Feb 3, 2012

7 x 7 Blog Award

First, thanks to AmyMarie and AimeeDuffy for the awards! This is what Amy's post says the rules are, copying here for ease of reference:
  • Share something about yourself others don’t know.
  • Link seven posts from your blog that you think are worthy.
  • Nominate seven other blogs for the award that haven’t received it yet.
I am kind of a blogging moron still, so bear with me. I doubt I have 7 posts worthy of linking to, but I'll give it a shot!

Share something about yourself that others don't know.
    I think everyone here knows I'm dyslexic, I've mentioned it a few times. I didn't really learn to read in anything approaching ease until about third grade. I still don't read out loud for anyone -- it's like word salad when I do. Sequence means nothing to me! But recently, I discovered I can read out loud... If I read with an accent! What accent? Well, a kind of accent succotash: like everything I've heard on the BBC + Portuguese in-laws English + being raised among people who shun the word knew in favor of its much-maligned cousin: knowed. I have several theories on why this works, and they largely involve synapses firing through the right brain to make use of creativity. I still sound nutty, but the laughter induced isn't so much of the OMG She can't read! reaction to the... OMG What's she been smoking!? reaction.

Seven posts. . . of spotty quality...
  1. The Art of Critique
  2. Writing Lingo for New Writers 
  3. Book Review: Writing for Emotional Impact
  4. Messed Up Dreams  (I told you I didn't have 7 worthy posts!)
  5. Proactive Characters (Eh, there may be something worthy here, past the whining)
  6. Dreaming Stories (I talk dreams a lot. Sleep is fun. Whee!)
  7. Maximum Overdrive (Sorry, this movie is awesome. Horrifying. Cheesy. Awesome.)
Nominees! (Om nom nom -- I hope they haven't already received. I have no idea how to tell.)

Kiwibird aka Faye/Serenity -- 2011 was Kiwi's year. She shot into the spotlight with several ePubs, dishes out fantastic advice, and still has time to do some hand-holding for those times when the doubt ravens are pecking at your eyeballs. Yes, I upgraded my doubt crows to the more awesomely Poe-ish versions that eat your eyeballs. And your SOUL.

Ju Dimello -- Newly sold author and buddy! Her blog ranges from tales from the writing trenches to blog tours in support of other authors.

Jolley Old Time -- A New Voices 2011 entrant who has also recently been snatched up by a publisher. Not a lot of posts there yet, but she has a lovely voice and she is also from the other side of the equator/international date line to me, so she uses language I don't understand and I DIG THAT about her :D

Libby Mercer -- Another NV 2011 entrant who shot right into publication. Lovely voice, funny, a little off the wall(I love that) and she sent me a book! Obviously, you should visit Libby :D

Aspiring Romance Writers -- A rockin new hangout for writers of romance, complete with blogs, tips, and a forum for sharing info and support. Definitely worth checking out.

Missed Periods and Other Grammar Scares -- Okay, so I don't really comment there(When people get hundreds of followers, I get stage fright). But I read every post and so should everybody else. Does that count?

Three Chapters and a Synopsis -- Started by an entrant in New Voices 2010, Nadia works both nonfiction and fiction, and her posts have a delightful wry quality to them that makes me grin.


  1. Thanks Amalie! How exciting to win this award! And I'm loving checking out the other blog links too! :-)

    1. You're welcome! (Enjoying Three Weddings, btw, when I give myself permission to stop writing and have a little reading fun-time.)

  2. I didn't know you were! You can't tell at all from your writing! I have problems reading aloud too, though its more to do with nerves. I'm okay if I memorise what I'm reading then just say it. In fact, here in not-so-bonnie Scotland, we have a poetry recital competition on Burns day. I was a finalist in Scotland for reciting a Robert Burns poem, To a Mouse I think. Didn't win 'cause I always sniggered at this bit:-
    Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie,
    O, what a panic's in thy breastie!

    lol, still cracks me up!

    1. Yup. I still have dyslexic oddities that pop up here and there(Right and left? What's THAT?) and also in my writing. The reading out loud thing, and the wretched spelling thing. And the weirdest of them all: I read by word shape more than letters. I only found this out after noticing completely random words finding their way into my sentences(Why is there a marmoset giving facials in a day spa?). After reading for context, I noticed that the words I swapped in for those were shaped very similarly.

      I've never read that poem, but I think I must find it now! Took me a minute to piece it together, but then I giggled!

    2. lol, probably needs translating into English, I can to that if you like!
      Those lines pretty much say "small, sleek, cowering beast, oh what a panic is in your breast."
      Not so funny translated, but def as is. Breastie was a dirty word for an 11 year old, like boobies is a dirty word lol.

    3. Yea, it's funnest in the original language. And you got to love a good rhyme, and the cajones to use that particular rhyming pair in a non-dirty-limerick verse!

  3. Hi Amalie! Thanks so much for my award – and your lovely comments about my blog! I'll get cracking with my awards in the next day or two. :o))

    1. You're welcome! It's hard to weed through the blogroll if you follow lots of people. I think I may be a blog-follow addict . . .

  4. Thank you so much Amalie. I'm a bit rubbish at keeping up with my blog, must get on to that! But if you think that's bad you should see my twitter, lol. you've inspired me to write a new blog post now ;-). X

    1. You're welcome! I'm hit and miss with the blogging, too. I know they say you should put yourself on a regular posting schedule and all that, but schedules... I don't like them. And they don't like me either! I have the memory of a goldfish. Either that or I just get distracted super easy.


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