Hoppy Anniversary #Tin!


Frog on a Dime was born ten years ago.



DYK the traditional 10th anniversary gift is tin? You know, the stuff used to make green beans cans and Dorothy Gale’s heartless friend. I know. It surprised me too.

Then I did a little digging about what makes tin so special. Turns out, tin has a lot going for it.

Tin is pliable, flexible and adaptable. G’head—Roll it! Spin it! Extrude it!

Tin protects other metals like steel from corrosion and boat bottoms from barnacles. (I mean, who wants bottom barnacles?)

Tin may be weak on its own, but it can be tintastic when it is alloyed with other metals in materials like bronze and pewter.

And you know what, my little sugar crystals? You and I are a lot like tin. We creatives need to adapt and be flexible in order to learn, grow and develop our skills.

By offering empathy and encouragement to one another, we help to protect one another from the corrosion of disabling discouragement.

And when we “alloy” ourselves (work together), our strength is multiplied. How is that not tin-tastic?

[BONUS info: One other way we’re like tin—did you know when a bar of tin is bent, it makes a crackling “cry”? Who knew metal could get emo? We can all relate to that when we’re hunched over in despair or disappointment.]

My wee tin cups of tenderness, I cannot thank you enough for your TEN years of you being you-ness. Your encouragement, participation, comments, willingness to be my guest from time to time, and kind words have made my life sweeter by tenfold. To thank you, I’m offering my finest giveaway in a decade.

Enter to win an extra special, one-ofa-kind 10th anniversary memento designed to serve as a source of encouragement. I’ll include extra goodies too—like a coupon for critique of up to TEN pages of your work. To enter, leave a comment on this post by Friday, December 16/10:10 p.m. (EST).

When I left Queen’s, my future seemed to stretch out before me like a straight road. I thought I could see along it for many a milestone. Now there is a bend in it. I don’t know what lies around the bend, but I am going to believe that the best does. It has a fascination of its own, that bend, Marilla. I wonder how the road beyond it goes – what there is of green glory and soft, checkered light and shadows – what new landscapes – what new beauties – what curves and hills and valleys farther on. ~ L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

18 responses »

  1. Happy, hoppy ten years of sharing your brilliant mind and generous heart, dear Lucy! I’m so proud of your hard work on your journey and so grateful for all your support on mine!


  2. Having already won a marvelous (and still handy) collection of cute office supplies AND a hand-drawn personalized doodle AND the privilege of being your friend, I desire no other prizes. Thanks for TEN YEARS (!?) of wisdom and wordly (I meant that spell check) love.


  3. Happy Anniversary! It seems only yesterday you hopped into my IN box. I have so enjoyed your humor, compassion and positive support along the way. Keep on hopping, little frog. Keep on hopping.


  4. Happy Anniversary, Vicky. I haven’t been on Facebook lately, because they have cut me off because they think someone has hacked into my account. Also, I just lost my husband and haven’t had the desire to write or read about writing for awhile. But I’m getting my interest back and you’re one reason I want my Facebook connection back. You are not only so funny and encouraging that your posts make me want to get back into writing. Thank you, Vicky, for positive and up-beat posts that always give me a lift for my day. Please keep going for another ten years.


    • Oh, Beth, I am so sorry about your heartbreaking loss. Little wonder it’s been hard to tap into your creative side. If I’ve done anything to rekindle that spark, I am truly humbled. You are a dear person and your thoughts and imagination matter. Whether it’s for publication or simply for your own pleasure, please continue to treat yourself to the joy of playing with words. With BIG hugs. OX


  5. What? Your frogtastic blog has been around since 12/12/12? I’m sure that when you started it, you had no inTENtion of hopping along for an entire decade! Congrats to you, Vicky, on your fortitude and longevity. We appreciate your humor and insights!


  6. ‘Tin’ tastic years indeed. Congratulations on the success of “Frog on a Dime”. It’s always a pleasure to read your thoughts. Thanks for sharing your creativity with your readers and fans. Here’s to many more years for your special Frog!


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