13 March 2010 - 2:52 pm

Kreativ Blogger Award!

The other day, I noticed a new comment pop up on my last post on my writing blog here. When I checked it out, I discovered that my friend, reader and fellow writer, Rissa Watkins, had chosen me for an award.

The award is called the Kreativ Blogger Award, given by recipients to others they believe are worthy of such a title. Clearly whoever started this off is creative in the spelling department (enough to make my internal editor twitch and claw at the insides of my delete key), but it’s a lovely idea. It’s also an honour to be chosen.

Rissa has been a wonderful supporter of my writing since I started the Apocalypse Blog. I met her over on the Accentuate Writers Forum and haven’t looked back since; she’s one of the reasons that I keep going back there! Thank you, Rissa!

So I suppose I should get on with this whole award thing. How does it work? Right. Here’s what I cribbed off Rissa’s post:

  1. Thank the person who awarded me the award, and link that person’s blog on my blog. (Check! Go me!)
  2. Identify seven things about myself. (Ah, crap.)
  3. Award seven bloggers with the “Kreativ Blogger Award,” post links to their blogs, and leave a comment on each of their blogs, to let them know of the honour. (Wow, seven? Well, okay then.)

Seven things about myself. Oh, I hate these. I could cheat and list things most of you already know, but I guess that’s not really the point of this. So let’s try something a little bit different:

  • I’m still waiting to grow up. I’m <censored> years old, have my own (rented) place, would love to own my own house, pay all my own bills, and am sidling into management at work. I also dye my hair to hide all the white ones sneaking through. And still, I feel like a kid half the time, especially around people I respect, and have to remind myself that I am, in fact, an adult. It doesn’t help that I play video and computer games and make stories up every day.
  • I’ve never truly punched someone. As in, totally lost it and smacked someone in the face. I know how – I’ve studied karate, sparred and even done competition fighting – but I’ve never done it in anger, or fear, or need. I am pretty sure that if it came to it, I would, though, and that scares me.
  • I’m not as organised as I look. I make a lot of stuff up on the fly and am lucky enough that it usually works out just fine. I used to be concerned with being prepared for everything, planning and revising, and to an extent I still try to do that. But time and pressure have eroded away opportunity, and apparently, if you drop me in the deep end, I’ll do all right.
  • I prefer driving a manual transmission to an automatic. I like the extra bit of control it gives me over the car, and I don’t like having a car think for me. I know what gear I want, thank you very much, and I’d like it now, not in a couple of seconds when you’ve had a chance to consider what my foot up your ass means. Never met an automatic car I liked to drive as much as any of my manuals. It’s perhaps ironic that I’m currently writing a story about a strangely sentient vehicle that doesn’t always do what it’s told.
  • I have pretty good coordination. I pick up physical techniques easily, especially routines. It was very handy when learning karate and kata, and probably a holdover from the dancing I did when I was little. I still hope to one day put it to the test and learn to fly a helicopter.
  • I like to fix things. I’m a problem solver and if someone brings me an issue, I’ll do what I can to fix it. I enjoy helping people, whatever that means at the time, though that doesn’t mean I’m a doormat. I once shared a house with a girl who didn’t believe that altruism existed in the world and not all the help I could give her was able to change her mind.
  • I hate these ‘say something about yourself’ memes. Same with self-promotion – it never feels quite ‘clean’. But apparently, if you say something nice about my writing, I’ll do it anyway and be unable to shut up. Luckily, I think this is number seven, so I’ll stop now.

That’s enough about me! More than enough, I think. So, moving swiftly on to the lucky recipients of my vote for the award. This has been hard to pull together, because I don’t read a lot of blogs in the five minutes a week of spare time I have. Here are my choices, in no particular order:

  • My dear friend Clover, author of the Inventor blogfic. It’s a wonderful story she’s got going there, rich with details from the city she lives in. She does a great deal of personal exploration to get her authencity down and it shows.
  • Tonya R Moore, writer of science fiction stories, both serials and short stories. She runs a  a web fiction directory on her website as well. She’s friendly and supportive, and always a pleasure to talk to. She doesn’t keep a writing blog, but do her serials count? Well, good enough for me.
  • Becka Sutton, writer of fantasy fiction, mostly online serials. She also maintains a writing blog, on which she does frequent reviews of other online fiction. It’s always wonderful to see someone offering their opinion on others’ work, supporting other writers by doing reviews. She gives honest reviews as well, which is important, in my opinion and as a writer.
  • Ann Somerville, author of gay romance stories, from short stories to epic novels. She offers many stories for free on her website, but also has many books for sale.  Her blog contains a wealth of information about writing, the communities she is active in, and self-promotion for authors. She’s honest, no-nonsense and doesn’t pull her punches, and it’s great to see someone telling it how she sees it.
  • Gabriel Gadfly, poet and short-story writer. He offers his work for free on his website, and his blog contains lots of useful observations and insights into the web fiction world. I enjoy his poetry, and the advice he offers is well worth taking a look at.
  • Naomi Kramer, short story writer, all offered for free online. She also keeps a personal blog, where she talks about lots of stuff, including her writing. She offered a promotion service for web fiction writers through Twitter and a Free Fiction Online blog, though sadly she hasn’t had time lately to run those.  Her website says she’s too busy with her writing – I hope that’s true, and I hope she finds time to come back soon too! Whether she’s active right now or not, I still think she deserves an award for her hard work.
  • Zoe E Whitten, writer of ‘dark and weird stories’. She offers lots of work for free online, including e-books and serials. They’re a lot of fun to read, and her blog is well worth checking out, for fiction, news and reviews.

Congratulations to all of you, and thank you for your work. Your creativity shines on the rest of us. May you continue to do so!

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  1. Zoe says:

    Woot! An award! You can send the check to…what? There’s no check? Well…poop.

    Thank you for the award! I really do appreciate it. ^_^

    March 14th, 2010 at 1:06 am

  2. Becka Sutton says:

    Hey, thanks 🙂

    Hum, seven people… that’s quite a few. This may require some thought.

    March 14th, 2010 at 10:36 am

  3. Mel says:

    Zoe – you’re welcome! And very deserving. Sadly, you must provide your own check. Just reach around and pat yourself on the back.

    Becka – I know! It took me ages to come up with a list of seven people. Hard choices! Good luck!

    March 14th, 2010 at 10:48 am

  4. Kreativ Blogger Award « Zoe Whitten’s Blog says:

    […] Melanie Edmonds, a webserial writer and Twitter friend, informed me last week that she’d nominated me for the Kreative Blogger Award. First, I want to thank her for thinking of me. I really do […]

    March 16th, 2010 at 10:18 am

  5. Kreativ Blogger Award « Zoe E. Whitten's blog says:

    […] Edmonds, a webserial writer and Twitter friend, informed me last week that she’d nominated me for the Kreative Blogger Award. First, I want to thank her for thinking of me. I really do […]

    March 16th, 2010 at 10:19 am

  6. Tonya says:

    Thanks so much for this award. I somehow missed the email previously and was late to learn about the awesomeness.
    Thank You! 🙂

    Also – you ca drive a stick? I’m in awe! Awe!

    March 17th, 2010 at 1:10 am

  7. Mel says:

    You’re welcome, Tonya! 🙂

    And yes, I love to drive stick. So much fun!

    March 17th, 2010 at 1:00 pm

  8. Thylonicus says:

    Here is an even AWESOMER award!

    Awesome award!

    March 17th, 2010 at 3:36 pm

  9. Mel says:

    Ahhhh! It is huge. And yes, quite awesome. 😉

    March 17th, 2010 at 3:50 pm