Wednesday, January 19, 2011

When What to My Wondering Eyes Did Appear....

A couple of days ago, I checked my blog and found I'd been awarded the Stylish Blogger Award by Carrie, whom I discovered at a delightful blog site called Carrie Keeps Typing. And if you want to enjoy some really stylish writing, go have a look: )

Thank you Carrie. That was so nice of you.

In the tradition of these awards, I'm to do the following:

1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award. (See above.)
2. Share 7 things about yourself. (See below.)
3. Award 10 recently discovered great bloggers. (Out of so many! This is hard!)
4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award. (If I listed you, you are awarded.)

Okay: 7 things about me:

1. Even though I write for children, I never liked The Wind In the Willows. Yes. I know. Shocking. My mother couldn't understand it either.

2. I was in the high school play one year. The play was, Death Takes a Holiday. I was the maid, and I had one line (uttered while looking out a fake window). "They're here." (In the children's mystery I'm presently writing, I've given the maid much more interesting things to say.)

3. I've been "blessed" by a temple elephant, in Tirichurapali, India, while visiting my husband's family. It was a wonderful moment!

4. I love libraries, bookstores, art galleries, and museums. I can spend hours in any of those places and completely lose track of the time.

5. I have a book addiction. Our bedroom looks like a used book store -- one where all the books haven't been shelved yet. (I have a wonderful, very understanding husband.)

6. Or should that be #6? I have a wonderful, very understanding husband.

7. On my list of New Year's resolutions (which I chose to call "aims" because "aims" sounded more likely to last), seven of them were about writing. ("Find an agent" was one; the others had to do with finishing things, querying, writing synopses, submitting, staying perky in the face of rejection, etc.)

Okay. Enough about me: Here are my nominees: (Unfortunately, I haven't got the hang yet of making it so you can just press on the url on my blog. Maybe someone can tell me how to do it. But it's well worth copying and pasting their urls and visiting their sites.)

Elspeth Antonelli at It's a Mystery:
Kimberly at Meetings with My Muse:
Julie Musil at Julie Musil:
Kenda Turner at Words and Such:
Jayne at A Novice Novelist:
Jody Hedlund at Author, Jody Hedlund:
K. M. Welland at Wordplay:
Rosi Hollinbeck at The Write Stuff:
Ann Best at Long Journey Home -- Blog of Author Ann Carbine Best:
Rhys Bowen at Rhys's Pieces:

And one more award to Lydia Kang at The Word Is My Oyster:

I know, I know, that's eleven, but they are all worth visiting (as well as a few others I couldn't fit into the requirements.) Go have a look and enjoy!


Julie Musil said...

Elizabeth, thanks so much for the award and the shout out. Each of these blogs is great, and so is Carrie's. It was fun learning more about you, too.

Book addictions...we each share this obsession don't we?

Carrie said...

Thanks for the lovely words and the links!

Angelica R. Jackson said...

To make a direct link:
1. Type the text of your post into the field as usual.
2.Then select the name or text you want to be a link (by holding down the shift or control key and moving the cursor over it to highlight it).
3.Up in the left-hand side of the toolbar for the post, you'll see the b (for bold) i (for italics) and an icon that looks like a tiny world globe with a chain link hanging over it.
4.Click on the link icon, and a window will pop up for you to enter the web address.
5.After you enter the address, click OK, and your text should now include an active link.

Good luck!

Lindsay N. Currie said...

Fantastic, congrats on the award! I got this one this week also and have to say that your answers are much more intersting than mine will be LOL!! Thank you for calling my attention to all of these wonderful blogs:)

Kimberly said...

Thank you, Elizabeth! I'm honored. It's really nice to learn tidbits about fellow bloggers.

Now I'm going to go check out all these blogs.

Kenda Turner said...

Thank you, Elizabeth! What fun to learn about the award. And to learn more about you, too :-) #4--"love libraries and bookstores," how about office supply stores?! Ha!

Looking forward to visiting the others' blogs, too. Thanks again...

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Angela: Thanks so much for the advice! I'm going to have to re-read it a few times, because that's the kind of non-techie I am, but I'm so happy to have the info.

Carrie, Lindsay, Kenda & Kimberly, enjoy those blogs, they really are cool. And Kenda, HOW could I have forgotten office supply stores. I can spend hours in them too! Lindsay, congratulations on your award.

Julie, yes, book addictions. You are probably right about it being an obsession. I like to think of it as a "magnificent obsession"; you know, the kind that has wonderful, positive, lasting consequences; the kind that gets one eventually published.... :-)

Elspeth Futcher said...

Thank you for thinking of me, Elizabeth! I'm looking forward to checking out the other links.

Jody Hedlund said...

Thank you, Elizabeth! I appreciate your thoughtfulness in sharing the award with me!

Anonymous said...

I like aims better than resolutions!

What a wonderful list. I'm so happy to get to know you better. And you commented on my blog that you had given me this award also. Thank you! I appreciate this so much, and look forward to meeting some of the bloggers I don't yet know on whom you also bestowed this award! You ARE a stylish lady!! You deserve this award. Congratulations!!!

Jayne said...

Thank you so much! How lovely to get an award. I see Angelica above has given you good advice about how to make a link so hopefully that will work for you. And I love your 7 things, especially that you have made sure the maid in your story has more things to say - the reason for that is delightful!