Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Hear Me Roar! (And Kiss.)

The thoughtful TIV, aka The Individual Voice, awarded me that amazing lion to your left. It makes me very happy to get such an award because it matters to me to hear that someone likes the way I write. Because writing is a very personal thing. Especially when one is writing about such personal things as those I blab about here on a semi-regular basis. (And I'm not necessarily just talking about the poop stories.)

She was kind enough to write that I am "witty and articulate about the challenges and hilarity that goes into mothering three of the cutest, funniest boys I've ever seen." Isn't that about the nicest thing ever?

So this award comes from the Shameless Lions Writing Circle. Each recipient is instructed to “distribute [the award] to those people who have blogs we love, can’t live without, where we think the writing is good and powerful. [...] and accompany the image with three things they believe are necessary to make writing good and powerful.”

So three things that I believe are necessary to make writing good and powerful. Well, the first has to be honesty of emotion. Be it fiction or reality, if the author isn't being true to the emotions of the situation, the writing likely won't resonate.

Another thing that I think good writing requires is an interest on the part of the author in the subject matter. No matter how good of a writer you are, if you don't care about your subject matter, that will shine through. See, I'm really interested in Quinn's constipation. Thus, the compelling reading you can find under my "poop" category.

Lastly, I think—while not necessary for good writing—a sense of humor helps. Obviously humor is not appropriate in every situation, but a touch of whimsy can help make even the densest topic more interesting. Of course, humor done poorly (or inappropriately) can kill a piece of writing faster than anything. That may have happened here more than once.

I want to pass this award on to Niksmom. She expresses herself so beautifully about her darling child, Nik. I get such a sense of what her little guy is doing based solely on her words. I would actually be surprised if she hasn't already gotten this award, but I'm giving it to her anyway.

I'd also like to pass this on to Joeymom at Life with Joey because one result of good writing is that it makes you think. And Joeymom regularly makes me think. She also paints vivid portraits of her two children.


I am also honored to have been given the Mwah! award by Slouching Mom. I consider anything she gives to be valuable, so I will happily accept this "chaste kiss given to say thank you for friendships and comments in the blogosphere."

When I started blogging I never thought I would "meet" so many people that I connect with. There's lots of you I could pass this on to, but I'm going to start with these lovely women:

Ange at Tis My Life
KAL at Autism Twins
Tulip Mom over at, you know, Tulip Mom
Kelly at Life With 3 Boys
Jessica at A Bushel and a Peck
Sandie at Urban Mama
Canape at Don't Take the Repeats, who definitely does not have time right now to respond to this.


Do with these awards what you will. Thank you for bestowing them on me.


  1. Aww. I've never gotten a blog kiss before. Thanks! And I love reading your posts and totally *get* your writing voice. I still owe you a response to the red shirt post...

  2. Thank you for the blog kiss. I'm so glad we "met" through our blogs and can't wait to "meet" for real in a few weeks.

  3. Wow! Right back atcha!!! Thanks...I am honored to pass this award on!

  4. Wow, I was in total shock to see my name there! Thank you, that really means a lot. And congrats to you on your two awards. Your blog grabbed me from the first moment I found it and I always look forward to reading about what's new in Stimeyland! :)

  5. Thanks, Stimey! I did get this a while back but...hey, there's a time to be humble and well...thanks. I'm so glad that you enjoy my writing and that you get a clear sense of Nik. (Hmmm, note to self, have school staff read my blog to get an better idea of what to do with Nik **IF** we ever send him back to school!) Bwah-ha-ha... ahem, sorry.

  6. Left a little something for you on my blog.

  7. congrats on your awards babe! You deserve 'em!

  8. Congratulations on your awards. I just discovered your blog and I think it's great!

  9. *blush blush blush* Hopefully all good thoughts...

  10. That is terrific! Congratulations :^)

  11. More mwahs! Thank you. I'm behind again on my reading, but I appreciate the blogosphere shout-out. Like tulipmom, looking forward to our coffee date


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