Thanks For The Award!

January 1, 2014 § 14 Comments

Congratulations to my dear friend Jess

on receiving the Readers Appreciation Award –

and thank you for passing it onto me!

I found Jess’s blog quite by accident. Although I am not a Christian, I found her site both fascinating and convivial. It’s a unique and dynamic platform enabling people with widely diverse Christian and spiritual backgrounds to learn from, and about, one another. Check it out on All Along the Watchtower.

Awards are like electronic ‘hugs’. They say ‘I care and appreciate what you’re doing’, and most of us like cuddles from time to time. Being appreciated, and perhaps even understood as a fiction writer, is so important. Filling a blank page with stuff that exists entirely in my head is probably one of the hardest things I have ever done, but also one of the most rewarding. That is why WordPress is so special as a platform for unpublished writers like myself. It was a great surprise to me that anyone would want to read my fiction, and an even greater surprise that after three months blogging I have hadΒ  9000 views and accrued over a hundred followers. Small beginnings for the fledgling story teller – but to me, this is indeed a success!

Thank you to all my friends who follow this blog and who have helped create a unique community full of support and inspiration.

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Β The ‘rules’ for this award are pretty much like all the others:

1. Use the award logo in the post.

2. Link to whoever nominated you.

3. Write ten bits of information about yourself.

4. Nominate fellow bloggers: in this case you will be relieved to know it is just three.

5. Tell the nominees what you’ve done!

So, ten things about me:

1. I’m learning to play the Viol da Gamba. It makes one of the most beautiful, melancholic sounds on the planet when I’m not making it squeak.

2. I gave up smoking six months ago and I’m not going back.

3. I used to be a pilot and now I’m terrified of flying…

4. I’m very, very nosey. I listen to other peoples conversations and turn them into stories.

5. If I were only allowed books from one country to take with me to a desert island, they would be written by Irish writers.

6. I don’t like parties or small talk. I prefer to curl up on the sofa with a book and someone I love.

7. I like being cold, and have the windows open in winter.

8. I dislike shopping unless it’s on the Internet.

9. Being creative – in whatever way – keeps me healthy.

10. I hardly ever finish reading a novel and am often disappointed by them.

And now the hard bit, as there are dozens of talented, inspiring bloggers I would like to nominate.

The three I have chosen are:

Prospero’s Island for the unique and graceful way this blogger views the world and his island through his fiction;

The Velvet Rocket is a fascinating travelogue with great photos, offering an insightful look into other cultures; and

Bookish Nature: a nature blog with a fine narrative and beautiful photos. A hive of information on literature about the natural world.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. x

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§ 14 Responses to Thanks For The Award!

  • Congrats, Rachael, this is well deserved. I know of Prosper0’s Island, but will check the others out.

  • JessicaHof says:

    Thank you, Rachael – and a happy 2014 to you and all here πŸ™‚ xx

  • mikesteeden says:

    Well done – deserved!

  • Well done, very well deserved! Will definitely check out All Along The Watchtower (Great song too, Jimmi’s version and Dylans) and I send you electronic new year’s hugs πŸ™‚
    Sent from my BlackBerry smartphone from Virgin Media

  • NEO says:

    Well done, and well deserved. Congratulations πŸ™‚

    • Rachael Charmley says:

      Thank you, and I did so enjoy my train journey! πŸ™‚

      • NEO says:

        You’re welcome. Once it got started, it was one of those that was easy to write, of course I suppose a lifetime of experience with the subject might have helped a bit.

        I’m so glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚

  • Miranda Stone says:

    Congrats, Rachael! And after reading through your list of things about yourself, I was interested to see the characteristics we have in common–namely, #6, #7, #8, and #9.

    • Rachael Charmley says:

      Aha. I think a lot of writers would agree with us here. Having said that, I do know of one or two screaming extroverts-can’t say I find them particularly talented though… :-/

  • exiledprospero says:

    It’s a wonder to me that anyone reads my blog (infrequent postings, arduous sentences, obscure references–and those are the good points) so I really don’t know what to say except for thank you dearly, Rachael.

    But congratulations to you. You deserve the recognition.

    • Rachael Charmley says:

      Thank you. As far as awards are concerned I fear they may become rather arduous after a while…
      I of course, can’t say why other people visit your blog, but I do because you have a very distinct voice, and the way I think you think interests me. It’s possibly about ‘recognition’ too – I acknowledge something in your writing which is in mine…
      Take care.

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