The “Very Inspiring Blogger” Award

writingthebody has very kindly nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.


Golly. Overwhelmed again!

Especially because of the reason why he extended the nomination to me. I feel I should explain that, the angel and me, but I honestly don’t know where to start, because it’s kind of a long story….

For now, I guess it’ll just….have to….speak for itself.

Sorry to leave you out on that.

The rules for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award are:

1) to post the award on your site (that’s the above image);
2) to tell the blog audience seven things about yourself; and
3) to nominate 15 other bloggers (or up to 15 other bloggers) in turn, bloggers who have inspired you, and then let them know you nominated them via a comment on their site.

Okay. Here goes.

Seven Things About Mouse:

1) I’ve been told I have a photographic memory, although it might be more accurate to say it’s eidetic. Whatever you call it, it’s a strange asset. I can remember a lot of things – a lot of things! – and the sheer scope of what I remember and the details of what I remember amazes most people. At times, it makes me feel weird, to be such a, well, fount of remembrance. Par for the course with wanting to be a writer, I think, in that I try to cling to details, and keep it all in my mind and/or on paper for future reference. Never know when it might come in handy. However, I cannot tell you exactly what my earliest memory is, because there are so many vying for that honor. Whenever I think I have the earliest one figured out, another even earlier one pops up.

2) Yes, I do have a cell phone, but I’m the kind of person who tends to forget she has a cell phone. And so, if I’m out somewhere and I’m ready to go home, I get bummed out because I usually don’t have any change to use a pay phone to call home. Until I remember I have a cell phone…. Yeah, strange but true.

3) While I have not shown it yet….I don’t think….I do have a very warped sense of humor. Heck, growing up in the kind of family I did – and I mean both immediate family and relatives – such a warped sense of humor is almost a prerequisite. Everyone else is much more wittier and clever than I am, but every now and then, I get in a pretty good zinger. It always comes as a pleasant surprise to me, when I can make someone genuinely laugh. It makes me feel kinda special, to make others laugh – sadly, it doesn’t happen as often as I’d like.

4) Childhood anecdote: When Older Sister and I were really little, our aunt Ellen taught us how to waltz. Only she didn’t play an actual waltz to teach us – nope, we learned how to waltz to Elton John’s song “Crocodile Rock.” True story. That’s a song I will never ever hate.

5) I love to travel. I may have lived in the Midwest my whole life, but I’ve sort of been all over. Here is the furthest I’ve ever been from home, in all directions: to the west – Denver and Winter Park, Colorado; to the south – the state of Georgia; to the east – Cologne and Aachen, Germany (another story for another time); and to the north – Door County, Wisconsin.

6) I should warn you right now – because in the next couple weeks this will probably be playing a role – that I fall apart when it comes to needles. I didn’t care at all when I was really little. That changed when I put my hand through the window. When the doctor said they would have to numb my hand to put the stitches in, I honestly thought he meant they would put my hand on or in a block of ice for a while. Oh, how stupid and naive of me! Ever since then, I have freaked out around needles. Yes, I have fainted on a couple occasions. Fair warning.

7) I don’t know why, but this little pop-culture-laced amalgamation of self woke me up in the middle of the night. So I fumbled for light, paper, and pencil, and wrote it down in one fell swoop. And here it is, for you: I’m a little bit Princess Leia, Saavik, Eowyn, Dorothy Gale, Rogue (movie Rogue), Regina Radford, Alana as well as Jenny Kelly, Kira, Alice in Wonderland, Sarah Williams, Mrs. Brisby, Shiloh Wallace, Holly Sargis, Esther Greenwood, Helena, Evey Hammond (movie), Grace Braun, Samantha “Sam” Hughes, Novalee Nation, Jeliza-Rose, Eliza Doolittle, Nichole Burnell, Susan and Sharon, Daria and Jane, Enid and Rebecca, the Childlike Empress, Mary and Cecilia Lisbon, Violet Baudelaire, Rosaleen, Megan “Meg” Denning, and, most of all, Carrie Stokes. If you didn’t get half of those, well, don’t worry. Eventually you will.


15 other bloggers (or up to 15 others) to get this award:

There are only 10 from me. Sorry about that. I nominated several others for a previous award who I think would be deserving of this one, too. But I don’t want to seem repetitious or a nuisance to those previously nominated bloggers. So, you know, if you were nominated before, consider yourself still nominated! Besides, I’m still branching out, finding new blogs (and old ones, from my old blog days), and new people who are inspiring.

1) the unabridged girl. This is another blog I followed back when I was “Mouse’s Lilypad.” Mckenzie just….is. She’s just such an amazing person. Congratulations, Mckenzie!

2) a different daylight. a different daylight blogs every Monday and Friday, and has helped me to ‘see daylight differently’ (I’ll have to check out Russell Hoban’s works).

3) weaklyshortstories. Ant is a very interesting writer. Kind of like Seb, in that Ant’s writings are a step outside my comfort zone. I’m not a fan of reading or writing sci-fi/fantasy or crime/murder genres, but Ant’s stories have been an exception.

4) Words of Birds. This is a bunch of bloggers (I follow at least one of them individually) who post stories and poems, and they all just mesh together into one voice, and it’s awesome to read.

5) The Better Man Project. I can’t think of the words for the amazing things he posts. He’s someone else who I feel, at times, speaks for us all.

6) 400 Days ’til 40. Really great idea for a blog – write every day for the 400 days before she turns 40. Hopefully, the blog won’t end when she reaches 40.

7) Girl on the Contrary. Her posts are all relatively short, all deep, and to the point. And funny! I wish I could be as funny as she is! Her weekly features include the ‘Jazz Hands Thursday’ and ‘Thoughts on Friday.’ And she often refers to “Alice in Wonderland.” And I can relate.

8) Her 30’s. I know, I know, she and I are both women. But, as a great man once said, “Remember, I’m pullin’ for ya. We’re all in this together.” So I will keep reading.

9) I just found her blog via the Freshly Pressed feature, and I like it. Plus, she’s from Iowa, too, or else she does still live in Iowa.

10) One Thousand Single Days. Her posts may seem long, but they will just draw you in. And in the end, they are inspiring.

I will leave you with these heartfelt words, courtesy of Mindy from “Animaniacs”:


10 thoughts on “The “Very Inspiring Blogger” Award

  1. Well – just thought I would say again that you really do describe the difference between how we feel inside and how we seem on the outside, especially to others. I had just done something on an aspect of this, and then found I had to rethink a little (the Masks poem came from this moment, thanks to you really). Anyway, please take care – take as long as you need (your next entry) – we will be here when you return – soon I hope! All best wishes!

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