Monday, September 1, 2014

Two Awards and Apologies for the Long Silence

Inspiring Blogger Award from
Julia Hones

Liebster Award from Sandra Cox
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First the apologies for not blogging. 
1.) I've been busy working on my mystery. My goal is to finish this draft by mid-September. There's 24-25 chapters in mind, and I'm on chapter 17 so far. 
2.) We've had company and made a couple of out-of-town trips to visit folks we hadn't seen for a long time, due to travels. 
And 3.) We are getting ready for another long trip to Spain and Portugal. (I haven't even finished blogging about the last trip, but that's how it goes sometimes. Oh, the stories I'd like to tell!)

Meanwhile, two very nice blog friends gave me awards that you can see at the top of this page and read about below. Thank you so much, ladies!

Julia Hones gave me the Inspiring Blogger Award, which I find quite an honor. Julia has a marvelous blog called My Writing Life that I love to read and find inspiring in its own right, and you will too, so do check it out. She's also had many short stories and poems published and is the poetry editor of Southern Pacific Review

As a recipient of the award, I'm supposed to reveal 7 things about myself and then pass the award on to others whose blogs I find inspiring. Hmm. 7 reveals . . . Okay, here we go.

1. In my junior year in college, after finals, I let a girlfriend talk me into bleaching my hair blonde. (She was bleaching her hair, and we were hyper from finals, so I thought, "Why not?") Because I have a lot of red in my hair, it went red instead of blonde. Because I have a few freckles, everyone who met me as a redhead thought I really was a redhead -- to the point that when I got tired of it and decided to dye it back to dark brown, I was told, "No, don't do that, it won't look natural."

2. My favorite dessert is a cookie. Forget pies, cakes, and rich creamy custards. Give me a cookie. Any cookie, although I like sugar, shortbread, oatmeal, or peanutbutter the best.

3. I am a crossword puzzle nut. I love the New York Times crossword puzzle. I can't always finish it (Fridays and Saturdays), but I usually start the day with it. For one thing, it wakes me up and gets the wheels turning for writing later in the day.

4. My husband and I met through a cat named Meathead. That is a ve-r-r-r-y long story, that only some of our friends know and would take up too much space here. But we have very fond feelings for our feline cat-alyst from long ago.

5. I used to write everything in longhand first, but the computer has spoiled me. Cut and paste is so convenient. Even so, I miss that feeling of connection between pen or pencil and heart, and I still write my poetry first in longhand.

6. This is probably a horrible confession for an author to make, particularly one who writes children's books, but . . . I never liked The Wind in the Willows. I know, I know, one of the world's great classics. What's wrong with me! But I never could get into it, no matter how many times I tried. 

7. I loved Edith Nesbit and Edgar Eavers, though. And they stand the test of time. I re-read a couple of their books recently and still found them so funny.

And now the nominees:
1. Keith Wynne has a truly inspiring blog called Musings of an Unapologetic Dreamer . He'll also send a little blurb via email called Thought of the Day, if you sign up for it at his site. I bookmark nearly everyone of these blurbs, as they are quite pithy and inspiring.

2. Catherine Ensley is an author of inspirational romance novels and is writing a four-part series. On her blog she "shares her thoughts on country life, simple living, adventure, reading, writing and faith that transforms." I think you will find it very enjoyable. 

3. Victoria Lindstrom's Writ of Whimsy blog is rich with Middle Grade book reviews, poetry tidbits, thoughts on writing, and a section I love, "Whimsical Word of the Week." Check out her site; it's great fun.

4. Lynda Young has a wonderful blog called W.I.P. It: an Author's Journey in which she addresses many issues for writers with insights and reminders that are so helpful to all of us on this common journey. 

5. Check out Carol Riggs, a published YA author with a personable writing style. Her blog, Artzicarol Ramblings, is full of writing tips, YA book reviews, and shares of her own personal journey with agents and publishers. 

6. Renee Hand's The Crypto-Capers Review is a children's book review blog as well as a platform for her radio show, Stories from Unknown Authors. Renee also writes winning interactive mysteries. How cool is that? Check out her site, and you may find yourself being interviewed if you've written a children's book.

7. Mark Noce has a rather eclectic blog, sharing news about his flash fiction publications, gardening, music he likes, and news about other writers. It's always a feel-good experience to read one of his posts. 

On to the Liebster Award, which Sandra Cox kindly gave to me. Sandra's blog is called, not surprisingly, Sandra's Blog  . Sandra is a prolific blogger as well as a prolific author. Spend a little time at her site. Her pictures will make you smile. Meanwhile, the Liebster Award is given to bloggers with less than 200 followers, ferreting out blogs you think are worthy of more followers. (Thank you, Sandra!) The rules for accepting the award are to share 11 random facts about myself, answer 11 questions posed by the blogger who nominated me, nominate 11 bloggers who qualify, and pose 11 questions to them. Happily, Sandra modified the rules, asking 6 questions, and nominating 5 newbies. So I am following her lead:

The questions she asked:
1. If you were an animal, what would you be? Probably a dog. I love animals, but dogs have a special place in my heart. They are so loving and loyal.
2. What is your favorite genre? That's a hard one. Mysteries and historical novels are about equal.
3. When reading, do you prefer paper or a hand held device? Paper, for sure!
4. What's your favorite vacation spot? Galicia, Spain. 
5. What's your favorite charity? Another hard one. We contribute to a number. I suppose Southern Poverty Law Center, a remarkable organization that goes after hate groups in this country and prosecutes hate crimes.
6. If given the choice, where would you live? Right where we live now. As a runner up, Galicia would be next, but we are quite happy where we are.

Okay, my nominees are:
Richard Hughes at Writing and Living by Richard P. Hughes , is an eclectic blogger, sharing thoughts about writing, art, life in general, publishing issues. Right now he's running an interesting series of interviews with other bloggers, called, "Where I Live and Why I Like It.

Rosi Hollinbeck at The Write Stuff reviews children's books, interviews authors, and does a wonderful job of culling and sharing links to help writers in every sphere of writing. I always look forward to her posts, and you will too.

Kenda Turner at Words and Such posts book reviews, interviews, and shares rich thoughts about the writer's journey. Always a good read.

Loretta Proctor at Books and Other Things blogs about books, art, and music, "and all things creative and beautiful." Her current post is about Seamus Heaney, one of my favorite poets.

Jeanmarie Anaya's delightful blog, Jeanmarie Anaya is definitely worth your while. Humorous, pithy, eloquent. She writes about a number of writing issues, and wrote a lovely tribute to Robin Williams. 

And here are my six questions for these worthy recipients:
1. Where is your favorite place to read a book?
2. When beginning a new W.I.P., do you write by hand or wordprocess?
3. What are three of your favorite books? 
4. If you could be a character in a novel you've read, who would you be?
5. Which author, living or dead, do you wish you had the opportunity to meet?
6. When did you begin to write for yourself (as opposed to doing early homework assignments)?

And that's it, folks. I look forward to your comments, (feel free to answer any of the questions I posed for the nominees), and I do hope you check out the blogs in both sections of this post.

Ciao for now . . .

20 comments:

Victoria Lindstrom said...

Elizabeth, I must admit that Wind in the Willows is one of my all-time favorite children's books! However, that's the beauty of books: there is so much variety that we can all find something that touches us. By the way, you definitely touched me by nominating me for the blog award. Thanks ever so much. It was fun learning a bit more about you. I'll definitely accept this award and will reveal seven things about me soon! All the best ~ Victoria

Lynda R Young said...

Congrats on your awards and thank you so much for passing it on. I'm honored.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Good morning Elizabeth!! Thank you so much for the nomination and congrats on your very well-deserved Liebster Award :-)

Richard Hughes said...

Thank you, Elizabeth. It's been awhile since I received an award.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Victoria. I don't know why The Wind in the Willows never grabbed me. So many writers I know LOVE that book. I'm glad you liked receiving the award. I'm looking forward to reading your reveals.

Keith and Lynda, I'm also looking forward to reading your reveals. It's always so interesting to learn more about my fellow writers.

Richard, you certainly deserve that award. I'm enjoying your new series on your blog.

Tanya Lynne Reimer said...

Ha! I'm still chuckling about it won't look natural. You must have done a great job with that dye. ha.

Congrats on your fun awards and great reveals!

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Tanya, yes, I still laugh when I think of it. How could it not look natural! But I guess you think of people the way they look when you first meet them.

Kenda Turner said...

Thanks for the passing on this award, Elizabeth! So nice of you. I look forward to visiting the other nominees on their blogs :-) And it was fun learning more about you. Crossword puzzles? I used to be hooked on them, too, until I learned sudoku. That has proved to be even more addictive!

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Kenda - Sudoku! Argh! Friends and my clever sister-in-law have tried to show me how to figure them out. I get so frustrated. I'll be almost through the whole thing and then, zap! Two rows are wrong, and I can't fix them to save my life!

Cathy said...

Had to laugh when you confessed you never liked Wind in the Willows. I was a children's librarian for 11 years, besides raising three children, and still have not gotten around to reading it, and I'm not sure if my kids read it either.

I've tried a few times, but it feels so slow. I get impatient.

David P. King said...

Congratulations on the awards. Well deserved! I was out for a long time, too, and glad to be back. :)

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Cathy, that was it for me, too! It just was so slow to get into.

David, I'm glad to see you back! Yours has always been such an interesting blog to read.

Nick Wilford said...

I read Wind in the Willows when I was little, but forgot it's actually quite long-winded. Tried reading it to my wee one when she was 4 but she got fed up!

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Nick, it seemed long-winded to me, too, though lots of kids seemed to have liked it. I think part of it is that I never was keen on slow stories about talking animals. When I think about it, I've actually liked some slow-moving books with human protagonists.

Rosi said...

Thanks for thinking of me for the award. Very nice of you. I have a winner announcement that will be posted later today that will be of interest to you.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Rosi, glad you stopped by, and I'm also glad I won that book! Looking forward to reading it.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Congrats on the awards. I can completely understand the distraction of having company. We've had quite a bit this summer. I love having them but it takes its toll on my writing.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Thanks for stopping by, Donna. And one of the distractions is that the time spent with them is so enjoyable. It's a bit hard to change gears right away, once they are gone. When I think of it, though, if we didn't have these pleasurable distractions, our writing might suffer. Living real life does give our writing that necessary sense of dimension.

Carol Riggs said...

At long last, I am responding to the honor of being awarded the Inspiring Blogger Award! Thanks so much, Elizabeth. I will post my own 7-Revealed-Things on Oct. 8th. I'm very curious about the Meathead cat story! :) (haha, "cat-alyst")

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Carol, I must say that your posting this comment at this late date does make me feel better about not posting for so long. Tomorrow I will be posting again, "at long last", so anyone reading this, do come back. And . . , if you, too are interested in the Meathead cat story, let me know, and I will clue you in. :-)