A Tour Through Blogland

lilyI am honored to have been invited by a very dear blogging friend at “Vancouver’s Visions”  http://vancouvervisions.com/ to participate in “A Tour Through Blogland”, also known as “The Virtual Blog Tour Award.” Just so everyone knows, I am delighted to have been picked to participate with all the fine bloggers associated with this award.

The rules regarding this event are as follows…
1.Pass the tour on to up to four other bloggers. Give them the rules and a specific Monday to post.
2.Answer four questions about your creative process which lets other bloggers and visitors know what inspires you to do what you do:
•What am I working on at the moment?

I am working on two projects that go hand in hand right now, a long and short project. I just started a short-term project, an E-book entitled Vagina, Boobs, and Poop based on hilarious mishaps and things my 80 something mother has said and done.  I am posting a few posts to garner interest for my book.  I have been working on my long-term project for about two years.  It is the story of my mother’s growing up in East Texas during “The Great Depression” through her early marriage, though there is definitely nothing depressing about it.

•How does my work differ to others in my genre?

I am working hard to focus on the thought processes of the character at different stages as she matures, from the time she is a toddler all the way through.  It is possible for me to do this since I have heard my mother’s stories so many times I feel as though they happened to me.

•Why do I write/create what I do?.

I come from a long line of storytellers.  The most precious times of my life have been spent listening to family stories. I can’t bear to think that these stories, treasured over several generations could be lost.  I feel as though I know the people in these stories.

•How does my writing/creative process work?

Rather than working from a specific outline, I jot my ideas down and write them up as I go.  I make no effort to keep them sequential, nor do I force myself to stick to a story if I am not satisfied. I just move on and come back later.   I do have a chronological outline I work them into later as my work progresses.

And then write a one-time article which is to be posted on a Monday, (the date supplied by your nominator). (This article can be in the same post in which you answered the 4 questions.

The date which my nominees have been supplied by me is January 19/15

Please check out Vancouver Visions and the excellent blogs of the nominees listed below.  You will enjoy them!

My Nominees are as follows:




I don’t know when I learned to read.  Before I started school, I remember trying to decipher my “Little Golden Books”, asking Mother, “What does C-A -T spell?”  Remembering a little more each time, one wonderful day I realized making those words mine opened a whole new world.  Reading was the most wonderful thing that had ever happened to me.  I’d never be lonely or bored again.  Scarfing down every book in sight, I attacked my older sister’s reader, labels on canned peaches, even tags on mattresses.  My first trip to the local library was magical.  I dropped to the floor, determined to read every book in sight.  My amazement at learning I could take five books home with me was better than Christmas.  I whizzed through them when I got home, taking them to bed with me that night.

Over the next two weeks, I nearly wore them out.  I dreaded returning them, till I learned I could take five more in their place.  I was in heaven.  When I was in the first grade, I was allowed to join “The Library Club, proudly walking to the library with my sister every Wednesday afternoon after school to spend one whole hour in the children’s section  on my own as she disappeared into her area.

I am forever grateful for the gift of reading.  It schooled me for my next great passion:  writing!


31 thoughts on “A Tour Through Blogland

  1. Congratulations!!!! It’s interesting to read how other people approach writing/blogging. The nice thing about questions like these is that they are so instructive to the self. Now to catch up on
    your Mother…:)


  2. Oh Have a Lovely Tour LBeth…Mom is way too old and tired to jump upon such bandwagons 🙂 They are fun though! Congrats and thanks for the intros to some very fun, new (to me) writers

    Kassie aka "Mom"


  3. A truly wonderful post. I had a feeling that you and I shared the same love for libraries when we were younger. Actually I guess my love for libraries has never gone away since I am reading two library books right at the moment. Well I am glad to see you got your submission out, and I’ll have to check out those you nominated also. So congratulations once again, and I’ll read you later.

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  4. Linda, thank you for nominating me to participate in this project. I love your stories and look forward to reading your posts. Congratulations on starting off A Tour Through Blogland with your writing. I’m unsure of the dates for participating. Hoping for a little time as I have a new computer to set up and organize. Unfortunate old computer hard drive failure with lost data. New year and definite new beginning in writing for me. Christine

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  5. Congratulations Linda. You are such a wonderful writer, and your stories have me roaring with laughter.I am so pleased that you have such a good memory and have plenty more stories to tell, I look forward to them immensely, particularly those involving your lovely Mum. Thank you so much for nominating me. I am thrilled that someone with your talent enjoys my humble blog.

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  6. gaiainaction says:

    Congratulations! I so enjoyed your writing about discovering reading, I remember we had one such child customer in our library some years ago, she would simply devour the books, it was lovely to see. You describe wonderfully about yourself as a child. You are a story teller! I cannot wait for your book about your mum to come out, let us know because I sure want to get it. Love your stories. 🙂


  7. First of all congrats! I am happy you where nominated and write about the background of your writing. It is always fun but also very interesting, touching, and insightful to read your beautiful stories – most as part of your own history. After all the struggles your family had to go through there must have been so much love and strength within your family. Your stories radiate that.
    And now thank you, Linda, for nominating me. I feel honored to be nominated by a wonderful writer and person like you!


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