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Is it Airborne??!?




Ewww!  What the….? I didn’t know stuff could even ooze out of there. Is that even a real color?

Oh, hey! How long have you been standing there?  I didn’t know I left the door open. Sorry about that gross display. Just have a minor case of Writer’s Block today and…



Come back! It’s not contagious. And even if it were, I’m pretty sure it’s not airborne. At least, not like the Walking-Dead-I’m-gonna-infect-everyone-airborne.

Gratuitous picture of Daryl Dixon

Actually, this mini-disease gives me an excuse to fill you in on what’s up.

Like yours, my life is a little nutty right now.  Deadlines (real ones–day job stuff) are crashing down on me and I’ll be getting caught up on those in between flights to Denver, Dallas and Fargo.

Part of my writer’s block might also be because I’ve been bleeding my words onto other people’s pages (yikes, more contagious body fluids?) I’m a regular contributor for and having a pretend writing job is just as busy as a real one. Additionally, this week, Christy is gracious enough to let me hang out at her house at RoS while she unplugs for a bit after losing her beloved pooch, Spot last week. Hugs and love to our friend…it’s been a rough week for her.

Check out RoS on Monday to see Aussa and Nicole Marie’s Life in 6 Songs” and then look for my second installment of the Braveheart Chronicles slated for Thursday. I won’t be re-running that piece over here because I’m too chicken. (tee! hee! I can feel irony running down the back of my throat!)

And speaking of running.  I ran the first 5K of the season yesterday in sub-freezing temps and a 25 mph North head-wind. Despite the elements, I placed 7th overall, 4th in the women’s division and first in my age group. So what if there were only two of us running in that age category and that I was probably just hungrier for the free pancakes than the rest of the clan.  I was expecting a tiara for even showing up for the blasted race but the shiny medal (and pancakes) will do!


FINALLY, I need your help. My beautiful cousin Ruth sent me a link to apply for the Amtrak writer’s residency where 24 lucky folks ride the rails and write  across America. Amtrak already has 9000 entries so it’s a long shot, but I think I’m gonna apply!

One of the requirements is to submit a writing sample. I am my own worst critic and really don’t know what I should submit. Humor? Satire? Serious? Argh! It freaks me out a little, so can you help?

Here are your favorites according to “likes” and comments. Vote for which one you think would resonate best with a judge. A judge that might be wearing a cool conductor’s hat.

Well…I guess that’s it. Thanks for stopping by and reading this mindless nonsense. One of the remedies to cure Writer’s Block is to, er, WRITE about it. Looks like I’m on the road back to recovery.


*Credit to images 1/2 are embedded in file. Images 3/4 are mine.

22 thoughts on “Is it Airborne??!?

  1. Just follow your heart Michelle. Remember those conversations that you get right into because you have a connection with them? Love them to bits…like…your children…or those dreaded Chiefs that upset you for life. All those types of things because that is where your heart is. Easiest things in the world to talk about because they’ve been going around in your head forever πŸ™‚ Oh, and no THINKING your going to do the Amtrak, your there because you want to be, and your heart is in it totally. Go for it! πŸ™‚ Namaste


    1. Hello Mark! So great to hear from you again.
      Your words are a comfort and confirmation that I’m going in the right direction.
      Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting.


  2. Congrats on the 5k! And the Amtrak residency sounds neat-o! I haven’t read all the pieces you mention or I would vote! Will have to go back and look through your archives.


    1. Hey friend! Thank you for stopping by. You are so kind, but don’t feel obligated to read the old stuff. Hoping I don’t chicken out on hitting the “submit” button! Thanks again for reading and commenting. Have a great week!!


  3. Congrats on the race! That’s awesome. I love getting older and having less people in my age division to compete with. That 20-30 age group is rough–too many competitors and less chance for a shiny medal. Good luck on the Amtrak contest. That sounds like fun!


    1. You are SO right, Char! I hadn’t run this race in about two years and was mortified to have moved up another age category. It paid off πŸ™‚
      I should have known you were a runner, too…you’re too cool NOT to be. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.


      1. I was a runner…and hope to be again. Right now I’m doing physical therapy to get my hip and knee back in whack. Running’s not feasible now, but my doctor seems to think we’ll get my pelvis working again so running doesn’t cause so much pain. I’m hoping by summer to be hiking and doing small runs that don’t end up causing more pain than gain.


      2. Ouch! Hips and knees!! I’m nursing a torn meniscus myself…cortisone is wearing off.
        I hope that you are back out hiking and running soon, too. Those types of runs are the best mind clearing ones…especially after a long winter.
        Have a great week, Char!


      3. Thanks! I can feel improvement already after going just twice…so I’m feeling optimistic. Spring always helps too after the drab winter. Keep on racing!


  4. I’m so glad to see you branching out into other blogging realms and types of writing, challenging yourself and growing your readership. Plus, all that running should keep you in shape for chasing down that lawnmower if it ever gets away.

    Truly, many congrats, Michelle πŸ˜‰


    1. Thanks Ned! I DO love the different writing experiences. Sometimes too much!
      Good post on the running and law owner. Might help in my quest to stay away from Fr. Robert.
      Speaking of….wonder where our friend Victoria is?!?
      (Have a great week, Ned!)


  5. congrats on the race (and wow – I admire that you showed up in that weather too – whew!)
    also – hope you get selected for the write across america – I cannot vote on the posts because I do not know enough of your posts (yet – πŸ˜‰ ) and well, after reading this fun post today I may sign up for a few 5Ks this year (I have been doing the indoor bike all winter and well, seeing your pic and just reading this made me miss the pavement). πŸ™‚


    1. Hey friend! Thanks so much for stopping by, reading and commenting. Amazing how much a person can miss the pavement after a long winter. I look forward to hearing about your races…AND I will be getting caught up on all of your great posts, too.
      Happy Monday!


  6. Well done on the race! And the Amtrak writers thing sounds fab!! My advice would be to submit what your soul says. Sleep on it and let the answer come to you when you’re ‘not looking’. Your soul knows all the answers, and I’ve seen yours shine through your words… so you’ll know what to do when the time’s right. πŸ™‚


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