"What do you plan to do with your one, wild, precious life?" -Mary Oliver

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Passing the Torch

It is time for me to acknowledge a few fellow bloggers who have been generous to me with their time and support. First, a special thank you to Carolina Valdez Miller at Carols Prints for being my 30th follower. She is hosting a contest with Simon Larter at Constant Revision to celebrate their each passing the 100-follower threshold. The rules are at Simon’s and the prizes are at Carolina’s. The prizes are very fine indeed. Don't miss this one.

Next, I would like to pass my Honest Scrap Award to my final three recipients. (See post below)
Jean Oram, who blogs here
K.T. Richardson at My Writing Masquerade
and Nisa at Wordplay Swordplay .

I won't repeat the guidelines except to say please don't feel bound by them. I think some of these "rules" may have been lost in translation, but all three of you define scrappy for me.

Next, I am passing on my Superior Scribbler Award (see sidebar) from Tricia O’Brien at Talespinning. To have received this from someone of your writing ability, Tricia, is truly humbling. I think one is supposed to pass it on to five fellow writers in the online community. But at this time I would like to gift it to:
Amber Tidd Murphy who blogs here
Catwoods at Words From The Woods
and Rebecca Bush at Just A Thought ,
three writers of unbelievable writing stamina. I wonder when any of you sleep.

Finally, I’ve come to my Humane Award.(Again, see sidebar.) Andrea Cremer at A Blurred History gave me this one. It was the first blog award I received and because of that and because of what it stands for, in some ways it means the most. I never properly thanked you, Andrea, and now you’re off to New York to meet your agents and editors, (sigh) so I hope you see this. I didn’t know what I was doing six months ago. I didn’t even know how to post a link, but I’ve sat on this long enough, and let it go I must. I can’t think of five more worthy blogging buddies to give the Humane Award to than:

C.M. Jackson at States-of-Mine
Rebecca at Just a Thought
Tongue Trip at Scentlessness
Mary Anne Gruen at Starlight Blog
and, finally, Jemi Fraser at Just Jemi
All of you are up front and amazing with your concern for others, doing your part to make this a better world.

Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who follows my blog or drops in for an occasional visit. I appreciate all of you and am constantly humbled by your generosity. The writing is for myself but also, more importantly, for you.

"All art has this characteristic—it unites people."
-Leo Tolstoy

And, finally, because Haiti has been on my mind, I'd like to share this haiku based on a true account and written to honor all those involved in the rescue effort.

THE PLANES CAN'T GET IN, BUT STILL . . .

Rescued from rubble
the girl danced
in joyful flip flops.

16 comments:

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Congratulations on all your well-deserved awards, and your Haiti haiku is filled with hope for our sometimes sad world. Well done.

Jemi Fraser said...

Thanks Yvonne - You're a doll!

Congrats on your awards - you've got a great blog & it's nice to see you getting recognition.

Great haiku. There's so much sadness, but there's always hope.

rebecca said...

Hey Yvonne, congrats on all those wonderful awards....as writers we feel accomplished when another recognizes and enjoys the fruits of our labor.

I will return later on today (believe it or not it's 1:00 am n the coffee I had this afternoon is to blame) to collect my awards. Thank you so much for the recognition n for ending this night in such a lovely way. :)

Best,
Rebecca

Tongue Trip said...

thanks yvonne, im really touched that you considered me for this award. this is my first ever and special. i wonder if anyone apart you even noticed the donate rice link at my blog. thanks.
i enjoy your blog very much, its a blog of substance.
my prayers for the earthquake victims and lets all do our best in our own small ways to do what we can for them.
ta.

Yvonne said...

Tricia,
Much thanks. I love the sparseness of Haiku, giving meaning to the phrase "less is more".

Jemi,
Aw, shucks! Thank you.

The story behind my Haiku....a Salvation Army worker reported how this 10-yr.old girl was pulled from the debris, unclothed and covered from head to toe in dust. They bathed and clothed her and somebody gave her a pair of flip flops and she started dancing. Perhaps with hope for a new life.

Rebecca,
I'm glad I ended the night for you on a high note. Sometimes I wonder if any of us sleep!

Your blog has been an inspiration for me from the beginning.

T.T.
Thank you for the lovely compliment. Your blog is one of my newly discovered gems, and I'm sure others have noticed the Rice Link. We don't always comment on what we've seen and stored away.

catwoods said...

Yvonne,

Thanks for the recognition and congrats on your awards. It is nice to be noticed by those who inspire us. I will tuck the award away for a day when I can give it its due respect.

I'm not a huge poetry fan, but I make the exception for well-done haiku. Less is more and you captured so much hope in yours.

Enjoy knowing that all of your followers do so because they connecting with you and your writing. This is no small feat.

Jean Oram said...

Hi!

Thanks for the honour of the Honest Scrap Award. Wow. That's cool!

The fact that you've called the post 'Passing the Torch' is funny because the Olympic Torch is coming through town today! Cool beans.

Nisa said...

Beautiful haiku. I hope they can be able to do that soon. It will take time to recover from this.

And thank you so much for thinking of me. The award means a lot.

Congrats on all your awards! Isn't the writing community phenomenal? I love being a part of such a wonderful group!

Simon C. Larter said...

Thanks for the mention, good lady. And congrats on the awards!

Jean Oram said...

I revealed all my deep, dark writing secrets on my blog today--thanks, Yvonne. :)

Yvonne said...

Hi Jean,

You're very welcome. I wasn't thinking of the Olympic connection. In fact I'd forgotten they were coming up. Where are they? In Vancouver? I can't wait to read your dark writing secrets!

Cat,
You're welcome and thank you especially for the kind words. I'm smiling.

Nisa,
Thanks and you're very welcome. It's been a pleasure to add you to my Dashboard!

Simon,
Thanks, and you're quite welcome. I plan on entering that one....if I can stop revising long enough!

Mary Anne Gruen said...

Congratulations on all your awards! And thank you so much for presenting the Humane Award to me! It's a great honor!

And thinking of the 10 yr. old girl who inspired your Haiti haiku, I hope there will soon be more dancing in Haiti.

Yvonne said...

Mary Ann,

You're welcome. And thank you!

I hope there will be more dancing in Haiti, but the cleanup and rescue efforts must seem insurmontable to those in the midst of all that destruction

She Writes said...

How sweet of you to mention all of these folks. Isn't it nice to be in this community?

LOVE, Love the Haiku!

C.M. Jackson said...

Yvonne--

Congrats on your awards. I am touched by your award--it is good to know that words written touch someone's heart--c

Yvonne said...

Amy,
Thank you very much. I like to play around with haiku.And this is a pretty cool community

C.M.
You're very welcome and very deserving! You were one of my first followers and it's about time I acknowledge that too. In the beginning, I didn't have a clue. I just started a blog for the writing....I didn't know one could acquire followers!