Awards of Versatility & the 15 Magnificent Bloggers

*TRUMPET FANFARE* 

Phew. I was nominated a short while ago for the Versatile Blogger Award by the talented Emmie Mears. Of course, the holidays made it next to impossible for me to adequately respond, but now that it is officially 2012 and – ACK – work is in an hour, it seems a fortuitous moment.

 Here are the rules as they stand, for the Versatile Blogger Award:

1. In a post on your, blog, nominate 15 fellow bloggers for The Versatile Blogger Award.
2. In the same post, Add the Versatile Blogger Award.
3. In the same post, thank the blogger who nominated you in a post with a link back to their blog.
4. In the same post, share 7 completely random pieces of information about yourself.
5. In the same post, include this set of rules.
6. Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs.

 Okay. Fifteen amazing bloggers whom I admire, along with their Twitter handles. Here we go:

1) Surly Muse: He’s only half-surly, really, but has some great guest bloggers and can turn a phrase with the best of them. @surlymuse

2) A Yankee’s Southern Exposure: Gordon McCleary is a Yankee trapped in the South, but his posts are good-natured, humorous observations on the peculiarities of both sides of the country. @asouthernyankee

3) Alisa Libby: Historical fiction author of “The Blood Confession” and “The King’s Rose”. She muses on writing, history and more in her blog.

4) Lia Keyes: I have dubbed her the Queen of Steam. If you enjoy steampunk as a genre, she posts great original content and has some of the best links around. @liakeyes

5) Cara Michaels: On her blog, Cara is running #WIP500, which is a fabulous writing marathon that runs 366 days this year (you heard me). All you need is 500 words a day; she does it all for the love of the writing community – go Cara! @caramichaels

6) Out of the Past: a Classic Film Blog: this classic film blog is run by @quellelove and a true must-visit for any who love iconic films and their stars.

7) Indie Jane: Devoted to Jane Austen and matters Regency, this blog is run by @_jessmelendez and it’s fun, informative -and- engaging.

8) Finding Wonderland: the YA Writing Weblog: One of the first blogs I started reading regularly. Offers some amazing YA lit recommendations, as well as wry comics by the talented @aquafortis, co-author.

9) Lupus in Flight: Whether writing prose or her lovely poetry, Shaista’s writing always sings and is well worth a regular visit. @lupusinflight

10) Marian Call’s Official Blog: This Alaskan singer-songwriter was one of my fantastic discoveries of 2011. Her song “Good Morning Moon” is one of my favorites of the year and she’s a geek girl too! @mariancall

11) Bullish Ink: Every post I have read on this blog is chock-full of writerly wisdom and that’s saying a great deal. An invaluable resource for those who write. @bullishink

12) Write Me Happy: One of the friendliest writers that I have met through Twitter, this blog documents Angie’s journey through the perilous straits of writerdom. @write_me_happy

13) The Insatiable Booksluts: Other than the pure awesomeness of their name, this site has thought-provoking analysis and will make you laugh at the same time. Really, can you ask for more than that?
@insatiablebooksluts

14) Dead White Guys: Much in the same vein of IB, DWG excels at snark, yet includes a streak of charming erudition. @deadwhiteguys

15) Dasia Has a Blog: This is the blog of @awkwardoptimist, who does a rockin’ air guitar and is another of my favorite snarkers on Twitter. Not only is she a good fiction writer, but reading her blog always cheers me up.

So you should visit all these amazing blogs, subscribe and (of course) follow them on Twitter.

Okay, seven random pieces of information about me:

Errr…

1) I grew up in a theatre, in a most literal sense. I had the most magical childhood, in that I was underfoot backstage and in the costume shop and in the orchestra pit. It gave me a very musical theatre way of looking at the world, which leads us to point 2…

The view of my childhood

2) Wherein I confess that I burst into song randomly. People say musical theatre isn’t realistic, isn’t very real life. It’s -my- real life. Periodically in our household, we would burst into refrains from Jesus Christ Superstar, Pirates of Penzance or Showboat. No fake, Jake. Extra-funny from my 6 feet tall brothers.

Me as Edith in Pirates of Penzance. “Too late! – ha ha! – Too late! – ho ho!”

3) I am a voracious reader. That’s true of most bloggers and writers, but I take it to a point where it annoys people. I usually need to read when I eat. I read the back of airline tickets and cereal boxes and anything I can get my hands on, really. My brain gets panicky if I can’t read, though luckily it is okay to listen to public radio in the car.

4) I have extremely high standards of expectations for myself, maybe because I’m an oldest child. Whenever I feel bad about what I have accomplished thus far, I remind myself that I have had two original full-length plays and two literary adaptations produced. And a short story published in an anthology. And starred in a goth opera, Veil & Subdue. And created a t-shirt brand, Super Secret Spy Girl. And made this blog, which you are reading. I am happy to meet you and hope you will comment and come visit us often.

5) I have big feet and a turned-up nose with freckles.

6) I studied Art History & English in college, two degrees guaranteed to require the learning of the phrase, “Would you like fries with that?” Yet I have always managed to avoid working fast food, no matter how poor I get.

Vermeer’s Muse Clio will -not- serve fries with that

7) I consider 7 a lucky number, though I’m not terribly superstitious. And I actually like red-penning my own work when I edit. There’s something about marking up all those pages that gives me a sense of accomplishment.

There you are, gentle reader. Please visit all those bloggers; they are all deeply deserving and add to the loveliness of the blogosphere – read them today!

19 Comments

  1. Gene Pool Diva
    Jan 6, 2012

    I grew up in fairyland and I’m not leaving.

  2. ruanna3
    Jan 6, 2012

    Then, welcome, Gene Pool Diva. You are right where you belong 😉

    Anna

  3. Dasia
    Jan 6, 2012

    Oh, thank you for including me! I’m so glad my blog cheers you up. That’s like, the best result I could ever hope for :)

    I’m definitely checking out the blogs I don’t follow yet (I recognise about half those names though!) and I deeply trust your taste, so there.

    Oh, and I’m so jealous of your childhood! It really does sound magical :)

  4. Jessica
    Jan 7, 2012

    Thanks for the inclusion :) I randomly burst into song (and dance) too. It can be kind of awkward…

  5. Lillie McFerrin
    Jan 7, 2012

    Awesome list of bloggers! Thanks for introducing me to a few I didn’t know, too. What an amazing childhood that sounds like :) And, I have a hard time sitting anywhere without reading something as well…so much to read!!

  6. Angie Richmond
    Jan 7, 2012

    Thank you so much for including me! I am seriously honored to turn up on a list with such great bloggers. The ones I don’t know yet, I will.

    I agree with everyone, it sounds like you have an amazing childhood. I also break into song & dance (usually in my kitchen with some sort of kitchen utensil in my hand.)

  7. ruanna3
    Jan 7, 2012

    Dasia – I’m honored you trust my taste. This list has been a long-time coming, so it’s exciting to get this opportunity to compile them. Oh, and thanks for including me on your Blog Roll! :)

    Jessica – I’m pleased to hear this. But don’t feel awkward! Lift your chin and smile real big and swing around on a lamp post a la Gene Kelly.

    Lillie – I didn’t realize how unusual my childhood was until about middle school. It has shaped everything! 😀

    Angie – You are very welcome. We shall have to all form a band – hand me that basting spoon!

  8. Rod Tyson
    Jan 8, 2012

    Loved your random pieces of info. what a magical childhood…Such a compelling tale..:) Well done on the Versatile Blog Nomination!

  9. ruanna3
    Jan 8, 2012

    Thanks, Rod! It’s something I don’t publicize often, but it’s such an intrinsic part of me that it shapes just about everything I say or do.

    So glad you find my blog. Please visit us again sometime :)

  10. Daniel Swensen
    Jan 8, 2012

    Thank you, Anna! I am so privileged to be in such excellent company. This is an honor. :)

  11. ruanna3
    Jan 9, 2012

    Oh, Daniel, you and your blog more than deserve it. I am so pleased you are pleased :)

    -Anna

  12. Ali
    Jan 10, 2012

    The world needs more bursting into spontaneous song! I keep hoping that one day everyone will join in with me when I do that. It totally happened in Oliver!.

    • ruanna3
      Jan 17, 2012

      Thank you so much, Daniel. I commented on your page, but wanted to thank you here too. So lucky to have such good blogging/Twitter friends.

      -Anna

  13. ruanna3
    Jan 11, 2012

    Ali – keep singing! Maybe one day the world will get it. If you are ever walking down the street and see someone singing at the other end, it is probably me. Come say hi! 😉

    Anna

  14. Anonymous
    Jan 13, 2012

    Even in India, Wonderland is a marvel.

  15. ruanna3
    Jan 13, 2012

    Miss you, Dad. Can’t wait for you to come home!

  16. R. J. Ropsen
    Jan 14, 2012

    Congratulations on the nomination. Keep up the great work!

  17. ruanna3
    Jan 17, 2012

    Thanks, R.J., just google-friend connected your blog. So glad you found us!

    -Anna

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