- The Leomonade award, from Jessica at My Thoughts Exactly.
- The Heartfelt award* from Roni at Fiction Groupie.
These awards both have similar rules: that you nominate nine (is it nine? Why nine? Can I just say right now that it completely baffles me when people write "nine (9)...." Why the numeral in parens? Why? Did you think I wouldn't get "nine"? How strange is that? I'm not saying Jessica or Roni did that. I'm just saying I see it a lot at work, and not just with nine. It's odd. And it makes me wonder if the writer of such a thing has been lobotomized.) Anyway, you nominate nine (9) or so different bloggers who you like, list them, and then go post on their blog that they've been awarded. It's almost mind-bloggling (a wee pun) in the tactical planning of it. But the bottom line is that you get to be introduced to tons of other awesome bloggers, several of whose blogs I regularly visit now. These are usually fellow writers, all savvy enough to be loudmouths out on the tinterweb. I like that.
I'm supposed to give these awards on, but I need to gather a long blog roll list up first, so until I do I just want to say thank you to the ladies for these. I think it means you like me, and you like what I post, and that is really, really coolio to me. Maybe one day you'll like my novel, too. I think that's the fun thing: you get to know someone's Voice on their blog, especially if they go on at length, and you obviously come back for more. Then when they get a huge big fat publishing contract (or, you know, whatever), you go run out and buy their book and lurve it and blog about it and there you go. The love has been spread, nine (9) times. (Why do people do that?)