Guess the list is gone forever…

Well, it doesn’t look like Word Press is going to fix the problem of bringing my online content list back.  I haven’t heard anything about it, and it’s definitely not on the blog page.  So, the best I can do is provide links to where they are, in as many groups as I can.  Here we go:

Associated Content (now Yahoo! Contributor Network)


Rest in Peace Patrick (a tribute to Patrick Swayze, published September 16, 2009)

Invisible Illness Awareness Week (An article about living with an invisible chronic illness, and how this one-week conference can help)

Why People Watch Soap Operas

I think that’s all of them.  If I find more, I’ll add them to another post.  Thank you for your patience.  Remember, you can follow my blog at


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Article List Missing

OK, somehow when my Windows Live blog was integrated with WordPress, the list I had created and with the titles and links to all of my online articles disappeared.  I’m trying to find a “help” option where I can ask someone at WordPress to help me with this, but no such luck yet.  Supposedly, when you switch from Windows Live to WordPress, your entire blog transfers.  Nope…not the case here.  So, for now, I’ll have to provide you the link to my articles and my Associated Content articles, because they’re the only ones I can easily find right now.  I hope one of these days, the list I made on my Windows Live page show up here.

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Hello world!

I just integrated my Windows Live blog with WordPress (if you have Windows Live, you might know all about this already.)  I’m trying to get back into posting to my web pages and blogs since I’m finally submitting my first children’s book to publishers.  I keep hearing that having a web page and/or blog to market from is a good idea.  So, here it is!

I’ve been participating in the Muse Online Writers conference this week, and it’s been a busy time!  I also got the opporunity to sign up for two more freelance gigs from one of my old jobs.  That’s a LOT of writing now.

Anyhow, here I am.  I’ll try to start posting links to my articles again.  So far, the only ones I can link are my Gather articles.  From now on, you’ll see blog posts on my blog, and links to online articles and such here.  Take care, and come visit me again some time.


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I am participating in my first NaNoWriMo this month.  For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s National Novel Writing Month.  It takes place in the full month of November.  You are supposed to write 50,000 words in thirty days.  Not too much pressure….or so I thought.
I admit, I was very nervous about taking on this task.  As you know, I’m dealing with health issues, and never know how I’ll feel from one day to the next.  So can I really commit myself to writing this much in just one month?  And writing everyday?  Why not?  I proved last week, when I had one of my wonderful migraine-like headaches that lasts for a few days, that I don’t have to write everyday.  As long as I write something on the days I feel well, I’m accomplishing a huge goal, even if I don’t write all 50,000 words.  And I’m having fun doing it.  You can keep track of my word count, if you’d like, at my NaNoWriMo page:
If anyone else reading this is participating, I wish you luck.
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Invisible Illness Awareness Week

This is a survey from the Inivisible Illness Awareness Week online conference, which is taking place from Mon., 9/14 – Sun., 9/20.  You can read my article about it at

30 Things About My Invisible Illness You May Not Know

1. The illness I live with is:  Heart disease

2. I was diagnosed with it in the year:  don’t know; I was born with it

3. But I had symptoms since:  forever

4. The biggest adjustment I’ve had to make is:  picking and choosing activities based on my energy level.

5. Most people assume:  when they first meet me, that I’m just like everyone else.

6. The hardest part about mornings are:  getting out of bed and taking all of my pills (11).  I have to take them with food, but I’m not always hungry.  However, if I don’t eat with my pills, I get sick.

7. My favorite medical TV show is:  Grey’s Anatomy (returns 9/24; Yay!)

8. A gadget I couldn’t live without is:  My TV 🙂

9. The hardest part about nights are:  not being able to sleep; being in pain

10. Each day I take __ pills & vitamins. (No comments, please) 18

11. Regarding alternative treatments I:  haven’t thought about any

12. If I had to choose between an invisible illness or visible I would choose: invisible

13. Regarding working and career:  I work as a freelance writer, part time, from home, on my time

14. People would be surprised to know:  How tired I really feel all the time

15. The hardest thing to accept about my new reality has been:  my reality is not new, but the hardest part to accept is that I’ll probably never be able to do a lot of the things I wanted, like have my own child; have a full-time career, in or out of the house; run, skip, jump and play.

16. Something I never thought I could do with my illness that I did was:  attend a rock concert 🙂  (Def Leppard in 1993)

17. The commercials about my illness: Only talk about people who GET heart diesease, not those of us born with it.

18. Something I really miss doing since I was diagnosed is:  again, I was born with it, but what I’ve ALWAYS wanted to do is run up a hill.

19. It was really hard to have to give up:  being able to participate in all of the activities when I was in school.

20. A new hobby I have taken up since my diagnosis is:  I’ve always loved to write and watch movies.

21. If I could have one day of feeling normal again I would: run up that hill 🙂

22. My illness has taught me:  that life is precious, and you should appreciate what you do have.

23. Want to know a secret? One thing people say that gets under my skin is:  oh, come on, you can stay a while longer, can’t you?

24. But I love it when people:  understand that I can’t stay longer, I’m simply ready to go home.

25. My favorite motto, scripture, quote that gets me through tough times is:  "I felt sorry for myself because I had no shoes until I met the man who has no feet" (my father-in-law loved this statement; I don’t know where it originates from.)

26. When someone is diagnosed I’d like to tell them:  that everything is going to be ok, and I’m happy to help and support them through anything they need.

27. Something that has surprised me about living with an illness is: how much you appreciate life.

28. The nicest thing someone did for me when I wasn’t feeling well was:  lots of things: send me cards and fun gifts; visit me in the hospital; keep me company in the ER; bring me food; send me flowers; and tons more.

29. I’m involved with Invisible Illness Week because:  I believe if more people understood that just because a person doesn’t look sick doesn’t mean they feel good, there would be more understanding of dealing with these illnesses in everyday life.

30. The fact that you read this list makes me feel:  honored, loved, and blessed.

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Back to School

This school year, we have two people in our household going to school.  My husband just started his first semester of college, and my stepson decided to move in with us for his senior year of high school.  Suddenly, we have a lot of school-related activities happening in our home: getting up early, doing homework, studying, taking tests, checking grades…all the usual activities of students.
I graduated college two years ago.  For the first time, I’m the one in the household NOT going to school.  It feels very strange to see everyone else going, and not have classes or homework myself.  I felt a little left out, even though everyone around me is telling me to enjoy the break.  I even considered signing up for graduate school, but I know I’m not ready for that yet.
So, I decided to put together my own "writing" school, and get back to basics on learning to write: grammar, determining what type of writing to do, coming up with ideas of what to write, and figuring out my best way of doing it all.  I pulled out my writing books and researched the Internet for learning tools for my "school."  Now, I haven’t actually done any of it yet (ha, ha), but at least it’s all there if I want to start it.
But I got a big lesson today on just how long it’s been since I was in school.  My stepson is taking a Liberal Arts Geometry class, and is working on the F.O.I.L. method for solving equations.  He showed me his homework, and I thought I knew exactly what to do, but was getting the wrong answer.  So he showed me how to do it again.  He commented how funny it was that he was teaching a college graduate how to do math homework.  I thought that was funny, but he was absolutely right: he was!  And he taught it well, showing me step-by-step exactly how to do it.  He’s a very good teacher.
I’m still planning on doing some of the writing program I set up for myself, eventually.  But I realized one thing:  for now, I would rather do this my way, on my terms than have to go by what my teachers want, and on their terms.
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My Book

I have just finished the preliminary work of a book I’ve had in mind to write for a while now.  I used a wonderful writing program called "Writer’s Dreamkit," given to me by my wonderful sister-in-law, and wrote an entire synopsis, character outline, chapter outline, and other notes to use during the writing of my book.  Next week is January’s BIW (book-in-a-week), an online writing group I belong to.  It’s motto is "BIC HOK TAM," meaning "butt in chair, hands on keyboard, typing away madly."  I plan to use this week to get my book started, and get the juices flowing.  I am hoping this is a book I will be able to work on continuously throughout the year, and I am looking forward to having this project to work on.  Good luck to all other writers on their 2009 writing goals Smile 
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