The Writer Mama Back-to-School-Giveaway 2009, Day Eight

Take Ten by Bonnie NeubauerWelcome to week two and day eight of the third annual Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway!

Have you ever experienced writer’s block? Today’s giveaway is full of ideas to help you overcome it – a copy of Take Ten for Writers: 1000 writing exercises to build momentum in just 10 minutes a day by Bonnie Neubauer.

Whether you’re a fiction or nonfiction writer, poet, artist, teacher, student, scrapbooker, lover of words, Take Ten for Writers can help unleash your own writing passion.

This exciting follow-up to author Bonnie Neubauers’s best selling Write-Brain Workbook offers ten-minute writing exercises gives you 100 exercises with ten different variables for 1,000 prompts. You’ll learn to play around with starting phrases, the last sentence of the story, locations and more. It only takes ten minutes to open up your writing to boundless possibilities!

Bonnie NeubauerAuthor Bio:

Bonnie Neubauer is the author of The Write-Brain Workbook, 366 Exercises to Liberate Your Writing. She is known for her high-energy workshops that are packed full of inventive game like exercises and is the creator of Story Spinner, a hand held wheel that generates millions of creative writing exercises. Visit her website,, and click on Story Spinner Online and you will have at your fingertips, gazillions of free writing exercises whenever you want (or need) one.

If you are new to the giveaway, please read “Da Rules.”

Today’s question is…

Take Ten is a book for fiction writers, nonfiction writers, poets, artists, teachers, students, scrapbookers, lover of words, etc. I liked this list so much, it prompted me to ask you to make a list of at least 50 words (your comments must be at least 50 words) that describe you. You know: Mama, writer, giveaway participant…anything goes! Can’t wait to see your lists.

Before you go! WE HAVE A CAUSE TO RAISE MONEY FOR THIS YEAR! Please read the story about the Applin family here and consider  making a small contribution at some point during the giveaway. We’re aiming for $100/day collectively. Please help us help the Applin family adopt two beautiful children from Russia. 🙂


71 Responses to “The Writer Mama Back-to-School-Giveaway 2009, Day Eight”

  1. 1 subwaybookclub September 8, 2009 at 5:04 am

    woman, new blogger, cyclist, journaler, scuba diver, knitter, quilter, sewer, cat lady, fiancee, lawyer, sports fan, winner, reader, writer, daughter, sister, friend, mentor, twitter novice, contest entrant, subway rider, new yorker, brooklynite, speedwalker (synonym for new yorker), strong, ambitious, curious, animal lover, fantasy football participant, homeowner, traveler, library user, dreamer

  2. 2 Joyce Lansky September 8, 2009 at 5:06 am

    Although I’m 47, sometimes I still think I’m trying to figure out exactly who I am. On the surface, I am a mama, wife, sister, teacher, writer, Jew, dog lover and friend, but people go far beyond the surface. I am constantly evolving into something new whether it be through works of writing or even changing my body image. Each new person I meet, experience I have or book I read adds to the complicated design of who we are.

  3. 3 Mominator September 8, 2009 at 5:33 am

    I am:
    Aging gracefully, beautiful inside, caustic at times, driven, the Energizer Bunny, funny, a goofball, hurt easily, introspective, joyful, kitchen-skilled, loyal, mom, not just the girl next door, often on top of the situation, passionate about social justice, quaintly old fashioned, righteously indignant, sleep-deprived, trying to make a difference in the world, under a cloudless sky, viewing the world with my rose colored glasses, wife, xactly who I want to be, young in spirit, zen-like in my dreams.

  4. 4 Stacey Voss September 8, 2009 at 5:37 am

    Mother to a 12 year old, writer, author, camping enthusiast, nature lover, nail biter, wife, recycler, book lover, twitterer, blogger, Sims player, friend, Facebook addict, cat person, spider phobia, constantly reevaluating, Thunder Bay resident, Canadian, former German resident, computer geek, married to an uber computer geek, hoping to have another baby, someone who wants a new car.

  5. 5 Stephanie September 8, 2009 at 6:05 am

    I am a woman who just realized she isn’t 25 anymore. A mom to the two most hilarious babies. The impulsive, emotional wife of a level-headed man. An antsy full-time parent. A daughter and a sister. A teacher. I should just have a permanent IV drip of coffee. In those rare moments when I can live firmly in my dreams, I am a kayaker, world traveler, world-peace-maker, mountain climber, and independently wealthy. And I. Am. A. Writer. (I’m practicing saying that.) 🙂

  6. 6 Meryl Evans September 8, 2009 at 6:06 am

    Wife, mama, writer, author, editor, woman, lefty, deafie, reader, geek, daughter, sister, Jewbie, volunteer, PTA’er, athlete, tenniser, proud Texan, friendly, conscientious, client pleaser, tweeter @merylkevans, casual gamer, detail-oriented, loyal, honest, doggy gal, lipreader, has a bionic ear and magnet in head (no MRIs allowed), arachnophobe, face-to-face avoider, strong gold (True Colors), ISTJ, can’t go outside without sunglasses even on cloudy days and 7-8 hour sleeper.

  7. 7 Brianne A September 8, 2009 at 6:33 am

    I am: a mother, wife, dog lover and owner, daughter, sister, granddaughter, friend, aunt, writer, artist, photographer, college graduate, brunette, beach lover, blogger, painter, music lover, reader, teacher, dreamer, Guitar Hero player, Sesame Street watcher, left-handed, Pictionary player, wine drinker, movie watcher, fan of The Office, sports fan, Fantasy Football player, vegetarian, hostess, art admirer, drink mixer, decorator, peace loving, believer, traveler, planner, list maker, coffee and tea drinker, happy, thoughtful, listener, introvert, funny, dedicated, creator, nature lover, breakfast eater, Pittsburgh Steeler fan, cashier.

  8. 8 Kathryn Lang September 8, 2009 at 6:50 am

    This is similar to your exercise for finding my audience in the Mama Writer.

    I am:

    mother, sister, daughter, wife, friend, encourager, study, planner, animal lover, Episcobapticostalist :D, dreamer, gardener, writer, reader, teacher, organizer, budget guru, financial advisor, historian, defender, participant, blogger, worker, tweeter, social media newbie, striver, winner, speaker, developer, first aid giver, hero and villain (often on the same day), protester, traveler, saver and spender (trying to find the balance), cook, cleaner, director, bathroom singer, dancer, unique in all the world, peculiar and uncommon (just ask anyone that has met me), full of faith and hope (and much more if you ask my family), positive thinker, reformed pack rat, party thrower, party goer, learner, baker, believer, crafter and focused on doing so that I can reach my purpose.

  9. 9 Liz September 8, 2009 at 6:58 am

    I am a mother, wife, daughter, writer, friend, employee, blogger, reader, exerciser, facilitator, a mass transit commuter and a hard worker. Sometimes I am a gardener, house cleaner and laundry queen. I am a person who enjoys food, coffee and tea, talking, laughing, traveling and being peaceful. And, I am comfortable in my own skin.

  10. 10 writerinspired September 8, 2009 at 7:07 am

    Very cool post today, Christina! I am…
    A writer, A novelist, A teacher, A mommie, A wife, a sister, daughter, friend, lover of words, saracastic, silly, disciplined, loyal, hard-working, fan of mid-day naps!, vixen, bird-owner, dog-lover, hiker, road-tripper, a Scorpio, blogger, reader, book reviewer, motivator, positive-thinker, city-dweller, country-lover, creative, scrapbooker, executive assistant, organized, goal-oriented, student of Christina’s, student of life, currently fighting a cold 😦 , Twitter-er, grateful, sun worshipper, planning for Halloween (favorite!), determined, sassy, sensitive, music-lover, sucker for chick flicks, volunteer,fun, trying to be more spontaneous, artful, soulful, thoughtful.

  11. 11 Pattie September 8, 2009 at 7:33 am

    I am a Christian, woman, wife, mother of two girls, military spouse, writer, avid reader, photo taker, coffee lover, sometime scrapbooker, knitter, blogger, book reviewer, book club coordinator, totebag lover, listener, Curves trainer, weight management program coordinator, extrovert with introvert tendencies, singer, praise team member, talker, friend, sister, daughter, granddaughter, niece, cousin, thinker, journaler, gel pen lover, message board helper, dog owner and lover, texter, Tweeter, and encourager.

  12. 12 Cara Holman September 8, 2009 at 7:46 am

    I am (in no particular order): a woman, a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend and confidante, a boomer, a native Californian, an Oregonian, an ex-New Yorker, an ex-Washingtonian, an ex-Texan, a writer, a thinker, a leader, a volunteer, a dreamer, an avid reader, a blogger, a cat owner, a lover of the outdoors, a Tai Chi and yoga student, a crossword puzzle enthusiast, a student of life, a cancer survivor, a philosopher, a mathematician and computer engineer in a former life, and someone to be reckoned with. These terms describe me, but do not completely define me!

  13. 13 Maribeth September 8, 2009 at 7:47 am

    Mother, sister, daughter, writer, friend, wife, free-spirit, spiritual, deep-thinker, honest, dreamer, pto parent, tree hugger, head band lover, funky accessory wearer, deep voiced, Italian/Irish, tough, loving, forgiving, right brained, symbolism seeker, church going, coffee lover, witty, analytical, Virgo, earthy, angel collector, believer, night-owl, spacey, color loving, student, protector, chocoholic, work-in-progress!

  14. 14 Janel September 8, 2009 at 7:49 am

    Mother to two wonderful children, loving wife and daughter, doting dog-mama, chronic mulit-tasker, list maker, night owl, teacher, volunteer, published writer, blogger, short even when wearing high heels, creative cook, adventurous eater, frustrated clutterbug, , procrastinator, always on time, book contest junkie, persistent, worrier trying not to worry so much, evolving, currently enjoying the peace and quiet of having the kids finally back to school!

  15. 15 Krysten H September 8, 2009 at 7:52 am

    I am: a daughter, wife, friend, niece, writer, big reader who never has enough books, shopaholic, purse lover (never met a purse I didn’t like), television addict, journalist, a sympathetic ear, a wannabe figure skater (I feel I could be a contender for a gold medal…if I could only learn to stand up while skating), amateur photographer, and a frustrated cook.

  16. 16 Abbey September 8, 2009 at 7:52 am

    I am a…

    Proud mama of two preschoolers with a baby girl on the way. Navy wife. Follower of Jesus Christ. Freelance writer. Certified Personal Trainer. Avid reader. College sports enthusiast. Half-marathon runner. Bargain hunter. Busy household coordinator. Coffee drinker. Reality TV indulger. Amateur chef. Washington Husky alumnus. Piano player. Work-at-home mom. Home decorating do-it-yourselfer.

  17. 17 Jan Udlock September 8, 2009 at 7:53 am

    I am
    mom, writer, wife, daughter, aunt, encourager, Christian, mentor, insecure, strong, determined, thinker, excited, crazy, full of self, friend, self-conscious, extremely grateful, could care less, confident, full of faith, teacher, student, Titus 2 woman, struggling with identity, older woman, asks a ton questions, extremely compliant, challenges rules, cheerleader, hopes for the best, believes, needs high level of information, sensitive, learner, volunteer, and much more.


    Christina, too much fun!

  18. 18 Jane Wells September 8, 2009 at 8:00 am

    hopefull, Mom of boys, wife of a sceptic, spiritually hungry, adventurous, missing London, water loving, small-town girl, big-town dreamer, gardener, foodie, reader, writer, tenatious, stuborn, loyal (it’s all in the perspective), patient, quick to burn out temper, forgiving, accepting,strict internal morality, solitude seeking, social at times, deadline-driven, laid back, Christian, tall, healthy, athletic, not a team player, lover of order, transported by music, allergic to things that bloom in the fall, hate being cold, grant writer, journalist, Bible-study leader, friend, ex, cousin, sister, daughter, my father’s daughter (most of the above applies to him too!), independent, wabba-be triathlete, artist, seamstress, designer, entrepreneur, decorator, homemaker – Oops! that’s 51! Yeah, once you get started…

  19. 19 L'Tanya September 8, 2009 at 8:25 am

    I am: mom to a teen and a preschooler, wife, daughter, writer, crafter, researcher, truth seeker, do-it-yourselfer, documentarian, culture lover, knitter, crocheter, friend, dreamer, traveler, ravenous reader, eccentric, novice organic gardener, dancer, blogger, daily latte drinker, loyal, vegan wannabe, funny, impulsive, extroverted introvert, nature-inspired, commercial jingle lover, frugalista, good cook.

  20. 20 Cat September 8, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Good topic! My 50 (or so): Mother, writer, wife, friend, daughter, sister, godmother, feminist, listener, family organizer, lover of poetry, rationalizer, chocolate lover, walker, gardener, reader, nature-lover, mermaid, friend to dogs, sock knitter, laundress, freelancer, soup maker, baker of sweet treats, 80s movie lover, critic at large, idea maker, Jane Austen fan, travel lover, coffee drinker, Portuguese speaker, dream interpreter.

  21. 21 Renee Roberson September 8, 2009 at 8:45 am

    I am:
    Mother, daughter, wife, writer, poet, dreamer, realist, cynic, emotional woman, advocate for children with special needs (especially nut allergies), rational and irrational, sane and insane, health nut, runner, coffee addict, book and animal lover, cherished friend, movie, trivia and pop culture buff, school volunteer, Facebook junkie, music fanatic, and most of all, not at all finished with everything I want to accomplish in life.

  22. 22 Lara September 8, 2009 at 9:57 am

    I am a: mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, friend, leader, hostess, writer, crafter, sewer, scrapbooker, Jesus lover, blogger, wannabe traveller, dinner cooker, laundry doer, coupon cutter, frugal shopper, payroll clerk, reader, encourager, disc golf widow, melancholy, soccer mom, ice cream snarfer, casual bike rider, wimpy camper, former runner, lousy flute player, critic, professional speaker, contrarian, hair braider, black thumb gardener, canner & preserver, not-too-shabby room painter and all around kind person.

  23. 23 Jessica Varin September 8, 2009 at 10:15 am

    I am (a):

    child of the Pacific Northwest, Asian-American, biracial, lady, student, poet, engineer, artist, advocate, passionate, progressive, member of Generation Y, sister, daughter, feminist, fighter, fact-finding fiend, designer, explorer, thrifty, determined, beautiful, learner, volunteer, internet-junkie, traveler, introspective, collaborator, leader, reader, writer, lover of parenthesis, observer, and human being (among other things).

  24. 24 Cheryl M September 8, 2009 at 10:24 am

    I am a mother, writer, reader and momwriter. A wife, chemist, teacher, and tutor. I am an environmentalist, a nature lover, a hiker, a camper, and striving to be an eco-mom. Also, a swimmer, a runner, a weight lifter, and a cross country skier. I am a volunteer in the kids’ classroom and a blogger. OK, it makes me tired thinking about fitting all those things in but also hopeful about returning to a new and improved schedule as the mother of a newborn.

  25. 25 Sarah @ Baby Steps September 8, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Here are some words that describe me:

    Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, writer, screenwriter, blogger, reader, young, happy, magazine junkie, celebrity gossip addict, Californian, dancer, runner, night owl, late-sleeper, terrible cook, dreamer, star-gazer, lover of life, chocoholic, perpetual student of life, philosopher, singer (in the shower, of course), old movie lover, huge fun of the theater (especially musicals), music lover, optimist, fun-loving, hard-working, nerd, enthusiast, strong, ambitious, listener, grateful.

  26. 26 Heather September 8, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Mom of 2 boys, unemployed, over 40 and loving it, capable, caring, loving, strong, partner to a wonderful man, chocoholic (dark chocolate being my favorite), baker, writer, gardener, friend, daughter, sister, book lover, not tolerant of mean people, love to try new things, love to see new places, laid back, strong beliefs, loyal, the eternal optimist, card writer, happy to be me.

  27. 27 Sarah Joyce Bryant September 8, 2009 at 11:59 am

    I had to write this really quickly before leaving for the doctor. So, here goes…

    I am:

    Mother, activist, feminist, MFA student, domestic violence survivor, volunteer, creative nonfiction writer, sister, daughter, friend, supporter of women, avid reader, book collector, blog writer, tweeter, daydreamer, poet, night writer, magazine reader, television watcher, cook, heart follower, dream follower, Internet lover, park walker, ocean lover, resource finder, freelance editor, journal editor, researcher, book lover, bookstore lover, library lover, coffee lover, blog subscriber, colored-pen writer, Writer Mama fan, SARK fan, Sage Cohen fan, Sue William Silverman fan, Soul Food Café fan, Heather Blakey fan, memoir fan, Facebook member, fresh flower lover, nature lover, cat owner, decorative notebook lover, crayon lover, iPhone lover, book reviewer, and blog commenter.

  28. 28 Jane Bretl September 8, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    I am…

    Mom, wife, daughter, sister, friend, writer, blogger, photographer, school volunteer, life-long cat lover, new-found dog lover, Wisconsin native, football fan, homebody, road trippin’ traveler, marketer, recovering valedictorian, peace-maker, peace-seeker, voracious reader, saver of memories (read: pack rat), punctuation addict, extemporaneous cook, perennial gardener, chronic pleaser, fear of commitment-er, wordsmith, recovering perfectionist (see a pattern here), plant rescuer, antique book collector, cookbook reader, bus driver admirer, career starter, single-tasker, lover of clean sheets on a tightly made bed — a Jane-of-all-trades who is thankful for every birthday.

    I am becoming the woman I am… that is the mantra I repeat in circles.

  29. 29 Diane J. September 8, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Oh I want this book! Borders would appreciate it if I would just buy the thing rather than keep pawing through it on each visit.

    List of who I am:
    Mom – Wife – Daughter – Sibling
    Book lover
    Compassionate (to a point)
    Errand runner
    Bookkeeper (accounts payable and accounts receivable – paid school, waiting for coupon rebate)
    Shuttle service
    Triage nurse (hey I have five boys, you have to be able to decipher who needs the most attention first)
    Not naturally organized, but forced to have some semblance of order.

  30. 30 Carrie Ure September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Mother, writer, lover, mystic, coward, healer, Buddhist, woman, poet, artist, visionary, damsel, magical, storyteller, thinker, intuitive, friend, worrier, renunciate, freelancer, guide, emotional, passionate, gapper, free, air, fire, ambitious, greedy, awake, curious, intelligent, educated, powerful, fun, funny, serious, light, generous, talkative, secretive, open, sexual, naïve, active, bright, happy, positive, limitless, enough.

  31. 31 Fawn September 8, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    I am a:

    wife, mother, leader, writer, friend, athlete, winner, loser, bookeeper, cleaning lady, cook, bottle washer, average looking, intelligent, bespectacled, earth lover, example setter, arguer, passivist, liberal, rule maker, shoe tier, fast driver, teacher, learner, lazy, energetic, night owl, night nurse, realist, unknown, unaware, overly educated, underly prepared, support giver, grief taker, eyebrow plucker, corn shucker, hard headed, and accidental two home owner.

  32. 32 Kim September 8, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    I am a woman, mom of 2 adorable spunky ballerinas, daughter, wife, loyal friend, walker, runner, strength trainer, pilates enthusiast, bicycle rider, cheerleader, boo boo kisser, yummy chocolate chip cookie baker, shopaholic, reader, children’s literature fan, aspiring writer, carpool driver, movie with popcorn addict, and a sushi and fish taco lover.

  33. 33 Beth Cato September 8, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    I am (a/an):
    writer, wife, mother of an autistic preschooler, reader of diverse books, cat-lover, bit obsessive-compulsive, someone who hates driving, baker, introvert, reluctant resident of Arizona, burdened with allergies, Nanowrimo participant since 2002, dreamer, game-player, person who loves the word “bustenhalter,” collector of Dragon Quest slimes, someone who enjoys a good laugh, working to be a published novelist, coupon-clipping maniac, thrifty shopper, scrapbooker, native Californian, and a bit of an airhead at times.

  34. 34 Lisa S. September 8, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    I am…a wife, mother, daughter, sister, dog-lover, husky owner, writer, friend, baker, cook, den mother, Hinsdalean, junior, reader, nature lover, good listener, wannabe runner, walker, yoga beginner, book clubber, scrapbooker,used book store addict, actually a book addict, can’t live without my ipod music lover, sometime Wii player with my child, college football and basketball enthusiast, for my kid’s sports, his greatest fan (or maybe that’s my husband)

  35. 35 Bet September 8, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Wife, mother, greatest grandma (in the future!), Jesus-follower, pray-er, journal-er, texter, caller, cook, hospitality-offerer, wine-drinker, coffee addict,fiction reader,history reader, poetry absorber, chauffeuse, lacrosse mom, walker, kayaker, snow-shoer, Anglophile, cleaning lady, editor, errand-runner, shopper, recycler, art-lover, classical music-lover, bird watcher, nature lover, poet, dreamer, organizer, recorder, grammar and spelling Nazi, hoper, believer…

  36. 36 Kristen R Murphy September 8, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Even though this is a favorite question so far, coming up with 50 things about myself took a little time. I have enjoyed reading over all the posts before me!

    Kristen R is a (and in no particular order): Daughter, Granddaughter, Big Sister, Loyal Friend, Honesty-is-the-best-policy type of person, Wife, Momma of three, Book lover, Fan of Book Stores, Writer, Journal-buying freak :), Coffee lover, Cherry Pepsi addict, Parrothead, Music lover, Dancer, Researcher of Ancestry, Computer nut, Facebook fanatic, Dog lover (especially of Dachshunds), Movie nut, Musical lover, Marilyn Monroe fan, Dean Martin fan, Beach lover, Plant lover (especially palms), Jewelry maker, Card maker, Scrapbooker (when I find the time), Scrabble player, Handbag lover, Purple (the color) fan, Scorpio, fan of ‘The Closer,’ lover of Italian Food, School Float Designer, Volunteer, President of APT, Catholic, Horoscope reader, Recycle nut, Wild Animal lover (lions are the best), Picture lover, Traveler, Night owl, Candle maker, Do-it-yourself in painting & decorating, Office supplies nut, Phone talker, Nature lover, and many more…

  37. 37 Annette S September 8, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    The words that most describe me are: wife, mother, daughter, cousin, (nope, not an aunt…yet!), spiritual practicer and seeker, writer, singer, guitarist, friend, confidant, cyclist, food nerd, gardener, adventurer, creative catalyst, striver, cautious optimist, synthesizer, producer, encourager, analyst, devil’s advocate, questioner, thwarted perfectionist, volunteer, supporter, former book enthusiast but now more into reading magazines and essays.

    As for weaknesses, I have a short temper and can get easily impatient, but I try to keep that under wraps from most folks!

  38. 38 Dawn Harris September 8, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    ponderer, wanderer, Dancing Queen,
    joker, thought provoker, go-between;
    mother, lover, eternally blessed,
    writer, fighter, no time for rest;
    shopper, cropper, creator of things,
    loner, donor, collector of rings;
    prudent, student, notebook junkie,
    former HOH, now housework flunky;
    mystic, artistic, ask questions later,
    smiler, filer, Field of Dreams maker;
    seeker of truth, eternal youth and butter pecan ice cream.

  39. 39 Beth Vogt September 8, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Ve-ery creative post —

    Me: a tech-challenged writer and editor, wife, mom and Mommy-Come-Lately®, a victim of grace, a twin with 100 years combined experience, a lover of jelly beans, books and bubble baths, hater of spiders and Brussels sprouts, fan of music from Rascal Flatts to Chris Tomin, and a wanna-be runner gal.

  40. 40 Daree Allen September 8, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    I see myself in many ways, as…

    A volunteer in the media, singles, women’s, and accounting ministries at church;

    A technical writer (who can’t turn off the editing button when I’m not working);

    A writer, speaker, and aspiring “authorpreneur”;

    A Christian who has always been Baptist but accepts others and knows there’s no denominations in heaven;

    An aunt with two nieces in the DC/Baltimore area;

    A proud Toastmaster;

    A mentor/coach to my friends, college students, and anyone who asks;

    An avid reader who loves fiction and inspirational titles;

    A daughter who makes her parents proud;

    A single mom that accepts the challenges and rewards that come with being one;

    A sister who exhibits middle child birth order characteristics;

    A “sister” (African-American woman);

    An ex-wife who is diplomatic and assertive;

    A professional who strives to stay current with trends and skills in my field;

    A cake designer who enjoys baking cheesecakes (even more than eating it!);

    A merchandiser who often likes working with tangible things more than people;

    A thinker who considers the hows and whys of ideas;

    And lastly,

    A friend who is reliable, giving, trustworthy, honest, and loving.

  41. 41 Beth @ A Quest for Relevance September 8, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    I am Mama to loads of testosterone, writer of whatever :-), reader-of-many-books, obsessive knitter-of-many-gifts, twitterer, Facebooker, occasional blogger, email-reader, procedure writer, pen geek, “lab rat, bloodsucker, or vampire” to most of my patients, cook, maid, bath-giver, homework helper, chauffeur-of-children, baseball mom, wresting mom, tennis mom, proud mom, imperfect mom, grocery shopper, butt-wiper, VERY lucky wife, thirtysomething who feels like twentysomething, youngest child of four, my mom’s “change baby,” daddy’s girl, lover of word puzzles, fan of board games, Gone with the Wind buff, compulsive internet surfer, college-scholarship seeker, and above all: Jesus freak!

    (I think I could go on all night!)

  42. 42 Pam Maynard September 8, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Here goes my list of 50 words that describe me:
    Wonderful Wife
    Marvelous Mom
    Freelance Funny children’s Writer
    Mulit-tasker extraordinaire
    Extraordinary in the keeping of excess things
    Animal lover, Pet Resort Owner and Operator
    Rapid Reader
    Teacher of all things fun to my 6 year old son
    Hopelessly unorganized Scrapbooker want-to-be
    Novice photographer
    Honest (sometimes too honest)
    Spontaneous when the time is right
    addicted to certain social networking sites, Mainly Facebook
    Silly Sister
    creative cook and main bottle washer
    Loving, kind, caring, health care worker

  43. 43 Rene Eyerly September 8, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    I’m a wife, daughter, friend, cook, writer, environmentalist, equestrian, animal advocate and lover, spiritual, coach, leader, vegetarian (leaning vegan), volunteer, urban farmer, hiker, gardener, native plant enthusiast, extroverted introvert, optimist, lover of music and art, chocoholic, wine appreciator, dreamer (day and night variety) collaborator, problem-solver, happy, family-oriented, adventurer, engaged citizen, and hopeful for the future.

  44. 44 Sunny September 8, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    wife, mom, house keeper, referee, nose wiper, hiney wiper, cook, gardener, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, Christian, introvert, mis-matched sock collector, barber, (aspiring) writer, ticklish, researcher, friend, reader, scrapbooker, disorganized, boo-boo kisser, teacher, passenger, fiction lover, chocoholic, down to earth, practical, stubborn, light bulb changer, aspiring exerciser (lol), dictionary, encyclopedia, chauffeur, loves my family!

  45. 45 Anna Kang September 8, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    I am, at times, tired, cranky, frustrated, angry, worried, bored, fed up, absentminded, negative, pessimistic, sick, oblivious, rude, sarcastic, short tempered, short sighted, rushed, late, resentful, and/or crazy. Most of the time however, I am not. Instead I am happy, fun, loving, positive, a go getter, resourceful, rested, playful, polite, and trustworthy. I am a lover of life, family, running, books, and learning for learning’s sake. I am a coordinator, manager, banker, cook, scheduler, public speaker, organizer, driver, doctor, researcher, teacher, keeper of all things, and the maid. I am me. Mother, wife, family, friend, and a stranger. I am a human being. That is who I am.

  46. 46 Brandy September 8, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Follower of Christ, Mom, Wife, Daughter, Sister, Loyal Friend, Introverted, Clumsy, Witty, Homemaker, Writer, Somewhat Impatient, Caring, Emotional, Obsessive-Compulsive, Perfectionist, Stubborn, Control Freak, Defender of the Weak, Multi-Tasker, List-Maker, Planner, Carmel Addict, Dog Lover, Insatiable Reader, Blogger, Reliable, Trustworthy, Minivan Driver, Night Owl, Light Sleeper, Grumpy Morning Person, Worrier, Pray-er, Couch Snuggler (with my kids), Passionate, Daydreamer, Frugal, Tall, Brunette, Sensitive, Goofy, Laugher, Car Dancer, Cautious, Educated, Finder of Lost Shoes, Reluctant Cook, Proud of My Kids, Believer of Working Out in Climate-Controlled Spaces Only

  47. 47 Laura September 8, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    I am: mother, daughter, sister, aunt, Christian, writer, readaholic, dreamer, quilter, list-maker, organizer, scrapbooker, mother-finder-of-all-lost-things, blogger, crocheter, baker, house-cleaner, best friend, confidant, whiner, depressed, happy, excited, scared, hopeful, occasional poet, grid goddess, nursery teacher, church librarian, daydreamer, member of community, Trekkie, Whovian, writer mama, procrastinator, feline caretaker, amish friendship-bread bag masher, and nifty word collector.

  48. 48 Kathy Bitely September 8, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    I am a child of God, Mother (to one in Austin and one in the basement), daughter, sister, cousin, aunt, reader, writer, runner, part-time cashier, traveler, dreamer, encourager, prayer warrior, gym rat, bike rider, golfer, kayaker, camper, dog owner, animal lover, quiet, humorous, optimistic, hard working, beach loving, curious, coffee drinker, anxious to win anything woman who’s too tired right now to keep listing and ready for bed!

  49. 49 Carol J. Alexander September 8, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Okay, here goes: shy, small, brunette, glasses, green tea, chocolate, pizza, zucchini, tomatoes, pencils, stickie notes, homeschooler, unschooler,life learner, relaxed, herbalist, wildcrafter, apothecary, red geranium, gardener, organic, natural, green, brown, Christian, writer, reader, homesteader, tightwad, papers, long hair, country girl, wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, candles, punctual, organized, cucumbers, independent, loner, private, walker, farmer, no make-up, blogger, homemaker, bread baker, cook, dishwasher, laundress…can I stop now?

  50. 50 Judy September 8, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Oooh, I love this! Woman, wife, mom to four, writer, bibliophile, advocate, social anthropologist, loyal friend, Taurus, student, mentor, teacher, listener, cheerleader, coach, leader, organizer, sister, aunt, cousin-in-law, sister-in-law, daughter-in-law, practical, opinionated, organized, tough on myself, realistic, positive, determined, loyal, spiritual, athletic, competitive, compassionate, romantic, nature lover, animal lover, energetic, networker, thoughtful, shy, and generous. Always a girl at heart.

  51. 51 Jaymie September 8, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Did this this morning, but it isn’t showing up. Must not have hit “submit!” I hate when I do that!

    Mom, wife, daughter, SIL, DIL, aunt, god-mother, friend. Occasionally absent minded. Extraverted. List-maker. Stack-maker. Planner. Organizer. Writer. Teacher. Mentor. Library-fanatic. Blogger. Bibliophile. Seeker. Student. Christian. Intercessor. Budget-maker. Money-spender. Green Bay Packer backer. Fantasy Football team owner. Sower of seeds (figuratively and literally). Farkle-player. Singer. Leader. Joiner. Balance-seeker. Journal-er. Crafter. Wonder-er. Puzzle-lover. Stuffed animal repair person. Gift-giver. Caffeine-free Diet Pepsi drinker. Fearful. Hopeful. Optimist. Photographer. Overwhelmed. Educated. Learner.

  52. 52 Writing Nag September 8, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    How telling what we put first…
    poet, writer, editor,college student,chef, business owner,wife,
    sister,daughter,cousin,blogger,collage artist,ephemera collector,word lover,voracious reader,dog lover,hiker of small mountains and easy trails,gardener,journal writer,soup sorceress,nature protector,history fan,paranormal seeker,procrastinator,gamer,bike rider,walker,Irish American,sensitive,good friend,good listener,water sign,Scorpio,beach lover,mountain lover,pumpkin grower,motivator,baker,food lover,peace lover,love to laugh,caretaker of the past,photographer,activist for health care,tour guide,yoga newbie,computer addict,observer,goal oriented,traveler…all wrapped up in words.

  53. 53 Shelli September 8, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    This is fun …. being a mom I usually don’t focus on thinking about being anything other than a mother of a 3 year old and a 10 month old. But, I am also …

    a wife, daughter, sister, friend, dog agility trainer, barrel racer, breakaway roper, Christian, former Coloradan (is that how you spell that word?), new Kansan, dieter on occassion, aspiring freelance writer, University of Wyoming alumni and an unorganized person who relentlessly tries to be organized ( I think I need to go write an article about that …)

  54. 54 brigidday September 8, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Mother, Wife, Daughter, Sister, Writer, Dreamer, Photographer, Worrier, Planner, Thinker, Friend, Lover, Aunt, Blogger, Commenter, Neighbor, Reader, Embroiderer, Volunteer, Editor, Designer, Liberal, Napper, List-maker, Chocolate-eater, Organizer, Facebooker, Crayon-colorer, Ball-thrower, Linguist, Nature-lover, Humorist, Empathizer, Ponderer, thrift-shopper, puzzle-solver, game-player, Red-head, Mac-user, van-driver, Moon child, Baker, cookie-maker, Irish lass, Pragmatist, Tooth-clencher, attachment parent, procrastinator, Cub fan, perfectionist

  55. 55 Cathy Welch September 8, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    wife, Mom, writer, Christian, dog lover, tweeterer, chocoholic, foodie, mountain lover, “happy place” enthusiast, sister, daughter, daughter-in-law to ailing in-laws, cousin, niece, reader, artist, don’t-care-what-I-drive-as-long-as-it-gets-me-there car lover, big city dwelling wannabe, jet skier, whole food eater, journal junkie, worrier, control freak but recovering, clutter bug, grant writer, office manager, sometime cook, Starbucks addict, Barnes and Noble occupant, blonde, midlife crisis muddler and night owl! Fun post!

  56. 56 Mar Junge, c3PR September 8, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Dawn Harris should win something for that beautiful poem. (What’s a HOH?) And Writing Nag is spot on about what we put first, even if we say it’s in no particular order. Here’s mine:

    Writer, editor, PR counsel, agency principal, breadwinner
    Cool mom, confidant, role model
    Lullaby singer, chocolate chip cookie maker, costume designer
    Basketball mom, soccer mom, tennis mom, cross-country mom,
    High-school sweetheart, friend, lover, wife
    Dead head, old hippie, voted most likely to join a commune
    Coal-miner’s daughter, granddaughter & great granddaughter
    Family matriarch and keeper of secrets
    Storyteller, teacher and life-long learner
    Employer, mentor and San Jose State grade
    Bonsai grower, flower planter, weed whacker, snail killer
    Westie owner, cat herder, fish feeder, birdwatcher
    Wine connoisseur, gourmand, fine food fanatic
    PADI certified, Caribbean scuba diver, Soggy Dollar Bar singer
    Rome tourist, Cinque Terre visitor, Palio watcher
    Australia zip-line survivor, rain forest walker, reef diver
    Belize sailor, sea turtle fin shaker, dolphin petter
    Boat owner, water skier, first mate
    Clutter maker, scarf knitter, Christmas ornament crocheter

    OK Christina…will you share your list?

  57. 57 Stephanie C. September 8, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    I am a Christian, wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, writer, medical transcriptionist, figure skating fan, facebook user, reader, freelancer, scrapbooker, cook, taxi driver, baker, teacher, homeschooler, student, custodian, Bible study participant, internet user, contest fan, blogger, honest, loving, gentle, emotional, happy, beautiful, card maker, funny gal, chocolate lover, book collector, walker, one who loves to laugh, over worked, underpaid, plumber, fix it girl, allgergic to bees, homemaker, fun lover, and I wouldn’t change a thing.

  58. 58 Debra Marrs, Editor and Coach for Writers September 8, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    I am a work-in-process. I am a writer, coach, teacher, inspiration genius, big picture mentor, distiller of minutiae, spiritual seeker, sister to my best friend, keeper of secrets, and advocate for writers. I am someone who never wears a watch, who lives by the sun, moon, and stars. I am an artist and an author, voracious reader, lover of words, sentence and syntax tweaker, and someone who procrastinates. Yes, I do! I need Take Ten!

  59. 59 karen k September 8, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Person of this world community, kind, outdoor junkie, analytical, logistical wizard, mom, woman, wife, daughter, sister, artist, writer, gardener, walker, jogger, biker, yogi, gentle listener, laughable, full of love, a bit short on patience lately, emotional, sincere, brimming with hope, nature advocate, berry picker, food preserver, a hugger, inquisitive, micro-manager, talk-to-mucher, reader, appreciator of the fine arts, people person. Whoa…it appears I could go on all night!

  60. 60 Kelli @ writing the waves September 8, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    I am a slightly sleep deprived, multi-tasking, Blues Clues watching, constantly cleaning, endless laundry doing, “Fishful Thinking”, former school teaching, tap dancing, closet karaoke singing, faith building, dream chasing, problem solving, family going, chocolate loving, football enduring, friend supporting, LOST watching, life roller coaster riding, always picture taking, wanna be writing, would love to be beach bumming mama of two awesome kiddos.

    *Fun writing prompt! This book sounds like it would really help get those creative juices flowing! 🙂

  61. 61 lringler September 8, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    writer, adventurer, bicyclist, environmentalist, kayaker, backpacker, mountaineer, simple living advocate, skate ski interested

    traveler, multi-cultural appreciator, global, spanish learner

    saxophone player, samba drummer, La Troba Kung Fu fan, ska band member

    counselor, pacifist, voter, mostly vegetarian, non-fashionista, thrift store shopper, reader, list maker, blogger, teacher, wordlover

    wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend

    organized, thoughtful, creative, thorough, smart, funny

  62. 62 Joanna September 8, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Writer, readeraholic, wife, mama, traveler, Northwesterner, Washingtonian, lover of heat, Australiaphile, movie buff, travel lit nut, ultimate Frisbee player, runner, blogger, soccer mom, track enthusiast, Aquarius, daughter, sister, friend, type A but not crazy, energetic, determined, even keeled, hiker, camper, friend, worry wart, realistic, hesitant, nay sayer but try not to be, horse mom, chess organizer, coffee lover, book club member, gardener, mountain biker(sort of), cookie baker, island girl, photographer, inquisitive, procrastinator, marginal housekeeper, salad eater, recovered vegetarian, 40-something, road tripper, budget keeper, orange cream lover, stubborn.

  63. 63 Kelly J Eveleth September 8, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    I write because I am a writer.
    I read because I am a reader.
    I learn because I am a learner.
    I teach because I am a teacher.
    I reach for love because I am a lover.
    I give because I am a giver.
    I mother because I am a mother.
    I lead because I am a leader.
    I do because I am a doer.
    I seek because I am a seeker.
    I believe because I am a believer.
    I cling to beauty because I am beautiful.
    I create because I am a creator.
    I listen to the Voice because I am a listener.
    I communicate because I am a communicator.
    I dream because I am a dreamer.
    I pray and adore because I am a worshipper.
    I observe because I am an observer.
    I see the Spirit because I have received the gift.
    I complete because I am a completer.
    I respond because I am called.
    I fall because I live in a fallen world.
    I doubt because I am human.
    I feel pain and joy because I am a receiver.
    I taste freedom because I can choose.
    I escape because I can.
    I embrace life because I want to live.
    I crave because I want to know who I am.

  64. 64 Kristy Lund September 8, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Mother of two boys, writer, friend, wife, newly-inducted PTA member (how did that happen?), spiritual seeker, optimist some days, movie fan, Anne Lamott fan, going to see Elizabeth Gilbert later this month, like the new book by Ayelet Waldman, like talking to other moms who love books, sometimes blogger- OK, not nearly enough, and I have a deadline tonight for an article/essay for my mother’s club newsletter. Need to find something to write about.

  65. 65 chloe September 8, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    woman, lover of women, walker, student of the Dharma, writer, Border Collie lover, dog owner, kind, vegetarian, socialist, farmers market shopper, birder, binge movie watcher, egg collector, bicycle commuter, edgy, very loyal, lifetime reader, French, nature lover, generous, meditator, worse parallel parker I know, Jewish, corn bread baker, dog trainer, occasional goat milker, thinker.

  66. 66 Tonja September 8, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Ok, I’m sorry but I have to make a list. Otherwise, I’d keep losing count….
    1)blessed mother
    2)lucky wife
    3)frustrated daughter
    8)addicted to Facebook
    9)amateur photographer
    11)light sleeper
    12)Jack Johnson fan
    13)fascinated with my 7 year old’s mind
    14)school volunteer
    15)minivan lover
    16)addictive reader
    17)reality tv watcher
    18)coupon clipper
    19)sugar junkie
    20)detail oriented
    21)”aspring” writer
    22)Godparent to 2
    23)giant mess maker
    24)strong voice
    25)seek order
    26)coffee drinker
    27)old dog lover
    28)hot tempered
    29)plus sized
    30)baseball cap wearer
    31)book collector
    32)game player
    33)sale shopper
    34)crafter wannabe
    35)recovering nail biter
    36)terrible housekeeper
    37)compulsive list maker
    38)stay at home mom
    39)sells toys part time
    40)Twilight fan
    41)habitual mover
    42)terrible at returning phone calls
    43)queen of unfinished projects
    44)living way too far away from family & friends
    45)supportive wife
    47)hurt and angry daughter in law
    48)family heritage fanatic

  67. 67 writethejourney September 8, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Okay, so here are 50 traits–obviously way more than 50 words–to describe me. It’s late everyone…

    Mom. Irritated mom, soak-you-into-my-soul mom, enlightened but entitled, hopeful but screwing up. Cheerleader, stop-and-listener.

    Wife. In love–comfortably, happily in love. Expecting too much and too little, often surprised, often not surprised at all.

    Writer. Newbie, unbalanced, buffet-style sampler, just-learning-to-crack-open-the-door confident.

    Note-taker, observer.
    Asker of this question: “Have I thought of enough traits yet?” (No.)
    Possessor of feet that seem to always be freezing.
    Lover of beautiful fabrics.
    Lover of beautiful clothes.
    Terrible shopper.
    Person who always seems to gravitate toward browns and greens.
    Person who realizes browns and greens may be on the way out.
    Mother of a child starting kindergarten (tomorrow)!
    Mother of another child who has started daycare!
    Maker of snacks.
    Person with peeling, glittery nail polish.
    Person with new (!) bedside table where she can put her books, watch, notebook and her own new(!) lamp.
    (That’s 38 by my count…)
    39 daughter
    40 sister
    41 sister-in-law
    42 daughter-in-law
    43 hater of carpet
    44 hater of the thought of paying for hardwood floors
    45 hater of pink walls
    46 lover of Mt. Rainier
    47 lover of Puget Sound
    48 lover of hikes
    49 filler of bird feeder
    50 person in awe of finches

  68. 68 Lorri September 9, 2009 at 8:10 am

    I love these exercises!

    I am a mom of boys, mom of a teenage daughter, a writer, very happy ex-wife, dawdler, dreamer, worry-wart, funny, laughing, pretty, smiling, flubby (on bad days), sexy (on good days), lover, friend, sister, daughter, granddaughter, procrastinator, niece, curious, loves to read, loner, loves chic flicks, bridget jones worshipper, independent, hard, hungry, chocolate, restaurants, history, Scotland, Maine, mountains, beach, lilacs, sunflowers, under the tuscan sun, the love letter, little house on the prairie, road trips, afraid of heights, cats, not dogs, babies, weepy, pens, notebooks, journals swearing, shoulder shrugs and raised eyebrow.

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