Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Unfinished Blogo-Business

Last week, Casey so wonderfully gave me the Silver Lining Award. I promptly awarded it to four out of my five recipients. I held one out, because I wanted to award it to my fantastic critique partner Robert. I would not be where I am today in my writing without him. He gave me the courage and the support to get to the next level, to start taking my writing seriously. He jumped me over that "am I crazy?" gorge. Got me safely to the other side. And, he always makes me feel wonderful when we critique--while tearing my WIP to shreds. He even makes me feel like the next revision is doable. So, for that impossibly impossible task, I award the Silver Lining Award to Robert. Robert--now you just need to LAUNCH YOUR BLOG so you can accept this award. I'm nothing if not subtle. (Edited to add, that Robert has indeed launched his blog, so everyone please stop by and make him feel welcome! He even posted his workspace--which overlooks the Pacific. Go check it out! YAY!)

And, last week, I also awarded Jon the Silver Lining Award. Jon's response? He boomeranged the award back at me. Totally against the rules. Not even in the ball park of the rules. But, in his defense (I guess) I did tell my recipients that they could do what they wanted to with the award. And so he did.

So, now I have the award back, and should award it to five people. And so I shall.

Person number one: The Jon that visits blogs all over the blogosphere and leaves wonderfully supportive comments.

Person number two: The Jon that writes funny and interesting blog posts every single day of the week.

Person number three: The Jon that adds more blogging work onto his plate because of my whims. WIBIJ!

Person number four: The Jon who replies to every single comment left at his blog, and shows his genuine interest in all of his followers.

Person number five: The Jon who actively seeks out ways to help and support other writers.

See what I did there? Boomerang X5. So, Jon. Your turn. What are you going to do about it now???

And, Larissa has awarded me another award. The Your Blog Is Over the Top Award. Thanks Larissa! I have to answer the following questions using one word answers. OK.

Your Cell Phone? Cracked
Your Hair? Unruly
Your Mother? Hawaii
Your Father? Surprising
Your Favorite Food? Rangoons
Your Dream Last Night? Sleep?
Your Favorite Drink? Slurpee
Your Dream/Goal? Happiness
What Room Are You In? Own
Your Hobby? Rowing
Your Fear? Sadness
Where Do You See Yourself In Six Years? Here
Where Were You Last Night? Meeting
Something That You Aren't? Alone
Muffins? AML's
Wish List Item? Peace
Where Did You Grow Up? Pennsylvania
Last Thing You Did? IM
What Are You Wearing? Robe
Your TV? On
Your Pets? Cantankerous
Friends? Connected
Your Life? Progressing
Your Mood? Invigorated
Missing Someone? Connected
Vehicle? Black
Something You Aren't Wearing? Armor
Your Favorite Store? Booksmith
Your Favorite Color? Purple
When Was The Last Time You Laughed? Yesterday
Last Time You Cried? Enough
Your Best Friend? Hubby
One Place You Go To Over And Over Again? Revisonland
Facebook? Occasionally
Favorite Place To Eat? Vegas

I have decided to only award this award to one person. The five person thing feels too much like a chain letter to me, and someone else paved the way for this technique. (Hint, I already gave him five awards above.)

So, I am awarding this award to... Bryan Bliss. Because he doesn't post often, but when he does, his posts are chock-full of awesomeness. And to rebel against the seemingly girlish nature of this particular award.

And (here's where I get into trouble) Robert, Jon, and Bryan can do whatever they wish with the award.

And, because I like to check in--what are you blogging about this week? Awards? Writing? Life?


  1. Good to know I can't boomerang awards back. There should be a website for blogging award rules. :)

  2. Blissman, totally!

    Thanks HK for the opportunity to one up you, again.

  3. Laura--I kind of shot myself in the foot when I proclaimed that people could do what they wanted with the awards. Normally there are rules that you post with the award. But you know, give an inch, and PEOPLE take a mile! LOL. And, I have say that Jon's post giving me back the award was really wonderful.

  4. You so deserve those awards! Congrats!
    Now, Robert, launch that blog!
    Bryan should def. post more and Jonathan certainly deserves that award 5fold!
    This week I blogged about Critter, the Grammy's, and later this week, Poetry Friday!

  5. Jon--I can't wait to see what happens next.

  6. Kelly--Thanks. I so enjoyed your pictures of Critter. I didn't realize he was into the night life! And, poetry friday? I'm there!

  7. Wow, that was supposed to be SLURPEES!

  8. Tracy--I think you just coined a phrase. The art of Slurpeese. It sounds like a new language, or an upper class slurpee. Or the ability to drink a slurpee while on a trapeze.

    The cola ones are my fav.

  9. Thanks! I will blog in a minute in honor of this Major Award ("You know, a guy in Terra Haute won a bowling alley.")

    I will try and blog more. The problem is, I don't always have a definite topic. Maybe I will commit to blogging 2 a week from now on. Maybe.

  10. :)
    Wow, what a way to begin the day. Thank you, Heather! I think I launched my blog yesterday - got a new follower and comments so that means it's public, yeah? A note on Heather as a critique partner. Amazing. Doesn't hold back. Gave me a bamboo plant to keep my focus on the novel she says she can tell I'm jazzed about rather than on the one I thought I should write. Thank you for the Silver Lining!

  11. Bryan--okay, I'm sorry--I didn't mean to make you feel like you should blog more. I'm giving you the award because I like your blog, and I think it's "Over the Top" just the way it is. Blog when you want to. Blog when you feel like it. Don't force it. Just know that when you do blog, I appreciate it.

  12. Robert--you're welcome! Congrats on unveiling the blog, and welcome to the club. And, your comments to me on your first post brought tears to my eyes--thanks. And it's great to see your workspace and imagine you there!

  13. You always do this awarding so well, Heather Kelly. It's lovely to be a part of your community. (Slurpeese = gushing while posting??).

  14. Tina--what fun this all is! I'm so happy to be in your community too! Let's get published!

  15. Congrats on your awards - I LOVE slurpees! :-)

  16. Well, I agree with Jon. And Bryan seemed to appreciate your award! Great list btw.

  17. Terry--Well, Jon is usually right. I suppose. Bryan is awesome. And, thanks.


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