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:
1. Cally at Cally Jackson Writes
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:
1. Rachel Bean
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.