They say writers by their very nature are sensitive beings. I'm a writer, and yes I'm sensitive. A little too sensitive most days. Why else would I feel so bad that I lost a few followers and I don't know why. I also received a bad review for Dead Witness and couldn't even mention it until now.
By our very nature to write we must be thin-skinned, fragile, softies--okay, that's pushing things, but it does bring me to my point. Receiving awards is a glorious thing. Yes, it most certainly takes time away from blogging, writing, housework, dirty stinky laundry and let's not forget: cleaning toilets. Let's hear a resounding YAY for awards.
Awards announce loudly that as bloggers we're appreciated.
Nancy S. Thompson: A writer's hopeful journey into the world of publishing has made my day by bestowing the 7 X 7 Link Award upon me. Thank you, Nancy! It's an award I will cherish.
As the name implies, I'm to list 7 of my previous blog posts that I believe represent: Most Beautiful, Most Helpful, Most Popular, Most Controversial, Most Surprisingly Successful, Most Underrated, Most Prideworthy. Not an easy task with 448 posts to pick from, but I'm up to. I'm to then pass this along to other recipients.
In no particular order:
1. Most Prideworthy - This may be cheating, but it would have to be the post announcing the birth of our 9th grandchild Blake. "It's a Boy!" I feel a certain sense of pride because I gave birth to Blake's wonderful daddy Cory. And without me there would have been no Cory and no Cory means... well, you get the idea.Yes, of course a huge applause goes to Blake's mummy Shannon.
2. Most Popular: "Ramona Moreno Winner, Author of the Wooden Bowl", the delightful children's story that just happens to also be bilingual.
3. Most Helpful: "Guaranteed Cure For Writer's Block", a tongue-in-cheek approach to igniting your creativity.
4. Most Controversial: "Self-Publishing, You Say?" The title speaks for itself, I think. You either believe in it or you don't.
5. Most Surprisingly Successful: Will The Lake Freeze Over? I love this place I call home, so when so many of you left a comment, I was pleased.
6. Most Underrated: "Probing For Answers in 2009." It was a post I wrote quite early on about the war in Afghanistan. I was surprised it didn't warrant a look. But as I said, it was early on.
7. Most Beautiful: Gail Bowen's and Martha Cheves Reviews of Broken but not Dead. I'm actually surprised I'm picking this one, but honestly, I am after all an author. These first two reviews quashed any fears I had over reader reaction to Broken but not Dead, which turned out to be beautiful thing.
Now to 7 bloggers: (if for whatever reason you decline the award, that's entirely okay)
1. Rainy Days and Mondays, Laurel-Rain Snow, because her blog is a wonderful place to be.
2. klahanie, A Man Challenging His "Inner Critic" because Gary's wisdom and knowledge is profound and deeply moving.
3. To Write, To Breathe, To Live, To Dance. Carol makes me smile every single time.
4. the Pastor's Wife Speaks is a safe a place to be.
5. So, You're a Writer... because Carrie Butler is full of inspiring thoughts and deeds.
6. One Writer's Journey, Penny Ehrenkranz is a writer's BF.
7. Trailowner, Christopher Hoare writes wonderful prose that always take me on an exciting journey.