The Very Inspirational Blogger Award (Black and White Edition)

WHAT’S PLAYING: Dev “Bass Down Low”

The lovely and talented Halfway between the Gutter and the Stars nominated me for the Very Inspirational Blogger Award. I am doubly honored because—with her fearless honesty and unbelievable strength—this woman, in my humble opinion, is the very epitome of inspirational.

Check out her blog here and see what I mean.

The Rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.

2. Share seven things about yourself

3. Nominate other bloggers you think deserve the award, and post on their blog to let them know they’ve been nominated.

Seven Things about Me:

1. I have no sense of direction. During my visit to New York, I spent twenty minutes looking for my hotel, only to discover that it was two blocks away…in a straight line…directly across from the entrance to the train station. And I was using the GPS feature on my phone.

2. I’m extremely gullible. Seriously, you could tell me that bats fly out of your ass at midnight on the third Sunday of every month and, as long as you said it with a straight face, I’d probably believe you.

3. I’m terrified of commitment. Always have been, but it’s gotten a lot worse since my fiancé died. The thought of owning a house, setting down roots, or falling in love again makes me want to vomit.

4. I was raised with the belief that crying is useless and self-indulgent, so I tend to bottle everything up until I can’t bear it anymore. I usually cry once every three years, unless I’m watching a Hallmark commercial or a Disney movie. Then all bets are off.

5. My favorite book in the whole world is The Long Nosed Princess by Priscilla Hallowell, published in 1959. I read it at least once a year and have since I was ten years old.

6. Growing up in Mississippi, I had to deal with a lot of crap for being mixed race. One of the poems that helped me through was “Cross” by Langston Hughes.

My old man’s a white old man
And my old mother’s black.
If ever I cursed my white old man,
I take my curses back.
If ever I cursed my black old mother
And wished she were in hell,
I’m sorry for that evil wish
And now I wish her well
My old man died in a fine big house.
My ma died in a shack.
I wonder where I’m going to die,
Being neither white nor black?

7. I am extraordinarily clumsy. I once executed a perfect routine during a karate competition, complete with kicks, flips, and splits. I bowed to the judges, turned, and then tripped over my own feet as I left the mat. Fortunately, they didn’t penalize me for it.

Now, for the nominees (I’m only listing seven, mostly because I’m too lazy to do more. Besides, naming all the inspirational blogs out there would take me days.):

1. Janice Heck

2. S.Z. Williams

3. Fic Faq

4. Melinda VanLone

5. Word Flows

6. This Man’s Journey

7.  No More Race


One Lovely Blog Award

WHAT’S PLAYING: Sonny Boy Mick “Hallelujah

One of my favorite bloggers, Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars, nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award. If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, you should. She writes the most amazing poetry, and her posts are full of the kind of unflinching honesty we all should strive to emulate.

The Rules:

Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post.

Share seven possibly unknown things about yourself.

Nominate fifteen or so bloggers you admire.

Contact the chosen bloggers to let them know and link back to them.

Seven Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me:

1. I’m OCD. I organize everything from my books to my sock drawer. Everything has to be in its place, or I can’t concentrate. I’m sure there are serial killers that are less anal-retentive than I am.

2. Sometimes, in my darkest hours, I believe that the wrong twin died the night I lost my brother. I would trade places with him in an instant and often fantasize about scenarios that would make this possible. I don’t do it because I’m tired of life, but because I know the world would be a better place just for having him in it.

3. I have a thing for British men. I even dated one in college. Things ended when I finally realized that the only thing I liked about him was his accent. To be fair, he was extremely hot. Unfortunately, he was also dumber than a bag of hair. I blame David Bowie.



4. I have ten tattoos. And no, you can’t see them. Not unless you buy me drinks and dinner first.

5. Even though I speak six languages, I still think in Choctaw, which is why I tend to pause for a long time before I say anything.

6. I hate the words “moist,” “threshold,” and “panties.”

7. Someday, I want to take a year off work, rent a cottage in Ireland, and spend all day everyday just writing.

Now, I have to pick bloggers I admire. Due to time constraints, I limited myself to ten. And the nominees are…


Authors Block

Melinda VanLone

S.J. Driscoll

In My Opinion

Janice Heck

Jill Archer

S.Z. Wordsmith

No More Race

This Man’s Journey

The Versatile Blogger Award

WHAT’S PLAYING: Paramore “Crushcrushcrush

The lovely and talented Serena Williams nominated yours truly for the Versatile Blogger Award!

Check out her blog at S.Z. Wordsmith to see some kickass art and make sure you pick up her new graphic novel Beatrice is Dead, coming soon.

The Rules: I have to write seven things about myself and nominate fifteen other blogs.

Seven Things about Me

1. I have three older half-siblings and eighteen nieces and nephews.

2. I’m allergic to seafood.

3. I didn’t walk until I was three years old.

4. When I was a child, my favorite toy was a hammer. Now, it’s a katana. (Don’t judge me.)

5. I like to group and eat my Skittles in ascending numerical order (one, then two, etc.). I usually get to about ten or eleven. If there are any left over, I throw them away.

6. I’m terrified of zombies, clowns and heights…in that order.

7. I know all the lyrics to La Bamba. (Again, don’t judge me.)

Fifteen Blogs I Nominate for the Award – in no particular order

(P.S. I didn’t bother to check if the following have already been nominated because I’m lazy)

Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars

Cherrylog Road


Authors Block

Melinda VanLone

SJ Driscoll

In My Opinion

Janice Heck

Jill Archer

Word Flows

No More Race

Life in the Dash Lane

This Man’s Journey

The Literary Man

Holly Michael’s Writing Straight