Gratitude

Today is another hot humid day, but I’m not complaining too much. My friends on the east coast have had such a miserably hot summer. Since we are all stuck in the heat, I thought it was a great time to spread the love around with awards.

I’m very grateful for the awards that my dear friends have sent to me this summer. The awards are such sweet surprises that uplift my spirits. And, I love to send them along to very deserving friends, amazing writers and great bloggers to keep the love in circulation.

The “Creative Writer” Blogger Award

(Creepy version via Mari Juniper, inspired by Jodi MacArthur)

I want to thank my dear friend, Mari Juniper at Mari’s Randomities for the “Creative Writer” Blogger Award . I have received this award before, but, as good fiction writers will do, Mari added new rules, giving us a chance to exercise our fiction writing muscles (or tell the truth about our weird past), thus creating the Creepy Version.

“Creative Writer” Blogger Award Rules:

1. Thank the person who gave this to you.

2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.

3. Link to the person who nominated you.

4. Tell up to six outrageous lies about yourself, and at least one outrageous truth – or – switch it around and tell six outrageous truths and one outrageous lie.

5. Nominate seven “Creative Writers” who might have fun coming up with outrageous lies.

6. Post links to the seven blogs you nominate.

7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know you nominated them.

Added Rules for the Creepy Version (via Mari Juniper, inspired by Jodi MacArthur)

Now to the fun part. I’d like to propose a challenge of the sorts, hereby changing said rules just a bit.

I dare the following bloggers to spread the chill. Make your lies and truths as scary, ugly and grotesque as you can. Of course you don’t have to, but I do dare you.

Okay, here are my creepy lies and truths. Can you tell which one is the only truth, or the only lie?

  1. I listened to a young girl relate the details of watching her dad kill her mother.
  2. I have started to eat a caterpillar while it was still alive.
  3. I watched others eat fudge that was dipped in the toilet with out saying a word.
  4. I slipped and fell in vomit when walking through my favorite coffee shop.
  5. I helped perform medical procedures on a dog.
  6. I lived in a house I thought was haunted, and moved after infestations of bees, bugs, snakes and a flood.

I send the creepy version of the “Creative Writer” Blogger Award to these great creative writers:

Sam Adamson @FutureNostalgic at Future Nostalgic

Lily Mulholland @lilymulholand at Ten Seconds a Day

P.J. Kaiser @doublelattemama at Inspired By Real Life

Olivia Tejeda @SimplyOlivia at Away with Words

Estrella Azul @EstrellaAzul at Life’s a stage – WebBlog

Tomara Armstrong @2maraA at This, That… The Other Thing

Deanna Schrayer @deannaschrayer at The Other Side of Deanna

Catherine Russel @ganymeder at Ganymeder: Writing Blog of Catherine Russell

One Lovely Blog Award

I want to thank the talented and lovely Monica Marier at Attack of the Muses!! and the brilliant and ever interesting Carrie Bailey at the Peevish Penman for the One Lovely Blog Award. These girls really have it together.

One Lovely Blog Award Rules:

1. Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.

2. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered.

3. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

The Versatile Blogger

Thanks goes to the amazing blogger and Twitter maiden, Nicole Humphrey at It’s All About Writing for giving me The Versatile Blogger Award. Thanks Nicole, I really appreciate it!

My good friend, Deanna Schrayer at The Other Side of Deanna also gave me this award. Deanna has such a big, giving heart and is always there for me. Thanks Deanna, you are a true blue friend!

The Rules:

1) Thank and link back to the person that gave you the award.

2) Share seven things about yourself.

3) Pass the award to fifteen bloggers that you think deserve it.

4) Lastly, contact all of the bloggers that you’ve picked for the award.

To make up for the grotesque and scary things I wrote above, I will share seven things  that are more pleasant this time:

  1. I was convinced I would never have children due to a lifelong hormone condition, but had twins, unassisted by fertility drugs at age 35 (after being married for 15 yrs.) Happy Day!
  2. I have been physically with my two children (boy/girl twins – 9 yr olds) about 99.5% of the time during their first 8.5 years of life – attachment parenting & homeschool are exhausting, but worth it.
  3. I dream of moving to France to live for an extended period of time and traveling around Europe. Of course I will be writing the entire time and taking photos.
  4. I lived in a small town in Iowa (1,200 people)  during my childhood & youth – girl scouts, church choir, worked in the fields in the summer (bean-walking, detassling, corn research – birth control for corn) met my husband at a bible study in college, served in military part-time (Air National Guard) – but my mind & heart never conformed – luckily my husband’s didn’t either.
  5. Most of you already know, but I am a family therapist recently getting back to work. I got a part-time job as a clinical supervisor at an agency that serves children & families. I take my responsibility for their treatment very seriously even though  I supervise & train with humor and questions.
  6. I am compelled to think about and contemplate the deeper meanings in everything I do, keenly observe what is going on around me and to speak bluntly about what I think. It took me a long time to realize that not everyone does that – and many wish I didn’t.
  7. I have a freakishly sensitive sense of smell. It is so sensitive, in fact, that if I told others what I could actually smell, I would be exiled to the funny farm. Now, if I could just get one of those jobs as a taster & tester – an ice cream factory would be great.

There are so many blogs that I love and I have enjoyed meeting & chatting with these bloggers. Here are 15 blogs that I have newly discovered and/or  I think deserve BOTH the Versatile Blogger and the One Lovely Blog Award:

Annie Q Syed @so_you_Know at Trial of Words: Writings and Fragments

Nishi @Cafe_Nirvana at Breathing Butterflies

Emma Newman @EmApocalyptic at Post Apocalyptic Publishing

Lisa Rivero @lisa_rivero at Lisa Rivero: the Wild Thyme Unseen

Jemi Fraser @jemifraser at Just Jemi

Josie Lyon @safetycomfort at Around the Kitchen Table

Linda Wasy @drwasy at LEFTBRAINWRITE

Judy Clement Wall @jdistraction at Zebra Sounds

Cecilia Dominic @RandomOenophile at Cecilia’s Random Writings

Alison Wells @alisonwells at Head above Water

Mari Juniper @marirandomities at Mari’s Randomities

Karen Schindler @karenfrommentor at Miscellaneous Yammering

Laura Eno @lauraeno at A Shift in Dimensions

Marisa Birns @marisabirns at Out of Order Alice

Jodi MacArthur @JodiMacArthur at Fiction Writer: Jodi MacArthur

Carrie Clevenger @shadowsinstone at Mindspeak


A Blog With Substance Award

My good friend, Linda Wastila at LeftBrainWrite honored me with The Blog With Substance Award. I was flabbergasted and humbled because I see her as the perfect person for this award. Linda has one sharp mind, a very kind heart, and the most amazing fiction and poetry on her blog.  Thank you, Linda, your confidence in me is appreciated more than you know.

A Blog With Substance Award Rules:

1) describe my blogging philosophy in 5 words; and

2) pass along to another deserving blogger.

My Five Words:

INSPIRE.

CONNECT.

INFORM. (Hopefully with wisdom & compassion)

EVOLVE.

WildVirtualFun. (I’m the writer, and I say it IS one word)

Here is a blog I think deserves the Blog With Substance Award:

A. Victoria Mixon is an author and editor who has a blog that is endlessly informative and entertaining.  She has great advice for writing, interviews and the keenest observations of the writer’s life I have seen. I appreciate her perspective on everything about writing and writers. She creates amazing lists that alway go right into the heart of the matter, whatever it is. She is a true professional and a really sharp writer! Here latest lists hit the target of the bullseye, as always – Five things that should set off your bullshit alarm at writers conferences - Victoria, thanks for providing an excellent website full of your insights & advice.

Honorable Mention

I would like to thank Marc Nash for his kind words about The Writer’s Life and Coffee Klatch posts. I am deeply touched and very glad my posts have been meaningful and helpful to this community.

Thanks again!

Stay cool, everyone!