Thursday, May 27, 2010

An Award

This morning my lovely bloggy friend Christine Danek, whom you all probably know and love from Christine's Journey, was kind enough to pass on this award to me. I haven't seen it around yet, so I'm going to let myself believe that it's shiny and new:

I've been writing for a long time, and while my family "knew" that I was a writer, and they'd seen plenty of my examples in narrative essays and paper-writing, and even a poem I wrote for my grandfather's eulogy, I've never really allowed anyone to be a part of my writing path. That changed somewhat in college, when I was feeling more confident in my writing ability and took some creative writing courses. The more I read and wrote, the more confident I became in my ability, and the easier it was to share my writing with practical strangers.

I started this blog on January 1 as a New Year's resolution to encourage me to write more; I've always been a terrible diary/journal-keeper, and I thought that maybe a blog would help.

And it did.

I don't have to tell you how great the blogging writer's community is: you're all part of it, and you know it as well as I do. And here more than anywhere else the adage "You have to be a friend to have a friend" holds true. I feel lucky enough to consider many of you my friends. I love getting comments--I'm still at home 24/7 with my wrist injury, and I spend a lot of time checking my email. Every comment makes me smile. The larger my following grows, the more I find myself feeling a little shy--isn't that silly? I'm truly sorry that I can't follow each and every one of you back, but just know that I'm still supporting you in my goodwill, if not in my follower face.

Now that this acceptance speech is over *snore* I can pass along the Journey Support award to the following people, people who may or may not realize how special they are to me in my little internet world:

(In alphabetic order)

Alex J. Cavanaugh 
Sarah Ahiers
Lola Sharp
Courtney Barr (Who also has a kickass contest for Memorial Day--check it out)
Talli Roland 
Crystal Cook
Jon Paul

Aren't you impressed that I gave it back on the same day I received it? Also, it should be known that I would gift it back to Christine Danek, but I thought that might be redundant...

Go forth and be happy, friends!


Jayne said...

Congratulations on your award, and those you have given it to! I haven't seen that one around either but the sentiment is so lovely and so true. And I am very impressed you gave the award back the same day - wow!

Jon Paul said...

Summer--Congratulations on the award, and thanks for the nod!

You are spot on: this writing community is awesome and it is reassuring to discover that "the more we give, the more we receive" does in fact hold true. As you point out, that feeling is critical to forward progress in this business. Thanks for sharing!

Lola Sharp said...

Awww, the sweet, sentimental side of Summer today.
(holy alliteration, Batman!) I enjoyed this post.

Congratulations on your award! (I've never seen that award either)
And thank you for passing it along to me and all of your other wonderful awardees.
A lovelier group of writers I could not find.


Crystal Cook said...

Summer you are an amazing person and an icredibly talented writer and I feel priveleged (too much? what can I say I'm feeling it) to have you as a friend and CP. You deserve this award wholeheartedly. And thanks for sending it my way, you will be getting it right back because I'm Lady Redundant Woman :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Summer, thank you so much! I started my blog last November and had no idea what to expect. It's been a great experience, though.

Courtney Barr - The Southern Princess said...

Major props for doing it on the same day! ;o) You totally deserve it!

Thanks Summer - you are too sweet! I really enjoyed this post, it gave even more insight into someone I already knew was amazing.

This community constantly amazes me - people truly work to help each other and to further the craft. It is more than I ever expected and each day I visit the blogosphere a sense of happiness washes over me.
Thank you for being such a great friend. ;o)

Oh & thanks for the contest nod! ;o)

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Sarah Ahiers said...

*GASP* that's me on that list!


hey...did you add a new picture of you on your blog? Or am i blind and it's been there the whole time?

And i agree - who would have thought blogging would lead to pals?

Old Kitty said...

Awww what a beautiful award and a lovely speech!! :-) CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!

I find the blogging community wonderful and am so glad that to have met such a variety of bloggers who blog about all sorts!! And it is fun isn't it?

I hope your wrist injury is healing ok and I wish you well with your writing journey!!

Take care


Congratulations on your well deserved award, and to all the others you have awarded it to.

I enjoyed what you wrote, it was a pleasure.
Take care.

Melissa Hurst said...

Congrats on receiving such a beautiful award. And I'm really impressed that you're giving it to others on the same day you received it:)

I hope your wrist gets better soon:)

Talli Roland said...

Wow - you're quick! I'm so impressed - I have been absolute rubbish passing on awards lately!


dolorah said...

I am impressed, both with your response and the award itself. And with this post; it mirrors my sentiments exactly about the blogger world.

Have a good day.

BTW: Beautiful garden pictures. That looks like it was a lot of work.


DL Hammons said...

Awwwwwwww....Summer...what you have to go and get all mushy for? :)

In July I will have been blogging officially for one year, but the number of friends and influential people I've met during that single year is incredible. Maybe blog years are like dog years? Anyway, you have been a "Tingler" from the very start. You of those bloggers who make you tingle with anticipation whenever you see a new post from them on your reader. I consider myself lucky to have stumbled across your path...and honored that you consider me someone you hold special.

Thank you. (((Hugs)))

Jumpin' Jeff said...

Congrats to all! Have a great weekend.

Christine Danek said...

You're way too sweet. I'm happy to have you as a friend and CP. Can't wait to continue our incredible journey.

Hannah said...

Yay! That's me up there. I saw my name and said surely that must be some other Hannah but no! It's me, Mario!!

You were one of my first friends on blogger. I am glad Teebore and Falen made me start because you are awesome! And there are so many great peeps out here in the 'sphere. :)

Nishant said...

Congratulations on your well deserved award
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kanishk said...

Congrats to all! Have a great weekend.
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