Blogging Awards

I have put this off for far too long and subsequently lost track of a few awards given to me. My sincere apologies to the friends who gave them! If you remind me here or privately with a good strong (and sadly virtual) dope slap, I’ll be delighted to post your name and blog address in the appropriate spot. I hope I have not damaged relationships by not reciprocating before now.

I do, however, want to rectify at least some of the situation now!

Many thanks to Laurel Garver and Susan B. Kason for the One Lovely Blog Award. And I just discovered Susan Cook also just gifted me with this one. That did NOT influence my choice of giving her the award below. LOL I’d already decided to do that before I visited her.

I’d like to share that award with Vicky English’s Camelot blog (it’s about FAR more than Arthurian history and myth). She has excellent breakdowns on character and plot development.

And Cara Lopez Lee at Girls Trek Too. It’s a site for writers, travelers and everyone in between.

Many thanks to Rachna Chhabria at Rachna’s Scriptorium for both the Versatile and Grasshopper Awards. Rachna has probably realized by now that I’m disorganized and not the best at this sort of thing, but she nonetheless persists in being both a good friend and follower, and also an amazing blogger. If you haven’t checked out her scriptorium, it’s a must.

I’d like to share the Versatile Award with Janet Sumner Johnson at Musings of a Children’s Writer because her blog is both funny, touching and informative. She’s probably already receive and responded to the award which just goes to show she’s far more deserving of it than I.

The Grasshopper Award I’d like to share with Aron White at Mumbo Jumbo
and Susan Cook at The Pen and the Spirit. They’ve both got fresh, wonderful blogs and you should check them out.

The Sweet Blog Award was given by yet another thoughtful person whose name I didn’t remember to write down until it was too late. (Can we tell I AM kicking myself for this? I am. Really. Really. Hard.)

I’d like to share it with:

Susan Dennard who is so generous with her time and thoughts. (She has frequent posts where she’ll review queries and her comments are spot-on.)

And one last award given by someone forced to be anonymous. My poor friends really suffer for their friendship with me, I’m afraid. This is the Beautiful Blogger Award – one I obviously didn’t deserve, but will gratefully pass on to someone more worthy, like

Margo Berendsen at Writing at High Altitude is a constant commenter here who never fails to give me a sense of peace and awe. She is certainly a beautiful blogger.

Now, I am going to cheat a bit. You’re supposed to list seven things about yourself, but I’d be awake all night trying to do that for each of these awards, so I’ll just do it one time. (You can all breathe a sigh of relief.)

1. I’ve always had a “thing” for China – ever since I first read Marjorie Flack’s “The Story About Ping.” See the power a child’s writer has?
2. I first traveled to China at the tail-end of the SARS outbreak and never once worried about contracting the illness.
3. I’d traveled to England twice before going to China (I’m also an Anglophile and ADORE Wales and Welsh history – thank you, Susan Cooper) and without a doubt put myself in danger of Foot and Mouth AND Madcow Disease.
4. Which is why I am no longer eligible to give blood. Yes, I cheated and divided that one into two facts, but it really does peeve me that I can no longer donate. I was there in 1991 for one month too long.
5. I would LOVE to someday travel to Turkey. Yes, I have plot ideas in mind. Sigh. So many places and ideas. So little time.
6. I love to travel (duh) and yet I can still get motion sickness with a simple drop in altitude or a too-swervy road.
7. Testified to by the fact that I lost my cookies entering Japan’s airspace. In my defense, we flew through a typhoon. And yes, I cheated a bit on that one, too.

Sorry about all the cheats! The fact is, I’m writing this the night before I’ll post it and my five-year-old is stretching out her bedtime while I type. I need to go run her down. LOL






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15 Responses to β€œBlogging Awards”

  1. Karen Lange says:

    Congrats on all the awards! Glad you shared this info; it's fun to learn a little more about you.
    Happy Monday,
    Karen πŸ™‚

  2. Clippership says:

    That's such a coincidence–I just picked up The Story of Ping from the library for my kids. I'll be thinking of you when we read it. =)

    I want to add my congratulations on the awards too. I've enjoyed popping in to read your blog and I love the layout.

  3. Hannah Kincade says:

    I've been a huge China fan for a long time as well. I wish I could remember when it started. But I have stuff from when I was 6 so, it's been about 25 years or so. The Man always says he's just a part of my collection as he's half Asian.

    congratulations on all the awards!! πŸ˜€

  4. Victoria Dixon says:

    Thanks so much for the well wishes and congrats!

    Clipper, enjoy the book. I tried reading it to my daughter about a year ago and decided I'd jumped too far ahead of that cart. She's five now, but I think we'll wait another year. The book is more advanced than I had remembered. i still love it, though. The illustrations bring back so many hours of imaginative play for me.

    Hannah, I know Ping was what started it all, but the fascination got a jump start after discovering Pearl S. Buck. (Thanks, Mom!) And then "Romance of the Three Kingdoms" turned what had been glittering coals into a raging fire about fifteen years ago. Now there's no going back. ;D Thanks for dropping by!

  5. Lynda R Young says:

    Congrats on your many awards!

  6. Natalie Aguirre says:

    Congrats on all the awards. It was interesting learning about you. You've had a lot of interesting traveling experiences.

  7. Margo Berendsen says:

    Oh Victoria! Thank you for the sweet words and you aren't just being nice because I've check out all these other blogs and they are amazing! I tweeted like four different links to great posts! Thank you five, six times over.

  8. Rachna Chhabria says:

    Congrats, Victoria on all the awards. It was nice to know more about you.

  9. Victoria Dixon says:

    Thanks for all the congratulations. I don't want anyone to think I've had them heaped upon me over the past six months or something. No, more like the past year and a half! I am really terrible about this kind of stuff. Everyone, make sure you visit both because it's an awesome blog to find info on editors and agents, but also because Natalie is now a guest blogger! Woot!
    Margo, you are so sweet and more than welcome.
    Rachna, all I can do is beg your apology that it TOOK this long! You are a peach.

  10. Janet Johnson says:

    Congrats on all the awards! And thank you for thinking of me. πŸ™‚ It's such a warm fuzzy when someone passes on an award.

    I actually have a few I need to give thanks for, too.

    And I loved the facts! I didn't think you cheated at all. πŸ˜€ Have a great day!

  11. Jemi Fraser says:

    Those cheats are all part of the fun! πŸ™‚

    Congrats on all your awards πŸ™‚

  12. Victoria Dixon says:

    Thanks, Janet and Jemi! πŸ™‚

  13. Medeia Sharif says:

    Congrats on the awards. I enjoyed reading your list.

    Have a great weekend.

  14. TK Richardson says:

    Victoria, I just wanted to say thank you for the bath fizzers I won from your contest! They are the cutest fortune cookie fizzers I've ever seen. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much!


  15. Victoria Dixon says:

    Thanks for dropping in Jemi, Medeia and T.K. You're welcome and thanks for letting me know they arrived. Interesting enough, I mailed them on the same day I sent Rachna's book to INDIA and you both notified me today. Weird, huh? Gotta love the U.S. postal service…

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