Sunday, December 27, 2009

Blog Awards and Happy Holidays

I'm still in holiday mode, but thought I'd take the time to nominate 3 people for the One Lovely Blog award I got while I was away.

Also, a big shout out to Natalie Bahm for giving me the Kreativ Blogger award a couple of days ago. Thanks so much, Natalie!

The Kreativ Blogger award has a few rules attached, so I'll do that first, with nominations to follow.

1.Thank the person (or people) who gave you the award.
2.Write 7 things about yourself we do not know.
3.Choose 7 other bloggers to award and link to their blogs.

First off, thank you Kelly and Natalie both for those nominations. I know they're all over the place on the internet, but it made me feel really good to have you think of me. :)

And now, without further ado I give you:

Seven things you may not know about me (and may wish I had never shared)...

1. The only thing I've ever wanted to do in my life for as far back as I can remember, is have a big family and stay home with my kids. I call myself a professional mother when I fill out forms that ask for an occupation.

2. I sometimes feel like an underachiever for only having 5 kids, even though I've also had several miscarriages and a stillbirth, and I'm pretty sure my body couldn't handle any more. (I'd have probably kept going 'til my uterus fell out, or I ended up in a wheelchair. Fortunately, my husband thinks our family is the perfect size, and has saved me from crippling myself.)

3. I've only ever had one English teacher (12th grade English B) who "got" my writing style and appreciated my humour. Up until then, I thought I could write, but really wondered if I was any good. He gave me tons of encouragement, and made me feel like there could be others out there who might enjoy what I wrote too.

4. I love music, but find it incredibly distracting when I write. Oddly enough, I can write with a room full of kids.

5. I was one of the elite few in the air after the September 11th attacks. We lived in a relatively remote northern region, and I had a miscarriage. I was hemorrhaging, so I had to be life-flighted to a big city hospital. There's nothing like taking in the beautiful scenery while being stabilized at several thousand feet in the air.

6. When I read books, the voice in my head has the same accent of the character. I also start using an accent if I'm talking about certain people or things. When we were in Mexico, I was speaking English with an accent. I don't even speak much Spanish (although my husband does).

7. I love taking things apart, putting them together, or just plain fixing stuff. Home renovations are a source of pure joy. Home improvement stores are my own personal heaven. If I got tools for every special occasion for the rest of my life, I'd consider myself the happiest person alive. It's a sickness really.

Okay, so, um, try not to hold any of those things against me :)

My nominations for Kreativ Blogger award are:

1. Princess Hairstyles - I'm pretty sure this shouldn't even count, but it's fun and Holy Catfish, Batman! this lady can do her kid's hair. That little girl deserves an award for sitting through all that hair pulling! Obviously she enjoys having her hair done, although when a fancy 'do only takes a couple of minutes, I guess it's not that bad. My girls would have to sit for an hour for me to do a messy version. I may be handy with the power tools, but when it comes to my daughters, they're relegated to a life of 'au naturel' until they can do their own hair (or develop the ability to sit for 2 hours until I can get it right).

2. Susan at A Walk In My Shoes - I know she's received this before, but I love how she ties different shoes into writing. She's got some fabulous insights into the writing process, and I've learned a lot from her. As an added bonus, it's also fun to see all of those funky shoes. It must take forever to find the right ones to go with each post!

3. Carrie at The Wonder That Is My Blog - Oh my gosh, she is hilarious! And she's a member of the semi-secret order of the blog ninja. I don't know what that means, but it sounds extremely important. I just realized that I'm not even following her (I haven't transferred all of my faves from my favourites folder yet). Er, nevermind.

4. Milli at Fear of Writing - Great tips for getting over your fear of writing, as well as for successful 10k days (which can really give you a good jump start). Though I haven't actually done a full ten thousand words in one day, I've become a 10k day addict. A great little supportive community, and Milli is absolutely wonderful.

5. Mette Ivie Harrison - Okay, not necessarily creative,as it's simply a livejournal account, but I love reading her entries. She talks about life with kids, getting published, doing triathlons, taking piano lessons, and SYTYCD (among other things...). I haven't read her books (yet), but she writes excellent articles for Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show (which is where I found her).

6. Shannon Hale - Is it lame to give a blog award to author sites? Probably, but she is a delight to read. She went on book tour with Libba Bray a while back, and I seriously thought I would pee myself laughing reading about their shenanigans. And Princess Academy is one of my most favourite books of all time.

7. Terresa at Chocolate Chip Waffle - I'm sure she's been nominated a zillion times for this one, but this mother of four is a fabulous poet, and has a way of weaving her thoughts and emotions into her entries that'll bring tears to your eyes. I've really enjoyed getting to know her through her blog, as well as through her comments here on mine. I also have to give her the One Lovely Blog award, because it really is one of the most lovely blogs out there. Anyone know if there's a One Kreatively Lovely Blog Award out there?

My 2 other nominations for the One Lovely Blog award:

Erin over at Welcome to Littlefield, TX - She's a busy mother of two who teaches college English courses. Her writing is poignant, funny, and introspective. And her kids say the best things ever. I actually know her in real life, and love her.

Elise at Elise Murphy Books - She doesn't post very often (probably too busy writing like some of us ought to be...ahem), but I love her thoughts whenever she puts them down. She also takes wonderful pictures, and I'm enthralled with hearing tales of her life on her farm, as well as her adventures in writing.

Phew - this sure ended up being a long post! Hope you stuck with it.

I'm hoping to resume regular blogging after hanging with the kids* for their last week of holidays, so if I don't talk to you before then, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!


*aka: dance parties in the living room. Hope the neighbours don't mind us cranking the tunes...


Natalie said...

Tracy, I really feel like I know you better now. Your seven things were excellent. I always wanted to be a professional mother too (but I only have three kids--I guess I'll need a few more). And the miscarriages and stillbirth-oh, I'm so sorry.

I love Shannon Hale's blog too. She is hilarious. Funny, to admit, but one of the reasons I started writing was that I thought it would be fun to go to a writer conference and meet Shannon Hale.

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

Kudos to you and Natalie! For your awards AND all your kids. I can barely handle my two dogs (my only children). Thanks for sharing with us. :)