Catching Up On Awards

I’m behind on awards. Does this surprise anyone? And if I tried to list all the rules, respond to all the questions, and nominate the required number of bloggers, you might look something like this by the end of the post.

I promise I won’t take you there. So quickly, here’s what some wonderful people have given me recently. Please take a few moments to visit their blogs if you haven’t already. They are all good reads.

Very Inspiring Blogger by Fortyteen Candles

The Reader Appreciation Award by 4amWriter

The Commentator Award by Mskatykins

The Sunshine Award from Kat Collins

Also, I’ve got to start running faster. I’ve been tagged again. This time by Ravena Guron over at Blogspot. These younger writers are really hard to keep up with. They’re keeping me on my toes.

The Commentator Award is a new one, so I’ll give the rules here (because they’re easy to follow). And I’ll make the nominations for this one. I’ll use Ravena’s tagging questions to cover the other awards. That’ll keep this post manageable. If you want to see them, the rules for the others can be found in the links above for each award.

You’ll find your Top Recent Commenters on your site stats page on the bottom, right corner. If you don’t see this, click on the Screen Options in the top right corner and be sure that “Comments” is checked. If you are good about responding to every comment, then you will be the first one in the list. It is the next six commenters on the list that you will nominate and pass this award to.

But wait! You may nominate one more person. This person can either be a brand new commenter on your blog, the very last comment you have received (most recent), or the one who has posted your most favourite comments. This seventh nomination is your choice, but please do tell us why you have chosen them as your seventh.

As of this writing, my six top commentators/commenters are:

Carrie Rubin





Anne Woodman

Congratulations, all! Please enjoy the shiny new bling to add to your blogs.

And now to answer Ravena’s tag questions.

1. What did you want to be when you grew up? (If you ever grew up.) A vet, a paramedic, a rock star, a computer scientist…. Archaeologist was a latecomer. Writer was even later to the party.
2. If you could marry any celebrity, who would it be? Hmm, a younger Harrison Ford?
3. Do you think aliens are real? Yes, but I don’t think they’re visiting us.
4. What season (Summer, Winter, Autumn or Spring) do you like the best? Why? Spring—I love the explosion of color and new life.
5. What sort of books do you read? Sci-fi, mysteries, mainstream…. But nothing too heavy or dark.
6. What is your favourite book? Why? The Lord of the Rings. I simply love the story.
7. Why did you start blogging? Agents and editors say new writers must! But now it’s for the great community I’ve found.
8. If I gave you a million pounds right now, what would you spend it on? (Assuming I’d already given two million pounds to charity.) I’d give some to charity, too. But the rest would let me quit the day job and focus on writing. Can I do that?
9. What is your favourite TV programme? Why? Hmm, I don’t watch much TV. Maybe Castle? Body of Proof?
10. If you gave birth to twins, would you give them rhyming names? Why? No, I’d want them to have their own identities.
11. If you could, would you go back in time and be seventeen again? (If you’re not yet seventeen, then sixteen? And so on :) Not really. But if I could have my 17-year-old body again today, that wouldn’t be so bad!

Whew, closing in on the end. Stay with me folks.

Awards involve nominations. But acceptances are time-consuming. And I’ve noticed a lot of bloggers are looking a bit haggard after the summer. So let’s do something easy.

Do you see the “My Global Community” widget on my sidebar? Take a look at all those amazing gravatars. Is there one you don’t recognize? Why not take a minute or two to click and visit that blog? (If you can—not everyone links his blog to his gravatar.)

That’s it. A simple way to check out a new blog or two without making someone come up with a creative acceptance post. (It must be obvious that I couldn’t.)

Have a great day, everyone!

49 thoughts on “Catching Up On Awards

  1. Well done and congratulations! I like the idea of rewarding the Top Recent Commenters on your site stats page. This is a lot easier (and less guiltworthy) than trying to choose from all you’re favourites. Plus the Top Commenters really deserve that lovely pat on the back :D
    I’m looking forward to checking out your ‘global community’!


    • Thanks, Dianne. I agree—it’s a nice way to say thank you to people who spend so much of their limited time with us. :) And you don’t have to feel bad about not nominating someone.

      The global community changes with every different click of the page. It’s a fun widget I added a while back. You can choose just people who comment or people who comment or like. I went with both. :)


    • No—thank you, Anne! For being such a great blogging buddy and spending time reading and commenting on my posts! :) This is an easy one to send forward, too, which is really nice. I like the simpler awards best. ;)


  2. J, congrats — you deserve all these lovely awards. I wanted to be a rock star too. And, I’ve never read Lord of the Rings. I know, I know I should. I’ve never been a sci-fi or fantasy fan and I always think of that book as fantasy, but it’s not is it? Anyway, congrats and thank you for including my gravatar in your wonderful group.

    Hope the severe weather is not there with you today! Have a great rest of the weekend. :).


    • Thanks, Brigitte. :) I think of LOTR more as an epic tale out of mythology. Okay, it’s a fictional mythology, but that’s beside the point. ;) If you enjoy classics like The Iliad and The Odyssey, you’d probably like LOTR. But if that’s not your cup of tea, you might not enjoy it.

      Thunderstorms are nearly on us. I’m just hoping we’re on the edge of one that isn’t too bad. The radar shows some nasty ones! But once they pass, the weekend should be nice. Enjoy yours, too!


  3. Thank you for The Commentator Award! Nice to run into something different. I’ll tuck it away for a future post. :)

    And like you, I wouldn’t want to go back and be seventeen again. It took me too long to get where I am to go back and do it all over again. Not to mention some of the scary sleeping rooms I’ve had in my past. But yeah, having that 17-year-old metabolism again wouldn’t be so bad. I watch my teenage son eat with envy. Ever seen an ENTIRE box of linguine noodles disappear? I make a linguine dish with olive oil, herbs, and a four-cheese Italian blend. He loves it so much that I taught him how to make it himself. Now he’ll cook up the entire 16 oz box and eat it up. Sigh.


    • The thanks go to you and everyone who stops by to spend time on my blog. :) I honestly appreciate every visit, comment, and like. I think the concept behind this award is a great one. And it’s easy to accept. :)

      Just how tall do you think your son will end up being—and with what kind of build?! I love pasta, but an entire 16-oz box of it? With cheese? Wow! Glad I don’t have to pay for your groceries. ;)

      But, oh to have that metabolism again, right? I’d try to be good with it, really I would. But to eat a few slices of pizza followed by an ice cream sundae or slab of cake with buttercream frosting and not worry about pounds, cholesterol, or Type 2 diabetes? The temptation would be there. I’d probably succumb now and again. :)


      • When I think of what I used to eat as an active youngster? Wow. Good times, those were.

        My son is 6’1″ and at age 15, still growing. I’m betting 6’4″ or 6’5″ given the height of the men in my family. But he’s lean with little body fat, so I guess that pasta’s not doing him any harm. Of course, I make him eat his veggies with it which he doesn’t care for…


        • He’ll thank you in the end for it. :) From a great height.

          How much taller will we get, I wonder? I used to be considered tall at 5’7″ but I have to look up at a lot of younger women these days. But factor in so many people with unhealthy diets, maybe we’ll see a downward trend again?


          • That’s an interesting thought. Our diets are certainly a far cry from those of our ancestors. I, too, was always considered tall at 5’7″ which led people to believe I’d be good at basketball. They were wrong.


  4. Oh man, I’m still to catch up on some awards. I haven’t even answered the questions from the last one you did (and I still intend to). Anyhoo, congratulations on the awards, and thanks for passing the “Commentator” one on to me.

    I like the alien answer. I think there must be other life out there, but the chances of it being the same as us are fairly remote given the factors that need to occur e.g. the proximity to a star (we live in a narrow temprature band), the amount of water, and so on. Which is not to say there isn’t life similar to ours. I agree with your answer though.


    • Hey, no rush. These have been backing up for me, too. :)

      I believe the universe (and possible multiverse) is too vast for there NOT to be other intelligent life out there. But the distances and difficulties of traveling them make it unlikely any aliens are dropping in on us. (And if they could handle those distances and engineering feats, would they really make it all the way here just to crash on our planet time and time again?)

      But that belief hasn’t stopped me from writing science fiction. :)


      • Well knowing the science of why we likely haven’t been visited is no barrier to writing sic-fi. That is why it is fiction, so we can make it up :)


  5. Thanks, JM! I usually have something to say and it’s nice that it’s taken in the spirit it’s meant. We enjoy Castle and Body of Proof in our household, too. And 17? Not so much…took me a long time to embrace myself as I am! Steaming in NY today…hope it’s better in your neck of the woods! xoxoM


    • Thanks to you, Margarita, for sharing your time and insights with me! Seventeen had a host of issues. We’re growing, hormones are raging, we’re trying to figure out what we want and what to do…. No, I wouldn’t want that again. But my 17-year-old body that was in good shape and could eat whatever it wanted? I wouldn’t mind having that back! :)

      A cold front is rapidly approaching and bringing us some storms. The view outside my office window is getting a LOT darker right now! I may be unplugging if the lightning starts up!

      I am ready for fall!


  6. Fun post! Congrats on the awards and thank you. Your answers were fun to read. I agree with you about aliens, but sometimes I’ll run into someone and have to wonder if perhaps we are being visited by aliens. :)

    Nope, wouldn’t repeat 17 unless I could change a heck of a lot about 17. Body? Mmm. Yeah, guess I wouldn’t mind getting the body back. :)


    • The thanks go to you and everyone who stops by my little corner of the blogosphere! :)

      Yes, there are some people who make me stop and wonder, too. Or maybe they’re time travelers…. ;) As I said to Elliot above, I think there’s too much “space” for us to be the only planet with life, even intelligent life. But getting from their home to Earth might be too difficult. That won’t stop me from writing science fiction where it’s happened, though. :)

      At 17, I was in really good shape and could eat anything without gaining a pound. I’d love to have that back. Dealing with new hormones, figuring out who I was and what I wanted—not so much. :)


  7. Hehee, reading about what you wanted to be on growing up… I thought you did you wanted to be a rock. Just a rock. I didn’t see the star bit until well afterwards. …I must be tired!

    Anyway, congratulations and well done! I’m looking forward to having a mooch through some of those blogs in your community. :-)


    • LOL—Thanks, Ileandra! :) That ever-changing community widget shows a selection of everyone who has left a like or comment on my posts. And I’ve noticed in my stats that viewers must be clicking on it. I think it’s a nice and simple way to help share other blogs. :)


    • Thanks, Kourtney. :) They’re the hardest that way for me, too. It doesn’t help that I procrastinate with them and make even more work for myself. :P

      I really like the simpler ones. ;) This Commentator Award is good that way. When it comes to you (and I’m sure it will!), it’s a nice way to say thanks to some of your blogging buddies.


  8. I’m with you on #7 big time—and just wrote a post related to it for Monday. ;) The benefits of blogging are so vast and spectacular. The very thing that gets many of us into it (success, sales, etc.) often turns out to be a byproduct.

    Congrats on your awards!


    • Thanks, August! :) I wish more agents and editors would stress the community aspect of blogging as one of the top reasons to start instead of platform-building and marketing. The support, help, and encouragement I find here is amazing. I’m looking forward to your Monday post—I know it will be insightful!


    • Thanks, Ravena! :) Blog tag is a fun game, but it’s a bit of work! I really like that “my community” widget—not sure if there’s something like it on BlogSpot. I wish I would’ve thought more seriously about writing fiction when I was your age. I had some stories in my head, but never really thought about putting them down. Ah well, the life’s experience has been good for the ones I’m working on now. :)


  9. I don’t know but I think this is a pretty creative effort: nice balance with acceptance of awards, recognitions, and great idea to fulfill “the list other blogs” with the community/ fav blogs lists.
    Gold star for you (no requirements at all!)


    • Thanks, Mouse. :) You and RC Cat know how overwhelming the acceptance posts can be. I hoped a “shout out” to everyone who has been so kind as to stop by my blog and leave a like or comment or two (or three, or four….) would be appropriate. Please give my best regards to HRH.


  10. While you have done your duty, this is also a gentle reminder for me to do the same. Thank you. Congratulations on ammassing these awards. You deserve them! :-)

    Subhan Zein


    • They do. I can even wear them. The catch? It’s Chico’s sizing. :) Zero is, I believe the equivalent of an 8 for others. But I hear from 20 somethings who weigh about 100 lbs that places like BCBG Maxazria have those tiny sizes still.

      This is an easy award to do—the nominees are determined for you! And it’s a nice way to say thank you to the folks who regularly stop by to chat. Like you. :)


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