Marian Allen is an award-winning author, blogger,
and encourager of others who, in May, took time out to
award The Versatile Blogger Award to several blogs she felt worthy...my cat blog, the Opinionated Pussycat, included.
As the human behind the blog I sincerely thank her and am at last able to find time to pass the award on.
1. Thank and link to the person who gave you the award.
2. Tell seven facts about yourself.
3. Pass it on to seven other bloggers.
4. Notify your nominees by e-mail and even with a comment on a post of theirs you like, if you choose (This may lead to a Pingback).
7 facts about myself.
My first appearance as a writer, online, was in 1998, when I joined a web community
that came to an end in 2001.
2. I became a blogger in 2002.
3. In February 2004 the Orange County Weekly said I was "screwed".
4. In August, 2005, I was interviewed by the Daily Pilot newspaper of Costa Mesa, Ca.
5. Two days before my birthday, in 2007, I got an early birthday present when I appeared on KNBC-TV in Los Angeles.
6. My TV debut actually occurred, in 1960, 4 months after I was born, at the famous All-States Picnic and Independence Day Parade, on Euclid Ave., in old town Ontario, Ca.
Back then it was always televised and, unknown to my Mom, she was captured from the back, with me on her shoulder, looking at the camera. Family and friends alerted her when she got home so she could see the replay on the news.
Author, speaker, trainer, Susan A. Kitchens was in her 3rd year of blogging, from the San Gabriel Valley, in my old stomping grounds of southern California, on a blog she calls 2020 Hindsight (The last post was in September of last year, and she has taken to Twitter, while continuing her other website.) and she found something I wrote, on my first blog, of interest, sharing it with her readers.
It was a November 2002 post where she recognizes an email I sent her, with my reaction to a blog post of hers, by plugging a humorous one of mine.
The current link, in her old post, to the one she said I responded to, doesn't go there anymore, and the links to my old blog and blog post go to my original Blogspot blog, which no longer work.
To the 3 year old boy in the shopping cart in my line at work who was bawling and squalling and generally having a hissy fit .....
She was still 2 years away from beginning a website and blog, related to her interest in genealogy.
That effort is now 9 years old: Family Oral History Using Digital Tools
I hereby present this award to:
1. Susan A. Kitchens, fellow writer, ancient blogger and lover of genealogy, for old times sake.
2. Amanda M. Socci, a friend for a year and a half and my creative "drill sergeant".
She is the writer of the Creative Idea Gal Blog, a freelance writer who writes the blog "A Slice of Faith" for the Mt. Vernon Patch, part of her journey toward writing and publishing a book of gthe same name.
3. Another friend of a year and half, Jo Ann Jordan, of Hopeful Jo's "Chronicles", an inspirational writer, poet and photographer whose almost daily poetry, years in the writing, deserves to be published in books of their own.
Her blog is full of photography and is about "children and grandchildren, church, teaching, reading, and my pets ~ such a nice quiet life" and so much more.
5. Create With Joy is "an inspirational blog that celebrates creativity in all its facets!" Produced by an award winning writer and fellow cat lover to try to describe why she deserves this award it is best you check out the about section of the facebook page and the blog itself.
I am glad to call Ramona a friend.
6. Sarai Oviedo, aka Sopphey Vance, is a
On Impression Network = “Home to the On Impression Network and On Impression Books. On Impression is a multimedia publishing network that publishes and promotes new and emerging artists.”
7. Fellow Houston resident Laurence Simon is full of crap (or he used to be, because that legendary blogging effort is no longer to be found online), the founder of the Carnival of the Cats (Now run by someone else & which Nikita and Elvira now host 25 times a year), the Godfather of the Cat Blogosphere, and wizard of the 100 Word Story blog and Podcast. he also has a lot of Second Thoughts about things.
He is also someone I have met, call friend, and have been creatively inspired by for years, including writing my own 100 word stories: