Mix-Up Monday

On Mondays I blog about writing. And today's post is sort of about writing, but there's more.

Cassandra Jade. From Cassandra Jade in the Realm.

Several days ago Cassandra presented me with the Versatile Blogger Award.

She presented the award to all the bloggers who are hosting her blog tour this month. On Wednesday, Cassandra will be visiting Under the Tiki Hut and telling us about herself. So be sure to stop by.

Back to the award. I'm supposed to tell you seven things about myself. I'm boring, so I decided to tell you seven things about my Writing Self. Much more exciting.

1. I didn't choose to become a writer. Writing chose me.

2. I write because I can't not write.

3. My mind is always filled with stories and characters.

4. Although I write every day, many days I write for five or ten minutes at a time all day long. Somehow, I still reach my goals.

5. My first drafts suck. But that's OK.

6. So do my second drafts. But that's OK, too.

7. I learn at least one new thing every day. Usually I learn more than one new thing. Maybe I should have said I learn at least one new thing about writing every day :)

The rules say to pass the award to 15 deserving bloggers. Ack! I love breaking rules, don't you? In that spirit, I'm passing the award to three bloggers. And I'm giving these three bloggers permission to mix-up the rules a bit for however suits them best. Go for it!

The winners are:

Maryann Miller at It's Not All Gravy
You'll find a little of everything at Maryann's blog.
If your first visit doesn't float your boat, go back again. It will be different.

Summer Ross at My Inner Fairy
Summer's eclectic blog is enchanting as her inner fairy flits from topic to topic. She writes across the spectrum and enjoys sharing everything.

Zoe Courtman at No Letters on My KeyBoard
Zoe is a horror writer with two teen sons, and she also participates in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog every Wednesday.

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Don't forget to come back Wednesday to read my interview with Cassandra Jade.
Also on Wednesday, I will be blogging at Cassandra's blog
Cassandra Jade In the Realm.


Unknown said…
Congrats on the award, you deserve it. And, also to all the recipients.
Congratulations! And I think I'm boring, too.
Zoe C. Courtman said…
Aw, thanks Carol!! I was just popping in to say that I've posted an award for you over on my blog this morning :D Cool coinkidinks!
Summer Ross said…
Thank you carol!! I appreciate you coming to visit me! Your writing self is just as good as your regular self :)
Carol Kilgore said…
Clarissa - Thanks!

Alex - Why do we do that?

Zoe - Great Minds! Cool, indeed :)

Summer - You're so sweet. Thanks.
Anonymous said…
Yeah, I can relate to the suckiness of drafts. But in the end. That's what good editors are for. Do what we can on our end, then let editors clean up the rest of our mess.

Stephen Tremp
Laura Eno said…
Congrats on the award! Rules are meant to be broken, aren't they? ;)
Carol Kilgore said…
Stephen - My fifth draft is usually the one I share with an editor. By then I've fixed everything I can. The more I learn, the more there is to fix.

Laura - Cool new photo! I love breaking rules!!!
Elspeth Futcher said…
Congrats on the award and to the new recipients. I'm boring too; it would be cool if I could say "I live in a castle with a moat" or "I train unicorns in my spare time". Wait - I just did. Cool.
Conda Douglas said…
Well deserved award--I always get great content from your blog, Carol!
Talli Roland said…
Congrats on the award and to everyone you've passed it on to! Happy Monday!
Hannah said…
Congrats on the award! My first drafts suck too. I haven't done the second one yet but I'm sure it will suck as well. I'm glad to hear that that's okay.
VR Barkowski said…
I love a rule breaker! Congrats on the well deserved reward and to your honorees. One of the reasons I love your blog is because you *are* so versatile. Your blog never bores. That should have been on your list. ;)
Anonymous said…
I love your number 5 and 6. That's how I feel most days but I keep trying.
Thanks for sharing and I look forward to visiting you on Wednesday.
Jennifer Shirk said…
That's a great idea to write in short blocks like that. :)
Looking forward to the interview!
Carol Kilgore said…
Elspeth - I need to start thinking more like you.

Conda - I try to keep it changed up.

Talli - Happy Monday back!

Hannah - Writing is rewriting...as someone famous once said.

VR - Thanks for such kind words.

Cassandra - Same here.

Jennifer - On those "short block" days, it's the only way.
I love that your mind is always filled with stories!

My first drafts suck too. :)
Congratulations on your award – it sounds as if you have no choice but to write!) I’m looking forward to checking out the links.
Woohoo, congratulations!!!! Your writing self sounds interesting. I bet your real self is, too.
Southpaw said…
Thanks for 5 and 6! :)
Carol Kilgore said…
Elizabeth/Riley - If all the stories were complete, it would sure be better!

Jane - My destiny. Enjoy the links.

Words Crafter - Thanks :)

Holly - You're welcome. It's perfectly OK. Honest.
Unknown said…
Hello! Zoe sent me this way from her blog, and it looks like a fun place to stay for a while!

Check In To The ROUS Motel!
Carol Kilgore said…
Kristopher and Crew - Zoe rocks! Thanks for visiting and commenting. Come back again soon :)
Carol - Congrats on your award! That's so cool that you write for a little at a time and still meet your goal. BTW - You're so not boring, well I don't think so. =D
Carol Kilgore said…
Thanks. On most of those days, I'm usually working overtime when the house is finally quiet.
Patti Lacy said…
LOVE those reasons for writing...
We continue to have lotsa things in common!!!
Maryannwrites said…
Thanks so much for the award, Carol. Sorry I have not acknowledged sooner. Had a family emergency. All is working out now, and I should have this on my blog on Friday.
Carol Kilgore said…
Glad everything is OK for you now. No worries :)
Anonymous said…
Congrats on the award, Carol! Love your list. Always nice learning more about people as well as getting some gentle lessons in acceptance of self. :)