Very Inspiring Blogger, Me

veryinspiringblogawardFellow author Katherine Vucicevic has given me The Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Not for my posts on this blog, but on The Write Type. Nonetheless, it’s the V. I. BLOGGER Award, not BLOG Award, so I’m bringin’ it home.


  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. State SEVEN facts about yourself.
  3. Link back to the person who had already nominated you.
  4. Nominate seven other bloggers who deserve this award. (Some say fifteen, but that’s Award Bloat — it was originally SEVEN)
  5. Notify each of the bloggers of your nomination.

One and three — DONE

Seven facts about myself:

  1. I have never seen the movie TITANIC.
  2. Before I started school, I would draw pages and pages of random letters, hoping some of them would form stories. And I had never heard of the Shakespearean Monkeys theory. I also never formed stories that way. It always has to be work.
  3. I don’t like work.
  4. Nevertheless, I love to write. Approach-Avoidance Conflict, anyone?
  5. The best part about writing is the research. I can spend all day reading cool junk and justify it.
  6. The second best part about writing is sitting very still and staring into space and having people understand it as working.
  7. Everything is about writing. That is all.

There are a million billion bloggers who have inspired me. These are only seven of them.

  1. Pat Bean – Pat Bean’s Blog. When I first started reading her, she was living in an RV, driving all over the country with her traveling companion, an aging dog named Maggie. Now Pat is reasonably stationary, with a young dog named Pepper, but she still inspires me with her photography and wisdom.
  2. Sarah E. Glenn – The Sinister Scribblings of Sarah E. Glenn. When Sarah’s parents needed help, Sarah and her wife, Gwen Mayo, left their home, their jobs, their local friends, and their professional networks to move to another part of the country. When their publisher (they each write) folded, they formed their own indie press. Sarah inspires me in SO many ways!
  3. Jean Yates – Snap out of it, Jean! There’s beading to be done! Jean is enthusiastic about what she loves and what irritates her. Even on my most down of down days, Jean can cheer me up. Her emotional honesty touches me and refreshes me.
  4. Kat French – That Darn Kat. Kat is good at everything she does. If she doesn’t know how to do something she wants to do, she learns how! She’s even genuinely humble about it, which ought to be irritating, but isn’t. Wonderful writer. Inspiring blogger. Good friend.
  5. Charmaine Clancy – Wagging Tales. When I first started reading Charmaine Clancy’s blog, she was working on a book. Now she’s multiply published and the book she was working on, MY ZOMBIE DOG, remains the only zombie book I will ever love.
  6. Fiona Young-Brown – Wandering Fi. I “met” Fiona through a Yahoo group, then met her in person at Fandom Fest in Louisville. She just realized a long-time dream and visited Africa to work with non-human primates. What’s more inspiring than living your dream, as I do every day I write?
  7. Alicia McCalla – Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Love Stories in Color. A blog challenging blinkered thinking. Truly multicultural and exhilarating in its dedication to unpacking the cultural backpacks we all carry without realizing it. Plus, she uses the Oxford comma.

Look these folks up, and see if they don’t inspire you, too.

Meanwhile, it’s Tuesday, and I’m posting at Fatal Foodies on the subject of Crack — Soda Cracker Chocolate Candy, that is.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Who inspires your main character? Someone he or she knows personally, or a public figure?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Very Inspiring Blogger, Me

  1. Sarah Glenn

    April 9, 2013 at 12:11pm

    Thank you for the shoutout. I don’t feel nearly as heroic or selfless as you make me sound. πŸ™‚ You, on the other hand, are a bright spot in a dark wilderness.

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      Marian Allen

      April 9, 2013 at 4:52pm

      You are so sweet! See, one of the things that inspires me is that you don’t feel all special about yourself. You know about the boy who was awarded a medal for humility — When he wore it, they took it away from him. πŸ˜‰

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  2. Jean Yates

    April 9, 2013 at 1:40pm

    I am so excited about this wonderful award, given by you to me, that I wrote to my oldest son. I asked (begged?) him to help me to put it on my sidebar. I cannot wait to display it.

    I also cannot wait to read your latest book, which I viewed on Amazon. At the moment I want a little dragon of my own!
    Thank you Marian, my friend.

    xox jean

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      Marian Allen

      April 9, 2013 at 4:55pm

      Oh, I do hope you enjoy the book! I want a dragon, too. A nice one, not a mean bitey one.

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  3. Jane

    April 10, 2013 at 9:48am

    Hi, Blog Queen.
    Thanks for all the links. I explored only one, #7, Alicia McCalla, but, yess! it is good.
    Now, I have to go check out all the others!

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  4. Bob Sanchez

    April 10, 2013 at 3:34pm

    Good post, Marian. We share some of those seven facts you mentioned.

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  5. Maryann Miller

    April 10, 2013 at 4:03pm

    What a lovely award and so richly deserved. Thanks for introducing me to some other inspiring blogs.

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      Marian Allen

      April 10, 2013 at 6:10pm

      You’re very kind, Maryann! I think you’ll like those blogs and bloggers. πŸ™‚

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  6. Helen Ginger

    April 10, 2013 at 5:55pm

    I tend to write first, then do research. Bassackwards, I guess.

    Congrats on the award. It’s one of the prettiest I’ve seen. And it’s well-deserved.

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      Marian Allen

      April 10, 2013 at 6:11pm

      Helen — LOL!

      Thanks for the congratulations. I agree, it’s one of the prettiest around.

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  7. KatFrench

    April 13, 2013 at 7:16pm

    Thank you! I’m sorry I’m late–was out of town in North Carolina in the middle of the week, and then horribleness happened at work, and the next thing I knew, it was Saturday. Also, I’m NOT good at everything. I suck at making French toast and no matter how hard I try, I can’t roller skate backwards.

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      Marian Allen

      April 13, 2013 at 9:40pm

      Honey, the only time I roller skate backwards is when I fall that way. πŸ˜‰

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