Monday, September 21, 2009

Traveling Dragons

Yesterday, L. Diane Wolfe of Spunk on a Stick honored me with two Dragon Awards. Thank you so much.

Diane is both an author and a professional speaker. She’s also generous with her advice and news, plus she promotes other authors on her blog. Diane writes the Circle of Friends books. Stop by and see her blog and leave her a comment - and check out her series.

The first award was the Heart of a Dragon Award. Here’s what Diane said about this award:
The Heart of a Dragon Award is a very special award for the blogger who inspires you and/or others to go above and beyond or the blogger who helps keep us all connected.

Here are the rules:
1. Post the award on your site with a link to the person who gave it to you.
2. Pass it on to the blogger(s) who inspire you and list why they are receiving the award.
3. Post a comment on their blog.
I’m going to pass the Heart of a Dragon Award to two wonderful bloggers:

1. Sylvia Dickey Smith of Rules to Live By
Sylvia is a terrific author. On her blog, she writes introspective pieces that make me think and look inside myself.

2. Lisa Gurney of My Life as a Daughter
Lisa may not pass on this award since she’s taking a break from blogging, but I still want to give it to her. Her blog is the amazing personal story of her journey taking care of her mother who has Alzheimer’s. She’s honest, caring and, I think, an incredible person to share her life and feelings with the world.

Diane Wolfe also gave me The Dragon’s Loyalty Award:
The Dragon's Loyalty Award is an award for the loyal fan/commenter, whether the recipient is a fellow blogger or just a someone who follows and comments regularly.

Here are the rules:
* If you have a blog, post it on your blog with a link back to the site who gave it to you.
* Leave them a comment on their site, email, etc. to let them know.
* If you don't have a blog but have a website, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or other type account, post there with a link back.
* Pass this on to 3-10 loyal fans.
Again, thank you for this honor. If Diane hadn’t already received it, I would pass it on to her. There are so many of you who stop by daily to say hi and join in the discussion on Straight From Hel, it’s difficult to narrow the list down to just a few. I’m going to award three people:

1. Stephanie Faris of Steph in the City
Stephanie writes romance and young adult and blogs about her pursuit of publication, as well as other fun stuff like celebrities, dating, short fiction pieces, and some very funny pictures. And somehow she finds time to stop by Straight From Hel, bless her pea pickin’ heart, as we say in the South.

2. Elspeth Antonelli of It’s A Mystery
If you’re a writer, make sure you follow Elspeth. On her blog, she offers advice about writing. In the last couple of weeks, she’s blogged about characters, genres, killing off characters, friends who think writers sit around all day doing nothing, titles and more. Luckily for me, she also comes by Straight From Hel and adds her 2 cents, which, even without the sagging economy, is priceless.

3. Laura Eno of A Shift in Dimensions
In the “About Me” section of Laura’s blog she says, “I write and write some more. Did I mention that I write?” She blogs once or twice a week, and each one is worth reading, like the day she did headlines that should have had an editor. Or Flash Fiction Fridays. Or the day she passed on an award to the wonderful Tomara, then gave ten reasons why she follows/stalks Tomara. I’m very glad Laura stops by Straight From Hel - I look forward to her comments and her avatar (a cat on an open book).

And there you have it. I’ve passed on two awards to a total of 5 people. Those wonderful bloggers can pass the award on - or not. It’s up to them. I’m always honored and amazed when people give me an award, but I know some choose not to pass it on. And that’s fine. Either way, I think these are five bloggers to check out, if you aren’t already familiar with them. Tell ‘em hi for me!
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27 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your awards! It looks like you've passed them on to some interesting bloggers who I now plan to visit.

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  2. You have a theme going on with your awards today! Congratulations!

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  3. Love the dragon! Congratulations. I'll check out your blogging winners...not familiar with a couple of them.

    Elizabeth
    Mystery Writing is Murder

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  4. Good Monday morning to all. I hope you'll find a new blogger to follow.

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  5. And you are well deserving of both, Helen! You set a shining example for all bloggers.

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  6. Ahh, Diane, that's just my shiny forehead. That's why I wear bangs!

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  7. Once again I was shocked to see my name! I hurried over from Twitter when you mentioned dragons, something I can't resist. Thank you so much, Helen. I'm honored anytime you mention me.

    You are very deserving of both awards, congrats! I love your blog. It's always informative, but never dry info. You infuse it with warmth and comeraderie.

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  8. Congrats on the awards! They are very awesome looking and are well deserved!

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  9. You so deserve these, Helen. And I can learn from you how to generously and with great panache, pass awards on to others.
    karen

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  10. I've seen and received (and yes, even passed - in the past - lol) a LOT of awards in my bloggy days, including these, but these two are especially nicely crafted. Good stuff - I'll have to check out a couple of the blogs you recommend, and of course you KNOW how well deserved YOU are, sez The Old Silly!

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  11. I'll have to visit the ones you recommend here.

    Congrats on the awards.

    Morgan Mandel
    http://morganmandel.blogspot.com
    http://makeminemystery.blogspot.com

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  12. Congrats on the awards. I love the graphics on both of them.

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  13. Congrats on the awards; but how does one feed and house two dragons? Surely this will affect your house insurance!

    Thank you for passing one on to me, and for saying such lovely things about my blog. I'm very touched by your praise and shall now have to buy bigger hats to accommodate my swelling head!

    Elspeth

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  14. How very apropos for you to receive these Helen. You do inspire others, I've learned so much by just reading your blog. You also are wonderful for taking time out a busy schedule to comment on other's blogs.

    Congratulations!

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  15. Congrats, Hel! You really are an awesome member of the blogging community. I'm totally addicted to your blog and have gotten hooked on all the blogs you recommend, too. It's a miracle I still have time to do any writing!

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  16. Congratulations! What unique awards. I'm going to wander on over and check out those blogs you've nominated :)

    Jen

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  17. Y'all come up with so many unique ideas!

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  18. Helen, thank you so much! I am honored...truly.

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  19. Wow, I am honored, Helen. Thanks much. I will post the Dragon Awards on my blog this coming Friday. I need to finish up the Rivers to Feed Your Soul (there are 4 of them) before breaking the link in them. Thanks so much. Hope all your blog visitors come over for a visit. I'm working hard to build my readership. This should help!

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  20. Always fun following the links when awards are passed.

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  21. Wow. Thank you for the award. That one's BEAUTIFUL. I added it to my page, at the top. I have two awards to pass on today!

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  22. I'm glad those of you to whom I passed on the Dragon awards are happy to receive them. And thank you, everyone, for stopping by today and for going to visit the recipients.

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  23. Just wanted to say an extra 'thank you', Helen! I've had quite a few first-timers on my blog today thanks to you! Many, many thanks!

    Elspeth

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  24. You're welcome, Elspeth. I bet they keep coming back. You've got a great blog.

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  25. Congratulations, Helen. Now I see a couple of new blogs to check out, so off I go.

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  26. Congrats Helen. Off to read the blogs you've mentioned. Anything to dodge edits right??

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  27. Congratulations and I will browse the other blogs you are awarding.

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