Saturday, August 15, 2009

Weekend Mishmash: Kreativ Blogger Award

Wow, I’m very nearly speechless. Bridget Chicoine – my online buddy, fellow blogger, and speedy beta reader extraordinaire – just nominated me for a “Kreativ Blogger” award. This is totally awesome for at least two reasons: First, it thrills me to be nominated for a blog that I only started last month, and second, it gives me something different to discuss for this weekend’s “mishmash.”

So, thanks, Bridget, from the bottom of my heart. According to your profile, you follow several blogs (despite what you claimed on your latest post), so I’m pretty darn touched by your kind nomination – especially since I’ve been such a late little beta reader for your novel, Story for a Shipwright.

Now, the rules for the “Kreativ Blogger” award are as follows:
1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award. (Done!)
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog. (Done!)
3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award. (Done!)
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting. (Done!)
5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers. (Done!)
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate. (Done!)
7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they have been nominated. (Soon to be done...)

Here are some tidbits about me that you may or may not already know:
1. As a little girl, my mother had me convinced that I was allergic to cats and dogs, so my only pets were a goldfish that I named Daisy Duke (after the character in The Dukes of Hazzard, my favorite show back then) and four snails named Bo, Luke, Uncle Jesse, and Boss Hogg (yeah, I was pretty obsessed with that show).
2. Long before I decided to be a writer, I was a big ol’ math nerd. I even won team trophies (that were sadly lost in Hurricane Katrina) – and traveled twice from New Orleans to Iowa City for a national math competition.
3. I’ve only broken one bone in my lifetime (so far) – as a high school student, I was helping to decorate my Unitarian Universalist church for Mardi Gras when I climbed a ladder that, unbeknownst to me, had a broken brace, causing me to fall onto the altar, where I broke the middle finger of my right hand.
4. When I was in high school, I was an anchor on our closed-circuit morning show; my classmates knew me as “Perky,” a nickname that I had emblazoned on my high school class ring.
5. With my husband-to-be, I once lived in England and, less than a year later, traded an apartment full of furniture for a home-on-wheels on the highways and byways of America.
6. When I’m done with a book at the library, I have a compulsive need to re-shelve it (despite the librarian’s protests), and likewise, whenever I decide not to buy a grocery item, I always go out of my way to put it back where it belongs (despite my husband’s protests).
7. I hate kettle corn and have yet to understand its purpose in the world.

And here are 7 unique bloggers that I follow often (but not as often as I should):
1. The author of A misinterpreted wave
2. J.B. Chicoine, author of J.B. Chicoine – Unsupervised & At Large
3. Mira and Ann, moderators of Come In Character
4. Ink, Wanu, and Bookworm 1605, authors of The Alchemy of Writing
5. Rick Daley, author of My Daley Rant
6. Stephanie Faris, author of Steph in the City
7. Melanie Avila, author of What Am I Doing In Mexico?

All of the above deserve the “Kreativ Blogger” seal of approval. They’re not the only blogs that I find interesting and/or hilarious, but the rules limited me to seven – and I try to follow the rules whenever my husband’s not looking.


jbchicoine said...

Oh,shucks, Laura.
I'm glad you nominated Rick! I was too chicken.

A misinterpreted wave said...

Thanks so much Laura. I was very excited to log on and find that you had passed on an award. I'm off to pass it on :)

btw I'm Chris (as in Christine) :)

jbchicoine said...

Oh, and for the record, yes I do follow an number of blogs (and I do read them all!) but quite a few of them are new to me and I have not yet built any rapport with thier authors.

Stephanie Faris said...

Thank you! I'll check out the other recipients too.

A misinterpreted wave said...

I'm with you jbchicoine - I'm not sure if I could nominate blog authors who'll probably ask, 'Where on Earth did you come from?'

Off to nominate :)

A misinterpreted wave said...

Laura, how do I link in my comments? I want to let the people know that I've nominated them, but also have a link back to my post.

Laura Martone said...

Bridget - Why were you "too chicken" to nominate Rick? He's a cool cat - he'd probably appreciate the nod! I can understand why you might not want to nominate bloggers you don't "know," but on the other hand, that's a good way to "meet" them. Everybody loves to receive an award. :-)

Chris - You're quite welcome (and now I've gotten something out of it, too - I know your name now - wink, wink). As with Bridget, I can understand why it might feel weird to nominate bloggers who don't know you, but it's flattering for them nonetheless. And, honestly, I cheated a little - I only nominated bloggers that I do read often (and whose posts I comment on). So, I think they're all vaguely aware of me (at least I think so). Oh, and to link back to your post, you just need to write (a href="URL of your post")name of post(/a), but you will need to replace the ( ) with <>. I hope that makes sense... it was really hard to write all this out without stupid Blogger thinking I was trying to link to something! It took a few times - phew!

Steph - You're welcome, too. And that's the point, right? To check out other bloggers! Happy surfing!

jbchicoine said...

I didn't nominate Rick because I'm a great big duface, that's why. But I did give him a little nod.

Laura Martone said...

Oh, Bridget, you're not a dufus... I just figured Rick of all peeps would be flattered. Of course, I say that, but this was his response to me... "Thanks for the nomination. My inner smart-ass is battling with my common decency to determine how I respond!" What a nut.

jbchicoine said...

No doubt Rick is flattered--I don't think I'm going out on a limb here, when I say that it might be kind of a 'guy thing'. I mean, look at the award logo. It's way to frilly for Rick. Besides, if he did post it, he'd probably be afraid we'd come up with a 'good sport' award and give it to him!

Laura Martone said...

Yes, I can totally see your point, Bridget. The logo's even too frilly for me!

Okay, enough commenting today... I'm headed outside to read your novel on the hammock!

Anita said...

Congratulations---Much deserved!

jbchicoine said...

Laura, I'm such a duface that I can't even spell the word!

Laura Martone said...

Thanks, Anita! I appreciate your kind words.

And, as for you, B, I didn't want to say anything, so thanks for saying it for me! (wink, wink)

jbchicoine said...

Laura, what are you doing online, you're supposed to be reading my book!

Laura Martone said...

Darn it all! I've been caught. (she says sheepishly, as she sidles back to Bridget's awesome story, which, barring catastrophe, she'll be done this week...)