Today I need to talk about awards and about this little beauty I received over at Fallen Monkey.
For those of you who don’t know Fallen Monkey then I can tell you now you are missing out on a useful blog. Especially if you are like me, full of ideas an words but clueless when it comes to actually writing proper England English. This is a lady who teaches the subject and who has the power to proof read for people, she knows her onions, you could say. Whereas I left school at 16 and can only spell vocabulary by using the power of spell check (I still haven’t worked out what it means though). Fallen Monkey continues to give out tips and advice in a high level but non condescending manner (you have no idea how many attempts it took me to get spell check to recognise and correct condescending).
As Fallen Monkey is someone who I consider quite knowledgeable about writing, and indeed because she has actually done what I keep trying to tell myself I am doing, which is to write a book, it was a big deal for me when she gave me an award for quality of writing.
The rules and origination for the Write Hard award can be seen here.
The basic gist is to nominate people who inspire or impress you with their consistently impressive approach to writing – among other things.
So here it is… I’m going to try not to be too obvious and mention the same blogs that I always mention at times like this, but it is difficult, because at the end of the day, they just fit the bill and deserve it.
Kev D over at Highway 10 revisited. In a world gone mad I don’t actually read that many blogs written by men. I don’t know why really, either they just drone on about how fantastic a father they are (yes I know I do) or how great a husband they are (oh dear) or gadgets, games and films (phew, fairly safe on those). I think I probably should read more of them taking notes – but somehow I just find other peoples versions of my life dull – sorry. This is not always the case, and there are exceptions – one such exception is Kev D. Funny, intelligent, well written, and definitely an inspiration to me as he sparks ideas for me to go on a tangent from. Well worth a visit.
Pearl at Pearl, why you little… Funny, and consistently well written not to mention the fact that she has also managed to actually produce a book. This is inspiration in a nutshell. I fell comfortable reading at her place, even though she talks about va – vag – I can’t say it, but it’s something that we men don’t have but try very hard to get. I read Pearl’s blog and know that this is what I’m aiming for, one day. She ‘Writes Hard’.
Marla at Butts and Ashes– YES I KNOW – sorry, I promised I wouldn’t be obvious – but how can you not be inspired by this lady and her writing? She is madder than a box of frogs and for that matter, I bet she has a box of frogs somewhere in her house, She is definitely the type that would. Required reading, sorry if I go on about her too much.
Okay that is it. If you really haven’t heard of any of these blogs, please do go visit and you all know that there are loads of blogs that I love – You know who you are, I can’t award you every time, and I promise I won’t award Marla next time – maybe.
Keep writing HARD.
** update **
I forgot to say Happy Australia Day - it is still the 26th here so it counts as being 'on time'. Hope you had a good one.