Monday, June 18, 2012

I Inspire Someone??

Yay! Lucky me, I was tagged twice last week with awards, so I didn't have to do a whole lot of thinking with coming up with something to say today :D

Okay, got the Create-Spirational Award from Melissa (Thank you!) which is given to bloggers you find inspiring. (Wahoo, right?) Then you write an acceptance speech and then list five things that inspire you and a song that inspires you. Okie dokie, you asked for it.

I'd like to thank Melissa and all those other bloggers who have picked this crazy 'foot in the mouth' blogger as inspiring. Truly, all my blog posts come from personal experience and sometimes even journal entries when I'm being lazy or can't think of anything to say. Thank you to all those people who forced me to keep a journal, otherwise half of my posts I'd have to come up with the night before they went up. I also thank the creators of Copy/Paste.

Now, I'm going to just say a couple things that inspire me cuz I've got another award down there.

Video Games.
Harry Potter.
And all you awesome people!

Lots of songs inspire me. How about any musical soundtrack... we'll go with that.

Okay! Also got the 7x7 thingy from Michael (Thank you!) And this is where you to list (and provide links, boo.) to your existing blog posts you feel fall into the following seven categories. Let's see if I can do this, haha!

Most Beautiful Piece
I'm About To Barf On You
Funny I associate the barf one with beautiful, but it was the hardest one for me to write and share with everyone, but also the best one for me at that time in my life thanks to all the support I got.

Most Helpful Piece
Top Ten Reasons I Want to Give Up
This one has the most google plus shares thingy, so I assume it's helpful, yeah?

Most Popular Piece
Stuff About Me I Have to Say in Order to Display These Awesome Awards on my Blog
I didn't include bloghops or anything, otherwise a few of my A to Z posts would've been under this one.

Most Controversial Piece
Grab Opportunity by the Balls
Not the post itself, but I did get some raised eyebrows at my title.

Most Surprisingly Successful Piece
Seeing a Query Through an Agent's Eyes
Yeah, I was def. surprised by the amount of tweets that went out with this one.

Most Underrated Piece
I'm going to cheat and use an interview I did on Mark's Blog. It was one of the funnest things! And I'm not sure if a lot of people saw it.
Cassie Mae in the Interview Chair

Most Pride-Worthy Piece
Don't Look at Me When Your Tongue's In My Mouth
First attempt at flash fiction, and I got a heck of a good response from it. Not going to say no to any more flashes! (Um... you know what I mean :) )

Okay passing along BOTH these awards to...

T Drecker
And Alex (of course)

Spell for the day... Rictusempra!

Now, you have to laugh even if this post wasn't all that funny. Mwhahaha!


  1. Wow - I need to sit down for this one! Those are my first blog awards!!!! Ever!!!!
    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
    (Lol! Got to admit - I've never felt super inspiring :) )

  2. Congrats on the two great well deserved awards and to the people you passed them onto.


  3. You are an inspiration, Cassie. And thanks for thinking of me!

  4. You are an inspiration, Cassie! We want to bottle your energy.

  5. I wish I could get my hands on those journals of yours. I bet they'd be a fun read too!

  6. Congratulations on your awards! You deserve them, you are inspiring!

  7. Congratulations Cassie! Your posts are always so up beat, believe it or not, they make me want to dance. Don't know why, bu they do.

  8. You're hilarious, Cassie. Now I need to find time to read all those posts.

  9. T Drecker: No way are these your first awards! I thought you were swimming in them!

    Yvonne: Thanks!

    Marta: Really? Must be that magic dancing powder I throw on the computer ;)

  10. The tongue in the mouth one could have fit all categories!LOL

  11. I'm about to barf on you????

    LOL! Cass, I ADORE you. Freaking. Adore. You.


  12. Wow! You got slammed with awesomeness! All well deserved, Cassie. :)

  13. You're REALLY good at titles. I'm impressed by this line up. :) Congrats on the awards!

  14. You do inspire us all! Congrats!

  15. Congrats on the awards! You inspire me every day, Cassie Mae. BUTT SLAP!

    Oh, and video games totally count as inspiration. I channel Mario Kart every time I'm on the freeway. :)

  16. Congrats. These are fun awards. I loved going back and seeing old posts. ;0)

  17. Congrats, Cassie. And you inspire me. I wish I could be as funny as you on my blog...and in real life! You deserve these awards!

  18. Congrats on the awards Cassie. You deserve every one of them!!

  19. You wear the blog bling well! Congrats!! :)

  20. Congratulations, Cassiopeia! :) Well deserved.

  21. i like carrie's reference! goddess of blog awards!

  22. Hello Cassie,

    I was directed to your blog by a client who said it was one of her "inspirations" and so I checked you out. I think it is wonderful that you have a presence. But, just a word to the wise, you do not want to forget that you are an author first and a blogger second. Everything you do in the latter should buttress the former. There is a real danger that you are revealing too much, saying too much and portraying yourself as a person who should not be taken seriously. Think of yourself as J.K. Rowling - how seriously would we take her and her books if we had this kind of juvenile dishing (for lack of a better word)? Keep a journal, talk to your friends, but if you want to be taken seriously as an author, refrain from sharing as much as you do. Just a nickel's worth of free advice. I once received your query and I was on the fence about it - what tipped me to the 'no' side was this blog and your attitude. Dial it down a notch if you really want to be a professional. Or, just be a blogger. You cannot serve two masters. I hope this sinks in.

  23. Amazing how Harry Potter still inspires people. I'm re-reading Half Blood Prince and being inspired very much.

  24. Congrats on the well-deserved awards! You are very inspiring. You are so fearless and I love that about you!

  25. Owl b seeing youJune 19, 2012 at 7:53 AM

    I think that's great. I'm a guy (last time I checked) and think it would be great if you could write about what it's like to have the luxury of writing all day? For most of us, that kind of freedom is a dream - I have a pproblem with actually having to earn a living and it vexes me (yes I said vex). Even on the days when I have to take care of the baby, I still have hours and hours to myself and usually spend it THINKING about my writing rather than writing. Anyway, I think it is amazing to have that luxury and I wish you would blog about it so those of us who actually have to work would feel better.

  26. Generation1980's HostJune 19, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    Congrats! I think :)I have been following a few blogs and so I came to yours. I think you were in a contest recently and that's how I found you (was it Miss Snark's?) Anyway, I have to echo what some others have said - most agents want a presence in the ether, but they really want ot to be a professional presence - i.e. if you are a writer - talk about writing, plots, arcs, characters etc. And most readers, want to feel the author is someone just a little bit above them and unapproachable (Otherwise why buy their books?) I think you are very young from reading your profile and since were married at 18 have no real adult understanding that most people get of how the world works - i.e. many people actually have to skip the step from parents taking care of you to husband taking care of you. In any case, since you are (I think) an adult_skip the words like poo and pee and barf and portray yourself as a real mature woman. If not, I am afraid the readers of your books will dismiss you as an adult trying painfully hard to be part of their world. "Hecka hot" etc belongs in the vocab of a 13 yo girl - not an author.

  27. Excuse me, M? If you want to hide behind anonymity, that's your choice, but just so you know, without being able to verify that you are who you say you are, and you do what you say you do, your comments are trashy and unprofessional at best. Your lack of professional conduct suggests that you are not, in fact, in any position such as you describe. Should you choose the high road, delete your comment and post a public apology. I would also encourage you to reach out to me privately through email. I'd like to teach you something about professionalism. Or wrath.

  28. I've read the two comments that are on here anonymously.
    They aren't giving you friendly advice. If they honestly wanted to tell you something personal they would have sent you a private email instead of trolling and writing comments on your blog.

    It's your personal blog.

    Write whatever you want.

    You can't please everyone and you shouldn't try.


  29. i just want to say, that i love you cassie. i love your sense of humor and your true-blue heart.
    ignore the fool trolls, and just be you.
    after all, it's your milkshake that brings all the hits to this blog.

  30. Congratulations with your awards! I hope you keep writing about what ever you like, after all, it is your blog and it is supposed to be about your life, or whatever you are passionate about. Keep up the great work and don't let anyone get you down.

  31. I presume that maybe Meredith was trying to be helpful if indeed the comment were a legitimate one. Hard to say when there is no link to the comment.
    I think a blogger has to follow their best instincts and gauge audience reaction to the blog. And a lot has to come down to blog intent. Everything on this site indicates fun and personality to me so what you're doing strikes me as appropriate.

    A Faraway View

  32. I love your blog, Cassie, and the youthful spirit behind it. While there certainly is some merit to being careful what you post, I think in your case, your youthful exuberance is exactly the appropriate ingredient if one considers the genre in which you write. The fact that those commenters did so anonymously without links to their profiles simply says they are without substance, merit, & authority. We who know you, as a blogger AND a writer, understand and love you exactly as you are. For someone to come to the party this late & whip out criticism like drugs at the playground is plainly malevolent & shows how truly jealous they are of your following.

  33. I'm a first time visitor to your blog and I love it! It's informative and fun. Just be yourself and don't listen to the haters:)

  34. Hi Cassie. I feel blessed to have found you through Nancy's blog. Just wanted to let you know that these negative comments aren't to be taken seriously. As authors we all know no serious writer has time to bash someone with as much talent as you have ... unless they're not writers at all, but wannabees. Jealous wannabees. I, for one, love your spunk, your energy, and your sweetness. Menopause comes fast enough. Trust me, I was sweet once, I know. Don't change. Don't make excuses. Just be YOU. You're adorable, and adorable. And seems I'm not the only one who thinks so.

    Joylene Nowell Butler, Author

  35. Hi. I've new to your blog, just wandered over from Nancy Thompson post about the negative comments you received here. Am I the only one who thinks these were all written by the same person? Read them carefully. Same writing style. No links to respond to. Deliberate reference to different genders. This is one person with a hair up their butt. Just ignor.

    By the way - nice blog.

  36. LD: Thank you :) And no, after getting another 4 or 5 comments with the same structure and anonymous profile, I realized it was the same person trying to get a rise out of me and my followers. (It continues on the following post, but I've deleted most of them.)

    Thank you again for your support. I appreciate it! And nice to meet you :D

  37. Came over to offer hugs. Sorry this happened to you. I agree with LD.

    Don't change who you are or what you do because of it.

    There are haters everywhere who just want to ... hate. You see it in reviews all the time ... people who just want to rain on somebody else. That's all it is. You obviously struck a chord that makes this person feel threatened and inferior ... their issue, not yours.

  38. Hi, Cassie,
    I wandered over here from Nancy S. Thompson's blog (titled "Nancy S. Thompson") partly from curiosity and partly because Mrs. Penwasser and the kids are out so I'm free to wander about the house. Or blogosphere. Whatever.
    Those comments (and we know which ones we're talking about) are unbelievable. I'd love to be able to knock these snobs off their high horses.
    Don't EVER change your writing style. it's who-or whom? I can NEVER get that straight-you are. Big raspberry to those dopes.
    If their intent is to grow your readership, they've succeeded.
    Followed! :-)

  39. Oh, and I do know what it's like to work. So, that vexing toad (yes, I said "vexing toad"), "Owl b seeing you" can go scratch.
    I really doubt that tool ever spent Christmas in the Persian Gulf.


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