the joy of sunshine

Hey, Laura Stanfill gave me the Sunshine Blog Award! Thanks, Laura!

Sunshine Blog AwardHere are the rules:

  1. Include the award logo in the post.
  2. Link back and thank those that nominated me.
  3. Answer 10 random questions about myself and/or tell seven random facts.
  4. Nominate 10 other bloggers and link them to the award in their comments

So, there's the logo.

Thanks again, Laura. Everybody should check out Laura's blog, which covers a variety of interesting topics, including... (wait for it)... style manuals! (squee!) (To anybody who thinks I'm joking, I just say, hey, welcome to my blog – I hope you like it here 🙂 )

Laura said some very nice things about my blog in her post. I'm too modest to quote them here, but I'm not too modest to say that you could go over and read them in her post.

Ten random questions. Well, these aren't really random because I got them from Laura's post, but here they are:

  1. What's one of your favorite books from childhood? Hmmm. I was always a big Pooh fan, but I have particularly fond memories of Doctor Doolittle because it was the first book I read on my own (my father had been reading it to me, but I got impatient and wanted to read more).
  2. What are you reading right now? Oh, gracious. Word Virus by William S. Burroughs. The Master Mind of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Swing Zone, Issue 2, by Jodi McClure. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. Various comic books.
  3. What's a go-to meal you make on busy weeknights? Eggplant with garlic sauce from the takeout place around the corner. 🙂
  4. Favorite thing to do in your free time? Well, writing (duh!).
  5. Favorite season? Any of the ones that aren't summer.
  6. Favorite magazine? The New Yorker.
  7. Favorite author? Thomas Pynchon, I suppose.
  8. Favorite teacher (and why)? Professor Maurice Baudin. He taught me a lot about writing (and he liked my stories, which didn't hurt). He taught me how to enjoy and appreciate Henry James while freely acknowledging how ridiculous the Master was in a lot of ways.
  9. AP Style, Chicago Style, neither, or a mix of both? 85% Chicago with a few eccentric (but completely consistent!) rules of my own.
  10. Do you prefer reading short stories or novels? Novels.

Nominate ten other bloggers. This is where I usually fall down, since I don't follow many blogs, and I don't like to give them to the same people over and over. (I'm thinking of writing a blog post about all the various reasons I stop reading blogs – I'm really quite finicky.) So, I'm sure I won't make it to ten. Anyway, these are the worthwhile blogs which have not yet received an award from me.

  1. YA Indie. What do you get when a bunch of young adult independent writer/publishers get together to start a blog? Especially when two of them are Emerald Barnes and Dalya Moon? Well, a great resource for indie YA writers. I read it all the time, and I'm not even a YA indie writer. (Since there are several bloggers over there, maybe I can use this to fill out my list to ten.)
  2. Aly Hughes Writes. Always interesting, particularly her "Sunday vs." series, where she poses things against each other to understand them better (for example. "Series vs. Stand Alone Novels").
  3. Already Not Published. A pretty new blog, but off to a very strong start. I'm not sure of the blogger's name, though (unless her name is really "alreadynotpublished," which seems unlikely), but she's worth reading.

  4. Okay, I just checked and YA Indie has a bunch of contributors, so I'm saying this is ten. Do check out the excellent blogs in my (somewhat outdated) sidebar, all of which are worthwhile and all of which have already received awards from me.

Happy reading! Thanks again, Laura.

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2 Responses to the joy of sunshine

  1. Maggie says:

    Congratulations on your award! And style manuals are very interesting… what are you talking about? 😛

    • The funny thing is that, while I’ve always been interested in language and correct usage, it’s only been in the past few years that I’ve actually studied the CMOS (and learned of some of the differences between it and AP). I also follow the “After Deadline” blog at the New York Times, which is a great view into their style guide (which is not publicly available), and into all the mistakes they make in trying to follow it. 🙂

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