Saturday, June 12, 2010


Good Saturday Morning everyone! As promised, here are the awards I promised to bestow upon you all. These are such an honor to receive and I appreciate each and every one of them. Here we go.

First up is the Journey Support Award given from the lovely Summer And Christine.

There are so many of you that have given me support on my journey, I would like to bestow this award to all of you. I know this is the cheesy way to get out of all the link love but it's true that whenever I'm down and out, you all come rallying around to lift me up. (Don't worry I won't break into song.) So I want you all to take this one.

Next is the Blogger Buddy Award which for the life of me, I searched my Google Reader for close to an half hour and could not find the giver. So whoever gave me this, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I totally love the hummingbirds. This award goes to...

I tried, I really did try to bestow this on a few deserving souls who are my buddies but you know what, I couldn't do it. I couldn't pick any 5 names off my list because you guys are totally awesomesauce and I love each and every one of you, so I want each and every one of you to take this one as well.

Next is the One Lovely Blog Award and I also don't remember who gave this to me. I'm praying it wasn't so long ago, but I went all the way back to March to try and see who it was.

This I would like to bestow upon T.H. Mafi, otherwise known to us as Tahereh because she's zany and funny and has these incredible blogsposts that just make tears fall from your eyes. She's also smart, witty and incredibly gracious, kind, and supportive. Underneath all that craziness lies a true lady worth more than her weight in gold. Love you bestie!

And lastly we have the Sure Fire Winner Award given to me by the lovely E.Elle who has demonstrated her love and affection to me when the world was just caving in.

Now this award comes with rules, and the first one is you can only bestow it upon one other person. I'm sorry E. my darling, but with so many others in the query trenches with me, I have to break that rule.

Querying is the hardest thing there is to do in this writing business. So many times the rejections come pouring in like water into a bathtub and it's overwhelming that you may not be able to find a home for your baby. Rejections make you want to give up the good fight and just go back to being 'normal' but we know, deep in our deepest heart of hearts we can't do that. Writing is just too important to us. So to that I say, "Pox on you, agents of the universe, we are talented, creative people who have given our sweat, blood and tears to this almighty thing called publishing. You will not break us from our quest. We WILL be published in some way shape or form."

So to that end I bestow this award to:

Christi Goddard

Terry Towery

Donna Hole

Ted Cross

Elaine Smith


Matthew Rush

Here are the rules for this award, which I've just broken the first. But I would appreciate if the recipients followed them as E. has written them.

1) You can only bestow this honor on one fellow writer at a time.

2) You can only pass it on to someone who has shown signs of recent struggle.

3) You do not have to have received it to pass it on.

4) When you pass it on, you must provide a word or two of encouragement to the receiver.

5) As awesome as this award is, you can't write a post with the intention or hope of getting this award. I mean, we struggle, yes, but we aren't needy.

6) When you receive this award, you have to state one positive thing about your writing ability. After all, the best kind of encouragement is the kind that comes from within ourselves.

Rule Number 4 -- To all my fellow queriers -- We are all in this boat together and the one thing I've learned in this crazy writing life is -- NEVER GIVE UP! No matter how many rejections, no matter what happens, never give up. Keep writing, keep querying, keep chasing your dream because as we've all seen, dreams really do come true.

Rule Number 6 -- The one positive thing about my writing ability is -- I have come a LONG way. My query has garnered partials, my beta thinks my book is spotless, my attitude about writing has evolved. I'm no longer a hack but a true writer who can stand with her head held high and say, "I'm proud of what I've written."

Okay, so there we are. Happy Weekend everyone. Keep writing and I'll see you all on Monday.


Christi Goddard said...

Aw! Thanks so much for the award. It really means a lot. I mean that. I'll pass it on soon.

Hope you and Monster Baby are staying cool.

DL Hammons said...

Congrats on all your well-deserved awards, and those you've tagged in turn. Have a wonderful weekend!!

The Words Crafter said...

This is what I love about the blogging community-they way everyone is so willing to support and in turn, acknowledge that support. Congratulations to yourself and to those you tagged...and good luck on the partials!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Congrats on the awards. I like how you did them. I've given out so many of them, I think next time I'll just give them to a few individuals. :D

Piedmont Writer said...

Thank you guys. It's always such a hard task to give away to a few when so many are deserving. Happy Weekend!

The Words Crafter -- Thanks so much for stopping by.

sarahjayne smythe said...

Congrats on all your awards. You truly deserve each and every one. And I hope you and Monster Baby have a great weekend. :)

Anonymous said...

"I'm proud of what I've written." Fantastic! And congratulations on all your awards. And thanks for mine. The Journey Support picture is just lovely and I must grab it!

Susan Fields said...

Aha - you decided to go ahead with the linkage - good job! :)

I love your answer to Rule #6. This is a long, slow process, but we're making progress!

Christine Danek said...

Congrats you deserve these!

Ted Cross said...

Thanks, Anne! Now I have to keep an eye out for bloggers who need encouragement, as you've named all the ones I know who are struggling right now.

Terry Towery said...

Wow. Thanks Anne. I certainly appreciate the award and will pass it on turn when I am able to blog tomorrow (Little League tournament hell this weekend!).

Querying IS hard and it really makes it difficult some days to see that the light at the end of the tunnel isn't an oncoming freight train. ;)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations on those awards! Some new ones in the batch, too.

Jaydee Morgan said...

Congrats on all your awards - they're so well deserved :)

coffeelvnmom said...

First off, WHAT? No song? =(

Second, congrats on so many wonderful awards!

Third, rule number four ROCKS and I hereby appoint you an Inspirational Award! (Sorry, no graphics to go with it, though).

Lastly, so glad you're proud of what you've written. That counts for a lot, and it's what keeps us going! Good for you!

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Congrats to all the winners!


Talli Roland said...

Happy weekend, Anne! Hope you and Monster Baby are having a great one. Congrats on all the awards - you deserve them. I love your 'never give up' messages - you are certainly an inspiration! :)

Bossy Betty said...

Congrats to you and your winners!

Palindrome said...

Congrats on your awards!! You deserve it! Congrats to the winners!

Ann Best said...

Anne, I'm proud of you too with your persistence. You WILL keep writing, no matter what. You're a winner.

Ann Best said...

p.s. My daughter just peered over here and saw your beautiful lighthouse picture. She LOVES lighthouses. She says this one is awesome!

Jamie Burch said...

Congrats on your well deserved awards!

I wanted to stop over because I saw your comment on Cynthia's blog about RI. We were just in Newport last week! We went there four years ago and decided to return in celebration of our anniversary. I can see why you miss it and the cities around it!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the love, dear. Received and, of course, returned indefinitely. :o)

Lola Sharp said...

Congrats, love, on all those yummy awards. They couldn't have gone to a more deserving person. :)


Tahereh said...

OH MY GOD you will make me CRY!

you are the sweetest person EVER in the world, thank you SO MUCH!

and congrats to YOU for winning all these fabulous awards!!

thank you thank you!!