TheÃ‚Â brutally honest andÃ‚Â extraordinary, snappy writer, Jaye Wells, shocked me this morning by including me in her list of awardees for the Thinking Blogger Awards.
“Kathie makes me laugh out loud. She is responsible for making me rethink my choice in underpants. She’s also a damned good writer. If we were sisters, she’d be the smart sister with a bright future, while I’d be the sarcastic problem child. “
(WearingÃ‚Â Vera Wang as per myÃ‚Â award show fantasy demandsÃ‚Â and white cotton Hanes) I must say I’m stunned by Jaye’s flattery and empowered thatÃ‚Â I’ve had suchÃ‚Â deep influence in the life of another writer.Ã‚Â I mean, to be able to affect change in the arena of undergarments, to know I’m making a difference, well, it leaves me tearful and without appropriate words.Ã‚Â So, just thanks Jaye.
It’s now my turn to pass on the good will and award some of my favorite blogs. But first, some background about the award:
The Thinking Blogger Award is an effort to build a network of blogs linked together outside of the usual search engines. Here is how it works (sort of like a meme):
1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that tickle your grey matter.
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme;
3. Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote (here is an alternative gold version if silver doesn’t fit your blog).
So, while there are many blogs with whom I could bestow this award (take a look at my blogroll for others I love)Ã‚Â I’m limited to five:Ã‚Â Soooooooo, here they are:
- My Brilliant Mistakes–Cindy Closkey’s blog fills the gaps of my writer/stay-at-home-mom life.Ã‚Â Cindy reviews plays, offers (the recipe only, you’d have toÃ‚Â set up an appointmentÃ‚Â toÃ‚Â get her to make you the real thing)Ã‚Â and critiques cocktails, travels, has her own businesses, performs in plays, molds other writers, and went to MIT.Ã‚Â Yes, just linking to her blog makes me feel smarter.Ã‚Â Cindy is the cool girl with the brain power that could end the world’s energy concerns…If it could juuuusssst beeeeeee harnessssssed.Ã‚Â
- MG Tarquini, Genre Neutral—Mindy is a writer so gifted and talented that she’s drawn the attention of Miss Snark.Ã‚Â Yes, several times, Miss Snark has pointed her readers in Mindy’s direction and anyone who reads Miss Snark, knows damn well, if she points in your direction it’sÃ‚Â often not good news.Ã‚Â Mindy is an exception and her blog of disparate, though gripping bites of information never dissapoint.
- Judy Schneider’s Writing Lab–Judy’s blog is new.Ã‚Â But as any writer will soon find out, Judy’s experience in the writing world is anything but novice-like.Ã‚Â She’s a fantastic support person, a marvel at ferreting out plot problems, and helping writers inject their work with heightened tension.Ã‚Â As Co-author of The Frantic Woman’s Guide to Life and other works, she can wrestle your house into order while prodding you to whip your manuscript into shape–good enough shape to secure an agent and get the freaking thing published already.Ã‚Â Can’t put a price on that.
- Working Stiffs–Working Stiffs sounds like it might pertain to the down-trodden working man, but it’s home to published and unpublished authors of mystery, suspense, thriller and even Women’s fiction.Ã‚Â Nancy Martin, Rebecca Drake and other Pittsburgh writers, published in various form, contribute there giving the reader glimpses into the minds of devious writing processes and murderous as well as joyous journeys into and through modern publicationÃ‚Â of books.Ã‚Â Okay, I contribute there, too, but as a small piece of the pie, I don’t feel as though I’m awarding myself.Ã‚Â And if I am, well, oh well.
- Becky the Absentminded Housewife–Becky is fantastic.Ã‚Â The woman has three children–small kids–a husband and she is a costume maker.Ã‚Â Can you imagine?Ã‚Â She fashions the funniest (enormous boobs), most beautiful things a person could ever want to dress-up in.Ã‚Â Even makes a person who hates Halloween, take a closer look.Ã‚Â Maybe that fairie costume isn’t so innappropriate for the supermarket…It could work.Ã‚Â With the right undergarments, I suppose.Ã‚Â But, more than that, Becky is a fabulous writer who as far as I know has noÃ‚Â dream of publishing the great American novel.Ã‚Â She’s just insightful, funny, and honest about life in theÃ‚Â exotic worldÃ‚Â of Nevada–all for the benefit of us!