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If anyone wants to sponsor an award at "The Quill Awards, now's the time to let me know. A huge thank you to Chris Breva - at Marshall U! who has already sponsored the Short Poem, Structured, category.

I hope to have all the voting polls for the genre awards up and running by the end of this week.

If you would like to judge a category, please let me know which one(s) you're interested in. You can't judge any category you're nominated in, for obvious reasons. *Wink*

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Recognizing the best of WDC in 2018
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How much is it usually per category? I’ve got some GPs burning a hole in my pocket. *Wink*
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Minimum of 50k for a sponsorship, no maximum. *Wink* No minimum for regular donations of course, every bit helps.
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Want to win a 3 month upgraded membership? Check out "Note: will be off and running tomo..."!

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A contest where the winner wins an upgraded membership.
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Elle  
That moment when you're too busy reading the new prompt for "The Soundtrack of Your Life Challenge and accidentally squee "Yessssss!" to the new prompt right after your husband says "I want a divorce." *Laugh*

PS. He wasn't serious. Well, I don't think so. Either way, I love the new Soundtrackers prompt!
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Wanna get your hands on some merit badges and support "The Quill Awards? Even better, it’ll cost you nothing!

"Note: Okay, people! I am all up-to-da..."
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So Char ♡ has dragged me into the WDC discord channel. You might not see me for days. *Laugh*

We're thinking about using discord for the next lot of Quills (as well as the in-and-out here on WDC of course) for those who want to listen and chatter. If you're not familiar with discord, head on over and check it out.

Charlie or * §apph 🏳️‍🌈 * will be able to give you the link for the channel.
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Sorry, Char ♡ . I didn't quite catch that. Did you say discourse link?

*Rolling*
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*Laugh* You've already been dragged there, Jayne . You're safe.
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Elle  
I've been doing this healthy eating thing for a week now. Call it a New Year's resolution if you want. Steve's been nagging me to do it for a while now and I told him I would start after Christmas. Anyway, no counting calories, no measuring anything, just making good choices, not stuffing my face... You know, that stuff that's supposed to be common sense. *Rolleyes* Not much exercise yet, but that's okay.

Anyway, after the first week, I've lost 1.1kg (2.4lb), so I'm pretty happy about that. And, bonus, I've made several instagram-worthy smoothie bowls. *Laugh*
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Elle  
Congratulations, Alexi 2019 and Emily . That's awesome! *Bigsmile*

Charity, a smoothie bowl is a thick smoothie served in a bowl with a bunch of toppings. I've been using bananas, strawberries, pineapple and coconut as toppings. Oh, and muesli (granola). And I did one for my son with frozen blueberries and raspberries too. People go nuts with the toppings and some of them look like works of art.
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Oh man, a smoothie bowl sounds DIVINE! I want one!
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After a few weeks away, I've now spent a solid day and a half catching up on WDC...and I haven't even opened the newsfeed yet. *Facepalm* At least I've updated "The Snail Mail Group with new members and an email though. That counts as productive, right?

In project news, I'm trying to decide if I work on one of my journal books and see if I can get that finished soonish, then go back to volume 2 of the recipe book. Hopefully that'll help prevent burnout on the recipe book. My daughter bought me a DNA test for Christmas which I'm going to use on my mum, so that'll inspire some work on the family history stuff in a few months when we get the results back. I love being on holiday. Two more weeks of Elle time and project progress!
I gave myself a vacation from Thanksgiving until 1/2/19. I'm just done with 2018 and letting the days pass. It's also really hard to tear myself away! *InLove2*
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*Shock2* It must be terrible when you don't trust your own Mom! 😂 🤣
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Ken, I already did a DNA test on myself, so I'm pretty sure we've ruled out any major dramas in that regard. *Laugh* But I didn't get many connections on Mum's maternal side so I'm hoping they come up with her test.
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Just wanted to drop by and say hi *Heart*
I've been ok, just overwhelmed with work & caring for my elderly parents (who recently passed away). I wanted to get back in the swing of things here & was so glad to see how well you're doing!
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Aw, sorry to hear about your parents. *Sad*

I'm not running much anymore, other than "The Quill Awards and "The Snail Mail Group. But I'm usually here several times a week. I need to write more, and ugh, don't even talk to me about reviewing, but I still love it here.

I just realised how much things must have changed since you went!
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Thank you. *Heart* I was shocked to see how many people have left and some of the really active groups gone now. I completely understand about not having adequate time to review and write. I'm definitely going to pace myself to keep from getting overwhelmed.
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I know that some of you have been wondering where I've been the last few weeks. As I mentioned in my last newsfeed post, I started a new job three weeks before Christmas, and that's been a little crazy. I have been productive in what little spare time I've had though: "Volume 1 of the family recipe book DONE!

I came on today to catch up on all the news, the emails, the posts and wish everyone a belated Merry Christmas and all that. I've missed you all. And OOT™ is back! *Shock*

But then I got distracted. Someone nominated "Loving Libby for a Quill award, and wow. Talk about taking your mind off your own trivialities. So, want to help me spread a little cheer?

Your challenge today is to send a merit badge to Charity's in a funk . Not because there's anything in it for you, but because it'll brighten her day. And because this community is amazing like that. *Heart*
Oh my word! I don't EVEN know what to say. Thank you, thank you, thank you! *Heart* *Heart* *Heart*
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Oh, congratulations on your recipe book!
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It's so good to see you!
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Elle  
Wow, it’s been a month since I last did a newsfeed post! *Shock*

In that time, I quit my job and started a new one. Just about to finish my first week in the new job.

Will hopefully spend my weekend catching up on a bunch of stuff I haven’t had the brain power for this week:
*Box* Poems for "The Winter Construct Cup Again
*Box* Letters and cards for "The Snail Mail Group
*Box* Group email for "The Snail Mail Group
*Box* Blog entry about my new job
*Box* Email for Fivesixer

Hope you’re all well!
Missed you, Elle!!! Cg on the new job!!! Yay!!
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Congrats on the new job!! And if you don't get to me, it's totally cool and I absolutely understand! *Heart*
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I just sent out a stack of long overdue MBs and awardicons for "The Quill Awards. Only one small problem... "The Quill Awards Panel and Bank is now empty. And I still have 41 MBs and 5 awardicons to send out, at a cost of 660,000. And then there's next year, which frankly isn't that far away!

So if you have any spare gift points just laying around, in between the cushions on the couch or gathering dust on your dresser, please do send them to "The Quill Awards Panel and Bank. Group ID is 1375927.

Much appreciated! *Heart*