Gerry Wilson subscribed to my blog and then like two days later, she gave me this award. I’m always honored when somebody starts getting an email every time I post. I post five days a week, and typically my posts are like 1000-1500 words, so that’s kind of a commitment. It’s also a signal to me to trudge forth. So thank you, Gerry Wilson, for following and reading my blog, for giving me a reason to blog. And also, thank you for this award.
What I’m supposed to do next is to list seven random things about myself.
Then I’m supposed to nominate seven other bloggers.
I will try to pick seven different bloggers than last time I received this award (Holy Birds!).
1. I have two favorite colors, red and green. It bums me out that these two colors signify my least favorite holiday of the year, because I would really like to wear them together more often. I wear red glasses, earrings, and shoes as often as possible. I like green sweaters in particular.
2. I own a pair of Pajama Jeans. They were a holiday gift, and they are the best thing I have ever received. I wear them as often as they are clean. They are especially nice when I’m crampy and on rainy days. Today is both.
3. My undergraduate claim to fame is embarrassing. It was in Fiction Writing Workshop 3 or 4, so the serious writing people were mostly there. We read a ZZ Packer story, I don’t remember which one, and I said something like, “At first I thought this was going to be just another one of those bleeding cunt stories…” It was when I was first learning the ways of the feminist Jedi that involve using strong language about sexuality and womanhood in order to take away those words’ power, to stop people from misappropriating words for our parts and processes for abusive purposes. Outside of the context of the Vagina Monologues rehearsals I was attending, the whole thing was a touch hyperbolic. My professor and mentor still, still, seven (or eight or nine?) years later, quotes me on that. And he reminds me every time I see him that I said it.
4. I did not know a thing about my ethnic heritage until I moved to New England at age 20 and people kept being unsatisfied when I answered “American” to the question, “What are you?” I’m mostly German with a touch of Swiss, French, and Scottish. But I was born in the US.
5. I know this is irrational, but I am immediately mistrustful of any man who shares the first name of my daughter’s biological father. This can be troublesome because it’s a fairly common first name. I knew a spate of men with that first name when I was in college. I was in love with half of them and abhorred the other half. I’ve never been lukewarm on a single one. No, I’m not going to tell you what the first name is. I’m working through it.
6. My very first email address was email@example.com. That was in like 1992? Don’t try to email it, nothing will happen. I tried logging in years later only to be denied access. I don’t even know if juno.com still exists.
7. I found 3 silver hairs at the top of my head since I got my hair cut very short. I am thrilled. The late grandmother I’m most like had beautiful, 100% white hair by the time she was fifty. My hair is very dark brown, and I am looking forward to being able to put streaks of purple in my white, white hair as an old bird.
I offer the following with a caveat: I know I should be reading more blogs. But if you read the productivity post, you know I’m pretty strict with myself in terms of reading for leisure, especially right now as I prepare for grad school + do all my regular stuff.
Beth Bates is a writerly woman, a generous spirit, and a great twitter follow: @bethbates.
Marco North’s blog, “Impressions of an Expat” is moving, beautifully written, and actually, if you must know, makes me a touch jealous. Also a great twitter follow: @marco_north
I promise this is my only duplicate from my last list, but my friend Jamie just got her 100th follower. That’s an excuse to bestow upon her the label “versatile.” But more than that, she’s smart on books and a wonderful person. On twitter, she’s @EditorJamieC
Cathy Day’s blog is great. Her posting schedule is less insane than mine, but her posts are always thoughtful and interesting from the perspective of being a writer and a teacher of writing. You can follow her on twitter @daycathy.
Laura Kurk is a YA Novelist, and she cares about grammar. I haven’t read a ton of her blog yet, and she does not appear to post very often, but her posts are eclectic, and you can follow her on twitter @LauraKurk
Darellyn Saloom writes about her farm. She’s also co-author of the memoir of a woman boxer. Two huge points in my book: co-authorship & farm life. Neither are easy, both require character and chops and inner resolve. She’s followable as @ficwriter.
And the last I’ll offer is not a blog, rather a feature. It’s On the Ether by Porter Anderson. It’s a Thursday post at Jane Friedman’s blog, and let me tell you, these are intense. Incredible, will leave you reeling, will definitely teach you and make you more aware: a better literary and world citizen. But Anderson himself suggests proceeding with caution: do NOT try to read the whole thing in one sitting (I did, twice, and couldn’t do anything with my brain the rest of the day, no lie). He’s on twitter, too, as @Porter_Anderson
The moral of my selections: If you want to be a writer and part of the world of books, publishing, and thinking and writing about books, publishing, and words, YOU NEED TO JOIN TWITTER AND PAY ATTENTION.
So, nominees, Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to thank me for nominating you, write seven strange/unfamiliar/quirky/random things about yourself, choose seven other bloggers, and then let them know however you choose: facebook, twitter, commenting on their blogs, etc. Also, please include the image above. It’s there by a URL, so clicking it should take you to http://www.versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com. Also, I will not be upset with you if you do not (or cannot) do this.