Monday, July 9, 2012

Buccaneer Blogfest: About Me

Ahoy, writing mateys. Welcome to the first day of the Buccaneer Blogfest hosted by Sharon Bayliss and Court Young. It's all about building our platforms and meeting new writers and friends. The plan is to post Monday, Wednesday and Friday based on prompts given, between July 9 - August 3. To read more about it, or to sail with the rest of us pirates on the high blogging seas, go HERE.

Day one involves telling you a little about me and my blog. So here it goes!

Some of you already know me as Lady Gwen from Run Gwen, Run! Write Gwen, Write! I have been in the blogosphere since 2010, first to write about my endeavor to get healthy and lose weight through running. THEN! I discovered a community of writer's I didn't know existed! It was divine intervention - I had given up a good paying job in San Diego and moved to the Rockies to write. So my blog became a mixture of running and writing posts, before it turned mostly to writing. Run Gwen, Run! became very crowded, so I shanghaied some of my followers and started a new author blog here.

And here we are!

I'm fifty-two years old. A little older, I think, than the average blogger I mix with here. Most of you are my daughters age. *snort* What can I say? I'm a late bloomer. I graduated from college with a BA in English when I was forty-one. In my family, IF we graduated from high school, we knew we were going to work. College was for rich people. I didn't know it was an option. But I felt so blessed when I finally did go, that I worked my butt off and graduated magna cum laude.

Have you ever said to yourself, some day I'm going to do this or that? Maybe it's travel, skydiving or scubadiving. Or writing a book. My "some day" finally came. Life is way too short to not follow your dreams, and that's why I'm here.

I write young adult fiction. My first book, Givin' Up The Ghost, is in final editing (I hope). I just finished the first draft of my second book, A Guilty Ghost Surprised. They are both part of The Indigo Eady Paranormal Mystery Series. I'm seriously thinking about self-publishing.

I hope you're still awake after reading this!

I can't wait to blog-hop around to read about your adventures riding the high seas of writing.

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  1. Replies
    1. Thanks Teresa. Are you part of the blogfest? I'll come visit soon:)

  2. You're not that much older than this blogger!

    1. Alex, lol. There are a few of us oldies around:)

  3. Oh, very interesting info! I loved learning more about you!
    But, I did not sign up for this thing to tell everyone how old I am. Would anyone believe me if I said 29?????? I mean, come on! There are two things you never ask a woman and that's "How old are you?" and "How much do you weight?"
    I'll never tell!!!!!!! (hehe)
    Thanks for sharing, Gwen! It was fantastic:)

  4. "All women have to lie. It's nature's way of protecting them from the truth." - Sally (Dick van Dyke) ;)
    Good to learn more about you Gwen, I look forward to participating in the blogfest with you.

  5. Still searching for the rum! It brought me here and boy is it interesting! Nearly distracted me from rum-search.

  6. If you self-publish I will definitely buy it! :) Following you now!

  7. It's nice to learn more about you and I think age is all a state of mind ;)

  8. Hi Gwen! Totally relate to what you said about life being too short to keep saying "some day." Looking forward to bloghopping with you!

  9. I find it very inspirational that you graduated with honours, and began following your dream to be a writer, both when you were into your forties. A lot of people would have said they're too old, but I think you're never too old to follow your dream, and you're proof of that.

    good luck with the final edits, and then your road to publication, I'll be following your blog to see how you get on.

  10. Hi Gwen! Thanks for taking part in the blogfest and good luck with Givin' Up The Ghost! Editing is a... special experience ;)

  11. Ink, age is just a number. Weight, on the other hand - I'm not about to share that, lol:)

    Scotzig, "All women have to lie"? LOL! I grew up watching Dick Van Dyke - it's even older than me:)

    Utsav, you didn't bring the rum?! Dang it!

    Alleged, thank you! That's so sweet:)

    Michelle, glad you agree:) This is going to be a blast!

    Clare, thank you! What is life without dreams?

    Verity, I totally agree. Editing is ... special:)

  12. I love that you started your blog with running! I recently started the Couch to 5k program and hope to run a 5k in October. I found that sitting and writing made me gain 15 pounds..Yikes so now i am trying to be a runner and a writer as well. :) Great to meet you

  13. Connie, I started with the couch to 5K too. It's a great program. Running and writing go together:)

  14. Hey Gwen :) I made it all the way from NZ :) Love that you gave up a job to write. Heaven. And awesome to get to know a bit about :)

  15. Hi Gwen, very nice to meet you! I so agree about following your dream :) I am writing a lot about it on my blog too.

    I am a late bloomer too, I personally think we rock! :D

    Really look forward to connecting more!

    Have a wonderful day,
    Sylvia @ Playful Creative

  16. It's crazy to think how little I know about you after how much we've talked! I love that you quit your job to write. I'm so glad you're blogfesting with us!

  17. Nice to meet you, Gwen! I won't say no to the self-publishing (: It seems like a lot of authors with great books have to go through with self-publishing. Someday the true respect self-publishing deserves will come to light!

  18. Gwen, your title sounds intriguing! Good luck with it!

  19. Hi Gwen, nice to meet you. Your mystery series sounds pretty awesome. Nothing wrong with self-publishing, either. It will be fun to hear more about your WIP.

  20. A runner, writer, and you live in the rockies? I think we were meant to be friends! Glad you are blogging with us.

    I was the first one in my family to graduate from college. I know exactly what you mean. Congrats graduating top of your class, that is amazing and lots of hard work. Happy you are following your dreams and that I get to follow you as you reach for the stars! :)

    Age is just a number! :)

  21. what a great blogfest! how did i not hear of it?!

  22. Jade, you came a long way to say "hey"! Thanks for stopping by.

    Sylvia, late bloomers rock hard cuz we have a lot of catching up to do!

    Sharon, it is amazing, isn't it? Did you know I have a daughter your age? But so far no grandkids, just granddogs (whom I adore) and a grandturtle:)

    Kendra, self-publishing pretty much cuts through all the red tape, that's why it's so attractive to me:)

    Marisa, thanks - it only took me 2 years to come up with:)

    Shell, thank you. I do enjoy writing the series:)

    Courtney, what is life without dreams, right? Thanks for stopping by and following.

    Tara, please join! Having fun and meeting lots of people:)

  23. This is Randy Attwood of checking in. Great to meet new people.

  24. Congratulation on the magna cum laude. Much praise is in order. Can I say that you are one of my heroes? I really just want to offer you a round of applause, Cause from this small introduction you've given I think you sound like a pretty cool chick.

  25. Randy, hello. Thanks for stopping by:)

    Gloria, thank you! Hero?! *blushes*.

  26. That. Is. Awesome. Congrats on graduating from college at the top of your class! I love your positive attitude. : ) So nice to "meet" you!

  27. Tonya, thank you so much! Its nice to meet you, too:)


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