Liebster Award

I’m being a little rebel here at work and thought now would be as good of a time as any to complete the Liebster Award nomination from Walk the Goats (PSST…THANK YOU). Guys, stop over at the blog and read. The writer’s take on life, Shakespeare and other things is a breath of fresh air. *Side Note* I have tried linking to the Global Aussie for the award origins but the link doesn’t want to connect.Just a heads up. OK, you know the drill…

 

RULES

  1. Thank the person who nominated you; include a link to their blog
  2. Display the Liebster Award logo** on your blog.
  3. Answer the questions given to you
  4. Nominate 5–11 blogs you want to help others discover
  5. Link to the nominees’ pages to let them know they were nominated
  6. Give the nominees 11 new questions they’re to answer
  7. List these rules in your post

Optional but Often Included

  1. Provide 10 random facts about yourself
  2. Write a small post about what makes you passionate about blog posting

My Q & A

  1. What’s something you’ve done that makes you feel proud?
    Raising my kids. No matter how much they try me (believe me they do) they are my greatest accomplishments.
  2. What are you thinking, right now?
    I’m thinking I want to go home because I have a great idea to build on a short story for a novella. Damn the evilness of being an adult!
  3. What’s the largest body of water you’ve ever stood next to?
    Gulf of Mexico
  4. If you knew you would be struck dead six months from today, how would you live until then? Assume all practical stuff has been handled.
    Hmm…am I to be good or evil? A little both: Take the kids on a 5 month around the world vacation. On the 6th month spend my days with my family and become the hand of Karma by night.
  5. Where’s your favorite place to go or favorite thing to do to recharge?
    My favorite thing to do to recharge is literally sleeping.
  6. If you decided to rename your blog, what would you rename it?
    Hmm…I don’t think I could. I love the name. Umm…
  7. When you want comfort food, what do you eat?
    Oh, that’s easy. I make my grandmother’s recipe for fried chicken. There is just something about frying up her chicken recipe that makes like all better again.
  8. Do you have a preference for summer activities or winter activities?
    I would say neither 🙂 I don’t care for the outdoors but if I had to pick summer. But not actual summer more like the weather between spring and summer or summer and fall.
  9. Do you have any special talents you consider unusual? Or that people “know” you for? If so, what?
    Nope, no special talents unless you count sarcasm.
  10. If you were to paint your bedroom a new color, what color would you pick?
    I already repainted my room. It was a gaudy pink-red color. Couldn’t classify it as maroon, red, purple…trust me it was bad. I chose two neutral grey tones.
  11. Of the 10 previous questions, which was the most fun to answer?
    The comfort food one…I LOVE food 🙂

My Noms (remember you are not obliged to participate but if so, have some fun)

  1. Just_Me:) at happymesshappiness
  2. T. Shaw
  3. Emotional Notions
  4. Lawrence Illoc
  5. Nadya Irsalina

Q & A for Noms

  1. Do you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?
  2. Do you believe in second chances?
  3. When was the last time you lied? Why?
  4. What big lesson could someone learn from your life?
  5. What fictional place would you most like to go?
  6. Are you usually early or late?
  7. What age do you wish you could permanently be?
  8. What are you interested in that most people haven’t heard of?
  9. If you could change your name, what would it be?
  10. Do you believe in Karma or in doing good?
  11. How are you doing today?

Ok, have fun 🙂

Are you being stalked?

CONTENT WARNING: Content May Be Offensive or Disturbing to Some Audiences.This article or section, or pages it links to, contains information about assault, suicide, abuse, violence or murder. Reader discretion is advised.

Real quick to better understand where I’m coming from. I have C-PTSD with anxiety and depression from over a decade of abuse (mental and physical), assault, and rape. There are reasons why I’m a gun carrying, pit bull owning, very aware woman. I have learned rather recently to not apologize for my mental struggles or my reasoning for my behavior. It’s not up for discussion or debate. It happened and I’m trying to get right with a lot. My writing and art are therapeutic for me. I try to encourage others because it’s taken me a long time for me to post, comment, and recently started sharing other posts and would like others to continue with their goals.


Due to recent events, I thought that this would be a good time to post about safely blogging. If you are like me I use my writing to be creative, heal, and encourage others. Unfortunately, sometimes bloggers intended purpose behind a post or comment is taken and read in an extremely different manner. So, yes, bloggers can be stalked, harassed, threatened, gas-lighted, browbeaten, hate-campaigned (including employing other bloggers) and so forth. I did some research and found that it’s more common than what people realize. Some basics:

  • Write under a pen name (Hi guys, I’m Jo)
  • Guard your privacy (choose wisely what is shared)
  • Edit background information from pictures (Is that my license plate?)
  • Delete GPS data from photos (Umm…huh?)
  • Let other bloggers know what happened-privately (Not in the comments but contact forms are nice)
  • Save emails and screenshots in case of escalations (I’m NOT responsible for your behavior)
  • Check your ‘Offline Security’ (The local PD are aware and my dogs are too!)
  • Comments need approval (You said what?)

Some Places for Tips
Blog Stalkers
Get Safe
iLookBothWays
Web Hosting Secrets

I have included those links so you are able to recognize warning signs and where to beef up your security. Local law enforcement in your area can be contacted and there are computer crime units that can help. When I thought that removing them as a follower would help it only made things worse. Ignoring the behavior only fueled their need. I encourage a lot of people to write and follow their dreams however big or small they may be. I gave some advice. Emails were sent (under a pen name) then WHAM! My first warning sign was a statement that they don’t handle being left all that well.  After I wasn’t commenting on their posts as often I received an email. Then their emotions leaked where they weren’t supposed too. Then the final email blamed me for everything including their behavior and thought process. There is a small hate campaign started but that’s ok because I’m going to be ok. I refused to cower this time. I spoke out and taking action. I’m still going to write and share.

There is a huge list of sites that can help with cyberstalking, cyber crimes, and victim support. If you need help please reach out to someone. The help is there.

Jo/© thecreativeptsdgal.wordpress.com

6 Word Story Day 29

Yes, I got a late start this morning and had to rush to work. Luckily, I can think at work for a bit. I remember leaving home for the first time. When my mother decided to divorce my father. I took from that.


Prompt Word: Savored

She relished their time. Waving goodbye.

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