Taking A Blogging Break

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Howdy!

I have decided to have myself a week off.

If you know me well enough then you will know I never do this ever. Even when I’m sick, I usually try to have at least something new up, but I think I can have one week off. Whenever I write my blog posts I usually try to write up one or two a week and schedule them to go up later in the month. So to not force myself to create something too creative I decided I needed to just stop production for one week and recover from the wedding plans!

I do have a couple of new posts going up next week and a few others throughout the month of August! I did that so it’s not all about the wedding. I posted a poll on Twitter last week about what kind of playlist everybody wanted for July, I had a 63% for a wedding playlist! However I did create a regular monthly playlist too, so if you would like to hear that too! Click here and you can listen to it! I’m really hoping it works!

I hope you all understand!

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Blogger Recognition Award!

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It’s been a while since I’ve been nominated for another one of these blogger awards. I look at these as patches you earn for the good work you’ve done on your blog, and use to display them proudly on the right side of my toolbar, but then I thought that wasn’t fair for the bloggers who haven’t been nominated for an award, so I took away the patches so I didn’t look like I was bragging.

I don’t regret that decision, nor does it bug me that other bloggers keep their awards up on their sidebars either. We all want to be recognized for the hard work we do on our blogs or YouTube channels in one way or another. It makes us feel good to be recognized, just because I choose to keep mine away, doesn’t mean I’m not proud of my accomplishments. I often tell myself these are good enough than compared to these new awards that mostly go by the amount of followers and endorsements. I’m not attacking the ones who have been nominated in that way, I really say kudos to you!

Thank you to Sarah of Whimsical Mumblings Blog for thinking of me for this award! Hope you have a great week ahead of you!

The Rules
    • Thank the blogger who nominated you & provide a link to their blog
    • Write a post to show your award
    • Give a brief story about how your blog started
    • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
    • Select 15 bloggers you want to nominate
    • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated, with a link to the post you created.

Why Did I Create “Got Meghan’s Blog”?

I’ve actually been blogging under another username for two years prior before creating this blog. In 2011, I decided I wanted to change it up, I got bored of blogging on my original site but I also was paranoid that my former teacher and students were still reading my posts and such, so I figured it was time to find another blogging platform and within two months I created this blog. It was a spur of the moment kind of deals.

I was listed under another name but I didn’t want to be categorized into one thing. I felt the name I had chosen wouldn’t allow me to branch out to other topics I wanted to talk about, so thankfully I had been using “gotmeghan” on Twitter since probably late 2009. I felt it was a good brand name since you don’t really know what you’ll find in it. At the time, I didn’t exactly know what all I would be writing about; I always knew I was a lifestyle blogger but I also knew I had to talk about disability issues as well. Over the years, it just became a hodgepodge of different things and I like it that way!

Advice For New Bloggers:

When I first had my blog I was honestly thought I was the only blogger, until I was searching on Twitter in 2014 and found a lot of bloggera! I realized that the community was board, people from all over talking about beauty, fashion and lifestyle topics. When I first looked around I couldn’t believe my eyes because it was like 2012 all over again, feeling like I was the only one with my disability and then all of a sudden I find other people and children with Arthrogryposis too!

However, if you like being an outcast that’s fine too. I have seen a lot of bloggers that are very selective in the community and I think that keeps them interesting! They don’t want to do what everybody else is doing, sort of like me. I like being able to make my blog more like an actual brand whereas some bloggers just want to keep it as a hobby. It’s your choice to do whatever you want.

I Nominate These Blogs:

HilaryStyle
nickyashleigh
EmilyBecca
Kitten Wolfheart
SimplyEmma
The Happy Lakspur
Vegas Girl Blog
Nourish ME
Annesmiles
Shona Harding
The Flower That Blooms
Iga Berry
The Curvaceous Vegan
Sarah in Wonderland
Carpe Diem Emmie

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Guest Post | Writing Playlist by Our Wolf Song

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Today, I have a special guest post to share with you! My friend and fellow blogger Kathryn of Our Wolf Song and I have each created a different playlist that we use to write with on our different works. If you would like to read mine, you can go to her blog and check it out! And if you have any time left over, I’d also use it to check out the rest of her blog! Who knows, you might enjoy some of her topics she writes about on her site. 

For me, November was a month of frantic writing, late nights and end less cups of tea. Why? Because every year, I like to take part in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Yep, I’m one of those crazy folk trying to write a novel…

When Meghan told me she was going to start working on her own novel, I was immediately excited for her. Immersing yourself in another world and surrendering to your own imagination is such a wild thing, but also an amazing, highly creative form of art. Books are masterpieces, and only when you start to pull them apart to see what they’re made of, do you truly appreciate the work it takes to create them.

I have enjoyed a whole year of researching and planning my novel, so I spent NaNoWriMo filling in missing plot points and problem solving. Whereas Meghan spent November researching, creating characters and exploring what her novel was truly about. When we started chatting about our writing, I realised how great it was to have someone so similar to me, doing one of my favourite things too. Albeit, an ocean apart from me, but distance really means nothing online.

We inevitably became writing motivation buddies, to ensure we don’t lose sight or get lazy (How many unfinished novels does the world currently possess?) And we’ve been sharing tips and reference book recommendations with each other, which has been really useful. Since we both love music, and think about it in the same way (I remember when I first started speaking to Meghan, I quickly realised we were on the same wavelength about many things), I thought I better find out what music she listens to when she writes and share my own list with her.

Personally, I love a strong emotional song. Not necessarily sad, but certainly something that stirs up all sorts of feelings, which helps me envision great scenes: Betrayal, heartbreak, disaster, loneliness, gratitude, realisation; Whatever I’m sensing from the lyrics or the melodies, I try to explore in my writing and characters.

Having a writing playlist filled with emotional songs, is actually a great way to get unstuck from writer’s block or to mix up a lacking scene if you need to. Sometimes I just lay in bed or sit on the bus and stare out the window, listening to music, lost in my own world, playing scenes in my head. I just jot down some notes on my phone if I want to write the idea up later.

I use Spotify for most of my playlists and to be honest, I don’t know where I’d be without it. I’ve discovered so many great tracks through Spotify, from artists I’ve never heard of, because of the ‘recommended’ feature. It displays songs you may like to add, specifically based on the ones in the playlist.

I sifted through my unending Writing Playlist and selected some of my favourite songs to share with you:

1. Nothing and Everything by Red

This song jumped to mind immediately. I absolutely love the breakdown halfway through, as I tend to enjoy songs more if they sound like they’re falling apart or sound like different songs patched together. These songs take you on a journey and tell you a story. Holy Image of Lies by Sum 41 is another song that does this really well, although much more dramatically as it’s of the rock genre.

2. Fire-scene – Alt Version by S. Carey

Pianos are my favourite instrument to listen to, I think they create the most pleasant melodies. I like that they could make the softest, most soothing sound you’ve ever heard and the most heartbreaking, at the same time. The lyrics in this song are poetry and I think they speak of something final, perhaps the aftermath of a big scene.

3. Killer by Phoebe Bridgers

This song is so well written! I love the lyrics and I feel like I can relate them to specific characters in my novel. Songs like this, don’t require an entire orchestra; The raw, simple recording is enough, because you hang onto every note and breath of the singer. All the feelings and emotion is conveyed through their voice.

4. So Cold by Ben Cocks

I find the running piano in this song, with the addition of drums, so perfect for creating scenes. It moves action along really naturally and the lyrics just seem to fit in with whatever I imagine happening. It just writes itself

5. One Last Time by Jaymes Young

I recently started listening to this artist and I seem to like all of his songs. This one in particular, I adore because of the beautiful lyrics. I love that the chorus is delivered so smoothly, it’s as though the verses are a slow struggle and in the end, he just says what he really wants to.

6. Can You Hold Me by NF, Britt Nicole

Everyone loves a good duet. And when I listen to songs and imagine scenes, it really helps me if more than one person sings because it’s like a conversation is happening. The whole thing almost turns into a musical! This song in particular is really good, because you can hear when NF starts getting angry because he switches to rapping and at the end, he’s so over it that he’s almost speaking… So dramatic.

7. Sadness is Taking Over by flora cash

Not to sound too depressing, but this is one of the songs I imagine my characters crying to. You know, when your brilliant plot just gets a little too much for them to handle and they really start to fall apart… We all need a good cry song.

8. Between The Bars by Elliott Smith

The first time I heard this song, I really teared up. It felt like someone was telling me everything was going to be okay and the things I’d done in the past that weren’t okay, just didn’t matter. The lyrics are beautiful. It’s like a comforting, blanket song for characters that have been through hell and need a bit of love and reassurance. I always enjoy listening to this.

9. My Skin by Natalie Merchant

The potential scenes from this song are endless. Every time I listen, I come up with new ideas to write down. I think the lyrics are an absolute dream; She really took care in choosing the right words and somehow makes them feel almost tangible at times. And at the end, the long instrumental ties everything together really well, it’s as though the song just bleeds out.

10. See You Again by Elle King

I couldn’t believe this song when I came across it. The lyrics actually fit in perfectly with an event in my novel, like it was written for it. Honestly, I almost cried when I first heard it because something I’d created in my head suddenly seemed realistic. It was a surreal moment. Not only do I love the lyrics (bias), I’m a big fan of acoustic music for the reason I touched on before, you really get to hear that raw emotion from the vocalist.

Last Minute “Blogmas” Ideas!

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Howdy!

So it is the first of December! I know a lot of people have been in the Christmas spirit since Halloween! For all of my British friends and everywhere else in the world, they don’t celebrate Thanksgiving so I’ve had to put my festive side on the back burner for some time. I finally changed my profile picture to Rudolph and switched to my “holiday name” on Twitter back to “Mistletoe Meghan” like always! I’m so excited I can finally talk about Christmas things and announce that I will be doing Blogmas for the second year in a row! And I am absolutely terrified that I’ll end up repeating too much of what I discussed last year!

I have been going through different blogs, reading up some of their ideas that they have listed during the month of November and I thought, what if there were still some bloggers or vloggers out there that are still unsure if they wanted to join the movement. So I was reminded about my little worry and thought it would do some good if I went back through my older stuff I blogged about and maybe they would be good examples for anyone who were still on the fence about the whole thing!

So here is what I talked about on here last year for my first round of Blogmas!

  1. What To Get A Blogger For Christmas – It’s a collection of different things that most bloggers normally talk about on their site! Ex: beauty products, books, new camera, etc!
  2. Christmas Advent Calendar – My nana gets a cute little advent calendar that she puts on her refrigerator and she and I put on a different sticker for whatever day it is to help countdown to Christmas!
  3. Favorite Christmas Movies – I listed a bunch of my favorite Christmas movies! From cherished childhood favorites like Home Alone and Santa Claus to National Lapoon’s Christmas Vacation! You could also do this with music too! 
  4. Christmas Lights In The Park – My mom and I went out to our park one night and drove around to pick out our favorite lights! The arches are still my favorite!
  5. Ugly Christmas Sweaters – I went on Wal-Mart website and picked out some of the most ugly ass Christmas sweaters! However, I thought most were more cute than ugly!
  6. Decorating The Christmas Tree – This post is about the day, my nana and I decided to put up the family tree by ourselves! It was a very interesting time all around!
  7. The Christmas Tag! – This was one of two Christmas tag that I’ve done on here! If you don’t want to do the standard Christmas-y posts, these are a good alternative!
  8. Christmas Cookies – It’s become a bit of a tradition to bake Christmas cookies as my nana’s! So we bake sugar cookies and decorate them to be sort of cute and festive!
  9. My Own Charlie Brown Christmas Tree – One year my mom surprised me with my very own Christmas tree for my room. It’s called a “Charlie Brown Christmas Tree” because it is very small and has a tendency of tilting to the side a bit!
  10. The “Would You Rather” Christmas Tag – This is the other tag post I have done!
  11. Christmas Tree Ornaments – I went around my family Christmas tree in 2014 and wrote about some of the unique bulbs we have on our tree!

I hope I have helped you figure out some ideas if you don’t know what to blog about this month! Honestly, it doesn’t have to be all about Christmas and a lot of people will say you need to blog every single day and you don’t! I’ll be publishing three posts a week and have a couple of posts that are far from Christmas themed, I don’t care what anybody says! I also hope you guys are excited for another month of Christmas worthy posts! You know there will be funny stories about my nana and I’s time together because you know we’ll be DIY-ing, baking, and whatever else we can get ourselves into, so hopefully you will like it!

Are you going to be doing Blogmas or Vlogmas? If not, who do you look forward to reading or watching around this time?

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10 Things I Love About Fall!

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Hello 🙂

I’m back again for one of these list type of posts! I actually enjoyed working on the 10 Things I Love About Spring post. Again, I got the idea from fellow blogger Dorkface as she put up a list of different blog post ideas and this was one I took from the whole thing!

It’s very hard to list everything I love about autumn, or “fall” as everybody keeps telling me. I’m friends with too many European people and they say “autumn” so get off my back! I can call it whatever I want! I mean, they both mean the same thing! Anyways, if I wish I could do more than just ten things, because that’s how much I love this season! Since I only put ten for spring, I’m going to keep it that way!

 1. The slow process of the leaves changing colors!
2. Our cats getting their thick, winter fur! (I know that’s weird, but I happen to love it!)
3. Soups!
4. Watching action movies! 
5. The overwhelming smell of cinnamon and apples!
6. Kids and babies dressing up to go trick-or-treating
7. Reading thick books
8. Football games!
9. DIY projects with my nana!
10. My birthday!

So what are you looking forward to the most about fall?

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Join Me For #Blogoween!

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Hi 🙂

So I have been thinking a lot about different things to do in both October and November, mostly October since it’s basically the start of autumn! I have been looking at December and what we bloggers tend to do around that month, which is Blogmas. We blog every day leading up to Christmas. People seem to really enjoy those posts and videos on YouTube, but I am more of a Halloween type of person. So I thought and thought about it, and wondered about creating a “blogmas” type of theme for the month of October?

Thus entered Blogoween. 

I am not claiming the name because my luck and some other soul has created it once before and it didn’t get off the ground, because I had never made any connections. It just sort of came to me in the middle of the night like most things do anymore!

So what do you think, does a Blogoween sound appealing to you? As a reminder with Blogmas, you would be doing only 24 days of the month whereas with Blogoween you would be blogging about it for 30 days! Well, that is if you wanted to blog that amount of time. I’m pretty sure I’ll still be blogging for three days, occasionally adding a day or two on the timeline!

If you decide to join in, I thought since can’t do one of those link-ups, we could keep up with each other through social media? I mostly use Twitter, so I thought we could use the hashtag #Blogoween to read other blogs or vlogs, if you’d like to try that out instead, basically do whatever you want with it! I just figured it would be a fun theme for everybody that loves this time of the year more than say Christmas! But let’s face it, Blogmas or Vlogmas are usually the funnest times of the year!

If you are stumped about what to talk about, I will link below some autumn and ‘Halloweenie’ posts I’ve done in the past, if some of you ladies and gents need some more inspiration!

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No Pay For Me!

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Hello!

Recently, my lovely sister Emily aka Blondie, has been starting her own writing path. She’s been writing personal and thought-provoking articles on The Odyssey. I wouldn’t consider her a “newbie” as she’s written quite a few of blog posts on here. She’s also had a Tumblr in the past, so she’s published certain things on there too, but she’s never done anything like what she’s been putting up lately!

I have always wondered if she’d ever get on the writing train one day. I just figured she’d create a blog, but this was brought to her instead. I’m pretty proud of her for doing this, because she’s like me, she tends to hide away her thoughts and feelings, and if she doesn’t find a way to talk about them, she explodes! So I’m glad she has this outlet to share those things, like she can spread her message about finding love after a bad relationship, and whatever else she decides to share with the readers of the Odyssey community and everybody around the world!

Her first post was about Brandon, her fiance, some of you might know him as “Batman” as in the beginning that’s what I intended to call him on here. The article was called, To The One Who Saved Me. The next week she published one about spreading awareness and helping families, friends, and the victims of domestic abuse. It’s titled What You See Through The Eyes Of A Victim. If you’d like to read any other posts, just click her name on the top of the posts I’ve included and it’ll redirect you to the main menu of her articles.

Being a writer isn’t all that’s cracked up to be though! We do have our own critics – some more than others! We always over analyze if we should discuss this topic or not. And of course, she is also getting her own haters too! Thank god, she already has a thick layer of skin and she can deal with the trolls. I’m not saying, they won’t bother her at all, I mean, she still has feelings, but she doesn’t let other people’s words control her as they would for me.

One thing that is different between the two of us, she explained that Odyssey does in fact pay their writers, if they get to a certain point of popularity. Whereas I am not getting paid for any of mine. Now she didn’t exactly say she’s been getting money from the site, but she might one day if her popularity grows in the future!

I’ve had a lot of different people tell me in the last three years that I needed to get paid for my articles, but I just don’t want to. Which is interesting considering I’m the first person to defend a blogger that wants to monetize from the content they put on their site. I don’t have a problem with it, I just feel like I’m not ready for all that yet.

I think one of the biggest reasons why I don’t want to get paid is because of the dreaded word, “deadlines” every once in a while I do get a deadline for Disability Horizons and I had one every month for Bloggernation Magazine, but with those I didn’t get hammered if I didn’t have something done. All I had to do was ask for more time and usually I got that, I had maybe another full week to get things finished.

So no pay for me at this time.

I think maybe down the line I might change my mind, but right now? Nope. I know everybody means well, but I have to be ready for that next step. The whole thing is about having the experience and what my nana has explained to me is that it’s getting me out there and people will start to pay attention after a while. I’m also afraid that I’ll lost what is fun about blogging once I get to a certain stage. That’s why I am fine with doing more opportunities with other bloggers and/or digital magazines, I have made a whole section about that underneath my “About” called Press Pack if you want to check that out. It’s basically my blogging resume! It has all of my previous work on there and I’ve added some categories that I am comfortable writing about if you already an idea for a subject! If you’d like for me to write something for you, send me an email and let’s work something out that we both like!

Thanks for hearing me out!

What do you think about bloggers getting paid for different pieces?

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