Thursday, June 24, 2010

Brush Brush Here, Brush Brush There....

That squeezy sound you heard was me shoe-horning a moment into my busy work week to finally affix an award onto my electronic wall, courtesy of Lisa Gibson at Random Thoughts to String Together. (Thanks, Lisa!)

Like many of these awards, it comes with no financial prize, no guarantee of a bump in readership, and, despite my repeated requests, no suspension of the rules of space and time. Given the state of the economy, the need to show advertisers how you are growing your readership, and the coolness aspect of suspending time, you may wonder why any self-respecting writer would accept such accolades. Of course, we writers already know the answer to that: We have no self respect. If we did, we'd never share the painful pieces of our personality with readers who may end up on our doorstep and scream, "Finally, someone understands me!"

Just kidding, of course. (And no, I have no advertisers that I communicate with for this blog. Even I don't completely care about growing my readership via ads just yet.)

I'm posting this because I like what Lisa does on her blog and because I like helping other writers.

But wait, there's more!

The award also comes with a few tasks. I don't think I'll fall into a deep abyss should I fail to accomplish one or two of these tasks, but I'll list them for one and all anyway.

I'm required to:
1) Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award. (Check!)

2) Share 7 things about yourself.

3) Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic for whatever reason! (In no particular order...)

4) Contact the bloggers you've picked and let them know about the award.

So, let me try this. Hmmmmmm, seven things about. Well, I'm a Pisces and like long walks in the dark..... Nah, that's not helpful.

2.1) I trace my love of writing to falling in love with music and lyrics; I made up songs while walking to and from kindergarten
2.2) I have loved elephants since childhood.
2.3) I'm a registered Democrat, despite my love of elephants
2.4) I learned to read in the summer between pre-school and kindergarten, when I couldn't get my family to read The Elephant's Child by Rudyard Kipling often enough.
2.5) I've played baseball at least as long as I've made up songs and stories
2.6) I created a wiffleball team to compete with my brother, who loved turtles. My team: The New York Elephants.
2.7) If I'd realized my dream of becoming a major league baseball player, I still would have become a writer. I know this as certainly as I know that Heaven has baseball fields.

As for numbers 3 and 4, I'm going to have to get back to that. Lisa and I know several of the same bloggers, so that might seem like overkill. Then there's the chain-letter aspect of this request. Of course, Lisa didn't say anything about cute kittens or puppies dying or babies going without diaper rash ointment should I fail in my appointed quest, so I suspect I'll be ok. But then those faithful readers who stop by might not learn about other writers, as I'm learning from Lisa's list.

I'm pretty sure I can add three or four to the list and will do so soon. I promise.

Once again, thanks Lisa, and thanks to everyone else for reading this far.


TK Richardson said...

Hi Matt, looks like we were reading each others blogs at the same time! I love elephants, too. Thinking about starting a club. Want to be the president? lol Loved your post and your answers. :)

Jemi Fraser said...

Congrats! There is just something special about elephants, isn't there? And I'm sure you're right about the baseball fields in heaven :)

Matt Sinclair said...

Hey, TK, if Babar is ready to relinquish the throne, perhaps I can be persuaded. But I don't have an elephant advisor like Cornelius; I may be at a distinct disadvantage.

Matt Sinclair said...

Thanks, Jemi. I can't guarantee that I'll be able to play against elephants, but it's Heaven, so it should be possible. It's just one of those mysteries we're not meant to know the answer to, yet.

catwoods said...


Maybe next time you could share where your elephant fixation comes from. Until then, congrats on the honor and thanks for the morning smile.

hugs~ cat

Matt Sinclair said...

Thanks, Cat.

As for divulging my elephant fixation, hmmmmm, maybe. Not yet. Sometimes an elephant needs to maintain a little mystery. All that tromping around, eating trees, and trumpeting about how great it is to be an elephant can be quite public. But I'll keep it in mind. :-)

caroline_hagood said...

Congratulations on the award. You deserve it. It sounds like you have a lot of baseball songs to write to earn your next one.

Matt Sinclair said...

Thanks, Caroline. I need to write more music; it's been too long. But now that I think of it, it's possible I've never written a song about baseball. Shocking!