One Lovely Blog and Versatile Blogger awards

One Lovely Blog Versatile Blogger

Marvelous Mari over at Mari’s Randomities recently presented me with the One Lovely Blog award and to my chagrin, I sat on it and did not give it away as instructed. Then, Kelsey Leigh and Kristen over at Take My Hand… gave me the Versatile Blogger award, for which I am equally honored and grateful. Thus did I resolve to kill the proverbial two birds with one stone. But as with so many things, there are some strings attached. Luckily, they are good ones!

The rules:

  1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award.
  2. Share 7 things about yourself.
  3. Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic for whatever reason! (In no particular order…)
  4. Contact the bloggers you’ve picked and let them know about the award.

Number one’s already been done, so on to the second requirement. Voila, 7 things about myself that you may or may not already know:

  1. I took a semester of ancient Greek in college and will always remember the epitaph of Simonides better in the original language than in any translation.
  2. A wonderful family friend started me on the path to collecting old books by gifting me a German book from the late 18th century. It’s printed in that tall Blackletter type and I had no idea what it was about until an internet acquaintance ran a search. It’s apparently a book of instructions for women on how to run their household or a business. It even has a beer brewing recipe! That I can’t read. Because I don’t know any German.
  3. One of my first NaNoWriMo attempts was a novel retelling the story of King Arthur as a cross-dressing girl. It’s about as terrible as it sounds.
  4. I broke my foot in seventh grade while at school in the middle of a tropical storm. Since it was a hairline fracture, the ER guys missed it. I walked on a broken foot for a month before my mom realized it was still hurting and took me to a specialist. Then I spent another month or two in a cast.
  5. Somewhere back in the misty past of my father’s side of the family, I have a Choctaw ancestor.
  6. I love grapes but I hate raisins.
  7. I almost didn’t graduate from college because I was supposed to take a class in 20th century literature and the class that I thought counted for that requirement, well, didn’t. I was granted an override on the condition that I write an extra paper, mainly because, as the dean put it, “I’ve never seen someone with this problem before. Usually it’s the opposite.” Bonus: I didn’t take any Shakespeare classes until after I had graduated, despite my extreme love for his work.

And now, without further ado, my list of award recipients. I’ve gone over the 15-person mark because I have two awards to give SO THERE. And some of these people may have already received the awards, even though I tried to check that out. If so, TOO BAD, have another one.

Congratulations and thanks to all the people on this list. You are all great and so are your blogs. Drinks all around!


27 Responses to “One Lovely Blog and Versatile Blogger awards”

  1. Mia says:

    My dear! Thanksies!

    I do love awards

    *huggles award* *hugs Valerie*

    You MADE my day (not exaggerating)(have been on hold on this phone for OH SO long)

  2. Mia says:


    omg OUCH about the foot!

  3. Oh my! Thank you! I’ve been so enjoying your serial, Broommates. I’m terribly honored.

  4. Amalia T says:

    Congratulations! And Thanks!
    AND, holy buckets, walking on a broken foot?! did it heal wrong because you were walking on it? Or with hairline fractures does it not matter so much? (These are things I know nothing about. Clearly I need to break something someday so I can write about it successfully.)

  5. Amalia T says:

    Oh, Also, the internet thought I was German for half a year– every time I went to livejournal or google it gave me ads in a German. I couldn’t stream video because I was “not within the united states” even though I MOST ASSUREDLY was. It made me want to learn German just so I could read the ads and make something of it. That book also makes me want to learn German. It sounds FUN.

  6. Valerie says:

    You’re welcome, you guys! I hope you are not still on hold, Mia… πŸ˜›

    My foot is like an old lady’s; it gets achy during certain weather and has a tendency toward stiffness. Otherwise it’s fine. It was a weird, limping month though. Normally we would have to wait in a long line to get into the lunch room, but I got to skip to the front because of my injury. Hooray for faster food service!

    Amalia, I am surprised it did not give you ads in Icelandic instead. It must be that you are secretly a German spy. Don’t deny it! I also want to learn German, if only to read this book.

  7. Gracie says:

    Aw, thanks, Valerie!! Sorry about your broken foot.

    But then, congratulations on winning your awards! You totally deserve it.

    So sweet of you to think of me, and I’m in great company here. πŸ™‚

  8. Amalia T says:

    I WISH that I got ads in Icelandic! That would be SO AWESOME.

  9. 2mara says:

    You are a sweetheart. Thanks for thinking of me.

    I think #2 is a good reason to learn German, don’t you think? πŸ˜‰


    I think King Arthur as a cross-dressing girl is an awesome idea.

    I am really bad about doing these, but I will try. Thanks again, I am honored *blushes*

  10. John Wiswell says:

    My, you have a lot of blog-friends!

  11. Valerie says:

    Hah, thanks Gracie and Mara. Maybe I’ll borrow my friend’s German Rosetta Stone stuff one of these days. I’m still thinking that cross-dressing female characters are a bit overused, but maybe they’ve gone into remission and it’s time for a comeback? My novel was still rubbish, though. πŸ˜‰

    John, you have no idea how hard it was to narrow this list down. If I could have given the award to a hundred people, I would have. There are so many amazing writers out there, you included, and I only hope that the people on MY list give the awards to more people on my list so that they all get them eventually.

  12. Sam says:

    Thanks so much for my award(s), very kind of you. That foot of yours doesn’t sound much fun to live with, I do sympathise though as I’m dealing with chronic pain issues too.

  13. Laura Eno says:

    Congrats and thank you, Valerie! You made me exit my writing cave for a few moments to take a breath of fresh air. πŸ˜‰

    It’s always fun to read the odd things in other people’s lives…hopefully I won’t sit on these for too long!

  14. Thank you so much Valerie! I hadn’t received the Versatile Blogger Award, so ya, I get to add that to my site. It will take a while before I’m able to reciprocate, due to too much going on at the moment, but I appreciate it very much.

    We have something in common – I walked on a broken foot for about two months before I finally got in to the specialist, (but I was in my early 30s). I had so many fractures he stopped counting around 30. Because I had to wait so long there was nothing he could do. I was on crutches for six months.

    Thank you again!

  15. It was nice to learn some things about you. I do enjoy lists of random facts. I did do a list of random facts a while ago for my own self, they are located here:

    I hate to keep recycling this post, but there it is and so you have it. Still I should feature a set of blogs I can’t enough of at the very least. I just started a new night shift at work and am terribly busy; it’s all I can do to keep up with Fridayflash. Again, thank you kindly for the mention. Cheers.

  16. This bit made me spew tea on my keyboard:

    “0.One of my first NaNoWriMo attempts was a novel retelling the story of King Arthur as a cross-dressing girl. It’s about as terrible as it sounds.”

    And I laughed when I nodded along at you telling of remembering the epitaph of Simonides in ancient Greek. Whenever I hear James Taylor sing you’ve got a friend, I hear Winter,Spring, Summer and Fall, in spanish. That’s the same thing…right?

    I now have a category at Miscellaneous Yammering [that I just made exclusively for YOU, yes YOU Valerie] Called “Random Facts about Karen” Here’s the link:

    Thank you sooooooo much for bestowing this lovely award on my silly self. [coulda done without being hit about the head and shoulders with the rubber chicken during the ceremony-but I understand that these things have a protocol of their own, and hey, who am I to make a fuss?]

    You deserve all the kudos you can rake in. Loved your post and honored to be in such great company.

    Big hugs and a large *smooch* !

    Karen :0)

  17. T.S. Bazelli says:

    Congrats and thank you! That’s quite the list. Hehe I spent a couple semesters studying modern Greek, but all I remember now is not much more than how to order food, and bargain for tomatoes. πŸ˜‰

  18. Valerie says:

    All of you are very welcome and you certainly deserve both these awards.

    Sam, I’m lucky that the pain is really sporadic. Makes me feel a bit like an old woman sometimes but nothing too serious.

    Laura, I am now picturing you emerging from a cave and being handed an award as you squint in the sudden sunlight, and I am amused.

    Deanna, no rush, and I was also always breaking or spraining things as a kid. Too much running around! Luckily, nothing so far in my adult life (knock on wood).

    Carrie, great list! I try to come up with a new one every time because I figure it may entertain people a bit to learn something else. It’s tough, though; I don’t think I’m quite interesting enough to sustain it for too long.

    Karen, your song language thing is EXACTLY what I’m talking about. Did he originally write that part in Spanish? Either way, it’s crazy to have something stuck in your head in a particular language. Also, I am excited for your new category! And sorry about the rubber chicken, but you know how it is. Gotta keep the traditions alive.

    Tessa, ordering food and bargaining are essential skills in a foreign country–don’t knock ’em! Modern Greek is apparently a lot like ancient Greek but there is one letter that has basically taken on the same pronunciation as another… I forget which, though. Eta and epsilon? Epsilon and iota? It is a mystery.

  19. I was taking freshman spanish in my senior year just because I could. That year I played JT’s greatest hits non stop. Eventually you could see through the vinyl. [yes, I remember records, and yes, I like James Taylor– ANYBODY GOT A PROBLEM WITH THAT?–]
    *calms down*
    So studying = playing JT = certain words he sang sticking in my head in Spanish. tah dah. Just so you know? That would have been a much more entertaining story in person. Cuz when I get excited I tend to wave my hands about and hop on one foot. And since I’m currently wearing a wet suit and swim fins?
    [extrapolate from there]

  20. Tina Lynn says:

    *screams* *jumps up and down* Thanks! I feel super freaking speshul!!!

  21. Emma Newman says:

    Hi, sorry it’s taken me so long to come over and say thanks, I’m scrabbling around looking for spare minutes like dropped coins in the dirt at the moment. Two awards eh? How lovely πŸ™‚ Thank you! x

  22. @lil_monmon says:

    Ironically (or perhaps poetically– I’m never good at that) I’ve awarded you the “One Lovely Blog Award!” Come claim it at “Attack of the Muses!!”

  23. Valerie says:

    Karen, you are a special person in the best way possible. So are you for that matter, Tina. Now take off the swim fins and go eat your sandwich.

    Em, you’re a treasure. Thanks for making time to stop in and enjoy the awards.

    Monica, I would have given you the awards but I thought you already had them! Guess I was right on one at least. I’ll try to do something to celebrate properly! Getting the same award twice is rad.

  24. Timm says:

    Aw thanks! Unfortunately I don’t think I even read 15 writer blogs yet, but I’ll try and pass it on sometime this weekend.

  25. Mari Juniper says:

    Thank you Valerie! I’m assuming you’re granting me the Versatile Blog Award, since the Lovely Blog Award came from me? heh

    Hey, cool award, and awesome graphic! πŸ˜€

    Lovely to know more stuff about you. I’m sorry about the foot thing, and the lack of Shakespeare classes at college. (I think? heh)

    Man, if I had an old book in German, I wouldn’t be able to hold myself. I’d go learn German right away! Too curious and love languages too much! ;P

  26. Valerie says:

    Timm, do what you can! Maybe this is a good time to start looking for cool blogs to read, heh.

    Mari, it’s buy one, get one free, but since you already have one then you just get the free! I finally took a Shakespeare class last summer and it was marvelous. LOVED it. And I wish I had the time to go about learning German, but with everything else on my plate, it’s tough. Someday, though… someday…

  27. Mari Juniper says:

    It took me forever, but I finally passed the Versatile Award on. Thanks again! πŸ˜€

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