And I'm a slack, I know. All these came a long time ago; I mean, there's a summer blog award I haven't given away yet. C'mon!
Anyway, here where I stand the spring is starting to come out to smile at us, so I figured it was a good moment to send out flowers, warmth and writer-y thoughts. Of course, I'm putting aside all the blog rules, 'cause I'd like to go straight to the good part: spreading the love!
Monica Marier sent me the From Me to You Blog Award back in August, 2010 (uh) when the - as she describes it - Fail-tacular Odyssey of Thoki and Lor was only beginning. I'd sure check the story out if I were you. Be ready for a stomachace though, you won't be able to stop laughing!
I'm sending some nice early spring flowers to:
--Estrella Azul, at Life's a Stage: For her amazingly supportive friendship and all the awesome stuff she does. (see below)
--Anne Tyler Lord, at Don't Fence Me In: Because that's the only blog award that I don't see on her awards page yet! Plus, she's a dear friend who deserves the flowers.
--Vandamir, at Creating Shadows: She's an awesome writer who suffers from severe migraine and is having a hard time with her treatment. Here are my wishes for it to work out, and soon! Click here to check out the fantastic stories she has posted so far.
I'm sending inspiring thoughts to these wonderful writers:
--John Wiswell, at The Bathroom Monologues: Man, talk about prolific! John has a monologue out almost every day, he's frequently getting short stories and flash fiction published and he's writing a novel. His stories are witty, funny and tought-provoking, and his comments on the blogs he visits often offer valuable feedback. Right Mr. Ogre? :)
--Marc Nash, at Sulci Collective: I've always admired Marc's writing, even though his style/genre is as antagonic of mine as it can be. Here's my appreciation of his litteracy and deeply engaging conversation.
--Cathy Webster, at Life on the Muskoka River: She just came out from her own writing hiatus, and her new stories are amazing! May you be even more prolific from now on, Cathy!
Yes, yes, I know seasonal blog awards are supposed to be delivered at their due season. (duh) But I have never been good with rules when it comes to blog awards, so I'm sending a wind of warmth to those who are still trapped in winter, and they can choose to follow the rules if they like, spreading summer love next summer.
I'm sending summer warmth to some of the old and new friends I want to keep close by:
--Icy Sedgwick, at Icy's Blunt Pencil: I'll just quote Adam Byatt here: "A writer who balances darkness with wit and comic timing. And she's ace." Get the drill?
--Adam Byatt, at A Fullness in Brevity: It's the man himself. We have been bumping in each other on twitter for a while now, and he'd visit Randomities from time to time. I was (too) slow to realize what an incredible writer he is! His stories have a pace and quality that grab your heart from the beginning and won't let go even after the end. It's real life portrait in a sensitive, humorous and smart way.
--Rachel Blackbirdsong, at Ravenwood: Her stories as often as lyrical as her poems. They're also deep, funny and dark, and her comments are always thoughtful. I hope she won't mind the contrast this award will make with her dusky-looking blog. :P
--Catherine Russel, at Ganymeder: Cathy is one of the people who have been present and cheering for me even in my blog-y absence. She's been writing a most interesting series about a flesh-eating dwarf / human wedding. That king is up to no good, I say...
--Jodi Cleghorn, at In Black and White: As a super congratulations for the success of her latest anthology, Nothing But Flowers, Tales of Post-Apocaliptic Love! She's best known for her Chinese Whisperings and The Ying and Yang Book, which I suggest you also check out if you haven't heard of yet. These books feature several people I visit frequently (see sidebar) and other outstanding writers. Clicky, clicky! ;)
--Laurita Miller, at Brain Droppings: A last minute addition to warm-up a fantastic writer who'll be buried in snow for two more months. (uh) And she's shaving her head for the cancer cause. Why don't you drop by, read her awesome stuff, and make a donation? ;)
Now, to the awardees, if you're fond of rules, you can find them on the generous people's blogs who granted each award to Randomities. If not, enjoy the freedom of no rule awarding! ;D
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