Much appreciation to Adam over at Write Thoughts for tagging me with this peculiar award! I don’t consider myself versatile, but I’m honored to be thought of as so! My mother-in-law did call me a “stick in the mud,” after all. And yes, I wear that moniker with pride.
What is the Versatile Blogger Award?
Bloggers nominate other bloggers who they believe deserve recognition for their high quality standard of writing, uniqueness of content, passion and love displayed throughout the site and to top it off, amazing photos!
Rules of the Versatile Blogger Award:
Thank the blogger who nominated you and share their link.
Nominate up to 10 bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs. Also, inform them about the nomination.
Reveal 7 facts about yourself that your readers may not know.
- I have four cats, ranging from 3 years old to 2 months old. And I have no regrets. But I will draw the line at four. I don’t need my cat population outnumbering the human population in my house. I won’t be that crazy cat lady. But I will dance on that fence for now.
- My fondest writing memory is writing vampire stories by candlelight at 2am on a weekend. Sometimes weeknights on a school week, too. Those were my teenage years (which is now over fourteen years ago oh gosh) and what I wish I knew then what I know now. My aspirations back then were split between fine art, graphic design, and writing, (and everything else at 16 years old) and I suppose I wouldn’t have done anything differently. Except appreciate the freedom of youth. I certainly didn’t take advantage of the extent of how easy I’d had it back then.
- And then I joined the National Guard. I was in the Air Force for six years in the public affairs department, and in retrospect, I learned that the military world is really not much different than the corporate world. Or perhaps I possess those sentiments because I worked with the bureaucratic departments of the military rather than working in the field. Regardless, I still marvel at my reckless abandon of joining the service. I am grateful for the experience and principles I learned there. And… the Texas sunrise in August is beautiful.
- My very first critique utterly devastated me. I was in my early twenties and I was working on a Russian mafiya-type story, and I posted it to AbsoluteWrite forums for a thorough beating critique. And boy did they have no restraints on my first chapter. To put it bluntly, I gave up writing for quite nearly a year before I went back to it. My writing was confusing, the focus was weird, the characters were acting strangely, descriptions were misleading, the whole nine. And yes, in hindsight, I look at the old mss, cringe, and agree with every single comment I received on that WIP. It was scrapped quickly, of course, (the storyline was weak anyway), but at that time, the directness of the critiques was necessary. I’d absorbed (albeit sadly) the red flags of bad writing, and strove to study this art of writing even more so than ever before.
- I’ve self-published in the past, but have since retracted my book from the public. Yes, it’s awful. Yes, it’s about my favorite character. But it was crap. I got carried away with the momentary success of finishing and polishing a WIP. Because a WIP is a WIP, not a presentable book. At this point in writing, I write because I love it. Perhaps one day I may pursue traditional publishing, but in the meantime, I choose to write for enjoyment.
- When I began to take life seriously, my first aspiration was to become an architect. When I learned that I needed a second degree in engineering (which entailed much math), I got scared and backed away from that idea. I then fell back to my original aspiration of becoming a 3d animator. After realizing that I could never afford Full Sail or Cooper Union, or any art institute whatsoever, I finally settled on becoming a paralegal. I had three more paralegal classes to take before becoming certified, but then my life went into a different direction. Now, I wish I knew back then what I know now: that I should have pursued library science.
- I am hopelessly and eternally addicted to the Sims. It began way back when they first came out (1999, can you believe it?!) and while the time I spend playing it has gone to about, oh, 20 hours per year, I will forever continue to fangirl over the newest expansion packs, I now use that time as an excuse to design a character’s house. Or create a writerly sim who can churn out a fantasy novel in the span of 15 human minutes, to which I will feel disgusted at myself because that’s what I should be doing, not some sim.
Which is why I play the Sims once every few months. Because time passes by too quickly. And time is precious.
But I will indulge in that “game,” because I understand that sometimes, I need to be a 15 year old again for three hours.
And there you have it! Apologies for the rambling, but I get carried away sometimes. I humbly tag the wonderful folks below, simply for being amazing and so talented!
- Brandi, whose persistence and creativity I always admire.
- Alecia, a witted and talented lady I was fortunate to meet in the twitterverse.
- Lexi Lefevre, another talented creative from the twitterverse.
- Nicole, lovely and beloved, though I’m sure she’s been tagged already.
- and Sara, a beautiful and thoughtful friend.