I have been nominated for this “Very Inspiring Blogger Award” by Veronica of charlottesville winter. I accept this award with much fear and trepidation. It is my third blogging award, so it puts me right up there with “Lincoln” and “Les Miserables” – and look what happened to them. Assassination. And a failed revolution. Nonetheless, I accept (both this award and my fate).
The conditions for acceptance are –
1. Display the award logo (see above)
2. Link back to the person who nominated you (also see above)
3. State 7 things about yourself (see below)
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them (see further below)
As for 7 things about myself, I thought it would be good since this is about being inspiring and my blog is about writing if I were to mention 7 persons who have inspired me to write. (There have been and continue to be many more, but I’ll limit myself now to 7).
1. Larry Roberts. Growing up, we would visit my Uncle Larry and Aunt Linda (and their daughter Leah) in Chicago. Larry would often break out his guitar and sing songs. I thoroughly enjoyed all the music, but my favorite songs were the ones he wrote himself. I hope to convince him to let me publish a sample in upcoming posts.
2. Ivan Lancaster. Mr. Lancaster taught 5th and 6th grade English at Nineveh Elementary. After lunch, he read to us from classic books (I remember Johnny Tremain). He also encouraged each of us to write our autobiographies and this 30+ page bound notebook with line sheets written on in ink was my first sustained piece of writing.
3. Robert Waldon. (Joe Rossi on “The Lou Grant Show”) I was captivated by the character of Rossi – his persistence, his commitment to truth, his courage. He made me want to become a journalist. One episode was about book banning. Rossi was appalled that his favorite book – The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger was on the list. Immediately, I checked it out of the library. It became my favorite book and redirected my focus from journalism to creative writing.
4. Kevin Ballard. Mr. B. filled in in the English department one semester and I took his class on “Contemporary Drama.” He wasn’t the best lecturer, but he was very accessible and showed an interest in my ideas and writing beyond class. He introduced me to a good friend from his college days – Jim Leonard – a playwright who has won awards for “The Diviners” (which he wrote while at Hanover College).
5. Buran Phillips & George Love. I list them together because together they helped keep my creative juices flowing while at seminary as co-creators of our satirical newsletters – “The Institutes” & “Rude Dogma”. While we wrote most articles separately, we developed concepts together and I was inspired just by our shared laughter.
6. Alice Roberts. The woman who would become my wife of over 20 years was for many of these years my most prayerful and careful editor.
7. Veston & Connie Roberts. A few winters back, my dad and step-mom offered to type my up 500+ sermons and catalogue them on the computer (and on CDs). Dad in particular has been my most devoted blog follower. As I write my new novel (on their computer), I debrief after every finished chapter by telling them what it was about (then Dad goes to read it).
Now, to share the “Inspiring Blogger Award”, I nominate the following (in no particular order)…
russellboyle posts classic, inspiring poetry that helps soothe the troubled soul.
Defeat Despair offers inspiring quotes and brief reflections that lift your spirit.
Teacher as Transformer suggests insights on education, leadership, life, and transformation.
larrywtrimm writes on the blessing of being a Christian author.
Confessions of a Bookworm celebrates the inspiration found in reading good books.
The One Thing I Know for Sure presents thoughts and pictures intended to inspire deeper reflection.
writing young adult lit… and the occasional face plant explores the creativity behind a writing life.
liveconsciously publishes inspiring, life-enhancing, mind-altering books and media.on
Write here, Joel reflects on life, faith, and laughter.
The Twenty Something: An Ordinary Girl Serving an Extraordinary God shares her faith passionately.
Dreams Will Catch You provides refreshing perspectives on life and faith.
todaysdailyword brings God’s Word to life in fresh ways.
hankrules2011 provokes thought for an examined life.
I’ve Got This Friend reveals the personal side of a relationship with Christ.
a surrendered year looks at what it means to give in to God.
Check these out and see let them know they have “A Way With Words” on their side.