The Versatile Blogger Award – Huzzah!


I am proud and excited to have been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award by Creative Writing For Me.

There are a fair number of awards flying around out there, but the VBA is definitely one of my favorites and I’m so pleased that a blogger as fine as CWM thought my writing worthy of this award. Thanks, CWM!

For me, being awarded things like the VBA isn’t just exciting for my blog’s sake, but because it encourages me to really think about blogging more critically and to go looking for those other bloggers out there who approach blogging as a serious (however funny it may be) form of communication as well. So, if you’re skimming, definitely skip to my list of nominees! They’re the important part of this post 🙂

For those of you who don’t know what the Versatile Blogger Award is, you should definitely check out the blog dedicated to explaining just that:

“When you consider nominating a fellow blogger for the Versatile Blogger Award, consider the quality of the writing, the uniqueness of the subjects covered, the level of love displayed in the words on the virtual page. Or, of course, the quality of the photographs and the level of love displayed in the taking of them.

Honor those bloggers who bring something special to your life whether every day or only now and then.”

And for anyone who’s interested in getting even more On Writing info, you should check out my nominator’s blog, which is packed full of terrific advice and information for writers.

The rules for the VBA:

  • Display the Award Certificate on your blog.
  • Write a post and link back to the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers.
  • Inform them of their nomination via comment on their blog.
  • Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

DISCLAIMER: The blogs I have nominated here all interest me and have posted writings and ideas that have either greatly intrigued me, struck me as incredibly odd, or simply improved my day. By nominating them, however, I’m not saying that I agree with all of their views, opinions, or articles.

*Drum Roll*

My Nominees:

1. Andron Ocean

I post short fiction, commentary, and articles  that explore the future of humanity from a variety of angles. I like to study the interactions of science, technology, societal trends, and individual and cultural actions and beliefs. These things, I believe, weave together to form the fabric and patterns of history.

2. The Bewildered 20-Something Writer

I write about my experience of finding employment as a writer with a Master’s degree, and all the trials and tribulations that come with being out in the real world after six straight years of actively avoiding the real world via higher education. I will also be writing about my attempts to overcome some of the worst writers block I’ve had in my career as I try to finish my first novel. And maybe if you’re lucky I’ll post some pictures of my dog. Because there are too many damn cats on the Internet.

3. Yallah, bye

In 2012 I bought a one-way ticket to Casablanca, Morocco, sold my car, picked up an Arabic dictionary and enrolled in an archaeological field school in the Middle East.

This is my story, and those to come.

4. Think Tutoring 101

…we aim to spread the latest in educational news and trends, the tricks of the tutoring trade, and advice to young scholars looking to take that next step forward.

5. Our View from Iowa


I retired from teaching physics after a long career in IL and IA. But, teaching is still in my blood. … I invite you to join me there for a few posts that might be be different from the posts here.

I enjoy astronomy and science of all  kinds. Many of my blog posts will be on those topics. We have a nice wooded backyard with walking paths nearby. I will write about what we see there.  I hope you join me for those.


My former role as an investment manager left no room for fiction, or even much for description. Letters were tightly formed and straight-forward, with little to no emotion included.

These days my writing covers many arenas, including some nature observations, quilting descriptions and tutorials,  personal essays, and  some  political commentary.

6. The Faces of Glasgow

Out of the many faces of Glasgow, mine is one in a crowd of about 500,000.

But my story is one of individual importance, along with the other 499,999 or so people who make this concrete jungle the vibrant, enticing and diverse city it is.

This blog will focus on one face and person in that  approximately 500,000  every week, detailing aspects about their own life and experiences within Glasgow. These aspects will also act as the topic for that week’s blog post. Alongside this will be a triptych photograph, detailing their face, an object that describes them, and the rest of their body.

7. “Feminist Bitches”

My name is Mae and I’m a 19-year-old feminist and musician living in Boston. I go to Berklee College of Music, but I’m dropping out in the Spring to travel the world instead. The world is a fucked up place, and I’m doing all I can try try to make it just a little less fucked up.

8. Jenni Lukac’s Translation & Editing Blog

My work as a translator takes me on many fascinating mental voyages. So far this year, I have worked on texts related to everything from life in ancient Judea, education, EU policy, human rights, press coverage of ETA terrorism, children’s advertising, and young people’s media consumption habits to luxury travel, fine wines, haute couture, and exclusive perfumes. I’ve created this blog to share the marvelous day-to-day experience of being a wordsmith  with others. I hope you enjoy it.

9. Guinea Pigs & Me

I’m Bella Brown, and I decided to start a blog, writing about my 4 (at the time) guinea pigs. I now have 5, and recently I invited a close friend of mine, Sihaya, to help me.

10. MoWriting: My Shameful Love Affair with Words

I like to write about everything and everyone but myself.

Is that wrong?

My name is Maureen Paraventi. I’ve written novels, plays, screenplays (George Clooney, are you listening??), and nonfiction articles.

I also love music. I sing with and write songs for McLaughlin’s Alley ( I play a little flute and am learning to play the bass.

Other things to know about me: I have no sense of direction and I change my hair color often. I don’t believe the two are related. I kind of hope not.

11. A Closer Look at Crows

“A Closer Look at Crows” is a place where Jordyn and Ali can delve deeper into their research about this bird. Through this blog, the symbols, meanings, and stereotypes of crows will be better explored and questioned.

12. Ben Garrido’s Author Page: Literary Adventures in South Korea

Ben Garrido is the author of the novels The Blackguard and The Book of Joshua, in addition to the upcoming novel The Potency. In addition, he writes award winning journalism for the Reno News and Review, Chico News and Review and others, and lectures on second language acquisition at Mokwon University in South Korea. He writes on subjects including language, fiction, adventure and logic.  Raised in Reno, Nevada, he now divides his time between South Korea and the United States.

13. Retracing Jack Kerouac

Retracing Jack Kerouac is a project 20 years in the making. Having read On The Road for the first time all those years ago, the fascination with Kerouac’s work and his life story never left me. The intervening years were spent reading most of Kerouac’s books and doing  research into his life as well as other writers and characters associated with the Beat Generation.

As On The Road is to no small part about seeing and experiencing the USA, the prospect of taking a trip visiting some of the places described in the book as well as other places important to Kerouac’s life, was always somehow in the planning stages, however vague they were for a long time.

The possibility of finally making this trip presented itself in 2010 and so I didn’t hesitate to go on the road in October that year. The journey took me to places such as San Francisco, Denver, Boston, his hometown Lowell,MA and New York City.

The journeys between those places were partly done by train (from SF to Denver and through the Midwest to Omaha). Of course Kerouac and specifically On The Road is mainly fabled for the long distance car journeys with Neal Cassady, but train (and bus) travel actually played an equally prominent role in his life and indeed On The Road, so I felt compelled (together with more practical concerns) to go down this route when planning the trip.

I came back with about 4000 photos, not all of them good, but many of them Kerouac themed. At the moment I am compiling a book featuring a selection of the photos that I feel are most important to his life’s story. The aim is not necessarily to show the actual places things happened, as in the intervening years the cities, places and houses have inevitably changed a great deal or disappeared altogether, but to capture a little bit of the spirit of what is left of those places wherever that was possible. Other photos show the transformation the places written about in his books have gone through.

The book will be published in early summer 2012 and will be called ‘Anywhere Road’.

The blog you are reading was started to prepare myself for the upcoming publication of the book and features my thoughts, photographs and other bits of information related to Jack Kerouac that will guide me through the process of finishing the book.

14. Worth A Look

Welcome to the nooks and crannies of the Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia (DMV) area. I love art, food, books, and the occasional bar. Since moving to the area I have discovered some gems worth noting. Consider this my who’s who or rather what’s what of DMV. I love sharing all my finds and hopefully I can show you something worth a look. . .

15. Into the Urban

My name is Aäron Vanmaele, I’m 25 and I’m a Belgian student journalist. I’ve always loved writing so why not make my passion my profession. In my spare time I love going to concerts with friends and experiencing new things. I also love traveling but unfortunately I haven’t really had the time nor the money to travel a lot.


This blog is a personal blog, so I will post articles about whatever I like, love or hate. That go from fashion topics to political items. Every week I will present a song of the week and a video of the week. Since music is one of my biggest passions I’m always searching for new, fresh tunes to enrich my life.

And…7 things about moi that you might find interesting:

1. I had my first book published (with an actual brick-and-mortar publisher) and peer reviewed at 24.

2. Excluding high school, I’ve always held multiple jobs at the same time.

3. I’ve only been a Baltimorean for a short while thus far, but I’m in love with this city–it’s absolutely an artist’s town.

4. One of my favorite foods is my husband’s avgolemono soup.

5. My husband and I love taking reading vacations together.

6. I am always, always inspired by Allen Ginsberg, Wendell Berry, Herman Melville, Sherman Alexie, and Joni Mitchell.

7. Stephen King is one of my most favorite writers (even if the end of The Stand drives me totally crazy).

Happy Holidays, everyone!


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