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sunshine-award1I was awarded The Sunshine Award from Gus Sanchez at Out Where the Busses Don’t Run. (I wonder if I’ll get out where the busses don’t run if I have a walk with words.) I’m sorry, I crack myself up sometimes. Many thanks, Gus, for nominating me for this award. It was very unexpected and appreciated. Now I need to answer a few questions and nominate some bloggers with the Sunshine Award so they can answer some questions. My nominations are at the end of my answers.

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What inspired you to start blogging?

I first started blogging around 2006 when I published my first book. I use that blog for archives now because I couldn’t bring myself to close it when I started this one.  I wanted a way to update readers and friends on book info, plus I had a personal blog for family. Now I blog here about a variety of topics.

How did you come up with the name of your blog?

I brainstormed the name until it felt right. I actually looked at the header of an old theme I had with a path down a tree lined road, and it reminded me of taking a walk. I’m a writer so I put different things together to go with “walk” and what my blog was about, which was words. So, A Walk with Words was born.

What is your favorite blog that you like to read?

There are too many to choose one. Barbara Conelli writes about travel and Italy, and since I love Italy and travel, I enjoy hers, but to say I have one favorite would be cheating the other bloggers I follow.

Tell about your dream job.

I’m living my dream job as a full time writer. I waited a long time for this.

Is your glass half full or half empty?

I like my glass a little more than half full. Since I’m human, once in awhile it gets close to empty.

If you could go anywhere on a week’s vacation, where would you go?

At first I thought this would be easy. If I have to choose one place, it would be Tuscany, Italy, but I’d rather have longer than a week in Italy. Since I only have a week, I’d go to Arizona, preferably Tucson. I can be there in a few hours on a plane and have almost the full week. There are many things there I want to explore.

What food can you absolutely not eat?

I can’t stand the taste of cilantro.

Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?

Dark Chocolate. Yum—85% isn’t too much.

How much time do you spend blogging – in other words, are you one of those lucky people who can dash off a blog post in no time, or like me and take forever on one post to get it just right?

It takes me forever to write a blog post most of the time. I have to start it, let it rest, go back later, finish, and then let it sit at least overnight. I’ll reread it the next day before copying to my blog—preview it, change something, correct something else, preview and then hit publish. If I’m really lucky I catch any errors before it goes out to my subscribers. I had to do it with this post, too.” Sigh”

Do you watch TV – if so, what are some of your favorite shows?

I’m not a big TV watcher, but when I’m in a mood (if the glass is close to empty) I’ll turn it on so I don’t have to think about anything. There are a couple shows I try to always watch—Scandal, Hell on Wheels, Dancing with the Stars, Top Gear, Longmire, and some movies on the Hallmark Channel. If anyone knows me personally, they’ll see why I like Hell on Wheels. Bad boy weakness syndrome for those of you who don’t know me. I always go to bed at night with the Golden Girls. Watch it—I mean with them on my TV. I have to laugh at Gus who gave me this award—sometimes I watch Duck Dynasty too, usually if my son is home. Don’t tell, but I got a great line for my book from the show. Video of HoW is for season two. Waiting diligently for Season 3 to begin.

Now I have to nominate a few bloggers to give this award to. Ready?

Debra Andrews

Teagan Geneviene

Christine Rice

Barbara Conelli (I nominate Barb for this award, but she is on hiatus at the moment.)

Michelle Proulx

Virginia Plantation (When they open I’m going here on my  own personal writing retreat.)

Lord David Prosser (David, I’m giving you this award because you deserve it. I know you’re going through a difficult time, and I want you to have the Sunshine Award because you need some sunshine right now. No need to answer the questions. My gift to you.)