Shine On Blog Award
April 5, 2013
For me, receiving an honor of any type, always buoys my spirit and sends me to cloud-nine. So when fellow author and friend, Marilyn Meredith, honored me with the Shine On Blog Award, I was sooooo pleased. http://marilynmeredith.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-shine-on-blog-award.html
Especially since I don’t consider myself a “good” blogger by conventional blog standards. Particularly, because I don’t blog on a regular basis, i.e. daily, weekly, etc. But it’s not for want of trying. It’s just I can’t seem to do anything anymore at a regular time, or on a regular basis. This is NOT a badge of honor, but a this-period-of- my-life reality. So I’m doubly honored that the blogs I have done, have been okay. (Thank goodness for Anne K. Albert’s blog tours!) They’ve given me the push I’ve needed at just the right times. I’ve rambled on a bit here, when mainly I wanted to thank Marilyn so much for thinking of me and my blog! It’s a great feeling.
I’m passing this lovely award forward to five other authors I’ve met during my “blogging life.” In particular, I would like to nominate Anne K. Albert, WS (Wendy) Gager, John M. Daniel, Jean Henry Mead, and Earl Staggs! All talented authors and bloggers. And I know about their writing from reading their work, and about their blogging abilities based on sharing several tour buses. (Anne was the organizer, and Earl our bus-driver). Fun days…
Anne not only has a wonderful blog http://anne-k-albert.blogspot.com/ where she asks authors interesting questions, but she also does an outstanding job of organizing Mystery We Write Blog Tours. Wendy has a fun and so enjoyable blog where her protagonist, Mitch Malone, grills other author’s characters http://wsgager.blogspot.com/. John is not only an author, but also a publisher and teacher, and on his blog talks about The Joy of Story and sponsors 99word stories http://johnmdaniel.blogspot.com/. Jean not only has several blogs/websites, but she’s also published two volumes of author interviews! http://mysteriouspeople.blogspot.com/. Then there’s Earl. I “met” Earl blog touring–he drove our bus! Earl’s blog can be found at http://earlwstaggs.wordpress.com/ where Earl posts the most thoughtful of blogs. Take a bow everyone!
Now, to answer several of Marilyn’s thoughtful questions, 1. What are your writing goals? What is the hardest thing about the writing life?
My writing goal(s) is pretty simple and straight forward. I want to write books I’d love to read. That translates to: creating and developing interesting characters (good ones you want to root for and evil ones you want to “get it” in the end), creating an interesting world/setting/location and “taking the reader there,” and weaving a story that’s interesting and challenging—presented in a way a reader can’t stop reading! I know, that’s a “paragraph full,” and as challenging as those goals are, they are my goals. A writing teacher once told me, set your standards at the top of what you’d want, and you’ll always be motivated. I’m not that good at taking advice, but I listened (for once!), and the “striving” certainly keeps me interested, and often struggling. And another one of Marilyn’s questions flows from my writing goals–What is the hardest thing about the writing life? To more readily achieve my goals, I think, requires a certain amount of discipline that I just DO NOT have. “Seat of my pants,” for good or bad. Oh do I envy authors who write every morning, or write so many words a day, or so many hours a day…
And here’s my question for my nominees (I think it’s supposed to be five questions), but I’m not listening well–smile. If you pass this wonderful nomination on to deserving bloggers you want to honor, in your post, please answer the question, What are some of the most joyful parts of your writing life?
Again, thank you Marilyn. And congrats to Anne, Wendy, John, Jean, and Earl! You’re all great bloggers!