Well, this is just about the most fun thing ever! I just received recognition from Vicki Lane, http://vickilanemysteries.blogspot.com/, in the form of a "Fabulous Blog Award" for Meanderings and Muses.
This is particularly lovely coming from a woman I greatly admire. I first "met" Vicki through her Elizabeth Goodweather books, which I fell in love with immediately upon reading book 1 - " Signs of the Blood." Vicki's books take place in the North Carolina mountains, where I'm lucky enough to live. I was immediately struck by how perfectly Vicki captured the beauty of the region. And how perfectly she captured the culture. We have since met in real life, at the fabulous Baltimore Bouchercon, and keep in touch fairly regularly through the magic of email. I also start most of my days with her blog while I'm not so patiently awaiting her next book.
As I've already told Vicki, this is irony in it's greatest form. For Meanderings and Muses to receive some recognition of this sort means a lot. For it to even exist is due in part to Vicki, which she doesn't even know. I was one of those people who "poo-poo'd" blogs. I didn't see the point, thought they were pretty self-serving, didn't have time to read them, and on and on and on. Well, now I'm extraordinarily proud of my Meanderings and Muses. It tickles me to death to click on the site meter to see not only how many people have dropped by, but to see that they come from all over the world. Literally. In addition to hits from all over the country, I've received some from China, Japan, Australia, England, Ireland, Iceland, Korea - you name it, we've had a hit from there. Amazing. I'm proud of my guests, who include readers and writers from the mystery community. And that's really how Meanderings and Muses came to be. Through the mystery community. Doing a couple of guest blogs for others and attending my first Boucheron. Attending B'Con filled me with stories and emotions I had to squeal about and one of the ways I squeal is to write it down. A fairly recently discovered method of squealing - that's what blogging has become. And I love it. So thanks to Vicki and the rest of the mystery world for getting me into the world of blogging in the first place, and gracing me with a little bit of recognition. Ha! Who'da thunk it! Life is fun! So. Receiving this stamp of approval from a fellow blogger can be, I think, viewed as a gift of generosity of spirit and maybe a bit of validation. To receive it from a writer of critical acclaim who I greatly admire is a special bonus, indeed.
The recognition comes with rules. Not such tough rules - actually, kinda fun. You must pass it on to 5 other Fabulous Bloggers in a post. (You might find their email addresses on their Profile page or, if not available, post as a "Comment" to their latest post.).
You must include the person that gave you the award, and link it back to them. You must list 5 of your Fabulous Addictions in the post. You must copy and paste these rules in the post. Right click the award icon & save to your computer then post with your own awards. To my way of thinking, this is not only a nice tribute, it widens the reading audience.
I am quite appreciative of this award and am happy and proud to pay it forward. Vicki has already included, along with Meanderings and Muses, blogs which I would have passed this along to, so here are five additional picks -- some of the most frequent posters of the blogs I follow:
1.) Blackwater Tales - http://blackwatertales.blogspot.com/
2.) Auntie Knickers - http://auntieknickers.blogspot.com/
3.) Jen's Book Thoughts - http://jensbookthoughts.blogspot.com/
4.) Swetzel's Weblog - http://swetzel.wordpress.com/
5.) Mornings at Noon - http://pbrowning.blogspot.com/
I have some more I'd love to link, but I'm going to follow the rules (for once!), but I have some other favorites linked from here, (over on your left), and hope you'll visit them all.
Five of my Fabulous Addictions (not in any particular order): reading, blogging, sunrises, my digital camera, and Facebook wordgames!