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Notary on a Unicycle and an Award!

NotaryUnicycle.jpgI’ve been working on a series of ink and ink wash illustrations of snippets of conversations I’ve overheard randomly – thus I’ve been affectionately calling them “Overheards”. The conversations are already out of context in most cases, and I’ve tried to heighten that by making the conversations between fruits and birds. Don’t know where this will go, but may I present to you the first one and say that there are more on the way!

Right before I left for my Asia trip, I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by Steve D’Adamo of Red String Paper Cuts. Luckily, I don’t think the nominations expire, so here I am, accepting it a month later! Thank you, Steve! Thank you also for introducing me to several more really cool bloggers in your nomination post!

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To accept the award I must:

Thank the bloggers who nominated me and provide a link to their blogs.

Write a post to show my award.

Give a brief story as to how my blog got started.

Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.

Select 15 other bloggers for this award.

Comment on each blog to let them know I nominated them and link them to this post.

Thank the bloggers who nominated me and provide a link to their blogs.
I was nominated by Steve D’Adamo over at Red String Paper Cuts. Steve and his friend Jesse Gutierrez started RSPC not long after I started Illustrated Poetry and they have always graciously allowed me to hang around and occasionally contribute to their blog. Always good stuff over at RSPC! Thank you again for the nomination!

Give a brief story as to how my blog got started:
I actually have a confession to make: this was supposed to be an author blog. Towards the end of grad school, I wrote a novel – my first, to be precise (it was also my first serious attempt at writing anything non-science since college). Like most first-novel-attempts, it wasn’t very good, but also like many first time novelists, I didn’t realize that at first (it was definitely my baby). So I was trying to figure out what to do with this novel, how to get it published, and the first piece of advice everyone seemed to dispense in those days to aspiring authors was to start a blog. So I made a WP account…and then did nothing with it. I didn’t really want to write about writing and somewhere along the line, I realized a half-hearted author blog wasn’t going to cut it. But I didn’t give up on blogging and decided to blog about and connect with people through something I had always been really passionate about: art and poetry.  And I am so glad I did!

Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers:
I am probably the last person who should be dispensing blogging advice! But, if pressed, I would say: 1) blog about what you are most passionate about – doesn’t matter if that seems quirky or offbeat. Some of my favorite blogs on WP are quirky or about highly specialized topics and that’s what makes them great. 2) It’s your blog, it should be fun – it doesn’t matter if the prevailing advice is to post once a day or to write posts tagged with the top 10 trending tags, if that’s not fun for you, don’t do it. Need a blogging break? Take one.

Nominate 15 other bloggers – Well, it’s not going to be 15, and this is the part where the whole awards thing breaks down for me – my nominees are always “no strings attached” and I free them from any sort of obligation in regards to acceptance or post writing. It’s hard enough to find the time to post when we do! I hope folks visit and enjoy their blogs and discover new writers to follow.

I may have realized that I don’t like writing about writing, but I sure do enjoy it when talented authors do! In that vein, I have nominated 5 writers who I really enjoy following and often write about writing in an interesting way:

  1. Jane Dougherty Writes – I think Ms. Dougherty was the second or third blogger I followed and she very kindly endured novice-blogger me! Ms. Dougherty is the author of nearly a dozen books (by my count) and hosts fun microfiction challenges.
  2. Myths of the Mirror – this is D. Wallace Peach’s author blog and she posts interesting articles about writing fantasy (need to design a magic system, anyone?). Her series of posts about deciding to terminate her contract with her previous publisher and self-publish her novels was absolutely top notch and I highly recommend it.
  3. M.C. Tuggle, Writer – a writer of many different types of fiction, Mr. Tuggle posts on a similarly wide range of writing topics. I really appreciate that he scours the web and WP for good articles and posts about writing so you don’t have to!
  4. Kate M. Colby – I think I ran across Ms. Colby’s blog right after she started it, before her first book was published and she’s now on her third! I find her approach to discussing issues in publishing and writing to be refreshing and approachable. I also admire her systematic and businesslike attitude towards her own work and her decision to self-publish.
  5. American Writers Exposed – Sometimes you need some relief and a hilarious internet meme about writing and Ms. Jessica and Ms. Sandi post these alongside updates and articles about the nitty gritty of writing and publication. Their blog has the feel of a friendly support group for writers.

Okay! Thank you so much again, Steve, for the nomination! I hope everyone’s week is off to a good start.

Double Original Friday – Wakuwafu Award

A little more than a week ago I was nominated by Little Monster Girl for the Wakuwafu Award! A hearty thank you to Zela and friends for the nomination. If you like a little adventure, a lot of fun, and don’t always want your comics to be G-rated, then definitely head over to LMG Comics and follow along!

The Wakuwafu Award was started this month by a pair of anime bloggers at the blog Wakuwafu and I felt in the spirit of the visual arts nature of their award and blog and the fact it is double original Friday to have a little illustrated poetry fun with it. Everything comes in threes here!

1) Three things about myself, as a haiku:

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Pirate cat owner,

but does not have pierced ears.

Does adore hummus.

(non haiku commentary – 1) I am the proud owner of a one-eyed cat, we adopted him that way, so we don’t know how he lost his eye – he will be featured on Silent Sunday, so stay tuned. 2) Just never got around to it, but that doesn’t stop distant relatives from giving me earrings. 3) I will eat it straight out of the container if no one is looking. Crackers only dilute the experience.)

2) Answer three questions posed by your nominator:

a) What inspired you to start blogging?

      I wanted a way to meet other artists and poets, gain some confidence, and provide myself a motivation/schedule for producing new work (I work well with deadlines/schedules). I would say that blogging at here via WordPress has way exceeded all of my expectations and has really come to be a joy in my life.

b) What time is it right now?

      11:48 am

c) Do you have a favorite pair of shoes? Can/will you share a pic of them?

     I do have a favorite pair, they are brown Børn short boots, and I will illustrate one for you as the art half of the double original Friday:

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3. Three questions for my nominees:

a) What has surprised you most about blogging and/or sharing your artwork online?

b) What does poetry mean to you? (What is poetry, when you come right down to it?)

c) What meal (or snack/drink/food related ritual) do you most look forward to each day?

4. Three Nominees:

My award nominations come with a no-strings-attached clause. My main purpose is always to send folks to go see bloggers who are doing fun/unique/artistic/amazing things on their blogs and are also in the early-ish stages of building a following. If they take up the award, that’s fantastic, but there is never an expectation on my part. I just hope folks mosey on over to their sites and enjoy their work as much as I do. Okay! I went with a visual/comic/doodle theme:

a) Silence Killed the Dinosaurs – I have only recently become acquainted with this awesome comic, but I am so glad I have! A comic of spiders reenacting Pride and Prejudice? Yes, please!

b) Jennifer Barrile – Artist. Illustrator. Muralist. Ms. Barrile’s sketchbooks are a source of beautiful and inspiring artwork, quotes, and poetry too!

c) Monday Tuesday Wednesday – Ms. Sharon Mann’s artwork and doodles are gorgeous and she recently convinced me to buy some Mineral paper to try to get colors as vibrant as hers. I also appreciate the schedule as the title and inspiration of her blog! Especially since Monday’s tend to be my least creative days!

Thanks again, Little Monster Girl, for the nomination and I hope everyone has a great weekend!