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Elle  
Merit Badge in Circle Journals
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Thank you so much for writing in my circle journal and those of the other participants.  It's been a long process, and not all the journals are home yet, but I really appreciate your efforts.  THANK YOU!! Merit Badge in Circle Journals
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Thank you so much for writing in my circle journal and those of the other participants.  It's been a long process, and not all the journals are home yet, but I really appreciate your efforts.  THANK YOU!! Merit Badge in Circle Journals
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Thank you so much for writing in my circle journal and those of the other participants.  It's been a long process, and not all the journals are home yet, but I really appreciate your efforts.  THANK YOU!! Merit Badge in Circle Journals
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Thank you so much for writing in my circle journal and those of the other participants.  It's been a long process, and not all the journals are home yet, but I really appreciate your efforts.  THANK YOU!! Merit Badge in Circle Journals
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Thank you so much for writing in my circle journal and those of the other participants.  It's been a long process, and not all the journals are home yet, but I really appreciate your efforts.  THANK YOU!! Merit Badge in Circle Journals
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Thank you so much for writing in my circle journal and those of the other participants.  It's been a long process, and not all the journals are home yet, but I really appreciate your efforts.  THANK YOU!! Merit Badge in Circle Journals
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Thank you so much for writing in my circle journal and those of the other participants.  It's been a long process, and not all the journals are home yet, but I really appreciate your efforts.  THANK YOU!!

Guess what! Guess what! Okay, never mind, I'm too excited to be patient...

I GOT MY JOURNAL BACK!

On 25 February 2016 I sent a journal to ~Special Agent Dale Cooper~ in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Then it went to:
Fran 🏅🇬🇧🇬🇧🏅 in Cambridge, England
~MM~ in Cornwall, England
Elfin Dragon - poetry fiend in Arizona, USA
Gaby in Missouri, USA
Endless Love in Illinois, USA
ROSΣANNΣ|NaPoWriMo|WGT|JDI in New Jersey, USA
Lyn in New Jersey, USA

It took two and a half years, went around the world and finally came back to me filled with writing, postcards, doodles, pictures, poems and recipes. Even a $2 bill! *Laugh* Sooooo awesome.

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How awesome! I hope I get mine back at some point...
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I still live in hope that the original journals will come back too! So pleased you got yours from the second round. How very exciting!!!!!
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That is awesome. You are so lucky. I imagine mine is laying somewhere in a puddle. Haha!
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Elle  
I need some help. I've been reviewing my projects (yes, I have multiple projects on the go!), and with the help of my trusty adviser, I've been creating priorities and plans to complete them. Since some of my projects have been in progress since 2001, my current modus operandi of flitting between projects willy nilly as inspiration strikes me is not working. *Rolleyes*

Because of the people waiting for it, and the age of some of those people, my next project has to be the family recipe book. My mother has recommended that instead of making everyone wait until it's 100% finished, that I release it in volumes. This would also make the books more affordable for people. But I'm not sure how to break it down. That's where I need your help. Please vote and help me determine how best to tackle this!

FYI, there are approx. 480 recipes in total. Blurb, the book publisher, can only do a max of 400 pages in a book. So far I have 148 recipes ready to print.
      4 books of 120 mixed recipes each, with some from each family and some from each category (entrees, mains, desserts, etc)
      1 book for Elle's family and 1 book for Steve's family
      1 x starters, snacks, etc, 1 x main meals, sides dishes, 1 x desserts, baking, special occasions, 1 x drinks, preserving, etc
      1 book for 1940-1969, 1 book for 1970-2000, 1 book for 2000+
      One combined book of all the recipes
For converting the oven descriptions into temperatures, see
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oven_temperatures
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Elle  
Bette Davis, AKA Lilli - Yeah, I'm familiar with that one. That one's a bit different though. It's literally an encyclopedia. *Smile*
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Elle  
Northernwrites - Ooh, thanks. I didn't know that link existed, and the measurements you've given for the thimbles and spools will be handy.

So do you use your thimbles? And if so, for what? Just sewing? My mother made some pajamas for my niece and nephew recently, but I still don't think she has a thimble. *Laugh*
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Elle  
Woohoo! The Wyrm's Gauntlet is open!

"Note: Sign-ups are open: [Link: '..."

Elle  
I finally finished "An interview with Elle. I've got the flu, so hopefully the answers make sense. I've been struggling to write complete sentences without missing words or typos.
I'm sorry you aren't feeling well and hope you feel better soon! But I'm really glad you did this interview with yourself! What fun! And it will be even more fun to go back in a few years and reread it and compare how you are then with now. Smile
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I do hope you feel better, Elle, and I have to say that was one of the best interviews I’ve read! Just terrific! *Heart*
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Elle  
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Congratulations on your new "Elle" merit badge for your group,  [Link To Item #1938829] ! Thank you for supporting the Writing.Com community with your inspirations, participation and activities. We appreciate it! -SMs
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Congratulations on your new "Elle" merit badge for your group,  [Link To Item #1938829] ! Thank you for supporting the Writing.Com community with your inspirations, participation and activities. We appreciate it! -SMs

Merit badge challenge

A review from runoffscribe has inspired me to do some more interviews. If you'd like to be interviewed, let me know. Also, he suggested I interview myself. Which could be tricky, but I think you might be able to help me out...

Ask me a question about myself, and I'll put you in the draw for one of the merit badges above. *Smile* You can ask as many questions as you like (wait, didn't it all go pear-shaped last time I failed to put a limit on it? *Worry*), but please don't ask questions for the sake of asking questions, ask something you wanna know! No repeats please, so make sure you read the other comments first.

I'm going to give out one merit badge for my favourite question (which will probably be the one that I think had the most creativity or the one that inspired me to write a good response) and one to a random winner using virtual dice.

I'll give you until midnight Sunday. Go!

Also, check out "Note: I've just had a Quill nom..." for another newsfeed challenge. *Smile* And you can read the interviews I've done so far at "Interviews with Elle.
Elle  
All done! "An interview with Elle *Smile*

I think I'll give merit badges to everyone who asked questions for the challenge. Thanks so much!! *Delight*
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Pre-thank you for the merit badge! Heart
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My favorite definition of "grace" is the shortest: "Look to the gracious."

Colorful, detailed, dimensioned -- it's quite an interview!

And, before I forget, thanks for the badge.
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Elle  
Last day to earn an exclusive merit badge and ask me questions for "An interview with Elle. *Bigsmile*

"Note: Merit badge challenge ..."
Hey, Elle!

Is the cultural center of civilization in Christchurch or Dunedin? Which is the culture farthest from the center? As a fraction, how far 'way dese Yoonighted shtatesH?

sum gud, dis wiss-kee ...
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Elle  
Ooh, want a chance to earn a rare exclusive MB and some gps for a good quality review? Check out "Note: The inaugural run of had so ma...".
Elle  
I hate applying for jobs. Will be worth it if I can get one though, right? I'm dreading going back to work on Monday, and that alone tells me that I need to do this.

Okay, time to stop procrastinating and send out some applications. *deep breath*
Elle  
One application submitted. The ball is officially rolling! *Laugh*
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You can do it! It will be so worth it in the end. Good Luck.
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You can do it! I think everyone hates applying for jobs.
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Elle  
Woohoo, the 2018 WDC Anthology is open for submissions!

"Note: Just a Friendly Reminder..."

I'm prepared to pay the submission fee for five people. Just comment below, and after 24 hours, I'll use the virtual dice to select five people. *Smile* Make sure you read the rules about what is eligible for submission.
How lovely of you! Please add my name to the draw Heart
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Elle  
That's five, after approx 24 hours. If anyone else needs assistance submitting to the anthology, please let me know as I've had someone approach me with an offer to subside their submission.
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I read the news today (oh boy) --
Collected tales to show the world the site.
I got some points today (oh joy) --
This puts the question in a stronger light.

Thank you for the enablement, Elle. It looks as though I may have enough points to make two submissions.

I'd like to do that so that, if only one is chosen, you can tell all and sundry that I paid the submission fee with your points.

I won't make a liar of you.

And there I go assuming that I can stick one in the ten-ring. Tell God your plans. He loves a good laugh.
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Elle  
Do you want to be a published author? Fivesixer ☮ was recently published and his publisher is looking for new material. Find out more at "Note: Do you want to be a publishe...".

And make sure you check out Norb's book!
ASIN: 1949351009
100
Product Type: Book
Amazon's Price: $ 14.99
Joy  
Thanks for such a wonderful news about Fivesixer ☮ . Congrats, Norb! *TrophyG*
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I visited the publisher's website, which appears to be still under construction. Their range of genres looks to be very narrow and specialized, and, at least on their home site, there is no mention of costs for which an author is responsible. I did find, in their press release, that the publisher is what's known in the industry as a vanity house, meaning they help would-be authors to self-publish their manuscripts -- for a fee. Typically a more traditional publishing house incurs 90% of all risk monies and other expenditures. Both kinds of publishers rely on the author to market their books on their own, with little or no help from the publisher. If you want to self-publish, these folks look to be as good as any, but don't waste your time, or theirs, by submitting work that is outside the genres they seem to be interested in. I also found it odd that no mention is made on the site as to a submissions process. I can only assume that they want you to contact them first, in which case, I'd send a very simple, brief and informal set of questions as to whether your chosen genre is something they might be interested in. And, if so, could you then send them a more formal query letter. If they don't mention it beforehand, you need to determine what the total, out-of-pocket cost would be, to publish your book. Worth noting, also, is that you'd be responsible for all artwork used for the book, including covers. Lastly, realize that there are lots and lots of vanity book publishers out there. Many of whom will specialize in exactly your type of book. So, it's up to you; just be aware of what you're getting into. And read the fine print.
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My thoughts too timtu. Website is very sparse and is really geared towards mental health field which is great for them. Make no mistake Fivesixer, we all love publishing leads so thank you for that.
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Elle  
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Just got home from my trip to the UK last night. So much to catch up on!

*Boxcheck* Read and respond to emails
*Boxcheck* Catch up on newsfeed
*Boxcheck* Update "The Snail Mail Forum
*Boxcheck* Send out 259 Quill finalist, HM and winner signatures
*Box* Award 150 merit badges for Quills
*Box* Award 58 awardicons for Quills
*Box* Write book reviews for "The Monthly Reading Challenge and "52 in 52
*Box* Write blog entries from trip
*Box* Edit photos

I've got to unpack too, but no hurry there. *Wink*

I've had a fabulous time, and when I've written up all the blog entries, I'll share links. *Smile*