I'm honoured to accept the Inspiration Award by a great blogger and all round inspirational guy, Klahanie, A Man Challenging His 'Inner Critic'. Gary. Thank you.
Here are the rules :
1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded this to you.
2. Link posts by you and ten fellow bloggers you find inspirational.
3. Forward the award to those ten fellow bloggers.
If you don't know klahanie's blog, you're missing something quite wonderful. Gary's located far, far away in a distant land of kings and queens, and the soon-to-be-married Will and Kate. Yes, the UK. Gary may be best known as the proud owner of Penny the Jack Russell and modest internet star, but he's also the source of wonderful satire, beautiful photographs, and words to inner peace. In plain English, Gary's blog is topnotch.
I love that I'm not only able to share these 10 inspiring bloggers, but by including a specific link, I get to show you why they're so worthy of this award.
1. Carol J. Garvin's Careann's Musings is about being a writer, a Christian, a Canadian. Carol is driven to being the best person she can be. Her blog inspires me. Besides posts supporting writers, authors, she connects God's scriptures link to everyday life. She also shares the most breathtaking photos of BC's lower mainland, including IN THE STILLNESS OF THE NIGHT.
2. In one of her many blogs, Pat Bertram writes about surviving grief. The rest of the time she helps many struggling writers by showing what's important to our craft. Her post ON WRITING: Tell, Don't Show is a must-read for any writer. Pat's love of our craft is inspiring.
3. Amanda Borenstadt, a wife and mommy, inspires my nurturing self. Her post GIVE YOUR CHARACTERS CHARACTER is a knockdown perspective on what so many writers forget to add in their scenes.Way to go, Amanda.
4. One of my favourite writers, Christopher Hoare captures the essence of what it means to be a courageous, honourable woman in his Isklander series. Chris' creates female protagonists that honour women as the heroic and fallible creatures they are. I love that. A generally serious guy, he lightens things up in his post on ODD NAMES.
5. On Anita F. Stewart's blog, you're sure to find the review you've been waiting for. Anita showcases novels from all genres. She never fails to inspire me by her astute take on story, structure and characters. CONFESSIONS OF A NEWBIE SCI-FI WRITER, is just one of hundreds of her excellent guest spots.
6. Carole Anne Carr, The Adventures of a Children's Author, (introduced me to klahanie) writes the most delightful children stories. Her characters are mavericks, adventurers, characters living extraordinary lives in all era's. Carole is a generous soul. In this post, she offers the services of her editor Neil Fein.
7. PFEIFFER PFILMS AND MEG MOVIES, A Small Cinema in Bellagio is the gem child of Paul S. Paul loves Michelle Pfeiffer and Meg Ryan. There's something very special about Michelle and Meg, and Paul captures their essence in every single post. His enthusiasm for these two amazing women inspires me. Paul understands human nature and nicely illustrates why we are captivated by these two. FRENCH KILL AND A FEW OTHERS... wonderful.
8. You can't check out all these wonderful bloggers without stopping off to see some pirates. Jaxpop, Haunted City Writer promises the latest news of the Jack Rackham Adventures, plus so much more. Dave Ebright writes for kids, simple as that. Every time I read his blog, I reminded how the wonders of childhood. But there's much more than just that. His visit to Key West was awesome. HEMINGWAY'S FAVORITE CATHOUSE.
9. I met Martha Engber on my writer's list. I read one of her unfinished manuscripts. That prompted me to buy her book: Growing Great Characters From the Ground Up. That prompted me to buy her novel: The Wind Thief. Her writing is outstanding. When I'm feeling dry, I open The Wind Thief to a random page, read, then get back to work. Martha Engber, you are inspiring! Here's one of her many great articles: TO LEARN: READ A BOOK LIKE THE ONE YOU'RE WRITING.
10. I can't say enough about KATT'S KOMMENTS. Kathryn Neff Perry is one of those people you love instantly. She's kind, sweet, honourable, and gifted. I bet her heart shines from space. I bet its sparkle is the size of Texas. Read any of her posts and I'm sure you'll agree. ONLY A MOMENT.
ps. I would have listed Vicki's blog if she had one!!! <hint>
Okay, now for the hard part. I'm a mother, author, friend. But really that covers half the writers I know. What sets me apart? I haven't a clue. Except maybe that I'm continuing questioning everything. Apparently I started young and almost drove my parents nuts. At the end, I think this quote will fit me best: The older I got the more I realized there was no much more I had to know.
Here's a tidbit of who I am: SELF-PUBLISHING YOU SAY?