Very Inspiring Blogger Award

by Laureen on June 20, 2012

Thank you. Thank you to the members of the Academy, to my family, to everyone who contributed to this moment. Wait a minute. Where am I? There’s no Oscar night stage here. Just my computer and – but – there is an award.  I have been nominated for an award! By writer Lesley Richardson, whom I met at the wonderful Tyrone Guthrie Centre when I was there for an artist’s residency in February and March of this year. She has honoured me with a Very Inspiring Blogger Award. A Very Inspiring Blogger Award means recognition by your peers. And to me, it feels like the Oscar.

Lesley’s blog is called Standing Naked at a Bus Stop. I’d have nominated Lesley for the award if she hadn’t got to me first. She writes about feelings arising from working toward publication of her first novel. She’s insightful and also funny and you should go to where she is. To accept the award, a nominee has to recognize her nominator. It’s my great pleasure to do that.

To accept, a nominee is also required to do a couple of other things. One is to pass the award on. I’ve done some research, and the number of bloggers asked for has been variously 7, 12, and 15. I’ve got 10, at the end of this post. The other is to list seven facts or anecdotes about myself hitherto unknown in the blogosphere. Lesley sets a high standard for this. I’ll try to come close. Here they are.

1. I can’t go to movies. I was scarred at an early age by Walt Disney’s Old Yeller, and I just know that every movie will draw you deep into the personal pain of people whose lives are lots harder than yours, and then they’ll shoot your dog.

2. Despite my inability to watch movies, I’m totally addicted to cop shows on television. All plot and only enough character so the plot makes sense is my preference. If they start in on the protagonist’s tragic personal life away from the Murder Room, I’m gone. No one is going to get the chance to shoot my dog again.

3. My first Really Meaningful Reading Experiences were at my grandmother’s house, with the work of Grace Livingston Hill. Between 1988 and 1949 Grace Livingstone Hill wrote Christian romances in which a girl from humble background triumphs over difficult circumstances and acquires great clothes without losing her simple faith. And gets the guy. I’ve moved on.

4. My reading material now is almost entirely murder mysteries. I like English published before 1970 the best. I have an excellent collection of Patricia Wentworth, written between 1928 and 1961, in which the indomitable Miss Silver, a wise ex-governess spinster private detective, solves country house murders and saves a lovely girl from good background from going to jail while allowing said girl to acquire great clothes and the guy. Maybe I haven’t moved on very far.

5)  My brother-and-sister matched set of house cats are named Angel and Mercy. This has nothing to do with (3).

6) Addiction #2: Podcasts about business. Gentle reader, it takes all kinds.

7. I love this writing thing. Who knew?

And now, bloggers who have moved, inspired, enlightened, or entertained me. The nominations are:

Melissa Dinwiddie: Living a Creative Life

Catherine Caine: Cash and Joy

Michele Theberge: The Mindful Artist

Alison Gresik: Design Your Art-Committed Life

Cathy Yardley: Rock Your Writing

Mark McGuinness: Lateral Action

Tara Gentile

Molly Gordon: Shaboom

Jennifer Hofman: Inspired Home Office

Cairene MacDonald: Third Hand Works

Some of the above will no doubt have received this nomination many times before and won’t feel at all inclined to respond. That’s ok. I won’t be offended. Nor will I take it personally if they don’t have the time, or just can’t be bothered. But for anyone who’d like to post the good news, here are the acceptance rules:

1. Display the award logo somewhere on your blog.
2. Link back to the blog of the person who nominated you. (Me!)
3. State seven things about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 (or 7, or 10, or 12) other bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs.
5. Notify those bloggers that they have been nominated and of the award’s requirements.



Melissa Dinwiddie June 21, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Wow! Laureen, I am so profoundly honored, I’m practically speechless! (Except that I’m one of the wordiest people on the planet, so *literal* speechlessness is rare in my world. ;))

I was so thrilled to see on Facebook that you won, and then to see me on your list, well THAT just takes the cake! Thank you!!!

I will absolutely fulfill the nomination requirements… AFTER I get back from my (admittedly not very hiate-ful) hiatus. 🙂

Again, thank you! I’m just so honored and touched.


Laureen June 21, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Melissa, you’re not wordy, you’re just clear 🙂 And you helped get me to this webpage. I’m really glad to say thanks.

Anne Conway June 22, 2012 at 1:00 am

Laureen, if you every stop painting you can keep on writing! I love your blog, and most of all I love the wit and humour that you display in essays such as these! it set up my day today. (I’m in Italy as I write this, hence the time-warp). Not only that, but your list of inspiring bloggers has set me off to follow them, too. Thanks for all this!

Laureen June 22, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Anne, thank you so much. I hope you like my role models as much as I do.

Jan June 28, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Laureen, my first vist to your website and blog and I am intrigued. (I found you in Sustainably Creative forum.) I love your writing! Just the right amount of wit and humor for my liking.

Laureen June 28, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Hey Jan, thanks. I think Sustainably Creative is the bee’s knees. And its members are too :-). Glad to have you reading.

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