23 September, 2011

What I Did On My Summer Vacation Blogfest!

Guess what. I signed up for another blogfest, this one hosted by Michael Di Gesu at In Time . . ., whose blog you should definitely hop over and check out because it's awesome.

The objective?

"I want you to write a 300-500 word composition to what YOU did on your Summer vacation. Now for those of you who haven't had a vacation in years, I understand, but you can still join in the fun and post on what projects you worked on this summer.
Pictures are a must! I had posted dozens of my pics for all of you to visit gorgeous Canada with me. Let's relax and have a bit of fun. It could be about a great BBQ you had on the Fourth of July. Any memorable moment that took place over the summer."

So here's what I did on my summer vacation:

(Though I don't really get a summer vacation, per se. I'm homeschooled year-round, always have been, which I actually find is rather fun--I'd get bored if I didn't have stuff assigned.)

1. I went to my first dance competition.

I've been to Nutcracker auditions in the past, but hadn't competed in something outside of the dance studio before. So it was new for me, and I had fun. There were an awful lot of people there--hundreds of numbers, hundreds of people (though a lot of dancers had multiple dances, so there were quite as many there might have been). Everyone I knew placed, but what I really got out of it was the experience of being at an event like that. :) The studio is going again next year, and then I will be doing a pointe solo (cue nervousness). Yes, I do mean pointe as in ballet with shiny pink shoes and ribbons.

2. I started a new Science Fiction/Young Adult/Adventure novel.

I made a lot of progress during the summer. I'm still a few thousand words behind, but I plan on making that up this weekend and part of next week (if I manage to stick to the schedule), and then really moving into the home stretch during October.

3. I started building a website.

Just a summer project I decided to start, mostly because I wanted to find out about the nuts and bolts behind websites and play around with graphics. (My dislike of certain browsers *ahem* has increased with the knowledge that some follow World Wide Web Consortium (W3) HTML/XHTML/CSS rules and others do not.) No, I still am not going to tell you what the website's about. Though I do plan on posting on it once it's up.

4. Worried about flooding.

We ended up with a flooded basement. It wasn't that bad comparatively, but the furnace (which is huge and has oil in it) got lifted up and wedged into a corner . . . so it wasn't an insignificant amount of water.

5. Other miscellaneous stuff:

To end on a positive note, I randomly won a Barnes & Noble gift card from my library for writing book reviews. I pounced the second I learned they only wanted you to review things--after all, I do it already. As I was writing this post, what I ordered was delivered by UPS. Hooray!

And that was pretty much my summer . . .

What happened at your end? Anything noteworthy occur?

-----The Golden Eagle


Anonymous said...

Sounds like you had a terrific summer! Good luck with the dancing, and I'm sure you'll do better next summer!

Bethany Elizabeth said...

Awesome summer! I got some writing done - not as much as I'd like though. Hopefully I'll get more done this year! :)

ali cross said...

You're a dancer!! I had No. Idea. Wow you are one well-rounded girl! You never cease to amaze AND inspire me, Eags!

Sananora said...

I'm a homeschooled year around person too :) Not because I necessarily have to, just because I like to get more stuff done...

Sarah Pearson said...

The thing about you that always comes across to me is your zest for life and your excitement at trying new things. May you never lose that, Birdie :-)

Laila Knight said...

Sounds like you had a busy Summer, but somehow I think you prefer all the activity to being idle...anythign that infuses your mind. I enjoyed some quiet moments with family and more writing. :)

Nicki Elson said...

Congratulations on the dance competition! And pointe solo - look at you! Very cool.

I'm glad the flooding didn't get too terribly bad, and hooray for your library prize and the writing!

Looking forward to learning more about this mysterious website. ;)

Michael Offutt said...

That sounds like a very rewarding summer and kudos to you to bundle what you do already together with what your library wanted to bring in the dough.

Monti said...

What an amazing summer! Exciting that you will dance solo. Pointe is very difficult. Congratulations!



Old Kitty said...

Yay!! What an amazing summer you've had!! Awwwww - good luck with the ballet for next year - especially as there'll be pink shoes and ribbons involved!! How GORGEOUS is that?!?!?!

Take care

li said...

Wow, you certainly have a lot of irons in the fire! Can't wait to see your new website - I'm jealous of anyone who has any sort of tech/graphics/web design skill.

And, welcome to the Rule Of Three Blogfest! So excited to see that you joined up...can't wait :-)))

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You do ballet? Does it hurt your feet?

Aubrie said...

I'd like to hear more about your YA sci fi adventure novel! What is it about?

Talei said...

Wow. You have been super busy! And talented - I had no idea you were a dancer? That's brilliant.

Happy writing this weekend!

MyTricksterGod said...

Wow you're homeschool'd? That paints a different flavor-- or

rather seasons a different flavor of you. It sort of

makes sense.
Ive had "bad" homeschooling exp., or rather my friend's friends

had all the stories to say.
Anyway, one of these days they'll turn your summer vacation

response into an action-packed full-throttle movie!
Summer Vacation with Avengence! They'd call it.
Caption? the Eagles have landed!

Anyway, Coffee and Cookies and Action movies aside, I've been wondering for a while, yet only now do I ask: what are these blogfest things? Where do I access them? Sign up? Etc.?
Noobish Q, I know, but I have to start somewhere.

Anyway, in other regards let us be thankful that we have the capability of learning and pursuing new things when ever our Wills feel like it.

Angelina C. Hansen said...

Are you looking forward to reading Stasia Kehoe's AUDITION?

You truly are an intriguing persona ^_^

Still feels like summer here. I should be having an adventure.

Danette said...

The dance competition sounds terrific! I'm sure you'll be great. I always had this latent dream of being a dancer but I was as clumsy as could be and there were no dance studios in any of the small towns I lived in as a child. (pathetic, huh?) Anyway, I admire those who get to do it!! Glad you participated!

Mel Fowler said...

That is still a very eventful summer! Sounds like fun.

erica and christy said...

So, umm, well, these are LOTS of things I didn't know about you. Glad you had a good summer. And yuck to the flooding!

cherie said...

You're a ballerina? Wow, impressive! Sounds like you had a busy summer. ;)

Abby Minard said...

Aw, sounds like a great summer! Congrats on the dance competition and the gift card from your library! Can't wait to see what your website is all about!

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Wow, how wonderful to write reviews for the library. I'd love to do something like that. Oh well, I do for authorly friends over my blog.



Charles Gramlich said...

I wrote, I read, I napped.

Rob-bear said...

Such a fascinating summer! You're so talented, at so many things.

Jules said...

I did not know you dance?! What polar opposites, web sites and dance. :) As to my summer... I did not even realize it was over. :D
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

BornStoryteller said...

I am so happy to hear of all the creative things you are experiencing and living. I love ballet, but never even tried dancing it (choreographed modern dance in College, danced some then, and I choreograph for productions I direct).

Good for you. I am so glad I came across you.

Thanks for signing up for Rule of Three blogfest.

Rachel Morgan said...

What a great summer! I LOVE that you dance (I stopped many years ago...) and that you're trying out website design. Looking forward to finding out what the website's about when you're ready :-)

E.D. said...

There is more mystery to everyone than we'd think.
Congratulations on building your site and starting your new project!

Liz Fichera said...

Busy summer! I feel like I was very unproductive compared to yours. :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Stephen: Thank you! :)

Bethany: Thanks.

I want to get a lot of writing done for the rest of the year, too. NaNoWriMo should help.

Ali: Yup, I'm a dancer . . . you really didn't know? I thought I'd mentioned it sometime, but maybe not.

Sananora: Same here!

Sarah: I love exploring possibilities.

Thank you. :)

Laila: LOL. I do like having ideas moving around in my head . . .

It sounds like a nice kind of summer. :)

Nicki Elson: Thank you!

I'll let you know when it's up; I'm interested in finding out what you bloggers think of it.

Michael: Thank you. :)

Monti: I used to be better at it, but then I didn't dance for a few years; now I'm working back up to it.


Old Kitty: Thank you!

LOL. Pointe shoes are pretty; but once you start on technique they get scuffed up. :P

Li: I will be posting about it once it's on the Web! :)

Thank you! I'm excited about it, too.

Alex: Pointe shoes give me blisters/callouses if I dance for too long and since the shoes are made of wood it isn't exactly comfortable--but if the shoes fit right it's okay. You get used to it. :)

(And my feet have ossified enough so I don't have to worry about injuring them much.)

Aubrie: It's about a teenage girl who lives in a city ruled by a military junta; she lives among a group of teens in a part of the city that's blockaded off from the rest, guarded by soldiers.

Talei: Thank you. :)

MyTricksterGod: I really like being homeschooled--I can't say I've ever had a bad experience, unless you count the attitudes/prejudices that some people have toward homeschoolers. And that's pretty rare.

LOL. I'm attracted to that idea. ;)

It's not a noobish question--I was really confused about blogfests for a while before I finally realized how it worked.

Okay, so, how does it work? Basically, a blogger proposes an idea, and people who are interested in the idea post about it, all on the same day. The rules for posting can be loose or strict, and the subjects vary.

Then the bloggers who write the post add their links (either before the day the blogfest is set for, or on it) to what's called a Linky List.

If you take this blogfest as an example, you'll see on Michael's site here that there is a list of blue links at the bottom of the post, with an entry form at the end of that. You just enter your name and blog address, and you're added to the list.

Then people usually go around and visit the other links to comment on blogfest posts, though the blogfest hosts don't often require it. It's much like the Third Writer's Platform-Building Campaign, where the Campaigners drop by all the other blogs posting for the challenges.

Hope that answers your questions. :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Angelina: I'm interested in reading it--though from the blurb, I don't think I have much in common with the main character, other than dance. She sounds like someone heading for professional dance--not something I'm really looking at right now. :P

Danette: Thanks! :)

There isn't a dance studio close to where we live, either; the drive down is kind of long. I used to live right down the street from several dance studios, but then we moved. Sigh.

Mel: I did have fun this summer. :)

Erica: Thank you!

Gladly it wasn't that serious for us. Some people in the area had major flooding problems.

Cherie: Not quite a ballerina; just some girl trying to stay on her toes. LOL.

Abby: I did have a good summer. :)

Thank you!

I will be posting about the website once it's done, so you'll know when it's up. :)

Elizabeth: Which is awesome! I love reading your blog reviews.

Charles: Doesn't sound like a bad summer. Words and time to relax.

Rob-bear: Thank you. :)

Though I'm afraid that for some of the things I do I might be more of a Jack-of-all-trades, master of none.

Jules: LOL. I know--but I like the contrast, actually.

It doesn't really feel like summer is over to me, either; or that fall has started.

Stuart: Wow. I've never done it, but choreographers must have a lot on their shoulders--as an individual dancer there are steps to follow, but it must be tricky to keep everyone moving and coordinated.

Thanks! I'm glad I found you and your blog as well. :)

I'm looking forward to it.

Rachel: Thank you!

Look for a post on it; I will be announcing when it's up and running. :)

(Though it could take some time. I've got a lot of work still to do!)

E.D.: Thank you! :)

Liz: From what I read on your post, it seems like you had a good summer. :)

Donna K. Weaver said...

I dealt with a flooded basement, too, and moved my writing office upstairs as a result.

L'Aussie said...

Hi Golden. Your summer sounds fun. Go with the dancing! What fun! Working on that website must be fun and so productive. I enjoyed reading about it all.


Anonymous said...

You got so much done this summer! Good for you! I always love to read about people taking care of business!
I went to Korea for a few weeks. It was awesome! Now I am trying to catch up on all the stuff I didn't do while I was gone.

Barbara Kloss said...

What a busy (and productive) summer you've had! Um, and that's AWESOME about The Nutcracker. I wish I could dance. Not very coordinated that way.

And congrats on the new "friends." :D Exciting!

Janet Johnson said...

Wow! That was quite a summer . . . and I didn't realize you did ballet. Very cool!

I suppose I should really just ask, what don't you do? :D

My summer was vacation after vacation after vacation . . . France and Switzerland, a beach house, etc. Loved it!

GigglesandGuns said...

Weren't you the busy and productive little Eagle?
You left me out of breath :-]

Sherrie said...

Sounds like your summer vacation was interesting. Thanks for stopping by my place, Just Books. Have a great day!

Just Books

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Golden,

Sorry it took me so long to get here ... I honestly thought I had... I guess that was before you posted.

The ballet section of you post brought up some fond memories. My first novel features ballet and seeing the shoes added to my mind racing through those scenes in my novel.

The audition sounded wonderful and congrats on your solo! You must be thrilled.

I LOVE that you are a woman with many talents. As a creative being, it is so important to spread one's wings in different creative adventures.

Thank you so much for sharing this with us and for the wonderful shout out.


Maria McKenzie said...

You are one busy lady! Writer, dancer, web designer:). Amazing!

Donna Hole said...

Oh wow, ballet dancing. That's awesome. And building a website too; you really are a busy person. Good luck with all the new things you are learning/doing.


The Golden Eagle said...

Donna: I'm sorry to hear that! :( Hope things are getting back to normal.

L'Aussie: Thanks!

Glad you enjoyed it. :)

Liz: Thank you!

Wow. I'd love to visit Korea sometime! It sounds like an interesting place. :)

Barbara: Thanks.

I'm not doing it anymore; we moved away from the studio that did Nutcracker performances, unfortunately.

Thank you. :)

(I'm assuming you mean followers . . .?)

Janet: Thank you!

Um, thinking, thinking . . . LOL. There's a lot I don't do. :P

That sounds like fun! A beach house? Awesome.

GigglesandGuns: I think you did more mowing than I did, though!

Sherrie: You're welcome! :)

Thanks. Hope you're enjoying your weekend!

Michael: Probably. I posted a bit later than usual for the blogfest. Sorry if I missed you!

Really? Cool! Have you ever danced?

Thank you. :)

You're very welcome! I had a lot of fun participating in this blogfest and reading about what people did this summer.

Maria: It does feel like there's much to handle, sometimes; but mostly I like having filled up my time.

Donna: Thank you! :)

Hannah Kincade said...

I moved. That was a pretty big happenstance in my world. I had been at the same place for 6 years and I lived alone. I've now moved in the complete opposite direction from where I was and I'm living with a man. ;)

Now I'm trying to get back to normal...

MyTricksterGod said...

Aaah, yes yes, making sense it does.
Thank you Wise woman Eagle, honorable warrior you are. Looking forward, I am, to the toys, t-shirts and fanfictions that'll come from the block buster hit.

C D Meetens said...

Wow, sounds like you've been really busy! I hope the pointe solo goes well for you.

The Golden Eagle said...

Hannah: Hope you like the new place. :)

MyTricksterGod: You're welcome! I'm glad to be of help. :)

C D: Thank you!