Hop On!

I'm part of a Mondays blog hop this month.  Or maybe this year.  I'm not sure how many hops there are in this particular blog hop, but I'm just one of many.  I was asked to hop onto this ride by my bloggy friend, Sandie.

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She is a sweetheart with fancy feather earrings and beautiful silver hair that I hope mine looks like when I'm done with yucky growing out phase.  She is a recent breast cancer survivor and is already sharing what God has done for her through that ordeal.  She lives in Georgia, and I'm in Florida, but we've connected.  This is the best part about blogging - through the blogosphere (which I call blogwarts), I get to meet some wonderful people.

One thing Sandie is good at is making me laugh.  Her blog CHATTY CRONE cracks me up.  She posts hilarious quotes and badges that give me the giggles.  Life can just be ridiculous at times, and her blog reminds me of that.  Thank you, Sandie, for being so genuine and joyous!

On to the four hop-fest questions, which every blogger in the hop is answering.  A nice way to see what other artists are doing - and what inspires them.

1.  What are you working on?
I'm working on my book, The 12 Days of Christmas Adventure.  I'm been thinking about it for 21 years and writing it for 3.   It's in its final stages, but then I keep editing.  AUGH!  There is a quote I read long ago:  "An artist does not finish her work - she abandons it."  This is what I'm going to have to do.

2.  How does your work differ from others? 
My 12 Days book is about a Christmas project for families.  It's about looking outward during the holiday season and uplifting someone who's had a rough year.  It's about crazy gifts and sneaking about and baking and crafting and helping children see that giving really is better than receiving.

As far as my writing here at Adventures, I'm simply one of a million bloggers on planet blogwarts sharing her thoughts on life and life's challenges.  I might be different in that I write about chocolate often. 

Nah, probably not.

3. How do you write/create what you do?
God only knows.  Half the time, I fly by the seat of my pants.

4.  How does your creative process work?
Hmm.  I get a brilliant idea.  Then I write it out, and it sucks, so I delete it.  Once in a while, the root idea hangs around, so I work on it for weeks until it's not half bad, and then I post it before I change my mind.  Most of the time, I get a prompt from God, who really gets the credit for anything I write that doesn't suck.  What I bring to the process is that I like to write.  I just keep hanging in there until I have peace that the piece is finished.  If I didn't enjoy this arduous process, I'd be doing something else, like working in a chocolate factory.

There ya' go!  Writing secrets from deep within.

Now, here's my failure with this blog hop.  I didn't garner another blogger to whom I could pass the hop.

I'm ashamed to admit this, because the hop might die right here and now.  AUGH!

I asked several blogger friends to join, but they were all busy with their own writing/lives/laundry and could not pick up the challenge.  I don't begrudge any of them.  They are all super women who tolerate my foolishness, they simply could not help at this time.  

So, here's my challenge to you.  If you have a blog, and if you love to create in any way - writing, art, cooking, homemaking, quilting, cleaning, organizing, repairing engines, sorting Legos, bringing home the bacon - pick up this blog hop and answer the four questions on September 1.

Help out the team!

Here are the simple rules on the Mondays blog hop:

1.  Acknowledge the blogger who invited you to the hop (me) and include their website link.
2.  Answer the four hop-fest questions however you'd like.
3.  Introduce the blogger you are passing the hop to.  Include their blog link and their picture.  They will post on Sept 8.  And so on...

Blog hops are a great way to network and meet other writers. They also prompt groveling when you need a fellow blogger to bring up the rear.

If more than one reader accepts this challenge, that's OK!  More writers will be engaged, and the hop will travel multiple paths.  The more, the merrier!   Leave a comment if you plan to 'hop' on, so I can visit your blog on Sept. 1.  We'll be bonded for life.


Kenya G. Johnson said...

It's interesting to see these go around. I can't remember when I was tagged. It seems like it was before summer before this post became popular and it's changed it's name several times. Same questions though. Anyway, so mine is buried somewhere. I've got several works I've abandoned. That's not a good thing. Like you when I return though, I'll be editing to death. We're not supposed to do that you know. Leave that to someone who hasn't looked at it a million times. ;-)

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I read Sandy's post mentioning your blog. She is a terrific lady and I love reading her posts too. Glad your book is coming along. Don't give up! Blog Hops are fun as they give us a chance to read some new blogs. In this case though I am familiar with you both.

Pam Williams said...

Wow, Marianne! Your creative process sounds exactly like mine! I am just as surprised as the reader when I write something good! LOL!
Thanks for sharing your heart with us!

Stephanie Faris said...

That chocolate looks yummy. Best of luck with The 12 Days of Christmas Adventure. It sounds like a great book!

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Hey I know Sandie she is great and I know you and your great so all is happy and great, I want to say something else using the word great but can't think of anything so I am leaving now how great is that

Jeanette Levellie said...

What fun to learn more about you! And it looks to me like Sandi is not the only one who's funny!

Chatty Crone said...

Jeanette is right - you are funny and yet so wonderful!
Don't ever give up on your book dreams they may be right around the corner.
And you helped me sooooooooo much getting my act together.
You did great!

Empty Nest Insider said...

Your book sounds wonderful! Wishing you all the best with it, and I hope you achieve Sandie's stunning hair color!


Cathy said...

I follow both of you and enjoy you both. Well, I follow you when I'm actually in the blogging world (blogwarts). Lately, there has been so much going on in my "real" world that I haven't been around much. However, I think things may be starting to settle down, so hopefully, I'll be back soon. By the way I love the name Blogwarts. Especially since over the summer we've been re-watching all the Harry Potter movies. lol I may have to steal that from you, if you don't mind.

I can't wait til your book is available. It sounds really neat.

Juli said...

Ah, the blog fest. I love em, but sadly I have no idea what day it is today let alone remember to do a hop when I need to do it. *sigh* Another day maybe?

Can't wait to see pics of you're shades of gray. :)

Annalisa Crawford said...

I completely understand the writing and deleting method - fingers crossed you write more than you delete! The book sounds great :-)

Betsy Brock said...

I know Sandie! :)