Thursday, December 31, 2009

9 Favority-Favorite Things of '09 Challenge

Happy New Year's Eve! Today I'm giving myself an overdue Christmas present... three of them actually. Barnes and Nobles online has Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins on sale (ten bucks hardcover! Note: I am biased toward Peeta. Choose him, Katniss! Choose him!!), and of course I need to grab the free shipping by spending $25... it would be a waste of money not to, or so I tell myself, so I'm also picking up City of Bones by Cassandra Clare and Graceling by Kristin Cashore. So happy!

And the beautiful Karen at Scobberlotcher gave me an award! The Kreativ Blogger, thank you so much! I've received this one before, and here is the link to my oh-so-revealing answers, but I wanted to say thanks. Awards always make me smile.

In other shiny, happy news, there are book giveaways all over the place. Check out I'm Always Write for a chance to win Catching Fire (what? You haven't read Hunger Games???? Go! Read!!); Agent Rachelle Gardner has a poetry contest of sorts to win your choice out of ten books she's offering; and Book Dreaming is celebrating 100 Followers with a mega giveaway, with two winners each getting six books! I plan on having another giveaway to thank my 100 Followers too... honest, really-truly I am... I'm just procrastinating until I get over the holidays.

What other goody-goodness is out there? Lots of New Year's resolutions about to be made, from what I see on the blogs I follow. I don't usually officially make any resolutions, however this year I am resolved to not just finish my wip, but to edit, revise, polish, and repeat, and make this story heart-wrenching-incredible before the end of 2010.

To round out the New Year, I thought it'd be fun to do my 9 Favority-Favorites of 2009. Then someday I can be like, "Aww, I can't believe I forgot about all those favorites!" And, "Wow, I used to say awesome a lot." Want to play? Here's the challenge:
  • Choose one out of the nine topics below (or more than one, if you're crazy like me) and post up to nine of your faves of that topic in the comments.
Here are my
9 Favority-Favorites of '09
I'm choosing up to 9 answers for each category.
Don't judge! I know I'm crazy!

1. Books: (I read these in 2009 and loved them, I'm not saying they were actually published in 2009): The Hunger Games, A Great and Terrible Beauty, Fragile Eternity, The Boleyn Inheritance, City of Jade, Princess Academy, Sirena, Valiant, The Poisonwood Bible

2. Authors: Meg Cabot, Sarah Desson, Shannon Hale, Isabelle Allende, Libba Bray, Clare B. Dunkle, Dennis McKiernan, Ally Carter, Laura Kinsale (Some of these are all-time faves, but I can't help it!)

3. Movies: Funny People, The Frog Princess, New Moon, The Time Traveler's Wife, The Proposal, 17 Again... can't think of any more!

4. Actors/Actresses: Hmm, I like Amy Adams, Eric Bana, and-- and-- and-- I'm bad with names! I hope all my answers don't suck :)

5. TV Shows: The Office, Survivor, 30 Rock, Community, and... oh man, this is hard to think up on the spot, but my DVR will tell you.

6. Songs: Fireflies, Let it Rock, Replay, anything by the bands in #7, I don't know! This seemed easier when I was coming up with the categories.

7. Band/Singer: The Fray, Linkin' Park, Greenday, Black-Eyed Peas, We The Kings, Hey Monday, Jordin Sparks, um-- um-- um-- there are more, I just need to get in the car and turn on the radio!

8. Foods/Restaurants: Hey, I don't like cooking but I love food! Give me sushi from Wasabi, ultra cheesy guacamole-smothered nachos from Camacho's, Zebra popcorn from Popcornopolis (I'll eat it until I make myself sick, seriously mouth-watering), those little cheese-filled curled things from Buca di Bepo... basically, take me to City Walk and let me take my pick, mmmmm!

9. Your Choice Favorites: Friends and family are my favority-favorite, but I also love writing of course, and my DVR, my laptop, my crit buddies, people who don't give my son Transformers, my wip, agents who read slush and reply, and my bloggity blog buddies! You guys are so awesome (whew, I managed to use 'awesome' only once today!).

If any of those categories make you think of your own favorites from the past year, comment away :) And happy New Year's everyone!!

*Also, see you on Saturday for the almost kiss No Kissing Blogfest (Frankie Diane's idea), and enjoy the last of 2009!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Transform Your Writing and Other Cheesy Transformers References

Is it New Year's Resolution time already? I'm putting mine off. New Year's is still three days away, so I may as well live it up! And WOOHOO on my one hundred Followers!! Thank you guys! I need to come up with a brilliant way to celebrate... maybe another book giveaway?

The holidays have been crazy-busy for me, as I'm sure with everyone else. I haven't been able to get in any writing time (sob!), but today I'm definitely going to. I need a break, and writing is my lovvvve

Before I can write though, I have to distract my five-year-old and discreetly hide all his new Transformers. He received a bunch of the hateful things from well-meaning friends and family, (he told everyone that they're his favorite and he doesn't have ANY... well, there's a reason he doesn't have any. I hate them). It gets worse, though. There are different levels of Transformer torture, and my son received all of the most complicated, intricately crafted Transformers on the market today. The helicopter blades and missiles are impossible to attach, arms and legs keep popping off at the slightest pressure; he can't even transform the things, much less fix their broken limbs-- but he thinks I can do it! Rrrright. I'm not awesome at fixing things, toy or otherwise. I keep telling him to wait for Daddy to come home (as I smother an evil grin) but he wants to play nowwwwww- and why can't I just fix it- and he can't do it- and whine-whine-whine. Patience? Not my virtue. But I can fake it, and I do subscribe to mommy-guilt so FINE, I'll try. Let's see how fast I can transform these toys into piles of crushed plastic bits.

Now, cue the cheesy Transformers references... Even cheesier than this post title? Yes! Because good writing is (dramatic pause) more than meets the eye. Well, good writing is subjective, and books don't transform into battling robots warring between good and evil to decide the fate of the galaxy (yet... who knows what the next generation of e-readers will bring?). But good writing is more than whatever the blurb on the back of the book says (and more than the paragraph summary in a query). It has layers... it makes you think... and the best books, I believe, are the ones with characters that stay with you long after reading the last page. 

So how, as aspiring authors, do we make that happen? 

I ponder this as I read through my wip and fend off my son's continued requests to turn his Transformer into a helicopter and back again. Once I reach the end of my wip, will I have done it justice? There's nothing wrong with writing another YA romance, but I feel like there's something more to this story. And that's where it all comes back to revisions. Once I have the whole story written, I can hopefully turn this book into more than what it seems like on the surface. I can give it layers, make it one of those great stories that are even better on a reread...or at least, I can try as hard as I can to make it that kind of book. 

I have three completed novels. I've proven to myself that I can finish a novel. With THIS story, I want to do more. I want to make it great. I want it to be so great... so perfect... so rock-hard awesome that even a person who reads and edits books for a living-- a person who sees a hundred new story ideas a week-- even THAT person won't want to put it down. This is the book. I'm not querying this one too soon, or even rushing through scenes if I get stuck (if I must, I'll put brackets and [finish this later!]. I don't have to prove to myself that I can finish a book. Not anymore. I have to prove to myself that I can write a publishable book, one that resonates, that oozes writerly goodness (this is the GOAL!). I will chisel away at this story and take my time doing it. I will transform it from the idea it started out as, into a book that's ready to war against the forces of evil in an epic battle to decide the fate of the galaxy. Or a YA romance. Whatever. The point is, it'll be good or it won't be queried. Period.

Where are you in your writing transformation? Is good writing more than meets the eye? Does it even have to be?

On another note, if you've read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, there are three days left on the poll to your left. So far it looks like the purists are in the lead (but barely); thanks for voting!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays... A Holiday Linkfest!

Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays to Followers and Lurkers alike! Thank you all so much, guys... really truly. I'm one away from one hundred Followers. I can't believe how many people found my blog and decided it might be worth coming back to. You all rock.

Scroll down if you want some Christmas Lights with Laughs. I'm getting the kids ready for family Christmas mass now that I'm done with my holiday bake-o-rama. I think I might have gone a little overboard this year (I'm not even showing the brownies and cupcakes. But they're goodies! Yum!). Some of you may remember that I despise cooking and love baking, so any excuse right? 

You guys have such funny and full of awesome holiday messages. Here is something for everyone in

The Coaster's Holiday Linkfest
(there's something for everyone)

Please people, go over and check out: 
And head to Void's blog because, who doesn't love cookie carnage? 
There's also... 
Christmas hilarity going on at Melissa's blog 
Gorgeous Nativities on Wendy's blog 
Scobberlocth has an adorable picture of herself as a kid in need of Starbucks
Tina has a super-short clip of Small World all decked out for the holidays
Mary has the Muppets and John Denver
Suzette and Bethany have a peaceful Christmas post and picture
Corey has a hysterical video for the love of Hanukkah 
and lastly, for some holiday fun facts, trivia AND movie clips, you should definitely visit Erica 

I know, I know, there's tons of holiday cheer all over the blogosphere and this is probably only the tip of the iceberg; please do let me know of any good ones I've missed! This list can only get better. For my contribution, enjoy my Ode to Holiday Lights, complete with snarky comments. 

My thoughts:

The irony of being original. Or not. Heh heh. I bet this is what agents see when writers send them the "next" Twilight.


"Maybe I should send this one to a beta reader before sending it out into the world... nah, I hate revisions. I'm sure it's perfect the way it is."

Ahh yes, a metaphor for the aspiring author. "I thought getting my book published would be easy... a little help please?? Anyone?" Moral: Don't go it alone.

Before I go I'm putting this up because I LOVED the Phineas and Ferb Christmas special... here's the hilarious-yet-sweet ending song (notice the nod to A Charlie Brown Christmas special, and the always clever inside jokes if you watch the show):

And, for those who love the old classic:

Thanks again for being so full of awesome, sprinkled with awesome, covered in whipped awesome and drenched in awesomesauce. 
See you next week! :)

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Let it Shine, Let it Shine, Let it Shine

Ho ho ho and a bottle of rum, it's the holiday season! Lots of presents went out today (check the post below for awards) and apparently this Monday there's a big Merry Kissfest brewing in the writing blogosphere. I'll be under the mistletoe blowing you all kisses and hoping you'll do the same. If you're playing, this Monday (the first day of winter) post a kissing scene from your wip or an old manuscript you like. Woo hoo! Let's get our jingle on!

This Monday also starts Unplug Week, (if you have no idea what that is, go HERE). I will be taking shameless advantage of unplugging to catch up with life and spend some quality time with the family... and maybe my wip!

Life is at the expected level of Holiday Crazy over here, but I'm loving the warm weather. Coldness makes me whiny and insufferable, so it's good that I live in a place where I can see the snow and drive to the snow but do not have to actually live in the snow. I'll admit it though, yesterday when it reached eighty degrees I felt bizarre walking around in a tank top the week before Christmas. My part of California means I happen to live in a place where ear muffs are something my daughter wears to school on "crazy" day, and people dazzle up their cliched palm trees with twinkling lights. I like it. I'm not saying I hate snow. If I find a pot of gold, after buying my glam O.C. residence and a beach house in Hawaii, I am so getting a fabulous cabin in the mountains. To visit. And to have a place to warm up and sip white mochas before driving back to the warm, sunny valley where my kind, the coldblooded, freezing-toed, honey-I-need-your-jacket kind, belong. Maybe some of you who live in winter snow, as in, every day for weeks (months? I don't know... you tell me, snow-people. How does it work?), can enlighten me, but here's what goes through my mind at the end of a day in Wrightwood:

Ohhhh no, this is so not for me. Teeth chattering? And sitting in cold cars? And the kind of bone-deep freezingness that makes you feel like some super-villain blew his ice breath on you and you had to battle through the blast with the sheer force of your will? No-no-no children, it would not be fun to live in the snow, but it'll be fun again next Saturday. Let's go home!

That kind of thing on a daily basis would make me extremely whiny. No one would be my friend anymore. I'm annoying enough in my fake L.A. coldness, complaining about being freezing when the temperature dips anywhere below sixty, begging my husband to get me Starbucks, frustrating him with all the extra blankets ("Really, Diana? A fleece pullover and a wool cap? I feel like I'm sleeping next to the grandpa on Transformers. Seriously, take off the hat. Fine, I'll turn on the heater."). 

Anyway, I admire people who love living in the snow, all red-cheeked and cheerful in their fluffy clothes and adorably frosting-topped houses all winter. I may not want to live in the snow, but I am extremely grateful that I live close to it. If I were still in Miami and had no prospects of snow days at all, I would feel like something was missing... maybe. :)

So what's your take? Should snow stay up on the mountains where it belongs? Or are you all sparkly-eyed-excited when the city is a blanket of white? Let it snow or let it shine?

Before I go I want to say, you blogger friends amaze me. It seems like the holidays haven't made a dent in your blogging, meanwhile I can barely keep up with all the holiday craziness of shopping (which I hate) and wrapping (which I hate) and the kids' Christmas shows and practices (which I love) and preparing for family get-togethers (also love)-- the list is beyond endless. If I don't comment back, a thousand hugs and sorries, but I will be back on Monday to post my kissing scene and officially unplug for Unplug Week (I don't count Stephanie's party as plugging back in. It's a party!). Have a great weekend everyone!!

Seven Truths, Awards, and a Tag!

I am incredibly behind on all these awards, but I do appreciate them and love the love! Before I get to award time though, I WAS TAGGED! Stephanie Damore tagged me with THIS fun meme, and even though I'd already done it (read my answers HERE), Stephanie has great answers and everyone should take a peek. PLUS she is having a party!! We're all invited, so head to her uber easy-to-use chat room (here's the link) on Monday, Dec. 21st at 9pm. Fun! Thanks Stephanie!

Award time! Sooo many this week... awww, can I steal Shannon Messenger's "blug" and blog-hug you guys? You're sweethearts and I feel the love. So much love! 

The Superior Scribbler Award

Award number one comes from the darling Tina Lynn at Sweet Niblets (don't you love that blog title? Niblets makes me smile). She awarded me with the Superior Scribbler AND-- this is how behind I am-- she also awarded me with the Blogging Writer Award. Wow, that one is really kind. Thank you Tina!! Your awesomeness humbles me. I'm so glad we found each other through the glorious Wendy, and that we share not only white mochas and the love of Disneyland, but something truly important... the love of Reeve. (For those of you who don't follow Wendy's blog, you are missing out! And if you don't follow Tina's, what are you waiting for? Go on, check out these blogs, they rock).

For the Scribbler I'm supposed to nominate up to five blogs. They are:

Stephanie Damore because she has useful, funny posts that I read even if I'm too busy. She has the type of voice that comes through in every post... I hear her and she sounds like fun!

Kate at Misadventures in Spelling because she is on the fence about whether to make her blog "just" another writing blog, and I'm here to push her over... even if it becomes a writing blog, it will be special because it will be yours! (Join us, Kate )

Liza at Middle Passages because she always puts up descriptive posts that I can tell have been carefully crafted.

The Blogging Writer Award

And for the Blogging Writer Award, also from Tina Lynn (again, I am horrifically behind in my blogging), I'm supposed to choose bloggers who I admire greatly due to their superior writing ability.

I've seen enough flashes by Gwoe and Nevets to know they deserve it, and Shannon's blog is full of awesomeness. If I wasn't so crunched for time I would link more, but for now I reserve the right to redo this award with a much longer list later on :)

My nominations:

There are more, but I am reeeeeeally behind on all these, and I have to keep moving forward. Okay, on to the next one...

The Silver Lining Award

Another award, and one I'm extremely honored to accept because Emily from the Chronicles of Emily Cross created a brand new award called The Silver Lining Award, and I'm included in the very first batch of award recipients. Some of my verrrry ancient followers may know this, but most probably don't... Emily was the very first person to comment on my blog, and she holds a special place in my heart. Thank you Emily!

So I'm supposed to nominate five other uplifting blogs that find a silver lining even on those gray days, and here they are:

Tina at Sweet Niblets- Her posts are funny and whether she's serious or silly, she's always uplifting.

Julie at Silver Lining- Her blog is called Silver Lining! Can't get more deserving than that!

Shannon at Book Dreaming- She is super positive and I can't think of a post that isn't cheerful and uplifting.

Karen at Karen Amanda Hooper- Her sweetness shines through every post, and her encouraging comments always make me smile.

Natalie at Sound of the Rain-  Even when life hits her hard, she always sounds like she's smiling through it all. 

From Me to You Award

Okay, ANOTHER award, the last one... and it's a double-whammy from BOTH Shannons! Shannon Messenger at Ramblings of a Wannabe Scribe and Shannon O'Donnell at Book Dreaming awarded me with the From Me to You Award (I think it's also going around as the "Picaso" award). I am set with the task of nominating seven blogs and revealing seven truths about me you don't already know. Oh, em, gee, you guys know EVERYTHING about me! What more could I reveal? Okay, I will try.

(And click away you if want to see my "Ten Honest Things" or the other one, "Ten Things You Didn't Know")

1. I just beat the Temple of Time in Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. What?! Diana plays video games? No, because I have no time. But I would! Too bad, so sad. After I post this I've got two boys to bathe and a load of laundry to fold AND a pile of shirts to iron. Not to mention I like reading and writing more than video games... but every now and then I'll sit with my daughter and get into some Zelda action. And yeah, I kick butt.

2. I'm addicted to Survivor. I've watched since Australia! My husband want Brett to go all the way but I keep rooting for Russell. (The husband hates Russell).

3. Some of my all-time favorite books: Bridge to Terabithia, The Once and Future King, The Chronicles of Narnia, Immortal Instruments, Anne of Green Gables, a lot of Shakespeare, a lot of Jane Austen, Both Sides of Time, A Wrinkle in Time, The Hobbit (LotR was too bulky), Ella Enchanted, Fifteen, The Beginning Place, The Secret Garden... okay this was a bad idea. I could go on forever.

4.  I love to bake; I hate to cook, clean, sew, garden, knit, or do most other domestically-inclined activities. But my baking is pretty rockin.

5.  I've written stories since before I knew what an author was, and I narrate people... like right now. I didn't know what to write for number five so I looked over and saw my son, and my head automatically goes, "The boy flicked the bed with his hands as he rolled from side to side. Like a log. A destructive log of mayhem. He rolled down the side, pulling down the covers as he slid to the floor and onto the pile of folded laundry. Now it would have to be refolded and the bed was a mess." 

6.  I ran out of ideas. And five was pretty weak. I'll tell you a daydream: Getting up in the morning and going to the library or Starbucks to write. No interruptions. Nobody asking me for more juice. Nobody making comments about piles of laundry. Repeating this four days a week. Ha. Ha. Ha.

7.  Man I must really want this. Okayyyy.... to make up for my generally lame answers, I'll give a few truths in this one: in high school I had a spiral perm; I speak fluent but grammatically questionable Spanish; I took three years of French and I only wish I was fluent; and I don't know what else. I love trying new foods.

And the seven nominees are:

1. Void at Voidwalker

Oh my gosh, I am running out of steam! Okay, who else wants to reveal seven truths? I will add you to the award link list. This award is officially up for grabs! There are four spots left people... maybe your sidebar is a little thin on the awards? Let me know in the comments if you want it, or tell us seven things about yourself, whatever you like. 

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A Quick and Dirty Shout Out

I'm posting for no reason except to say hi, and for those of you stalking since the Wednesday Rant, my husband and I caught the kids' horrible stomach virus. The kids are all peachy, and we have been... holding it together. Here were my thoughts Sunday night:
"I'm breathing. I must be alive on some primal level."

Here were my thoughts Monday:
"There have been worse things in my life. None come to mind. I will pray for sleep, or a debilitating blow to the head until this is over."

Here were my thoughts Monday night:
"Will this ever be over? When will this be over? AHHHHHHH!!!!!!"

Here are my thoughts today:
"I'm hungry. I'm a little too paralyzed by the terror of the past two days, so I won't eat... but I'm hungry. This is... better."

Here's hoping for a brighter tomorrow. And may it all end here... I can't think of an enemy deserving of this kind of torture. At least, none I'd name publicly or anything.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Poll! Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Cast Your Vote!

What's your take on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith? Cast your vote! If you'd like to discuss, go to the original post below and comment. All opinions welcome! Poll ends New Year's Eve. My vote, in case you can't guess... 
let them eat brains!!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Book Talk: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Look, it's the Deluxe Heirloom Edition of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies! Complete with black ribbon built-in bookmark and that cool, scruffy-edged paper... it's a book to be shared for generations to come. Sadly, this fount of literature was not mine to keep. I borrowed it from my stepsister-in-law (I'll leave you to figure out the family tree to that). Apparently the deluxe heirloom edition also has a whopping thirty percent more zombies than the original, and thirteen additional oil paintings. I can't tell you guys if that's better or worse, not having read the first Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but this one was heavy on the zombie action, and so much fun!

For the record, I'm a big fan of Jane Austen. I have her complete works in a lovely, antiquey looking book, also with a ribbon-bookmark and rough-edged paper. It even has old-timey sketches throughout. However, I also have a depraved sense of humor, so I was immediately both horrified and delighted when this new book came out. I wasn't disappointed in either respect, ha!

First off, I loved it. I'm also a fan of Saturday Night Live, and maybe this book tapped into my enjoyment of a good parody. The best part about it though, was that I didn't feel like I was laughing AT Pride and Prejudice, it was just a "what if..." What if Regency England had been invaded by zombies (excuse me, I mean... unmentionables)? And yet, after fifty years, things have to settle into some state of normalcy, right? Mothers have to marry off their daughters; rich, snooty jerks have to look down their noses at people who are more charming but less financially fortunate; and of course, people still must fall in love. Against all odds. And even in the face of cursed, wretched beings in a desperate search for brains.

I know there's somewhat of a line-drawn-in-the-sand mentality with this book. And I won't argue that it's fine literature, but I will say it's pretty brilliant. And it's funny! Come on, it's hysterical! Darcy's letter, and the little bits about people in the funeral industry being out of work, and balls being interrupted by those locked out of hell, and ultimately... just the whole "ho-hum, zombies, just another day in Meryton," aspect of it-- I smiled and laughed through the whole book.

Anyone else read it? Love it? Hate it? What do you think?

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Who Loves You, Baby

Today is looking and smelling so much better. Thank you for the support yesterday, but I'm happy to say I've traded the disinfectant spray for a French vanilla latte and a toasty cinnamon raison bagel. Breakfast is my favorite, because it can all be dessert. Oooh, for anyone with the inclination, comment on your favorite breakfast food (in a fat and calorie-free universe).

For you award-lovers who can't wait, scroll down and feel the love! And for you award-loathers, (it's okay, I don't judge), if I awarded you, just think of it as a pat on the blog... a blog hug... a blog high-five... or any other way you express a job well done. You don't need to do any of the posting and linking or even worry about it in any way.

Today I have awards for everyone, but before I get to them, a few things I'm happy about:

1.   Marginally better kids! In the realm of stomach virus signs and symptoms, they are improving! No longer pukey, instead they are suffering from... well, you know. The lesser of the two stomach evils. But moms out there might agree, this is a much more manageable situation. WOO HOO!! 

2.  We got our Christmas tree last weekend and the house is all cute. Sure, it made for an odd combination of smells this week, but holiday cheer is good. And plus, the kids' Christmas excitement is adorable. 

3.   My little sister is engaged! For those of you who've followed since the Honest Scraps Award, she's following in my footsteps and marrying her high school boyfriend. Incidentally, my brother married his high school girlfriend a few years back. For the record, I don't know how that happened. My mom divorced her high school sweetheart and encouraged us to date widely, so maybe teenage-rebellion kicked in. ("So, I shouldn't settle down with the first guy I meet?! I'll show HER!")

Okay okay, enough of my yammering. It's award time! Presents for all!!

First, thank you Mary Anne from Starlight Blog for the 
One Lovely Blog Award

The rules are, link the person who awards you, then find up to fifteen new blogs and link them in your own blog.

Here are eleven blogs I've come across recently, and they're all great!

Catherine Denton at Winged Writer
Nevets at Nevets.QST
Girl with One Eye at A Squirrel Amongst Lions
Tina Lynn at Sweet Niblets
Shannon Messenger at Ramblings of a Wannabe Scribe
Voidwalker at Into the Void
Lynette Labelle at Chatterbox Chit Chat
Shannon O'Donnel at Book Dreaming
Liza Carens Salerno at Middle Passages
Julie Dao at Silver Lining

I have one more award, and this one goes to everyone on the Coaster. Why? Because who loves you, baby? I do!

Thank you Natalie from Sound of the Rain
for giving all her Followers the Who Loves You Award

The rules are, I have no idea! How about do like Natalie and I... give it to all your followers, and show them you love them too!

Don't forget to do happy-shiny shout outs, everyone! Or tell us your favorite breakfast. Mine is extra gooey cinnamon rolls or belgian waffles with way more toppings and whipped cream than is reasonable.