The other day I was sitting at home reading some Star Wars comics on my bed,
beside this adorable creature:
when I got an e-mail on my phone saying that I had recieved a comment on my blog. Eager to read what some stranger who got sucked into my life had to say about my blog, I read the comment right away. I was shocked to discover that it was actually a nomination for the Versatile Blogger Award.
William Shane Ellis of http://shanesbookblog.com/ is an incredible person with an intriguing story and unique perspective on life. He delivers pieces of his life to his readers through engaging posts, and crafts emotionally fueled poetry that is both relatable and inspiring. I’ve only known Shane for a month or so, but I consider him a friend. Especially now that he nominated me! 😉
So, I guess I’m supposed to state seven things about myself. What can I tell you that I haven’t already told you? Hmm…
(Some of these some of you may already know).
1. I’m a Sagittarius, for what that’s worth (although I don’t believe in horoscopes and all that).
2. My best friend is also my cousin.
3. When I was little (like age 5-8ish) I wanted to grow up and become a farmer.
4. I’ve got a pretty impressive LEGO Star Wars collection.
5. My dog’s name is Bruce Wayne.
6. I think I have OCD, but only for certain things. For instance, my room can be a mess, but my bookshelf in my room better be pristine with every book perfectly lined up with its neighbour.
7. My mom calls me “The Collecter”. More on this here.
Now, I will pass this award onto some other, fellow bloggers who inspire me and who write enjoyable posts that are not only versatile and unique but also very, very enjoyable:
Lily Paradis – A fellow writer, NaNoWriMoer, university student, nerd and blogger. While she doesn’t post every day, when Lily does post it is well worth waiting a day or two for. Sometimes her posts are inspiring, sometimes they are simple, sometimes they are funny and sometimes they won’t make you laugh, but they will still make you smile. She shares pieces of her life as both a writer and a human being, and you will not be disappointed if you check out her blog and even get to know her a little bit.
Carrie Sullivan Journey Of A Soul – Here is another fellow writer, NaNoWriMoer and blogger. As an emerging, Indie-publishing author, she definitely is on a level I’d love to reach some day. Carrie’s conviction is greater than words could describe. Her sense of humour finds a perfect home in her blog posts, and her love of writing makes even the simplest of her blog’s posts enjoyable to read. Her words of wisdom to me have been priceless in value, and her encouraging attitude and outlook on life has only reinforced my opinion of her. In terms of emerging authors, she’s definitely someone that I look up to.
Jay W Carmichael Writing in the Cold – ‘Interesting’ would not be sufficient to sum up this young man. Intriguing might not even do it. There’s just something captivating about Jay’s writing style and storytelling ability, that makes his blog – whether he’s posting about literature, politics, plants, family or personal growth – very easy to read. More than that, it’s enjoyable. Jay presents a fresh perspective to an otherwise redundant subject matter – and that subject if whatever he chooses to discuss each day. And while he does all of this with a blasé, don’t-give-a-damn-what-you-think attitude, this guy’s still got more class than most.
Lori Crane a day in the life of patootie – This versatile blog seems only to be a reflection of its versatile author – Lori Crane. The professionalism she portrays through her blog is impressive, considering she still manages to come across as a likeable, approachable and relatable person. She has allowed her life experiences to seep into her writing, making it all the more enjoyable. She’s also a published author who has left me with many wise admonitions and even more encouragement., and it’s this bright personality that shines through her blog and gives life to otherwise mundane words.
Rebecca Colson This is your real mother speaking… – If I told you that this amazing woman is basically my mother, you might wonder what I was implying, and whether I was being complimentary or insulting. The talented Mrs. Colson, however, would just tell you – in her own subtly humourous way – that I must have been switched at birth or that I was her one child that she put up for adoption ( 😉 although I’m not sure there’s any truth to any of that ). What I can’t understand is why she would want another child in her house? Firstly, she has a full house already and, secondly, I’m just a grouchy, reclusive university student – one of those ‘educated’ types, you know. And if you ask her husband about me, he may tell you that I’m only so nice to Rebecca because of the generous cheques he sends me each month. However, no matter how you slice it, there’s and indescribable something about Rebecca’s blog that pulled me in and kept me there. I think it’s her realness and her ability to convey her down-to-earth-ness through her writing. In a world of flakes, she’s an original and the definite real deal.
Anyway, if you check out Rebecca’s blog you’ll find some posts about her New Mexican home, her loving children who seem to live only to tease her and her supportive husband. You may also find some engaging writing (which I promise to be getting back to reading!) and real beautiful photos. There’s something all of these posts have in common, though. They are all fun, light-hearted and written by an infectious woman with a great outlook on life and a knack for telling a captivating story.
So please check out this other blogs. Each one of these that I named are unique in their own way, making this collective group fairly diverse and versatile (in the spirit of the award).
Thanks again to Shane, the amazing friend, writer and poet who nominated me.
And to everyone else, thanks for reading!