It's always an uplifting surprise to check your e-mail messages at the end of a hectic day and find you've been recognized for your work. That's what happened Monday when I learned Elizabeth Varadan—critique partner, fellow blogger and author of The Fourth Wish—selected me to receive the Versatile Blogger award. I'm so honored; thank you very much, Elizabeth.
It's not easy selecting only five new people to pass this forward to, but here I go:
- Deana Barnhart is phenomenal. In addition to conceiving, organizing and hosting this month's Gearin' Up to Get an Agent blogfest, she has a highly informative blog and a wonderful personality.
- Ann Best is as inspiring as her debut memoir, In the Mirror: A Memoir of Shattered Secrets. Earlier this month I had the opportunity to review Ann's book and interview her. What a wonderful time we had putting the posts together!
- Laura Barnes arrived on the scene just last month, but already her blog is causing some serious buzz. If you're looking for tips about how to work your social marketing faster and/or better, Laura is your go-to contact.
- Jeanne Bannon, whose debut novel, Invisible, is due out later this year, has exceptionally insightful book reviews and author interviews among other informative content.
- Karen Walker, whose monthlong blog tour for her debut book, Following the Whispers, is a model for this type of marketing, enlightens and uplifts me every day with her posts. Here is just one example: "The way I find balance is to only have a few key things I want to accomplish each day. That way, I don't overwhelm myself and can feel successful, rather than a failure because I didn't do what I wanted to do."
And now for something almost as challenging—telling seven things about myself that others might not know:
- For our first wedding anniversary, my husband, Marcelo, bought us matching combat boots. Can you tell he's former Army? :) Hua!
- I lost my fear of public speaking after talking to a crowd of 650 people. At least I got paid to be frightened.
- My favorite musical group is The Oak Ridge Boys. Listen sometime to their bass singer, Richard Sterban, and you'll know why ...
- I had to memorize Moonlight Sonata for my second piano recital, then family illness prevented me from being able to attend. Well, at least I didn't have to suffer from stage fright.
- As a newspaper reporter, I've been sworn at, hit and propositioned. Sometimes this happened outside of the newsroom too, although only the middle one was an accident.
- I can't stand snakes. They look like disemboweled intestines writhing on the ground. Serious yuck.
- On the morning my grandmother-in-law died, I found a penny with the year of her birth on it—1914. Abuelita Queta lived through the times of Pancho Villa and as a young married woman lived in the jungles of Mexico but was first and foremost a lady.