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  • April 27th, 2006 | 2:44 PM
artistq tagged me

I was tagged with the letter N, write ten things the start with your letter and why they are important to you!

1. Networks - well there's two kinds of networks and I love them both. The networks that connect all our computers are wonderful (and keep my husband gainfully employed) and the networks of friends that loop back and over and under and keep my smiling and supported are fab!

2. Novels - uh, duh.

3. Nicknacks - oh dear. I have hundreds of them. Truly. Little tiny to medium size to a few large and the plastic and the porcelain and a few wooden ones and they are all characters that are either writing or reading.

4. Night - I'm a nighttime kind of gal (which is why being at work at 6am is so painful for me.) My creative juices start rolling fast around 3pm and on into and through the night. (Which is why there are many nights that I simply don't sleep._

5. Nature - When I am stressed or upset or depressed, we drive through the redwoods to Santa Cruz. As soon as I hit the redwoods, I can feel the tension leave my body. Ideas circulate better th

6. Nastursiums - They make me smile. Throw them in the dirt, a little water to get started and then you can pretty much ignore them. They repay you with bright blossoms all summer and deep into the fall. It was the first thing I remember growing at school, in an egg carton, and my grandmother let me plant them in the front yard where everyone could see them. I can drive by the house I grew up in and still see nastursiums there. Right night my backyard is a riot of orange with nastursiums and poppies.

7. Negotiations - The best ones of these bring contracts and money. What's not to love?

8. Nerves - Nerves let us feel our emotions. You might have noticed I'm a wee bit of an emotional type of person. I need my nerves. 

9. Nerf balls and assorted Nerfy stuff - Because nothing else gets an engineer's attention faster than throwing a Nerf-something at him. And because a bunch of stuffed shirts can't stay all stuffy in a meeting when I give them Nerf toys to play with. And because I am moving cubicles next week and my boss and I will be able to have Nerf-battles from my cube to his office.

10. Nickels - I think they are an underappreciated coin. And they add up and you can buy cool stuff.

Oh dear....do I give someone an "O" because it is next? Gonna have to do it. I tag kellyrfineman 
(Sorry Kelly!)

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April 27th, 2006 10:57 pm (UTC)
I am totally getting those Nastursium seeds for next year--I kill everything. Sounds like they might have a fighting chance! :)
April 28th, 2006 01:55 pm (UTC)
Here's the thing we have learned about planting and keeping things alive (though my Nastursiums break that rule). Go native. Buy things that are native to your area. Your state flower is usually a good start. I have tons and tons of Poppies and don't have to do a thing to them. They come up every year now as do the Clarkias. Not every native plant will grow in your area, we've lost some, but native wildflowers are a good bet. We also have some gorgeous Hummingbird sage, (scarlet flower spikes) actually lots of various kinds of sage, and some Ceanothus (great bluish/purple flowers) which has come its own this year and is feeding all our bees.

April 28th, 2006 02:15 pm (UTC)
Oh! Go native! Great suggestion--thanks! :)
April 27th, 2006 11:45 pm (UTC)
Great * N * words! I am going to look into those flowers!
April 28th, 2006 01:55 pm (UTC)
See my note above on native plants. Go native. Really.
April 28th, 2006 06:13 am (UTC)
Let me N-tertain U ;>
Nice N "n"tries, Susan
Nevertheless Now you Need a New Number 3
No No to Nick Nacks. It's KNICK-knacks!
(I thiNk)
Not needling, never;
Notably nauseating. I Know. ;}
Noodle-oo, Nuanced Nightengale!

April 28th, 2006 01:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Let me N-tertain U ;>
I always spell it with a "K" myself BUT dicitonary.com says:

knick·knack also nick·nack ( P ) Pronunciation Key (nknk)
A small ornamental article; a trinket.

So I took advantage because I love to talk about my little creatures. :-)
April 28th, 2006 01:36 pm (UTC)
Notable, as in I picked up a book written by a notable author. I got my copy of HUGGING THE ROCK! Your publishers are very excited about this. Very inspiring, I may have to return to a verse novel (is that the right word) I started awhile ago.

April 28th, 2006 01:56 pm (UTC)
Woohoo, Don! Glad you got a copy. And yes, verse novel is the term. Hope you like it.
April 28th, 2006 02:17 pm (UTC)
WI's state flower is the wood violet. Kinda small, but I think they are wild....
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.

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