The Very Inspirational Blogger Award (Black and White Edition)

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The lovely and talented Halfway between the Gutter and the Stars nominated me for the Very Inspirational Blogger Award. I am doubly honored because—with her fearless honesty and unbelievable strength—this woman, in my humble opinion, is the very epitome of inspirational.

Check out her blog here and see what I mean.

The Rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.

2. Share seven things about yourself

3. Nominate other bloggers you think deserve the award, and post on their blog to let them know they’ve been nominated.

Seven Things about Me:

1. I have no sense of direction. During my visit to New York, I spent twenty minutes looking for my hotel, only to discover that it was two blocks away…in a straight line…directly across from the entrance to the train station. And I was using the GPS feature on my phone.

2. I’m extremely gullible. Seriously, you could tell me that bats fly out of your ass at midnight on the third Sunday of every month and, as long as you said it with a straight face, I’d probably believe you.

3. I’m terrified of commitment. Always have been, but it’s gotten a lot worse since my fiancé died. The thought of owning a house, setting down roots, or falling in love again makes me want to vomit.

4. I was raised with the belief that crying is useless and self-indulgent, so I tend to bottle everything up until I can’t bear it anymore. I usually cry once every three years, unless I’m watching a Hallmark commercial or a Disney movie. Then all bets are off.

5. My favorite book in the whole world is The Long Nosed Princess by Priscilla Hallowell, published in 1959. I read it at least once a year and have since I was ten years old.

6. Growing up in Mississippi, I had to deal with a lot of crap for being mixed race. One of the poems that helped me through was “Cross” by Langston Hughes.

My old man’s a white old man
And my old mother’s black.
If ever I cursed my white old man,
I take my curses back.
If ever I cursed my black old mother
And wished she were in hell,
I’m sorry for that evil wish
And now I wish her well
My old man died in a fine big house.
My ma died in a shack.
I wonder where I’m going to die,
Being neither white nor black?

7. I am extraordinarily clumsy. I once executed a perfect routine during a karate competition, complete with kicks, flips, and splits. I bowed to the judges, turned, and then tripped over my own feet as I left the mat. Fortunately, they didn’t penalize me for it.

Now, for the nominees (I’m only listing seven, mostly because I’m too lazy to do more. Besides, naming all the inspirational blogs out there would take me days.):

1. Janice Heck

2. S.Z. Williams

3. Fic Faq

4. Melinda VanLone

5. Word Flows

6. This Man’s Journey

7.  No More Race

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8 comments on “The Very Inspirational Blogger Award (Black and White Edition)

  1. Jill Archer says:

    I looked up the Long Nosed Princess on Amazon. It looks great, but unfortunately is out of print with limited availability. My daughters and I love the Paper Bag Princess, another non-traditional princess story. Your karate competition story reminded me of the time I tripped and fell at the end of a job interview. Sprained my ankle too! So embarrassing! :-D Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  2. Janice Heck says:

    Jacqui, Thanks for this recognition. Sometimes I wonder who is really reading my blog posts, so it’s nice to get this recognition. Comments and awards from writer friends do keep me writing. So thanks again.
    I am going to have to read Long Nosed Princess. Any book that gets reread so many times deserves some attention.

    • You’re welcome! I love your blog. The food posts never fail to make me hungry. Though, I’m not so sure that’s a good thing. :)

      THE LONG NOSED PRINCESS is out of print, but you may be able to find a copy at your local library. Hopefully, one day they’ll re-release it as an e-book, so future generations will be able to enjoy it.

  3. Julie says:

    Wow. Congrats, and thanks for the nomination. I hear you about the clumsiness. I have a couple of friends who insist I’m graceful. I look down at my collection of minor bruises from running into things or bouncing off of them and wonder if these friends have met me. :p

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