Wednesday, September 17, 2014

In a Land Faraway

Technology had made the world smaller but virtual travel will never replace actually being in a location. I mentioned my daughter is studying in Morocco. Though an open society compared to many countries in that part of the world, it's a way different world from the one most of us live in. To share her experience, my daughter has started a blog. Her topics are quite varied and wildly interesting. Especially to me. The Open Roof is Kelley's blog. I hope you'll take the time to hop over there and leave her a comment as she perfects her Arabic and studies the culture of Morocco.

I'd also like to thank Lori L. MacLaughlin. She gifted me with The Versatile Blogger Award. I'm supposed to share 7 things about myself and then pass it on to 15 bloggers.
1. Despite having knew replacement surgery 10 years ago, I still jog 3-5 miles most days.
2. I grew up on a dairy farm but never drink milk, then or now.
3. I have an inherited blonde streak that runs down the back of my head. It will never turn gray. Looks a little like a skunk.
4. I grew up in a two hundred year old farmhouse with a b&w TV that got one channel.
5. I didn't learn to swim until I went to college.
6. My fraternal grandfather was a bit infamous during prohibition. Can't say anymore than that.
7. I donate blood six or seven times per year.

I'm not going to pass this on to anyone in particular but I challenge anyone to share seven interesting tidbits about yourself.

I hope you've prepared your contribution to The IWSG Guide to Publishing and Beyond. If you're still undecided, the book has received lots of writing articles. If you have an idea about publishing or promotion, that would balance the numbers out a bit.

Have you sent in your IWSG post yet? What do you think of Kelley's blog? Have any infamous ancestors like I do? Are you a blood donor?


  1. Hi Susan .. congratulations to Kelley and how fantastic she's got the opportunity to study in Morocco and thus will learn so much about another part of the world ... she does sound as though she's grasped the concept and will make the most of the experience ... lucky her - but so good to read about ...

    Congratulations on your award ... the blonde streak - wonder why some people have them ..

    Sounds like the IWSG Guide is coming along strong .. cheers Hilary

  2. My parents visited Morocco a few years ago. Yeah, sounds like an exciting place to explore.

    And I'll never go gray either. Not as long as they have beauty salons and hair dye. :P

  3. Hey, I wrote a comment on her blog but I didn't see it go through. WordPress always gives me a bother, sometimes it lets me comment, other times, not so much.

    I love the name of her blog, very cool. Looking forward to reading more of her posts.

    Cheers and boogie boogie.

  4. lol well as long as you don't smell like a skunk, looking like one is fine. Blah to milk at my sea too.

  5. Milk isn't good for you anyway.
    Cool your daughter has a blog - I will go check it out.

  6. Congratulations on the Versatile Award!! I couldn't think of anyone better to be nominated for this. :) And I still don't know how to swim well. Underwater is easier than above water for me.

  7. I envy anyone who's a runner, because despite a build for it, my lungs never allowed me to be part of that world. I totally get the not drinking milk thing too. We had a large garden growing up, and I think it led to my aversion to vegetables. Not healthy, I know.

  8. Haha, I'm with Luanne - I'm going to stay away from gray with the help of salons!

    Good for you for jogging every day, even with a new knee. That's pretty impressive!

  9. Congrats on the award! I'm trying to think of a great topic for the IWSG Guide.

  10. I dread going gray. I am allergic to every hair color I have tried. I guess I will just have to tough it out!

  11. Like that blonde streak. You'll always be recognized from behind!

  12. Wow. 3-5 miles a day after knee replacement surgery? That's pretty amazing.

  13. I am undecided and your advice is very helpful. I'll look at publishing and promotion topics.

    I do have an infamous ancestor. Okay, probably quite a few, but my mom says one of our ancestors was one of the first to die in the electric chair. There you have it!

  14. Love the idea of that 200 year old farmhouse and your infamous grandfather. Thanks for sharing - interesting stuff! :)

    Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

  15. Morocco is part of my continent...well, it's far up, in the north...
    Considering you've had knee replacement surgery, you still sound quite fit!
    Writer In Transit

  16. Hi Susan, I enjoyed reading your random facts! It's great that you can run so well. I grew up on a dairy farm, too. I drank the milk, but my dad never would. He always said it was because he saw what went into it. I don't think our farmhouse was quite as old as yours, but it was 100+ years. I loved it. And yes, I have to admit to having infamous relatives a few generations back. They were horse thieves.