All Kinds Of Things Are Happening!

These are just some of the crowds that form waiting to see what I’m going to do next. They can hardly contain their excitement. Can’t you feel it?

For someone who doesn’t get out much, I lead a pretty exciting life.

Can I take that back?  “Exciting” was an overstatement, even if I qualified it with “pretty,” which wasn’t in reference to me (although some people think I am), but was to indicate “sort of.”

When you compare my life to, say, the lives of Michelle Obama, Michelle Pfeiffer, or Michelle the telemarketer I just chatted with , my life is really pathetictedious…like watching dry paint harden.

Life is pretty boring around my home. I’ve exhausted the number of neighborhood girls willing to let me fancify their hair. They boys? Forget about it.

So I guess when a few major minor events in my little life coalesce, I feel like announcing them to the worldthe blogging world…the few but loyal people who still read my blog.

I Am an Official Member of The Dark Globe’s (DG) Writing Crew

I’m the fresh-faced one with the long hair, the long tie and without the protruding chest. Come to think of it, this isn’t a very good likeness of me at all.

Yes, they had room on their boatskull…scull, team or whatever.  I offered. They accepted me as an official Humor Contributor on their bomb diggity blog.  I’ll be posting something over there that you won’t see over here at least once a week.  I’ll figure out a way to remind you to check out my DG hooliganistics by putting up some fancy DG icon on my already jam-packed side bar.  But until then click on the link to see what I’ve just posted, “Educashun Ain’t What it Used to Bee.”

I Am the Recipient of Another Blog Award

Was this award made for me, or what?

My great pal, Elyse, over at Fifty Four and a Half  bestowed the prestigious Booker Award on me and some other bloggers who I can’t remember now.  As you know, for a writer, this is one huge honor.  It’s usually reserved for writers who have actually published books that have been read by others and have been generally admired by people who know what they are talking about.  But, Elyse is a lot like me.  We think outside the box.  Actually, Elyse both thinks and speaks outside the box–with passion, humor, insight…and with actual facts, too.  I just keep my box to myself, but I’m always thinking.

But, back to the award.  Since I haven’t published my award-winning memoir yet, I have to assume this Booker Award is for something else.  It is.  This award is for people who read.  Sometimes people who write also read. This award is to get bloggers to spill the beans on what books are their all-time favorites, not including the ones they are about to write or are working on.  So, thank you, Elyse, for assuming that I read and considering me for this award!  I shall post this award on my wall of Ooh-la-la Blog Awards with pride.

Now I have to reveal 5 of my favorite books and why I think they are so whizz-bang.  Oh, come on.  That’s just cruel. But such is the cost of accepting prestigious awards…

Ann Patchett is a reader’s and a writer’s writer.  No matter her subject, she manages to hypnotize me with her words.  I would never have read a book about a hostage situation in a South American country, but upon a recommendation of a friend I did.  I was hooked.  I lingered on each sentence–drank in how she put words together to form images.  She’s a magician with the written word.  I picked this book because it was the first one I read of hers.  I’ve read everything she’s written.

Laura Hillenbrand is another author I admire deeply.  She writes historical non-fiction.  She also has the same condition I have–Chronic Fatigue–so her books are fewer in number.  What I love about her writing is that she takes history and makes it come alive, as if I am reading a novel.  The first book I read by her was Sea Biscuit.  I love horses and learned so much about the sport of horse racing.  Laura makes history come alive in a way the fascinates me.  Her work is meticulously researched and masterfully written.

A Girl Named Zippy was the first memoir that I read that made me laugh until I cried. This book got me excited about the possibility of writing my own memoir.  I loved her quirky, hilarious voice and the simple way she told her story about growing up.  This book found me when I needed a laugh and when I needed inspiration.  Haven Kimmel is my hero.

When standard Buddhist books were too esoteric and confusing, Pema Chodron found me.  I don’t remember how.  This book and one other, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times, helped me to connect to the simple message of Buddhism when I needed it the most: when my health failed me and when my husband left me.  I don’t know how I would have gotten through such a difficult period in my life  if it weren’t for the down-to-earth way that Pema communicated the essential teachings of the Buddha regarding compassion, kindness, facing your fears, and letting go.

Finally, but by no means the end of my list of favorites, is this book.  Why? Because I used to read it to my dear Alex when he used to be small enough to cuddle in my lap.  He would hang on every word, as would I; he would relish every drawing, as would I.  Those were precious moments between a mother and son. “And she loved that boy…”  She still does, but he’s 6’2″ and doesn’t have time to read even small books with his mom.

My final obligation is to name 5 bloggers to receive this award (if they want to–no pressure).  If they accept, they should mention who gave them the award, post the award on their blog, name five of their all-time favorite books and why they listed them, and pass the award on (if they so choose).

Please don’t hate me because I’m beautifulbecause I can’t count…for being curious about what you love to read!

And the Booker Award goes to:

Al at The Cvillean

Suzanne at A Window to the Woods

Diana Douglas

Izzy at Inside the Mind of Isadora

Darla at She’s a Maineiac

Peg at Peg-o-Leg’s Ramblings

The Byronic Man

My Memoir is Being Edited by Someone Who Doesn’t Love Me

I found a professional editor and we are on our way to making my manuscript the best that it can be.  I may have to rent Scrappy out to anyone who wants to be seen with the “Cutest Dog Around” to pay for the editing process, but I know it will be worth it.

Who do you think should play me in the movie version of my book?  Marilyn is dead, so my choices are quite limited…

I mean, this could have been taken this morning…

~ by Lorna's Voice on September 22, 2012.

28 Responses to “All Kinds Of Things Are Happening!”

  1. Oh, you are so very welcome, my dear, dear, friend! 🙂

  2. Just getting around to my nomination. It is so very gratefully appreciated. Anything that you say to me or award me with sets my heart a flutter with joy. Truely, it helps me build more confidence in this world of writing. Thank you is too small a word.
    namaste …

  3. I understand completely. And, yes, this book really is going to happen. Thanks for your encouraging words! 🙂

  4. Thanks for your support, Sylvia. I was pretty surprised by that announcement, too. I feel like my series just got cancelled! Oh well… 😐

  5. Thanks so much for the award, Lorna! I’m afraid I am both swamped and lazy, which is a deadly combination sure to kill any follow-through that I might promise. I’m just keeping it realz.

    You’ve got a real, live editor reviewing your manuscript? Wow! This is really going to happen, isn’t it? Congratulations! I can’t imagine reading a whole book lately, let alone writing one. You’re my hero.

  6. Hi Lorna–I subscribed to Dark Globe right after I read about you being one of the new writers for it, and then got an email that it’s being discontinued. That sucks! But I know that more good things will come your way soon, too.

  7. My editor does keep it professional, but she has alluded to the fact that she is enjoying the book and she identified with several of the episodes I describe as “Little Lorna.”

    I’ll check out Erik Larson–always looking for good reads! Thanks.

    As for the last two pictures, the only way to tell is the quality of the photos. The one of the real Marilyn isn’t as snazzy and well-framed as the one of the real me. So you be the judge. 😉

  8. Oh, Peter, you are so kind. I’m so glad we found each other in this great big blogosphere!

  9. Great news on the award and I’m glad you nominted Al. He’s one of my favourite Bloggers. and for the award. You Blog is a model of profesionalism and humour, and all recognitition is richly deserved

  10. I’m sure your editor loves you (what’s not to love?) He/she is just trying to keep it professional.

    Thanks for the nomination, I’ll blog about that in the not too distant future. By the way, I like Laura too, just read “Unbroken”. I’m a non-fiction junkie and a big fan of Erik Larson (“The Devil in the White City”).

    Just one question. In the last two pictures, which one is you and which one is Marilyn?

  11. Thanks. I am in awe of her ability to craft fascinating stories out of historical documents–often while writing on her back in bed!

  12. Gosh, I might close to you–I love cold weather! Yes, my manuscript is completed. I can hardly believe that this book is going to be a real book (and not just a someday-book). 🙂

    Hope you enjoy my DG contribution…

  13. Thanks, Casey! The progress (on all fronts) feels great.

  14. Thanks! Well, my family loved it, but I have a sneaky suspicion that they are biased… 😉 Thanks for you wonderfully supportive comments. They make my days! 🙂

  15. Sounds good to me! If things go as I plan (and they always do in the fantasy world I live in), the book will be a hit immediately and Hollywood will be knocking on my door. I just hope Scrappy doesn’t scare them away! 🙂

  16. The Giving Tree is the only one on your list that I’ve read, and it’s a book that makes me cry every time I read it. I want to read the others you’ve mentioned now, you’ve made them sound like it isn’t simply a matter of choice, it is a necessity to read them. My reading list is too long, but I must add them to it!

    As for who should play you in the movie version of your book, I think I should do it, you know I’m an actress ‘n all, and we have basically the same colour hair. My accent is British but let’s not worry about that. We need to hurry up and do it though, I’m 42 now, so I’m not sure how far downwards I can stretch for your younger years as it is.

  17. “My memoir is being edited by someone who doesn’t love me” … haha! You really are a delight, Lorna. I love you. xx

  18. So glad you found an editor to help polish your memoir. And congratulations on yet another honor.

  19. Wow–you are a very busy woman–maybe you don’t watch television lately, either! Congrats on all these well-deserved accolades coming your way. And the fact that you have hired an editor for your book must mean that your first draft, at least, is completed, right? Can hardly wait to buy and read the finished product. If I lived closer to you I’d rent your pup for a few hours to help finance this adventure, but alas, I live in a frozen country north of you, where winter lasts ten months of the year and we get around on snowshoes and wear toques and mittens all year long even when we’re swimming those four or five days in July. Now I’ll go over to the bi-polar site and read your funny post there. Can never get too much of you, that’s for sure. 🙂

  20. Congrats, Lorna. Love your book recommendations…Hillebrand is amazing.

  21. You’re so sweet, Suzanne! I can’t wait to see what you do with this well-deserved award. 🙂

  22. The great thing about this award is that I just think it’s a great way to reveal something about a person without doing the old “tell 7 things about yourself…”

  23. Yes, my personal library is filled with various Buddhist books. Jack is wonderful, too.

  24. Thanks for sharing a few of your favorite reads, Lorna. It’s interesting that it was a Buddhist book that helped me find my strength when my marriage was going under too, “A Path With Heart” by Jack Kornfield. I do have that Pema Chodron book too and many other books from different Buddhist authors…they’ve helped me through so much. And congratulations on your new status over at The Dark Globe. 🙂

  25. You’re write (a pun, just in case anybody thinks I can’t spell) this award looks like fun! I’m carefully thinking my book choices so no one will realize that I normally read non-Pulitzer Prize contenders.

  26. Congratulations! I think it’s awesome that you received this nomination! When I first started blogging, I found you and waited eagerly for every new post…such a great sense of humor, wit, and immense charm all rolled into one person. 🙂 Thanks for nominating me…I’m amazed and very honored!

  27. Ha! Bi-polar blogger! Don’t worry, I can’t let it go to my head; it’s already overly stuffed with fluff and can’t take any more! 😉

  28. Thanks for your nice comments, Lorna. I love your book choices and I haven’t read any of them — so thanks for the recommendations.

    Congratulations on becoming a bi-polar blogger — don’t let it go to your head!

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