Weekend Rewind 12/27


It’s time for Weekend Rewind – my weekly casual post to chat and catch up. No prompts, no rules – anything goes.

Let’s get random…

So, I saw this when I logged onto Facebook today:


Thanks, Facebook. Like I’m not completely aware that I haven’t posted in six days and am probably a huge disappointment to whatever readers I may have. You are so helpful. And actually (and perhaps unfortunately), people who like Amie Writes know that six days is not “a while.” It’s more like status quo.

Having said that, I have been thinking of ways to change things up around here. Amie Writes has become more of a traditional blog and less of the creative writing space that I intended. I would like to see more fiction and poetry in 2016. Since I’m the only one that can make that happen, I am working on that plan.

I sincerely hope that everyone reading this had a wonderful holiday. Ours was blissful, full of family, food and relaxation. And rain, but I won’t complain. Christmas morning my little family opened gifts at home and then headed over to my parents’ house down the street for round two. Even though I try to emphasize it, I really don’t think my kids realize how lucky they are (and I’m not really talking about the number of gifts they got to open).

My younger daughter got a starter bow and arrow set. She has an interest in archery, but being seven years old, she needs some instruction and practice. My father is a master archer, he hunts with a bow and arrow and also shoots competitively. His basement is full of trophies. I am hoping that this will be a bonding experience for the two of them. I am also hoping that the bow and arrow and the soccer ball she also received will balance out the tablet that my parents gave her. My older daughter got a sewing machine and a sewing basket full of fabric and supplies. These were gifts from my mother whose sewing skills are unparalleled. My mother tried to teach me when I was Kiera’s age but I failed miserably, obviously devoid of the gene that bestows sewing talent. Kiera, however, shows promise. She is also very eager to learn, excited about her upcoming projects. Again, I hope this will be a bonding experience for them. My kids, of course, got many other gifts, but these are the ones that warmed my heart.

I swear I have gained five pounds in the last few days. We have had so much good food: ham, sweet potatoes, corn casserole, dill dip (our family favorite) and, of course, sweets. So. much. chocolate. I’ve also drank my fair share of Captain Morgan Parrot Bay with strawberry flavor. In fact, I may be drinking it as we speak (or type, whatever). I saw it in the store and being a huge Captain Morgan fan, I had to give it a try. It was a good decision.

I think we have watched Christmas Vacation five times in the last two weeks. We love it so much. We also had several showings of The Grinch (the original animated one, not the Jim Carey movie version).

I can’t believe that my first five-day break is over and I have to go back to work tomorrow. Luckily, I work two days and get another five-day weekend. Why does a five-day vacation go by 100 times faster than a five-day workweek??

Like I said earlier, I am thinking about how to redirect Amie Writes for 2016. I have been hoarding writing prompts on Pinterest and I definitely want to share more fiction in the new year. That is the whole reason why I started this blog. With my commute, I have a lot of time to contemplate plots and characters – which is great – but I am trying to figure out how to convert that into more actual writing.

My newest interest is bullet journaling and I am working on getting myself organized and ready to start a new bullet journal on January 1st. This is basically combining your calendar, to-do lists and journaling in one place. Again, I have been hoarding ideas on Pinterest. Stay tuned. If this works out, I will be posting about it in January.

Happy New Year and have a great upcoming week, everyone!




Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award!



I have been nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award – the award that recognizes unique voices of women throughout the blogosphere. I was nominated by  Italian Hurricane!  Thank you so much, my friend. What an honor. Everyone, please go check out her blog, it is great!

The rules of this award are as follows:  Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their site, put the award logo on your blog, answer the ten questions sent to you, make a list of ten questions for your nominees and nominate seven blogs

A couple of the blogs I nominated I have been following for a bit and others are newer follows for me. I have come across some great blogs in the Blogging 101 course. All of these are blogs that I enjoy and I want to spread some love and recognition for all of their hard work. My nominees are:

Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss


Good Woman

From Marisa’s Kitchen

Amanuensis Sobriquet-Reverie

Into the Forgotten

Apparently Anna Has Some Explaining To Do

And now for the questions… Ladies, I am sending you the same set of questions that I have answered below. I can’t wait to see your answers! Blogging is about community so lets all get to know each other.

1. Why did you start blogging?  I started this blog for myself, to get back into creative writing. It is a way for me to reconnect with that love of mine and also to develop my writing skills.

2. Which is your favorite among your blog posts? Why? I think my favorite is That Place. I wrote it for the Writing 101 class and it was one of my earliest posts. It is the kind of emotive writing that I strive for and it evoked some emotional responses in my readers. Score.

3. Who/What inspires most of your blog posts? I draw inspiration from a lot of places – my family, friends, past experiences. I love to write about love and relationships and draw from the past and present men in my life (much to my husband’s chagrin). I love music. Music takes me to a creative place.

4. What are your dreams and goals for your blog? I really just write for me but of course I would like to grow my readership. No one wants to feel like a tree falling in the woods with no one to hear. I love that ripple effect – comments and feedback from readers as they read my blog. So I guess my goal would be to connect with more people.

5. What do you want to accomplish this year? Personally, I am trying to find a new job that would give me more time with my family and hopefully more time for writing. I am always striving to be a better wife and mother. As far as writing, I want to strengthen my skills and get more comfortable sharing my work. I am confident that 2015 will be the year that I start my first novel.

6. What is your favorite book? Why? This one is hard. I love books. I am going to say The Stand by Stephen King. He is my favorite writer of all time. His writing is so detailed and addicting and he is the master of character development. I have read The Stand more times than any of his other books. It has strong characters and is a great story of the battle between good and evil.

7. What brings you joy? My family. I have a supportive husband and two amazing kids. Seriously, seeing life through the eyes of my kids is the best. They are an awesome gift.

8. Describe yourself in 3 words. Responsible. Creative. Loving.

9. Now tell us what 3 words your friends would use to describe you. Loyal. True. Fun.

10. How long have you been blogging? I started a blog over at blogger a few years ago and it never really got off the ground. I got busy and just abandoned it. I started my blog here at wordpress last spring.