Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the lovely and talented Jacqui Talbot nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award yesterday. I admire Jacqui for her seemingly effortless writing skills (her Choctaw Tales, entitled Stories from my Grandfather, are captivating and beautifully written) and for her wonderful sense of humor, so I’m honored not only to be nominated, but to be nominated by a great blogger and writer.

The rules are as follows:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.

2. Share seven things about yourself.

3. Nominate other bloggers you think deserve the award, and post on their blog to let them know they’ve been nominated.

Seven Things

1. I’m a hobby junkie. In my life, I’ve taken up piano, flute, guitar, theater, horse riding, swimming, tennis, hoop dancing, jewelry making, belly dancing…and quit them all. Writing is the only activity I’ve stuck with.

This is the demo vid filmed by my best friend’s boyfriend for the hoop dance duo Alyssa (my BFF) and I toyed around with for a while.

2. In high school, my friends and I created a zine called S.O.S. It was a smutty zine illustrated and co-authored by me (and you’ve seen my artistic talents). I wanted to keep it mum, but found out my friend made copies and distributed them to a ton of people in our grade. I never heard the end of it from our peers. Awkward.

3. My favorite alcoholic beverage is a vodka gimlet. When I couldn’t finish my drink one night at a club, my boyfriend handed it off to our friend without telling him what it was. He took a sip and spit it right back into the cup. I generally enjoy things others consider vile.

4. I think I really got into the goth/industrial community for the platform boots. I’m 5’1 with a serious Napoleon complex.

5. I’m going to dress up as Aunty Entity for Wasteland Weekend in September. At least if I fry in the California desert or get attacked by a mutant scorpion I’ll go out looking cool.

6. I sound like a chipmunk with a cold at all times. I look like a chipmunk too.

7. I’m turning 30 in four days. This terrifies me.


Welllllll, I don’t want to regurgitate my Versatile Blogger Award nominations. Also, I’m a bit of a lurker on many of the blogs I follow, so I’m not about to blow my cover by saying, “Hello, I’ve just nominated you for something. You don’t know it, but I stalk your page.” I know, I’m neurotic.

But here’s someone who isn’t such a stranger and who deserves a nomination!

Lindsey J. Parsons–She just published a novel. If that’s not inspiring, I don’t know what is.

Versatile Blogger Award!

I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award! Thank you, Arab WriterChick, for the nomination (visit her blog for a unique perspective on writing and wonderful poetry).

As the rules go, I am to write seven things about myself and nominate fifteen blogs to receive the award.

Seven Things About Me

  1. Sherlock Holmes is my favorite fictional character of all time.
  2. In college, I attended UCLA’s Shakespeare Abroad program in England and was drunk the entire time.
  3. My sister is a librarian…and I’m jealous of her job.
  4. Swamplandia is my most recent book purchase. Damn the man.
  5. I am avoiding my next round of MS edits.
  6. In high school, I had terrible acne and self-esteem issues.
  7. I have a weakness for bad television.

Fifteen Blogs I Nominate for the Award–in no particular order

(P.S. I didn’t bother to check if the following have already been nominated because I’m lazy)

Modern Fantastic, The Trials of an Unpublished Fantasy/Fiction writer, for its honest accounts of the journey toward publication.

Jacqui Talbot, for beautiful writing and because I identify with everything she writes.

Dr. Shay Fabbro, for interesting and diverse topics and words from a published author.

A Small Press Life, for discovery of great books I might never have stumbled upon myself.

Camila Song Project, for short, autobiographical stories with real depth.

RebeccaofTomorrow, for fun posts about life and writing.

Suddenly they all died, for poetry that makes me smile.

Diary of a Random Fangirl, for all the geeky goodness you need.

clearskies, bluewater, for pure positivity.

Joe Hinojosa, for a humorous blog about one man and his writing goals.

{love+cupcakes}, not necessarily writing-related, but I love everything on this food/lifestyle blog.

The Burning of Paper, for raw and honest poetry powered by NaPoWriMo and authored by my best friend.

tyrannosauruskitten, (might be password protected) because it keeps me up to date on all the amazing things my BFF is up to.

Insatiable Book Sluts…I think the name says it all.

Books and Bowel Movements, for the hilarious name and tons of book news.