This is so lovely. ^_^ Not only am I having a lovely day so far, but I woke up, took a look at the blog and found this.So it’s time, once again to say thank you.
I only get these little milestone markers because of YOU. Each time you visit, like a post, leave a comment, I feel that I’m connecting with you and loving every second. The fact that WordPress collects all that data and feeds it back to me means I get to see it properly which is wonderful.
So… once more…
I’m also so, so, SO chuffed whenever anybody nominates me for an award. I just love feeling that not only is someone reading my words, but thinking of me and taking the time to consider me for an award. It warms me inside and out and I want to say thank you to Rob and Ranin for nominating me.
This is the Very Inspiring Blog Award, which kinda looks like this:
Okay. So the steps to this dictates that I crack out the rules for this award, which are as follows:
- Display the award logo on your blog.
- Link back to the person who nominated you.
- State 7 things about yourself.
- Nominate 15 bloggers for this award.
- Notify those bloggers of the nomination by linking to one of their specific posts so that they get notified by ping back.
On the way!
Woohoo! Okay, seven things.
- I’ve only recently discovered (like within the last month) that I kinda like omlettes
- I very quickly and very easily get addicted to new TV shows; current obsession being Breaking Bad
- I have a tendency to over stretch myself and then I get surprised when I have a meltdown
- I can’t – JUST CAN’T! – watch things like Children In Need or Red Nose Day; they hurt my brain
- I can’t STAND apple products and yet I’m seriously considering buying an ipad -_-
- I used to make comic strips out of photos taken during days out with my geeky mates
- I always struggle to come up with another random facts (that I haven’t already used) to cover these things. Yes… I realise this is something of a cheat answer :p
Next up, fifteen bloggers! I always struggle with this too, but these bloggers, some of them recent follows, are all worthy of this award. Okay, here goes!
Katrina @ http://wehrismypen.wordpress.com/
Jenny @ http://itsjennythewren.wordpress.com/
Kate @ http://subtlekate.wordpress.com/
Mike @ http://mikeallegra.com/
Mandy @ http://mandyevebarnett.com/
Jenny @ http://jennykellerford.wordpress.com/
The Phoenix Writers @ http://www.phoenix-writers.blogspot.co.uk/
How The Cookie Crumbles @ http://letscutthecrap.wordpress.com/ (it just hit me that I don’t know your name!!!)
Susan @ http://susankarins.wordpress.com/
Caitlin @ http://caitlinsternwrites.wordpress.com/
Michelle @ http://michelleproulx.wordpress.com/
Lesley @ http://lesleycarter.wordpress.com/
Richard @ http://richardleonard.wordpress.com/
Jordanna @ http://jordannaeast.com/
Naomi @ http://naomibaltuck.wordpress.com/
Phew! What a crazy-long list! Please do, really do look into these blogs. They’re all awesome and you’ll enjoy mooching around.
That’s me done. Thanks again Rob and Ranin. I deeply appreciate the nomination. ^_^
Yes… in another break from our usual Sunday schedule, I thought I’d come back to you with more Book Fairy news! The first two books have gone out into the wild; one in Cafe Nero earlier on in the week and another in a burlesque club of all places.
Digital Fortress by Dan Brown and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini are free and hopefully being read. ^_^
I must admit, I’m finding this a little harder than I thought I would. 1) I actually find it really hard to leave a book on a seat or a table… my instinct is to pick it up and guard it with my life. But that’s because I love books. 2) I just keep forgetting to leave the book behind! I have been into several coffee shops this week and a couple of restaurants and it wasn’t until Friday night that I even remembered The Kite Runner. I made a point of taking it out of my bag early and putting on the seat in the club, so that when I got up I could just leave it behind. Of course someone spots me leaving the seat with the book there, so I ended up just handing it to the chap and calling it a freebie.
Hopefully the next few books will be easier. I’m going to do them at a rate of two a week and try to be creative about where I put them. The next one, probably something by James Patterson, will be left either in a phone booth, or at a bus stop. I also want to get a couple onto trains (as that’s somewhere that people are always wanting something to read) so I need to go somewhere. If I had thought about it, I would have given one to Dave, as he did some travelling this week, but never mind.
At least I have a plan for the week now. I find that such a thing is important; at least that way, if I know the small things I want to do, I can take small steps towards getting them done. And I won’t get all mixed up and confused and forgetful. Hopefully.
What about you guys? What are you plans for the week ahead? Do you find that writing things down, or having a couple of ideas before hand helps you achieve your goals? What might you suggest for a scatter brained mum of twins like me?
Having a mooch, as I do, through my emails in the middle of the night – head nodding as I try not to crush a feeding baby – I made my way over to JM’s blog. The mini series ‘Blogs – How Do You Follow Them‘ has been incredibly interesting to read and I wish I had more time to read through the comments. Head on over there if you’re interested on a quick study on how people follow blogs, do their reading and their criteria for choosing who to follow.
Anyway, it was after reading these posts that I got to thinking. There are lots of bloggers that I used to speak to quite regularly, picking their posts out of my email and following the links through to read what they had to say. But some of them haven’t popped up recently. I assumed that they were just busy and hadn’t posted. After all, life happens to all of us, doesn’t it? Some days there is just no way to get a post out on time, whatever you do – which is why most of mine are planned out in advance, sometimes by as much as two weeks.
I logged onto the WordPress dashboard, thinking this was a bit odd, and followed the links through to my Reader. Well imagine my surprise; there are LOADS of posts there! Most of which haven’t made it anywhere near my email. Grr!
Crap. So when I thought I was caught up, it turns out that there are a tonnes of posts that I just haven’t seen because I never though that they wouldn’t come to my email. As a matter of fact, there are 43 blogs that WordPress thought to set as ‘Never’ when asked if new posts should come to my email!
Wuh? I never told it to do that!
*huff huff* I’ve fixed it now, and I know in future to double check it. Its fascinating though, that’s 43 blogs I’d forgotten I follow because its been so long since I heard from them!
This post is as much to apologise for suddenly going quiet on all those blogs, as to let you guys know; WordPress does weird things with your settings! If you think you should be getting more emails, or if a blog you follow has gone strangely quiet, just check out your Reader. You may get a surprise.
I know I should be working and I know that TweetDeck is a terrible distraction to that (this post is case in point), but I have to share what I have just discovered with as many people as possible. Its too incredible an opportunity to pass up.
Harper Voyager, an arm of HarperCollins, will be accepting unsolicited manuscripts for a period of two weeks in October this year. Not only that but this is a co-ordinated effort across the UK, the USA and Australia in epic fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy, horror, dystopia and supernatural.
Well. I guess I have my deadline for completing the edits on SORB now. o.O
Go, go, go!
Oh and the blog I picked this up from is here. Full details on the Harper Voyager site, here.
Spread the word, people. This is an incredible opportunity for anybody so inclined. Please, please don’t miss out! I sure don’t intend to!