Hello Everyone! I hope those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving are enjoying your tryptophan naps and delicious leftovers.

It is time for me to pass on some awards. My last award post was early August and I received these awards soon after, which also coincided with my extended break from blogging (as I was beginning a new job and getting overwhelmed).  I am back and very thankful for the awards my good friends in the online world have bestowed on me. And now, I get to do my favorite thing, bestow these awards on my well-deserving friends.

Lisa Rivero of Lisa Rivero sent me the Summer Blogger Award. Yes, it was awhile ago, but just look at that beach! What a lovely sunny image. I can feel the warmth, oh wait, that is my space heater. But, I do have a sunny day today (despite the snow and 6 degrees).

Belated thanks to you, Lisa, I really appreciate it. And, if any of my followers haven’t checked out Lisa’s site, yet, you are in for a treat. Lisa is a prolific and amazing author whom I have known about and read for many years in the nonfiction world. She is currently working on fiction, and she is such an excellent writer.

The rules for this award are simple:  thank the person who gave it to you with a link back in your post, and send this on to fellow bloggers who rock this summer. List 4 rocking bloggers (if you can or have the time) to share this with, and post a note to them through their comments.

Hmmm, I’ve never had a seasonal award. So, let’s improvise – I am passing this award on to those that have put sun in my life and who have informed, inspired, and impressed me recently:

Karen Schindler of Miscellaneous Yammering and POW Fast Flash Fiction

Deanna Schrayer of The Other Side of Deanna and The Life of a Working Writer Mommy

Mari Juniper of Mari’s Randomities

Sam Adamson of Future; nostalgic

Laura Eno of A Shift in Dimensions

My good friend Deanna of The Other Side of Deanna has created her own award called Deanna’s I’m A Literacy Builder. What a great idea! Deanna has a big heart and is an amazing writer. She inspires me and is truly a wise soul.

Deanna created this award when she was inspired by International Literacy Day and her own love of writing & reading that was instilled in her by many people. Here is what she said:

I only hope that by sharing my love of words that I’m helping to contribute to the growth of that love, and that International Literacy Day will still be here for my great-great-great-great….grandchildren to celebrate.

To share this love of words I’ve created a new award: Deanna’s “I’m A Literacy Builder” Blog Award.

Now, I’m not going to lay a bunch of heavy rules of acceptance on y’all, just a couple small ones:

  1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award.
  2. Display the award logo on your blog site.
  3. Tell us five of your favorite words and why you like them, (add as many as you like).
  4. Pass the award on to three bloggers you feel are excellent literacy builders, and link to their sites – Yes, only three!
  5. Contact the bloggers you’ve chosen and let them know about the award.

Five of my Favorite Words:

First of all, this is really hard – I will give it my best shot…

Privy – love the way it sounds, and has diverse meanings – knowing secrets or outdoor toilet

Pyewacket coolest cat name (Gillian Holroyd’s cat and familiar in the film Bell, Book and Candle – and so many other fun historical roots)

Kringla – fun to say and is my all time favorite family cookie (Norwegian) and also the name of my favorite pet – my orange tabby

Kitty-Corner – how we always described the direction of someone’s house that was diagonal from another point of reference (see a cat theme developing)

Free – anyway you use it, it creates excitement

Bloggers I feel are excellent literacy builders:

Johanna Harness of Johanna’s Big Thoughts (the queen and creator of #amwriting)

Marisa Birns of Out of Order Alice

Linda Simoni-Wastila of LEFTBRAINWRITE

Marc Nash of Sulci Collective

Dan Holloway of Year Zero Writers and Eight Cuts Gallery

My good friend Estrella Azul of Life’s A Stage – Web Blog sent me the Prolific Blogger Award. Thanks Estrella! I don’t feel so prolific the past few months, but I hope to get in the groove again. This award helps to inspire me. Estrella is a heart-felt creative writer and makes beautiful jewelery. Check out her blog!

The rules of acceptance related to this award are:

  • Every winner of the Prolific Blogger Award has to pass on this award to at least seven other deserving prolific bloggers. Spread some love!
  • Each Prolific Blogger must link to the blog from which he/she has received the award.
  • Every Prolific Blogger must link back to the original post, which explains the origins and motivation for the award.
  • Every Prolific Blogger must visit this original post and add his/her name in the Mr. Linky, so that we all can get to know the other winners.
  • I’m passing this award on to:

    Carrie Clevenger of Mindspeak

    Angie Capozello of Techtigger’s Soapbox and The Penny Dreadful

    Jim Bronyaur of Jim Bronyaur and Soft Whispers

    Alison Wells of Head Above Water

    Jessica Rosen of Girl Meets Word

    Emma Newman of Post-Apocalyptic Publishing

    George Angus of George Angus (TumbleMoose)

    Now here is a little poetry reading for your entertainment by Gary Larson, The Far Side: