Thursday, September 15, 2011

And the Award for Versatile Blogger Goes to.....

.... ME!  *smile*
One of the advantages of the Platform Builder Campaign is meeting so many, many new writers.  Another is the awards we share.  Through a Writer's Eyes has just received a Versatile Blogger Award. 
Thanks to Elizabeth Anne at for expanding my borders.  She is a successful author of children's books who shares her experiences through her blog.  These are the kind of connections I treasure.
The rules for accepting the award are as follows:
1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them in your post.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass this Award along to 15 recently discovered blogs and let them know about it.
Since I just did a list about me, I'm going to limit the 7 things to 7 types of books/writing that I like the best.  
1.     All time favorite book is The Outsiders.  Still cry when Dally is shot....
2.     One of my favorite authors is Tolstoy - and I have been to his house in Moscow!
3.     I love to read biographies.  Nicolas Sparks, Tolstoy, and James Dean all live in my memories because of their biographies.
4.    Poetry makes me introspective.  I have been lost in Thoreau for days. I don't memorize it, so don't ask for a quote.  I just dawdle over the phrases and luxuriate in their turns.
5.     Light fiction and romance novels are not my favorite types of reading.  They bore me and make me think, "someone got paid to write that....."
6.     The Bible is the richest piece of literature I have ever explored and I never tire of it.
7.      I collect old books and have found them to be the best forms of mental escape.
Now, passing the award along to 15 recently discovered blogs.  I have included some who I regularly follow to open up their readership and some I have recently discovered.  There are some greater writers out there of so many different genres.  Stop around their pages and let me know if you find a new one to follow.

1.            Mark Showalter’s Blog – Always Seeking to Know God More – Life lessons and perspectives taught in a transparent, simple way.  My favorite “teaching” blog.  You can find it here:
2.   – The first writing gig, the first blog invite, the place to connect with other readers and writers:

3.            Seth Boyte – One of my favorite musicians is also one of my favorite writers.  His blog is here:

4.            Rachel is a writer who connects writers.  She is a great example of all that’s right in the writer community.  Her blog is here:

5.            Courtney Pearson writes when not parenting, although I’m guessing a lot of her writing comes from her parenting. She is in the process of publication.  You would enjoy her stuff.  Here is where to find her:

6.            K.T. Hanna writes about writing, freestyling the process to share the hows and dos and pains and glories of writing.  It’s a great connection that makes you feel like you (and she) know what you’re doing and it’s going to be great!  She is found here:
7.            A fellow fan of Natasha Bedingfield, Amanda shares “twisted truth” which seems to me funner more than twisted.  Judge for yourself:

8.            Gary Gauthier explores literature in a fascinating way.  Find out how here:

9.            Kelly is my long lost friend who started the whole Writer Platform Builder Campaign stage of my life and so her blog must be included here.  Her work is full of real life and you will LOVE it.  Promise.  Find it here:

10.            Diane lets us follow her through many of the places she has been.  He work is full of the patient dreaming of her heart.  Find it here:

11.         Sharon is a great friend who writes about the season of life she is in.  She transplanted to Florida to help her elderly parents and tells of their trials and smiles along the way.  Find her experiences here:

12.         Sometimes people need to speak their onions!  To get the courage to say what you’re thinking, check out Kristin’s blog here:

Three more?  I think this is where I’m going to break the rules.  Not only am I not going to come up with three more (since there really are not three more I have found that I am ready to recommend - I don't take this lightly, you know), I’m also not going to require recipients to post the same.  If you have a list of blogs you read, please do share them.  If you prefer not to, that’s ok.  I will love you the same.  

I will ask you to do the list.  *smile*  AND I will ask you check out the blogs above.  I think you’ll like them.  A lot.  I do.  I love hearing what’s happening in other places and how people relate to the world.  My world is very small right now and so I love this avenue of learning and sharing.  

So that’s it.   A long, superfluous post!  Happy Thursday!


  1. thank you! Your words about my blog mean a lot to me ... sometimes I wonder who really cares about my "real life" and maybe I should be blogging about some topic or other instead.

    I was thrilled to receive this award from Elizabeth Anne, but it took more of my available time to pass it along than I really had, so the fact that you found the time to write so personally about each blog is quite remarkable and I thank you.

  2. Thanks, Kelly, for commenting. I did break the rules a bit for that very reason. I wanted to be able to say a bit about what people might be reading so I didn't want to add blogs I hadn't followed for long. And I really do like your writing. It's like having a conversation with you and I find that rather pleasant. :) Your real life is a good life so it ought to be shared.

  3. Congrats on the award! Interesting list - thanks for sharing :)

  4. Hi, Kris! Great post, and I'm impressed at how thoughtfully you chose the people you would pass the award on to -- well done.

    You're a little optimistic in calling me a "successful author" though. Although I've had hymn texts published, I haven't yet reached that goal with my books. I firmly believe that each day gets me nearer to seeing my works in print, but it's still on the horizon. Thanks for the shout-out, though.

    This campaign is so great, drawing us together in so many ways.

  5. Wow!! Your already winning awards! Not like im surprised! Im simply excited for you!! Congrats!

  6. Thank you Kris for nominating my blog for the Versatile Blogger Award. I just started my blog recently and I wouldn't have invested the time and effort in it if it weren't for the inspiration of the Writer's Campaign. And I have made many wonderful contacts with fellow writers through the Campaign.

  7. Congrats on the awards. I always love the lists. :) I'm a new follower from the campaign.

  8. Thanks for sharing! I love that you didn't just add 3 to add 3. :)

    And congrats on the award!

    Also, thanks for stopping in through the Campaign! I've loved meeting so many campaigners.