Gah! I’m so delinquent in my blog-posting/reading…as I explained this morning on Twitter, “the sloth in the next cage died, so am filling in for it at the last minute. Have been very convincing in my role.”
For what that’s worth.
And shame on me further because I have yet to formally thank the lovely Lisa Reece-Lane and Agatha of the Milk Fever and Here Be Dragons blogs, respectively, for humoring a primate with blog awards! My very first ones, so I’m screeching and throwing poop around my cage like it’s confetti.
Following my blog post on rules, ironically, here are a few more that I am more than delighted to adhere to in accepting these honors (along with the gown I shall be wearing to the award ceremony):
1. Thank those who loved you enough to bestow this gift.
2. Share seven (7) things about yourself.
3. Bestow this honor onto 10 newly discovered or followed bloggers–in no particular order–who are fantastic in some way. (The You’re Going Places award only obligates me to 5, but I’ll honor the original Spotlight reqs)
4. Drop by and let the 10 chosen friends know you love them.
Okay, so to follow my thank-you above, here are 7 random things about me:
1. I am the youngest of 4 and the proud auntie of 2 nieces and 6 nephews. Being 7 to 10 years younger than my siblings, let’s just say I fought my way into this world as an “unexpected” gift from God.
2. Though it’s rare in females, I’m color-blind. Well, color “weak” as the eye doctor says every time I fail one of those gol’ damn color tests.
3. Although I love animals (I am, after all, a monkey), I am not a pet person. At all. But if I had to align myself with either the infamous Dog People or Cat People in a finger-snapping gang face-off of “West Side Story” proportions, I would probably go Cat.
4. While not advanced and hardly ever getting the chance anymore, I love playing the piano.
5. The only physical features that I’m genuinely insecure about are my feet.
6. I suspect that I have an old soul, but cannot determine its age (though, considering my bunions and the flannel granny cap I wear in bed on winter nights—very much to my husband’s chagrin—I estimate it’s at least 80).
7. My mind is a reservoir of meaningless pop cultural free-association-of-thought. For example, on command, I can sing/hum theme songs to old TV shows (with a concentration in ’80s sitcoms). My college roommates discovered this ability in our dorm cafeteria—nothing stumped me, but after something like 2 hours I stopped in frustration that I could only recall ONE of the themes for “Lost in Space” (the later color episodes had a different song than the earlier B&W seasons, you see, but I’m pleased to announce that I eventually did remember the other one and will sing it at your wedding if you book me far enough in advance).
Though not all necessarily “newly discovered,” I will now bestow the honors to 10 of my consistent blogger friends (I’ll split the 2 awards 50/50):
Receiving the Spotlight Award:
1. To extend my thanks further, Here Be Dragons. This blog is a constant source of empathy and inspiration for me as a writer.
2. Nicki Elson’s Not-So-Deep Thoughts. A newly-published author’s witty musings on writing and the 1980s—as her little sister, I couldn’t be prouder!
3. Real Bloggers United. A diverse new collaboration of bloggers to which I try to contribute on a monthly basis and encourage you all to do the same!
4. Courage 2 Create. An insightful writer embodying refreshing humility and kindness.
5. Aphorism of the Day. Though he humbly goes by “nothingprofound,” his bite-sized pearls of wisdom give a busy life pause for meaningful thought.
Receiving the You’re Going Places Award:
6. In keeping with the spirit of #1, Milk Fever. Lisa is a rising newly-published author, and her posts crack me up.
7. Though she already has heaps of ’em, there’s a reason: Bowl of Oranges. Our gal Lua never fails to share spot-on reflections related to the journey of a writer.
8. Write in Berlin. I *heart* this gal’s wit and sharp perspectives as a writer and Berliner. Her advertising eye always makes for an engaging interplay of images and text.
9. In Media Res. Filled with humor and honesty, Milo is a lesson in imagination and perseverance in publication.
10. Lethal Inheritance. A richly informative guide on writing and the quest for publication by YA fantasy lit author, Tahlia.
*phew* I’m pooped (in the figurative sense, not the literal with regard to my nasty monkey habits). I’m off for the evening and hoping to catch up on all of your blogs this weekend, as well as those of newer commenters who I’m very pleased to meet and looking forward to following as well!