I received a letter from ANN Counselor, Lesbian & Happy this week. She's unlikely to come back to the site. She's really struggling with Alzheimer's. I think she only remembered who I was after finding a letter I'd written her. And then it took her four tries to complete a letter back to me because she kept forgetting she was in the middle of writing it. I know this, because she dated each page, and it took her approximately a year to write me four pages, with each successive page apologising for forgetting about the letter.
She asked me to do two things for her:
1. To print off some of her autobiographical writing from this site and send it to her, so she can read her own memories and remind herself of things she has forgotten about her life.
2. To share her current address with you all and ask if anyone would like to write to her and remind her of interactions they had with her on this site.
You can write to Ann at:
C/- 3617 74th Ave SE
We're just in the process of reviewing the nominations and making sure that members don't have more nominations in a single category than allowed. Then, we'll be needing judges and we'll want YOU to vote for the genre categories. If you or your group wants to sponsor a category, now is also the time to let me know.
In the meantime, if you've found any items worthy of nominating for the 2018 edition (I know I have!), then you can nominate them here:
I was catching up on newsfeed posts the other day and saw a fabulous comment by JS McBride that inspired me to do a merit badge challenge. And actually, it reminds me of a blog prompt Char challenged me to answer once. That went...places.
So, anyway, to go in the draw for an Elle merit badge, I want to you share a list of 10 truths. They can be silly truths or serious truths. Your call. Just truths. One list of 10 truths per person. Go!
At least one winner (depends on my gps stash), chosen by virtual dice. Closes Dec 31 11:59pm.
Hard to believe it's been 27 days since I last posted on the newsfeed. Such a slacker!
There are some cool new activities starting up in 2018. I'm looking forward to "52 in 52" , which should work in nicely with "The Monthly Reading Challenge" . I can see a lot of people are going to do "I Write in 2018" , which will be amazing. I can't commit to that, because work , but it looks great. Definitely check it out.
Kittiara is doing an amazing job keeping the "Quills 2017 Nominations" updated, and she's even fundraising for Quills through the "The Snail Mail Auction" . Oh! I just realised, I'll have to make a 2018 nominations form soon! This is craziness. You will have until the end of January to finish nominating items written in 2017 though, so don't panic.
I've got a few days off. Back to work on 3rd Jan. Got so much to do in my short break, things I never get time for, like working on my blog and writing. I've got to update my blog, do my budget, apply for jobs, edit some videos for my daughter's YouTube channel and see if I can write something for both "Musings and Memories" and "Short Shots: Official WDC Contest" . I also need to finish and send my annual Christmas letter, which I usually send at the beginning of December. It's been that kind of a month year. Speaking of, I'm off to do some of those things now. Later!
I sat down to spend my evening catching up on stuff and chillaxing. Opened the newsfeed and four hours later, I've finally caught up on newsfeed posts.
Just a reminder that this ends today: "Note: Merit badge sale!
If you've already ordered MBs, I will get these sent this weekend (or add them to my "Merit Badges To Be Given" list if a delay for community recognition is required).
Been lovely to catch up with everyone. I kind of feel like I've just sat down and had chats with everyone about what they've been up to.
Are you missing one of these merit badges from your collection? Now is your chance to collect them and support two worthy WDC causes at the same time!
Many of you know that "The Quill Awards" uses literally millions of gift points every year to award excellence, encourage the contest and activity hosts, and thank those who put so much effort into making this community so amazing. We have a lot more fundraising still to go, but you can start helping now by purchasing one (or more!) of these merit badges.
Another very worthwhile cause is "RAOK Upgrade Brigade Group" which strives to give people the opportunity to participate fully in this community even when their finances are restrictive.
All profits will be split 50/50 between both causes.
Each of the above merit badges are 40,000 gift points each until 11:59pm Friday. You can send gps to "Elle's Bank" .
If anyone feels weird about ‘buying’ merit badges, remember that these two causes rely entirely on donations. Your help and generosity is greatly appreciated.