Feeling Very Versatile

On Friday, I was honored to receive the Versatile Blogger award from Stevie McCoy (aka the Glitterlady).  But because I’ve been out of town the past several days, I wasn’t able to post about it.  Then today Jessica Therrien and K. T. Hanna also passed the Versatile Blogger award to me.  I’m doing the happy dance around the room that three awesome ladies thought enough of my blog to give me this award.  Fortunately, none of you can actually see me doing said The Versatile Blogger awardhappy dance, since it’s a mortifying sight that would leave all of us feeling a bit awkward.  So a million thanks to Stevie, Jessica, and K. T.!

Here are the official guidelines:

  • Post a link to the person who gave you the award.
  • Tell your readers seven random things about yourself.
  • Award 15 newly discovered blogs.
  • Send them a note letting them know you nominated them.
Since I’m new to this whole blogging thing, I decided to consult my good friend Google about blogger awards.  In his haughty know-it-all way, Googs told me many positive things about them, but he also passed along the info that some people in the blogging community see these awards as a nuisance rather than an honor and consider them chain letters, which made me sad.  
I read Christopher Pike’s creepy Chain Letter in high school, so I know that chain letters are EVIL.  I never even forward those chain emails, which means I’ve racked up several lifetimes worth of bad karma/terrible luck/money troubles/romance woes/etc.  In fact, if one of those chain emails has an adorable picture of a monkey hugging a baby tiger, or inspirational poem, or hilarious joke that just has to be shared with my friends, then I delete the chain instructions from the email before passing along the entertaining part.  That probably doubles the bad juju I accumulate from ignoring the instructions.   
So even though I am personally very excited to receive these awards, and I think it’s a great way to help spread the word about fun blogs, I don’t want the people who receive it from me to feel obligated in any way.  So I am borrowing a page from Annalise Green and Gene Lempp: I'm passing the compliment on to bloggers I enjoy while dismissing the rules - just like I do with the chain emails.  Hopefully this won’t make my blog crash or become infected with malware.  
Below I’ve listed some of the bloggers who have entertained me over the first few weeks of the campaign.  Turns out most of these blogs are so awesome that others have already beaten me to the punch and given them this award, so even more reason I don’t expect the recipients to link back to me or post another seven random things.  All I ask is that you enjoy knowing you made me laugh, which is my favorite part of reading other people’s blogs.  
F. E. Sewell – F.E. has posts from Old Time music to thinking about character growth in terms of colors to being a zombie fighting warrior.  It was the zombie post that made me a huge fan of F.E., since I spend an inordinate amount of time imagining scenarios to help me survive the coming zombie apocalypse.
Sam de la Peña – Sam freely admits that his dog is the Ruling Empress of All, which automatically makes him good people in my book.  On top of that, he has hilarious posts on a wide variety of topics, including one on his hatred of the mall, which as a fellow mall hater left me in stitches.  The post also includes references to zombie cows – awesome!
Jani Grey - Jani also has a funny voice, and she wants to find a rich husband who’ll buy her a private island where she can read all day.  Me too!!  And she has a post where she mentions zombie clowns.  Hmmm, I’m sensing a theme to my amusement.
Fairview – Fairview just recently returned from a trip and has been posting pictures and anecdotes from her travels.  She has an entertaining dry wit that make these stories fun – I especially like the one about visiting the Donner memorial.  So no zombies, but cannibalism – yay!
Annalise Green - I laugh a lot when reading Annalise's posts, and she posts about all kinds of things including Doctor Who (love!) and scary monsters.  Humor and horror combined are pretty much my favoritest thing ever. 
Jill Campbell - Jill’s very funny, but her posts have lots of heart too.  I think that must come from being the mother of seven (!!) kids.  Past posts have included her love/hate relationship with Costco and using the ‘snap and point’ to get people to do what you want.  I haven’t found any evidence of zombies or monsters on her blog yet, but I give her a pass because . . .  seven kids!!
Now on to the seven things about me bit:
1.  I spent a semester abroad at UNSW in Sydney, Australia.  It was awesome.  But I was very disappointed that I lived there for three months before I saw my first kangaroo and that was at a zoo.  Although it was really cute!
2.  I was horrified to discover Aussies actually serve kangaroo in restaurants (as dinner, not as diners).  But that didn’t stop me from trying a bite just to say I did.  I thought it was tough and gamey, so thank goodness I wasn’t tempted to eat any more of the adorable critters.
3.  I have an open bite, which means my teeth don’t touch in the front.  It makes eating a sandwich difficult.  And messy.
4.  I also have TMJ, which means my jaw clicks when I eat.
5.  Despite #3 and #4, I’m a lovely dinner companion.  Mostly because I’m paranoid about having food on my face and constantly wipe my mouth so I don’t end up putting anyone in the uncomfortable position of having to tell me I’ve got salad dressing dribbling down my I'm super excited in front of Stonehengechin.
6.  I visited Stonehenge several years ago - one of the items on my bucket list.  I got as close as I could get, reached in as far as I could, and plucked a flower from the ground.  Okay, it was probably a weed.  But I dried it and am certain it will one day imbue me with mystical powers.
7.  Even though I graduated from high school *cough* years ago, where we never once broke into song and dance, I still believe high school is exactly like Grease
Holy moly, this has turned into a long post.  Most of my short stories are shorter than this post.  If you’ve made it this far, thank you for sticking with me to the end.  I shall reward you with an inspirational quote from William Feather: "Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go." 
What are your thoughts about blogger awards?  Have you ever come face-to-face with a kangaroo?  If the person you’re dining with has spinach in their teeth, do you tell them? 


fairview's picture

Wow, thanks for the mention. Appreciate it! I tried crocodile and kangaroo when I went to Australia on one of those touristy "Bushman's Dinners." Crocodile tasted like chicken, and Kangaroo tasted like beef. At least that's what everybody was saying. Love your Stonehenge photo and story.


Jocelyn Rish's picture

You're welcome!  I had crocodile while i was there too, but it didn't make much of an impression. 

Annalise Green's picture

Thanks so much for the blog award, Jocelyn! I'm definitely gonna check out those other blogs! Visiting Stonehenge is on my bucket list, too. And Australia sounds awesome!

Jocelyn Rish's picture

You're welcome!  I loved both places and plan to go back all the time as soon as the teleporter is invented because those flights are rough.

Brian Crawford's picture

great post! Always nice to learn about interesting new blogs to read, and interesting facts about someone (in this case, you!) that you never knew before.

and I don't recall ever breaking out into song and dance during high school... but looking back, I wish I had.

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Thanks, Brian.  I think high school would be vastly improved by random singing and dancing.  I confess I've watched High School Musical several times too because of the randomly bursting into song.

Wendy Terrien's picture

Hi, Jocelyn - awards are all the rage these days and I gave you the Liebster Blog Award on my site. :)

I see you've already mentioned some blogs here, too, so you're probably good. But I wanted to let you know anyway.

Now I'm off to visit some of the blogs you mentioned above!

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Wow, thank you, Wendy!  I really appreciate it!

Rebecca Enzor's picture

I can vouche for you being a wonderful dinner companion! And probably a better speller than I am ;)

I'm jealous of your mystical flower!

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Thanks, Becka!  Speaking of, we need to eat, drink, or caffeinate together soon!

f.e.sewell's picture

I'm so glad my blog made you laugh!

Your seven things list is probably my favorite so far. Did you go to Stonehenge after they roped it off? I didn't find out it was roped off until I was there. I was so sad! But, at the same time, I understand. Gotta preserve history!

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Zombie fighting plans are always funny, yet necessary for the survival of the species. 

Yeah, it was after it was roped off.  I did know about it beforehand, but that didn't stop me from being very disappointed.  I'm usually very much a rule follower, but I SERIOUSLY considered making a run for it to touch one of the stones. 

Jacqui's picture

Congrats on your award! From reading through a few of your posts, you deserve it! It's fun discovering all the new blogs through the #campaign innit?

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Thanks, Jacqui!  It is fun discovering all these new blogs.  I'm so new to this, and I feel privileged to be meeting so many witty and inspiring bloggers!

Sher A Hart's picture

Hey, we have the same blogger award in common, but I didn't dare break the rules quite so flagrantly. I wish I had, since it took me forever to recover the links I lost when my computer shut down before I saved my winners. We have TMJ in common, except my underbite is gone since I wore braces 3 years. I still have trouble eating. I love the funny blogs, and I tried to keep my 7 facts entertaining too. I still wish you had a follower widget so I could put you in my google reader. Rachael put instructions on her blog. Oh, congrats on the flash fiction award! Yours is still my favorite, suspense and humorous twist ending.

Jocelyn Rish's picture

I saw on your blog that your jaw actually locked up.  Yikes!  Fortunately that's never happened to me, so I'll be grateful mine's just an annoying click.  And thank you for the kind words about my story! 

I do have the follower button - it should be the middle option between the RSS and the email under Never Miss a Post (although I don't have the faces showing up), but I've noticed that sometimes it shows up and sometimes it doesn't.  I don't know what browser you use, but I've noticed it usually appears when I use Chrome and seems more 'iffy' when I use IE.  I've also noticed the follower widget disappearing on other people's blogs too, so I guess Google has a problem some where.  But I really do appreciate you taking the time to follow me a different way!!

Sher A Hart's picture

Okay, I figured out how to subscribe in Google Reader. But still, how do you tell how many followers you have without a follower widget?

Tia Bach's picture

Wow, I'd love to visit Australia. I had such severe TMJ problems as a teenager I had to have my jaw broken and wired shut for eight weeks. I started high school like this. Not fun!

Enjoyed the post. Congrats on the well-deserved award!

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Thank you!  Wow, another TMJ person - I wonder if it's a writer thing?  That is so awful that you had to have your jaw broken - and right before high school!?!  Oh my!  I had some pretty nasty appliances (which never made a bit of difference), but thank goodness I never actually had to go that extreme.

Kate Swenson's picture

Oh - I was putting off my award business, but now I can just steal your brilliant idea! I think it was less breaking the rules and more improving the rules, well done. Thanks :)

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Glad I could help!  Although I actually stole the idea from Annalise and Gene myself.  :-)