Melanie Edmonds, a webserial writer and Twitter friend, informed me last week that she’d nominated me for the Kreative Blogger Award. First, I want to thank her for thinking of me. I really do appreciate that.
This is the third award of this kind that I’ve “won” in the last few months, and while I appreciate the sentiments behind each nomination, I’m starting to look at the process of accepting them as a minor nuisance. It’s true that being nominated creates yet another link to my site from another writer’s blog, and this creates another trickle of visitors to read my blog and my stories. But since I don’t read that many blogs, I end up writing the same names down in my own nominations.
The rest of the instructions change from award to award. The first had me name 7 mystery writers and then list 7 blogs I read. The second just wanted 7 other names. This time around, the rules call for me to thank the blogger who nominated me (check) and list 7 “interesting facts” about myself. Then I can list 7 blogger’s names/links.
So, this time around, I’m going to give you 7 facts about me, but I’m going to just copy and paste the nominations I made from the Prolific Blogger award. So if you get the feeling that you’ve read the blogger descriptions before, you have.
Lazy? Maybe you can choose to see it that way, but I’ve been busting my butt to get out a lot of new material, and these awards take time away if I’m spending all day trying to think up new names to add. And again, I just don’t read that many blogs. If I read more blogs, I wouldn’t have time to write as much as I do.
Anyway, here are 7 interesting facts about myself:
The tips of two of my toes are missing due to an accident with a cast-iron griddle.
After years of speaking with intentionally weird or fake accents, I am no longer capable of speaking with my native Texas accent. I also don’t have a normal vocal range, and my voice bounces from high and light to deep and growly through the course of most conversations.
After my gender reassignment surgery, I had the presence of mind to ask “How did the vasectomy go?” No one got it, so I patted the anesthesiologist’s hand and said, “Don’t worry, I’ve done this procedure thousands of times.” This left the whole operating room laughing as I was wheeled away, parade waving and moaning, “Byyyyyyye-byeeeee! Wrist wrist, elbow, elbow! Byyyyyyyye…”
Despite my online obsession with all things sexual, I actually only have sex once every two weeks. This is a pattern set very early on for me, and I seem psychologically loathe to violate the tradition. However, I fap whenever the mood takes me, usually 3 times a week.
I give the voices in my head labels rather than formal names. So there’s the muse, the editor, the kid, the comedian, the troublemaker, and the pervert. There’s actually quite a few others, but these are the most common voices who talk to me.
Before transition, I put a photo on Hot or Not and was graded a 7. After transition, I’ve repeatedly posted new photos and always got a 5. I suspect my score would go up if I had bigger boobs.
I have been able to travel to England, The Netherlands, and France, marking of three of the top five countries I wanted to see when I was a kid. Only Ireland and Japan remain, and Italy was nowhere on my list.
And that’s just the facts, ma’am. Now here’s the recycled list of nominations:
1) Karen Koehler – The author of Slayer and Black Jack Derringer is also a blogger with a love for reviewing films and talking about her upcoming projects. Karen had gone offline for a lot of 2009, and this made me a very sad panda. But now she’s back, and back at the top of my blog reading list. I do a happy dance every time a new post. Really.
2) Michele Lee – You’ve seen Michele’s name often on my blog and in my tweets. This is because Michele is a damned fine writer, and her blogs actually make up two of my regular stops for recreational reading. Her Booklove blog is full of honest reviews worth checking out, and her blog is full of thoughtful articles. Both are worth adding to your regular blog reading habits.
3) Jerrod Balzer – Jerrod recently released Fear the Woods – Book One: How to Make a Vampire and Zombie Bastard. His blog is combination of talks about his books, his work on the Metal Crypt, his work with Skullvines Press and life with his wife Robin. That’s a whole lotta variety, so every visit to his blog offers something new. That’s why he stays high in my lists of blogs to visit routinely.
4) S.D. Hintz – The HMIC of Skullvines Press and writer of Charnel Harbor is fucking insane. Any casual glance at his blog will confirms this. Enough said.
5) Maurice Broaddus – Maurice has recently release an urban fantasy novel, Kingmaker, and a horry novella, The Devil’s Marionette. He’s also a blogger who deals with topics of spirituality, perceptions of values, and race. His blogs often inspire me to really think long after I’ve read the post, so that can’t be a bad thing, can it?
6) PZ Myers – The writer of Pharyngula is funny, smart, and knows how to make science fun and interesting. I admit that I typically read his blog over my hubby’s shoulder, but I read him regularly enough to know I like him. Be warned: He’s got an cephalopod fetish, but other than that, he’s okay.
7) Neil Gaiman – The…oh, fuck it. I mean, do I really have to explain who he is, or why he’s on the list? This man is so prolific that he puts my writing output to shame. (No small feat, let me tell you.) If you don’t know who Neil is, go to his blog and search for “George R. R. Martin is not your bitch” in quotes. Read that, then pick up his books and educate yourself.
If I get another award any time soon, I’ll probably recycle this list again. Sorry if that annoys y’all, but I have a lot of work to catch up on. And speaking of which, I’ve got a book calling me back to continues making edits…