Wednesday, March 13, 2013

National Wormhole Day and The Blog Blitz



It's time for the National Wormhole Day hop, hosted by Stephen Tremp, LG Smith, and Laura Eno.

Here is the info on the hop:
What would you do or where would you go if you could traverse a wormhole through space or time just once? One safe round trip passage. Would you go back in time and talk some sense into a younger you? Go five years into the future and bring back the Wall Street Journal? See just how the heck the Great Pyramids of Giza were really built? View what the other side of the universe looks like? Kill Hitler?

And here is my answer:

I'd go back in time to 1930s Cincinnati so that I could meet my maternal grandfather. He died in 1946 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease, and I've always been sorry I never got to meet him. Based on what I've heard about him from my mom, he was a kind and decent man who enjoyed life and loved his family. I think he would have been a very fun grandfather to have. So I'd like to go back to the '30s before he became ill and spend some time with him. It would also be fun to see my maternal grandmother when she was young. I was only 9 years old when she died, and I've always regretted not having more time with her than I did.

My mom's family was 100% German, and they loved their beer. I think it would be fun to go back and spend a day with them when they were all in the prime of their lives. It might be a little weird though to be around my mom when she was a little girl. Maybe I could arrange this Wormhole trip for a time when she was out visiting her friends. :D

Thanks to Stephen, Luanne, and Laura for hosting this great hop! If you'd like to join in, it's not too late to sign up! Just visit here for the list and join in the fun.


Also, DL Hammons of Cruising Altitude 2.0 has come up with a great idea to try to garner support for all of us here in the blogosphere through a rotating Blog Blitz. I'm just going to copy and paste DL's description of his idea so you can get the gist of it:
But what would it be like if the support, encouraging nature, and community spirit of the blogosphere were ever focused on a single blogger?  A few of us have experienced that sort of attention via book launches or other publishing announcements, and still others have achieved that level of awareness through the popular blogfests we host.  In most cases there is a lot of work that goes into generating that amount of interest.  What I'm talking about is being suddenly thrust into the spotlight, without even lifting a finger. What would it feel like to be the recipient of that kind of exposure? Could something like that even be possible? Can the power of the blogosphere be harnessed and directed?

Everyone knows I like to try new and different things, so today I present to you the BLOG BLITZ.  Here’s how I see it working.  Sign up on the linky list below, making sure to record your email address, and you’ll instantly become a member of the Blog Blitz Team.  Then from time to time, I will select a deserving blog (that must be part of the Blitz Team) and a specific date.  I will then email the team members that information and on that date we all will go out of our way to visit that blog and leave an encouraging comment on their most recent post.  I'm talking about hopefully a 100+ comments appearing out of the blue in one day!

When I first read about DL's idea it reminded me of the Writers4Writers project, which from what I have seen is a big success and a lot of fun. So I think DL is on the right track for helping to spread the blog love around even more. If you want to learn more about the project and sign up to be part of it, visit DL's post here.

Are you on board for the Blitz? Where are you heading after you hop through your wormhole?


66 comments:

  1. Now that's a really cool idea. Think of all you could learn from your grandfather.
    All signed up for DL's Blog Blitz!

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  2. What a great answer, Julie! Now that would be a great story or novel idea for you... :)

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  3. Julie, visiting your grandfather would be cool. I never met my grandfathers, one died long before I was born and one when I was baby. I think I would go back to the garden of eden and tell Adam and Eve to not eat that fruit!!!! Think I'll join the Blog Blitz thanks for the info. BTW finished your novel!!! Holy Cow woman, can you write!!

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  4. Great post. I chose to go back and visit a family member, too.

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  5. Julie, not only do we have names in common, but we have a common heritage. My father's side of the family is also almost pure German and from the same area in Ohio/Kentucky. I remember visiting the German area there and attending my grandparents' church which, at the time, was a dying congregation who spoke almost all German throughout the service. I would love to go with you!

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  6. I didn't know my mother's father either. He died before I was born, but his family always intrigued me. They were Swedish immigrants to this country, and I would have loved to have talked to him about that experience.

    Great choice, Julie. And love the idea of the blog blitz. Some deserving bloggers out there. :)

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  7. Your grandparents sound like amazing people. Thanks forsharing a family oriented post!

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  8. @Alex, that's what I thought, it would be great to be able to learn more about him. Glad you are participating in DL's blitz too!

    @Madeline, oh, good idea! Maybe so LOL.

    @Lynn Marie, thank you so much! I'm beyond thrilled that you enjoyed the book! And that's a good idea about the apple, if only LOL.

    @Jenn, oh, I'm anxious to read your post too. Thanks!

    @Julie, I wish we could do that! How cool would that be?

    @LG, I think it would be so interesting too to be able to hear from immigrants first-hand. I can't imagine doing what they did and going off to a totally new place. Thanks for hosting this hop!

    @Stephen, thank you for hosting this hop, it's a great one!

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  9. That's such a good idea! New follower! I'd love to go back and meet my Grandmother. I only know her when she was sick, and I'd really want to meet her when she was well!
    My entry in the blog hop: morgankatz505.blogspot.com

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  10. That's an awesome use of the worm-hole. I didn't sign up for this, but I commented somewhere else that I'd like to go back to see my grandparents too.

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  11. What an awesome wormhole choice! I like what you're thinking. Now, which ancestor would I like to go back an visit? :)

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  12. I love your wormhole trip -- I saw less of my grandparents than I would have liked to.

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  13. Hi Julie .. I'd love to do that too - even with my parents and their siblings .. to see those relationships. But learning of the background of one's family - both sides ... is fascinating ...

    Wonderful thought ... just sorry we can't experience these things ... cheers Hilary

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  14. Sometimes I think it'd be nice to visit the grandparents too. As a kid, I didn't have much interest in them (too many cousins around during our visits), but now, I wish I would have had a little more time for them. Nice idea :)

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  15. I never met my grandpas either. That would be fun!

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  16. That's a cool idea. I lost one of my grandfathers when I was young but my parents tell me he doted on my as a toddlers. It would be nice to see him again.

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  17. I was lucky enough to have all my grandparents around for quite a long time, but it would be fun to meet my great-grandparents.

    DL's idea sounds great. I'll head on over there.

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  18. Beautiful. I wish I'd spent more time visiting with my grandmother. She did so much for me, but like most people in their 20's, I was too busy and thought there'd always be time later.

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  19. Great choice, Julie! It would be fascinating to spend some time with our aging and deceased relatives when they were in their prime, and brimming with life.

    The Blog Blitz sounds pretty cool. I'll have to give it some thought.

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  20. It would be really cool to go back & get to know our grandparent's better. I have a picture of my grandmother when she was in college, and I'd have loved to have known her then.

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  21. @Morgan, thank you, great to meet you!! I am looking forward to reading your entry.

    @Annalisa, awesome that we had the same idea.

    @David, thanks! It is hard to choose just one, isn't it?

    @Damyanti, thank you.

    @Hilary, I agree, if only time travel really was possible.

    @T, I think it's easy to feel that way when we are kids, it's too bad we sometimes don't realize our mistake until it's too late!

    @MJ, I wish we could really do it.

    @LD, thanks!

    @Kmc, I hope you will sign up for DLs project too, I think it will be fun!

    @Laura, I was the same way in my 20s, I guess it is very common. Too bad we can't ever go back and change things.

    @Susan, thank you! And I hope you will join in on the Blitz. :)

    @Nicki, I love to see the old pics of my grandparents we have, it's fun to imagine how they must have been.

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  22. A girl's night out with your grandmother. I love that idea!

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  23. What a lovely use of the wormhole! I would be awesome to go back and spend time with beloved relatives! :)

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  24. That would be great. We see our parents and grandparents as older adults. Be interesting to see them in their younger years. :-)

    I'll have to check out Don's blitz thing. Sounds like a great idea!

    Sia McKye OVER COFFEE

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  25. I love your idea about going back in time to meet your grandfather! It would be so nice to get to know him when you're old enough to truly appreciate it. DL's Blog Blitz sounds very worthwhile.

    Julie

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  26. My choice is the past, too. I want to be surprised by my future, but the roots would be fascinating to know better!

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  27. @Johanna, when you put it that way it does sound really fun LOL.

    @Lexie, it really would be, thanks!

    @Sia, that's what I think too. Hope you will be part of DL's blitz.

    @Julie, thank you!

    @Adriana, I agree!

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  28. A tour of the family history at a particular time would be cool. To imagine how different sense of humors are, what they'd consider priorities, etc., might be weird. Or maybe they'd be just the same as yours.

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  29. @Nancy, that's a good point I didn't even think about!

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  30. Fun with your grandfather sounds like a good use of a wormhole! And yay for DL!

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  31. I'd love to take my son back so he could meet my grandparents. They were wonderful, fun people and I miss them.

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  32. I really love the idea of a wormhole, and going back in time. Love your answer, because I'd do the same thing. :)
    Happy Wednesday!

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  33. How cool! Seeing ancestors would be awesome!

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  34. How cool! Seeing ancestors would be awesome!

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  35. That would be neat... to go back and meet family. I'm of German descent, too.

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  36. Getting to see your grandparents! I would have loved that too even so I got to spend a little time with them on my dads side. Mom's side all German too and I didn't get to spend any time with them. It would have been interesting because they spoke all German language in the home and did so many interesting things in their lifetime.

    www.sandysanderellasmusings.blogspot.com

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  37. I'm all signed up for the blitz- looks awesome to participate in.

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  38. Fantastic idea. I feel the same way about my grandma and great grandparents. I was very young when they died, and I wish I could go back and really appreciate them and talk to them about their lives.

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  39. Sometimes I think I'd like to go back and say goodbye to my grandmother, which I chose not do as a 10-year old (I was scared). It would've made her happy, I think.

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  40. Aw, love your answer for National Wormhole Day! I think it's so sweet that out of all the things you could possibly do, it's spending time with your grandparents that you want to do most. :)

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  41. Cincinnati in the 1930's sounds like a cool idea!
    Meeting your grandpa's would be awesome too!
    I also chose a jump back in time! It's best that the future be left alone... that's just my two cents worth!

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  42. I am from German heritage on both sides of my family so we have something in common, but I hate beer!

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  43. Best idea I've read so far. I am sure you would have learned a lot from your grandfather and would have a great time together.

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  44. That's a good one. I think going back to see a family member would be, possibly, one of the most interesting scenarios of all. :)

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  45. A nice wish to touch the past. There are those relatives in my family that I'd love to see in their prime, too.

    Very nice, Julie. Speaking of Germans, we visited the Le Voltaire Restaurant in Paris and had some of their German Beer. It was very good, and I'm not a beer drinker per se. Ordering it made the hostess there like us.

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  46. That would be a cool wormhole trip :) I'm lucky in that my grandfather on my dad's side is still alive, and my grandmom on my mom's side is alive. Maybe I could meet my mother's dad though. I've heard amazing things about him.

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  47. Now why didn't I think of that. I know there's some awesome ancestors I'd love to meet!
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  48. Either forty years in the future or fifty-five years in the past. Both would be interesting.

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  49. @Tyrean, now if we could just really do these wormhole ideas! I'm glad you are on board with DL too.

    @Nancy, I bet your son would love that too.

    @Cecilia, we think alike then. And Happy Thursday to you now!

    @Tammy, I agree! There are really so many I would like to meet.

    @Mary, cool!

    @Sandy, my grandparents spoke some German too, I wish I could have learned the language myself. Nice to meet you, thanks!

    @Summer, that's great, I am really looking forward to it too.

    @ck, that's just how I feel.

    @mshatch, oh, I can understand that feeling too. I think at that age it's just so hard to deal with loss, it is scary.

    @Heather, thanks!

    @Michelle, I agree. I think it might be kind of creepy to see the future really, I figure I might now want to know!

    @CM, LOL, I don't like German beer either. I like the Americanized lighter version though.

    @Al, thank you!

    @Mark, I agree. It's been fun and interesting just to think about all this.

    @DG, oh, that's funny about the hostess LOL. I've never been to France or Germany, maybe one of these days.

    @Lynn(e), I'm glad you still have two of your grandparents. I had my paternal grandpa until I was in my 20s and really loved being able to spend time with him.

    @Nutschell, I wish we could both meet our ancestors then. :)

    @Susan, sounds like they would be!

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  50. I find it interesting that you'd want to avoid an encounter with your mother as a child. That visit might be very insightful into the person she became.

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  51. @Kathy, good point.

    @Evalina, that does make it sound even more fun LOL.

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  52. I think that's cool that you'd like to meet your grandfather. I think if I had my choice I'd like to hang out with my grandmother on my dad's side. I miss her.

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  53. I think that's cool that you'd like to meet your grandfather. I think if I had my choice I'd like to hang out with my grandmother on my dad's side. I miss her.

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  54. Oh yes. My grandmother would be the person I'd want to visit. I'd pay attention to what she said this time. :-)

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  55. @Mina, thank you! And I'm sorry you miss your Grandma.

    @Lee, LOL, wouldn't it be nice if we could go back like that?

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  56. What a lovely idea to visit your grandfather. Great to visit a family member you didn't have the chance to know.

    I hadn't heard of blog blitz until today but it sounds great!

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  57. @Vikki, I hope you will sign up for the blitz too! I agree, I think it's a great idea. :)

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  58. The Blitz is a wonderful idea!

    Both of my grandfathers died young, I'd love to meet them too!

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  59. I would like to meet my grandparents in the prime of their lives, too. I wonder what we'd think?

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  60. It's so sweet you want to go back in time and visit your grandparents! I'm sure you could learn so much about your family history from them. I wish I knew more about my family history (who were mostly Germans, too).
    Great post! :-)

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  61. @Yolanda, wouldn't it be great if we both could? Glad you are interested in the Blitz!

    @Carol, it's interesting to imagine, I bet we would have a great time.

    @Lexa, thanks! I think family history can be so interesting, there's lots I don't know that I would like to.

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  62. That sounds like a wonderful way to use a wormhole. I'd love to go back and meet my grandpa, who died when my mom was 7 months pregnant with me. Of course, we was convinced he was going to have a grandson, so wouldn't he be shocked? The stories I hear about him say he was quite the stinker.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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  63. @Shannon, oh, how sad! That must have been so hard on your mom. I have to laugh about the grandson, LOL. I bet he would have been thrilled to have a granddaughter instead. :)

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  64. I'd go back to the 20's in Paris. I love the whole Lost Generation writers and artists. I guess that's why Midnight in Paris is one of my favorite movies.

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  65. @Melissa, that sounds awesome! I'd love to visit Paris anyway, but that would be even better.

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