Sunday, 21 August 2011
Liebster Award - a Reward for Nosiness
Twitter rewards nosiness. It's the ultimate curtain twitchers' paradise, allowing you to eavesdrop on hundreds of thoughts and snippets of chit chat simultaneously.
Serendipitous nosiness as it happens, because one day it led me to stumbling across Lady Antimony's blog which was a beautiful and fortuitous discovery. Lady Antimony is an online superstar for three reasons:
1. Lady A gives of herself. She shares it her darkest moments and her brightest ones, which helps other people to give voice to theirs.
2. Lady A builds communities. Thanks to Lady A I became involved in two blog challenges, which introduced me to some really lovely and talented writers. For that, I am forever in her debt.
3. Lady A shares her talent. If you want to read some lovely poetry and skillful prose, head on over to Thoughts, Musings and Broken Promises to read some of her work.
I'm delighted to have met her and proud to count her as a friend.
Anyways, this week Lady Antimony was kind enough to bestow the Liebster Blog Award to me and others. The award is intended to highlight less well known blogs who have something great to share. The rules for the Liebster Blog Award are as follows:
1. Accept the award and thank the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Pass it to 3-5 blogs with less than 200 followers and tell them that they've received it.
3. Link back to the person who gave it to you.
To share the love, I've tried not to nominate the same people as Lady Antimony or the wonderful poetry and prose writer Bryce Daniels who nominated her, but I'd recommend taking a look at Lady Antimony's nominations like Jeffrey Hollar (the Latinium Vault), Emilia Quill (My Imaginary Beings) and Rebecca Clare Smith (Rebecca Clare Smith's Journal). If they weren't on her list, they'd have been on mine, as would Bryce. So here's my selection:
1. Stevie McCoy - Glitter Word - @theglitterlady
The Glitter Lady is a top class flash fictioner and another champion builder of online communities. She's got a real talent for inspiring creativity in other people, as evidenced by the rather marvellous Tuesday Tales. If you're feeling a bit uninspired, pop on over to the Glitter Word blog on Tuesday and have yourself a challenge.
2. David A Ludwig - by.davidaludwig.com - @davidaludwig
David is another flash fictioner and an imaginative fantasy writer who lets us right into his worlds and his world building. He's also a generous writer friend, who is always willing to read work and give comments. You can read his work on his blog - the Lost Girls Society series is just starting.
3. Patricia Clift Martin - Unwinding Slowly
There's nothing in the rules about nepotism right? Which is good, because I want to bestow this award on my little sister's blog, Unwinding Slowly. Devoted to knitting, crafts and cake it's a happy place to go. When Gill (my name for her) started knitting about five years ago magic happened. It was like clotted cream and jam to a freshly baked scone. The perfect combination. In October one of original designs will appear in a national magazine. I couldn't be more proud. What I love about her blog is that it's allowed me to discover a whole new side of someone I've known all my life. And she's amazing.
4. Michelle Woodall - Life Planning - @tooottooot
Michelle is a super special person. Throughout the time I've known her she's been a silver thread of honesty in a sometimes chaotic world, someone I can depend on for acceptance and truth. It's thanks to Michelle that I'm following my dream and writing. She's a magic maker, a real life fairy godmother. And now she has a blog, so all the world can have a little piece of that magic. Go there, read and be enlightened.
5. Kathy - A Beautiful Ramble
Kathy is one of the lovely and talented people I met through Lady Antimony's most recent blog challenge on the #7Virtues. Her writing is beautiful, honest and thought provoking and she is also a wonderful crafter, who shares her work on her blog. Go check her out!