Monday, May 10, 2010

Darkness and Silver Linings

It's just the beginning of a very crazy summer for me (and the temperature won't dispute that one bit), so with a little bit of sadness, I'm announcing that this blog will be dark from now until September. Between traveling (a lot of traveling including a 2 month stay in UT/CO), family obligations and the usual to-do list, something's gotta give and for the moment, the blog is getting the ax. I'll still check your blogs now and again because I'll miss you terribly if I don't.

To go out with a bang, I'd like to pass on my latest award. Thank you, Kayeleen, for giving me the Silver Lining Award! I find that quite a few of your blogs help me to see the silver lining, but I can't list all 100+ of my favorite blogs (and people). I figure you have all summer to look over this list, so I am going all out. I've picked 40 from my favorite's list- ten for each month I'll be away. I had to narrow it down somehow! (For the most part, I grabbed the first blogs google reader brought up.)

Jenni James - How she does it all, I will never know!
Susan R. Mills - Her cute shoe to writing analogies are awesome!
Sara McClung - Funny, cute and she's running a vampire contest at the moment! Go check it out!
Cheree Smith - The title of her blog is Justified Lunacy. Enough said.
Christine Fonseca - She's sweet and honest. You'll love her!
L. T. Eliot - Always has great posts.
Natalie Whipple - This woman has more talent in a single strand of hair than I have in my whole body and it's safe to say I'm not exaggerating.
Kelly Lyman - She is one of the most determined people I have ever met. It's truly inspiring!
Beth Revis - Ever wanted to be a fly on the wall in a high school English class? You will after you check out Beth's blog. She's amazing! ;)
Wendy Paine Miller - Wendy is one of the most thoughtful (as in deep thinking) people I know and I guarantee you'll instantly feel welcome at her blog.
Christina Lee - For a load of writing fun and fashion, check out this blog. You'll love Christina too!
T. Anne - Each post ends with a thought-provoking question, which I love.
Lisa and Laura - Hilarious. Every post is an adventure!
Shannon Whitney Messenger - It's always fun to read about her journeys into publishing.
Kiersten White - She is quite a storyteller and her blog shows her talent. I can't wait to get my hands on her upcoming book!
Terresa Wellborn - I don't know where she finds the photos, quotes and poems to go with her thoughts, but they're always spot on and amazing!
Laurel - One of the most kind people in the blogosphere and that's saying a lot because there are a lot of kind people in the writing community.
Tricia J. O'Brien - Not only is she a very talented poet, but she sure can point and click! Her photo/haiku combinations are breathtaking.
Sarah Bromley - Sarah is an amazing person with an amazing blog.
Rachelle J. Christiansen - Check out her book "Wrong Number" if you love a good mystery. It's great!
Jaime Theler - For a new word a week, run to her blog. It's a lot of fun for the word nerds out there like me. :)
Suzette and Bethany - These kind and funny sisters write awesome posts and host sweet contests.
Nichole Giles - Go here for a healthy dose of happy!
Ali Cross - She might be taking a blogging hiatus, but she's still getting a spot in my list because she's awesome!
Elana Johnson - If you don't know how cool Elana and her blog are yet, go now! Run, don't walk!
Michelle McLean - Friday just wouldn't be as great without the funny gems Michelle digs up!
Jeannie - Her blog isn't called Jeannie's Happy World for nothing! I love her Monet Mondays.
Elizabeth Mueller - She deserves a prize for being the sweetest blogger in the blogosphere. And she's got talent too!
Danyelle Leafty - Have you ever read her words? They're memorizing, enchanting! Another blog to run, not walk to.
Danyelle Ferguson - One very uplifting blog.
Christine K. Bryant - Between her great blog guests and her own awesome posts, this blog is well worth your time.
Shannon O'Donnell - She's more like pure gold than silver lining. I don't think even the dreary gray clouds could stay that way for long around her.
Shelley - One amazing author. We're all big fans at my house.
Katie Ganshert - If you ever have trouble counting your blessings, go to Katie's site. She is so kind and uplifting!
Windy Aphayrath - Her blog is a fun and informative kind of random. I love it!
Amalia T. - Besides having a gorgeous name, she is queen as far as knowing mythology goes. Her blog fascinates me. Plus, she's an amazing person. Don't you love extras? ;)
Lynette LaBelle - Her fun Fridays are my favorite, but all of her posts are great!
Daisy Whitney - Daisy is one of the coolest people I've never met and her blog is definitely a favorite.
Mercedes M. Yardley - She's quirky and creative. You'll love her blog and her whimsical horror.
Angie Lofthouse - Her posts are informative and inspirational!


And as a bonus, here are four of the best book review sites I've found:
Kristi at The Story Siren
Rachael at Book Love: Teen
The Literati Read and
Searching for a good read?


I hope you all have a fantastic summer!

26 comments:

  1. Have a fun summer! We'll have to meet when you're in UT.

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  2. Have a great summer! SO sorry I won't get to meet you in UT (plans canged) - but maybe one day!

    ANd thanks, too, for brightening my day!

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  3. Congrats on the award. Have a wonderful summer!

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  4. No more Ten Word Tuesdays!?

    This makes me sad . . .

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  5. Have a great summer! We'll miss you Nisa!

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  6. Thank you so much! You will be missed, but I hope you have a great summer. I'll be blogging on the light side myself through the summer months. We'll catch up when you return.

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  7. Oh, my gosh! I miss you already, Nisa! Four whole months? Please pop in and say hi to me once in a while.

    Thank you so much for the award and the sweet things you said. Have a happy summer, friend! :-)

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  8. I hope you enjoy a safe and happy summer - we'll see you in September! :)

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  9. Nisa, You've moved me tonight. Thank you. And thanks for the list of other blogs to check out.

    Man, we will miss you.
    ~ Wendy

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  10. Have a great summer and enjoy your time off. :)

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  11. Wow, thank you so much for the kind words and for brightening my day. And, boy, did you put some effort into all those links! I hope your summer off is both restful and adventuresome. We'll sure be glad when you're back!

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  12. Thanks so much for the shout out ;) We'll miss you around here! Maybe you can email me you 10-word Tuesday things?!? They help me stay determined and encourage me in so many ways! have a great summer traveling and can't wait to have you back in September!

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  13. Wow! Enjoy all your travels and time off.

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  14. Ooh, good decision. Thanks for the mention! And I can not WAIT to see you and the kidlets when we meet up! We should drag them to the DK and demand that they feel the magic.

    -Mercedes

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  15. Enjoy your summer! We'll miss you!!! And thanks for the shout out!

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  16. omg so many awards!! congrats to you, and congrats to everyone!
    have a phenomenal summer!!

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  17. Just as I get back, you leave. But I do understand. Have a lovely summer and know I love you lots. Congrats to all the winners and to you. Be safe, Nisa! *hugs*

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  18. just the list I was looking for. I'll be sure to check some of these out. Your blog seems great. You've lived in some great places, I'm very excited to see what you write

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  19. 珍惜當下..活在當下..祝大家都平平安安健健康康! ..................................................

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  20. Enjoy your summer!! We'll always be here, you know! :)

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  21. Well, sorry I missed this post, dear. Thanks so much for the link! Hope you have a terrific summer and I'd better get to see you while you are out this way! *hugs*

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