Award season continues…again!

liebsterYes, it’s another award post.  Apparently, ’tis the season.  This time, I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award by Fantasy Angel of the Avid Reader Blog.  I get to answer eleven questions about myself before asking eleven more of my nominees.  Fun, huh?

I’ve been nominated for this one once before, and if you care to read my answers from a couple years ago, you can find that post here.

Now then, let’s begin:

Which fictional character are you most like?

I think I’m a lot like Hermione Granger.  We’re both bookish, and I always feel like I don’t quite fit in, which Hermione definitely didn’t at the start of the series.


Photo 365 #217

Are these not the coolest things ever?


Seymour came home with some a week or so ago and when he showed them to me, I said he should have gotten a set to keep and a set to use.  He slid the book back in his hand to reveal a second book of stamps and replied, “Now what makes you think I’d do something like that?”

I love him so very, very much. 😀

A good decade ago (I refuse to admit that it’s been closer to two than one) when the post office issued Looney Tunes stamps, I had a whole set.  Unlike these, where each stamp is different, they released one character at a time.  It took a while to collect them all, but I love those stamps just as much as I love these.

And yes, I bought myself a set to use and a set to keep. 🙂

What are your favorite stamp designs?

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Photo 365 #21

Can you believe I’ve been at this for three whole weeks already?  Neither can I.

Anyway, I was struggling to come up with a good idea for today’s photo post.  But after I put the boys down for their nap, I went out to check the mail.  Hidden among the various bills and other junk mail was this:


Last (school) year, Bubbles’ class did a project where they wrote a letter to their favorite authors.  At first, Bubbles wanted to write to me (cuz he’s a sweet boy), but his teacher told him that he had to choose another author, so he chose JK Rowling (big Harry Potter fans, we are).  I’d actually kind of forgotten about it till today.

I suspect that when he gets home, he’ll be a mite disappointed.  I mean, how cool would it have been to get a letter back from JK Rowling?  Still, even this returned letter will be a nice keepsake.  Someday he can look back at it and have a glimpse of the boy he used to be, a carefree, happy boy who loved football and reading.

And who knows?  Perhaps someday I’ll get to go to a conference or convention of some awesome sort and I’ll bump into her and not make a fool of myself when recounting this story, and maybe he’ll get his return letter then.

What?  It could happen. 🙂

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I love the smell of democracy in the morning.  -Erica Acton

For all you Harry Potter fans, be sure to check out the link below.  Mr. Acton is one crazy talented guy, and you can find more of his work at Matchstick Marvels in Gladbrook, Iowa.  They have all the cool stuff in the Brook. 😉

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Are you extraordinary?

Photo by Kay Kauffman

We can be the heroes and heroines in our own lives.  We can set out upon a quest.  We can write our own stories, and within those tales, discover something extraordinary.  We can have an extraordinary life.  -Tricia Drammeh

I read that about an hour ago and was inspired.  This post almost didn’t get published today, but I’ve still got ten more minutes to go before the weekend is officially here and I think I can make it!  Anyway, Tricia is a wonderful lady and I highly recommend visiting her blog, where you can find the rest of the post that I quoted above.

Anyway, it’s late, I’m tired, I’ve got boatloads of work to do, and I’ve recently become addicted to Pottermore.  If you’re there, let’s be friends!  I’m SkyKey6037 and just got sorted into Hufflepuff tonight, so that was pretty cool, although I have to admit I was hoping for either Gryffindor or Ravenclaw.  Oh, well.

And now, to the writing cave!  Happy weekend, y’all!

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If you don’t follow S.Z.W.ordsmith, you really should.  This week’s posts have all been about her trip to the L.A. Times Festival of Books and her most recent post is about a panel she attended where Judy Blume spoke.  What childhood would be complete without reading the Fudge books?  Reading this post made me want to reread those books and more, especially since the only thing I really remember about them is that they were great books.  Same goes for Beverly Cleary’s Ramona books (although I do remember a question about a dawnzer that struck me as particularly funny).

My childhood was filled with many wonderful books.