Very Inspiring

Dianna at These Days of Mine is well known for her lovely pictures of sunrises, sunsets, barns and swans.  She is indeed a very inspiring blogger and shared this award with me.  Thank you Dianna! 

Both of us are followers of MJ over at emjayandthem, and she recently posted a thought provoking piece called The Spark which asks us to ask 7 questions of ourselves.  The irony is that The Very Inspiring Blogger Award requests that the recipient share 7 things about themselves.  So Dianna put the two together and I think it is a fabulous idea!

So these are my answers to MJ’s challenge and Dianna’s award.

I’m most creative … when I’m writing and my mind is in the zone where anything can happen.

If I were a color, I’d be …  read – pronounced red!

I often imagine myself … published and signing copies of my enormously popular hardbacks.

I really wish I knew how to … find an agent – you need to be published to impress an agent and you need an agent to find a publisher – the infamous catch-22.

I’d love to spend a lazy Sunday … riding horses through the mountains in Bland, Virginia; stopping for a picnic under a shade tree and watching the wildlife.

I’m most excited about … the elk that have appeared near our property in Virginia.  I can’t wait to wake up to the sound of one bugling in the meadow.

My secret talent is … apparently finding four leaf clovers.  I didn’t realize so many people aren’t gifted at this.

Now I’m supposed to pass it on.  I’d like to pass it to all of the bloggers in my blogroll.  After all, if they didn’t inspire me, they wouldn’t be listed here.  And each has a niche that is uniquely their own.  Whether skewed to writing advice, humor, travel, photography, crafts, relationships, or random observances – like my own – about life, they each have a talent for making me smile, ask a question, or helping me see something in a new and different light.  And isn’t that what all writing is about really?

Please check out each of these blogs when you have a chance.  You won’t be disappointed.



  1. Favorite color is “read” – love it!
    I didn’t realize you lived in Bland. I don’t think I’ve never been there, but my first husband was from Glade Spring – not too far away.
    And I didn’t know there were elk in Virginia!
    Enjoyed your acceptance post; thanks for your kind words.

    1. Yes, they stocked Buchannan County last year but some elk were already migrating from KY and WV. Tazewell, Scott, Russell and Bland are all on the list for stocking, however, the farmers aren’t taking it too well. My understanding is that the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has agreed to reimburse them for any losses due to elk damage. We’ll see. A five x five was killed during hunting season about a mile from our farm. We don’t live there – we live in NC – but we have a farm there and a cabin. It’s a little slice of heaven that joins the Jefferson National Forest and has a fantastic view. And it’s only about an hour and a half away traveling up I-77.

  2. Hey lady! No bloggers popped up on there to check out. Maybe I misunderstood. I wish we had elk here to watch. There are further into the mountain we are in the valley and in town. I loved your answers. So typical you. Thank you for always being so kind and supportive!

    1. The bloggers – including you my darling – are in the blogroll to the right. It may be in small print, but should be located in a list above the candlelight. You definitely inspire me!

  3. Congrats on getting one more award Renee. You always motivates all of us with your posts and comments. keep on doing that for all of us. Lots of good wishes for you. 🙂

  4. Renee, congratulations on the award. It is well deserved! And best of luck finding an agent. I think you can find one but it may take some work. I’m a fan and I’d love to see you published!

  5. Congrats, Renee. Well-deserved for sure! I would love to spend a day riding horseback, spotting elk, and finding four leaf clovers. Got to be more fun than tracking down an agent! I struggle with the same thing.

  6. Congratulations! You deserve this award you are entertaining and inspiring. I hope someday you can get an agent.
    About the 4 leaf clovers: I thought of you Saturday when my I was planting a few shamrock seeds for me and my Grandson. I thought, if were Renee were here, she could find us some 4 leaf clovers and we could add them to these to have a green bouquet for St. Patrick’s day. 🙂

    1. I love your comment. What a nice thing for you to do with your Grandson! I am so flattered that you thought of me while planting the seeds. We have the nicest village of bloggers and I think of you all as friends.

  7. Congratulations on your award! Most deserved, indeed! I love blogging and how it brings so many of us together in our love of writing. Thank you for passing it on to me and all on your blogroll list. It’s always fun–and an honor–to be recognized! 🙂

    1. Thanks Monica. I enjoy your blog tremendously and find it ‘very inspiring’. You always have a unique perspective and a fabulous sense of humor. Enjoy your award!

  8. Congratulations, Renee. The award is well-deserved. I hope you won’t give up on that dream of publishing. Maybe the first book needs to be self-published. That may help get the attention of an agent — or you might find you no longer need one.

  9. Renee, congratulations on your award! I loved reading your answers. Your dream of “being published and signing copies of my enormously popular hardbacks” is one I’m sure a lot of us share. As for the dilemma for finding an agent, please come back and lead the rest of us to success when you triumph in this endeavor! 🙂

  10. Congratulations, Renee! My friend’s daughter lives near or in Buckhannon, Va. Small world!

  11. Those clovers should bring you luck in your book signing. I’m gonna be the one standing in line with a paperback though. Make sure you sign it, ‘Dearest Totsy…’

  12. HUGE congrats to you, & you totally deserve it 🙂 Your blog is great, & yes, inspiring.

  13. Another well-deserved award! 😀 Not a very original thing to say, but one can’t ever get too many compliments, right?

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