Awards! All these Awards, my goodness!

I’ve been meaning to share these for the last few days, but it was hard to shoehorn these in with the serious business of eBook standards. I decided to just devote a whole post to it – so here we go! Some awesome people have awarded me some…er..awards. Okay, they’re not actually awards in the true sense of the word. This one seems to have been created with the purpose of recognizing blogs that you enjoy as a sort of stamp of approval. I like that even better than the idea of a blog award. Here, just check it out:

The first award comes courtesy of the ever-classy, stylish Kim Koning. I thought I had already gotten this from someone, but it turns out that, no, this is a first! This is the “award” that I mentioned above, and while I obviously don’t think of it as an award in the truest sense, I love the original concept and always wanted to “win” one. On top of that, Kim is a great person, and so I’m very honored that she chose me. This thing has some rules that go along with it, so let’s see:

A: Thank my nominator and provide a link to their blog. Done!

B: List seven things that readers might find interesting about me. Ah, geez.

C: Nominate seven other bloggers. No sweat.

I’ve already shared seven things about myself when Paul Dail sent me the Versatile Blog award, so this one is a toughie. Let’s see…I may have to dig deep this time and get a little more uncomfortable.

  • I’ve had a Near-Death Experience (NDE). Well, sort of. I wasn’t actually close to death or died in the same way that others report, but I was a passenger in a car that slid off the road on some black ice back in 1993. As we slid toward a head-on collision with the wall of a cement drainage ditch that I was quite sure would kill us all, I had the whole “life review” thing. For a moment I was no longer in the car, or at least my consciousness was not. I couldn’t tell you exactly where I was, but…well, when I “came to” the car was in the process of turning over, narrowly avoiding the ditch wall. During the time that I was “away”, I experienced the life recall thing that others have reported – that much I can remember. Thus began my fascination with what might lie past this life.
  • I have a dark past. I’m not sure how much I can say, but the normal experimentation period for me went well beyond what people normally experience. No, I didn’t kill anyone or attack anyone, aside from myself. Let’s just say I lived really, really hard for about five years there and am glad I came out on the other side. In that vein…
  • I’ve lost friends to addiction. Both mentally and physically. I’ve learned the hard way what addiction does to the body, mind, and spirit, and it’s a lesson that shows up over and over in my fiction.
  • I’ve witnessed a dying person’s last moments. And not just a loved one dying of an illness. This one shows up in Room 3, actually, but my ex-wife and I came across a scene where a woman had pulled out in front of a motorcycle and the guy slid under the car when hitting his brakes. She dragged him for a half mile before he spun off the back. That’s when we found the scene and the poor guy in the grass. You’ll have to read Room 3 to get some more information on it, but I’ll never forget it. Okay, enough dark stuff for today. This isn’t the depressive blogger award.

  • I’ve flown an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). Okay, it was only for a moment, and just to give me an idea of what it was like for a documentation project, but still! Anyone who thinks it’s either like a radio airplane or a video game is wrong; there are a lot more factors at work. Still, really interesting, though I’m not sure “fun” is the right word.
  • I reached the state level of the National Spelling  Bee. I know, not that big of a deal, but I placed first in my school and third in the regional bee. I definitely didn’t have it to go farther because the word they gave me in the third round at the regional level was a total mystery. It still is, I can’t even recall it…
  • I was senior editor of the high school literary magazine. Can you tell I’m reaching at this point? It was a lot of fun, though, and instructive in honing my editorial skills.

Now, then. Seven nominees. I deliberately chose some folks that work in genres different from mine, in hopes of possibly mixing some audiences.

  1. Of a Writerly Sort. This is the site of Julie Gabrielle Anne, a young writer getting her career off of the ground. It’s a great look into what it’s like to be a young writer.
  2. Wringing Out Words. This is the blog of author Shannon Mayer. Shannon covers a variety of topics and is worth checking out.
  3. Allyn’s Blog. This is the blog of author Allyn Stoltz, a children’s book author. I don’t think I have a children’s book in me, but I’m still interested in the process of writing them, given their differences from adult books. I really enjoy Allyn’s blog.
  4. To Become a Writer. This is Renee Pawlish’s blog. Renee shares some great tips for writers and is currently on a crusade to get a small group of YA authors more attention. It’s a fascinating project.
  5. Lynnette Labelle. I’ve enjoyed Lynnette’s site for a long time. She offers a great blend of writing advice, publishing tips, and her own view on things.
  6. E-Publish a Book. Another blog full of great advice for writers. Well worth your time to read.
  7. The PopTart Manifesto. This is the (incredibly well-titled) blog of author Rick Gaultieri. Rick talks about a broad range of stuff and is just a great writer. Check him out.

And I seem to have run out of room, so tomorrow we’ll look at the other blog award. Wow, I’m on course for five posts this week. What the hell is going on here?

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  1. Hmn, most interesting, Jonathan, most interesting.

  2. I do see hints of that dark past in your work. Someday, we’ll have to sit down over a beer or beer-substitute and talk. 🙂

  3. OMG! You just never know about other people until they share stuff with you. Thanks for sharing both your experiences and your fellow bloggers’ sites.

  4. Thank you for nominating me! And hey, state level in the National Spelling Bee is pretty awesome. I always feel like my brain is bigger after watching the Bee on television. It’s crazy the things our language has words for.

    • Jonathan D Allen

      You’re welcome! And thank you. You’re right, it’s amazing. I think that I have a fairly big vocabulary and I still regularly come across words that I don’t know – and I love that.

  5. Congratulations on your award. And I always knew you had a dark side!

  6. Congratulations to you, well deserved! And thanks for the nomination and for the nice post – I enjoyed learning a bit more about you 🙂 Some of the other blogs I know, and I’ll certainly be checking out the ones I haven’t before.

    • Jonathan D Allen

      Thank you! The best thing about doing something like this is getting to introduce folks to other blogs that they might not have found. I love that discovery process.

  7. Like Marie, I could sense from your writing that you have experienced darkness in a personal way. I am glad you were stronger than it. Keep to the light, my friend.

    Flying a UAV! Sheer awesome. I worked on a cruise missile waaaay early in my career. In the bathroom, there were posters of UAV, which is not nearly so cool as flying one, I admit.

    Ex-wife?! Tidbits within tidbits! For some reason, I forget we all have pasts – probably b/c the present seems so much better in comparison!

    • Jonathan D Allen

      Thanks. I kind of had to at some point; I realized that if I continued down that path I would end up dead. I mean, I still may, as I haven’t fixed all of my issues completely, but at least I’m fighting the good fight. I could sense some of the same things from your writing, actually, but glad to see that you’re happy 🙂

      Oh, a cruise missile is cooler than a UAV by far. I mean, not as far as war goes – I got out of the business because my conscience couldn’t handle it – but way cooler technology behind it. I’m kind of jealous.

      Oh yes, told you, checkered past 😉 I’m actually thinking of writing a memoir at some point…

  8. And yet again, I find a common bond. I won’t talk about it too much here because I’m going to steal it for my post (I, too, have been struggling to think of seven more things about myself… is that sad? :))

    In fact, I’m going to kind of steal two of them. You’ll just have to check next Friday to see which ones.

    Oh hell, I just realized I might steal three. But I’ll be sure to link back to this post. Unfortunately, that means I can’t really comment on any of these here. I will say that I’ve never flown a UAV, so there’s that.

    As always, great to get to know us better.

    Paul D. Dail A horror writer’s not necessarily horrific blog

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