While I foolishly spent the better part of the week tweaking this website – and then abandoning the design when it didn’t work out – I forgot to tell you my news: I have been privileged, honored and shocked to receive a blogging award from a fellow writer, Laura Eno!
Now any of you who know me will understand that’s asking the impossible. Choosing only seven would be akin to looking at my children’s shining faces, whilst having to pick who would go hungry, and who would be fed.
Yes, I’m exaggerating, but the point is, must I be so…limited?
See, I’m Context Girl. I’m the kind of person who can’t pick a favorite color without knowing precisely where it’ll be applied, and against exactly what backdrop. (Certain shades of blue, when set against black are just exquisite, but, ooh! That sunny yellow, when set against the turquoise, shows a lot of potential…)
And when I sit down to read a blog, what I define as excellence will depend on my mood (whether I need inspiration, information, or community), the time of day, and possibly even what I ate for breakfast.
However, when it comes down to giving out my awards, this kind of wish-washy prevarication will simply not do! And I am determined to fulfill my obligations.
So without further meandering, the recipients of the Kreativ Blogger Award, as bestowed by hope101 of Tartitude in August of 2009, and culled from just some of the many, thoroughly enjoyable blogs that I read on a regular basis, are…..
1. Joshilyn Jackson at Faster Than Kudzu: because she has a playfulness with language I can only hope to emulate. Without her example to follow, Tartitude would be as exciting, and hold as much potential, as bread crumbs. (Freezer-burned bread crumbs.)
2. The crew at Writer Unboxed: because of all the industry blogs out there, this one is well-rounded, inspirational, and reliable. I particularly love Barbara Samuel-O’Neal’s right-brained writing advice.
3. Ray Rhamey’s Flogging the Quill: when I’m in the mood to do a bite-sized critique, this is where I head. Ray has formed a respectful community where the comments are both insightful and balanced.
4. Smart Bitches, Trashy Books: they are wickedly funny, even though I don’t always agree with them, and a good source for the “buzz” in the romance writing world.
5. Hilary Wagner’s blog: her stories rock, and her world-view is unstintingly optimistic. Witness this picture, which she had the unthinking gall to post, mid-pity-fest, mind you, on a dooming-and-glooming writing thread I frequent:
’Nuff said, I think, on Hilary’s infectious perkiness.
6. Jennifer Crusie’s Argh Ink: When I first started to write two years ago, I hit some pretty significant stumbling blocks. It was her website – the Cherry Forums – that first introduced me to a writing community and the idea of story structure. I credit it with the fact I’m still writing. And if you want insight into the mind of a multi-pubbed author, who remains a nice human being and great teacher despite her success, you can’t go wrong here.
7. Last, but not least, Laura Eno’s blog: yes, this is major suck-up time, but Laura deserves it. She’s been an unstinting supporter of mine, but even better, she isn’t afraid to tell me when something I try fizzles and falls flat. She’s also the person who first introduced me to flash fiction, which she writes very competently and posts to her blog every Friday. Ooh, lookie! (Hint, hint.) That happens to be today.
Also, I want her to be obliged to dust not just one, but two, Kreativ Blogger awards every week.
As for me…while I am no housekeeper, I treasure my plaque. If any of you envious souls have designs on it, you’d best be prepared for a tooth-and-nail battle.
‘Cause that’s the way we swing, here at the Tartitude.