Next week, Nightwolf’s Corner officially turns 1 year old. (I can’t believe it’s already been that long!) And as the countdown to announcing the giveaway winner continues, I find myself looking for other ways to extend the celebration. Thankfully, Andrew Toynbee once again supplied me with the perfect solution. He’s honored me with a nomination for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award. Not a bad pre-blogiversary present, huh? It’s actually my first blogging award of any kind, so thanks, Andrew! You’re awesome!
The rules for this one are pretty simple:
- Display the award certificate on your website. (Mission accomplished. It’s above.)
- Announce your win and link to whoever nominated you. (Why do I get the feeling these rules should have been left to common sense? Who wouldn’t want to thank the person that gave them a shiny gold star?)
- Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers. (Hmmm, they assume I’m much more popular than I am. This could be challenging. I sense some creative rule-breaking in the near future.)
- Drop them a comment to alert them of the awesomeness. (Again, duh! That’s kind of an obvious part of these games, right?)
- Post 7 interesting things about yourself. (Uh-oh, I’m starting to run out of interesting things! I’ll have to see if I have any left after the last time I posted some.)
Alright, I need a little time to figure out how I’m going to magically find 15 worthy souls to direct you toward, so I’m going to do things slightly out of order. (I told you I was a rule-breaker.) I already used some of my best random, interesting factoids in the last go-around, so here are some b-grade, semi-interesting ones. 😉
7 Supposedly Interesting Facts About Me:
- I grew up in The Middle of Nowhere, California. Like seriously, the town’s not even on most maps. It literally took an hour (in any direction) to get to civilization and our nearest neighbors were a mile away. (What can I say, my parents decided they wanted to be
hermits, I mean, back-to-landers. 😉 )
- I don’t know how to talk to kids until they’re about 10 years old. (That may be a sign I’m missing the mom gene. I’m not sure.)
- I like popcorn with my ramen. (Yeah, you read that right.)
- I collect journals, but because I can’t stand my handwriting, I never fill them. (Don’t look at me at like that, you already knew I was weird.)
- I was a complete chatterbox as a kid (according to my mom) but absolutely loathe public speaking/social situations now and avoid them at all costs. (Is being a hermit hereditary?)
- I think car karaoke is awesome. It lets me pretend that I can actually sing. (Pretend being the operative word there.)
- My brain comes to a screaming halt when I’m hungry, and I seriously have the IQ of a jellybean until I eat something. (Yep, I just attributed jellybeans with intelligence.)
Whew! I made it. That was getting rather difficult, partly because factoid #7 is in full effect right now, (intelligent jellybeans? WTF?), and partly because I don’t know what else to say that might qualify as “interesting.” Fortunately, I don’t have to fabricate any more fascinatingly random tidbits because that task is over. For now. On to the next part– nominating some peeps!
I chose these first few people because they consistently support me with comments, links, and friendship.
Andrew– Andrew Toynbee’s Very Own Blog (That’s right, I’m nominating you back! Thanks for always sending people my way. 🙂 )
Jon– Jumping From Cliffs (For all the supportive comments and always providing a laugh with your sarcastic wit.)
Robert– An Orthogonal Universe Blog (For supporting all my endeavors. Can’t wait to see your book finally released!)
Kym– Redheaded Blackbelt (For introducing me to blogging and giving me the encouragement to start.)
(Thanks goes to all my other regular commenters too. Since some of you don’t have blogs, I couldn’t include you in the link round-up, but you have my gratitude and appreciation all the same. As does everyone who follows me or even just randomly stops by for 2 seconds to helpfully inform me– in broken English, no less– of how difficult my site was to find and how I’m lacking in my SEO optimization. [Really? Then how did you find me, Mr. Luis Vuitton Knock-off purse vendor from the other side of the world? Clearly, Google didn’t think I was that hard to find.] ;))
These next blogs are not ones that follow me, (that I’m aware of), but rather, are ones I follow regularly and feel are deserving of a shout-out.
Katie Jennings– She Writes With Love (For some initial encouragement and awesome information about self-publishing.)
The girls over at The Pub(lishing) Crawl (For consistently informative posts on all things publishing/writing.)
Lindsay Buroker (For amazingly thorough and insightful posts on self-publishing and the legalities of writing.)
The ladies of Self-Published Authors (For all the information on publishing, marketing and writing.)
Catherine Ryan Howard– Catherine, Caffeinated (For a mess-load of information on self-publishing wrapped in sarcasm.)
And, lastly, Rachelle Gardner (For insight into the publishing business from the other side of the fence.)
Ok, so not quite 15, but hey, 10’s not a bad number, right? There are a lot more really awesome blogs I follow on a routine basis, but I didn’t want to bore you guys, so I capped it at these few. If you’re looking for some new reading material, be sure to check them out!
That concludes the assignment portion of the award and today’s post. Next week, I’ll reveal the winner of the giveaway and wax nostalgic about my year as a blogger. (That means I’ll be doing a link round-up of all my favorite posts over the past year.) If you haven’t entered the giveaway, there’s still time! (One more week, to be exact.) You could win your choice of a substantive editorial critique, a custom logo design or a ready-made demo concept. All you have to do is click here. And remember, the more entries I receive, the more chances to win there will be. Good luck!
11 thoughts on “The Dragon’s Loyalty Award”
Congratulations- I’m so proud of you!! You make me laugh every time!! I love seeing our life through your eyes and wit!! :))
Thanks Mom! 😉
Wooooooh!! Thank you 😀 I’m chuffed!
But… hang on just a cotton-picking second (I’m hoping you still say that in the US of A or I’m going to look pretty daft…)… “sarcastic wit??” Sarcastic? Moi? I wouldn’t dream of such a thing.
OK, maybe just once or twice…
Thanks again Kisa 🙂
You’re very welcome, Jon!
I’ve heard that phrase before, but I think it’s more of a southern “thang” than anywhere else. 😉 Though, I’ll admit my little corner of California has a weird hybrid of stoned surfer/redneck-hillbilly as the accent, so that’s probably why I’m familiar with it. Yeah, take a moment to imagine that. Hearing things like “duuuude” and “y’all” in the same sentence is not uncommon around here. It’s definitely a strange mix though.
Best of luck with the 7 interesting things part! That section is surprisingly difficult. I look forward to your facetious take on it. 🙂
I just laughed out loud at your SEO optimization reference. My significant other gave me the weirdest look. 🙂
Thanks for the re-nom. I really struggled with the ‘interesting facts’ list…what am I going to do now…? 😦
Maybe I can re-do them in French or Tibetian?
I’m glad you found it so funny! I’m sure you get spam comments like that as well. In fact, if I remember right, you had an entire post about them that had me laughing pretty hard too. I highly doubt the people sending those lovely little tidbits of information meant for them to be fodder for our amusement, but oh well. Guess we’ll just have to disappoint them. 😉
I have a newfound respect for celebrities and contestants of reality shows. They’re routinely asked to say 5 interesting things about themselves in 20-30 seconds. There’s no way I could that. Who knew it would be so hard to find cool stuff to say?! I agree though, that was the hardest part of the award!
Since you’ve already done it once, I’ll give you a pass. You can accept the awesomeness without having to do the work. This time. 😉
Yeah, the celebs must get pretty jaded after a while. They probably make up stuff just to keep interviewers on their toes. I was trying to think of more stuff about me that I could post – but it was all stuff that I’ve said before. Thanks for the pass. It will stop me from torturing myself. 🙂
Woot! Thanks 🙂
It’s slowly winding its way through LSI. It’d go faster if I wasn’t so swamped at work, up until 2am marking papers (’tis the season for finals). On the plus side, word got out at the college that I wrote a novel. I’ve been giving away the rejected proofs to faculty who I’m hoping will turn around and mention it to their students. Word of mouth is good advertising 😀
I used to loathe public speaking. Nobody who knew me in high school believes me when I say I teach for a living. Staring down a lecture hall with hundreds of people doesn’t bother me, but I still don’t like big social gatherings.
You’re welcome! 🙂
Word of mouth is the best advertising! Let me know when you’re ready to announce the book’s release and I’ll help by posting about it. Have you gotten good feedback from those lucky enough to see the advance copies?
I’ll let you know when it’s out 😉
I only handed out the rejected proofs a couple days ago, and everyone is wrapped up with final exams, final committee meetings (because just about everything shuts down at the end of April), – so I don’t think anyone has finished it yet.
I didn’t originally intend to give out those rejected proofs, because they all have some little blemish. Every spring the administration makes a report to the board of trustees, which includes the latest happenings of the faculty. Once that report made its rounds, I had people asking me for copies of the book. All I had were the proofs. That’s what I get for being unprepared :P.
Meanwhile, LSI rejected my cover because my PDF software stamped the wrong dimension data in the file. They charge $40 per half hour of work when dealing with files, so I’m hoping manipulating the resubmitted file doesn’t bump me up to $80.
Fingers crossed for you that it doesn’t!
I think you should take the fact everyone was instantly interested as a very good sign. That’s fantastic! Hopefully you’ll get some rave reviews you can use for your marketing campaign once finals are over and everything calms down. 🙂