Monday, August 29, 2011


I need to thank Carrie Butler over at So, You're a Writer for an award I'd never seen before:
Thanks for thinking of me, Carrie. I agree with you in your post here. This award is a little more complicated and, for me, difficult to assess. Recipients are supposed to provide links back to a few of their blog posts based upon seven categories. 

How the heck am I supposed to determine "seven post superlatives"? For example, is a post most popular because it had the most comments, that it had the power to get people to take the time to respond? Or the number of visitors who, perhaps, left too stunned by the quality of the post to comment (yeah, and then I wake up). How do we quantify someone else's experience when they visit our blogs?
I can't. So you're stuck with my interpretation. And I'm biased, either for or against.

1. Most Beautiful

The post I wrote after my father died last march.

2. Most Popular
According to my blog stats, it appears that my Fun & Games Blogfest post had the most page views. By a substantial number.

3. Most Controversial
This one was easy to decide on. It was the post about self-publishing.

4. Most Helpful
Okay. Now it's getting hard because this is so subjective. How do I really know if something I've written about turned out to be helpful to someone? 
So, I'll go with one of my Grammar Friday posts and hope that I'm right. I like the one dealing with punctuation because I love the example so much.

5. Most Surprisingly Successful
I think this has to be my unmentionables post. I'm not into risque posts, and most of the ones I'd seen were definitely that, so when I was tagged for that meme, I was conflicted. However, I decided there was room for some potential humor there while still maintaining my propriety.

6.  Most Underrated
Once again, how can I even guess at this? I suggest it was my review of Natalie Palmer's book Second Kiss, which I dearly loved.

7. Most Pride Worthy
I'm not sure what to put on here, either. I was tempted to leave it up to you guys, but I decided to list my book review of the I Am Not a Serial Killer series by Dan Wells. Perhaps because this is not a genre I read anymore. Perhaps it's because of the way Dan managed to make me love the terribly flawed, icky fantasizing, wanting to be noble John Cleaver that makes me gush about this series. John is no Dexter to try and justify his atrocities by targeting an "appropriate" kind of victim. Seriously. I can't gush enough about this series. It really struck a chord with me.

So, there you have it. My 7 (presumptuous) superlatives. Now I get to select seven others to pass this on to. Be sure to check their blogs out:

Here's to a great week everyone. I need to get through another poll worker training session (hopefully not an epic fail this time) and then I have a four-day weekend. And my mind is buzzing with ideas for WIP #3!


  1. Congrats on your well deserved award and to the people you passed it onto.

    Have a good day.

  2. Congratulations! And thank you! Now how on Earth will I choose mine?

  3. Ha! Congrats and thanks. I got tagged for this one the other day too. Post is up this morning. Kind of a neat idea to highlight some older posts people may not have seen.

    And I agree your grammar posts are very helpful. :)

  4. Congratulations and thank you for not tagging me. Some of those would be tough to decide.

  5. Congratulations on your award, Donna. Today must be the day for awards. :)

  6. Hmm, what an interesting idea for an award. Congratulations.

  7. Congrats, I just saw this award on one other blog, but otherwise had never heard of it myself. Sounds neat:)

  8. Congrats on the award and thanks for passing it on! This seems like quite a challenge, but it'll be a fun think to work on the upcoming weeks.

    And how did you get that many pictures into your blog post?!

  9. Yes, I think that is an interesting idea for an award.
    BTW do you know who starts these awards?

    Also, on some Friday would you please address the comma before or after the word but. I am always conflicted with that.......kt

  10. Congrats… and great posts.
    I am a slacker… I have tree blog awards I need to post about.

    I wish you well on your WIP #3.

  11. Hi Donna, I just read Tribute, which was so lovely, and then I got all caught up in the self-pub discussion! Glad I stopped by.

  12. Thank you so much for the award! I'm going to check out your tribute. :) You deserve every award given to you, girlie!

  13. Hey, found you through the campaign! Nice to meet you, and congrats on your award :)

  14. I loved this post! I also read Dan's book. Loved the whole series and couldn't put them down. I like this idea of "superlatives." Very creative!

  15. Congrats on your award; I love this post and will enjoy going back and viewing these! Thanks for the book recommend; we love Dexter. I am always looking for new reads for hubby~ I have a huge list, but he flies and likes something mysterious. I will check this one out! :D

  16. Congrats on the award! :D

    And I'm sorry about your dad... I hope that after all these months you're better now.

    I'll take a look at I'M NOT A SERIAL KILLER--thx for the recommendation :)

  17. What a cool award! I can't believe I'd never heard of this one.

  18. Hi, Donna, fellow Campaigner here. Congrats on your award. So sorry you lost your dad (I lost my dad 14 years ago - I can empathize with you).

    I look forward to getting to know your blog a bit better.

    See you out there....

  19. Wow, that would be hard for me to choose too! I think you did a great job, and I love Dan Wells's books!

  20. I just read your review of Second Kiss and it sounds fantastic! I'm so glad I went back and read that post :)

  21. You're very welcome, Donna! You deserve it. I enjoyed going through some of your older posts. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss--especially so late. The tribute to your father was very touching. That was indeed the most beautiful. :)


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