Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Who needs a Pulitzer when there's The Versatile Blogger Award?

As you know, I'm not an active blogger. Since I've been traveling a lot over the past few weeks (for work and for pleasure), I have been super neglectful. So neglectful in fact, I didn't realize until now that my writer friend (and rebel), Olivia Herrell, honored me with The Versatile Blogger Award.

What is this, you ask? It's a great way to boost someone's spirit and acknowledge the work they are doing. It is also a way for you to get to know a little bit more about me. Here are the rules (which I don't think are too difficult to follow):
1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award. (*waves to Olivia*)
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass the award to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who think you are fantastic for whatever reason! (In no particular order...)
4. Contact the bloggers you've picked and let them know about the award.

I am a technotard at blogging still, so might not link to blogs correctly. My apologies in advance...

Now onto to step #2 - Seven things about myself:

1) I was born at home.
2) I'm a cancer survivor.
3) I've lived in Philadelphia, Phoenix and now Portland.
4) If desperate enough, I would exchange a kidney for a Whoopie Pie (jk, but I do loves me a Whoopie Pie)!
5) My favorite book of all time is Little Women. Louisa May Alcott and her MC, Jo March, planted the writer seed before I even knew what I wanted to be when I grew up.
6) I love being a stepmom.
7) My first concert was Def Leppard and my dad chaperoned. He rocks!

Now on to step are 15 bloggers who are definitely worth mentioning and following. There have been many slow days at the office where their entries warded off certain death by boredom.

1) Charity Bradford, My Writing Journey
2) Natalie Murphy, The Sound of Rain
3) Roland D. Yeomans, Writing In The Crosshairs
4) Rhonda Cowsert, Snarktastic Ramblings
5) VR Barkowski
6) Eric W. Trant, Digging With the Worms
7) Mia Hayson, Literary Jam and Toast
8) Betty Blue, 37.2 Degrees in the Morning
9) Kelly R. Morgan, Distracted by the Internet
10) Courtney Reese at Critique This WIP
11) Loretta8, Mega-Toad Productions presents...
12) JA Souders, Angels and Demons and Portals. Oh My!
13) Anne Riley
14) Donna Hole
15) Eisley Jacobs, Eisley's Ellipses

Whew, this took longer than I thought, but was worth it! Receiving the award lifted my spirits and I hope to pay it forward.


  1. Thanks for the award. Odd. Yours was the next blog that I was going to check to see how things were going for you.

    Being a weary blood courier, I get scant free time. It seems I'm always tired and dragging. So you giving me an award lifts my spirit.

    Have a beautiful weekend, Roland

  2. EJ, welcome back. You so deserve it! Your #1 made me smile, #2 gave me a sad/happy moment, #3 you P a lot, #4 made me guffaw. Yes, that really is a word. And beings I'm a rebel and all, I get to use it. :) Done being silly now, you rock! Glad you're back.


  3. Aww thank you for passing the award on to me! I loved getting to know you better through your list!

  4. Congratulations, EJ, and thank you so much for sharing! As you know, your timing is impeccable since I'm mid-award post at this very minute! :)

    Outstanding list, I learned so much about you. Are you going to post on your travels? Would love to hear about them.

  5. Aww, thanks EJ! Glad to see you back.

    My neighbor is at First Descents this week (not sure that's how it's spelled), ever heard of them? She is a cancer survivor and this is a non-profit organization that provides a week of awesome experiences for cancer survivors. I don't know a lot about it, but Cory loves it. She goes kayaking. They teach all kinds of cool stuff and its all free for her. I think the idea is a celebration of life.

    Sorry to ramble!

  6. Wow! Thank you! That really made my day. What a great idea. I promise to pass it on. : )

  7. Thank you, EJ!

    Def Leopard, eh. I think my first concert was Richard Marx at Astroworld (down in Houston).

    I'm totally not proud of that. My buddy and I were hitting on these two girls and when they started crying during that one song RM did, he and I said unanimously: "We're heading to the bathroom, be right back."

    - Eric

  8. Doh! I don't know how I missed and/or forgot about this. I'm such a doofus!! I'm so excited because I love me some blog bling and I'm so grateful you passed this one along to me!! :)

  9. I realized I never responded to any comments...bad blogger friend! *slaps hand*

    So glad you all enjoyed being recipients! This was a fun project.