I’m actually doing 2 Best of 2009 Challenge prompts today…

December 7 Blog find of the year. That gem of a blog you can’t believe you didn’t know about until this year.

Actually there were several, but 2 is the theme of the day:

  • Kiersten Writes – YA writer Kiersten White recently scored an agent and a 3-book deal, i.e., she is living my dream. But she’s adorable and funny, so it’s impossible to hate her.
  • Uncreated Conscience – JJ is an editorial assistant at St. Martin’s Press, a fellow halfie, and a very creative soul. And if it weren’t for her blog, my beloved Twenty-Somewhere wouldn’t be under consideration by a publishing house right now. So yeah, if all the rest weren’t enough, that makes her an instant “gem.”

Like I said, I’ve found a number of great new blogs this year, and through them made a number of great new friends. For a complete list of blog-loves, check out my links page.

December 8 Moment of peace. An hour or a day or a week of solitude. What was the quality of your breath? The state of your mind? How did you get there?

This is not the best representation, but it’s the best I have…

Nenagh 010

My best “moment of peace” of 2009 was sitting alone in Café Q in Nenagh, Ireland, after a nice long sleep, and a delicious turkey & stuffing sandwich, writing the afternoon away…

Like this:


I’ll always miss Gambier, Ohio


Hard work jeans and a swift kick in the butt


  1. Oh, it’s easy for me to imagine myself sitting peacefully in that scene. Thanks for the little fantasy.
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  2. I didn’t know about any blogs until this year…so they’re all GEMS to me!!!

    The street in that picture is so pretty and clean.

  3. Thanks, y’all! :D

    And you didn’t know about blogs, Kim? Dearie me, I can’t even remember my life before blogs. Lol.

  4. Well, I knew of them, but didn’t follow any. LOL. Now I’m addicted to BLOGS. They’re so GREAT!!!
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  5. Check out my blog when you get a chance…I’m a YA write who just signed with an agent last week. I found your blog because I was at Kenyon too this summer and you had written it in our Introduction book! :)
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  6. Hi, Rachele! Congrats on your agent!! I’ll definitely hop over. :)

  7. Jon

    Hey, thanks for adding me to the links! It’s been awesome knowing you too.
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  8. Aww, no prob, and thanks. :)

  9. Whew. Glad I have the adorability factor, because I’d hate for you to hate me!

  10. Kiersten, the more I read of you, the more I love. Putting “hate” in the same sentence as your name is beginning to feel like a crime!

  11. Ooh great finds – checking out your blog links now.

    Thanks for the kind words. If you want “real” (lol all my posts are real, esp. the vampire ones, unfortunately) any of my 2008 writing or anything with the tag “relationships” and “God”. I’ve had a nice drama-tastic twenties for any voyeur to feast their curiosities on ;D

    I had to give up on the tell-all posts because 1) no one cared 2) a company I freelance for discovered my online handle. After that I pretty much had to stop revealing all the bawdy details.
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  12. Haha, “drama-tastic” is an awesome word. I find it hard to believe no one cared, although I can certainly understand not wanting your personal life to be public to your professional peers.

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