If you’ve been around here for a while, you know that I don’t usually do awards. I haven’t declared this to be an “Award Free Zone,” but I usually have something else going on. Yesterday, I woke up to several inches of snow, a light coating of ice and some thick fog. Later, I saw a notice for the Sunshine Blogger’s Award in my inbox. My first thought was that something was messed-up in my email. A couple days ago, Gwen Plano nominated me for this award. Why was I seeing this notice again? Well, that was because Robbie Cheadle nominated me again on Sunday. And, since Sadje at Keep it Alive gave us “Humor” for the Just Jot January prompt, I’ll try to keep this lighthearted.
In accepting the Sunshine Blogger Award nomination, there are a few rules:
Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and link back to their blog.
Answer 11 questions the blogger asked you.
List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your blog post.
Nominate 11 new bloggers & their blogs. Leave a comment on their blog to let them know they received the award and ask your nominees 11 new questions.
I’m going bend one of these rules and break another.
I happily and sincerely thank both Gwen and Robbie. I consider this an honor.
I am going to focus on Gwenn’s (GP) questions, but I am going to add or substitute a few from Robbie (RC). Let’s get started”
(GP) What motivates you to write? – I have always enjoyed telling stories. I had a technical blog for many years (SharePoint Stories) where I always told a short story to introduce a technical topic. I realized that I enjoyed the story part much more than the technical part.
(GP & RC) When do you like to write? – In the morning or in the evening. Although, when I was working, I loved writing the SoCS prompt during lunch on Fridays. Something about that compressed time period made the writing flow easier.
(GP) Do you carry a notepad to jot down inspirations? – Well, a notepad of sorts. I use my phone and an app called Trello.
(GP) What character so captured your imagination that s/he still gives you pause? – As I am really only working on short pieces for my blog, I don’t have characters, per se. However, Skippy, the alternate bartender who fills in some Saturdays has evolved in ways I never imagined he would. I’m not sure what becomes of Skippy.
(RC) Do you have a favorite travel destination? If so, where? – This is easy, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I’ve written about Pittsburgh many times, but early on, I wrote what might be the definitive statement in a post called “I Am Pittsburgh!”
(GP) If you have a stack of books on your nightstand, what is the principle genre? – I’m not sure but it falls under Non-fiction. I’m looking at a pile of books about cities, rivers, machines and events through history.
(RC) What type(s) of music do you listen to? – I added the ‘s’ to that question. I like ‘60s and 70’s rock, folk, old country, new country, classical and a big bunch of bands our daughter has introduced me to. It’s OK, I introduced her to Fleetwood Mac.
(GP) Do you ever find yourself between worlds? – this one and the fictional one? – I have to laugh a little. Members of my family might say that I’ve always lived in a fictional world.
(GP) What frustrates you about writing and what rewards you? – Nothing about writing frustrates me. If something in my life becomes frustrating, I try to avoid it. The reward comes when I look back and see something I’ve written that I would enjoy reading.
(GP) Do you have books waiting to be written? – I’m not sure. I have ideas that I think might make good book-length stories, and stories that need more than 800-1,000 words to tell, but they aren’t fleshed out to the point of my wanting to put them on a page. I also have lots of projects that I want to focus on that don’t involve a computer or a desk.
(GP) How do you relax? – Oddly enough, I find physical work very relaxing. Looking at something and saying, “I can build that,” is a great feeling. Taking that concept into a workshop or watching a load of lumber roll off a truck and then transforming raw material into a finished product is tiring and relaxing at the same time.
The rule I’m going to break is the one asking me to name 11 people and ask them 11 questions. If you have answers for these questions, I’d love to read them – consider yourself nominated.
The gallery has some photos of what we were dealing with on Sunday morning.