Life in progress


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#SoCS – Shade

I don’t really understand the term “throwing shade.” It’s supposed to mean “insulting someone,” but wouldn’t it depend on the weather? I think it might be a good thing to throw someone shade on a hot day.

“Hey, throw me some shade, would ya?”

“You’re an asshole!”

“Thanks!”

Can you tell I’m tired?

I finished NaNoWriMo today with a win.

See?


And to celebrate, I bought myself a NaNo mug. Obviously I don’t have it yet. I’ll take a picture when I get it.

The original plan was to write two 30K novellas and finish NaNo with 60K. The first novella didn’t make it … I finished the story with 19,995 words. To make it even, I wrote “THIS IS DEFINITELY THE END” at the end. So I still had 30K left for the second novella. Only THAT ended at 26,223. So I started another novel.

Now I have to finish that. Does it ever end? I hope not. I like this gig. It’s a fun gig.

I hope to get caught up on all the comments I’ve been neglecting this last little while. Sorry–I’ve been reading all your comments, I just haven’t replied to them.

And tomorrow I’ll be back with a couple of posts. The coloring prompt and one more.

Stay tuned!

2019-2020 SoCS Badge by Shelley! https://www.quaintrevival.com/

This post is brought to you by Stream of Consciousness Saturday. Click the following link to find all the other posts in the comments, and see how you, too, can join in! It’s fun! https://lindaghill.com/2019/11/29/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-nov-30-19/


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We Have a Winner! 2019-2020 SoCS Badge Edition

First, one last huge thank you to Pamela for our lovely, leafy badge of the past fourteen months!

SoCS badge by Pamela

Much appreciation, Pamela!

And now …

The race was close, the contestants neck-and-neck most of the day. It was a nail-biter, all right. Then, in the evening (my time) a few badges shot ahead. I gasped–who was going to win?

Yeah, I’m stalling.

Okay, counting down. Here we go.

Oh, wait. First, I should explain that there were two ties, one for 4th place, and one for 5th place. So last place is actually 8th.

So here we go.

For real.

In 8th place, we have Janet, with Rocktober! I loved your badge, but I’m afraid you were just ahead of your time with the symbolic stream of light. Best of luck next time!

In 7th place …

Keep in mind, these were all very close. Like, within one vote of each other!

In 7th place, Wendy, with Signpost!

Coming in 6th, we had Willow’s Waterfall!

Tied for 5th, Pensitivity, with Canoe, and Jill, with Flowers! They ran a close race all day.

In 4th place, we have another tie between Paula, with Pets, and Fandango, with Geese! Seems the animals stuck together this time around.

Now, for 3rd place …

By the way, if anyone wants to know exactly how many votes there were on which badge, I’ll be happy to e-mail you with a screenshot of the poll. Just contact me at linda@lindaghill.com.

Where was I?

Oh yeah, third place.

The bronze medal goes to none other than JoAnna, with Babbling brook! Congratulations, JoAnna!

That brings us down to our first and second place contestants. Who could they be?

Should I write another post?

Nah, I’ve made you wait long enough.

The honour of second place goes to

Barbara, with Notebook! Congratulations on your silver medal-winning badge, Barbara!

Which means, our new 2019-2020 SoCS badge was designed by Shelley, with Drops of water!

Thank you so much, Shelley, for your beautiful design. And congratulations!!

 


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We have a winner! 2019-20 One-Liner Wednesday Badge

The votes are in, and we have a clear winner for the One-Liner Wednesday badge contest!

Before I get into the details, though, I want to publicly send out my heartfelt apology to Cheryl for not checking her blog before I compiled the entries. I’m truly disappointed in WordPress for not coming through with her pingback. Seriously, I’m heartbroken.

Please check out her gorgeous photos and see what we missed out on. I hope she’ll give us a chance again next year. https://tropicalaffair.me/2019/06/09/whose-line-is-it-anyway/

And thank you once again, Cheryl, for gracing us with your beautiful badge for the last year! I’ll miss this little guy!

#1linerWeds badge by Cheryl, at dreamingreality646941880.wordpress.com/

Now, it’s time to announce our lovely new badge.

Apart from the two entries that broke away from the pack, it was a tight race for the rest of the badges. There were lots of ties, so there are only seven placements.

Tied for 7th place, are Tessa’s Canada Geese and Jill’s City Scene.

Tied for 6th are the swans! Willow’s White Swan and pensitivity’s Black Swans.

Tied for 5th place are John’s Highway, Fandango’s Blue Angel Jet Stream, Mamasquirrel’s Nutty Squirrel, and Melanie’s Artsy Pen.

Tied for 4th place are Anita’s Puppy Love and Maggie’s Swimming Turtle.

Now, for the top three picks:

In third place we have …

JoAnna’s Pelicans in Flight!

In second place …

with 25% of the votes

Pamela’s Unhappy Cat!

So our winner for this year’s One-Liner Wednesday badge contest is Laura with Long Dock!!

 

#1linerWeds Badge by Laura @ riddlefromthemiddle.com

Congratulations to Laura and to all who entered the contest!

If you’d like to see the results of the poll, please email me at linda@lindaghill.com and I’ll send you a screenshot.

Thanks to all the fabulous artists and everyone who voted!


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WE HAVE A WINNER! 2017-2018 SoCS Badge Contest

First, I’d like to give a special mention to our out-going Stream of Consciousness Saturday badge by Mr. John Holton. As it turned out, he has the distinct honour of coming in last-place this year, perfectly balancing out his spectacular win for the 2016-2017 badge. Thank you John, for providing us with a lovely design. Let’s everyone applaud John!

John Holton 2016-2017

It was a close race this year, with one badge pulling out in front during the final hours of yesterday’s voting. Let’s start with the runners-up.

Almost tied for fourth place were Ruth’s “Zoomburst Flower” and Scott’s “Rushing Stream.”

In third, we had Judy with her last-minute entry, “Sunrise.”

In second …

was JoAnna’s “Sparkly Stream,” which means our winner with 38% of the votes goes to J-Dubs with “A River with Red Flowers”!!

Congratulations to all the contestants on your amazing efforts. Thank you for making this years’ Stream of Consciousness Saturday badge contest a success!

And huge congratulations to J-Dubs for the winning design!


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We Have a Winner!

You, the voters, have chosen our new Stream of Consciousness Saturday badge! For a while there it looked like I would have to make the final decision, but I was spared by a hair.

First, as promised (and so the winner’s badge doesn’t show up in the reader) here is the badge we have dutifully used for the past year. Since Doobster has departed for what I imagine are greener pastures and fresher air, I thought it would be a nice tribute to give everyone the opportunity to remember him with this:

doobsters-badge

an updated version with his name and the dates.

And so, on with the winner. Drum roll please…

The winner of this year’s badge contest is…

….

My Leaky Boat!

SoCS badge 2015

As I said, it was very close. There was only one vote between each of the top three:

In first was: My Leaky Boat with “Flowers,”
followed by Nearly Wes with “Sun Rays.”
In third was Owl Wonder with “Splash”
and then in close fourth was Irene Design with “Gems”
and bringing up the most honourable last place was Ever Changing with “Waterfall.”

Congratulations to all the entrants for a job well done and thank you to everyone who voted!