Writer. Adventurer. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a series of steampunk novels and short stories.

Inspired To Be Inspiring

I have been writing this blog for many reasons, mostly to share my writing experiences, talk about my novel-in-process, and connect with other socially minded individuals.  Personally, this has been very rewarding for me.  Awards aren’t something I’ve been shooting for, so when Laura Hogan from Just One More Edit nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger award, I was quite surprised. Bless this girl, she is writing a novel, planning her wedding, and buying her house all at the same time. Save something for after the honeymoon!

Rules for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award

1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. State 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 bloggers for this award.
5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination by linking to one of their specific posts so that they get notified by pingback.

Seven Things about Tracy Cembor

1. I went to college on full academic and golf scholarships.
2. I used to live in Shanghai, China, and speak Mandarin.
3. The Citadel wanted to recruit me.  (It was a few years after Shannon Faulkner)
4. My favorite book of all time is The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas.
5. My day job is in logistics.
6. I finished my MBA in December and graduated, but decided I wanted to take one more class because it sounded awesome.
7. I want to be a good role model for my little girl, Sweetpea.

My Nominees for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award

1. Przemek Kucia – Charisma Workshop
2. RW – Why Are Things the Way They Are?
3. The Consortium of the Curious
4. Michael Allan Leonard – Public Domain
5. Sophie Merifeld-Tan –
6. Gabriela Blandy – The Sense of a Journey
7. Laekan – Laekan Zeakemp
8. Gwen Stephens – The 4AM Writer
9. Michelle Proulx – The Blog
10. Michael D. Kelleher – Crow Dreams
11. Emmy – Flaming Colours
12. Jess – Waiting on a Word
13. Katie – The Corner of the King
14. Gus Sanchez – Out Where the Buses Don’t Run
15. Mark – We Are Not Connected

How To Live Before You Die

I think it is silly to have a post about an award for inspiration without having sometime super-awesome and inspirational on it. Otherwise, this would be a wasted trip for everyone. Steve Jobs was an amazing innovator and leaves behind a legacy that challenges me to reach a little bit higher every day. If you have not seen this video, I encourage you to watch. It’s not as edgy as other TED Talks, but the message is good.

11 comments on “Inspired To Be Inspiring

  1. Przemek Kucia
    February 18, 2013

    OMG xD On the one hand I’m really thrilled to be nominated. It feels great to be recognized in such manner. On the other, I’m little bit overwhelmed by the rules, especially 4th… I’m new to the (wordpress) international community, so I would have to do some serious research to find and honestly nominate 15 blogs ;)

    But, apart from all that, thank you very much for the nomination!

    • tracycembor
      February 18, 2013

      Yeah, it was sketchy for me to find 15 names, then I realized 15 different people had commented on various posts… and your blogs are all awesome. My criteria was pretty simple.

      Posting 7 things about myself, that was tough. I couldn’t think of anything super fun or interesting.

  2. Przemek Kucia
    February 18, 2013

    Oh, well I think I’ll do it progressively, then. And yeah, sure it would be hard to come up with 7 interesting facts if you’re accustomed to be a writer with MBA, used to live in China, being one of the 3 (non-Chinese) people, I guess, in the world who speak Mandarin, being a steam-punk-loving-mom with those kick-ass headphones and so on… xD

    Have a great day

    • tracycembor
      February 19, 2013

      I just got my copy of the diploma today, so I officially have my MBA. :D

      It is pretty fun when Sweetpea runs around wearing my goggles. Thanks for pointing out that some of this stuff sounds cooler than it often feels. (I noticed golf did not make the list.)

      Btw, there are more people in China who speak English than people in the US that can. Isn’t that weird to think about?

      • Przemek Kucia
        February 20, 2013

        Hmm, yeah… That golf thing… Erm… xDDD Joking aside, mixing smartness and sports, challenging job, Three musketeers and having someone who will look up to us is always hot. It was so obvious to me, that I forgot to mention those :D I’m not sure what The Citadel is… and thats even cooler! Mysterious organization tried to recruit you? You’re just showing off xD

        Congratulations on the diploma! :D

        Take care :)

      • tracycembor
        February 20, 2013

        The Citadel was a guys-only military school in Charleston, SC. Shannon Faulkner took them to court and made them open the university to women because they had federal government funding. Once it was open to women, in order to keep the government money, they had to have an equal number of women’s sports teams as men’s teams. The Citadel wanted to recruit me to start their women’s golf team.

        I’m not the military school type (I ask too many questions), but it is a funny story.

  3. Emmy
    February 19, 2013

    Thanks for nominating ;) I’ve not progressed to 15 blogs I could nominate. Good luck with you own though. Emmy

    • tracycembor
      February 19, 2013

      No worries, maybe this will help get you there. The most important thing is to keep writing and keep participating on other people’s blogs. I try to take a few minutes each day to read the interesting things others are saying. I love discovering new ideas.

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  5. laekanzeakemp
    February 23, 2013

    Wow, Tracy!!! Thank you so much for the nomination. I finally had time this weekend to put my post together and come up with my 15 nominees:
    Thanks so much for considering my blog!!

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Tracy Cembor attempts to juggle a preschooler and a baby, a full-time job, random geekery, and the writing life. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a steampunk urban fantasy novel. Come join the adventure.
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