Yesterday morning I had the pleasant surprise of visiting Helen at Straight from Hel to discover she had bestowed upon me the Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you, Helen!
This award comes with the following rules:
1. Thank the person who loved me enough to bestow this gift.
2. Share seven things about myself.
3. Bestow this honor onto 15 newly discovered or followed bloggers – in no particular order – who are fantastic in some way.
4. Drop by and let my fifteen friends know I love them.
Seven ThingsI had originally planned to share 7 odd or embarrassing things about myself in keeping with the inadvertent theme of this week, but I've been under the weather the past 24 hours with little brain function. So I've decided to share 7 reading/writing-related matters with you (if you're interested in a more serious list, go here).
- The first story I remember writing was in the 2nd or 3rd grade. We had to write a fable about how a rabbit (or a cat; I can't remember) got its whiskers. Everyone else's story was on the front of one of those huge-lined pieces of notebook paper (the ones with the dotted lines down the center). Mine was three pages and the teacher had to photocopy page 2 because she hung them on the bulletin board so others could read them. The other kids made fun of me for spending too much time on it, but I didn't care.
- My first writing attempt of 50,000+ words came in junior high, and was heavily influenced by my concurrent obsession with Goosebumps, Christopher Pike, and Stephen King—a.k.a. pretty bloody/gory.
- In high school, I had two stories running at once—one about a lone Chinese girl in her high school (with parents trying to only have boys these days), and the other in which King Arthur-type lore meets high science fiction. Neither of them went very far, but I'm sure I still have them on a 3.5in floppy at my mom's house.
- In high school I became slightly obsessed with Russian lit. I'm not sure how many times I read Anna Karenina, but I knew the story quite well. Of course, it wasn't until years later when I started studying Russian that I could keep all the nicknames straight :)
- I started college as a creative writing major at a small liberal arts school. I was pressured into studying something more "practical", and unfortunately left writing behind for a while.
- I started writing again a little over a year and a half ago. It was my way of taking control of some horrible nightmares I was having in the months after my dad died. I took my dream and wedged into something fan-fiction based because I didn't have the energy at the time to create my own universe. Unfortunately, it became epic to the point where War and Peace looked like a picture book. It resides in my computer, completely outlined, over 150,000 words hanging out in numerous word documents.
- My current WiP-collection was inspired by a dream I had the night before my parents' first wedding anniversary after my dad died. Maybe it was another coping mechanism? I don't know. It's not anymore, and I love my characters, and I love the story. I have sooooo much work to do on it still, and sometimes it's a struggle, but I love every minute.
- When I first picked them up my sister-in-law's recommendation, I ended up reading all four Twilight novels twice in 2 weeks.
Passing the Versatile Love
So, now it's my turn to pass this on. In no particular order...
Cruella Collett at The Giraffability of Digressions
The Book Vixen
Lily of Darkness at Lilium's Realm
Jamie at Three Cheers for Literacy!
Chary at Bronx Tales and Inner Musings
Charity at My Writing Journey
Jemi at Just Jemi
Lynda at .W.I.P. It
Summer at ...and this time concentrate
Hart at Confessions of a Watery Tart
Creepy Query Girl
Tawna at Don't pet me, I'm writing
There are loads of blogs worthy for this, of course, and it's hard to choose. Definitely check out these blogs! They're worth your time.
Okay, back to bed with me. Talk to you later!