I was stunned into silence the other day – a noteworthy event, to be sure. The occasion was an e-mail from a writing friend with the happy news being that I’d won another fan-bestowed blogging award. Wow.
To understand how touched I was, you have to know a bit about the donor.
Look up the words “busy”, “connected”, or “undaunted” in the dictionary, and somewhere within the synonym section, you’ll find the name Becke Martin-Davis. Want to learn how to network? Watch Becke. Want to learn how to multi-task? She’s your girl.
She has 2 – no, 3 – personal blogs that I know of. She guest blogs on B(u)y the Book, moderates a Barnes and Noble literary loop, writes non-fiction as a freelancer, AND has lapped my fiction word count about…oh, four times this year alone. Given that context, you can understand that this award means a lot to me.
And here it is:
Nice and shiny, huh? Won’t it be a fine companion to the Kreativ Blogger award I received a few weeks ago?
Like the KB, the Superior Scribbler Award come with a few conditions:
1. Each Superior Scribbler must in turn pass The Award on to 5 most-deserving Bloggy Friends. (except I’m modifying here to remove the word “most”)
2. Each Superior Scribbler must link to the author & the name of the blog from whom he/she has received The Award.
3. Each Superior Scribbler must display The Award on his/her blog, and link to This Post, which explains The Award.
4. Each Blogger who wins The Superior Scribbler Award must visit this post and add his/her name to the Mr. Linky List. That way, we’ll be able to keep up-to-date on everyone who receives This Prestigious Honor!
5. Each Superior Scribbler must post these rules on his/her blog.
So now comes the hard part, because whittling my list of worthy recipients down to a mere 5 people is not a task that gets any easier with repetition.
My goal: to encompass a wide range of lesser-known writers, from those who have proven their mettle and already become published, to those who have likely never been publicly recognized, but who I believe hold great promise. With that aim in mind, I’d like to recognize the following people:
- She’s a mother of two young children, a model of tenacity (ask her about her rejection letters sometime), and the author of Silver Phoenix, the last of which earned her a spot at the dinner table with Neil Gaiman during the Newbery Medal awards. During the past six months, I’ve never once seen her act a whisker shy of professional, or one iota short of encouraging. So with a bootay shake to go with the handshake, I bestow this award to the gracious Cindy Pon.
- Everyone I knew in my adolescence was deeply cynical about the world. A few brave souls dreamed of changing it, and fewer still put those ideals into action. This recipient lives out her convictions. After a two year stint in the Peace Corp, she’s in the process of putting her life back together while writing her first novel. Yet she still manages to blog with an enthusiasm I admire. Ruth of Sputnitsa, if by now you haven’t guessed that this award is yours, all I can say is you’ve been using your vodka for more purposes than antisepsis, m’dear.
- This recipient is the mother of two, and like most women with toddlers, struggles mightily for the time to write. She’s steady, committed to her family, and should probably have been a home economist, that’s just how full her blog is with tips about frugality. Stephanie of What a Cool Idea, I know you’re not fond of the limelight, babe, but time to step up and claim your prize.
- I absolutely love this writer’s work. Everything that comes from her pen is full of yearning and pathos and nostalgia. Someday they’ll make a movie out of one of her books, and when they do, I’ll warn you: take an entire box of tissues with you into the theatre. Better yet, an old-fashioned hankie! Her blog might be more aptly named Dance of the Seven Kleenexes than Kestrel Rising, but Sue Laybourn, this award’s for you, missus!
- And last, but not least, is someone who’s almost diametrically opposed to me in her writing style. I have clunky meter, hers is fluid. I can’t write straight, she loves dark corners. She explores them too, in vibrant prose with themes I don’t always particularly want to think about. But stretching boundaries is good. Thinking is fabulous. Bryn Greenwood, because I know you’re going places, even though I might not always want to follow your writing there, this award is yours.
There! I’m exhausted now. While the rest of you gather to congratulate the honorees, I’m heading straight for the champagne and then bed. Someone I brought with me is looking a little tired from holding all my hardware. It would be darn inconsiderate to keep the poor man waiting… 😉