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Hodge Podge

For those of you unaware, I’ve been in Chicago for the last several days on the beautiful campus of Northwestern University. The people I work for felt it necessary to cram more information between my ears, so I was sent there to attend a seminar. But even though I’m struggling to catch up from being away from my desk and it looks like somebody lobbed a paper hand grenade in my office, I’m compelled to write this post because I’ve been away too long and I wanted to say hi *waving*, but there’s also some pretty neat things on the horizon you need to know about.

First and foremost, I’m interviewing the wonderful Kristi Chestnutt right here Friday as she makes her away around the internet on her very own blog tour.  We'll be talking about the pending release of her first novel The Wolf Within. Pretty cool…right. Kristi is not only a talented writer (duh – she’s published) and a proficient blogger, but also a new found friend. I hope you’ll stop by to read about her exploits to publishdom (I just made that word up).

Secondly, Jon Paul over at Where Sky Meet Ground is hosting one of those infamous Blogfest's that I’m going to be participating in. It’s the “Drunk at First Sight” Blogfest and it involves writing a scene or short story about a love/relationship situation that also includes one or more of the following elements:

---St. Paddy's Day as important event or setting
---Use of Ireland or anything Irish as a setting or prop
---An alcohol related event (party, hangover, cocktails, AA meeting, etc.)

I’m really excited about it and plan on using another scene from my first novel (Slow Dancer). Check it out if you get a chance.

And finally I have another yet award to pass along (no, I haven’t forgotten about the other two). Julie at Silver Lining bestowed upon me the Creative Writer Award, which is one that actually looks a bit masculine. Julie is a wonderful writer that has quickly made it onto my “tingle” list, so I hope you check out her blog. There is some penance that comes with the award, which I will have to postpone for now, but I’m good for it. Really.

I guess that's it for now.  I feel better now that I've gotten my blog fix, but I'll feel even better if you gimme a shout back.  So I'm a comment whore...don't judge me. 

Don’t forget to stop back by Friday for my interview with Kristi.



  1. Come link up to We are just getting started:)

  2. Oh, I adore Chicago!!! I try to go as often as possible. I set my second novel there :) Did you get to the giant bean? Or was it all just work work work?

    I'll try to get to the Drunk at first Sight Blogfest. sounds like a blast (although it'll be huge as I'm technically going to be on hiatus!)

    And how do I get Kristi to visit my blog? :( Her book looks fabulous. I will have to check it out (saw mention of it on Kimberly's sight). Looking forward to the interview.

  3. Yeah, Kristi!!! I will be back Friday...

    And just lob that paper hand grenade right back!

  4. Looking forward to Friday! Enjoy your time in Chicago :-)

  5. I've never been to Chicago, but I've always wanted to visit. I hope you have a great time.

    Looking forward to Friday! :-)

  6. Hi! Welcome back.

    I'm sure you'll get that paper-grenade-mess cleaned up lickety-split. Just in time to put that new award on the shelf. :)

  7. I've been to Chicago lots. Most of my family lives about an hour south of there!

    There is another award for you on my blog, sir!

  8. Shout out! ;-) I always have blog withdrawals when I'm away for too long too!

  9. I'm a comment whore, too. I look for comments like I used to look for letters when I was a teenager and had several pen pals!

    I've been to Chicago a couple of times and we'll be going back again this Memorial Day weekend. We'll finally get to see a Cubs game, although I'm a Reds & Dodgers fan. Last time there we saw the White Sox play. Can you tell we're baseball fans?

    Bet it's warmer in Arkansas than it was up in Chicago, though, huh?

  10. Kristi is a fun interview. Good luck!

    PS - Be sure to stop by my blog tomorrow. I have a super macho award for you. ; )

    Hope you have fun in the Windy City!

  11. Debbie ~ I'm so there!

    Carolina ~ The food was great (I gained two pounds), but no fun was had. The room where I stayed didn't even have a TV in it. :( As far as the interview goes, I'm on a first name basis with the author, so I'll see what I can do. :)

    Diane ~ Don't you mean jump on top of the grenade and save everybody else? :)

    Portia ~ You won't be disappointed.

    Shannon ~ I've been to Chicago lots of times...its an awesome city.

    Amy ~ Thank you!

    Kristin ~ Awwwww. What a sweetie you are.

    Jody ~ *Deep sigh* Those feel so great!!

    Stacy ~ I've been to Chicago lots of times but I've never seen a ballgame there. My wife is from Chicago and a die-hard Cubs fan. She keeps promising to take me to Wrigley field one day.

    Kimberly ~ There is such an award? That is SOOOO awesome and your a peach for thinking of me!

  12. Congrats on the creative writer award! It IS more masculine than the others. The one I just gave away was way too girly. I mean, it was purple. With flowers.


  13. I was at a workshop for a half day yesterday and my desk exploded. It can be so frustrating!! :)

  14. I only have one thing to say:

    Muahahahahaahaaa ; )

  15. Enjoy yourself in Chicago!

    And as a follow up to a comment you left on my blog (Yes, I know, I'm a bum and I'm just now responding.)

    YOU are a rarity. My hubs thinks lifting his feet when I vacuum is "helping out." You better keep it up and don't try to make a breach in your contract!

  16. Have a good time in Chicago! I will definitely come and check out the interview. And that blogfest sounds hilarious - can't wait to see your entry!

  17. Welcome back. And thanks for the link to Jon Paul. I think I'm becoming a blogfest whore myself.

    At my day job, we frequently say "I'm going to work for taco bell" as away of complaining about the amount of paperwork in the in-box that for some reason didn't stop coming just because I wasn't there to work it. Tacos don't pile up while the worker is out; why does paper?

    Good luck with your "paper fest".


  18. Amber ~ I can do girly too. I just prefer a little balance sometimes. :)

    Jemi ~ And messy!!!

    Kimberly ~ *Snicker*

    Tiffany ~ Then I'd better shut-up before I get scores of hubbies in trouble.

    Julie ~ I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's reactions.

    Donna ~ I'd do good at Taco Bell. I can eat me some Burrito's!!

  19. I have never been to Chicago but I hear it is nice. I will have to check back for the interview.
    I will have to think about the blogfest.

  20. Can't wait to read your interview! I hope you went to the American Girl Shop while you were in Chicago. They do the best lunch!

  21. Congrats on your award. And yes, manly blog awards are far and few between these days LOL. :)

  22. Congrats on award! And published friend, lucky guy, pick her brain! Not like all zombie-ish but in the hey, can you give a fellow some advice. I'll check back and read your interview.

  23. Are all blog awards not masculine looking? I've always thought the ones with flowers and clouds were pretty tough looking.




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