Wednesday, August 18, 2010

We've been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award

Virginia S Grenier, over at The Writing Mama has awarded me the Versatile Blogger Award.  As an award recipient, I'm supposed to do the following things:

1. Thank the one who gave you this award (thanks Virginia - I'm honored that you thought my blog worthy!)
2. Share seven things about yourself.
3. Present this honor to 7 bloggers (it's supposed to be 15, but I've got a deadline to meet, so I'm sticking with lucky 7).
4. Drop by and let the 7 bloggers you've honored know how they have touched you.

So here we go - seven things about myself:

1.  I'm a Writing Mama myself - I've got three children, and I'd better not get started otherwise I'd do a full blog on how wonderful and inspirational (and sometimes challenging!) my children are.
2.  I was once (formally) accused of using too many metaphors in my academic writing (still love the metaphor).
3.  I've been married for 21 years to the same person.
4.  I wanted to be an actress when I was younger, and had many years of drama tuition with Michael Blinderman, until a relatively uncomfortable audition for a film (Times Square) when I was around 14 made me rethink my career choice over an eggcream at Chock full o'Nuts.  As a writer, I find the skill of being able to get into a character's head very useful.
5.  My mother lives 15,507 kms from me (9,635 miles - a distance I couldn't walk, even with the Proclaimers song stuck in my head), but we are still very close and talk once a week. 
6.  I'm partial to almonds (no thanks - once I start I really can't stop)
7. My eyes are green (jealousy...)
There!   Those are a few facts that stray a bit from my usual bio.  

Now for the fun (and hard) part.  I've got to choose 7 bloggers who deserve this award.  All bloggers who take the time to pull together an informative and beautiful blog deserve this award and there are lots out there!  So I've ignored the huge ones that everyone subscribes to, and tried to choose a varied and eclectic mix of blogs that I frequent nearly all the time but that you yourself might not have visited.  They're like my local online hangouts and I'm pathetically grateful to their authors who keep me entertained and procrastinating. 

I'm  anti-chain mail, and this memey award has a semblance of it, but having said that, handing out kudos is something we can never do enough of, so I'll say upfront to those who I've cited below, feel free to ignore the rules and just enjoy my gratitude.
My writing partner Carolyn Howard-Johnson - one of those writer's writers who is always willing to share and help others Shuna Lydon, my cousin, is a writer as much as she is a chef, and her food musings tend to the poetical - if she ever writes about almonds I'm sunk. Nathan Curnow's Blog Eats Poet - superb poetry - always either erudite or funny and often both simultaneously. At heart, I'm a librarian, and a geeky one at that. Judy O'Connell's blog covers all elements of librarianship from both a librarian and a reader's perspecitve - it's educational and who doesn't need more education?  It's fun ("") and it's just a tiny bit geeky.  I'm there. A Word Please - Darcia Helle's Quiet Fury blog - author focused, generous, insightful interviews. What more could you want? Brian Brodeur's blog is endlessly interesting and one I subscribe to in RSS - he takes a macro-perspective on how each individual featured poem is created, delving deep into the creative process. Graham Nunn's Another Lost Shark is a sumptuous mix of aesthetics - from music, to photography, to (always at the edges) poetry.  It's eclectic, informative, and fun.  I subscribe to this one by email and when they come, and they come frequently, I always stop what I'm doing to read and sometimes participate.  That's my excuse for not finishing my second novel yet...


  1. Thanks so much for mention here Magdalena! And in such good company. Am glad the posts have the power to make you stop what you are doing.

  2. Thank you so much, Maggie! I'm honored! I will post this on my blog and pass it on ASAP.

    By the way, I love your metaphors. :)

  3. Hey magdalena

    thanks for the shout-out. glad you're still stopping by. makes me think I should do more with it soon.. hmm. hope you're well.