Yes, I’m still in the midst of catching up with blog awards from over the summer. But this next one is very, very cool. Why? Because it involves DRAGONS. 😀
The Dragon’s Loyalty Award comes courtesy of Sarah J. Higbee, a fellow speculative fiction writing who lives in the UK. Sarah’s currently putting the finishing touches on her debut novel Running Out of Space, the first installment of a self-published space opera trilogy. If you haven’t checked out her blog, now’s a great time so you can stay on top of any updates regarding Running Out of Space. Plus, Sarah reviews books and shares her poetry and other personal bits there. 🙂
Here are the rules for accepting the Dragon’s Loyalty Award:
- Announce your win with a post, and link to whomever presented your award.
- Post 7 interesting things about yourself.
- Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers.
- Drop them a comment to tip them off after you’ve linked them in the post.
- Display the award certificate on your website.
Since #1 is all set now, it’s time for #2, and seven random facts about myself.
Fact #1: I have double-pierced ears.
Though neither hole is in a “bizarre” place. I was 13 years old when I got my first piercings on the fleshy part of each earlobe. Then I was 20 or 21 when I got my second piercings, right next to the first ones. I tend to wear tiny earrings in the second holes, and larger or dangly earrings in the first ones.
Fact #2: On a related note, I’m kind of an earring fanatic.
This obsession isn’t quite as “bad” as my book obsession, but it’s up there. My two favorite earring companies are Silver Forest (pictured above) and Farfetched. They both sell handcrafted earrings that use precious metals and gems or are shaped into nature, animals, and other symbols that wearers might connect with. As for my personal collection, I’ve got earrings that feature clef notes, dragonflies, hummingbirds, moons and stars… I think I’ll stop there. *lol*
Fact #3: I love Italian food.
Pasta, pizza, caprese salads, calzones, paninis – I’m making myself hungry just thinking about those dishes. 😄 Italian is basically my favorite “type” of food. The flavors, aromas, vegetables, fresh bread… and melted cheese. Mmmmmmmmmmm.
Fact #4: When my mother was pregnant with me, I was due on my parents’ ninth wedding anniversary.
Which means I *should* have been born on September 28th, not the 5th. Nothing in particular brought her labor on early… except my impatience, I guess. *lol* Sorry, Mom.
Fact #5: I know how to knit scarves.
One of my aunts taught me how to knit when I was in college. My scarves tend to be simple in pattern, but with variegated or “fuzzy” yarn to add color and texture. (See the above photo.) I’ve also knitted two baby blankets, though my aunt had to create a super-easy pattern for me to follow because I struggle with anything beyond basic knitting and purling. If it’s more complicated, I end up starting over because of too many mistakes or dropped stitches.
Knitting has unfortunately has fallen by the wayside over the past couple years. (Novel-writing will do that to you.) I’d like to get back to it in the future, though.
Fact #6: I’m waaaaaay behind on “everyday” technology.
I own an iPod mini and a laptop. That’s it. No tablet, no Kindle, not even a smartphone. (I own a Verizon LG Extravert 2, which has smartphone capabilities; I just don’t have them as part of my phone plan.) Some of this is by choice. For example, I still prefer printed books over e-readers, and have no desire to look at another screen come the end of the day. The rest is due to my budget. I can’t afford to have it all when it comes to technology, and I’m OK with that.
Fact #7: I love butterflies.
I’ve always loved these beautiful winged creatures. They’re so delicate, graceful in flight, and colorful. It’s a small joy to be able to watch them lilt from flower to flower in the spring or summer. 🙂 But there’s much more to why I adore butterflies than their appearance or movements. Butterflies are viewed as a symbol of transformation. Their bodies undergo incredible physical changes during metamorphosis; and from a spiritual perspective, one can’t help but admire butterflies for their unwavering acceptance of change. Maybe that’s why I own jewelry, writing journals, and decorations featuring butterflies. Part of me wants to remember to embrace changes in my own life as they do.
My Nominees for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award
Again, since I still have more awards to sift through, and therefore more bloggers to nominate in the near future, I’ll stick to 7 nominees for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award instead of 15.
- Elizabeth Rawls
- Phoenix Grey
- KL Haley
- Rebekah Hendrian
- Victoria Grace Howell
- Cristina Guarino
- Zezee @ Zezee with Books
And since this IS the Dragon’s Loyalty Award, how about we close this with some awesome dragon GIFs? 😀
Recognize any of them – or all three? 😉