... in that I'm talking about some awards that have come my way.
[editor's note - I started writing this post - I'm now halfway through, and I can safely tell you to go get a beverage - this is turning out to be a lengthy read. Go on. I'll wait. Got it? Super.]
First off - apologies for not getting around to everyone's site of late. I caught a pretty good writing tide in the past week or two, and have been riding it hard. I've made some headway on my short story collection, subbed a new piece, and finished a second new one. Feels good.
A few neat things have come my way in the meantime -
The first is that I was nominated for, and selected as one of eColleges.com's top 75 Writing Blogs.
Not sure where that particular accolade places me in the great hierarchy of the inter-webs, but it's nice to know someone thought enough of the Leaky Pencil to want to nominate me!
Now, the rules of this one are:
1) If you get the award, you have to post a link back to the person who gave it to you, so "Thank you!" to Mr. Benjamin Sobieck, crime writer extraordinaire, 8 Days of Madness Alum, and blog-master of the Crime Fiction Book Blog.
2) Then you have to nominate 15 other bloggers for the award. (Fifteen Benjamin? 15???? Well, so be it, So-bi-eck. See what I did there? [kidding aside - I'm thrilled you thought of me]
Ok - first the Blogs of Note. I'm going to break the rules a tiny bit here. I've received a couple of these types of awards in the past, and have tended to nominate only those people that I know very well; which means I've nominated the same people over and over. Instead, I'm going to nominate some of my newest followers, as both a "thank you" and a way to get to know them a little better, as I'm now suggesting you do!
1. The Eagle's Aerial Perspective - The Golden Eagle blogs about life, writing, science, and anything else that catches her fancy!
2.Kelda Crich - the alter ego of novelist Deborah Walker - used when she writes and blogs about horror!
3. Hope Whispers - Carrie Burtt writes poetry, and fills her blog with musings and words of inspiration
4. Silver's Reviews - Silver Solara, a.k.a. Elizabeth publishes thoughful, personal book reviews.
5. David Powers King - writer of YA Sci-fi and Fantasy!
6. Will Write for Cookies - Peggy Eddleman gets this award for the title of her blog alone. Mmm cookies.
7. here to read and write - asuqi is... asuqi, and asuqi is delightful. Meet asuqi.
8. In Medias Res - Milo James Fowler is a writer of sci-fi and short horror fiction - check him out!
9. Writing My Novel... and stuff - Now Nina is someone I do know - and a fellow Canadian to boot!. Given the super cool prompts and other blog-post goodies she has at her place, I suggest you check her out!
10. Scribble & Scatter - Susan May James is a fellow contributor to Lily Childs' Friday Prediction, and a damned fine writer of dark fiction
11. Life on the Muskoka River - Cathy Olliffe-Webster is another fellow Canadian, and a recent friend. Her blog has candid - often hilarious musings of one Muskoka-based author's journey.
12. Your Friendly Neighborhood Palindrome - Hannah Kincaide loves fiction - both reading it, and writing it. Oh - and donuts. She likes donuts too. Say hi!
13. Popsicle Stand - Jenny Dreadful will challenge you with the things she writes. That is a very good thing.
14. Ramblings of an Unkempt Mind - The blog of horror novelist Marissa Farrar - author of the "Serenity" vampire novels.
15. The Futurist - another fellow "Prediction-eer", Tony Cowin writes dark, scary fiction, and he's got a new book coming out
To all my nominees - thank you for being followers here - and I hope this award gets your own places buzzing!
Anyone with an award has to say seven interesting things about himself/herself. Here's mine:
1) I've used this before but it's a good one ... I once played Jack the Ripper on The Discovery Channel.
2) I once served a Coke to Roger Clemens, and a chicken sandwich to the "Matrix Twins"
3) My first apartment was shaped like a triangle.
4) I have a minor in Film Studies, and have watched the three hour Russian film "Solaris" twice (and liked it better than the remake)
5) I used to be able to "perform" the first fifteen minutes of STAR WARS IV verbatim. (Because 16 minute would've been obsessive)
6) My personal mascot is a plastic moose.
7) Once, I sang the Star Spangled Banner ... at a Karaoke Bar ... in Toronto ... and a group of guys visiting from Texas got up and cheered.
And THAT is the Versatile Blogger Award.
I had more to say in this post - but if you've made it this far, your beverage is now cold, or lukewarm, or gone, so I'll save it for another day.
Thanks for coming by!