Saturday, February 26, 2011
It's not not awards
this writer's life, and
Ramblings From Yet Another Stranger On The Bus.
I usually deflect awards as the list of conditions for receipt often read like the instructions for flat-pack furniture. And the awards don't colour coordinate with my blog. Oh, and "passing them on" conjures imagery of contagious disease. But, aside from all of that, I appreciate people letting me know they like my blog - that means a lot to me - and it's a nice opportunity for me to note one or two blogs that deserve a mention.
Also, back in October, I said I would take part in a quiz from Patteran's Pages - I hadn't forgotten, Dick, but I hope this will do instead, at least for now.
Both awards ask me to list seven things about myself:
1. I had my first newspaper article published when I was fifteen.
2. I sometimes wake myself up laughing in my sleep and I once had a giggling fit for forty minutes, non-stop.
3. I don't believe you have to find a husband to lose your father's name.
4. My great great grandparents on my maternal grandpa's side were Irish and fled an Gorta Mór.
5. I was Mary in my primary school nativity and the angel Gabriel was my cousin, although I didn't find out until after I left school. My teacher told her she would have made a better Mary. I was deeply hurt (I'd auditioned and everything, and still remember the song!).
6. I was the first girl to wear trousers at my high school (and got summoned to the deputy Head's office for my audacity).
7. I was once dragged by my ear to explain what I thought was funny about The Lord's Prayer - it was this:
For The Love Of God, What's That Up Your Sleeve?
Bless me, mam, for I have sneezed, a snail slick
of snot shot out, top speed, hauled up my arm
and dried shiny hard like a graphite thick
drawing, rubbed, over worked by childish palm
to glossy grey like slates in the rain. And
I tried to explain when Betty dragged me
by the ear but she couldn't understand,
I'd got my head hung so they couldn't see
the candles dripping from my nose, sticking
to my hair, and so she hauled me up on
stage: full view. They all thought I was laughing
as my sniffs increased in speed and not one
explanation could I give standing there
for “what's so funny about the Lord's Prayer?”
And to the nominations; considering these awards are doing the rounds, and the whole six degrees of separation thing, I'll just note a couple of blogs I enjoy reading for kinship as well as content:
Sara Crowley's A Salted - for real and raw writing with no mincing of words.
Lori Tiron-Pandit's Daily Writing - for searching questions and creativity.
Helen Caldwell's My Writing Life - for a store-house of writing related info.
We should all wish for sisters like them.
And thanks again to Leslie and Teresa for nominating me - you are both the human equivalents of home, for different reasons; I want you to know I'd nominate you right back!