Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Blog awards, a random question and a book giveaway!

Margo from Urban Psychopomp has given me the 7x7 Link Award. Urban Psychopomp is closing down but you will still be able to read great tips there on the craft of writing -- particularly on plotting and structure. You will still be able to find Margo every Wednesday at Wicked & Tricksy.

For this award, I need to come up with the following: 

Most Beautiful: The post isn't beautiful, but the Bislama words are. Read them here and then say them aloud! 

Most Helpful: Let's not get carried away. I don't know that I've actually written anything helpful, but this might come close: Evil in Fiction. It's a reminder that evil isn't created in a vacuum, and you're doing your story a disservice with a mwah-ha-ha villain. 

Most Popular: I've judged this on comments alone. It's my second flash fiction entry for the  Write Campaign: Mirror Imago.

Most Controversial: I don't think my post was controversial, but the topic was. It was the "dark YA" thing. Ooh, dark, scary...won't somebody think of the children?  

Most Successful: I have no idea how to judge this. I think my most successful post was  this one on POV. This scored me a guest post on the lovely Tahereh Mafi's blog. I was a very new blogger back then, and delighted that anything I'd written could actually be useful to anyone else, so that definitely counts as a success. 

Most Underrated: How am I supposed to choose this? A post that didn't get any comments, because I didn't have many followers? A post that I felt was helpful but nobody else did? Or a post that got some comments, but could have got more? Yeah, I'm going with that. Check this out. It even has pictures. The End of the Affair.

Most Prideworthy: This one, because I'm finally starting to recognise the traps my brain sets for me, and work through them. But I'm also proud of this one because it turns out in a natural disaster my first instinct is to write it all down! 

I also need to pass this award onto 7 blogging friends: 

2. The always informative and entertaining TF Walsh
3. Shelley Koon at Dark Writes.
4. Debbie Johansson, who has some great writerly advice. 
5. The Patient Dreamer at Writer & Dreamer at Work
6. Trisha at WORD + STUFF
7. Liza Kane at Redeeming the Time

Also, Sheri from Finding Joy in the Journey has awarded me an Irresistibly Sweet Blogger Award! Thanks, Sheri! 

The rules for the award are:

1. Link back and thank your givers.
2.Share 7 random things about yourself.
3.Choose some awesome people to pass the award to and leave a comment on their blog so they can claim them.

Here are seven random things about me. 

1. A policeman just knocked on my door. He was doing neighbourhood enquiries because a car got broken into next door. He is new and didn't recognise me. "Hello," I said, "I'm Jen, I work in Comms." Then his sunglasses fell off and broke on my garden path. They looked expensive. He'll remember me now. 

2. I have a very specific phobia about being trapped inside a sealed room that is filling with water. This is probably from some movie I shouldn't have watched as a child. 

3. I can't do basic maths. This is a psychological issue. I once worked in a bank. I hated it. When I quit, I told myself I would never have to do maths again. And now I can't. 

4. I hate snakes, jellyfish, crocodiles and cyclones. I don't know why the hell I live in North Queensland. 

5. My car is blue. That random enough? 

6. I can't decide whether or not to buy myself an iPad for Christmas, or chickens. My gut tells me that chickens, although they have less apps, might actually be more fun. 

7. I can't hold a grudge. Not because I'm a nice person, but because I get distracted and can't remember why I shouldn't be talking to you. 

I'm passing the Irresistibly Sweet Blogger award onto: 

2. Aldrea at Thardrandian Thoughts
3. Adam at Author's Echo.

And now, the book giveaway... 

In the spirit of today's post, why not tell me something random about yourself in the comments? The randomest comment will be chosen by a random number generator, and I will send you a copy of Shine by Lauren Myracle. 

I accidentally ordered two off Amazon. Sleep deprivation is a wonderful thing! Let's say I'll draw it in about two weeks? Or when I remember. Whichever comes first. 

Over to you: hit me with the random. 


  1. My car wouldn't start today possibly due to the heavy drizzle. I started my walk to work and saw someone trying to start their car. I helped them turn it over and they gave me a ride to work.

  2. Aww, the Irresistibly Sweet Blogger Award. How cute is it!
    Thanky! ^_^

  3. Ohhh I love the award... thank you so much:) You're so sweet... hmm now a random thing about me.... I did 8 years of gymnastics when as I grew up in Romania:)

  4. After today, I have now driven my General Manager over the Gateway Bridge and the Story Bridge - both by accident. Oops! That's what they get when they ask me to drive and navigate at the same time!! Teeheehee....

    And thanks again for the award. I really appreciate it. :-)

  5. Love your awards :-)

    Hmmm... something random about me? I have never eaten an orange because I can't stand the smell :-)

  6. @ Dave, I love it when karma works!

    @ Aldrea, I find it incredibly cruel, because now I really want pavlova...

    @ tf, random and fascinating! I'm thinking they're quite serious about gymnastics in Romania!

    @ Cally, that'll learn em!

    @ Sarah, that is so weird, and I mean that in a nice way because I love the smell of oranges and can't imagine being any other way.

  7. I leave glasses of water around the apartment to remind myself to hydrate.

  8. Your #7 made me laugh. Actually, all your random things sort of made me laugh :)

    Something random about me: I accidentally slammed my patio door on my finger on Saturday (b/c that's just something I'd do), and it still hurts. URGH. /random


  9. I remember reading that guest post on Tahereh's blog. Isn't it interesting how far we come as bloggers. An award like this gives us the opportunity to reflect and look back on the road we've traveled.

  10. I always like reading the 7 X 7 award posts. It's interesting to see which posts authors choose to highlight.

    And I'm pretty sure you can get a chicken app for the ipad. Less mess. :)

  11. I can't think of anything random about myself, so here's something random that wandered into a guy's pool.


  12. Congrats on the awards!

    As for random, I have an equilateral triangle on my ankle/foot made of freckles. Sadly I still suck at math.

  13. Creative blog.




  14. @ N Scott: That is wonderfully random, and not a bad idea at all!

    @ Lori, thanks! And ouch!

    Hi Michael! It feels like a lifetime ago now!

  15. LG, you may be right about the app, but I still want chickens!

    @ MC, that puts my possum stories to shame. Can you imagine that call to the authorities? "Hello, yes, there's a moose in my pool." Dead silence. "Hello? hello?"

  16. @ Steph, that's very random!

    @ Elizabeth, hi, thanks for following!

  17. Chickens! Because then you'll have a constant supply of eggs!

    ...Except iPads are super shiny and oh so Star Trek...

    Hmm. I see your dilemma...

  18. I know, Miss Cole, I know! I want chickens as well as super shiny iPads!

  19. Something totally random about me:
    I'm possibly too excited to spend my weekend raking leaves and watching the entire 4th (and final) season of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Yes, it's a cartoon. Yes, I'm in my 30s. Yes, I'm still single. Why do you ask? ;)

    And how did I miss that you were on Tahereh Mafi's blog? Wow--big time! :)

  20. I like your chicken vs. ipad dilemma. I'll be waiting to see how that turns out. :D Congrats on your awards.

  21. New follower. The chicken vs iPad made me laugh. :)

    Random - I think I might be anemic and need iron pills.

  22. Hi TL! That is very random, thanks!

    @ M Pax, I will keep everyone posted!

    Hi Nicole, nice to meet you! That is certainly random!

  23. I dreamt about Vanuatu with the name, having never heard of it before. Discovered it really existed when I looked on a globe the next day I guess I should visit one day. Of course, your photo made me thing of this random thought!

  24. And how did I miss that you were on Tahereh Mafi's blog? Wow--big time!

    Having a guest post on Tahereh’s blog definitely makes one a most awesome person.

  25. @ Joanna: I don't work for the Vanuatu tourism board, but I really should, because I tell everyone to go there. It's fabulous! Go there!

    @ True, MC, so true. I hear all the cool kids are doing it!

  26. New follower, woot! And a random fact - I have owned, in my life, all of the following: cat, hairless cat, bulldog, pug dog, mutt, hedgehog, iguana, ferret, mysteriously-multiplying-allegedly-same-sex hamsters, lovebirds, praying mantis, beta fish, and sea monkeys. (That's right, I said sea monkeys. They meant a lot to me at the time.) Funny thing is, I'm not even really an "animal person" - or not in the way animal people tend to be, you know, ANIMAL PEOPLE. I just had a fondness for weird pets in my childhood... and really understanding parents. :)

  27. Congrats!
    Random fact--I'm named for my daddy's fifth grade girlfriend. Really! ; )

  28. I'm a newbie -- creative blog!

    Random fact: I was a grandmother before I was a mother.

  29. Thanks for all the random comments!

    @ Jessica -- I am jealous! I want sea monkeys!

    @ Zan -- that girl in fifth grade must have made a good impression!

    @ Hi Patricia! That is very random!

  30. Hi Jen,

    Fellow campaigner and new follower: found you through the contest post on Friday's message boards. Looks like a great contest.
    My random fact: I make a peanut butter sandwich and a jelly sandwich, then eat them by taking a bite from one and then a bite from the other. I have never tried putting the two together. I don't know why.

  31. @ inluvwithwords, that is truly random! And strangely intriguing! :)

  32. Hi.. this is just great. I am a new blogger - http://vidya-booksaremagic.blogspot.com/. What do you think of it? I want to improve, if I can.



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