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Writing I’m Most Proud of in 2005

As a professional writer, writing on a wide variety of topics, I posted this article and list of the my favorite articles that I wrote in 2005 on my other website, Lorelle on WordPress, and I thought I’d share it here. But before I do, I wanted to say that of the writing I’ve done on this site this year, I’m most proud of the Know Before You Go series under the Planning for the Road category. Here are some highlights from the Know Before You Go series:

I know it’s blatant bragging, but I have never gotten blase about reading an article I wrote and finding it not only good but awesome. How can I explain this better?

See, I really don’t think that what I write is very important or even very interesting, though people tell me that it is all the time. And I get paid to write. Yes, I’m a paid writer. Still, I think my writing is mediocre. I just do what I do and live my passion to write on a daily basis. I live to write. I can write about anything, anytime and just about anywhere. But I don’t think my writing is that good.

Then I stumble across something I’ve written and read it as if it was the first time. I read it as if I didn’t write it. I think, “Wow, this is really great!” Then I remember that I wrote it and I’m impressed with myself. Actually, I’m not so impressed with myself as I am shocked that I actually created a good piece of writing that has some value. I giggle and then laugh, and tell my husband, who nods and just understands this strange thing I do to myself. Within a few hours, I’m paranoid and fretful that my writing sucks again, and my life returns to its normal insecurity.

Does this ever happen to you? I hope I’m not alone in this strange ritual of self-gloat and self-deprecation.

Anyway, while I’m in a moment of gloating, here is a list of some of the articles I’ve written recently on this blog that I’m especially proud of..that is at least until tomorrow. ;-)


  • Posted February 11, 2006 at 5:52 | Permalink

    Let’s just keep this our little secret, but I think I’m starting to develop an admiration for you! Going through this site is like stumbling through an eccentric granduncle’s attic–you just don’t imagine you’d find the things that you do.

    PS. As for self-gloat and self-deprecation, I get that all the time. I sometimes get all narcissistic about particular passages I’d written months ago, then remind myself that just because I can write circles around most people doesn’t mean I’m anything compared to ‘actual’ writers :(

  • Posted February 11, 2006 at 5:54 | Permalink

    Well, circles around most people I know personally, at least.

  • Posted February 11, 2006 at 11:46 | Permalink

    Firas, don’t tell me you have a crush on me! You know that I lust for you. hee hee. At least I’m one of your biggest fans. Thanks for the sweet words, and don’t worry. I’ll be back in action in your neighborhood soon.

  • the search engine guy
    Posted March 13, 2006 at 9:33 | Permalink

    Hello Lorelle,

    Sitting here with my cup of coffee at 9:15AM reading through your site. My wife and myslef just bought a camper, and now that the kids are grown (Kimmy last child to leave the nest last month) makes us FREE at last Thank God Almighty We Are Free at last.

    My wife Stacey and i are looking too hit the open road next month for a cross country trip. I have never been to LA so off we go.

    Hope to post some of our adventures at a latter date. But now back to my coffee and thanks for the great site.


  • Posted March 13, 2006 at 14:09 | Permalink

    You are welcome. Good luck.

  • mayvic
    Posted November 30, 2007 at 4:53 | Permalink

    it’s a good thing to know that you’re writings and other works are being published it’s inspiring and very educational. hope i can make one too. learning with you is fun.
    i am trying to write something that i can be proud of someday…i know trying is not enough i must give my best in order to achieve my goal.
    thanks for a great site.

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