**12/21/12  Note: Updated with winners listed at the end of post

Six months ago, I decided to step out of my secluded non-social-media box and start a blog.  In all truth, I only had a vague idea of what a blog even was.  It terrified me, and I figured that was a good sign I was about to grow!  The writing bug nipped me many years ago, but because I thought I had nothing to offer, I squished it.

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I squished it!
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Or I thought I did.  Then I found myself at a writer’s conference this May and that bug came sneaking back to life!

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It’s Back!
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Thanks to all of you and your marvelous comments, encouragement, follows, likes and newfound friendships I am thoroughly enamored and emboldened by the blogging world!  It has exceeded any and all hopes or expectations.  Partly because of this wonderful experience, I’ve joined a writer’s group and am contributing to my church’s online newsletter.  My NaNo novels aspire to be published and my memoir is screaming a little louder to be set free from my mind!

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Memoir Wants Freedom!
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I’ve been thinking of a way to thank all of you and decided in the spirit of Christmas, I’d like to give you a gift of appreciation.   What is the gift you ask?  A new car?  A week-long vacation to the tropics?  Alas, I must admit all I have to offer are gift cards.  I’m holding a drawing for a $50 card and a $25 card.  Everyone who has engaged in my blog this year gets their name in the hat.  For those who engage between now and the drawing date of Dec 21, 2012 I’ll add your name again.  Winners choose between Barnes & Noble, Starbucks, Regal Cinemas or Target.

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My Gift to You…
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Drawing was held Dec 21 2012 and the winners were:

$50 Susie Landau at http://susielindau.com/

$25 Shannon Moreno at http://revelationsinwriting.wordpress.com/

Thank you all  for inspiring, encouraging and amazing me!  My life has been incredibly touched by each one of you!