So here I am, the swiss army knife of sewing machines (aka word knitting machines). Laurel Leigh has kindly nominated me for the Versa-tea-lay Blogger Award. And as I said in the head, this is ever-so-much better than a Grammy. I didn’t have to sit up straight in a gold lamé dress for hours with a fake smile on my face, clapping half-heartedly every time someone else besides me won. Just the opposite, I’ve been sitting in my pj’s hunched over my keyboard with a real smile on face while I type whole-heartedly about tooth fairies. It doesn’t get any better than this!
As usual, I’m a rule bender, so if you receive this award from me, you don’t need to feel obligated to do anything but SMILE. But I will do the following:
- Thank the person who gave me this award. THANK YOU, LAUREL!!!!! You’re’ the best!
- Include a link to her blog. Laurel Leigh
- Next, select blogs/bloggers that I’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
- Nominate them for the Versatile Blogger Award
- Finally, tell Laurel (and all you other eavesdroppers) seven things about myself.
Here are my fave bloggers (some are also Laurel’s, so they get a double dose!)
heylookawriterfellow will always be on my go-to list. A children’s book writer with hilarious insights about writing and the writing life, he has a soft spot for rodents.
InterestingLiterature gives us lovely snippets about famous writers and writing.
FictionFan and Lady Fanciful are my two “go-to” book review (and music and film) blogs whenever I’m looking for insightful commentary. Interesting thing? One loves The Gold Finch, the other ran over it with a truck. And they still respect each other.
Vanessa Chapman will tickle your humorous.
Drinking Tips for Teens will do the same in a slightly different way.
CalloftheSiren has been quiet recently, but I’m sure he’ll return in fine form soon. Look here for book reviews on all things Dante, poetry, other lit reviews, and insight into writing and the writing process.
Tales From the Motherland is what they call irreverent and often ROFL kind of fun, much better than being rolfed.
A Prayer Like Gravity keeps me amped (surfers say ‘stoked’? grocery store employees say “stocked”)) with poetry and images.
Tracie M. Cox is a children’s book writer and blogger whose latest post highlights American Library Association 2014 Youth Media Awards. She offers writing and marketing tips.
101Books provides reviews and insights (and the occasional hilarious commentary on book covers from his son) about the books on TIme Magazine’s List of 100 Greatest Novels + Ulysses. He’s made it through 63 so far, I believe.
TheWriteTransition Gotta admire a woman (outnumbered by males in her household) who multi-tasks between being a doc and a writer. Kudos to you, Carrie!
What seven things can I tell you about myself that you don’t already know?
1) I currently have a dead rodent behind the wall in my kitchen.
Eating out has never been more attractive.
2) I suffer great environmental angst when I buy Clorox wipes to clean the floor around the toilet,
but I live in a household with boys. Nuff said.
3) I also suffer great environmental angst when my son tells me that I should be sending him to school with a cloth napkin instead of the recycled, unbleached environmentally friendly napkins that I then put in our commercial compost.
Would an entire load of cloth napkins from one week (including those from breakfast, lunch and evening meals) use more of the world’s resources (water, soap, electricity for washing and drying, etc.) than the making of these “environmentally friendly” paper napkins that then get returned to the earth via composting? If anyone has the answer to this question, I’m all ears.
4) Speaking of ears, I just had them roto-rootered due to complete blockage. Couldn’t hear a dad-blamed thing, and the pressure from lack of equalization was turning my head into a pressure cooker.
Apparently, some people produce more earwax than others, so if you’re one of them, you need to use Debrox. Otherwise, imagine a swirling fan of high pressure hydrogen peroxide and water coursing into your ear canal for 15 seconds. Applying a jack-hammer directly to my corpus callosum would have had the same effect.
5) I’m a poetry-aholic, and need a fix every day.
I appreciate poets because they never attend meetings and are always going to parties where they stand in the corner with one drink all night and watch other people make fools of themselves.
6) I would like to start a movement that requires all dog owners to register their dog’s DNA when they go in for vaccinations. Then we’ll start a company that picks up dog poop on city sidewalks or parks, where children walk or play with balls. Simply ID the poop’s DNA and then send a fine to the dog’s registered owner.
No pick up poo? The joke’s on you!
7) My car’s “Check tire pressure” light turned on right after we got two tires replaced a couple of weeks ago. It’s done this in the past, but it’s minded its own business and stayed dark for the past year or two. I can’t take the time right now to have the tires and the sensor checked. Instead, I think of this while typing and make a mental note to think about what to do later (notice the multiple layers of thinking going on). I may or may not remember to check the tires before I get in the car and drive off. So perhaps when I’m driving down to Asilomar next week for SCBWI’s Golden Gate conference, one of my tires will go flat
and I will remember that the “check tire pressure” light has been on for awhile now…
There you have it. Any surprises for you?