E is for Extraordinary

This is a continuation of the A-Z blog challenge.  Click here to see the list of all 1935 participants!

Extraordinary. What a glorious word. Just saying it conjures all kinds of ‘feel good’ sensations. What other word says amazing, bizarre, exceptional, fantastic, outstanding, uncommon, wicked, unique all at once. Why, the word by itself is extraordinary!

Extraordinary is all around us. Look at kids for one. They are sponges, soaking up every bit of information fed into them. Their imagination is wild, crazy, untouchable…


Look at food. Look at what nature has given us to maintain our bodies and minds…fruits, vegetables, fish and crustaceans (can anyone say lobster and king crab legs? Heaven). Legumes, sweet potatoes…truffles (such exquisite delectable yumminess)…


Look at the artists you gravitate towards. Who else can paint like Van Gogh or Dali? Who else can weave sonatas like Mozart, Chopin, Debussy, or whip out a classic rock tune like Queen, Electric Light Orchestra or Pink Floyd? Who can bring you to the edge of horror like King or Koontz, or drop you into a love story like Sparks or Steele?  Who can fill children with fantastical wonder like Rowling or Kagawa, or leave them breathless and stunned like Collins? All of these artists and so many more are nothing short of…


Last but not least, don’t forget your friends (real and virtual), and those certain family members that put a smile on your face when you think of them. Something magical pulls you together. Something lights your soul when you hear their voice or see an e-mail or a blog post from that someone special. It is the most simplest yet most complex of all human emotions…Love. Love can be many things to many people. It doesn’t  necessarily mean romanticism. One can love the way a car looks or the way a tree bends in the wind. One can love hearing a baby laugh, or the smell of rain after a freshly cut lawn. Love is something you can’t touch but you can feel it deep in your soul, your heart and with every inch of your being. It is the one emotion that ties us all together because it is the one thing we, as human kind, need in order to thrive. Love is


And so are the people that fill our souls with it. So go hug them, write them a letter or an e-mail, pick up the phone, send out a blog…do whatever you must to tell those close to you how much they mean to you. When you spread the love, that makes you


to those on the other end.

Kreative Blogger Award!

I normally don’t post two blogs in one day, but I had to post this one.

The wonderful and lovely Amy at The Literary Mom gave me a Kreative Blog Award today. Whoo Hoo!!  *throws confetti*  Thank you, Amy!  I’m honored that you presented me with this award.  I’m all giddy now.

As part of receiving this award, I have to (1):  Share 10 things about myself that readers might find interesting, and (2) nominate 6 others for the blog award.  So, here goes:

Ten things about me:

1.  I was born in Neu Ulm, Germany, adopted by a US Army couple and grew up moving and traveling everywhere.

2.  I’ve been writing stories ever since I could hold a crayon (or so it seems).

3.  My short story, The Passing of Millie Hudson, was my first published short story.

4.  I’ve worked as a retail clerk, data entry clerk, an administrative assistant, and most recently a paralegal.

5.  I am the biggest animal lover in the world. I’d adopt every stray and every homeless four-legged creature if I could.

6.  I was hugged and kissed on the neck by the oh-so-awesome Kevin Richardson of the Backstreet Boys on December 1, 1999 in Orlando, FL at a fan conference.  I still have the newspaper article from the Orlando paper.  






7.  I can never eat enough lobster tail, king crab legs, shrimp and cheese cake.  I’m addicted to vanilla and or chocolate flavored coffee (Godiva is to die for) and International Delight vanilla creamer.  I love Martini and Rossi Asti Spumanti and Arizona Green Tea (but not together).

8.  I love to travel.  There are so many places on my bucket list to see.  The Grand Canyon, Seattle, Washington and Vermont in the fall top the list.

9.  My favorite book of all time is Great Expectations.

10.  I hate any kind of creepy, crawly bug like roaches or crickets.  I freak out and simply can’t kill them.  The crunch they make sends shivers up my spine.

2.  The lucky six bloggers to receive the award are:

1.  Jennifer Eaton’s blog.  She is an amazing author and I love her posts.  This aspiring author has an amazing future ahead of her.

2.  Kana Tyler.  She’s a freelance writer, she’s funny and has some really insightful things to say.

3.  Talin.  Her blog is beautiful, and inspirational. She’s a writer who also loves to cook.  She posts recipes all the time, all of them really, really good.

4.  I cannot sing enough praises for this Commuting Girl’s writer’s site.  Great posts and she’s as addicted to YA novels as I am.

5.  Lori Freeland at http://www.lafreeland.com/.  Lori is amazing and I’ve gotten a lot of great ideas from her site.  She’s an author, inspirational writer, wife, and mother, among many other things.  You can’t go wrong with her blog.

6.  Brenda Drake.   Brenda is always  hosting contests and blogfests with agents, professional editors, etc.  She has a huge following and her blog is fun and dynamic.

Honorable Mention:

Emi Gayle:  fantastic author and I love her book reviews.