honest_award_black Myrthe, at The Armenian Odar Reads, honored me with this award, presented to bloggers who "are honest and speak their minds in a thoughtful manner."    This one comes with an assignment - you are to list 10 honest things about yourself.  We are encouraged to "have some fun with this," meaning, I suppose, to be candid, but also good humored. 

In an attempt to get my writing mind back in gear after three days in Las Vegas (more about that will be forthcoming), here are 10 honest things about me:

  1. I say "yes" without thinking much too often, which gets me in trouble time and again, in every kind of situation you could imagine.   Plus, I generally tend to act without thinking things through "logically" (as my husband would advise), which causes me to do things I often regret;
  2. I'm extremely claustrophobic.  I have trouble quelling panic attacks in traffic jams, I need to sit in an aisle seat in auditoriums and on airplanes.  I break out in a cold sweat when I see an MRI machine on some medical show - if I ever have to undergo one of those tests, I'll need anesthesia;
  3. I don't like  hate big cities~ don't care to visit, and would never live in one;
  4. I'm impatient, which is a natural correlative to #1 (or maybe it's the other way 'round);
  5. I drive too fast - always have, and always will.  It's my one minor rebellion against "the establishment" (as we old hippies once referred to all restrictions imposed by a governing body).  And yes, I know it's dangerous;
  6. Aside from my children, my husband, and my mother, there's no one I'd rather spend time with than my dogs;
  7. I would rather be home than anywhere in the world.  I like to visit other places, but being home definitely trumps traveling every time;
  8. I look for the good in people, which sometimes makes me gullible;
  9. Because I'm a good listener, empathetic, and non-judgemental, I often take on the role of confidante for friends and co-workers.  Conversely, I'm rather private about my own feelings, and rarely confide personal matters to anyone but my very closest friends and family (and you).  Which leads directly to the final "honest thing..."
  10. I keep feelings bottled up inside, and sometimes suffer emotional and physical consequences. 

Part II of the award assignment consists of passing this award along to other bloggers whose honesty and thoughtful expression in writing have impressed me.  Among my regular reads, here are five writers whom I find particularly skilled at "speaking their minds in an honest and thoughtful manner":



Bella Rum



Take a few minutes and go meet them - honestly, you'll be glad you did.