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The Black Cat Blue Sea Award
Thank you very much Second Time Blogger for nominating me for this lovely award. I, as were you, very surprised delighted and stunned at being nominated for the first award and am equally touched to receive this one as well. We also have black cats in common it would seem for my cat, Porsche, is black and poofy and incredibly intelligent. I love him dearly! So I’m with you, the name of this award rocks! And as mentioned, it is supposed to be fun!
My questions for the nominees :
- What do you wish to achieve out of your blog?
- Do you have a dream which you havent got around to fulfilling yet? If yes, then what is it?
- If you had to pick between reading a book/watching a movie while sipping on a good cup of coffee/any beverage and talking a walk on a beach, which would you choose and why?
1. In all honesty, I was terrified the first time, it was a “jump” and swim situation as I’d never heard about blogs or blogging and couldn’t fathom what I could possibly write about. Now that I’m well and truly in the water, I’m swimming full steam ahead. What I achieve through this blog, is meeting absolutely delightful people, a very warm community in fact, many of whom I hold very dear to my heart. Through blogging, I get to experience what other individuals in the world think feel hope for and how they write and perceive life. An exchange of thoughts and ideas on a global basis and therefore illuminating.
2. I’ve fulfilled so many of my dreams, and yes I’ll probably have more. They seem to pop up unexpectedly and there it is, another aspect or goal or dream I want to fulfill. At the moment, having published my first novel, I am working on 3 others and the current dream is to finish these and publish them as well.
3.How about reading a book, on the beach with coffee while enjoying the “view” and chillaxing. Seriously, a book trumps all else for entertainment; I can easily lose myself in a good book and I adore the beach. There is a freedom in both the book and the beach as well as exhilaration.
I sincerely thank you for nominating me as I read your prose constantly as the others I am about to nominate.
My questions to you are:
- Do you consider humour as an important element in your life?
- What is the furthest destination you have been able to travel to?
- Did the expectations live up to the dream?
I don’t think praise has to be effusive. A little, meaningfully said when a struggle is attempted, can be uplifting, encouraging and helpful. When a child is struggling to do something and fails, “nice try” becomes as important as a success. It encourages the little one to indeed try again, not give up.
Praise to a teen on an essay that was complicated and difficult is equally important.
And for adults, well, we often shrug praise off as unimportant and being of no value. But is it? Do we not feel just a little brighter happier acknowledged? Of course we do. And so we should.
Acknowledgement of a struggle overcome, a job well done, by someone we value is monumental. Days weeks months can go by even years, without a single acknowledgement by those we love and whose opinion matters. Writers know this all too well. Whether you write for pleasure or as an accomplished author, it means something when someone says, well done, I really liked how….and are specific about what appeals or speaks to the reader’s heart.
So yes, there is most definitely a place for praise, delivered from the heart.