Guys! Someone gave me an award!
The lovely Jess Byam of Jest Kept Secret has passed on the 7×7 Blog Award, in which I am encouraged to share one of my own posts in each of seven categories. And hey, Sunday is Sunday Sharing (in which I post seven links)!
So doing the award post today makes perfect sense, right?
Yeeaaahhh. About that.
The funny thing is that this is probably the most difficult Sunday Sharing I have ever had to write. Part of it is that picking out links to post is hard. The other part is that I have issues where self-promotion is concerned (not other people’s self-promotion—my own). But the way I figure it, if I want to be a writer, this is something I’m just going to have to get used to. So all in all, I think this is good for me. A stretching exercise, if you will.
And without further ado, here are the posts I’ve selected.
1. Most Beautiful: Impatience is a Virtue (or, Why I Am a Masochist)
Beautiful blog posts don’t tend to be my style, so I think this is the closest I get. I guess it’s beautiful to me in that it captures a very specific feeling that I’ve been experiencing for years but hadn’t ever really articulated until I wrote this. Anyhoo. In spite of the potentially misleading title, it’s about writing, and I like writing. So yeah.
2. Most Helpful: How to Make a Mind Map (or, Brainstorming Stories with the Fuzzy Mango)
Mind mapping! This is an awesome brainstorming technique that I find very useful. Since writing this post, I’ve had a number of people tell me (either virtually or in person) that they’ve found it to be an immensely helpful way of both organizing thoughts and generating new ideas. And it’s great for nonfiction, presentations, and academic work as well as for fiction.
3. Most Popular: I Feel You, Man (or, the Art of Capturing Sensory Detail)
I got a lot of good feedback on this one. Using precise description to paint a picture in a reader’s mind is a necessary skill in fiction—and it’s also something that nearly all writers have to work at. Basically, it’s difficult AND vitally important. (Thank God there are concrete ways to approach this issue). I guess a lot of readers could relate to that.
4. Most Controversial: Lighting a Candle Amid Cursing (or, Why the Dark Content of Modern YA Novels is Not Evil)
I don’t know if the post itself is controversial because nobody has actively disagreed with it (yet). That said, I think it’s the one that has the potential to be controversial. I have some strong feelings about censorship, particularly the censorship of middle-grade and young-adult fiction. That said, these feelings are counterbalanced by knowing what it’s like to want to protect a kid/teen (a younger sibling, in my case) from the darker aspects of the human experience.
5. Most Surprisingly Successful: Entry for the First Campaigner Challenge!
On one hand, I probably shouldn’t be surprised that this ended up being such a successful post. It was part of the Campaigner Challenge and there was an external link directing people to it. Still, I was astonished by how many people commented to say how much they liked it, and it ended up making it to the second round of the competition. That was really nice.
6. Most Underrated: Liquidized Borders (or, How the Book Industry is Getting Interesting)
In theory, this is a blog post about change. In reality, though, I think it’s more about the fact that I just enjoy having conversations with a certain monocled velociraptor (a.k.a. Fred). Granted, I think we’ve had other noteworthy argu—I mean, discussions. But this was his first appearance on the blog, so it’s one of my favorites.
7. Most Prideworthy: It’s Not About the Networking (or, Why the Wall Street Journal Fails to Comprehend the Internet)
I’m not sure this post is the most prideworthy for purely objective reasons, but it has a significance that no other post on my blog has (to my knowledge, anyway). And what is that significance, you ask?
IT WAS READ BY JOHN GREEN. YES. BY JOHN GREEN.
And how do I know this? Because unless there is some other female Nerdfighter who did those book-signing calculations with those exact figures, my blog is the one he’s talking about here (you should watch the whole thing for context, but skip to 1:08 if you want to hear the relevant part):
So yeah, seeing that video pretty much made my day (way back in July when it was posted).
At any rate, it is now my great pleasure to pass this 7×7 award on to some awesome bloggers! I’m going to pick five:
1. Annalise Green
2. Yvie Gonya
3. Claudie A.
4. Jen Groepl
5. Mel Corbett
Can’t wait to see what they do with it!
With that, dear readers and raptors (reapters? raders?), we’ve reached the end of this whirlwind tour down memory lane. If you liked any particular post mentioned here (or if you *le gasp* disagree with one of my choices), leave a comment and let me know!
Otherwise, I shall see you on Thursday.