On November 13th (14th if you’re in Australia) I had three simultaneous experiences, all of which were completely new to me. The most amazing of those was that I got to hear for the first time ever, someone else reading one of my stories aloud. Not just someone, a very talented reader with a beautiful voice, wonderful theatrics, and an awesome Aussie accent! That someone is one lovely blogger, Noeleen Ginnane, author of wordsfallfrommyeyes.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Noeleen, she has been blogging, chapter by chapter, the unique and incredible journey of a single mother and her struggle to give a loving home to her beautiful baby boy while struggling with the ghosts of her past. The story is, of course, her own personal experience. It has been nothing short of life-enriching to follow her in her journey and I’m proud to share it with you today.
My second experience was completely unexpected. The piece Noeleen selected was an excerpt from Fish & Chips, a little flash fiction adventure I wrote for Ermilia’s Picture It and Write challenge. Noeleen didn’t just give me a sneak preview of what it might sound like as a Book on Tape. She gave me my first glimpse of a theatrical production and I’ll let her video describe what I mean. Here you can watch the incredible honor she paid to me and 13 other bloggers…
Thank you so much, Noeleen! ♥
Obviously, the third incredible thing that happened is that someone other than my friend dr.sab told me I deserved
an award two awards more awards than I know what to do with! Seriously. I don’t know what to do with them. So I’m going to sit on decline accept them… sort of… BUT…
First, I can’t spam
45 30 15 people asking them to spam 15 other people. I can’t. Second, I love every one of the blogs I read and I hate the thought of one of you feeling like I don’t love yours. Third, I haven’t been here long. I only have 8 follows so far, and I can’t keep up with those.
It feels wrong to me to accept something I can’t properly pass on. But the love feels awesome, and I want to share it. So I am going to conditionally accept the One Lovely Blog award (because the picture is prettier and there is only one of them) as follows:
I will pass the award on to three other bloggers. Yep, you read me. Three. I’m choosing them because each of them, through their blog, fills a very special void in my heart. I’m choosing them because when their posts show up in my In Box, I honestly get giddy, goose-pimply excited about it. I reserve the right at any time to
spam add others up to the originally suggested fifteen. I will anchor this post to the top of my page for a day whenever I add someone new. Okay? That’s the best I can do.
After the amazing way Noeleen did this, I feel totally small just adding a few vanilla links, but here are my nominees:
Added December 22nd, 2011:
The Insanity Aquarium – I. Love. This. Girl! ♥ A couple of weeks ago I made a horrible mistake. When I clicked on her profile from a Freshly Pressed comment, I knew I loved her. And then I let something distract me before I read her page. DO NOT make my mistake. 🙂
Added December 17th, 2011:
1 Story a Week – Exactly that. Adam writes fiction like I do and he has committed to posting one new original story each week.
Ribbons Undone – Ribbons chronicles life with Miss S. her precious new daughter. She also shares poetry, stories about life that are sometimes funny and sometimes emotional, and she recently just wrote her first short story!
Added November 27th, 2011:
Miss Demure Restraint – Really? Someone I think truly deserves the Versatile Blogger award, but dang it! She already has it! She is very funny, BUT she can write everything! Humor, satire, commentary. Look around!
And my original three:
PCC Advantage – The lighter side of higher education. Everything from great advice to smartly funny looks at times we don’t follow it. Lists!
The Ruminations of Jess – Humor. No, she’s not THE Jess, but I might love her that much. A seriously hilarious and heart-warming look at life!
Under the Fallen Leaves – Mostly poetry. Mostly romantic. Totally beautiful! Somehow magically connected to me through a butterfly.
And just because:
My Drunk Kitchen – I know it’s not really a blog. Everything you ever needed to know about cooking, except how to cook.
Which brings me now to the realization that I don’t actually know 7 things about myself of interest that people wouldn’t normally know about me. Hey, cool! That’s #1!
2. I know more about grammar rules than any sane person should. I ignore them just like I ignore that little voice in my head that’s always telling me to do bad stuff like ignore grammar rules. Wait, no. Hmm.
3. I have acrophobia. Palms sweating, nausea, hyperventilating acrophobia. I like to jump from high places anyway. If I ever get to Heaven, there better be a Bungee jump. Adrenaline. Junkie.
4. I love strike-throughs. Grr! You SO would not normally know that!
5. My name is not really Flower. Stop. Think about it. 🙂
6. I have had trouble convincing people of #5 before. No, seriously! More than once!
7. I French-kissed a rat when I was 5 yrs old. Okay, he licked my tongue but it was really frikkin romantic!
Finally, here are the rules
that slightly resemble those that were passed on to me:
1. Thank the person who gave
them it to you in a blog, providing their link.
2. Name 7 things of interest people wouldn’t normally know about you.
3. Name 3
is the new 15 bloggers you’d like to give the award to.
4. Pass the award to them!
✔ ✔ ✔ and ✔ Yay!
Thanks again, Noeleen! ♥