Blogs I Applaud and Award

There are many blogs that I subscribe to and many that I have found while wandering through different web links. There are a few blogs that really stand out to me though. I have decided to give a weekly Blog award to the Blog that I most Applaud for the week.

This week I am choosing a blog that never fails to inspire or challenge me. It is written by a woman who is a fellow Scribbler and is a loyal follower, commenter and encourager of my own blogging attempts. I first befriended her on the Scribblerati Ning network of writers that I belong to. Since then she has become someone I admire.

Her posts are insightful and grounded in deep thought. Most of her posts are on writing and the writing life but all of them are rooted in personal accounts and experiences. She is a writer first and foremost but I am getting to know her as a kind, wise and honest friend and woman.

This is what I love about online networks whether through blogs or social communities: you may not meet the person in reality but you do start connecting on a deep level with birds of a similar feather to yourself. The internet and world wide web have indeed made the world a smaller place but it has also made human connection more accessible in a very tangible way. Many of these fellow writers and poets that I have met online are becoming friends. This lovely lady who I am applauding and awarding this week is definitely one of these that I count as friends.

This week’s Blog that I Applaud and Award is:
….drum roll…

Rachna’s Scriptorium

So, if you have not yet come across Rachna’s wonderful Scriptorium….make haste and take yourself to her site this week. It will be a visit that you will thank me for recommending.

I hereby Applaud and Award



The Grasshopper Award

This award is given out to a Blog of Excellence.

It is in honour of a Blog that always teaches you and challenges you.

Thank you Rachna to both you and your Scriptorium for always teaching me and never failing to both challenge and inspire me.


© All rights reserved Kim Koning.

My first Blogger Award – The Honest Scrap Award

Today I switched on my Macbook and logged into my blog to find a lovely surprise. I was awarded The Honest Scrap Award by my friend and fellow scribbler Rachna Chhabria @ Rachna’s Scriptorium. Not only is this award special to me as my first Blogger Award but it is especially treasured because of why it is awarded.

The Honest Scrap Award:

This award is about bloggers who post from their heart,
who oftentimes put their heart on display as they write from the depths of their soul. This means so much to me as that is the root reason of why and what I write about. I believe writing is your heart without a mask. My writing, whether it be a blog post, a poem, a piece of prose or a WIP is the truest part of my soul. To me writing is about honesty and truth-seeking. There is the saying that the pen is more powerful than the sword. I believe that writing is a way to challenge people and to speak often times for those who cannot speak.

The Rules of this Award are to pass it on to 7 bloggers you admire and follow and then to share 10 honest things about yourself.

So firstly in the merits of Paying it Forward, here are the 7 bloggers I admire for always sharing their hearts on the written page (online and paper):

The Honest Scrap Award

1. Dirty White Candy @ Nail Your Novel

2. The Emotional Orphan

3. Nicky Schmidt @ Absolute Vanilla

4. Becky Levine

5. Kavita @ Kavisionz

6. DeadPoet88 @ Inside the Mind of a Lunatic

7. Pete Marshall

Special Mention to my three writer groups under this award:

1. Undead Poets

2. Scribblerati

3. She Writes

These writers truly do write from their heart. I go to their blogs when I need inspiration. Rachna of course is also one of those people whose blog posts always inspire me. Thank you again my friend for the Award.

Now 10 honest things about me:

1.) To truly know me, all you need to do is read my poetry…it is my heart and soul unmasked and unfettered.

2.) Family is the most important thing to me.

3.) I have been truly in love and also had my heart truly broken…but I believe your heart needs to be broken wide open to let your true love in.

4.) Dragonflies and their ability to live life to the fullest in a very short lifetime are my inspiration.

5.) I am terribly afraid of bats.

6.) I do not like swimming in a swimming pool by myself.

7.) My favourite dessert is bananas and custard.

8.) I suffer from migraines.

9.) I love photography.

10.) I am a gypsy at heart, always happy traveling and exploring new places.

It’s almost NaNoWriMo time!

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It is October. In exactly 4 weeks time NaNoWriMo 2010 officially begins. If you have not yet heard of NaNoWriMo, then let me tell you all about it. It is a challenge set up for writers to become novelists. The goal is to write a minimum of 50 000 words in a month. Writers, both published novelists and wanna-be novelists, from all around the world count down the weeks and months until NaNoWriMo. The event has become so popular that there are all sorts of spin-offs from it. Now not only do novelists have an event but young writers and scriptwriters too.

Writing 50 000 words in a month may seem like a crazy idea or an impossible dream to some of you reading this. But if you have a dream, you have to do crazy things to fulfil it. Dreams do not just come true without some effort of reaching for them by the dreamer.

Do you consider yourself a dreamer?

Do you consider yourself a writer?

Many would say that the two go hand in hand. Writing is seen by many as a dream or a way to pass the time. But I am a writer. This is my identity. Yes, I have a job that pays the bills. At the end of the day though my daily job does not define me. My writing however does define me. It is the truest form of me. So for those left-brain type nay-sayers out there I beg to differ with you. Writing is not a hobby nor a way to pass my time.

This year I am participating in NaNoWriMo. I attempted my own version of NaNo in June this year which actually seeded the idea for my WIP Trilogy. However, I had no support, no buddies, no forums, no hash-tag twitter groups…I had myself, my trusty Macbook, an idea and a self-challenge. Did I succeed? Yes, I think I did succeed. I got a lot of writing done and had the foundation of a trilogy.

But participating in NaNoWriMo 2010 is going to be even better than my own June attempt. This event has a website, it has support, it has writing buddies, it has forums and it has hash-tag twitter group.

Are you a writer?

Do you thrive on challenges?

Do you have a dream?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then by now you will already have signed up and registered for NaNoWriMo 2010.

If you are a blogger, you can also join and link up to the NaNoWriMo Blog Chain. Through here you can link all your Blog Posts about NaNo and the days and weeks leading up to it.

If you do register, look me up @ last_lines.

I am going to use a story-arc that has been tickling my imagination for some time. There are two methods of thought to tackle NaNoWriMo. There are the pantser variety of NaNo writers and then there are the plotters. Which do you fall into? I am somewhere in between the two. I do love letting the flow of a story carry me along to strange and distant lands. But I find that the ocean of imagination can be a vast and stormy zone if I don’t have some form of compass. So for the next 4 weeks I will be plotting a way through the seas by constellations of character and story arcing.

I am also going to use the next month to test out a new software program developed by one of the sponsors of NaNoWriMo. The software is called Storyist. I have been using Scrivener since May this year and love it. I have heard some amazing things about Storyist so this year I am going to use this software for my NaNo novel.

October Sundays will be about blogging about all things NaNoWriMo related as well as journaling my points of inspiration / frustration in preparing and plotting for NaNo kick-off.

My creative juices are bubbling away. Now the only difficult thing is the patient waiting for November to begin and NaNoWriMo to kick-off. It is a good thing that I have other writing to focus on for my WIP or else I might find myself cheating and wanting to start on the NaNo novel. Don’t worry: I am not going to cheat. 4 weeks and counting…..

Happy NaNoWriMo plotting / prepping!

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