Friday, December 19, 2008

Exchange #17 and awards!

Holiday in Romancelandia, the exchange of gifts between fave characters, continues!Another one that came out of my conversation with KatiBabs...will she approve??

Check it out! I got the Kreativ Blogger award from a new blog friend, Anna Vivian over at Anna's Book Blog as well as from Book Smugglers! Thanks so much, guys!

Here are the rules:
~Mention the blog that gave it to you.
~Comment on their blog to let them know you've posted the award.
~Share 6 values that are important to you.
~Share 6 things you do not support.
~Share the love with 6 other blogging friends.

Like Anna and the Book Smugglers, I'm changing the rules. I'm doing just a list of six things, with commentary (instead of the two lists.)

Six things that are important to me with commentary:
Kindness to animals, even though just tonight, I painted all of our power cords with habenero Tabasco because our kitten, Oblio, was chewing on them. I suppose that's a sort of kindness, though Oblio would not see it that way. I was especially alarmed to note that he actually nearly chewed through the cord that plugs in the scanner I use for the cartoons. Will there be a cartoon with this post? We'll see.

Fires in the fireplace during the winter, even though I know it's not great for the air quality. But we live in Minnesota! Sitting by the fire is like a main activity for my husband and me. OMG, that makes us sound really boring.

Music. I guess, who doesn't like it? I'm sort of secret Santa to my 10-year old niece, and my sister suggested that as one of her gifts I make a CD of fun poppy dance music for her from stuff I own. I have been excitedly strategizing all week! It also made me realize how much inappropriate music I have for a 10-year old. Do you think a 10-year old would dance to Devo? I sort of think she would like Blackalicious and Spoon, too.

I am SO into it! But it is more of a self image than reality. I have this file of stuff I dream of making someday when I have the time. I dream of making my own clothes, but I don't. However, I did make my own website, but can't any 16 year old make one at this point?

Reading in the bathtub.
Sometimes I can't believe how wonderful that is. Like when I first sink in. Ahh. Sometimes I also work in the bathtub when I have to create slogans and things. I have taken three hour baths.

My Critique/Writing Partners. It is SUCH a risk to start a CP relationship, because if it goes bad, it's really a bad situation and feelings get hurt and more. But I started working with two women I met in this very community and wow, I am amazed and grateful for how great they are. And actually just shocked. I feel so lucky.

Awards to others!
NOTE to winners: Pass it on if you feel like it, or just bask in the glory. PS: I sort of changed the categories, too.

Best Pimpin' Blog: Tracy's Place I can't believe how many books she reads! She has such wide-ranging interests.
Best Historical Reviews: Musings of a Bibliophile Great reviews, great mix! I always find out about new books from Brie.
Best new to me blog: Renee's Book Addiction Beautiful blog, information rich, excellent insights and fun!
Most fun: Book Pron Sayuri has many highly entertaining posts.
Best Urban Fantasy Reviews: Scooper Speaks She always has something thoughtful and interesting to say.
Best Crazy Action: Nose in a book! You never know what fun and madness LB will come up with. AND Desert Island Keepers Oooh, Samantha Kane is there telling about her favorite books, and she had contest news yesterday.

Bookworm award
Also, I got a bookworm award from Little Alys, a great friend of this blog, who got it from Nalini Singh! Wow. Two degrees of separation, people. Thanks Little Alys!!

Okay, wait!! This award has a duty? Hey LA, what's the big idea? No, just kidding. You're supposed to open your nearest book to page 56 and say what the 5th sentence is, more if appropriate. Okay, okay, let's see.

Ah! Lara Adrian, from Midnight Rising: "She made a last-ditch, frantic scrabble on her belly, trying to drag herself over the carpeted floor to get away from him."

Passing it on: Whoever wants to!


KT Grant said...

I heartily approve! :D
Now Rehv needs someone to make him an ornament for his barb.

Carolyn Crane said...

**Gasp!** LOL.
I guess I need to read that last BDB.

Oh, gosh. Another cartoon idea!!

Renee said...

Katiebabs: OK, I've been needing to read BDB forever, and that barb comment just sealed the deal! lol

Carolyn Jean: Thank you so much for the award! You're such a sweetheart.
I've been having such fun with the blog (I've been keeping it since Aug.)

KT Grant said...

Renee: Don't blame me if we don't see you for awhile as you read the BDB crack. You will be so addicted.

Tracy said...

CJ! I knew I'd be a pimp one day I just had no idea it would be books! lol Ok, I probably would have known had I thought about it for about a minute and a half! Thank you so much for thinking of me.

Holy Cow - Liberty's gift if perfect for Rhev!

Love the matching shirts you and your hubby have!

Tracy said...

Oh and I just started someone on the BDB - I'm waiting to hear what she thinks!

Carolyn Crane said...

Renee: BDB: Do it! Oh, this is a huge HOLE in your readerly life. The first one is still my fave.

KB: Sad addicts like us.

Tracy: Pimp on with your BDB crack!

Carolyn Crane said...

I always assume everybody knows BDB and like it's safe to make cartoons of them.

Renee said...

Oh yeah! Almost forgot: about the music.

My son loves the B52's, White Stripes, and raggae. (We have lots of raggae in the house, cause my husband's family is from Jamaica.) All "dance-y" music.

Also, anything with a funny title or words: Monkey Gone To Heaven by the Pixies, Swamp Thing by the Chameleons, Whistling Past the Graveyard by Screaming Jay Hawkins.

Renee said...

LOL! OK, I've placed a library request for Dark Lover.

So this sounds like it's going to be like my just having finally started the Psy-Changeling series, which looks like a possible addiction.

Carolyn Crane said...

Thanks for the music suggestions. I was thinking B-52's, too. Bright. poppy.
Good luck with Dark Lover!

Kwana said...

I can't wait to check out all the blogs that got awards. Congrats.

Brie said...

Thanks for the award, CJ! I can't wait to pass the love along. And I really need to check out some of the other blogs you've awarded.

Renee- have fun reading the BDB series. Like, CJ, Dark Lover was my favorite. I'm not that into the series anymore, but it's still a must read paranormal series.

Anonymous said...

I would like to dance to Blackilicious, Spoon, and Devo. and I totally act like a 10 year old.

My Blackilicious rec, from The Craft: "Powers" is groovy but too sexual. "Give It To You" (despite the title) seemsclean and catchy in a kind of fast-talking way.

Sayuri said...

Oh wow, after checking out the other blogs you awarded I am soo not worthy. I have been such a bad, absent blogger letely.

Thanks for the award tho...

Merry Christmas.

I have an idea for your christmas gifts....sending you an email.

The Bookworm said...

congrats on the pretty awards :)
great post!!

Carolyn Crane said...

Kwana: Hey, thanks!

Brie: Have fun.

K: Shoot, I was thinking "Powers." Hmm, maybe I'll try "Give it"

Sayuri: Oh, so modest. Still waiting for cartoon idea, little Missy.

Naida: Thanks!!!

Ladytink_534 said...

Lol. I can't wait to read Rhevenge's book.