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Monday’s Top 5 (Tis the Season for Blogging Awards)

I’m going to assume that December is the month for sharing the Blogging Goodwill through awards. I have to do that or my ego will explode. This week I’ve been awarded another 3 awards. So before we start, let me say a big thank you to the following bloggers:

Jim Franklin of Zombie Chimp awarded me the Kreativ Blogger award. Jim has a great blog that is equal parts writing and computer/console gaming. While I’m not into gaming myself, I know a lot of people who are (my husband included), and I find that reading his non-writing posts is like having my own gaming crib sheet.

Emma of Mayfair Mum awarded me the Versatile Blogger award. Mayfair Mum is a great blog, focused mainly on parenting and the life of a down-to-earth Mum living in the UK. In Mayfair, I assume. Emma is also a writer, and brings her own unique voice and style to her blogging. 

Kay Hudson also awarded me the Versatile Blogger award. Kay is… one of those people who truly are one in a million. I am profoundly grateful to have run across her in the blogosphere. She largely blogs about the books she’s reading, the ones she’s writing, and her experiences with the RWA. In times past, she was an archaeologist, and I can’t help but imagine her as some kind of well-read, immaculately groomed, romance-writing, female Indiana Jones.

Thanks again to all three of you. I highly recommend everyone else click through to check out their blogs (if you don’t follow them already).

Once again, I’m going to ignore the part of the award that says I should tell you about myself. First, this is my blog: that’s all I ever do. Second, I’ve done it before. But I am going to award the bloggers on my Top 5 list the:

Kreativ Versatility Squared Award

Jim Franklin of Zombie Chimp shares his Ten Tips of NaNo Novel Writing. After participating in (and winning) his first NaNoWriMo in November, Jim has some fantastic tips to share. Not the all-too-common “I just copied and pasted song lyrics to make my word count ha ha ha” NaNo advice. This is really good stuff. And although these are all things Jim learned during NaNo, the advice is good all year round. My personal favourite?

The plot is your bitch not your pimp, it works for you and not the other way around.

Patrick O’Duffy has a short Q & A with YA author Foz Meadows. This is one of the most interesting interviews I’ve ever read. Not because I’m a fan of Foz Meadows (I admit that I’d never heard of her before), or because of the way she sells her book, but because the conversation turns to a discussion of YA as a genre (is it really a genre at all?) and the social issues surrounding YA fiction these days. For example:

I find it hard to say sincerely what attracts me to YA fiction, because as much as I’ve just been calling it a genre, it also sort of isn’t. No other genre has its conventions gauged by the status of its (supposed) intended readership, because such a factor has nothing to do with narrative structure and everything to do with backward inference. Saying ‘geek fiction’ instead of SFF, for instance, conveys information about who, in my subjective estimation, such books are written for, but nothing about what they actually say.

Stephanie from Momma Be Thy Name has put together an amazing event in the lead-up to Christmas — Momma’s 12 Days of Christmas. This involves 12 guest posts, Elf Pack giveaways (all you have to do is comment on a Christmas post), and a whole heap of fun. I’m pleased to say that I will be providing some of that fun next weekend when I reveal my Tips for Surviving a Hot Christmas.  In the meantime, I highly encourage you to check out Momma Be Thy Name for your daily dose of Christmas spirit. (Although I warn you, it’s not likely to be all sugar plums and candy canes.) Today’s guest blogger is Mommy Rotten with her post: Santa Claus: Kind of an Asshole. Enjoy.

Critters and Crayons is a blog written by an amazing freelance writer and mother of two adorable children. Two adorable children who had a Rapid Lesson in Sharing this week. This story is simply written and I could pictured every moment of it. She had me from the opening line:

This morning, we awoke to noise. The toy cash register was at the heart of a loud sharing battle between our three and four year olds.

Finally, as the mother of two boys, I am painfully aware of exactly how true this post is. Tony of Stuff Boys Do shares lesson #31 in parenting boys: they Use WAY Too Much. Of what? Of everything.

Congratulations on winning the Kreativ Versatility Squared Award. Please do with it as you will.

Also, I’d like to finish by saying a HUGE Happy Birthday to the December 12 Saggitarians in my life:

Happy Birthday to my wonderful, supportive husband who turned 38 today.

Happy Birthday to my Mum, who doesn’t read my blog but is amazing nonetheless.

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