I want to say for the record (CC, if you're listening), that I know all about deadlines and Masters theses and other academic bureaucracy that makes you want to pull your hair out in tufty little patches. Good luck with your break.
All that being said, I want to thank Jan for passing this on to me. And the green is rather fitting, no? :)
Okay, so, I don't simply get to bask in the glory of my award. It comes with a price. No, I'm not selling my soul to anything/one, nor am I writing oaths to be someone's servant forever. It's much simpler than that.
1. Thank those who loved me enough to bestow this gift.Jan, let me know if you need more praise. I could continue, for example, by thanking you for your Friday challenges...
2. Share seven things about myself.
Oh, boy. Welp, let's see...
- I've lived in seven US states and two European countries (three, if only a month counts as more than vacation). I've also visited the majority of the continental 48, a province or two, and two more continents. Yeah, I like to travel :)
- I finished my first novella (horrible as it was!) when I was thirteen.
- I began legal adulthood and my college education as a creative writing major. Due to not-so-peer pressure, I changed my major to something more practical (international studies), and have even since fumbled around looking for my soul's true home: politics, anthropology, religious philosophy, ESL, linguistics. I have now come full circle, and want to kick myself for not taking greater advantage of those writing workshops. Of course, I don't think I was ready for them then. Can I go back and try again?
- It took me nearly eighteen months to muster the nerve to start this blog.
- I have a strong propensity to pick up the accents of the people I'm around. It's usually temporary, and completely unconscious. But I do still have a few things that stick with me (like saying "Wisconsin" as if I were from there, thanks to my first college roommate X+ years ago).
- In my Dr. Jekyll life (which makes my writing persona Ms. Hyde?), I am a PhD student in Slavic Linguistics. This entails me studying tiny, semantically empty word-like things in Polish called clitics. I promise, it's not at all sexual! (At a New Year's party a few years ago, I said, "I study clitics" before explaining what they were, and the woman I was talking to became instantly disturbed and uncomfortable and walked away. So, now, I explain it before giving it a proper euphemism... *cough* er, name.)
- My husband and I have two loving and adorable cats, one of whom we adopted in Poland, and the other from the local animal shelter. In fact, they are so loving that they are standing at the door, crying for my husband to take them outside with him because they don't want him to be out there alone. Aren't they sweet?
3. Bestow this award upon others whose blogs you believe are versatile and worthy of acknowledgment.Jan, by her own confession, isn't good at following the rules. So, I have no idea what the original ideal number is, but it doesn't really matter. Here is a short list of blogs that regularly impact me and my life, writing-related or otherwise.
Jan at Crazy Jane (I don't feel bad passing this back, since my award came from Jan's other blog)
Rory at RAWR
Lindsey at Lindsey Leavitt
Jennifer at writerjenn
Charity at My Writing Journey
Dawn at Officially Twisted
Laa and Dio at Goat Spice
and two newbies, who will soon become versatile:
Heather at Heather's Krafty Korner
Maria at cards and crafts by maria (particularly note the Squirl Power card.... :)
There are loads of other blogs out there that I could pass this on to, but I wouldn't be able to stop. Oh, and for some I'm one of their 4928 followers, and they don't know me from any other random groupie. Just because I didn't list them doesn't mean they're not awesome.
4. Drop by and let my friends know I love them.
You don't have to tell me twice!