Sexy Versatile Blogger Award
Okay, you call it what you want, and I’ll call it what I want. So, my sweet friend over at Stopping the Wind, one of my favorite blogs, awarded me with a Versatile Blogger Award, for which I am very grateful. It is nice when someone takes the time to let you know they noticed what you’ve done, and it matters. So, my understanding of the award is that I am to nominate 5-10 other blogs and link to one of their posts. I spend way more time lurking than commenting, so it would likely shock people if I sprung an award on them. So, in order not to cause too many looks of consternation, I have nominated just a few below – my favorites:
- Alica McKenna-Johnson – Arm Chair Adventures – author, foreign film fan, and all-around good person.
- Cecilia G – The Kitchen Garden – life on a working farm, with some of the sweetest photographs you’ll find (there are baby lambs and piglet butts!)
- True Design Living – requires harmony, and this artist, writer, and poet can help you find a bit
- Aly Hughes Writes – so I think it would be cool if you, you know, read
- Five Reflections – excellent haiku; is that not enough of a reason?
The rules of this are simple: go to my Paypal account, click “send money” … okay, I’m lying. To accept, identify 5 – 10 versatile bloggers in a post and list 7 things about yourself that your readers do not know. Given how much I blog, I’m not sure I can come up with 7 things you don’t know, but here goes:
- I was a good student, but I HATED school, and to make things worse, I a.) had undiagnosed ADD, b.) was painfully shy, and c.) moved a lot. Unfortunately, I also had d.) a quick temper, so add that to ADD, and you get a smart kid with impulse control. I got suspended at least once in every grade up through 8th grade. Several times, I was threatened with expulsion (which would have suited me just fine). In almost every case, I got in trouble for “insubordination.” In the 4th grade, I staged a coup d’etat, which resulted in our teacher resigning in mid-year.
- The idea for my first book came from the most vivid dream I ever had. Like my book, Discovery, the dream preceded my start of middle school. On a lark, I wrote that dream into a short story, which I eventually expanded into a book.
- I can’t run. For whatever reason, I have never been able to run more than a very short distance. However, at times I will peek at folks jogging on the treadmill at my gym, and discover that I walk faster than they jog.
- My books read like movies because my memory is visual. Basically, I think in broad concepts and pictures – maybe even more than words. I can still perfectly picture my 1st grade classroom, for instance. When I write, sometimes I sit in the dark with my eyes closed, and just type out the movie I see.
- I can remember almost everything that happened to me since I was 2. Yes, I said two. The key seems to be if I was feeling emotional – if I was, I remember it. I remember one incident when I was around 3 or 4. My mother was teasing me about my birthmark, which she laughingly told a friend I said was caused by a “truck running over me.” I remember being mad, because a.) I knew she had told me that when I was 2, and b.) it was a toy truck. I was 3, not stupid.
- In college, I knew so many women that most people thought I was gay, or a player. They were wrong. Women like me and I like them. It generally takes me less than 5 minutes to figure out if I love you. If it doesn’t happen by then, it never does. I think women like the fact that I am exactly who I claim to be. A very few never get that, which is sad in a way.
- I am equal parts logical and artistic. So much so that I exhibit traits of 2 different personality types (INTJ & ENFJ). They average out as ENTJ, which I never am. People who think they understand me, NEVER do. The people who understand me are those who don’t try to figure me out – they just ask questions. I’m easy … I tell the truth. That confuses people so much, it’s more effective than lying in terms of keeping one’s privacy.
And now, here’s a random photo of some cats.