Versatile Blogger Award

It’s been an amazing day for me.  Last night I was unexpectedly awarded this, and this morning I found another kind blogger had awarded me the Sunshine Blogger Award too!  I want to give them both the attention they are due, so I’m acknowledging both in separate posts.

Thank you very much, Anne J, for giving me this award.  I really appreciate the support you have given me and I think your blog is awesome.  You are a great photographer.  Readers, her blog really is great – you can find it here, at Food-Travel-Tour.


My Answers to the questions:

Why I started blogging

I’d wanted to blog for a while but I could never really think of anything to say.  Then a site called Bubblews came along, and at the beginning it paid people a penny a view, like, and comment.  I made about a hundred dollars from that site, over a couple of years, and eventually things went downhill and the place closed their doors.  However, the promise of a small payout kept me writing, two or three little posts a day, and that got me into the habit.

Then I started a personal blog – mostly with the posts I’d saved from there.  It was pretty forgettable, really.  But I learned and it grew.  I’m still learning.  I found my question that needed to be answered, put some focus into the blog.  I’m going to keep on making it better until blogging goes the way of the dodo bird.

Seven random facts about myself

I once took my notes in an art history class with a bamboo dip pen and bottled ink.

I soloed an airplane before I drove a car by myself.

I lived for a month and a half in the Nevada desert, in a tent, with my partner and two cats.

I really like hummus on dry ramen block.

I wrote an entire novel between calls at a call center, then published it.

I started reading at two.

I didn’t start watching TV till I was six.



The blogs I have chosen for recognition all have something valuable to offer.  They are a varied offering, and each blogger has shown versatility in their approach.  I’ve found valuable information, instruction or amusement in each one.  If any don’t like awards or find that they are too annoying or cluttering, please feel free to ignore this nomination, but I hope you accept my sincere admiration.

Cooking With A Wallflower

Pouring My Art Out

The Grey Enigma

Minimalist Gunluk

Critical Dispatches

Drawing Back the Curtain

Art Is Not For Sissies

All Thee Above

Thoughts With A Dildo In Hand (Happy Anniversary!)

The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally 

Memoir Notes

Cale’s Mom

Rules for the Versatile Blogger Award:

Thank and link to the blogger who nominated you.
State why you started blogging.
State 7 random facts about yourself.
Display the award badge in the post.
Nominate between 10-15 people.

The Sunshine Blogger Award

I was really pleased and honored to get the Sunshine Blogger Award from Speaking Up For Myself.  I like that blog and was so happy for the recognition!  Thank you, friend!  I’ll answer the questions below and create new ones.  I am passing the award along to seven blogs I think are great, and have added sunshine to my life.

Who knows?  You might like them too if you haven’t discovered them already.



  1. What would you change about your life, if given a chance?
  2. How do you see yourself ten years from now?
  3. How would you make a difference?
  4. What would you say to people who reach out to you for help?
  5. What would your epitaph read?

What would you change about your life, if given a chance?

I would have wanted my younger self to have more drive and ambition, to ask more questions, and really think about what I wanted to do in my life. I wish I could have whispered into the ear of my younger self “get into health care, help people, and don’t forget to write all you can.”

How do you see yourself ten years from now?

I want to have grown greatly in my art and writing.  I will have several more novels finished and if blogs are still popular, I hope this one is an old and well grown one.  I also hope to have moved up in position at my job so I can save for the future, and possibly own a little land.

How would you make a difference?

I try to make a difference by helping others where I can, usually in service rather than financially.  Sometimes I get into trouble doing that because my bosses don’t like it.  At the least, I try to offer good advice and support to those who are in need of it.  I try to make a difference through writing, too, but anyone can make a difference by just being kind.

What would you say to people who reach out to you for help?

I say “I’ll do what I can,” and I help how I can but I don’t endanger myself by doing so.  I’ll take somebody home from work if they need a ride, or give them a shirt if they’re cold, or feed them if they are hungry.  I’ll offer support if they’re sad.  But I won’t harm my family by doing so.  I try to combine compassion with sense.

What would your epitaph read?

Honestly?  I don’t know.  “She always did her best,” would be nice to see.  It’s not really true now but I’d like for it to be.

Thank you for the questions!  They were interesting!


Rules for the Sunshine Blogger Award:

1.Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
2.Answer the questions sent by the person who nominated you.
3.Nominate seven new blogs to receive the award and write them new questions.
4.List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog.


My Nominees

(If anyone doesn’t like getting awards or feels they clutter their page, please feel free to not respond, but I hope you accept my sincere appreciation.)

Enchanted Forests

Rationalising the Universe

Mark All My Words

Totally Inspired Mind

Living Life Is An Art

The Bag Lady



My questions for the nominees

  1. What are your favorite books to read?
  2. What most inspires you?
  3. Why do you write?
  4. How did you start blogging?
  5. If you could have any profession, what would it be?