Sunday, January 9, 2011


How Did I Get This?
Err, no, not the guy. I just liked the pic and needed something to warm me up on this bitter cold January day. What I got was this: The Versatile Blogger Award. Not as exciting as the guy but a nice thought from fellow Ellora's Cave author and friend Nina Pierce.

There are 200,000,000 blogs in cyberspace and 54% post content or Tweet daily. Wow! Now I know why I don’t get 30 or 40 comments on my blog posts. The competition is fierce and it’s hard coming up with interesting, compelling content while at the same time trying to write books. I do appreciate those who do take the time to visit my Passion Sense Blog and post comments. And I have a SPECIAL THANK YOU CONTEST at the end of this post for visiting.

By accepting this award there’s a catch. I have to share seven personal things about me. (eeeks!) And pass on this award to some other lucky blogger. This is a fun way for people to check out blogs they might’ve missed. So, here are my seven things that came to mind:
1. I love to travel but my absolute favorite place to vacation is by the ocean, whether it's Cape Cod, the Jersey shore, Florida or the Caribbean.

2. I was a bit of a tomboy as a kid. I built model airplanes with my dad, made a fishing pole out of a tree branch, string and a safety pin (and caught fish), and plucked frogs and crayfish out of the brook and swamp near my house.

3. I attended parochial school and hated it. I had to keep my hair short, wear ugly uniforms and didn’t have many friends. (You couldn’t talk except at recess, so how could you make friends?) My only reprieve was that I could pick out my new shoes every year. I always picked out the most outrageous shoes. One pair I remember were lime green with funky laces. In 6th grade the school decided to switch the dress code to saddle shoes. (ugh!) I cried and begged my mother to let me go to public school where most of my friends went anyway. She did. It’s all about the shoes.

4. In 9th grade I gave up playing the glockenspiel (the bells) in the band, to twirl a baton and ended up captain a few years later. Short skirt, boots were always my thing. Again, it’s all about the shoes.

5. Later, I went to a Catholic all girls’ college. It didn’t matter what shoes I wore. I worked three jobs and went to school full time. Who had time to care about shoes?

6. My first published work was an article about astral projecting in a New Age magazine called Night Vision and was later reprinted in another magazine called Connecting Link. A Native American shaman sent me a letter congratulating me on the article. My first fan letter.

7. I once lived on a dairy farm in a mobile home in upstate New York. No cable TV and the TV only had two channels. The area had one radio station and it aired for only 12 hours a day. I was lucky to get a phone, it took a month to get hooked up and had a two-party line. Many people probably don’t even know what that is. This wasn’t that long ago either–the 1980s.

As the Versatile Blogger Award goes, I’d like to thank Nina Pierce for the award and hope you’ll check out her blog, and I pass this award onto another writer friend and Ellora’s Cave author Amber Skyze. Please check out her blog too.

               * Amber Skyze
               * Nina Pierce

Rewarding the Award with a contest:


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whitley gray said...

Seven things, huh?
I like your first publication credit!
As someone who got only 1 1/2 channels until satellite became available in a small disc, I know what you mean.
I liked discovering you as an author todat through your FF&P post.
Cheers, Whitley

Amber Skyze said...

You're very welcome. You've done some interesting things. I went to a catholic school and begged my parents to let me go to a public one. What a relief when they said yes! :)

Don't enter me in the contest as I have this! :)

Nina Pierce said...

I've never heard a worse Catholic school situation. Seriously? Only talking at recess? They would have kicked me out the first day. I'm not sure my tongue knows how to stop wagging. LOL!

Cris Anson said...

I remember party lines when I was a little bitty kid. Each one had a separate ring. Ours was two short, one long. This was in the days of telephone operators, a la Lily Tomlin's character. Of course, there's probably a lot of folks who don't remember her, either...

Cris, showing her age :-(

Jennifer Mathis said...

Congrats on the award , I remember the 2 party lines We had one in the small town I was in too In the 80's . School where you couldn't talk I would have been in trouble all the time

Kathy Kulig said...

Hi Whitley, thanks for stopping by from the FF&P loop.It's amazing how far TV has come.

Hey Amber, LOL Catholic school? You too? :) Yeah, I wasn't a fan.

Nina, that's why I got in trouble a lot. And I was rather shy.

Kathy Kulig said...

Hi Cris, I don't remember a specific ring. I do remember working the night shift and the lady who had the other line chatted all day so the phone rang constantly. I didn't sleep much.

Hi Jennifer, Thanks. See I'm not the only one who knows party lines. There are still places around my area where we don't get good cell phone service either. country living. Got you down for the contest. :)

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your award and I found those seven things about you interesting.

Keep blogging!!!


Kathy Kulig said...

Hi Valerie, Interesting? Ha, ha, well, my life really isn't that exciting. But thanks, just the same. And I have you entered in the contest.