A Second Blog of the Year–2012 Award

To begin this post, I just want to say that I honestly had no idea what to expect when I began The Eye-Dancers blog late last summer.  It was definitely new territory for me.  But it has been a genuinely wonderful and rewarding experience.   I’ve really been enjoying writing posts and especially hearing from my fellow bloggers.  Thanks to everyone who’s been reading and following this blog.  If it weren’t for all of your great comments and feedback, I probably wouldn’t even be here at this point.  But as it is, and thanks to you, it’s certainly my hope that The Eye-Dancers site is only just beginning.

I want to thank Jennifer Paetsch for nominating me for Blog of the Year–2012.  This is my second star for the award.  Thanks, Jennifer!  I encourage everyone to visit Jennifer’s site and to give her new novel, Ghost of Doors, a try.  I have read it, and it’s a wonderful read.  She is a talented wordsmith; her prose has a unique and even lyrical quality to it, and I cannot recommend her novel highly enough.

The ‘rules’ for the 2012 Blog Award are simple:

  1. Select another blog or other blogs who deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award
  2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award
  3. Include a link back to this page, ‘A Second Blog of the Year–2012 Award,’ at the The Eye-Dancers and provide these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)
  4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them
  5. You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience
  6. As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

When you begin you will receive the 1 star award, and every time you are given the award by another blog, you can add another star!

Blog of the Year Award banner 600

There are total of 6 stars to collect.

You can check out your favorite blogs, and even if they have already been given the award by someone else, you can still award them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

For more information check FAQ on The Thought Palette

I would like to nominate the following blogs for the Blog of the Year~2012 award.  They are all fantastic sites, and very diverse sites, with loads of great material.  Please pay these blogs a visit and dig in–there is a virtual banquet of delectable morsels, photos, poetry, and so much more to be found.  These are the kinds of places where it’s easy and enjoyable to spend a few minutes, or hours.  And I hope you do just that . . .

http://sheslosingit.net/

http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/

http://dainasbook.com/

http://jenniferpaetsch.com/

http://evilnymphstuff.wordpress.com/

http://alexkatzen.wordpress.com/

http://ohmymuse.wordpress.com/

http://transcendingbordersblog.wordpress.com/

http://throughthehealinglens.com/

Thanks so much again to everyone for your support, comments, and feedback.

Let’s make 2013 the best year yet.

–Mike

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Once again, I am reminded how fortunate I was when I decided to create a WordPress site for The Eye-Dancers.  When I started this site, my knowledge of blogging and website-making was about as close to zero as one can get in this information/technology age.  I’ve been learning as I go, and have really enjoyed the process.

More than anything, I’ve enjoyed the wonderful interactions with fellow writers and bloggers.  This has been fun, and, hopefully, things are just getting started.

Thanks so much to Sheri Bessi and her great site, The Other Side of Ugly, for nominating me for this award.  It is very much appreciated!  If you haven’t visited Sheri’s site, please do.  It is full of inspirational and thought-provoking posts that stay with you long after you read them.

The rules for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award are:

To thank and link the blogger that has nominated you.

Then post the award logo to your blog.

Write a post on the nomination and nominate 15 other very inspiring bloggers.

Notify them and then tell 7 things about yourself.

very inspiring blogger award

Here the 7 things about myself:

1.  I have long been a big fan of old, collectible comic books.  I started collecting them at a young age, and still enjoy opening an old comic, looking over the decades-old mail-order advertisements, and reading the often-corny, but always-entertaining stories.  I have individual comic book issues dating back to the 1940s, and that old thrill still hits me when I pull a comic out of its Mylar sleeve and dig in.  Favorite titles include:  The Fantastic Four, Action Comics, Superman, The Amazing Spider-Man, Strange Adventures (a charming sci-fi title from the ’50s and ’60s), and Mystery in Space (likewise, a sci-fi title from the ’50s and ’60s).

2.  Back in the eighth grade, my English teacher instilled in me two lasting things:  One was an appreciation for grammar. (Her pet-peeve was when people say, “Just between you and I,” or, “That’s for you and I  . . .”  “Never, ever, use a subject as the object of a preposition,” she would say, fire in her eyes.  “Take out the ‘you.’  Would you then say, ‘That’s for I?'”  I think–conservative estimate here–she must have gone over this two-dozen times that year.)  She also introduced me to the world of Anne of Green Gables.  For a long time, I was the only male I knew who admitted to liking the book!  But I’m sure there are many others who do.  It’s a timeless classic.  Because of my enjoyment of the Anne books in particular and L.M. Montgomery’s writing in general, I’ve had the privilege of visiting Prince Edward Island, Canada.  I cannot recommend it highly enough.  It is, in short, the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen.

3.  Even though I grew up in upstate western New York, just outside of Rochester, and now live in northern New England, I am not a Buffalo Bills nor a New England Patriots fan.  I’m a lifelong Pittsburgh Steelers fan.  I started liking them at the age of eight, and haven’t stopped since . . .

4.  I have been a vegetarian since 1994.

5.  When I was growing up, one of my very best friends in the world was a cocker spaniel named Poopsie.  He was my forever friend–and always will be.  But don’t blame me for the name!  He was actually Poopsie IV.  It was a family tradition that had started before I was even born–all dogs in the family were to be named “Poopsie.”  My nickname for him was “Bubba,” which, come to think of it, may not have been much better . . .

6.  When I was a kid, I was remarkably shy.  One day, in first grade, my teacher, surely recognizing this, decided it would be good for me to go into one of the sixth-grade classrooms, stand in front of the “big kids,” and read to them.  Dutifully, I trudged to their room, knocked, and entered, with my back to the class.  I sidestepped over to the sixth-grade teacher’s desk, my back still to the class, as I looked at the black board in front of me.  Then I began to read whatever it was my teacher had assigned me to read aloud–I don’t remember what it was.  I do remember reading the entire text, and then, finished, sidestepping my way out of the room.  I never once looked at the class.

7.  I tend to be very nostalgic and sentimental.  It sometimes comes out in my writing–and I always need to guard against it.  Sentiment is fine.  Feeling, heart . . .  But overly sentimental usually is a problem when it comes to storytelling.  It’s a fine line between the two, as it is with so many aspects of good vs. bad writing.

And now, to pass the baton!  Here are 15 wonderful websites, listed here in no particular order.  Each offers something different, and all offer something great.  I strongly recommend that you click on each of these links and visit these wonderful websites . . .

http://jenniferpaetsch.com/

http://kelihasablog.wordpress.com/

http://evilnymphstuff.wordpress.com/

http://howevernever.wordpress.com/

http://yourejustadumbass.wordpress.com/

http://reshumalhotra.com/

http://seyisandradavid.org/

http://tammysalyer.wordpress.com/

http://bringmorebooks.wordpress.com/

http://zendictive.wordpress.com/

http://wideawakebutdreaming.wordpress.com/

http://shannonathompson.com/

http://deannaswriting.wordpress.com/

http://talesofbooksandbands.com/

http://patspublishing.wordpress.com/

Thanks so much, as always, for reading!

— Mike

Blog of the Year~2012

Hello on a snow-less early December day in the rolling green hills of Vermont.  And yes, that is right–green in December.  There has been no snow to speak of yet in the Green Mountain State.  Surely that will change soon. . . .

I want to thank The Other Side of Ugly for nominating The Eye-Dancers for the “Blog of the Year~2012” award.  If you haven’t been to Sheri’s website, please pay it a visit.  It is full of enriching and insightful posts that make you stop and think and appreciate.  It is especially nice being nominated for this award from such a great blogger.  Thanks, Sheri!

It’s very surprising being nominated at all, in part because I am brand-new to blogging.  I began The Eye-Dancers site a few months ago as a platform to talk about my novel, The Eye-Dancers.  Since then, thanks to the wonderful interaction with fellow bloggers, the site has gradually grown to include more diverse topics.

Thanks to everyone who has read these ramblings of mine.  I like to think this is just the beginning.  There’s a lot still to talk about!

The ‘rules’ for the 2012 Blog Award are simple:

  1. Select another blog or other blogs who deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award
  2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award
  3. Include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award at the The Eye-Dancersand provide these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)
  4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them
  5. You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience
  6. As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

When you begin you will receive the 1 star award, and every time you are given the award by another blog, you can add another star! So until now I have only 1 star!!

Blog of the Year Award banner 600

There are total of 6 stars to collect.

You can check out your favorite blogs, and even if they have already been given the award by someone else, you can still award them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

For more information check FAQ on The Thought Palette

I would like to nominate the following blogs for the Blog of the Year~2012 award.  They are all wonderful places to pull up a virtual chair and settle in for a spell, and I hope you pay them a visit . . .

kelihasablog

The Other Side of Ugly

Crusades and Crusaders

Deanna’s Writing

renxkyoko

Thanks again to everyone.

–Mike

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