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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Monster Award Blow-Out! And Fact or Fiction!

I mentioned a while back that I'd been hoarding awards. We're talking like the old- ladies-you-see-on-Animal-Planet-with-200-cats hoarding. And I'm not going to follow many of the rules on these awards- I'm a rebel like that! These are no pressure, just for fun awards!

Take a deep breath because here goes!

Jemi at Just Jemi gifted me with the Circle of Friends Award. I love this because I definitely feel like I've found a great group of writer friends online that I never would have connected with in real life.

I'm going to pass this one on to the following:

Amalia at Good To Begin Well, Better To End Well because she and I are in the query trenches together. We've bounced a gazillion ideas off each other and I really hope both our books are stronger for it. Thanks, Amalia!

Next, Simone at the The Romantic Query Letter And Happily Ever After gave me the Creative Writer Award. I'd like to extend this one to a few bloggers I feel are uber-creative.

Sarah at The Wit & Wisdom of Another Sarah is pretty awesome. I mean, come on, her avatar is Rosie the Riveter. It doesn't get more awesome than that. Well, unless her picture was of Hatshepsut. That would pretty much rock.

Elspeth at It's A Mystery has done a couple posts on 10 Rules of Writing. They're pretty hilarious. She's always got something positive to say- I love that!

Bethany Mattingly at Aspirations is creative enough to combine agriculture and writing into one blog. And she's a student!

My next award was from Guinevere at This Is Not My Day Job. She gave me the Stylish Blogger Award. Pretty sleek, isn't it? Here are my picks for stylish blogs:

Roni at Fiction Groupie writes wonderful how-to posts. I love them because they have tons of examples on all sorts of great writing tips. And she posted a pic from The Office today. I love that show!

Suzette and Bethany at Shooting Stars have one of the first blogs I ever followed. They run great contests and offer some really great advice. Love them!

Shannon at Book Dreaming is one of the most positive people I've ever met on the blogosphere. And she has great, uplifting quotes!

Michele at Southern City Mysteries has a really nifty blog. I'm not even into mysteries, but I love all the info and interviews on her blog.

I also received the Sunshine Award from Deb at Ranch Girl Ramblings. I love this one because I love Gerber daisies. Some blogs are like sunshine through the ether which I can really use now as Alaska emerges from the darkness of winter. I'm passing this one on to the following:

Tricia O'Brien at Talespinning. Her posts are lyrical and often accompanied by gorgeous photos (taken on her phone, no less!).

Guinevere at This is Not My Day Job often makes me laugh. And I want to steal her name.

Elana Johnson might have been the very first blog I followed. Her advice for query writing is stellar and really helped me hone my first query.

Lisa & Laura at Lisa And Laura Write are hilarious. May I repeat- hilarious. If you don't follow them you need to. You can even go meet them in NYC!

Paul Greci at Northwriter is from Alaska too! I love his posts because he offers writerly advice and situations with an Alaskan twist. And he runs outside when it's really, really cold. 17 degrees Fahrenheit is my limit for outdoor activities- he's got me by almost 50 degrees.

Finally, Bethany Mattingly has bestowed the Bold Faced Liar Creative Blogger Award on me. I now must come up with six truths and one crazy lie about myself. I'm gifting this award to all those who've won awards above or given me an award. It's a double award ceremony!

1. I've done Arnold Schwarzenegger's makeup.
2. I've played with dead people.
3. I've climbed Mt. McKinley. (Or Denali, if you're from my neck of the woods.)
4. I'm married to the most wonderful, patient man in the world.
5. My daughter almost killed me once resulting in hospitalization and multiple blood transfusions.
6. I've traveled to the Czech Republic, Italy, England, Ireland, Guatemala, Mexico, Canada, Egypt, Jordan, France, Costa Rica, Panama, Bermuda, and Aruba.
7. I met First Lady Laura Bush after being nominated as Alaska's U.S. History Teacher of the Year.

So, which one is the lie? I play this with my students on the first day of school and they hardly ever get it right. Mwahahaha!


Muse in the Fog said...

Wow, congrats on all your awards and to everyone they were passed on to! :)

Julie Dao said...

Congrats on all your awards and to all of the awardees!! Hmmm... I think #1 is the lie but I'm not sure. :)

Paul Greci said...

Congrats on the awards, and thanks for passing one on to me. I'm honored. The sunshine award is fitting right now because the sun is coming back, gaining seven minutes a day! Thanks!!

Bane of Anubis said...

I'd guess the Guvenator one.

Just Another Sarah said...

Squee! Aw! Thanks so much! I feel all toasty inside--amazing, considering the weather. (If I ever decide to change Rosie, maybe I'll give Hatshepsut a try!) Congrats to all the other awardees, too! :)

OK, I think I'm pretty terrible at guessing these lies. If you played with mummies, though, you played with dead people. I am guessing that means you traveled, and that you easily could have climbed in places you traveled. I am hoping that 4 isn't some sort of trick option. After some other narrowing down, I am going to guess... 7? Yikes, I don't know. 1 seems too wild to be false!

Amalia T. said...

Thank you Stephanie!! I know my book is stronger for it! And my HOOK definitely is! :) You're awesome! We are going to make it through the wars TRIUMPHANT!

I feel like Number One has to be the lie-- but then I'm worried that it's TOO EASY, and so it must be a trick!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Holy cow, girl! That's a lot of awards (though I'm not the least bit surprised)! Thank you so much for your sweet words and for my gorgeous new blog bling - I"ve never seen that one before and I love it!

As for your brilliant lies, I think the truth is either #1 or #5. Since I can only choose one, I choose #1. :-)

Suzette Saxton said...

Thank you so much! This really means a lot to me. Your blog is so very beautiful!

Guinevere said...

Aww, thanks so much Stephanie! Hmm... I think the lie is number 3. Those games are always so much fun! I really want to know more about the other six that are true. :)

Matthew Delman said...

Number 1 is the lie. I could see you being nominated as Alaska's history teacher of the year (seeing as I've read all the cool stories you tell about your teaching skillz). All the other stuff seems plausible based on other things you've posted about.

Good luck in the trenches!

Jemi Fraser said...

Congrats on all the awards! Well deserved :)

Hmmm. #2 sounds a little creepy so I'm going with that one!

roxy said...

Happy awards day to you! I'm so glad some of the things on your list aren't true. Dead people and transfusions. Never good.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I'm crazy about Gerber daisies, too, and that photo just pops with color! Thank you so much and congrats to you for such an array, all well-deserved.
I'm terrible about guessing. Hmmmmm, #1.

Falen said...

I'm going to say #6 is the lie - i bet one of those places you haven't visited

Roni @ FictionGroupie said...

Congrats on all the awards and thanks for passing one to me! :) I'm guessing #1 is the lie.

Elspeth Antonelli said...

Move over, Stephanie, because I'm another award hoarder. I'm definitely in the old- ladies-you-see-on-Animal-Planet-with-200-cats category of hoarding. I'm also a world-class procrastinator. It's a dangerous situation.

However, thank you so much for passing one of your awards on to me as it's very much appreciated. As for which one of your seven statements is true...I pick #4 because it's such a lovely thing to say.

The romantic query letter and the happy-ever-after said...

Felicitations on all your awards, they are all well deserved.
Warm regards,

Lisa and Laura said...

Congrats on the award and thanks for passing on of them onto us! Hearing that you think we're hilarious totally makes our day.

And it's going to kill me not knowing which one is the lie!! You've got to come clean!

Deb@RGRamblings said...

I can't believe Arnie would wear make-up so I'll have to call that one :) Congrats!

Debra Giuffrida said...

So are you going to tell us? We all want to know, especially since you have received all these awards and passed them on to wonderful deserving people. Like Lisa and Laura say... come clean!

Elana Johnson said...

Aw, thanks! I came last night when I got your comment, but it wasn't up yet! Thanks for the love -- I enjoy your blog immensely!

And I can't even begin to guess at the lies... I'll stay tuned for the reveal.

Voidwalker said...

Holy-Happy-Awards Batman! Congrats :)

What else did I miss?

Susan R. Mills said...

Congrats on all the awards! I think, like most of the people above, that the first one is the lie.

Anita Saxena said...

#2 must be the lie. If they're dead, then they can't play with you, right? Unless, they're zombies...