Thursday, February 9, 2012

Now I Get a Liebster Award

Last week Joshua "Judge Whisky" Londero bestowed the Libester Blog Award upon my person. He said it was the least he could do after I'd entertained him for so long, which is one of the more flattering things anybody's said to me in quite a while. I'd like to thank him both for the compliment and the award.

I'm a little disappointed that this one doesn't come with fun rules like "admit seven embarrassing things about yourself" or "post a picture of you and the sharpest object in your house." However, it does prescribe passing itself on to folks who, presumably, you like. The description goes:

The Liebster Blog Award originated in Germany
(Liebster means “favourite” or “dearest” in German)
In accepting this award, the recipient agrees to:
1. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
2. Reveal your top 5 picks for the award and let them know.
3. Post the award on your blog.
4. Bask in the love from the most supportive people in the blogosphere.
5. And, lastly – have fun and spread the karma!

I think my recipients posting pictures of themselves with the sharpest object in their homes would fit the definition of me "having fun." Regardless, I'm only command to pass it on, and since I didn't pass on my recent redundant awards, I'll dust off my Bookmarks for this one. Here goes.

1. Mark Kerstetter's The Bricoleur is the first blog that came to mind. Mark is in the process of figuring out what e-book project he'll take, and the blog is a great jumping-off point for content, as he's shared essays, thoughts on literature, poetry, stories and photos there. He is one of the most candid essayists I know.

2. Holt Right There has one of my favorite titles on the internet. It's run by young Jack Holt, who writes some of the weirder stuff I consume weekly, including occasional flash fiction based on movie titles (like "Shark Knight").

3. Inkstained is the blog of TS Bazelli, one of my beta readers. She's had a couple of very strong running features, including the current international bestiary "Creature Compendium." I'd never heard of The Church Grim before, had you?

4. Tim Van Sant is one fine man, and a pillar of the #fridayflash community. He writes at the OTOH, and creates a lot of the riskier and cheekier stories in the community. A stand-up guy.

5. Lastly, I bestow the Liebster upon Cathy Webster of Life on the Muskoka River. She's had a rough time lately between eye surgery and a lack of junk food. Presently she's been running a "letters from friends" event that's quite pleasant, and features at least one of the above writers.

Now, none of the above are technically obligated to photograph themselves with particularly sharp objects. I will say, though, that whomever poses with the sharpest object will win something special in my heart.

EDIT: This is actually open to all my readers and fellow writers. Snap a photo with the sharpest thing in your house. If enough people do it, we might run a formal competition.


  1. Oh, what a nice surprise! Thanks, John! I'm a little verklempt here (believe it or not!) Congratulations on the award - it is truly deserved. And thanks for passing it on to me and Mark, Jack, TS and Tim. You are very sweet.
    My eyeball is improving every day - it's just a little gummed up by eyedrops right now. Oh, and I sort of feel like Rocky Balboa planted me one, but it's honestly amazing how clear my vision is. It's a whole new world out there. I'm going to have the other eye done in a few weeks. Can. Hardly. Wait. When you get old and decrepit like me, John, I highly recommend new eyeballs!!!!

    There's an extremely sharp icicle hanging outside my window. I'm thinking that's the pointy object I'm going to pose with! Maybe I'll direct it to my new eyeball... or maybe not...

    1. So glad to read one of your eyes is doing better. Now go laser-zap the other one and get around to feeling better all-around, lady!

  2. Thank you John, and congratulations on the award! I'm now contemplating the sharpest thing I have around. I may break my unofficial rule not to post photos of myself if it will really make you happy hehe. *thinking thinking*

  3. Congratulations! And I totally agree with all your choices. Great blogsters, all!

  4. Thanks for passing on the award, John.
    If i were to post a pic of myself with the sharpest object in my house, it would just be a pic of myself.
    Ha ha, get it. Me, sharp. Nevermind.

  5. Congrats on the award, John and I hope the recipients all participate in your challenge!

  6. Congratulations. I see I have some more blogs to explore.

  7. Oh boy, lobster! I haven't had lobster in ages. mean it doesn't come with lobster? Gee....And I'll have to find something sharper than my wit. How about a pop cycle stick?

    1. If you're the only one who posts a picture, then your Popsicle stick could easily make you the victor.

  8. Congrats on the award! And sharp object wielding pics are the best!

  9. Congratulations John! Throws sparkly glitter to light up the place (have you noticed how brown it is here?) ☆‿↗⁀↘‿↗⁀☆‿↗⁀↘‿↗⁀☆

    I think your choices are just perfect for passing on this award, congratulations to all receivers - throws more glitter just because ^_^ ☆‿↗⁀↘‿↗⁀☆‿↗⁀↘‿↗⁀☆ ☆‿↗⁀↘‿↗⁀☆‿↗⁀↘‿↗⁀☆

  10. Firstly: Congratulations, John. A well deserved award.

    Secondly: Ta very much! As I mentioned earlier, I really do appreciate this. Three months into my writing "adventure", it's a nice little pat on the back. Very happy you enjoy some of my waffle!

    Thirdly: Picture to follow... ;-)

    1. Happy to provide the pat on the back, Jack. I'm glad you're enjoying your adventure.

  11. Judge Whisky already suggested photographing himself and Mark Kerstetter beat me to wit. I have no serpent's teeth or thankless children. I wonder if I have any cheddar cheese about? Must go look....

    Oh, and thanks!

    1. The weight of new puns rest upon you, Tim.


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