. 

25. What’s on top of your wish list right now?

A writing retreat 

26. Sorting house?

Ravenclaw

27. How many tattoos do you have?

Zero

28. What are you most grateful for this year?

My family, job, and home. 

29. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this month?

I got to spend some quality time with my family.

30. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you today?

I laughed so hard at work. 

31. What’s the best thing ever?

Love

32. Favorite season?

Fall

33Favorite holiday?

Thanksgiving because I like all the food and there is not the pressure of gifts.

34. What fictional character do you relate to most?

Whichever one I am reading — I am always looking for similarities to myself.

35. Do you like surprises?

YES!

36. What’s the biggest surprise you’ve ever had?

Finding out I was going to be a mom. 

37. Which surprise made you cry?

Being a mom because I was excited and terrified. 

38. What’s the best surprise you’ve given somebody else?

Surprising my family with a takeout meal. 

39. Do you like muffins?

Yes, blueberry. 

40. Do you cook often?

I do not cook often, but I like to bake a lot. 

41. What’s your favorite dessert?

Chocolate covered strawberries. 

42. Is there a dessert you don’t like?

Haven’t met one yet. 

43. Cake or pie?

Pie

44. What’s your least favorite food?

Spicy because it doesn’t like me. 

45. What’s your favorite condiment?

Ketchup

46. It’s 4 am on a random Saturday. What are you eating?

I cannot eat that early, so I drink tea. 

47. If you could teach a college class, what would it be called?

Apocalyptic Fiction 

48. Best animated film?

Everafter

49. What has a guy done or said to impress you?

Bought me lilies and took me out to eat. 

50. The best thing to do on a first date?

I love long walks and coffee.

51. The worst thing to do on a first date?

Hanging out with a ton of people at a bar.

53. Best comic book character?

Wonder Woman 

54. Name three things which can always be found in your purse.

Pens, book, notebook.

55. Favorite drinks?

Water and Dr. Pepper

56. If you could play a historical character in a movie who would it be?

Catherine the Great I did a paper on in college she seemed interesting.

57. Kittens or puppies?

BOTH!

58. Favorite sushi roll?

Kissy Kissy roll 

59. What lipstick do you use?

Lip balm that is a light shade of pink.

60. What foundation do you use?

The Body Shop

61. Blow-dry or air dry?

Air dry every day. I will even wake up sooner to air dry.

62. Who is your fashion icon?

Katherine Hepburn always 

63. Favorite Disney Character?

Cinderella 

64. What are you doing tomorrow?

I will work and write. 

65. Movie you laughed the hardest through?

The Book Club

66. A movie that made you cry?

Avengers Endgame

67. If you could sing a duet with anybody who would you choose?

Frank Sinatra 

68. If your life was a song, what would the title be?

Don’t Worry Be Happy

69. What’s your favorite animal?

Llama and tigers

70. Favorite artist?

Claude Monet 

71. The person you want to have coffee with?

Jesus

72. What country would you like to visit?

Germany 

73. Best way to decompress?

Cleaning

Thank you!

The Importance of Writing Communities
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I would like to share my journey with writing communities over the last year. I have always loved the idea of community, but my real life practice of it has not always been what I was expecting. I find it hard to connect with others at times and enjoy my time alone. I have had the challenge of living in an area where there are not many writing groups. These circumstances led me to start looking into the online world of writing groups.

The first thing I found was NaNoWriMo which is writing a novel in November. It was a 50,000-word challenge that I thought sounded terrific, but without an actual steady writing practice in motion at the time, it proved to be complicated. 

This organization has a branch called Camp NaNoWriMo. Where the options for goals were more flexible, and the writing groups (cabins) were smaller. It was easier to find writers I had things in common with such as the genre of writing interest or I found writers who wanted to read what I was writing. 

This organization had functional groups, but I wanted more. I found Facebook groups were becoming the trend for those communities. Many of the NaNo communities had their own Facebook groups that I was added to but after a month or two after the challenge talking fades. I did have a good camp session where there was a lot of talking on the actual site, but I later found out they had been doing camp together for quite a few years. 

I wanted something more out of a group of writers. I knew I needed more time to get to know people. A community that would be devoted to writing and communication for more extended amounts of time. I was convinced at the time I wanted to write a novel, but upon further reflection of my college years, I remember how much I enjoyed short stories. 

I began googling about short shorties where to find them and who was writing them. I came across this site called Story A Day. It seems interesting there were a lot of prompts that I loved, and a challenge to write a story each day for May. They also had a private group called Super Stars. It was a chance for me to take to have community and to meet a challenge head-on for writing. 

So, I began trying my best to put myself out there and become part of the group. It was hard at first because I had not had a lot of communication with writing circles for the last few years. However, I continued to put myself out there and kept trying. It was a significant risk for me to take, but it was so worth it in the end. 

Over time I have gotten to know a lot of people and feel comfortable sharing my work again to get feedback on it. This was a huge stepping stone in the right direction for me. I opened up and let these people in. They have been there through some of the hardest writing days I have had so far. It is lovely to hear from them and get to know them.

I don’t get anything out of sharing this with you. I just want you to know there are communities out there that can meet your needs. There are places you can go and find the writing support that you have longed for. It may not be Story A Day or NaNoWriMo maybe it is a different community I have never heard of. 

My Top Three Reasons for Getting in a Writing Community are:

1. Writing communities give you a place to go when you have questions.

2. They are encouraging when you are having a hard time with your pages.  

3. It is more fun to do things as with a friend than it is to do them alone. Yes, I’m talking to you introverts. 

People who are interested in the same things can be critical to our future decisions and the road we choose in life. I am part of the Story A Day community again this year today is the last day to sign up if you are interested. I just finished Camp NaNoWriMo for April. I am taking the risk to get to know new people and to build new relationships with others.  I can’t wait to see what will happen.