My friend Damyanti, a freelance writer and a great poet at Daily (W)rite, has presented me with the Arte y Pico Award!
It’s an honor for someone of Damyanti’s credentials to find my writing and the randomness that is my blog interesting and creative enough to be given an award. She gets something out of reading my words, and I hope the rest of you do too. Damyanti, thank you. It’s a privilege.
And now, the award.
As with many blog awards, there are certain rules that go with it, and I’m happy to oblige them to perpetuate the promotion of excellent blogs and the bloggers behind them. For this award, the following are the rules of acceptance:
1. Pick 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also for contributing to the blogging community, no matter what language.2. Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog.3. Each award winner (upon acceptance) should show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award.4. Show the link of Arte y pico blog , so everyone will know the origin of this award.5. Show these rules.There! Now that I’ve accepted the award (insert gracious bow and a warm, heart-felt and stirring acceptance speech here), I can tag five other blogs with the award, based on what I feel they contribute to the blogoverse/blogosphere.
- Sherri Blossoms — Sherri Cornelius
Sherri is a talented writer. She expresses such childlike wonder, poignant depth, lightheartedness, and sizzling wit. Every blog post is an adventure. Her posts about fatherless daughterhood have touched so many lives in wonderful ways, and she’s been a guiding light to me in my journey toward being something like a writer. She’s absolutely amazing, and her blog is well worth checking out. She’s made my life richer, and I can’t tell you how blessed I was she somehow stumbled upon my life, and then into it. Now she’s trapped and I’m never letting her go. Don’t tell.
- Dwight’s Writing Manifesto — Dwight Wannabe
Dwight has been providing wit and insight to the writing community for years, while sharing his progress through the sharky and snarky waters of trying to make it as a published author. He’s a sharp mind, a great writer, his “Literati Wednesday” posts give us history and information about those who made it before us, and he’s going to grow out his beard and moustache in July. Need I say anything more? “Hel-LO!“
- Story Hack — Bryce Beattie
Bryce is someone I met when he found my blog during the publication of the first draft of my serial novel Ghost Hunters. He was kind in his assessment of my writing, and very encouraging. I have no idea how he found me, but I’m glad he did. Bryce’s own online serial Oasis is an amazing thrill-ride about a town under siege from a deadly virus which transforms its hosts into mindless machines spreading the disease. Corbin St. Laurent, the protagonist in the story, gives a first-person narration of his fight for survival, drawing the reader into a driver’s seat view of the horror unleashed on an unsuspecting sleepy desert town. In the midst of writing, being a webmaster, a software designer, a father and husband, Bryce and his family have suffered a terrible loss, and yet, he came through with grace, forbearance, and dignity. Bryce has also recently been published in Astonishing Stories magazine, both online and soon in print. He’s the only published author I know so far. So far. He’s also a great person and a real friend.
- Wise Ol’ Black Lady in Training — Raquita
Raquita’s many talents include being a professional photographer, and her photo slide shows are amazing, and a poet extraordinaire. Her gift for expression both as a visual and written artist make her blog an enriching experience, and she’s a wonderful person too, whose walk of faith and love are an inspiration to us all.
- Pen of Passion — Simon
Pen of Passion is filled with a veritable buffet of poetry, insights, stories with morals and great pictures. The tidbits provided are thought-provoking, fun, and from time to time make me go “hmm.” It’s a breath of fresh air that makes me realize how powerful a medium words can be.
Well, there you have it! There were so many to choose from — this wasn’t easy to do at all. I missed out on being able to tag Casey at WhatAnAmateur, Stranger from Hello, Stranger, Cheryl over at What She Said, and many others. And, of course, I think the neatest, bestest blog of all belongs to the Love of My Life, but I didn’t think it was fair to tag her. I hope someone will, though.
- Thanks for the award, Damyanti, and congratulations to all the winners!