Dragon’s Loyalty Award

Dragon's Loyalty Award Graphic

 

 

This Dragon’s Loyalty Award comes to me from the ever-fabulous Evil Squirrel (http://evilsquirrelsnest.com). I can’t thank him enough, not only for an award that has such a lovely graphic (Seriously … who doesn’t love dragons? When I was a kid, I wanted a pet dragon for the longest time, until I realized it was too big to keep in my room and that it would probably set my Holly Hobby bed spread on fire. Still …), but for counting me among his most loyal readers. And, if anyone reading this post hasn’t already found ES’s wonderful blog, I urge you to head over there as soon as possible. Not only is the Evil Squirrel’s Nest filled with squirrely hijinx galore, ES is also the author of one of the funniest comics around. Plus, there’s even a Rainbow Donkey! Yep, that’s right. Rainbow Donkey. It’s too hard to explain. You just need to see it for yourself.

My Seven “Interesting” Facts:

As it usually goes with these award thingies, I am to list seven interesting facts about myself. I know I’m supposed to, but I can’t promise “interesting”. It’s been a long day, and I’m tired. So the best I can promise is that all seven are actual facts. Because knowing is half the battle … or something like that.

  1. I am so tired right now that I can hardly think. My allergies are still kicking my butt, and I now have a sore throat and earache, too. I am not a happy camper.
  2. I know I mentioned this before, but … I HATE SPRING!
  3. I always wanted to learn to play the piano, but we didn’t have enough money for lessons when I was a kid. Later on, I learned to play the flute in school (for band), and I babysat and did odd jobs in order to pay for flute lessons.
  4. I finally (FINALLY!!) started editing and rewriting the rough draft of my book. It’s been sitting for almost two years, which makes me super ashamed. Oh well … better late than never.
  5. I almost always get fantastic story ideas while in the shower. There’s something freeing about standing under all that hot water. But, by the time I get out and dry off, I usually forget the fantastic idea before I manage to write it down. Frustrating.
  6. I like country music. I like lots of other music, too. I have wide-ranging tastes. But I grew up with country music and never lost my love for it.
  7. I want to write characters that feel “real”, and stories about the things (emotions, experiences, etc.) that make up “real life”. But I often feel daunted by this because I believe I have never really taken chances, had interesting experiences, or lived with abandon.

Award Recipients:

I like the idea of passing this award along to some of my most loyal followers and readers. Some folks have been here since the very first day I started this blog. Others are new friends who have quickly become the kind of internet people I could see myself sitting down with for a cup of tea and a chat in real life. I know that’s probably creepy and all, but … there ‘ya go. Even though I’ve only picked a few blogs to include here, I hope it goes without saying that I dearly love each and every person who follows my blog, who stops in to like even a single post, or who leaves a comment. Well, I hope it goes without saying, but, really, such things should be said, right? So here goes: I love you guys!!! Many, many, many thanks to each of my readers and followers for the time you spend in my blog, for your support, and for your presence here on WordPress.

As I’ve said before, some folks love these awards and some don’t. If you love it and want to participate in all the awards fun, I will be happy to see you pass it along. If you don’t enjoy participating … or if you feel shy about it … or, for whatever reason, just don’t want to make a post and pass the award along to someone else, that is okay, too. Either way, I extend my admiration for your blogs and my appreciation for your continued support of my own blogging efforts.

  1. That’s a Jenn Story (http://thatsajennstory.wordpress.com)
  2. A New Perspective Perhaps (http://anewperspectiveperhaps.wordpress.com)
  3. On Wylie Hill (http://onwyliehill.wordpress.com)
  4. Experienced Tutors (http://experiencedtutors.wordpress.com)
  5. Elisa Ruland (http://funandfabulousness.wordpress.com)
  6. Alesia Blogs (http://alesiablogs.wordpress.com)
  7. Seth Snap (http://sethsnap.com)
  8. Silver Poetry (http://silverpoetry.wordpress.com)
  9. Positive Words Magazine (http://positivewordsmagazine.wordpress.com)
  10. Lady or Not … Here I Come (http://ladyornot.com)
  11. Novel Conclusions (http://novelconclusions.com)
  12. And I Dreamed (http://andidreamed.wordpress.com)

Best Moment Award

Best Moment Award Graphic

Awarding the people who live in the moment,
The noble who write and capture the best in life,
The bold who reminded us what really mattered –
Savoring the experience of quality time.

 

RULES:

Winners re-post this completely with their acceptance speech. This could be written or video recorded.

Winners have the privilege of awarding the next awardees! The re-post should include a NEW set of people/blogs worthy of the award; and winners notify them the great news.

RESOURCES:

 

  • What makes a good acceptance speech?
    • Gratitude. Thank the people who helped you along the way
    • Humor. Keep us entertained and smiling
    • Inspiration. Make your story touch our lives
  • Get an idea from the great acceptance speeches, compiled in MomentMatters.com/Speech
  • Display the award’s badge on your blog/website, downloadable in MomentMatters.com/Award

 

ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

I find myself more than a little surprised and flabbergasted over the “Best Moment Award”. And I’m not ashamed to admit I feel intimidated at having to write an acceptance speech. The words “Acceptance Speech” seem to hang there in my mind, using up all the space where I would normally store other words and thoughts. They are heavy words. The kind that say, to your face, “Hey, no pressure. You’re gonna do great!” But, behind your back, you feel them whispering to themselves about all of your “endearing” quirks and little inadequacies, until you walk away feeling  you have already failed. And yet, one must soldier on, even in the face of the most intimidating words.

I am not used to making acceptance speeches. I am not the kind of person who has to accept anything requiring a speech. (I have more than my fair share of bad luck, but that doesn’t count. Life seems to hand that stuff out for free, without expecting anything in return.) Heck, I’m not even used to people listening to me or reading what I write. I think I have mentioned before that this is one reason I love my dogs so much: because I can talk to them without seeming “crazy” for talking to myself. Now, if only I could teach them to read … But, I digress.

I am humbled and amazed that there are a few intrepid souls brave enough to weather the rambling thoughts and the ups and downs of this blog. I am thankful beyond words for you guys. Without all of you and without your support, I would have given up. I know it sounds all “drama queen”, but it is the truth. For a long time, I told myself it didn’t matter whether or not anyone read my writing. I told myself it was enough to write just for me. But you know what? That’s a lie. I wish it was true, but it isn’t. Yes, I write for myself. I write what I want about whatever happens to catch my fancy at any given moment. But writing was meant to be read. Without all of you, the words would be just that — words. They wouldn’t live or have as much meaning. So thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for coming to this blog. And for reading.

Many thanks to Moment Matters (http://www.momentmatters.com) for this lovely award. I feel that I have many moments each and every day. But I am not sure any of them could qualify as the “best” in any category. Well, maybe “best temper tantrum”. I can throw a heck of a tantrum when I get wound up. At any rate, it warms my heart to think anyone could visit my blog and find a “best moment” hidden somewhere in there. And, like a true hidden gem, I suspect it will remain a mystery to me. But that’s okay. Searching through my memories and thoughts, looking for my very own “best moment” isn’t a bad way to pass the time. At the very least, it keeps me off the streets. For that, we should all be grateful.

THE WINNERS OF THE BEST MOMENT AWARD ARE:

And, of course, we come to the section of the post where I pass along this award. As I have said before — and will continue to say, because it bears repeating — I never know how people feel about these things. Some folks, like myself, have fun with them and enjoy them. Others would rather avoid them like the plague. But … what I do know is that each of the blogs listed here fills my mind and my day with “best moments” each and every time I visit them. I would have to say that about all the blogs that I follow. I love each and every one of them with a stalkerish kind of devotion that would be frightening if I wasn’t so darn cute. *ahem* With all of that said, I decided to pick only five blogs for this award. I hope that’s okay with everyone. As always, if the folks listed here don’t care to participate, that is quite all right with me.

A New Perspective Perhaps (http://anewperspectiveperhaps.wordpress.com)

St. Sahm (http://stsahm.wordpress.com)

Alesia Blogs (http://alesiablogs.wordpress.com)

On Wylie Hill (http://onwyliehill.wordpress.com)

The War In My Brain (http://meganhasocd.com)

 

Beautiful Blogger Award

beautiful blogger award graphic

 

I’m ashamed to say that the wonderfully talented J.R. Taylor (http://jrtaylorwrites.wordpress.com) nominated me for the Beautiful Blogger Award waaaaay back at the beginning of February. I have no idea how it happened, but it got lost in the mix. So here I am, over a month later, posting about it. Have I mentioned how much I fail at doing these things in a timely manner? Ugh. My biggest and most humble apologies for the oversight, J.R. Taylor. I can’t thank you enough for the nomination. I quickly fell in love with your blog and your poetry, and, for anyone reading this post, please take the time to visit J.R. Taylor’s blog. You will not be disappointed! It is just that fantastic.

And now … onward and upward!

The Rules:

  1. Copy and place the Beautiful Blogger Award in your  post.
  2. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  3. Tell 7 things about yourself.
  4. Nominate 7 fellow bloggers for the Beautiful Blogger Award; tell them by posting a comment on their blogs.

Seven Things About Me:

  1. I like ice cream in the winter, but not so much in the summer.
  2. I hate answering machines. I turn into a blithering idiot at the first beep and end up leaving the most ridiculous, rambling messages. It’s embarrassing.
  3. I can’t grocery shop without a list. I find myself confused by the bright lights, the advertisements and displays, and the overload of choices. Without a list, I end up wandering up and down the aisles until I give up and head home with something I didn’t need, like a jar of pickles and three squeeze bottles of mustard.
  4. I like hot tea. Earl Grey is my favorite.
  5. I’m addicted to the TV show, “Castle”.
  6. I have a terrible sense of balance, and it took me forever to learn how to ride a bike. I haven’t been on a bike in years, so I’m not sure I still remember how to ride one, but I did at one time!
  7. I played the flute in school. (From 5th grade all the way through 12th)

My Nominees:

Okay. So here comes the “dreaded” (or not) nominations section. Some folks love being nominated for these awards. Some folks hate it. As a person who simply loves and follows all of these blogs, it is impossible for me to know into which camp various bloggers may fall. So … I’m going to list my nominees in the hopes that they will enjoy this, and that receiving a  nomination will be a good or happy thing for them, as it was for me. In the end, I think what’s most important is driving traffic to a blog or a site. All the writing in the world — no matter how creative or beautiful it might be — is for nothing if no one reads it. For anyone who reads this post, please, please, please go and visit these blogs. Each one is a little gem, and I think spending some time with them will make your day a little happier and your heart a little lighter.

For the bloggers I’ve listed below, please take this nomination for what it is: an act of love and devotion from me to your blog and the time and effort you’ve put into its content, as well as a resounding “thank you” to all of you for the way your posts lift my spirits and make me think on a daily basis. You are all rock stars, as far as I’m concerned. If you like getting these awards and playing along, then feel free to do so. If you don’t want to participate, that’s quite all right, too. But please always remember how wonderful you all are and how your blogs enrich the lives of those of us who follow them.

  1. That’s a Jenn Story (http://thatsajennstory.wordpress.com)
  2. MJPIENAAR (http://mjpienaar.wordpress.com)
  3. Happy Little Somethings (http://happylittlesomethings.com)
  4. Gentle Stitches (http://gentlestitches.com)
  5. Bite Size Canada (http://tkmorin.wordpress.com)
  6. A New Perspective Perhaps (http://anewperspectiveperhaps.wordpress.com)
  7. Everything Under the Sun and More (http://everythingunderthesunandmore.wordpress.com)

Liebster Award: Part II

Liebster Award from Tracy Embor

The second Liebster Blog Award nomination came from Tracy Embor (http://tracycembor.com/about/). Tracy Embor’s blog is a relatively new find for me; I’ve only been following it for a short while. But I am thrilled to bits to have found it. Tracy Embor’s blog is lovely, and her writing is creative and beautiful. I treasure each moment spent lost in her posts.

Thank you so, so much, Tracy Embor, for thinking of me and for nominating my blog for this award!

Because I’m posting about these nominations together, I’ve decided to recycle quite a bit of my previous Liebster post. My random facts, my questions for nominees, and my list of nominees all remain the same. But!! Tracy Embor asked a different set of questions. In the interest of keeping the posts (sort of) manageable, length-wise, I decided to split them into two, even though it meant recycling a good bit of text.

The Rules:

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog and link back to the blogger who presented this award to you.

2. Answer the 11 questions from the nominator, list 11 random facts about yourself and create 11 questions for your nominees.

3. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 11 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been chosen. (No tag backs)

4. Copy and Paste the blog award on your blog

Questions from Tracy Embor:

1. What is your favorite book, and why?

I love to read, and I love reading a variety of books. Typically, I will read 2-4 books at a time. But, I’m not sure I have a “favorite” favorite. Typically, I will have a favorite book of the moment. With that said, there are certain books or series of books to which I am attached: The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander remain favorites from my childhood. I still love revisiting these books. I also love C.J. Cherryh’s “Russian Folktale” series, although I think I’m in the minority on that one! The Dresden Files books and anything from the Discworld also remain favorites.

2. Where is the coolest place you have ever been?

I used to work in a kitchen when I was in high school, and I once went into the walk-in freezer. So … *ahem*

But, if we’re talking about “real” places, I would have to say Canada. Perhaps it’s corny of me, but I love Canada. I would very much like to live there. Vancouver and the Niagara Falls area are favorites for me.

3. What is the fanciest dish you know how to cook?

I’m not a very fancy cook. Probably Tarragon Chicken. Or Apricot-glazed chicken. (I cook a lot of chicken.)

4. First kiss — did you do the kissing or were you the one kissed?

It was a tie.

5. What song do you always turn up the volume for when you hear it?

“Name” and “Acoustic #3”, both by the Goo Goo Dolls

6. Sneakers, flats, pumps, boots, stilettos, sandals, or barefoot?

Barefoot, although I’m more afraid of germs these days. So, probably sneakers.

7. What is the best movie ever?

I’m not sure if they qualify as “best ever”, but my favorite movies are: City of Joy, Music & Lyrics, Howl’s Moving Castle, and My Neighbor Totoro.

8. Why do you have a blog?

To see if I could still write, and to find out if I could manage to reach others with my writing. My confidence bottomed-out, and I felt like no one read my writing at all. After feeling this way for quite some time, I came to the conclusion that it must be because I sucked as a writer. So, to settle this question for myself, I decided to start the blog. If it was a huge failure, then I would know I wasn’t meant to be a writer, and I could move on to something else.

9. What is your favorite genre of fiction to read?

Fantasy.

10. Who is your favorite character in anything, and why?

Aya Fujimiya, who is a character in this really terrible anime (which I happen to love in a mindlessly fangirl way) called Weiss Kreuz. I adore him because he is emotionally tortured and quiet … yet he feels things very deeply. He keeps his emotions locked away most of the time. In spite of everything he faces, he remains loyal and focused on his plans. He eventually overcomes his demons, and manages to live life on his own terms.

11. Is there anything else you would like to add about how incredibly awesome, talented, and good-looking you are?

Gosh, no.

My 11 Random Facts:

  1. My favorite season is winter.
  2. I still cry over Tex, my Springer Spaniel who passed away seven years ago.
  3. I never planned on getting married or having kids. Good thing I did, though, as I am so blessed by both my husband and my beautiful daughter. I can’t imagine my life without them.
  4. I hated being a lawyer because it sucked all the creativity out of me.
  5. Seeing the cherry trees bloom and the robins hopping around in my yard make me happy. Even though I don’t get along with Spring.
  6. I struggle with Depression. Constantly.
  7. I am afraid of the ocean.
  8. I am a horrible housekeeper, and I feel really guilty about this.
  9. I feel terrified and overwhelmed by the thought of editing my book — which is why I’ve been stuck on it for years now.
  10. If I hadn’t started blogging on WordPress, I sincerely believe I would have given up on writing all together.
  11. I do not like to carry a purse or my cell phone with me wherever I go — but I do because it’s expected of me.

Questions for My Nominees:

  1. What are your hobbies, other than writing or blogging?
  2. If you could be a bird, what kind would you be — and why?
  3. What is your least favorite household chore?
  4. Do you prefer typing on the computer or writing long-hand first and then typing?
  5. What is your dream vacation?
  6. Do you watch TV, and what’s your favorite show?
  7. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?
  8. What’s your favorite childhood memory?
  9. Do you prefer black ink, blue ink, or another color in your pen?
  10. What annoys you the most about blogging and/or life on the internet? (Hopefully, you won’t answer “being nominated for this award”!)
  11. Do you have any phobias?

My Nominees for the Liebster Award:

Okay. So here comes the “dreaded” (or not) nominations section. Some folks love being nominated for these awards. Some folks hate it. As a person who simply loves and follows all of these blogs, it is impossible for me to know into which camp various bloggers may fall. So … I’m going to list my nominees in the hopes that they will enjoy this, and that receiving a  nomination will be a good or happy thing for them, as it was for me. In the end, I think what’s most important is driving traffic to a blog or a site. All the writing in the world — no matter how creative or beautiful it might be — is for nothing if no one reads it. For anyone who managed to make it to the end of this extremely long post, please, please, please go and visit these blogs. Each one is a little gem, and I think spending some time with them will make your day a little happier and your heart a little lighter.

For the bloggers I’ve listed below, please take this nomination for what it is: an act of love and devotion from me to your blog and the time and effort you’ve put into its content, as well as a resounding “thank you” to all of you for the way your posts lift my spirits and make me think on a daily basis. You are all rock stars, as far as I’m concerned. If you like getting these awards and playing along, then feel free to do so. Pass the Liebster Award along to some more deserving blogs. If you don’t want to participate, that’s quite all right, too. But please always remember how wonderful you all are and how your blogs enrich the lives of those of us who follow them.

Jacqui Reed (http://jacquireed.wordpress.com)
Brad Young’s Art  (http://bradyoungart.wordpress.com)
Yahobahne “Designs” (http://his4glorydotcom.wordpress.com)
A New Perspective Perhaps (http://anewperspectiveperhaps.wordpress.com)
Mindful Musings (http://lookingforphyllis.wordpress.com)
Squirrel Sciuridae (http://squirrelsciuridae.wordpress.com)
St. Sahm (http://stsahm.wordpress.com)
On Wylie Hill (http://onwyliehill.wordpress.com)
Jill Weatherholt (http://jillweatherholt.wordpress.com)
Momisms – My Moments in Motherhood (http://mymomismmoments.wordpress.com)
Ephemeral Gecko (http://ephemeralgecko.com)

The Liebster Award: Part I

I  received two nominations for the Liebster Award! It surprised and delighted me to receive even one nomination. But to think that two folks out there find my blog to be “dear” enough that they think this award is deserved … Well, I don’t mind admitting that I feel honored and a bit floored by that.

Liebster Award from Experienced Tutors

Many, many, many thanks, first of all, to Experienced Tutors (http://experiencedtutors.wordpress.com), a blogger who nominated me for this award almost a month ago. I’m so ashamed that it’s taken me this long to do my reply post. Life has a way of getting away from me, and I am horribly slow at doing “awards” posts. It takes me a long time to figure out who might want a nomination, and it also takes me a while to figure out answers to questions and random facts. Even so — a month is inexcusable on my part, and I hope Experienced Tutors can forgive me.

As for their lovely blog, I was lucky enough to meet Experienced Tutors a few months ago, and I am so happy I did. I love, love, love this blog. I never fail to enjoy Experienced Tutor’s posts, insights, and opinions on life, and I feel they have become a great blogging friend to me here on WordPress.

The Rules:

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog and link back to the blogger who presented this award to you.

2. Answer the 11 questions from the nominator, list 11 random facts about yourself and create 11 questions for your nominees.

3. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 11 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been chosen. (No tag backs)

4. Copy and Paste the blog award on your blog

Questions from Experienced Tutors:

1. What do you think WordPress should do about cyber stalkers on their site when they receive a complaint?

I have to admit that I don’t feel entirely qualified to give this question a good answer. I don’t know what WordPress currently does (if anything) in this situation. And, honestly, I’m not sure what they should do. Luckily, I’ve never been cyber stalked, so I don’t know what I would do or feel in that situation — although I can imagine how terrifying it must be. The one thing I don’t think WordPress can do is “nothing”. Some type of intensive investigation needs to be done. And, possibly, a banning of the stalker, if it seems required / prudent … and if such a thing is even possible.

2. Do you think we should be able to block individuals from looking at our blog?

Yes. I don’t think putting something out there on the internet means we have to open ourselves up to stalking and/or base meanness. By “base meanness”, I don’t mean a simple difference of opinion or disagreement, although I can see how these things could degenerate depending on the personalities involved. Given this, though, I am not sure it’s possible to keep someone from looking at your blog. Practically speaking, perhaps we could block a certain user name, but we all know that people on the internet change identities and names more often than they change their socks.

3. If someone follows your blog, do you think it good manners to follow theirs and do so?

Usually, yes. Sometimes, I intend to come back to follow a blog once I’ve had time to read more of the entries … and then I forget to do this.

4. Were you pleased or annoyed to receive this award?

Pleased. But, as I’ve already mentioned, I’m incredibly slow at doing “awards” posts, so feeling pleased was quickly followed by feeling very guilty.

5. Have  you ever blogged with any site other than WordPress?

Yes. I used to blog on Live Journal for several years.

6. If so, what was your experience?

At first, it was a good and fun experience. At the end, it wasn’t a good experience. Overall, I felt like my LJ blog — and my LJ experience, in general — devolved into something negative and not good for my life. I felt like LJ was too much like a “social networking” site to have an effective blog or to get my writing to a wider audience. Also, my LJ mostly dealt with my cel collecting hobby and with anime, in general. Eventually, I wanted to change the flavor of it to focus on a wider variety of topics and on original writing. It seemed easier to do this by starting fresh with a new blog.

7. Approximately what percentage of posts do you read from blogs you are following?

I try to read all of them, but it’s not always possible. Some folks post a lot. Typically, I will read 85-95%, even on days when I can’t read everything.

8. Approximately how long do you spend blogging each day?

Not as much as I would like. My ideal would be to post each day, but I’m not sure I am creative enough to do this. It sometimes takes me a while to come up with an idea for a post. A typical post will take me 1 – 2 hours to finish, between drafting and editing and, then, finding appropriate photos to add into the text. I try to balance my blogging time with time spent writing original fiction, but I’m not always successful at this. Also, I sometimes get bogged down in reading and replying to posts from folks on my “Following” list.

9. How many blogs are you following?

106

10. Which is the favorite blog you are following?

Although she hasn’t been active in recent months, I have to say Charlottesville Winter (http://cvillewinter.wordpress.com). I am absolutely in awe of this blogger’s talent. Her writing is evocative, amazing, and just breathtakingly beautiful. Every piece I’ve ever read of hers has stuck with me, and I am still carrying some lines with me months and months after reading them.

11. Has 11 of everything on this Liebster Award post been too many? Should it have been the original five?

I’m not sure. Eleven has been a lot — in particular with trying to find eleven blogs to nominate, because I often fear people will be upset or unhappy with a nomination. On the other  hand, I know that I feel happy when someone thinks of me for one of these awards. And only picking five blogs would leave six others with no recognition. So … I think my answer is really a “no answer”.

My 11 Random Facts:

  1. My favorite season is winter.
  2. I still cry over Tex, my Springer Spaniel who passed away seven years ago.
  3. I never planned on getting married or having kids. Good thing I did, though, as I am so blessed by both my husband and my beautiful daughter. I can’t imagine my life without them.
  4. I hated being a lawyer because it sucked all the creativity out of me.
  5. Seeing the cherry trees bloom and the robins hopping around in my yard make me happy. Even though I don’t get along with Spring.
  6. I struggle with Depression. Constantly.
  7. I am afraid of the ocean.
  8. I am a horrible housekeeper, and I feel really guilty about this.
  9. I feel terrified and overwhelmed by the thought of editing my book — which is why I’ve been stuck on it for years now.
  10. If I hadn’t started blogging on WordPress, I sincerely believe I would have given up on writing all together.
  11. I do not like to carry a purse or my cell phone with me wherever I go — but I do because it’s expected of me.

Questions for My Nominees:

  1. What are your hobbies, other than writing or blogging?
  2. If you could be a bird, what kind would you be — and why?
  3. What is your least favorite household chore?
  4. Do you prefer typing on the computer or writing long-hand first and then typing?
  5. What is your dream vacation?
  6. Do you watch TV, and what’s your favorite show?
  7. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?
  8. What’s your favorite childhood memory?
  9. Do you prefer black ink, blue ink, or another color in your pen?
  10. What annoys you the most about blogging and/or life on the internet? (Hopefully, you won’t answer “being nominated for this award”!)
  11. Do you have any phobias?

My Nominees for the Liebster Award:

Okay. So here comes the “dreaded” (or not) nominations section. Some folks love being nominated for these awards. Some folks hate it. As a person who simply loves and follows all of these blogs, it is impossible for me to know into which camp various bloggers may fall. So … I’m going to list my nominees in the hopes that they will enjoy this, and that receiving a  nomination will be a good or happy thing for them, as it was for me. In the end, I think what’s most important is driving traffic to a blog or a site. All the writing in the world — no matter how creative or beautiful it might be — is for nothing if no one reads it. For anyone who managed to make it to the end of this extremely long post, please, please, please go and visit these blogs. Each one is a little gem, and I think spending some time with them will make your day a little happier and your heart a little lighter.

For the bloggers I’ve listed below, please take this nomination for what it is: an act of love and devotion from me to your blog and the time and effort you’ve put into its content, as well as a resounding “thank you” to all of you for the way your posts lift my spirits and make me think on a daily basis. You are all rock stars, as far as I’m concerned. If you like getting these awards and playing along, then feel free to do so. Pass the Liebster Award along to some more deserving blogs. If you don’t want to participate, that’s quite all right, too. But please always remember how wonderful you all are and how your blogs enrich the lives of those of us who follow them.

Jacqui Reed (http://jacquireed.wordpress.com)
Brad Young’s Art  (http://bradyoungart.wordpress.com)
Yahobahne “Designs” (http://his4glorydotcom.wordpress.com)
A New Perspective Perhaps (http://anewperspectiveperhaps.wordpress.com)
Mindful Musings (http://lookingforphyllis.wordpress.com)
Squirrel Sciuridae (http://squirrelsciuridae.wordpress.com)
St. Sahm (http://stsahm.wordpress.com)
On Wylie Hill (http://onwyliehill.wordpress.com)
Jill Weatherholt (http://jillweatherholt.wordpress.com)
Momisms – My Moments in Motherhood (http://mymomismmoments.wordpress.com)
Ephemeral Gecko (http://ephemeralgecko.com)

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Very Inspiring Blogger Award Graphic

The Rules:

1. Display the award logo,
2. Link back to the person who nominated you,
3. State 7 things about yourself,
4. Nominate 15 4 other bloggers for this award and link to them.

I am exceedingly tardy with this post. I kept meaning to blog about it, but life and my own worries kind of ran away with me a bit. I started looking around for fifteen blogs to nominate for the award, and I came to a bit of a standstill. All the blogs I follow — as well as many more here on WordPress that I have yet to discover — are amazingly inspiring to me. But many of them already have hundreds of followers, and I was certain they had, likely, already been down this same blogging award route many times. I wanted this to be a positive experience for others, as it was for me, not something they dreaded. In short, I didn’t want to be a nuisance to anyone. So, I surfed many blogs. I hemmed and hawed. I surfed more blogs. I wrote a few posts. And then, my brain being the hamster-like thing that it is, I forgot about this post altogether. So, yeah … I fail.

But now, I am back with my “Very Inspirational Blogger” award graphic in hand. Be very afraid.

First and foremost, I have to send a huge shout-out of thanks to the amazingly talented Veronica Huanani Fitzhugh of Charlottesville Winter ( http://cvillewinter.wordpress.com ) for nominating me for this award. I couldn’t love her writing or her blog more if I tried — and believe me, I have tried! Please, if you get a chance, take a look at her blog and give yourself the treat of spending some time with her writing. You will be happy you did.

Seven Interesting Things:

I suppose it depends on how  you define “interesting”, but here goes …

  1. I am hopelessly “directionally challenged”. I have a hard time telling Left from Right. Seriously, I have to stop and think about this! And I am terrible at reading a map. I lived in the same city, San Antonio, for many, many years, and I would still get lost finding my way around town. Oddly enough, I was able to navigate the Paris metro system with no problems even though I didn’t speak French. Ditto with the New York Subway — French not required there, happily. I don’t know how to explain this; it is one of the mysteries of the universe.
  2. My most prized possession is a little, stuffed black cat that I’ve had since I was a child. One of my aunts made it for me when I was around three or so, and I slept with it for pretty much my entire childhood. It is now worn, battered, much-loved, and much-repaired. And I still love to cuddle up with it when I’m feeling bad or having a particularly rotten day.
  3. I collect anime cels.
  4. For a long time, I told myself I didn’t want to write or be a writer. I wanted to draw or paint so that I could create beautiful images that people would love. I grew up with a very talented sibling, and everyone around me was constantly awed and proud of his work. I had a hard time getting anyone to read my writing or take it seriously, so I felt that writing was “second best” — the thing that I got stuck with because I wasn’t good enough or worthy enough to be able to paint or draw. Now, I realize that’s not the case, but it was a long, hard haul for me.
  5. One of my favorite pens is a disposable fountain pen. Not only do I like the feel of writing with a fountain pen nib, I find myself amused by the contradictions inherent in its existence. It has pink ink.
  6. I’ve always wanted a pet bird, but I long ago decided against getting one because they are too high-maintenance. Also, I tend to love bird dogs. I am convinced this would be a bad combination.
  7. My favorite movies are (in no particular order): Music & Lyrics, City of Joy, My Neighbor Totoro, and Howl’s Moving Castle.

The Nominees:

I am nominating the following blogs for this award, if they choose to accept it. Honestly, I’m not expecting anyone on this list to feel they have to pass the award along or make a post about it or list interesting things about themselves. If they choose to do so, great … if not, also great! I just felt like these blogs could use an extra shout-out, so, if I am able to direct even a little bit of traffic toward them, it makes me happy.

http://onwyliehill.wordpress.com
http://losrodriguezlife.com
http://thatgirlintheredcoat.com
http://experiencedtutors.wordpress.com

 

The Versatile Blogger Award

Versatile Blogger Award GraphicDisplay the Award Certificate on your website
Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented your award
Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers
Drop them a comment to tip them off after you’ve linked them in the post
Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

I really want to type: The Versatile Blogger Award!!!, with many exclamation marks, because this really is a “yay!” sort of moment for me. But I feel like I should type: The Versatile Blogger Award??, with many question marks, instead, because I have felt anything but “versatile” during the past week. This is why I’m so tardy in posting about this. This past week ate my lunch, to put it mildly.

Even so, I’ve decided I shall go with the whole “yay!” thing, because, really, it’s just a lot more fun. I remain astounded — in a very wonderful and pleasant way — to find anyone even reads this blog, let alone enjoying it enough to nominate it for an award. So, I am a bit stunned, but, again, in a really great, warm-and-fuzzy way.

There are not enough thank-yous in the world to give to the wonderful and talented Veronica Haunani Fitzhugh of Charlottesville Winter (http://cvillewinter.wordpress.com) for nominating my blog for this award. If you haven’t seen her blog yet, please, drop everything and head over there this very second. You will not be sorry!!

So … seven more interesting things about myself. I am sitting here, making a face at my computer, as I think to myself, “Self, you know … We pretty much exhausted all the interesting things about you with the previous award post.” Yeah. A bit stumped here, but I’ll give it a go.

1. I am a terrible traveler. I enjoy seeing and experiencing new places, but I despise the act of getting from point A to point B. I whine and complain the whole time we are in the airport, standing in the security line, taking off our shoes, etc., etc., etc. Really, I’m not trying to be a brat. I’m horribly shy, and crowds freak me out. The thought of going through the X-ray freaks me out. And I live in terror of the possibility that I’ll have to go through one of those body scanner things.

2. I always wanted an Etch-a-Sketch when I was a kid. I asked for one repeatedly, but this wish was never granted — until a couple of years ago when my sweet hubby got one for me for Christmas. Basically, I can only draw a straight line on it, but I love that darn thing to bits. And he scored big points for nostalgia.

3. I don’t like my food to touch when it’s on my plate. I probably should have outgrown this oddity as a child, but I didn’t. I’ve just gotten better at hiding it when I’m in public.

4. My favorite thing to eat at a Japanese restaurant is a Bento-box type of lunch / entree. Because all the food comes in its own little compartment. This is heaven for someone who has food oddities. (See “interesting fact #3”, above.)

5. I love bunnies, and I’ve always wanted a pet rabbit. I will never have one, because I also love dogs. I am pretty certain that dogs and bunnies wouldn’t mix well.

6. I grew up in the Texas Hill Country, and our house was overrun with scorpions for some reason. I think we might have had the bad luck to buy a house that was on or near a huge nest of them or something. Anyhow, we had to check our beds and ceilings for scorpions every night and our shoes for them every morning.

7. I am not fond of the color yellow. And yet, the common areas of my house (stairwells, hallways, living room, entry way) are all painted yellow. Because, when we bought this house, I felt (very strongly) that it NEEDED to be yellow. I don’t get it, even now. But the house gets what the house wants. I am hoping that my house will soon change its mind and decide it needs to be a different color. A peaceful blue-gray would be nice …

My nominees for The Versatile Blogger Award:

  1. http://booksforever1blog.wordpress.com
  2. http://thebatamonblog.wordpress.com
  3. http://losrodriguezlife.com
  4. http://weaklyshortstories.wordpress.com
  5. http://gnawingthebone.wordpress.com
  6. http://jotsfromasmallapt.wordpress.com
  7. http://ephemeralgecko.com
  8. http://muags.wordpress.com
  9. http://novelconclusions.wordpress.com
  10. http://evilsquirrelsnest.com
  11. http://thejournalfiles.wordpress.com
  12. http://funandfabulousness.wordpress.com
  13. http://thatgirlintheredcoat.com
  14. http://vintageforde.wordpress.com
  15. http://crazybeautifulnature.wordpress.com