The writer gives life to a story, the reader keeps it alive.
People leave impressions. For everything you do and have done. For those of you who have shaped my life and made these characters possible and for those who have offered your support and encouragement, or have inspired me.
Post the Sunshine Award image, answer the following 10 questions and note 10 blogs you wish to nominate.
1: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? (answer) Probably the South of France by the Mediterranean.
2: What’s your favourite time of year? (answer) Any season but winter. I hate the cold and dark days.
3: Which words do you hate most at this moment in time? (answer) Pop and proctor.
4: Which words do you like most at this moment in time? (answer) Wobbly and befuddle.
5: What are your favourite and least favourite terms of expression? (answer) I can’t stand idioms, they make me shiver and feel dead inside. I like unexpected phrases that don’t quite rhyme or match, but somehow go well together.
6: Which writers/artists/Musicians inspire you most of all? (answer) Toni Morrison, Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, Frida Khalo, John Martin, Tori Amos, Kathe Kollwitz, Ian Banks, Anne Rice, Margaret Attwood.
7: What is your greatest passion? (answer) Writing and illustrating Unbound Boxes Limping Gods.
8: Who do you love most in the world? (answer) My Mum and my son.
6. As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…
7. There are stars to collect! Yes, there are stars to collect! Unlike other awards, which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different! When you begin you will receive the 1 star award, and every time you are given the award by another blog, you can add another star!
8. There are a total of 6 stars to collect. At which time your “badge” will look like this:
You can check out your favourite blogs, and even if someone else has already given them the award, you can still award them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!
Now for my nominations and the criteria for my decision.
I am always impressed by imaginative and prolific work, which captures artistry, and takes me somewhere else. I love escaping into worlds created lovingly by others, whether they be writers, artists or photographers, if they can translate their vision and allow me to go on that journey with them then I think they deserve this award. My nominations are Chantal Boudreau, for Word Blurb, in which she reviews, interviews, and shares her own very prolific writing and stylish illustrations. Chantal has written in many genres, has been published numerous times and is an amazingly talented writer/illustrator. Ren Garcia For The Temple of the Exploding Head, an insight into his imaginative mythology, The League of Elder. Ren has not only written a mind-blowing series in The League, but has ingenious ways of promoting his world, through mixed media, through art and video, through humour and has even had made models of his wonderful characters. Both Chantal and Ren are talented writers, who also have the good fortune of possessing great business heads (something I lack personally) They also have in common with my third nominee the ‘need’ to create as if it is intrinsic to their life. Finally but certainly not lastly, Richard Guest for The Future is Papier Mache, in which he takes stunning photography of people in the city around him, capturing moments with them, translating moods and feelings, sharing many real life ‘characters’ with his viewer. I have become captivated by his work. He has a great rapport with his subjects, which shows in his photography. Richard cares about the people and places he photographs and tells us about them. Because of this his reader/viewer becomes engrossed in his work.
1. The nominee of the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award shall display the logo on his/her post/page and/or sidebar
2. The nominee shall nominate 10 readers they appreciate over a period of 7 days. This can be done at any rate during the week. It can be all on one day or a few on one day and a few on another day etc.
3. The nominee must finish this sentence and post: “A great reader is..”
PLEASE NOTE RULES CAN BE ADDED TO/AMENDED if deemed appropriate; let’s be creative, and let’s grow & improve, but let’s also keep to the spirit of the award
2: The Amateur’s Quill, by Tebogo Ndlovu. Philosophical and poetic, and in her own words; “the phenomenon that we make an impact on the people around us, creating experiences that mold our characters and change our lives adversely or favorably.”
3: Nathan Filbert for his beautifully crafted blog exploring language and art. Man of The World.
10: Pfugler, mythology and folk law from around our galaxy. Some unusual and creative short films by Cynthia Echterling.
A great reader is… open minded enough to explore new concepts, to recognise themselves in what they read, even if momentarily. Empathy and imagination allows us to place ourselves in the lives of others. Emotion, conjured by a fictional catalyst, can only work if the reader relates to and empathises with the characters. The writer is just a conduit, it’s the reader who breathes life into what he or she reads.
To accept, I must post the awards on this page, tell who sent the awards, write about why I blog and then recommend others (up to 10) and notify them that they have been awarded.
The reason I write.
Since an early age I’ve never really felt part of the real world. Although I am interested in real people, I feel somewhat disconnected for large intervals. I felt my body and my self didn’t quite belong together, because I wanted to be treated the same way as my brother, but society and nature derailed this delusion. As a child I used to face this inability to be part of a ‘group’ by becoming different people inside my head, by placing myself into the role of someone I was more comfortable being. Children do this a lot, but for some reason I never quite grew out of this phase. I didn’t start my first short story until the age of twelve, but found comfort in writing. It enabled me to express myself in ways that eluded (and still elude) me in real life. This mutated into other reasons through time, with my father’s death and all the inevitable questions that occur as a result of attempting to accept something so final. Hope springs from grief, along with many other conflicting emotions, which become fictional cocktails, mixed to create new lives, lived far away from the grimness of something so painful. I learnt to take parts of the real world and place them safely into new people, fashioned from everything and everyone who has had an impact on me in reality. Without this cushion I would be nothing, I would be reduced to feeling inadequately trapped inside the body which didn’t fit me as a child. The best thing I’ve done in reality, is to have created a real son, but in fiction I can create whole worlds, become anything I dream and share that with others in ways my clunky socially inept self couldn’t possibly pull off in reality.
Now here are 10 very addictive blogs:
1: Deidra Alexander’s Blog. In her own words, “I have people to kill, lives to ruin, plagues to bring, and worlds to destroy. I am not the Angel of Death. I’m a fiction writer.”
I discovered today that I have won the Reader Appreciation Award after being nominated by Steven Leo Campbell. This is my first award for blogging, and I’m intrigued that it’s a reader appreciation one. I don’t know who created the award, but I’m glad to see that Steven was a recipient too.