Thursday, September 17, 2009

.... and the award goes to....

Sometimes, like right now, life gets totally outta control crazy. Not bad stuff - just too much to do, not enough time to do it. Trying to cram 32 hours into 24 with limited sleep. Having to make budget numbers work on a logistically impossible project, get ready for another out of town assignment (without knowing when I'll have to leave) all while keeping pace with Micky Muse, 'cause I'm havin' so much fun writing RECKLESS ENDEAVOR, the sequel to BAD LATITUDE.

Normally I'm pretty skilled at staying upbeat, or maybe I should say looking upbeat. Other than one week in Atlanta, I've been more or less trapped in the office, feeling rather confined, for most of the last three months. {Hint: I normally visit the office only once a month, every other if I can get away with it.} Tuesday I was in a kind of bummed out mood. Not grouchy, just kinda ... okay, grouchy. As I sat with my office door closed, wondering if an overdose of subcontractor stupidity could be fatal, I got an email from my friend, author Joylene Butler, saying she thought my blog deserved The Kreativ Blogger Award. Whoa! Really? I looked around to make sure Kanye West wasn't nearby to interrupt my acceptance click, then clicked onto Joylene's blog & BANG - there it was. Me myself & I - suddenly keeping company with Joylene Butler, Pat Bertram & Katherine Neff Perry. Know what? I wasn't grouchy after that. Instead I was totally humble, grateful & .... wondering what the heck was Joy thinkin' 'bout with this!!! I mean, really, Joy -You, Pat & Katt can flat out write. It's like I'm puttin' on my high school basketball uniform (keep dreamin' Dave) & runnin' onto the court with the Boston Celtics. Anyway - I'm flattered - though I think it's Deb's pics that draw the big crowds, all holding their lighters over their heads chanting 'Freebird'. 

So now it's my turn to pass the baton to a couple of way cool writing blogs, though I have no idea how to properly include links within a post without writing them out. Someday I'll learn. Maybe?

Rebecca Ramsey is the author of FRENCH BY HEART. It's the true story of the Ramsey clan, southerners to the core (with their barefoot savages), & their adventures living in France. It's a great read, very funny. I've wondered how the French language sounds mixed with a thick South Carolina accent. Becky's blog, Wonders Never Cease is one of the first blogs I followed regularly - & still do. It's very KREATIV & worth a visit (Caution: Habit Forming) as well as The KREATIV BLOGGER AWARD. (Aaagh... Becky's mongrel - Tanner the slobber dog just swiped the solid gold trophy & swallowed it. Oh well.) Congrats. Visit Becky at http://rebeccasramsey.blogspot.com/ watch Andy Griffith 'cause her hometown reminds me of Mayberry.

Next is Cheryl Pickett @ http://www.publishinganswers.blogspot.com/ She has a new book out called PUBLISHING POSSIBILITIES & has been running a series on her blog lately about publicity, marketing, & distribution. Cheryl has been a big help to me (& other writers). In fact, she gave me some great info that helped me avoid a HAYOOGE mistake. Thanks to her, I ended up working with some really great folks from Maine & my 1st book turned out exactly the way I envisioned (& is selling well, thank you very much). Her advice is always honest, practical & down to earth. Gotta go visit her blog & website. Thanks Cheryl!

So there you have it. Thanks again Joylene (author of DEAD WITNESS check it out ASAP & visit her all the way up in British Columbia at   http://cluculzwriter.blogspot.com/  where the weather is much cooler but, geez, she lives on a lake surrounded by bears & eagles.... )

PS - I probably won't post anything else 'til I return from Delray Beach - short trip early next week.

14 comments:

careann said...

Hey, congratulations! It couldn't happen to a nicer guy, Dave! You deserve the award. You write with a distinctive combination of warmth, honesty and humor that's wonderful to read, so don't discount your ability.

And in those moments when life is crowding out your living, you should know that my blogging friends are incorporated into my daily prayer list so someone is praying for your sanity. :D

joylene said...

Dave, you're a powerhouse. And just in case, I'm also praying for your sanity. I'm praying that it keeps a balance between serious and crazy. Because, frankly, you being a little crazy is a good thing.

Cheers to Deb's photographic eye!

joylene said...

ps. forgot to say that I'm your nominated bloggers next.

sam said...

You are a sweetheart! And don't worry...I rescued the award, wiped off Tanner's slobber the best I could, and have it proudly displayed on my mantle. Thank you, my friend! Thanks too for the shout out for French By Heart.
I'm glad you managed to keep Kanye at bay!

JaxPop said...

Careann - Where do I send the check? Thanks for the compliments & thanks for praying for my sanity.

Joylene - Thanks for the awesome prize & nice comments. A little crazy is good - I think, though I keep Deb off-balance from time to time. When she stops laughin' I'll re-evaluate.

Sam? Seems we have a Blogger in disguise! Well, tell 'your mom' to get another book finished soon. Geez, you'd think she had a family to take care of.

writerjenn said...

Mr. West is running up the aisle after your mike, but you got the whole speech in. Bravo!

Kathryn Neff Perry said...

Dave, you are just too funny! I love reading anything you've written. You have the ability to make me think--and laugh at the same time. Keep writing my friend, and I agree with Joy, you DESERVE this award!!! You're the best!
Hugs
Katt

JaxPop said...

Jenn - Some folks I just don't get & KW is one of 'em. Maybe I'm 'old school' - just think good manners & decency should be automatic.

Katt - Thanks for the compliment. Wish I had more time to post but the travel stuff (& editing of Reckless) is taking up a ton of my time.

Shawna said...

congrats. . .u deserve the award - ur blog always makes me smile! & ur book wasn't bad either lol ;)

LMAO @ "subcontractor stupidity"
:)

ptbertram said...

I meant to stop by long ago to say congratulations on winning the Kreativ Blogger award, but I've becme somewhat of a Kreativ procrastinator. Still, here I am. Now I'm off to check those you passed the award to.

JaxPop said...

Hi Shawna - Thanks for visiting. You must know something about dealing with construction subs. They are a bunch that can test patience & turn guys like me into mental patients. Ah, the book I could write about some of those dimwits. I'm glad to hear the blog makes you smile & that my book wasn't bad either. Thanks

JaxPop said...

Pat - Thanks for stopping by. Congratulations on your new release (DAUGHTER AM I) - I read the excerpt - WHOA. sounds awesome. You don't waste any time getting into things.

Horror with Heart said...

Congrats you kreativ blogger. You definitely deserve it. Hold on to your kreativ mix of sanity and crazy. Looking forward to more blogs.

JaxPop said...

Keith - You're nominated for 3 awards yet you're stopping by this wretched blog to visit??? Good luck with those nominations - hope you win.