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An Aussie bloke I’ve never met says I inspire him.

The inspiration is definitely mutual.

I write and take pictures.

He draws and designs structures. Two things I can only dream about having the talent to do. I also enjoy reading the back-stories that describe the sometimes frustrations, but always great pleasure he finds while recreating the human form as he sees it.

He has nominated me for the Inspiring Blog Award.

Thanks Michael!

You can visit Michael’s blog here: http://michaelbanak.wordpress.com/

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The award comes with rules:

1. List 7 things about yourself
2. Nominate 15 other bloggers
3. Let them know you nominated them for the Inspiring Blog Award

7 Things About Me:

1. I’m double-jointed, which makes for a great party trick when things get dull.
2. I play Words with Friends… a lot.
3. I need to improve my Photoshop and Illustrator skills.
4. I enjoy and need solitary quiet time.
5. I drink a lot of tea.
6. I want to visit Iceland.
7. I really miss Andrew.

Nominations

I’m passing the Inspiring Blog Award on to bloggers who inspire many, in no order of preference:

1. Seasons Poetryhttp://seasonspoetry.com/
2. Letters to Alfiehttp://letterstoalfie.wordpress.com/
3. iPhone Photographerhttp://iphonephotog.wordpress.com/
4. Susan Eats Londonhttp://susaneatslondon.com/
5. Eclipsing Winterhttp://eclipsingwinter.com/
6. (mom)entshttp://pturnermoments.wordpress.com/
7. Tracie Louise Photographyhttp://tracielouisephotography.net/
8. Uprooted Magnoliahttp://leahyetter.wordpress.com/
9. Rubicornohttp://rubicorno.com/
10. Bucket List Publicationshttp://lesleycarter.wordpress.com/
11. Helen’s Journalhttp://helensjournal.wordpress.com/
12. Meanwhile Back at the Ranchhttp://veederranch.com/
13. Belfast David’s Webloghttp://belfastdavid.wordpress.com/
14. TA Loeffler’s Adventures that Movehttp://taloeffler.com/
15. The New (Cooking) Adventures of Ole’ Billhttp://jbake7.wordpress.com/

I hope you find inspiration in these sites too.

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It’s award season. I never watch awards shows. I figure I shouldn’t have to sit through 3 hours of over-the-top, scripted, rehearsed programming to learn who has been chosen by their peers to take home a statue. I know I sound jaded but I just can’t help thinking about the other things I could do with that time. I read the results after the shows are over, which takes about a whole 10 minutes.

On top of this, I’ve never understood the whole process behind each award. If only it could be this straightforward:

Francina at Seasons Poetry has nominated me for two blog awards, the ABC Blogger Award and the Genuine Blogger Award. She is a regular visitor to my site and she always leaves supportive comments. I appreciate every word of encouragement she has given to me.

Thank you for your support and for sharing my work with other bloggers in the WordPress community Francina!

I know they aren’t Oscars, Golden Globes or Grammys, but I feel more proud than any Hollywood star accepting these awards for my writing. I graciously accept both of these awards and now, unlike the Oscars, Golden Globes or Grammys, I get to pass them along to fellow bloggers.

The Genuine Blogger Award has no rules, which means that I don’t have to list any facts about myself and I get to pass it to anyone I like.

I would like to give this award to one blogger

Mark Sugden/Letters to Alfie @ http://letterstoalfie.wordpress.com/

The first time I read a post by Mark Sugden at Letters to Alfie I cried, not because it was sad, but because it was full of so much love for his son. Mark writes every post in the form of a letter to his son Alfie. I think it’s a wonderful way to let him know he is loved.

The ABC (Awesome Blog Content) Award is different. For this award, there is no limit to how many of your fellow bloggers you can honour. However, I must share some things about myself in alphabetical order, at least one word, or two starting with each letter of the alphabet. Here goes…

I am passing the ABC Award on to the following bloggers because I find their work interesting and inspiring, each for different reasons. I hope you enjoy them too.

1. Bucket List Publications @ http://lesleycarter.wordpress.com/
2. Rubicorno @ http://rubicorno.wordpress.com/
3. Uprooted Magnolia @ http://leahyetter.wordpress.com/
4. MariAnne MacGregor @ http://mariannemacgregor.wordpress.com/
5. FBSIGN @ http://fbsign.wordpress.com/
6. The Right Mood @ http://therightmood.wordpress.com/
7. shpics/Stuart Hyde @ http://shpics.wordpress.com/
8. Helen’s Journal @ http://helensjournal.wordpress.com/
9. vera til @ http://veratil.wordpress.com/

If you’re like me and don’t watch the awards shows I hope you’re still able to enjoy awards season.

Thanks again to Francina!

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My year has started on a high note!

Thanks to Francina at Seasons Poetry for nominating my site for the Kreativ Blogger Award!

Last summer when I changed the format of this blog, I didn’t think I would have many readers let alone receive awards – because who reads poetry? Well, it turns out that there are a lot of poetry readers and lovers out there and some of them enjoy my work.

Rules of the Award:

This award comes with responsibility. I like to think of it as paying it forward. I see a lot creativity across WordPress daily so it’s going to be hard to choose just six other bloggers to nominate. However before I make the nominations, I have to reveal ten things no one knows about me so here goes

Ten Things

1. The African violet I received for my birthday a few years ago is still alive – just barely.
2. I sometimes read the dictionary because the etymology of words fascinates me.
3. I went for a walk in the park one night while it was snowing and it was one of the most magical experiences of my life.
4. I wish I had taken ballet classes when I was a child.
5. I might have undiagnosed OCD.
6. I consider my friends members of my family.
7. I’ve kept just about every piece of poetry I’ve written since I was 15.
8. I love playing Scrabble – it might actually be an addiction.
9. The only constellation I can identify is the Big Dipper.
10. I am a romantic, although not always hopeless.

Nominations

1. Typewriter Poetry /Billimarie @ http://typewriterpoetry.wordpress.com/
2. V. S. Bjorge @ http://vsbjorge.wordpress.com/
3. The Bunny Adventures @ http://thebunnyadventures.wordpress.com/
4. I wish I was a little bit taller… @ http://gwhang.wordpress.com/
5. Eden’s Captures @ http://adventuresinpointingandshooting.wordpress.com/
6. What. No Mints? @ http://whatnomints.wordpress.com/

Thanks again to Francina.

I wish the best for everyone in the year ahead.

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Updated April 12, 2012

My blog has been nominated for two awards!

I am occupying a very humble space now that the surprise has started to wear off.

Thanks to my fellow bloggers who nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award and the Liebster Blog Award:

Seasons Poetry/Francina @ http://seasonspoetry.com/
Crypt Art Photo/DAlmeida @ http://divalmeida.wordpress.com/
Typewriter Poetry /Billimarie @ http://typewriterpoetry.wordpress.com/
Letters to Alfie/Mark Sugden @ http://letterstoalfie.wordpress.com
Seasons and Impressions @ http://songsofseasons.wordpress.com/


Like everywhere else in life, there are rules for each of these awards.

The Versatile Blogger Award Rules:

1.  Nominate 15 fellow bloggers
2. Inform the bloggers of their nomination
3. Share 7 random things about yourself
4. Thank the blogger who nominated you
5. Add the Versatile Blogger Award picture on your blog post

My 15 Picks:

It was tough to narrow it down to just 15 because there are so many bloggers that I find interesting and very creative, but here is my list from the many blogs I follow.

1. Typewriter Poetry /Billimarie @ http://typewriterpoetry.wordpress.com/
2. Michael Banak @ http://michaelbanak.wordpress.com/2011/12/21/big-nickers/
3. Rudolf Vlček Photography @ http://rudolfvlcek.wordpress.com/2011/12/21/still-life/
4. A Lego a Day @ http://legomyphoto.wordpress.com/
5. Mufidah Kassalias @ http://mufidahkassalias.wordpress.com/
6. I wish I was a little bit taller… @ http://gwhang.wordpress.com/
7. Crypt Art Photo/DAlmeida @ http://divalmeida.wordpress.com/
8. V. S. Bjorge @ http://vsbjorge.wordpress.com/
9. The Bunny Adventures @ http://thebunnyadventures.wordpress.com/
10. Butterfly of the Moment @ http://butterflymoment.wordpress.com/
11. The Plaid Ant @ http://tbthedelineator.wordpress.com/
12. Present Me @ http://atbestanenigma.wordpress.com/
13. Muzzleflashings @ http://muzzleflashing.com/
14. Ken Bennison’s Photography @ http://kenben.wordpress.com/
15. My Photo Journal @ http://michellealzola.wordpress.com/

7 Random Things About Me: This was a tough list to write

1. Writing poetry keeps me sane
2. I’m a chocoholic
3. I only like to swim in saltwater – preferably the ocean or sea
4. I do not have a green thumb
5. I need sunny days
6. I’m allergic to cats, but Jupiter and Luna may be exceptions
7. I’m an insomniac

The Liebster Blog Award Rules:

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog
2. Link back to the blogger who awarded you
3. Copy & paste the blog award on your blog
4. Reveal your 5 blog picks
5. Let them know you choose them by leaving a comment on their blog

My 5 Picks:

Choosing an additional 5 blogs to nominate was not easy.

1. Seasons Poetry/Francina @ http://seasonspoetry.com/
2. Brain Caviar/Claudia W Johnson @ http://braincaviar.wordpress.com/
3. Andi Bob @ http://andibob.wordpress.com/
4. Flight Attendant with a Camera @ http://flightattendantwithcamera.wordpress.com/
5. Leaf and Twig @ http://leafandtwig.wordpress.com/

Thanks again to those who nominated me and I hope I have added some happiness to the lives of those I have nominated.

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Recently, a friend recommended that to combat the procrastination I’ve come to accept as a part of my writing life, I should write something first thing in the morning.

Well, I’m writing first thing in the morning.

This is not the poetry I was hoping for. But this prose is the first step toward what will hopefully be a daily practice of mining the ideas I often allow to fade when morning light overtakes the shadows of sleepless nights.

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Sometimes you need to hear the words before you can see the picture.

We’re building an audio library so you can listen to the poems we use to create PhotoPoetics™ pieces.

Listen to our first recording “Early Love”

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What picture did you see?

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Give a piece of PhotoPoetics™ each time you send a note.

Now you can buy note cards with the PhotoPoetics™ signature image: Memories.

Our note cards are available with a glossy or matte finish and come in packages of 10 or 20 cards with envelopes.

(click image to buy)

Place an order today and create memories with PhotoPoetics™ note cards.

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