Those who follow this site know that my Sunday posts are reserved for quotes pertaining to writing and life — reflections appropriate to events that have happened in my own little world — and the events that affected today’s choices for Sunday Quotes had me shopping around for quips on both addiction and inspiration.
It seems as though I’m the recent recipient of not one, but two fine blog awards from my peers, Julie Luek, who runs a fantastic site over at A Thought Grows, and Gus Sanchez, from Out Where The Buses Don’t Run, an exemplary blog in its own right. These are two of my favorite bloggers, so I’m extremely humbled to receive from Julie:
I was ecstatic to find this quote to use for The Addictive Blog Award, because it’s exactly what we do around here: share our work, watch people doing what they love and do best, and interchange socially, sometimes at an addictive level.
In other words, we visit — a LOT — but through those exchanges come new ideas and opportunities for growth (although I wonder what quoting Jacqueline Bisset says about my growth; she wasn’t exactly known for her brain, or at least not what I remember from her bikini-clad role in The Deep).
I’m quite honored to receive The Addictive Blog Award, and would like to thank Julie for jonesing over my heroin-laced site enough to pass it along and pay off the pusher. If you’ve never been, make sure to check out A Thought Grows — it’s not just your typical blog in Blogdom. Her warm personality and viewpoints on everything-under-the-sun really welcome and enlighten a soul, and it’s humbling to know that she thinks so highly of my place that she has become dependent on it. My plan, just like the tobacco company’s, is working.
Of course there are guidelines to follow:
- Thank the person awarding you. (check)
- Share a little about why you blog and how the journey started. (below)
- Paste the blog award on your page. (above)
- Nominate other bloggers you feel deserve the award. (bottom)
Why I Blog and How It All Started
Plain and simply, I blog because, in typical egomaniacal fashion, I feel like there’s a great deal to say. Don’t all writers basically think this way — that we have stories yearning to be heard and ideas profound enough to be shouted across city skylines?
So in April of 2011, I began to blog about the joys of caring for my mother, who is living with me and in the early to mid-stages of Alzheimer’s disease. I made one entry and stalled. The man who always had a great deal to say was speechless. Actually, there were a couple of reasons for the stall:
- I didn’t know how to proceed because my blog concerned another person’s life whose privacy and dignity I wanted to respect. (the token answer I tell everybody)
- I didn’t have a freaking clue what I was doing. (the real reason)
For the next year-and-a-half, I soaked up information about the online writing world, studying up on blogging and the finer points of crafting memoirs, and in the process, dipped back into penning short fiction — something that had been sorely missed since my days in college.
Then, On October 8, 2012, M.L. Swift, Chasing Windmills debuted and, armed with my newly-instilled philosophy of Write, Blog, or Die, has been my kicking-and-screaming darling for the last three months.
This led to a couple of articles for The Alzheimer’s Reading Room, with more to come in the new year, but my caregiver’s blog, Treading Water in the Goldfish Bowl, still struggles as I try to find a balance between my writing, blogging, and caregiving time.
Oh…and in November, I wrote my first book, a young adult adventure called, Monty Tucker and the Lost Mine of Jacob Snively.
There might just be something to this Write, Blog, or Die philosophy after all.
Why do I blog? I think Prince (yes, the singer whose name was once a symbol) summed it up best when he said:
“I have a writing addiction.”
But remember how I said there were two awards? Yep. Not only do some folks think my blog is addictive, but some, namely Gus Sanchez, also think it’s an inspiration, of sorts:
Thank you, Gus, for this award … sit back while I continue with my post, and by the time you finish reading, you’ll have inspiration coming out the yang-hole. I promise.
Of course, more blog award rules, which are as follows:
- Display the Very Inspiring Blogger Award logo. (proudly)
- Link back to the person nominating me. (incessantly)
- State seven things about myself. (warily)
- Nominate other bloggers for this award. (happily)
- Notify those bloggers of said nomination. (hey…that sounds like work!)
Alas, nothing in life is free…not even a virtual badge. That’s okay, though, since I often frequent the blogs I’m nominating. Next time, when passing through I’ll say, “Oh, by the way, you’ve got an award on my desk.” And they better accept; it will already be in print — too late to stop the presses. They’re all quite deserving, believe me.
Seven Random Facts About Me
- I’m an insomniac. True. I only get a full night’s sleep if I take something, and I usually don’t, so I catch my winks in sporadic, two-hour bursts.
- I’m a klutz. Another truth. I’ve had more broken arms than a stomped centipede — so many, I’ve actually lost count, but my last recollection is twelve or thirteen — probably due to a lack of sleep. My most recent break occurred during an unsuccessful attempt at rollerblading. I’m sooo not cool … in a cool kind of way.
- I’m in a movie. Called Weeds, with Nick Nolte as a prisoner who writes a novel. I’m a college student attending the Dean’s annual party and Nick’s character is an honored guest. You can catch a good shot of me — once the fat lady moves out of the way — wearing a rugby shirt in my college colors, maroon and orange. Dang if that woman didn’t block the camera for half my screen time; I didn’t think she’d ever budge! Oh, how I hungered for those fifteen minutes, even back then.
- I still hunger for the spotlight. During my “free” time, I continue to act in community and professional theatrical productions, sing in a southern gospel quartet, play various musical instruments, paint and sketch, and generally make a nuisance of myself.
- I have a double uvula. It’s that doohickey that hangs in the back of your throat. Mine’s split, like a snake’s tongue.
- I live with a constant ringing in my ears. It’s actually more like the sound of crickets and cicadas in a dark, thick forest, screaming with all the might their little legs can scrape together. A constant chirping — tinnitus, it’s called. One of these days I’ll drill it out, like the voices tell me to do.
Which conveniently leads to the last one,
- I’m certifiable. This is speculative only … there are no clinical facts to support this theory.
Now, to introduce my final task of choosing other bloggers for these prestigious awards, an appropriate quote to end this Sunday:
“I think I find new idols everyday – someone that says something really inspiring, is successful, has character.” – Miranda Lambert
The Addictive Blog Award:
Bud Smith is an edgy, talented young writer from New York City who trains roaches and listens to the moon scrape over the buildings each night. Yes, I’m rubbing elbows with a yankee…my granddaddy would turn over in his grave. Check out his blog, Bud Smith Writes, and get ready for some chronic fiction!
Gus Sanchez gets a fourth link to his blog in this post — it’s that good. It’s as addictive as the Sex Viking micro-brew he drinks, so be sure to start following Out Where the Buses Don’t Run and become addicted yourself.
The Very Inspiring Blogger Award:
Demetria Foster Gray‘s site showcases human behavior in its purest form to unveil how we navigate through the waters of our daily existence. Shaken, But Not Stirred inspires us to remember that, although we may get shaken up by the struggles of life, we can still remain calm and tranquil.
Rob Akers is a retired military pilot-turned-writer who pens observations about writing, life, football — well, anything — from the viewpoint of a true American Patriot. Click on the link to get to his blog of the same name, Rob Akers.
Julie Luek needs no introduction to most folks who swing by here. She is probably one of the most inspiring people I know, and it’s no wonder that, after almost a year, her blog is receiving continuous recognition from her peers. Go read a few posts on A Thought Grows to see why.
Thanks again for the wonderful nods — I appreciate them immensely. May all your blog posts be addictively inspiring!
Cartoon Snake by internetsense, Creative Commons