A special thank you to Laura Crean for three awards. The Sunshine Award, The Versatile Blogger Award and I Am Part of The WordPress Family Award. You can visit Laura’s poetry, art and stories at her wordpress site.
Now here’s the rules.
Post the Sunshine Award image, answer the following 10 questions and note 10 blogs you wish to nominate.
1: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? (answer) Probably the South of France by the Mediterranean.
2: What’s your favourite time of year? (answer) Any season but winter. I hate the cold and dark days.
3: Which words do you hate most at this moment in time? (answer) Pop and proctor.
4: Which words do you like most at this moment in time? (answer) Wobbly and befuddle.
5: What are your favourite and least favourite terms of expression? (answer) I can’t stand idioms, they make me shiver and feel dead inside. I like unexpected phrases that don’t quite rhyme or match, but somehow go well together.
6: Which writers/artists/Musicians inspire you most of all? (answer) Toni Morrison, Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, Frida Khalo, John Martin, Tori Amos, Kathe Kollwitz, Ian Banks, Anne Rice, Margaret Attwood.
7: What is your greatest passion? (answer) Writing and illustrating Unbound Boxes Limping Gods.
8: Who do you love most in the world? (answer) My Mum and my son.
9: What’s your favourite animal? (answer) cats
And now to the bloggers I’m giving this Sunshine Award to:
3: I’d also like the Sunshine Award to go to my fellow writer / illustrator F Kenneth Taylor who weaves history and politics so skilfully into his work.
7: For her fantastically entertaining and witty blog, Being The Memoirs of Helena Hann-Basquiat, Dilettante, I’ve nominated Helena for The Sunshine Award.
The Blog Of The Year Award
I am hugely honoured to receive The Blog Of 2012 Award from a truly great blogmaster, John Clinock. John runs an inspiring and amazingly artistic feast of a blog, known as Art Rat Cafe. Thank you so much John! I am also pleased to receive the second award from Joe at I Am For Change, who writes a very positive and refreshing blog. Thank you also to OA Writings Poems, Paintings for the third Blog of The Year Award. Thank you to a very talented artist, Heekeow, for her Blog Of The Year Award. Thank you so much Tarisai Mzwimbi for his Blog of The Year 2012 Award, which gives me my fifth star! Thank you so much Joe. I will now award this to three very deserving recipients, who are all talented and prolific.. Their names will be revealed after the rules.
1. Select another blog or other blogs who deserve the ‘blog of the Year 2012′ Award.
2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.
3. Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/ and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)
4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them.
5. You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘join’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience.
6. As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…
7. There are stars to collect! Yes, there are stars to collect! Unlike other awards, which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different! When you begin you will receive the 1 star award, and every time you are given the award by another blog, you can add another star!
You can check out your favourite blogs, and even if someone else has already given them the award, you can still award them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!
Now for my nominations and the criteria for my decision.
I am always impressed by imaginative and prolific work, which captures artistry, and takes me somewhere else. I love escaping into worlds created lovingly by others, whether they be writers, artists or photographers, if they can translate their vision and allow me to go on that journey with them then I think they deserve this award. My nominations are Chantal Boudreau, for Word Blurb, in which she reviews, interviews, and shares her own very prolific writing and stylish illustrations. Chantal has written in many genres, has been published numerous times and is an amazingly talented writer/illustrator. Ren Garcia For The Temple of the Exploding Head, an insight into his imaginative mythology, The League of Elder. Ren has not only written a mind-blowing series in The League, but has ingenious ways of promoting his world, through mixed media, through art and video, through humour and has even had made models of his wonderful characters. Both Chantal and Ren are talented writers, who also have the good fortune of possessing great business heads (something I lack personally) They also have in common with my third nominee the ‘need’ to create as if it is intrinsic to their life. Finally but certainly not lastly, Richard Guest for The Future is Papier Mache, in which he takes stunning photography of people in the city around him, capturing moments with them, translating moods and feelings, sharing many real life ‘characters’ with his viewer. I have become captivated by his work. He has a great rapport with his subjects, which shows in his photography. Richard cares about the people and places he photographs and tells us about them. Because of this his reader/viewer becomes engrossed in his work.
The Imagineer Award
The Very Inspiring Blog Award
Thank you to Shehanne Moore, for nominating me for this award. Thank you to Rebecca Bond for her Very Inspiring Blog Award. Thanks to Word Wabbit, for their Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Laird William and Lady Glyn of Glencoe for their Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Michael Sheridan for nominating my blog for this Very Inspiring Blog Award. Thank you also to Allison Boroda, for This Very Inspiring Blog Award and to Russell Boyle, from Boyle Poetry for his award nomination and Chandra Lynn for her nomination. Thanks to Joe from I am for change, for his award. You can visit her blog at ChandraLynn.wordpress.com. Thanks to Motivational Talks for this award. Here are the rules.
1. Display the award logo on your blog.
3. State 7 thing about yourself.
(1) I spend most of my free time writing and illustrating
(2) I sleep in the lounge on a 1940′s army camp bed (used to be my grandfather’s, he’d be so proud…)
(3) I have 4 cats
(4) I wanted to be a marine photographer
(5) As a child, strangers thought I was a boy called Gerald
(6) I’m pescatarian
(7) One night, Katherine De Somme materialised in front of me (briefly) dispelling my belief I imagined her.
4. Nominate other blogs for the Very inspiring blog award and tell them you’ve nominated them.
(2) Art Rat Cafe
(8) Mark’s Studio
Wonderful Team Member Readership Award
1. The nominee of the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award shall display the logo on his/her post/page and/or sidebar
2. The nominee shall nominate 10 readers they appreciate over a period of 7 days. This can be done at any rate during the week. It can be all on one day or a few on one day and a few on another day etc.
3. The nominee must finish this sentence and post: “A great reader is..”
PLEASE NOTE RULES CAN BE ADDED TO/AMENDED if deemed appropriate; let’s be creative, and let’s grow & improve, but let’s also keep to the spirit of the award
My nominees are:
1: Michele Dacosta, (museum of documentary and fiction) for her inspirational documentary work, overseas.
2: The Amateur’s Quill, by Tebogo Ndlovu. Philosophical and poetic, and in her own words; “the phenomenon that we make an impact on the people around us, creating experiences that mold our characters and change our lives adversely or favorably.”
3: Nathan Filbert for his beautifully crafted blog exploring language and art. Man of The World.
4: Just A Thought Inside My Head, for a very intimate and artistic peeling back of layers.
5: Lesley Carter, for her ultra adventurous travel blog, making the real world look fun! Bucket List Publications
6: Michael D Woods, Writer and artist. Pest Control Technician.
7: Falling Short of the Absolute Truth is an experiment in story telling.
8: Afternoon Tea, short stories by Darla McDavid.
9: Beautifully written poetry, by Julia Dean-Richards, at A Place For Poetry.
10: Pfugler, mythology and folk law from around our galaxy. Some unusual and creative short films by Cynthia Echterling.
A great reader is… open minded enough to explore new concepts, to recognise themselves in what they read, even if momentarily. Empathy and imagination allows us to place ourselves in the lives of others. Emotion, conjured by a fictional catalyst, can only work if the reader relates to and empathises with the characters. The writer is just a conduit, it’s the reader who breathes life into what he or she reads.
The Addictive Blog Award
I was very pleased to receive this award from Sonya Glyn Nicholson who writes an inspirational blog called Ironically: Rare, Acts & Deeds of the Style Prowess.
To accept, I must post the awards on this page, tell who sent the awards, write about why I blog and then recommend others (up to 10) and notify them that they have been awarded.
The reason I write.
Since an early age I’ve never really felt part of the real world. Although I am interested in real people, I feel somewhat disconnected for large intervals. I felt my body and my self didn’t quite belong together, because I wanted to be treated the same way as my brother, but society and nature derailed this delusion. As a child I used to face this inability to be part of a ‘group’ by becoming different people inside my head, by placing myself into the role of someone I was more comfortable being. Children do this a lot, but for some reason I never quite grew out of this phase. I didn’t start my first short story until the age of twelve, but found comfort in writing. It enabled me to express myself in ways that eluded (and still elude) me in real life. This mutated into other reasons through time, with my father’s death and all the inevitable questions that occur as a result of attempting to accept something so final. Hope springs from grief, along with many other conflicting emotions, which become fictional cocktails, mixed to create new lives, lived far away from the grimness of something so painful. I learnt to take parts of the real world and place them safely into new people, fashioned from everything and everyone who has had an impact on me in reality. Without this cushion I would be nothing, I would be reduced to feeling inadequately trapped inside the body which didn’t fit me as a child. The best thing I’ve done in reality, is to have created a real son, but in fiction I can create whole worlds, become anything I dream and share that with others in ways my clunky socially inept self couldn’t possibly pull off in reality.
Now here are 10 very addictive blogs:
1: Deidra Alexander’s Blog. In her own words, “I have people to kill, lives to ruin, plagues to bring, and worlds to destroy. I am not the Angel of Death. I’m a fiction writer.”
2: Welcome to The Asylum, by the very talented J.S Chancellor
3: Word Blurb, by Chantal Boudreau, a prolific artist, writer and reviewer.
One Lovely Blog Award
Thank you to Michele Dacosta, (museum of documentary and fiction) who has one of the most inspirational blogs on wordpress; for the photographic and documentary work she produces overseas in troubled countries. I’m honoured to receive the One Lovely Blog Award from her! Thanks also to Tina and Caroline for The One Lovely Blog Award. You can visit their website, A Readers Review Blog, here. Thanks to Mary Myers for The One Lovely Blog Award. Thanks also to Gabriel for the One Lovely Blog Award to, Paharidotme at Discovering myself, and to Tebogo Ndlovu for the One Lovely Blog Award too! Thanks to Steven L Campbell for the One Lovely Blogger Award, and to Sage Doyle for the One Lovely Blog Award and Christopher at Reality Enchanted for his One Lovely Blog Award
Now for “The Rules.” Anyone nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award must do the following to keep this unique prize rolling:
- Thank the person who nominated you and link to them in your post.
- Share seven unknown things about yourself.
- Nominate other bloggers and blogs you like or admire… 15 or so if possible.
- Contact the bloggers you nominate to let them know and to link them back to your post so they can read “The Rules,” too.
The second “rule” demands that I share seven unknown things about myself, which will not be easy.
Here are the seven.
1. When I was young I thought I was a boy.
2. I still secretly believe I’ll meet my characters one day, as they are as real as living people to me
3. I get on better with ‘loners’ than large groups
4. I used to have a big crush on Glynis Barber (Makepeace)
5. I prefer cats to dogs
6. My family are more important to me than most other things apart from writing and drawing
7. I’m generally quite a confused human being
Now here are the people who I believe deserve to get my vote for One Lovely Blog Award (If I could nominate Michele Dacosta as well, I would!)
15. Nonoy Manga
I discovered today that I have won the Reader Appreciation Award after being nominated by Steven Leo Campbell. This is my first award for blogging, and I’m intrigued that it’s a reader appreciation one. I don’t know who created the award, but I’m glad to see that Steven was a recipient too.
Reviews and interviews
Links to friends on wordpress and elsewhere