I’ve received the Lovely Blogger Award from the divine Kitt Crescendo. If you are not already a follower of Kitt’s, I urge you to sign up now. I was hooked from the first blog I read. I don’t remember the title, but it was about a morning kiss . . .
“Your breath upon my shoulder
I feel you,
Skin on skin
Hold me close,” . . .
You’ll have to check with Kitt for the next fifteen lines—I believe I tagged her poem as exquisite torture.
The two-fold purpose of the “Lovely Blogger Award” is for everyone ‘out there’ in the blog world to get to know me better and for me to nominate fifteen bloggers for the award so you can get to know them as well. The rules specify that I tell you seven random things about myself. I can’t imagine why that’s important—but here goes:
I’ve moved 65 times since I left home to attend college. Now that I’m retired, however, my husband and I have lived in our current home for nearly eight years and have no plans to move.
I won my first writing contest at age fourteen with an essay on how I would care for a registered Angus heifer. My heifer and I went on to win the Kansas State Fair 4-H Best of Show two years in a row. She was turned to pasture the following year with my father’s herd of registered Angus cattle and her off-spring paid for a sizable amount of my college education.
My twenty-year career with the federal government had a nice title with ‘Director’ in front of it. What I really did was ‘take names and kick butt.’ Therefore, I don’t receive many Christmas cards from people I came into contact with during those twenty years.
I’m an advocate for veterans, military health care, concerned citizens regarding the current military drawdown, actively working on a legislative proposal to allow individuals to decide if they want to enroll in Medicare or not, animal rights, and other causes.
I’ve never liked physical file drawers or computer folders. I’m heavily invested in pile management.
Our pets are rescued Shit Tzus.
It’s now my pleasure to nominate fifteen awesome bloggers for the “Lovely Blogger Award.” My selections are in no particular order.
Jordyn Redwood – Jordon’s blog provides medical facts for the fiction writer. I’m continually amazed at the amount of information available in one blog. Also the book trailer for Proof—the firsts of a trilogy—is a ‘do not miss.’
Nic H. Vidocq – the pen name of the author of Defrosting Cold Cases – Unsolved Homicides That Haunt Me – You don’t need to be a crime writer to dive into this blog. You’ll come face-to-face with life in the real world. This blog is a satisfying mixture of investigations, guest posts, book reviews, and active discussions.
Kearney was one of my earliest followers and I’ve been loyal to her since day one. She certainly didn’t need for me to follow her back. Her followers are ever so impressive! I love her blog, A Detailed House. Kearney passes along architectural details and points out important design features. Even when a suggestion might not be right for my home or for the home of a friend, I never know when it might be perfect for one of my characters or spark a new idea. Kearney certainly doesn’t need me to nominate her for an award. Check out the award category on her blog. It’s no wonder so many of us love her blog. I think you will too.
Patricia Yager Delagrange – I first met Patti and her blog thru the Women’s Fiction Group to which I belong. It’s an on-line group and Patti is always supportive of everyone. I started following her blog before I had one of my own. I watched her dedication to posting regularly and her range of subject matter from endangered species, the love of her family, her special regard for the environment, and her tireless efforts to promote her debut novel, Moon Over Alcatraz.
Catie Rhodes – Catie’s blogs have given me the creeps and caused me to turn all the lights on. I also have to double check the doors and the alarm system. The stories Catie brings to life wouldn’t be so scary, but for the fact that, more often than not, they’re true stories. Check out Catie’s blog. You’ll be amazed by the quality of research she puts into each post. She leaves no doubt in the readers mind that what she writes is historically factual.
Betty Bolte – Betty’s blog provides me with a glimpse into the lives of extraordinary young American woman of the early 1800’s. Much of what she publishes on her blog is specific to research she’s conducted, often on location, regarding actual heroines of yesteryear.
Lesley Carter – Looking for something to do, searching for things to put on your bucket list, or perhaps you’d like to submit an item concerning your own travels? If so, this blog is for you. Lesley is an adventure addict who quotes Eleanor Roosevelt. Even if you’re not looking for adventure, you can find an idea for the next scene you need to write on Lesley’s blog. This is the place to be if you want to get the brain cells rocking.
Sebastian – Sebastian is a non-denominational Christian minister. I invited Sebastian into my blogging life where he spreads God’s Word. I find comfort, hope, and peace when I’m often frustrated and feeling alone. This week I found in his blog the words I needed to see and hear more than I have on any day in a long time. Sebastian reminded me, “We Have Devine Protection.”
NY Parrot – A heartfelt representation of photo journalism at its best. Take note of: “What If God Was One Of Us?” I’m continually amazed by the talent available with blogs.
Paige Erickson – The Nice Thing About Strangers – This interesting blog is a collection of photos and stories compiled from years of travel and the strangers occupying the same space as Paige. This is a new take on sharing our planet.
Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi – I subscribed to this blog before I knew what a blog was. I simply knew I wanted access to the information Angela and Becca compiled. I also knew I wanted their Emotion Thesaurus as soon as it was available. I’ve not been disappointed. It’s a keeper on the bookshelf near where I work. I can’t imagine any writer being without the tools Angela and Becca provide.
Patrick Latter – This blog is filled with amazing photography plus Patrick shares the tricks of his trade. Not only can you find out about the technicalities of cameras (just in case you have a character in need of such information) but you can also go on beautifully photographed hikes with Patrick.
Mary Metcalfe – The commitment to blog, write, and publish book reviews creates moments when I’d like to crawl under my desk. Then I meet authors like Mary—a woman I feel I’ve known my entire life. A must read is her blog posting of September 5, 2012 wherein Mary talks of leaving behind a guaranteed pay check to live her own life—a life of writing, publishing, and marketing. And, if you haven’t read Winds Of Change, what are you waiting for? I’m reading it now and I’ve fallen in love with this character driven story. Don’t wait for my review. Buy it now and we’ll discuss it when I post my review.
Andrea J. Wenger : Write With Personality – Andrea’s blog is a writer’s paradise and, as stated in its title, it has personality. Learning and rethinking craft is much the same as discussing writing over a cup of coffee with a friend. The topics are varied and relevant at multiple skill levels.
Tom Adair – Tom is the author of The Scent of Fear and his blog is not only informative but entertaining. Once again, even if you are not a crime writer, there’s abundant information on Tom’s blog to spark your thinking in many directions. Tom’s a retired senior criminalist who truly knows his subject. You will not be getting your information from a televised rerun of CSI. His blog site offers dozens of links useful to writers and readers alike.
There you have it, ladies and gentlemen—my fifteen nominations for the “Lovely Blogger Award.” I think of this award as one going out to individuals that put the best of themselves into their blogs. They share with others and pay it forward. We all learn from the collective wisdom.
Nominees—the balls are in your court—the decisions are yours. It’s your turn to tell us seven random things about yourselves and then to nominate fifteen fellow bloggers upon whom to bestow the award. You may also post the “Lovely Blog” symbol on your blog.
I’ve discovered how much work goes into receiving an award such as this, but I’ve also discovered more about individuals I follow and that has been a real treat. I sincerely hope you’ll have the time and desire to tell us a little about yourself and the blogs you’d like to share.
Note – the photos above were taken by my husband, Tom de Grom, and in my garden.