Alright, well earlier this week we were nominated for the One Lovely Blog award by J.W. Eberle (thanks man!), and I have to say it’s kind of exciting. This looks to be a peer based award, so while it doesn’t seem to be entirely official (I have no idea if there are official blogging awards), Selanya, Cassandra, and I are all pretty happy that other bloggers think our work is worthwhile. So, while I love to talk (and as some friends can tell you, I even love to talk about myself sometimes), I’m not really much for making speeches.
However, without Selanya and Cassandra I don’t know if I would have kept this blog running for the last year. Much as I like to point out when they miss posts, and get annoyed at them for calling me at the last minute to tell me that they couldn’t get something done, I work with two really amazing ladies here, and they should definitely get a lot of the credit for this award. I also have to thank some of the regular commenters: Lynne, Wayne, Colin, Palindrome, and Delft especially! I always love hearing from you guys, and while we don’t always agree on things, your opinions are always welcome, and keep me inspired to keep writing. For any readers out there, I honestly can’t explain how important commenting is on blogs that you love. I know it’s not always easy to do, a lot of the time I don’t do it myself, but from a bloggers perspective, it lets me know that people actually read and care about what I write. It lets me know that what I’m doing actually has some kind of impact, and that is more encouraging than I can easily put into words.
So, this award does come with some rules… actually I’ve been explaining it to friends as half award and half chain letter, but it’s one of those good kind of chain letters that makes you feel happy and doesn’t tell you that you’re going to die horribly if you don’t pass it on. I’ve never passed one on and I haven’t died horribly yet… … …although I am still single… … …maybe I should have been passing those on… hmmm…
Yeah, not really. Anyway, the rules:
1) Link back to the person who nominated you and thank them – done
2) Share seven things about yourself
3) Nominate 15 bloggers that you admire
4) Leave a comment on their walls letting them know that they’ve received the award.
So, seven things about myself:
1) I’m single. Already told you that, but honestly, I’m not really on the market right now. Let’s just say that it’s been a rough year and leave it at that.
2) I teach online. I’ve mentioned that a few times. I teach classes in philosophy and religion at Grand Canyon University under another name, and I’m trying to get a few more teaching jobs. Adjunct teaching is one of the lower paying jobs in the country.
3) I someday hope to make money off of this blog. I really don’t know how yet. I’d kind of like to avoid the whole advertising angle, but I’m not completely opposed to it, as long as I can control the adds that are put up.
4) I used to have voices in my head. Not kidding, really did. I’ve never been institutionalized, but I have had some seriously crazy years. For a while I think I somehow separated out all the different parts of my subconscious into separate, conscious voices that each had to have a say. I had seven, and two were definitely representative of Freud’s Id and Ego. Somewhere over the last two years the various voices have been reintegrated back into my subconscious, so it’s quiet in here again.
5) I am obsessed with monkeys. I don’t know why. Really, I can’t explain it… I usually blame it on a roommate I had in college. It’s not like a ‘have to have one’, ‘looking at pictures’, ‘love them’ obsession. It’s more like I’m obsessed with the concept of monkeys. Not that this really makes any sense.
6) I love Star Wars. I once watched the trilogy as background material for an entire semester during grad school. If I was in the room, there was a Star Wars movie on. My roommate at the time was not appreciative.
7) I don’t plan to live much past 70. Let’s just say that my life hasn’t exactly been easy and being here longer than that doesn’t seem appealing. I am open to the possibility that by the time I reach 70 my opinions might have changed.
And fifteen blogs that we admire, in no particular order:
1) Blue Table Painting: While this nomination is less for their blog specifically and more for their company in general, this is a great group! These guys honestly make me wish I had the money to get back into wargaming.
2) Online College: Being that I teach online blogs that offer up good advice and guidance to students are important to me. I found out about this site earlier this week, and I like their work. They seem to really have a desire to give students some desperately needed guidance.
3) Clarion Blog: This is the blog of Clarion Publishing, and these people have some great tips and exercises for new writers. This blog actually helped to inspire some of the format for The Art of Writing.
4) SF Signal: SF Signal is mostly an update and reviews sight for science fiction. However, the author does an awesome job of keeping the site up to date, and of getting the word out about what’s new and what’s coming.
5) Graeme’s Fantasy Book Review: I don’t spend much time reading other blogs at the moment. However, Graeme’s is one that I have read and commented on in the past. He does a great job with his reviews, and he reviews a lot of books that I either hadn’t heard about, or had no interest in until I read his review. Definitely up there with some of the best.
6) Land of Milk and Honey: I have been following Land of Milk and Honey for over 5 years now. Besides the fact that the author has a very descriptive style that makes me salivate whenever she describes on of her organic, homemade, gourmet meals, I enjoy reading about the farm, and now bakery lifestyle. It’s like a trip to the past, only it’s happening now. Organic farming, farmers markets, organic bakery. This author is nothing less than inspirational.
7) An Aggie in Ethiopia: Take a trip to Ethiopia through the life of Peace Corps volunteer. This blog takes you into the struggles and delights of the people of Ethiopia as well as herself.
8) In Other Words – A Poetry Blog: This blog/webpage is filled with poetry and reviews for modern times. The author does not rest on his laurels, but strives to improve himself and his chosen sphere of poetry. Throughout the site you get a glimpse of the questions that he asks and tries to find answers to through his works.
9) Barefoot Photography: This photographer takes you through the ins and outs of her business through her blogs. She loves her clients and her camera and is always trying to capture life through her lens.
10) Books and Vines: This is a relatively recent find of mine, but I love it. The author explores the classics with great attention to detail. Plus, his added attraction to fine publishers, picture, paper quality, and more gives the blog an added level of sophistication. Additionally, you can explore other topics such as wine, art, and news on his blog.
11) The Adventures of Samuel: An entertaining, thought-provoking, and well written blog about the life and excursions of a good friend of mine. He’s an excellent writer, and every single post teaches me something new, whether it be about Sam himself or life lessons in general.
12) I’m Pumped About Everything: An absolutely hysterical blog written by my college creative writing professor. Topics vary from satirical The Onion-style pieces to creatively written posts about himself and his life.
13) Lantern Hollow Press: This is a very excellent blog on writing and the processes thereof. Every post is intelligent, helpful, sharp, and witty. I recommend it to writers everywhere.
14) The Doctor Who Information Network: Do I really need to explain this one? Updates and postings on all things Doctor Who. Absolutely brilliant!
15) Reflections of a Book Addict: A very entertaining blog by a lady who tries to read 100 books every year. Great for book worms everywhere.
And one extra, because it’s a ministry that I admire. Living Bread Ministries: This is a Christian ministry that works with the extremely poor in Brazil. I know these people, and I have a lot of respect for them. They do very good work.