Thursday, September 20, 2012

I've Been Nominated for a Versatile Blogger Award

Thanks so much to Angela Tjong (http://journeyofmylifendestiny.blogspot.com) for nominating my blog for a Versatile Blogger Award!
One of the requirements of accepting this award is to nominate 15 other bloggers in return - works a bit like a chain letter, I guess!  Here's my list of nominees (in no particular order, and I can only come up with 14):

1. Fel Wetzig, The Peasants' Revolt: everything you ever wanted to know about paranormal fiction
2. Sandra Tyler, A Writer Weaves a Tale: Ongoing narrative of a complicated life, plus some great writing advice, plus the Post Resurrection Blog Hop
3. Kathryn Anthony: versatile author of myth retellings, dystopian fiction, and romance
4. Eve Redwater (Stacey Busuttil), Redwater Ramblings: a brilliant new voice in the world of poetry, and she's a Far Eastern Studies scholar as well, all in her early 20s.
5. Dawn Storey, Alphabet Salad: a post a day on events of daily life 
6. Rossandra White: writer of memoirs, grew up in Africa
7. Tara Adams, Faith in Ambiguity: many interesting philosophical musings
8. Alison Strachan, Writing My Truth: writer and cogent (sometimes humorous) blogger from Down Under
9. Anne Godoy Organista, Writer's Space: "thoughts, insights, doodles of my mind ... "
10. E.C. Ambrose: another writer of cogent posts, working on "dark historical fiction" 
11. Mary Pierce, A Wilderness of Words: a beautifully written and sometimes quirky occasional blog    
12. Betty Markham, Artistic Expressions Photography:  all kinds of outsanding photographs on display
13. Vanessa Chapman: freelance writer and actor; one of the Limebirds
14. 'Trick Slattery: the wonderful doodler (also writes sensible and intelligent posts)

Another requirement is that I tell seven unknown facts about myself:

1. I attended first grade in Arizona and I graduated from high school in a small town in the Arkansas Valley of Colorado, both places where my mother was teaching.
2. When I was small, we sometimes cooked the Christmas turkey overnight and then had homemade hot biscuits and turkey breast for Christmas breakfast. Anybody else ever do that?
3. I wrote my master's thesis at Cornell University on "Freedom and Authority in Paradise Lost and Prometheus Unbound." Really? Come on! What made me qualified to write on such a rarefied topic at the age of 21?
4. I worked in the awesome Miriam Lutcher Stark Rare Book Library at the University of Texas before they chopped it up into office space. What a revolting waste!
5. I arrived on the UT campus to attend grad school the day after the Charles Whitman massacre in 1966. (FYI, Whitman went up to the 28th floor observation deck of the library tower and shot randomly down into the quadrangle, killing 13 people and wounded 32 others.) We almost turned around and went back to Colorado; the Stark Library where I was going to work part-time was located at the base of that tower.
6. I believe in wearing things out before replacing them.  In 1997, I was still using a black-and-white TV without a remote. 
7. My tastes in TV run to the popular (except for a number of PBS programs).  I've watched a lot of fantasy and SF series -- Xena, Highlander, Farscape, Babylon 5, all the Star Trek series, both StarGate series (let us not mention Stargate: Universe - terminally boring!).  Right now, I'm into Warehouse 13 and Alphas, and Haven returns this Friday.  Oh, yes, and I'm a fan of ice hockey!  Let's get that lockout settled, y'all!

18 comments:

  1. Congratulations...you deserve the nomination! And thanks for nominating me!

    "Freedom and Authority in Paradise Lost and Prometheus Unbound" - Wow that actually sounds interesting to me. ;)

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    1. LOL! I happened across my copy of the thesis a few years back and read a bit of it, and I WAS pretty impressed with myself! But don't ask me anything about what I said!

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  2. Ice hockey, eh? :) Thanks for the nomination, Lorinda.

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    1. Heh heh! One time somebody expressed surprise that I was wearing a Colorado College hockey t-shirt, and I answered with the old cliche: "You can't tell a book ... " Not much ice hockey in Africa, I presume!
      BTW, hockey is the only sport I like. No football, basketball, baseball, soccer ...
      You're very welcome for the nomination, Rossandra!

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  3. Hi Lorinda, Congrats to you and thanks for nominating my blog. As you can tell, I'm a reluctant blogger and have taken a little break while helping my son with his book. (You probably can tell that I've been devouring your CS blog posts!) I hope you will forgive me if I don't play along.

    Your seven facts were very interesting. Never had turkey and biscuits for Christmas breakfast...imagine it was delicious. Hope you're now watching TV in color!

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    1. Fine not to play! Yes, I thought many of those hits on my CS posts might be from you! I'll bet your son's book will have a spectacular cover! I'd love to see it when it's finished.
      Yes, I now have a not very large but newish flat screen HD TV!

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  4. Thank you so much for nominating me. And, I enjoyed reading the seven things about you. The one that amazed me the most was number 5. I remember reading about that at some point in the '70s and thinking how terrifying! And you arrived on campus the day AFTER that?! You were brave to stay. I don't think I would have!!

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    1. Yes, that was a rather harrowing experience. My mother and I were together and we heard what had happened as we were spending the night in a motel in Amarillo, TX. We arrived in Austin the next day and stayed in a motel there as well. We kept hearing seemingly suspicious noises in the room next door. I don't think either of us slept a wink that night. I had to walk through the quad and go up into the tower within two days, because the library offices were there. Nobody was talking about anything else, of course. The admin. asst. told me she innocently held the elevator door open while Whitman boarded to go up, carrying his disguised gun case. Makes you shudder! That kind of mass murder hadn't happened so much before that event.

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  5. I don't think anyone can get more original than turkey and biscuits for Christmas! Congratulations on the award and thanks for nominating me. Much appreciated!

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    1. You're welcome, Anne! Yes, I always remember those Christmas mornings!

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  6. Wow! So cool, you graduated from Cornell! And your #5 sounds so spooky and adventurous at the same time :-)

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    1. Cornell was for my MA in English. My BA was from Colorado College in Colorado Springs (a small - 1800 students - private liberal arts college).
      Yes, that welcome to the UT campus was spooky all right!

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  7. Re your masters degree. Rarefied? Esoteric ? Mine was "The New England Puritans (1630-1670) and the doctrinal disputes that divided them amicably into Presbyterians or Congregationalists"

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    1. That sounds like it came out of a different major - history or theology, maybe? I think mine beats yours for pretentiousness, however! The "freedom and authority" idea came from a senior-level undergrad course of that name that many students took at Colorado College. Excellent all-purpose investigation that drew on several disciplines.
      I was trying to remember where I'd seen your name. It came to me - Trick Slattery's blog! Thanks for visiting mine!

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  8. I am so sorry for not replying sooner, Lorinda. I've been stuck doing silly, boring things that have kept me from my blogging community justice. Congratulations to you and thank you so much for nominating me. I did this one a while back, so I hope you won't be offended if I sit it out. I very much appreciate the honor. What an interesting life you've lived! The overnight turkey sounds fabulous, by the way...

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    1. It's OK! Everyone has to do silly, boring things quite frequently! And I realize that if a person tried to respond to several nominations, it would be hard to find 15 blogs every time! And as for my interesting life ... well, maybe I made it sound more interesting than it really was! (The turkey DOES make for a nice memory!)

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