I thought about leaving it at the apology, claiming lack of time, and letting it all slide under the rug, but then I figured better late than never--and even if I am completely unworthy, at least I can pass on the awards to other excellent bloggers I know. Right?
First up, the Versatile Blogger Award from Mark Noce, Jamie Gibbs, Cherie Larkins, Jeremy, and Chris Allinotte.
This, of course, is one of the awards that requires you list some things about yourself. Hold on, because I'll get to that in a moment.
As for who I'm awarding: Everyone in this list. Many of the followers I've gained in the past couple of months were A-Z Challenge participants, and there was some very versatile content during April; I also enjoyed visiting the blogs of the non-participants. Plus, I feel like I should do something for all of you readers who have followed my blog!
Second, the Great Comments Award from Carol Riggs, Susan Fields, and Trisha.
The rules for this one seem to be either you award the last twenty commenters on your blog or your most frequent commenters. Since I awarded the last commenters on receiving this award before, I'll use the most frequent ones this time (according to the BloggerSentral widget):
Pat Hatt (It's Rhyme Time)
Alex J. Cavanaugh
Old Kitty (Ten Lives and Second Chances)
Susan Gourley/Kelley (Susan Says)
Rusty Webb (The Blutonian Death Egg)
Charles Gramlich (Razored Zen)
DWei (I am such a Derp)
M Pax (Wistful Nebulae)
S. L. Hennessy (Pensuasion)
Joshua (Vive le Nerd)
Hilary Melton-Butcher Positive Letters
Stuart Nager (Talespinning)
Tyrean Martinson (Tyrean's Writing Spot)
Third, the Kreative Blogger Award from Connie Keller, Claire Hennessy, and Jeremy.
Again, another award that requires you list facts about yourself. I'm not going to award anyone this since I just did so with the above two and have mentioned the Kreativ before.
A HUGE thank you to everyone who awarded me!
Now, for those facts you were probably wondering about. Since I was tagged as part of that 11 Questions Thing Everyone Else Got To Months Ago and never got around to doing all of them, I thought I'd tackle part of my hoard all in one and count the tag(s) as my facts.
These following sets of questions are from Sophie and W.Chaser, respectively.
1.When did you start writing?
When I was twelve. At least, that was when I started the first actual novel that I completed--you could push it back farther and say I started writing with that story about taking my cat to the moon. Or the one about the dolphin and the genie. Oh, I'm actually a bit fond of that one.
2. Who are your literary heroes? (/favourite authors)
Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Kristin Cashore, Tamora Pierce, Eoin Colfer . . . I could go on, of course.
3. What is your favourite fictional character?
4. What genre(s) do you write?
Science Fiction and Fantasy, primarily.
5. What is your favourite book, tv show and film?
Choosing one book is even harder than choosing a single character. LOL. But I think I could survive with a dictionary--at least that way I'd be able to read and improve my writing skills at the same time. TV show: I'll go with a new favorite, Star Trek. Film: Uh . . . *draws blank*
6. What is your favourite place you've visited in the world?
7. What is your favourite music?
8. Have you ever written fanfic?/Opinions on it?
Nope, not that I remember. I don't really have anything against it, so long as what people are writing is original.
9. Where is your favourite place to write?
Anywhere, so long as I can focus. But I usually write at a desk. (You can see a picture of it HERE.)
10. Tea or Coffee?
Neither. I don't particularly like tea and I've never had coffee.
11. Have you ever taken part in NaNoWriMo?/ Opinions on it?
Twice! I love the challenge. The stuff I've produced has never been very high-quality--the novel I wrote last year is a jumbled mess--but it's fun to write like crazy for 30 days with some abandon.
And now for the second set:
1. If you could be any fictional baddie who would you be and why?
I love this question, and had to think about it for a while. And then some more. And then I finally decided that it would be interesting to be Artemis Fowl in his early days. All that brilliant technology at his fingertips and the intelligence to match.
2. If you could go back in time and stop someone being born who would it be?
Well, certainly not my grandfather. I like being alive. Probably Hitler.
3. When do you get your most inspirational ideas?
To be more specific than "Life!" I'd say current events. Global news, science news, etc. There's a constant influx of interesting ideas these days and thanks to the web they're easy to access.
4. If you had to live without either books or music, which would it be?
Music. How that would hurt, but if you absolutely had to force me to give up one of the two . . . music.
5. Who provides the most encouragement for your writing?
Looking back at what I've done--the progress I've made--and thinking about what I could do.
6. If you could have one wish, what would it be?
World peace. Or, if that was too big of a wish, the secret to FTL travel. Or if the being granting this wish didn't like the idea of humans moving off Earth, the happiness of the people I know.
7. Do you remember your dreams and do they influence your writing?
I do most of the time, and occasionally they affect my writing. I've started a couple stories because of dreams I've had, but they've never turned into a full novel. Yet. :)
8. What word do you frequently misspell?
Release. Also, misspell itself can be tricky--it looks like someone missed a magic spell.
9. How much influence in your writing do you take from other people’s opinions?
I don't show my writing to people, other than excerpts/flash fiction I write for my blog (I know, I know, I'll have to sometime in the future). But I am influenced by what other people say about my work; if one of you comments to say this bit isn't working, I'll keep it in mind and try not to make the same mistake again.
10. If there is one book you wish you’d written, what is it?
Foundation by Isaac Asimov.
11. Starter or Dessert?
I'm not going to create another 11 Questions for this one, since the tag's dissipated from a few months ago. But if you want to participate (or snag that Kreativ Blogger Award above) then go ahead.
And there are a couple more awards and tags that I should get to--however, since they're not as grievously late I will leave those for a later post. By which time they probably will be terribly late, but this is too long already. :P
Anything happening at your end? For the writers and other creators in the audience: What are you working on now?
-----The Golden Eagle