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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I Lieb Ya. I Lieb Ya.

While many were focused on the earthquake in Virginia yesterday, our little M5.2 -- and highly unusual -- earthquake in Colorado escaped notice. My son and niece felt it. I slept through it -- which I'm really bummed out about -- especially since it was one of the few times in my life I was actually sleeping. I'd just blogged about the importance of having an emergency supply kit, and that just drove home the necessity even more.

I want to thank three awesome people who have really inspired me! I had a mental block about blogging for the longest time, but it has finally been conquered. And the three who got me over that hurdle are Clarissa Draper, J.L. Campbell, and Alex J. Cavanaugh. So a HUGE Thank You to these three amazing bloggers!

Also a BIG thank you to Brent Wescott for becoming my 100th follower! Woo Hoo! 

And I'd like to make you aware of a Labor Day Blogfest that Cynthia at Random Thoughts is hosting. Here's the link for more information on that:

I received a "Liebster" award from Ashley Nixon and Laila Knight recently. They're both lovely ladies, so if you aren't following them yet, or if you haven't met them, I hope you'll check out their blogs. Here are their links:

Here's my "Liebster" award.

"Liebster" means friend!

Many of you already know about this wonderful award. Now that I've received it, I get to share it with five people who have under 200 followers! Here are the rules:

1. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
2. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Post the award on your blog.
4. Bask in the love from the most supportive people on the internet — other writers.
5. And best of all – have fun and spread the love.

Here are my picks!

1.  Cynthia
2.  C.K. Bryant at Authors Incognito
3. - Kylie at Chasing Rabbits Through Orchards (love that title)
4. Michelle
5. Shanon

These are some great blogs, so I hope you'll check them out. There's a lot of talent in these people! :) Follow them and see what I mean!

I'd also like to thank all the wonderful people who have decided to follow this blog. I'm really grateful to each and every one of you!

And finally, Alex is hosting another blog hop! Yay! I love these! (I took the code off my site because it was really hanging up my blog.) Here's the link to his site if you want to participate in it or his Insecure Writers Support Group:


welcome to my world of poetry said...

I hope there wasn't much damage by the earthquakes, it must be very frightening, Tale care.

Doralynn Kennedy said...

Thank you, Yvonne. We're quite a bit away from the epicenter, but it was felt by quite a few people here. It was a little frightening... but mainly because it was so unusual. We RARELY have earthquakes in Colorado.

Isis Rushdan said...

I slept through an earthquake when I was in Monterey and stationed at the Presidio. I was bummed too.

I still need to pass my liebster award on, but I haven't figured out my five folks yet.

Clarissa Draper said...

"I slept through it" I think they are amazing to feel at least once in a lifetime but for me, earthquakes are scary. I have been through a couple of earthquakes in Japan they really shake things about. I always worried the houses would come down but they do make them quite well there.

I do have an emergency kit! I remembered I made one when the hurricane came through last year!

You are just so special to me. Honestly, I really look to you and your writing as a standard at which to aim. I do have a question though, what's going to happen with your Spiders story? I just loved it and hope you get it published soon.

I'll check out the blogfest and the other blogs. Have a great day!

L.G.Smith said...

Congrats on the Liebster.

I'm in Colorado too. Didn't notice a thing. The last earthquake I remember feeling in Colorado was thirty years ago.

Doralynn Kennedy said...

Hi Isis, how funny that you slept through one too. It is disappointing, but that's the kind of quake to experience... one you can sleep through. I was just outside walking my dog, and my neighbor said he felt it too. He also told me that he could hear the chimes along the side of my house tinkling. Those chimes are right outside my bedroom window. I must have really been out cold!

Doralynn Kennedy said...

Hi Clarissa, I feel the same about you, so I'm really honored by your comments. And I'm glad you stayed safe when you went through a quake in Japan! They certainly build for them there. I'm also happy to hear you have an emergency kit! (I'm starting to worry a bit about all the strange things going on in the world and all the things heading in earth's direction. But I'm paranoid.)

I changed the name of SPIDERS to DEAD FALL. I've been offered a contract for it, but I'm hesitant to accept it. I've had quite a few requests from agents for partials and fulls -- one of which is from my dream agent. I also submitted it to Samhain and Carina, but that was only about 3 or 4 weeks ago, so I have a long wait before I hear back from either of them.

Thanks for everything! And I hope you have a great day too my friend!

Doralynn Kennedy said...

Hi L.G., thanks for the congrats. My neighbor just said he also felt the quake... and heard my chimes... but I didn't feel or hear anything. If I'd been awake, I probably would have thought it was an incoming asterpod! (I guess that's a new word. I kinda like it. When everybody starts using it, remember you heard it here first. Anyway, I've got asteroids and comets on the brain.)

I was in Europe during the quake Colorado had in the 80's, but I'm a native Colorado girl. Nice to meet another Colorado lady.

David Powers King said...

Good stuff! Congrats on the Liebster!

There were earthquakes in in Virgina and Colorado? Curious. As a native Californian, I better read into that.

Doralynn Kennedy said...

Hi David, the one in Virginia basically shut down Washington DC for a while. The Washington monument was cracked by the quake and is closed indefinitely! It did some serious damage to Washington National Cathedral. It was a major quake and had some serious consequences. It was felt over much of the eastern seaboard and into Canada. It was only 3 or 4 miles deep, so it did some serious shaking - and really tore up a school near the epicenter.

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

That earthquake yesterday was my first (I live in NJ). I couldn't quite figure out what was going on. I'm not used to the house rolling like that. Wild.

Congratulations on the award and many thanks for the links!

Doralynn Kennedy said...

Hi Cynthia, I'm glad you stayed safe through all that rolling. Houses shouldn't roll. Thanks for the congrats. Glad you like the links. Doralynn

Laila Knight said...

Congrats! Glad to see you pass this on. Will check out your friends. I'm already scheduled for the blog hopping. :)

Doralynn Kennedy said...

Hi Laila, thanks to you for passing it on as well! These blog hops are fun. I do love 'em. :-)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Doralynn, thanks! You just needed a little help, like I did in the beginning, and now you're off and running. Thanks for mentiong the Insecure Writer's Support Group. I really hope it helps a lot of writers.

Doralynn Kennedy said...

My pleasure Alex. Thank you! I'm not sure you realize how much you help a lot of writers already. Your new support group is taking it to a new level, though.

Empty Nest Insider said...

Congratulations on your award! I'm glad that you weren't hit hard by the earthquake. The support group does sound great and I look forward to bumping into you there! Julie

Doralynn Kennedy said...

Hi Julie, thanks! Alex's support group looks like a good idea. It helps with query letters, and if there's one thing I panic over, it's query letters.

Kylie said...

Thank you very much for my award! I will be sure to pass on the love.

Doralynn Kennedy said...

Thanks Kylie... my pleasure. It's well deserved!

Bethany C. said...

Aw...I'm sorry you guys got neglected in all the news coverage. Don't tell anybody, but we So. Californian's rolled a few eyes yesterday so, maybe it's better you were ignored ;)

Congrats on your Liebster!

Doralynn Kennedy said...

Hi Bethany... thanks for the congrats! Aw... but it's to be expected where you live. You have like, what, 1000 minor earthquakes a day? I know the number is really high, but I can't recall the exact number. But our earthquake is like you getting 50 feet of snow in downtown Los Angeles in October. It might be nothing to people who live in the high country of Colorado, but I bet you'd be freaking out a little if it happened in L.A. ;-)

msmariah said...

We felt the Virginia quake here in NC too. It was weird. We're used to hurricanes, not earthquakes.

Doralynn Kennedy said...

Hi MsMariah, will you be effected by Irene where you are? I know it's heading toward NC, so I hope you're away from the coast... glad you stayed safe during the quake... stay safe through Irene too.

Bethany C. said...

I'm in San Diego--we had snow here my freshman year of school--Valentine's Day. It melted before it hit the ground. You'd have thought Christ came back for a quick visit the way people freaked out.

I grew up in Denver--I know snow ;0

Doralynn Kennedy said...

That reminds me of something that happened to me. I used to be a professional driver. I was down in Texas, just heading into Dallas, when it started to snow slightly. It was as if a giant sign, visible only to Texans, came on. It must have said STOP because everybody did. A few of them made a half-hearted attempt at pulling over first, but since the majority of their car was still on the road, it really turned the highway into an obstacle course... damn near wrecked.

I know you never saw that happening in Denver. But I imagine the experience in San Diego was pretty similar.

Jordan McCollum said...

Thanks for the award, Donnalyn! But I think you're looking for CK Bryant's personal blog, Day Dreamer: . The Authors Incognito blog is the monthly newsletter of a writers group with over 300 members. (Christine was the editor of the newsletter until she was named Executive Director of the group, I took over the newsletter as Education Director.)

My dad felt the VA earthquake at work in Raleigh, NC, but my mom was about 30 minutes closer and didn't feel anything.

Doralynn Kennedy said...

Thank you Jordan. I apologize for the mix-up. I don't remember how I found the blog now. I think I linked to it from Ashley Nixon's site.

Strange how these earthquakes work. I'm glad your parents weren't in harms way!