I’ve been nominated a Very Inspiring Blogger by the lovely Megan Cooley Peterson! Given that Megan’s one of my writing buddies who always exhibits a sunny outlook and perseverance, I’m honoured and . . . well, inspired! Thanks, Megan 🙂
So many bloggers have inspired me in the the past few years as my journey towards finding an agent and publication has become more serious, and to me, that’s what writing is about – inspiring others. I love how supportive writers often are of one another, whether they’re writing fiction or non, regardless of genre or subject. I found a lot of love and encouragement when I stepped out of my comfort zone and began to timidly comment on others’ blogs way back when. 😉
As a V.I.B., I’m responsible for the following:
- Display the award on my blog.
- Link back to the person who nominated me.
- State 7 things about myself.
- Nominate 15 bloggers for this award and link to them.
- Notify these bloggers of the nomination and award’s requirements. As Megan pointed out, it’s probably not going to put a rift in the space-time continuum if I just humbly and gratefully accept this nomination without asking others to post, especially since quite a few of my blogging friends have done similar blogs recently, and I don’t want to inundate them 🙂
Now, Megan’s 7 things are pretty darn entertaining, so I’m not sure I can top them. Her stories from childhood reminded me of a few of my own, though.
- In kindergarten, I was trying to pile these plastic chairs that fit together back on top of each other and one kept catching. I wasn’t tall enough to do it. I mumbled something like, “Stupid chair” under my breath (as you do), and two boys playing nearby heard me and thought I was talking about them. Because, yeah, even at their age, the world revolves around them, right? So they told the teacher who took their side over mine, and I had to sit in the “Penalty Box” for ten minutes. I was somewhat Hermione-ish at times, so this was the ultimate in humiliation. As you can see, the scars are there to this day. Ha.
- In this same class, I was taught the Mohawk language one day a week (the school was on an Indian reservation). I wish I could remember everything they taught us, but we only lived while I was in kindergarten and 1st grade.
- I have a thing for puffins. I’ve never seen one close up, but while living in Cornwall, my husband (then boyfriend) and I spotted ridiculous puffin knick-knacks in the shops in Falmouth (there are no puffins in Falmouth, mind you). One such hot tourist item was a toilet brush holder with a painting of a puffin on it, and the words: “Welcome. Puffin.” It was so random (“welcome to my toilet brush”?) that we laughed about this for the rest of the day. Somehow though, this lead to my immense love for and desire to see puffins.
- We did try to see puffins once. A few years later, in fact, while in Scotland, on Kate and Will’s wedding day. Rather than plonk down in front of the TV, we took two trains on a morning journey to the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick. Beautiful sunny day. We’d booked a boat out to the island to see puffins and when we arrived, because it was Kate and Will’s wedding day, the place was dead and we’re pretty sure they cancelled our pre-paid boat trip because they weren’t going to make enough money. They blamed it on the weather. Honesty, people. Honesty.
- I am obsessed with Müller blueberry fruit corners. I wish they made them Biggie Size. No other flavour will do!
- I’ve been an avid video/computer gamer since I was about 4. My family’s first computer was a Tandy TRS-80 and it had both graphic and text adventure games. I learned to spell as I learned to type, with classic first phrases such as “get sword”, and “kill troll.” I credit this early beginning with my typing speed of 120 words per minute, which in turn landed me such exciting jobs as data entry clerk and executive assistant, rather than game designer.
- I sometimes walk around town pretending in my head to be characters from books, movies, or games, depending on my outfit, how I’ve done my hair, and what my mood is. Yes, I am an adult. I know. It’s all about confidence, right?
So, there you have it. 7 total randoms that I pulled out of the hat. There are a lot of inspiring bloggers I admire for what they do and how they do it, so I wanted to publicly give thanks to a few who are definitely V.I.B.s. 🙂
- Jamie Dement. This beautiful woman shares her heart in some of the most open, challenging, and thought-provoking stories on her blog. She’s also a fab fellow writer of both novel-length and short fiction.
- Abigail Kern. Her LESSON OF THE DAY blog inspires me with her endless wit, displayed to great effect on topics ranging from motherhood and marriage to writing and daily life. Hilarious and honest.
- Alison Stone. A writer of romantic suspense, her Motivational Mondays always give me food for thought to kickstart the week. Plus, she’s from near my hometown. Good people 😀
- Leigh Caroline. She’s been alongside me for a while on the job hunt (and CONGRATS! for being out of it!) and has given invaluable feedback on my work. She constantly inspires me by how much she accomplishes and I’m pretty sure she finds another 5 hours in the day that I’ve yet to uncover.
- Valerie R. Lawson. Her book reviews have added greatly to my TBR list, and she’s got a gift for examining and discussing how daily life informs writing, and vice versa.
There are so many more people I’m inspired by and am so glad to have discovered! Thanks, peeps! Now, go check them out if you haven’t already 🙂