Sunday, 18 September 2011

It's Award Season, apparently

This blog's been given not one but two awards this week:

the Liebster ('beloved') Award 

and the Versatile Blogger Award.

The Liebster Award, intended to show bloggy love to blogs with fewer than 200 followers, has come from the lovely Claire Hennessy who is a very funny British writer living in California. Her blog is well worth checking out for writerly fun. I particularly enjoyed her entry for the recent 200-word writing challenge.

The Versatile Blogger Award was sent my way from the Lifebeyond blog, which belongs to M C Rogerson and features lots of lovely booky stuff. It was here I first saw the trailer for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, which jumped onto my wishlist immediately!

Liebster Award - the rules:
1. Show your appreciation to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
2. Reveal your five picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Post the award on your blog.
4. Bask in the camaraderie of the most supportive peo­ple on the internet.
5. And best of all have bloggity fun and spread the love.

The Versatile Blogger Award - the rules:
1.) Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them in your post.
2.) Share 7 things about yourself.
3.) Pass this Award along to 15 recently discovered blogs and let them know about it.

My Seven Things:
  1. I am allergic to dogs but we still have one. I had realised that I can become immune to animals I live with, so we planned to get her at the start of the summer holidays last year to allow me to (hopefully) be ok by the time I had to return to work.
  2. I hate it when people ask who my favourite writer is. How am I supposed to choose?
  3. I very rarely wear makeup, and am not into shoes or handbags. I was a tomboy as a kid, too. :)
  4. I used to sing in folky pubs as a teenager.
  5. I am fascinated by symbols and archetypes and have a small collection of tarot decks.
  6. I can't drive and have never had a lesson. I don't believe it's something I could do and don't understand why the world assumes everyone drives.
  7. I also can't ride a pushbike.

My selected blogs:
I have chosen four excellent blogs to recommend. With lots of networking going on due to the campaign, some people whom I would have wanted to include had already received one or both of these awards. I also think that a few recommendations are perhaps more helpful and likely to get followed up than a great long list.

I think I've managed to whittle down my list only to those who haven't. So, if I've made a mistake or you don't want to be included, please accept my apologies!

A Wanderer in Paris is Michele Helene's lovely blog, discussing her writing life and sharing memories in photographic form. I've been following Michele's blog almost as long as I've been blogging, and she always has something interesting to say.

Ramblings of a Rusty Writer is Rebecca Emin's writerly blog, on which she is currently celebrating the publication of her debut novel. I came across her blog through Rachael Harries' Writers' Campaign, and we are both in group 1: picture books, early readers, MG and YA. Expect to see a review of her novel on this blog in the next couple of months.

Helen Writes belongs to Helen Anderson. She is one of the bloggers I've met through the Writers' Platform-Building Challenge, so I've only been following her for about a month, but I'm really glad I found her blog with its well-thought out and always interesting posts about writing.

Stacy S Jensen's blog is focused on writing, sharing her personal experiences twice a week. I particularly enjoy her "Thankful Thursdays" feature, where she shares a helpful writing resource. Hers is another blog I've been fortunate enough to discover through the Writers' Campaign. 


  1. Oh thank you Beth. You are so very kind. And did you get over your dog allergy? I'm allergic to dust and have hay fever. I forget this and once thought I was allergic to cats, one of whom was mine! Right, I'll go and get on with this while the Rugby is on!

  2. Interesting read. I can relate to some of those too, especially the favourite writer and the tomboy things. And shoes - no, I don't get that fascination either. Why is it, just because I'm a woman, people expect me to captivated by footwear?

    Thanks for the awards. Appreciate you thinking of me.

  3. Oh, I'm glad someone else rarely wears make-up, and isn't into shoes or handbags. And I can drive, but spend most of my time on public transport, so I don't think there's a real need to drive.

  4. Thank you so much for the awards, Beth, I really appreciate that.

  5. Beth, I'm very tardy with thanking you for those kinds words and passing along the awards. I'm finally writing about the awards I received in September! I'm very slow. I'm mentioning it in Monday's post. Thanks. Again.


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