Thank you, Roy! I am honored. Back in 2009, having answered for the 13th or 67th time what “5 things do most people not know about you” (until I was pretty sure there wasn’t a single mystery left, if ever there’d been one), and blogging “7 things you wish people knew about you” (until I kind of wished I’d held something back and was haunted by visions of readers moaning, “No, please, we know more than we ever wanted to know about you! Really! Just shut up and give us the quiz!”) I formally stopped accepting blog awards. “No, please, not another award… I couldn’t possibly…” was simply code for, “I can’t think of anything new to write, here, or anyone to nominate who hasn’t already beat me in running for the hills.” Blog awards had become ubiquitous and slightly terrifying to us all.
Six years later, I see this resurgence in blog awards – and it isn’t a terrible thing at all. It is more of a “Welcome (back) to the community.” It feels a little silly and a lot nice, and I am happy to accept, and happy that Roy chose to nominate me. If you are not already a Roy Ackerman fan, run over there and subscribe to his blog, Cerebrations. He writes about science, healthcare technology, taxes, business and the economy, the brain, energy, water, and occasionally throws in an opinion on current events – in other words, he’s kind of a kindred spirit. And I’m sure you’ll enjoy his writing.
Naturally, there are rules to accepting the Creative Blogger Award:
- Thank and post the link of the person who nominated you. (You gotta be told this? Didn’t your mama teach you manners? 🙂 Do not stick your nose in the air and say, “Thanks, but I don’t do blog awards” – you do blog awards, or at least make yourself a nice little page somewhere, smack this graphic on it, say “thank you,” and be happy someone out there likes you.)
- Share 5 facts about yourself to your readers. (You say you’ve done this a gazillion times already and you’re not going to do it again because you can’t think of anything new to write? It’s called the “Creative Blogger Award” for a reason. Get creative.)
- Nominate 10-20 blogs and notify them. (Starts counting on fingers and toes the number of bloggers who are still active and might be heeding the advice in #1… Eeek!)
- Pass on the rules. (First time I read this, I thought it meant, “The rules are optional, you rebel, you!” and rejoiced. I think it means “Make sure your nominees are aware of the rules and follow them.” Whatever. Customize your own parentheticals. Steal mine, and we’re all gonna look like a bunch of weirdos. I do recommend one change or addition: NOTIFY your nominees. Pretty to think they’ll all read your post, but better to email or IM them, just in case!)
Five facts about myself:
- I’ve been married to the same wonderful man for 31 years. Choosing him to spend my life with was the best decision I’ve ever made.
- I have loved to write since about fifth grade. I didn’t even consider writing children’s books until I wrote Trockle for my son. You should probably be a little careful shopping on my Amazon page, because the audience for A New Leaf for Lyle is a little different from the audience for Innocents and Demons.
- Despite being a klutz, climbing trees, ice skating on a lake, and riding horses as a kid, I managed to make it to 50 before I broke a bone. Now I’ve managed to break two. Fortunately, my bones are strong and I’m healthy, so they heal up fast. As fast as any bones… which is to say, maddeningly slow, but it’s not a crisis of mythic proportions.
- My favorite food is lamb, and my favorite dessert is just about anything with chocolate. That said, I don’t think I’d enjoy any food if it were the only food I could ever eat again. Except maybe pineapple. Because that might imply I was stuck on a tropical island.
- I’m not a natural redhead, but I have enough of it in my DNA that people who’ve known me for years think auburn is my natural color and I just stopped dying my hair blonde. I keep expecting gray roots, but no – they keep coming back blonde. I’m convinced redheads have more fun.
Nominate a whole buncha bloggers for the award! (The fun part!)
- Marian Allen, Author Lady (Marian has been creatively re-inventing me on the planet of Llannonn for years, now, so she deserves top billing on my nominations today!)
- Ramana Rajgopaul – Ramana’s Musings (Ramana’s musings often turn into conversations in the comments, so be sure to read those, too!)
- Patricia Stoltey, Author (and you should really read some of her books, too!)
- Mitch Mitchell – I’m Just Sharing (extra creative blogger pointals if he manages to accept this award on both the YouTube channel and the blog! Or maybe his other blog I didn’t know about until now…Syracuse Wiki!)
- Rasheed Hooda – Make a Life, AND a Living (I first met Rasheed when he was making balloon animals – and swords – at my local CiCi’s Pizza. Then he turned up in a photo on my friend Mitch Mitchell’s blog. Lately, I’ve learned he has an interest in photography, and is a natural storyteller who’s been sitting on some promising children’s book manuscripts for years… Pretty creative, I’d say!)
- Peter Wright, Contrarian Thinker & Speaker (My favorite conservative blogger! I appreciate Peter’s perspectives, and I can understand where he’s coming from, even when I disagree with where he goes – and I don’t always disagree. That’s a step towards a meeting of the minds, and if more people were as thoughtful, respectful, and civil as Peter is, the world would be a better place for it.)
- Vivian Zabel – Brain Cells & Bubble Wrap (Be sure to check out 4RV Publishing, too – this woman’s just full of and surrounded by creativity!)
- Maryann Miller – Maryann Writes (Maryann is a fun person to know – she’s got a surprisingly naughty sense of humor, sometimes!)
You might wonder about the next three – at first glance, these blogs may appear to be part of the once vibrant, now abandoned wasteland of the Internet. Or examples of “I kind of think I want a blog, but I’m not quite sure why…” But I know these women to be delightful, creative writers who maybe just need a little nudge, some gentle arm-twisting, and maybe offerings of dark chocolate to entice them into sharing more on their blogs:
- Mia Pleasant – Who’s Rooster is This? (Mia needs readers. I first met Mia on writing.com, for heaven’s sake, where she was a moderator. The woman can write. Now, if we could just get her to share more of it…)
- Cairn Rodrigues – The Light Stealers Song (Cairn appears to have dropped out of blogging. I know better; like many of us, she’s had a bad slump and she’s succumbed to the bright lights of Twitter and the easy lure of Facebook. Let’s all go ring her doorbell and encourage her to at least post links to her Fiction Frenzy vlogs, photos of her creative home renovations, and funny stories for us.)
- Ijeoma Oluo – Her Honest Life (Ijeoma has a name that’s slightly harder to pronounce than “Jahangiri” – though not really – and she writes some pretty powerful stuff. She’s also wickedly funny and honest – two qualities I admire greatly. Like Cairn, she hasn’t been keeping her own blog up to date, and that might lead you to think she’s not very writerly, but you’d be wrong. You can find Ijeoma’s stuff here and on Facebook.)
Now, go forth and read – and nudge. And tell ’em I sent you.
Thanks again, Roy!