#Awards: a nomination…

I am grateful to wonderful blogger/writer Jennifer (@jennybennyk) who hails from http://itsjennythewren.wordpress.com/ (please visit if you have not yet!) for nominating me for the Very Inspiring Blog Award.  I am doubly grateful to Jenny, a fellow blogger on the #AtoZ trail, first for the opportunity to visit her posts at leisure, and then also (more about it on one of my #atozchallenge posts to follow) ~ since I expect an account of her trip to Japan all those years back!

There is a ritual, and it starts with boring the readers with seven personal things ~ erm… ~ and then suggest fifteen nominees… Here goes:

  1. I write in the morning after exercising, the latter twice or three times a week ~ I don’t run marathons, but a modest 5km!
  2. My main work in progress is a novel titled The Page, a tale of intimacy and loss, with other bits of flash fiction, and a possible other novella ~ all accessible through these pages…
  3. My loyal Nikon is a faithful companion on the long walks we share my wife and I.  There is a photo blog here.
  4. Writing stuff: Scrivener on my small Mac, but also handwritten notes in moleskine notebooks, occasionally on iPad.
  5. My main character has a Facebook page, which I borrow from time to time…
  6. There is some erotica somewhere else, certainly NSFW and 18+
  7. Favourite cities: Paris and Berlin, favourite region: the Dolomites

Happy Few, bloggers/writers who deserve enthusiastic following:

  1. Rebecca at http://rebeccabradleycrime.com/
  2. The capillary at http://thecapillary.blogspot.co.uk/
  3. Doctor DL Shackleford at http://www.dlshackleford.com/category/posts/
  4. Phylis Vegas at http://phylisvegasbooks.blogspot.co.uk/
  5. The Island Traveller at http://thismansjourney.net/
  6. Gabrielle at http://gabriellebryden.wordpress.com/
  7. CA White at http://authorcawhite.wordpress.com/
  8. Rebecca at http://rebeccagibson35.wordpress.com/
  9. Rhiannon, a wonderful artist who will travel far, at http://rhiannonrebecca.com/
  10. Marí, whom I’d love to unravel, at http://unravelingmarimar.wordpress.com/
  11. Wayne at http://mrkelly2u.wordpress.com/
  12. Rick, who knows faith moves mountains, at http://emanatingjoy.wordpress.com/
  13. Jason at http://jasonehodges.blogspot.co.uk/
  14. David at http://sonoranwolf.wordpress.com/
  15. Kajira at http://lupobellezza.wordpress.com/

~ Not all of the above may wish to follow the ritual but all are worth visiting and following!


Very Inspiring!

InspiringI am grateful to Gemini (January 18) and Ol’Big Jim (January 30) for nominating me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I must say to be nominated twice in a month by two very talented friends must be more than I deserve… Gemini (@geminiswords) is indeed a source of inspiration for many of us, writing poetry in a genre where the internal soul matters so much: her posts are a pleasure to read, and I fully approve of Joseph‘s (@JMcNamara4) nominating Gemini – he is of course one of the few masters of the genre…

Ol’ Big Jim (@olbigjim) is a published author and a pillar of strength in supporting his rich and varied community. I owe to Jim – who is far more experienced than me in many respects – for introducing me to the enchanted world of blogging awards, and in so doing to a wealth of great writers and bloggers.

My obligations under the award’s rules are:

  • Display the award logo on your blog
  • Link back to the person who nominated you
  • State 7 things about yourself
  • Nominate 15 bloggers for this award and link to them
  • Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

Seven things?

  1. This writer in learning is a slow reader
  2. I start editing, changing, fiddling as soon as anything new is written
  3. Sometimes I lose work as I forget to back up when writing non-stop
  4. Characters I create talk to me, awake or asleep, they are very obtrusive
  5. The “tale of intimacy and loss” is progressing in a very irregular manner, some weeks being very productive (and inspired!) and other times just a waste of effort
  6. The “creative” experiment so far consists of four blogs: Glass & Paper (writing and short fiction), Photos, The Magnum Opus, “politics” and travel, and more pictures.
  7. There is also a (not so) secret page for special stories…

15 bloggers?

Monica (@momilp) is a published author and artist, I just love her work: http://monicalaporta.com/

The Queen of Query (@holliequeener) is a poet and truly inspiring blogger: https://queenofquery.wordpress.com/category/just-a-dream/

Beth (@missb1331) writes beautiful poems at http://thesacredroad.wordpress.com/

Ash (@AshNFinn) is a lovely lovely writer, blogger and friend: http://ashnfinn.wordpress.com/

Bobby Madigan (@BobbyMadigan) keeps a truly inspiring blog, he’s a disabled veteran and family man: https://robertmadigan.wordpress.com/

Hank (@HANKarcher) writes serious poetry and more: http://hankarcher.wordpress.com/

Scott (@poetscott) inspires us from the deep: http://evokingthedeep.wordpress.com/ (poetry and art)

Mirabella (@una_tentazione) is… more than excellent! http://belong2sir.wordpress.com/

David (@TooFullToWrite) is a magnificent blogger and writer ~ with a wonderful sense of humour! http://toofulltowrite.wordpress.com/blog/

Audrey (@Audrey_E_King) is a published writer and hails from the Writing Closet

Miss Juliesse (@MissJuliesWorld) calls herself a “professional dilettante” ~ and is very talented as you can check for yourself: http://musepalace.wordpress.com/

Please follow the many Adventures of Emily (@emilykazakh) at Wanderlust

Susan (@susan_daniels) writes the most inspiring poetry: http://susandanielspoetry.com/

Chris (@ChrisGNguyen) writes beautifully and posts amazing pictures at http://chrisgalvinwriter.wordpress.com/

John (@Toltecjohn) runs the most inspiring poetry from reality blog at http://poemsfromreality.blogspot.co.uk/