Tony Powers, of Barking in the Dark, has been so kind as to pass on both the Versatile Blogger Award to Sparks In Shadow, and The 7×7 Award to it and Words One Hundred. I haven’t the words to thank him properly but I hope he knows how very grateful I am for these as well as the thoughtful words of encouragement he’s left on both blogs over the weeks since we met in the blogging world.
MJ, of Memoirs of an Evil Stepmom, passed along the Versatile Blogger Award to Words One Hundred and I’m very grateful and surprised that she liked what she read there enough to have even mentioned me. Thanks MJ.
Changed By Change, of her blog by the same name, passed the Tell Me About Yourself Award and the Versatile Blogger awards to Words One Hundred. Thanks Ms. Change, for including it in your list of blogs that move you in some way.
My real baby has grown up strong and is out on her own (and hard to catch) but my young blog ‘babies’ still need lots of care from me because they hold my hopes and dreams for myself. Tending those dreams is the bulk of what I do now and the best intention that drives me, defines what I want from and to give to this world. Any time a person is moved by something I write and lets me know, it helps to fortify my will to continue and my desire to give my imagination the free rein it strains for at times. Yet it’s taken me so long to write this post because I feel bewildered — not that someone would like what I do and be kind — but that I could feel like such a failure even as they do. It’s complicated, but it has to do with the real world. (I’d like to call it the fake world — but if things like taxes were fake, I don’t think we’d complain about them much.)
Anyway, amalgamating the prerequisites for acceptance of these generous awards, I should tell some things about myself that you may not know, and then list some blogs that I’d like to pass the awards on to, so you can discover them, if you haven’t already. (There may be specific numbers involved but I’m going to pretend I can’t remember them.)
1. I feel like I have as many stories in my head as there are stars in the sky, but short ones. Long stories terrify me. That’s why I have to start writing more of them.
2. I’m also afraid of boring people, but aware that I do it often. Being quiet isn’t an option I want to explore anymore, because it can be just as boring, if it’s noticed at all, so I guess I have to get more comfortable with my mistakes. That’ll be difficult because I’m also afraid of making mistakes.
3. I’ll look at the world through rose-colored glasses any time it will let me. This is why I love Christmas. The one time of year when I get the most cooperation in that endeavor, though not enough because I’m a realist, the most optimistic realist you’ll ever find.
4. Gratuitously added because of the season: The one holiday song that can sour my mood is the horrible torture of that Paul McCartney “Wonderful Christmastime” thing. Maybe it’s in a weird key or frequency or something and only bothers me, but I cringe when it starts up. Imagine my pain when it started while I was in the ladies’ room at Sears and couldn’t get away. I’m sure some of the holiday songs you hate are among my favorites. Personal taste is a weird thing, isn’t it?
5. I’ve recently realized that I’d rather be knitting or crocheting because it seems to calm me and I sleep better if I do more of it in the evening. Of course it’s impossible for me to write if spend my writing time knitting or crocheting. Hmm. This means something.
Enough about me.
I read quite a few blogs, though not a huge number compared to others who try to keep track of 200 or so. (Just the thought of trying to do that makes my head ache.) So I’m going to list the sort of extra ‘writerly’ ones that thrill me the most. (Tony’s exceedingly cool whether serious or funny. He’s often both at once. I linked to his site, Barking in the Dark, at the top of this post. Head over there for a look, if you haven’t already.)
Averil Dean – She has some very mature stories and subjects on her site, but her ability to elevate the simple and even the complex with a stroke of her virtual pen, amazes me and keeps me coming back for more.
Girl in the Hat – The stories, essays, and chapters from her novel want you to look at them. They deserve to be read and savored.
The Story River – She writes mainly about the process of seeing, interpreting, understanding and persevering with the writing. I love her insights and the way she relates them. She’s a wonderful interviewer too, and her novel is available now. I’m saving up for my copy.
Aubrey’s Blog – She finds the most beautiful ways to describe the everyday and adds so much more to the extraordinary. Her prose is often like a Technicolor dream.
Streams of Consciousness – Coco writes beautifully — absolutely delicious poetry and wonderful essays, and recently she’s also written some political posts following the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Life as an Art Form – Uplifting essays by a fellow believer in the importance of empathy and brother(and sister)hood.
SingleMaltMonkey – An artist versed in so many different aspects of art, that he blows my mind.
Words and Other Things – Nicole has been working on her novel during NaNoWriMo and has written about the process, and other interesting things while taking that journey.
the Satsumabug blog – My first blogging friend, she also has quite a few artistic talents and writes eloquently about her journey to learn more about herself and her art.
Well, these are but a few and everyone listed can handle their awards however they like. I have no expectations. These awards won’t die out if no more of them radiate out from here, and if you do pass any along, spin them however you’d like.
There are more writers who are also deserving of note, but it’s late and I’m very slow. I know that’s no excuse, but my email address is on the sidebar. I’ll entertain hate mail on another day.
Many thanks to everyone who visits me and these things I write here and at Words One Hundred. You are more appreciated than you could possibly know.