KLR is a Versatile Blogger

We need to pause the review schedule to announce one very nice people who has honored Kid Lit Reviews.

Diane Robinson, author of The Pen Pieyu Adventure Series has given The Versitile Blogger Award.

This comes with a few strings attached.  Yes, the blog world mimics the real world at times.  So, let’s quickly pull off those strings.

The Versatile Blogger

First, as polite bloggers always do, I must thank the presenter, Ms. Diane Robinson  webite   blog.

“Thank you, Diane.”

Next, the strings.

First, seven things about myself you may not know.

  1. I love dogs, but have cats.  (I love them also, but . . . please do not tell the cats about my love of dogs.)
  2. I accidentally drove my car two years without updating the tags – because I forgot.
  3. (not really about me, directly) My mother was raised in an orphanage because of the fall-out of The Great Depression.  Her father had been wealthy and her parents had been married.
  4. My father—I have his nose and do not care that I have his nose.
  5. I learned how to draw in college.  It was required for graduation.  No draw: no pass.  I passed.
  6. When I was a almost a teen I wanted to become a professional bowler.  I’m not.
  7. I love to swim as long as I have fins and a short board.

Second, I am to pass this on to a shopping fifteen blogs.  Who’s idea was that?!  I am personally involved with all of these sites as either a follower or receive a newsletter, or both.

  1. Daily Writing Tips @ http://www.dailywritingtips.com/  This great site is made up of five writers headed by Mark Nichol, Editor.  On the site you will find wonderful, up-to-date tips on everything writing.  As the name suggests, signing up for the daily writing tips gets you useful tips that you need to think about and may not be.  Not a day goes by that I do not learn something from the newsletter.  They also have a forum.
  2. Fiction Notes @ http://www.darcypattison.com/.   Run by Darcy Pattison who also has a should-not-miss newsletter.  She is also a prolific writer in both books for kids and writing on the craft itself.  Her recent release Wisdom, was reviewed here at Kid Lit Reviews.
  3.  Wordsmith @ http://wordsmith.org/awad/index.html  has a daily Word-of-the-Day.  Founded by Anu Garg in 1994, the site has lots of cool this to check out.  The best, for me, is AWAD.
  4. Cat Versus Humanhttp://catversushuman.blogspot.com/ is the website of Yasmine, an illustrator who loves cats.  She sends out her cartoons about living with cats (who always win) by email subscription.  She also has a line of items for the cat fans of the world.  A While back Yasmine’s book Cat Versus Humans was reviewed here at Kid Lit Reviews.   She is one of the nicest people on the Internet.
  5. Nathan Bransford http://nathanbransford.com/ is Nathan’s blog about publishing.  Once a literary agent for Curtis Brown, Nathan now writes novels and blogs about the publishing side of the writing business.
  6. Children’s Book Insider @ http://cbiclubhouse.com/ is run by Jon Bard and Laura Backes.  The headline descriptor reads, “World Class Training for Children’s Book Writers.”  I joined this a few years back, and it was pretty terrific.  Now, it is out of this world with experts, a step-by-step- class to get you to your first book submission and through that as well.  . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . .  . . . . . . ..  .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .C.B.I. has a forum, critique groups for all genres, a monthly newsletter with agent and publisher requests, one of the best communities in writing, and much more.  The Fightin’ Bookworms, our mascot, will let you join for only $4.49 a month.  Pay for a full year up front and the cost is discounted, plus there are archives to search and more.
  7. The Institute of Children’s Literature @ http://institutechildrenslit.com/ is where myself and a few other authors that were reviewed at Kid Lit Reviews, learned to write for kids.  The best part of this program is the one-on-one instruction from an established writer or editor, and sometimes the mentor is both.  There is also a division for those interested in writing for adults.
  8. Liz Brownlee’s Poet Blog @ http://lizbrownleepoet.com/ is the blog of Liz Brownlee.  She is a poet extraordinaire who I met during the A—Z Challenge.  She makes poetry fun and interesting.  During the challenge, she wrote her poetry on a different endangered species each day.  Liz is a smart, creative, friendly, and approachable poet.
  9. Library Thing @ http://www.librarything.com is not a blog, but it is all about books, cataloging books, meeting others and talking about books, and there are some special treats like the Early Reviewer Program.  This is a monthly space were publishers offer books for review, mostly pre-release.  There is also a Member Giveaway were members can pass on books they have read and would like others to enjoy.  There is no cost to  join.
  10. The Book Muncher @ http://thebookmuncher.blogspot.com is the first writing blog I followed and still do today.  This prolific writer started as a teen and is now in college, I believe, at New York University.  She will one day write, edit, publish, agent, you name it and she will be able to do it.  This is a young adult review blog with giveaways and occasional contests.  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . I think she is “Miss ARC” because of the number of ARCs she obtains going to book signings all over New York.  I am also jealous of The Book Muncher.  Actually, she is the one who helped me get my site up and running answering every question I asked.  She is one of the tops in the Interne writing world, if you asked me.
  11. Story Fix @ http://storyfix.com/ is the blog of Larry Brooks who developed a course around the six core competencies.  He has online workshops, a newsletter, and knows more than most.  I read his newsletter each and every time it hits the inbox.
  12. The Working Writer’s Club @ http://www.workingwritersclub.com/ is owned by Suzanne Lieurance.  When I first meet Suzanne she had a site devoted to children’s books and I won her book The Lucky Baseball: My Story in a Japanese-American Internment Camp, which came to me signed with a personal message.  Between Suzanne and The Book Muncher, I gain enough confidence to envision myself with a blog about writing.
  13. Ramblings of a Wannabe Scribe @ http://ramblingsofawannabescribe.blogspot.com/ is author Shannon Messenger.  I joined her site for the Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays, where she and other bloggers, highlight some of the best in middle grade books.  Shannon is a middle grade author.
  14. Larasalas @ http://laurasalas.wordpress.com/ is a children’s writer and poet.  Not long ago her book A Leaf Can Be . . . was reviewed here at Kid Lit Reviews and I loved every word and illustration.  Laura has written the Educational Writing Workbook for those interested in writing non-fiction books for educational markets.  Then there is the Mentor-for-Rent program.  Laura also sends out an email with a poem a day.  I never miss that.
  15. Whimsical Publishing @ http://whimsicalpublishingblog.wordpress.com/ is the site belonging to author Trina Ayling and artist Micheline Ryckman.  Their most recent collaboration,  Miss Emily Goes to Bat was reviewed her at Kid Lit Reviews and one of my very favorite books since starting the review site 110 reviews ago.  Their site is loaded with things for the kids to do, pages about each other well worth the read, and a store selling Whimsical Publishing items.  . . . . . . . . . .   .   .   .   .   .   .    .   .    .       .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    .    .   .    . .. ..  .  ..    ..    ..  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . .  .One reason I have nominated these creative women, other than their wonderful book and the hopes of reading their next creations, is their generosity.  A couple of days ago, I received a print from the book Miss Emily Goes to Bat gorgeous and ready for framing.  . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . I do not charge for reviews and never will, and this lovely piece arrived over a month after the review was posted, so this was above board.  They did not need to do this, yet I love the piece and the gesture.  Although number 15 on this list, they are far from last.


This, thankfully, concludes the requirements for The Versatile Blogger Award.  I apologize to the sites above.  I believe you deserve the recognition, but it is much more work than a recipient should need to do in order to accept a blogger award. I ran into trouble and fudged it a little myself.  A couple of the above would be considered websites, but they are wonderful places most everyone who reads this blog would enjoy.

Let’s pass these nice awards around, but try to remember the recipient is most likely a writer with little time to devote to receiving an award.  Ask the questions so we can get to know those honored and ask that it be passed along to say a limit of a half-dozen.  This is only my opinion.

Thank  you for indulging me this nice summer day. –Sue

4 thoughts on “KLR is a Versatile Blogger

    • Erik, my name is Theo and I would like to know what is so dog gone special about dogs? Hm, we felines are an intellectual bunch, whereas canines are indiscriminate about everything: food, friends, toys.

      If Sue brought home one of those flea-ridden, half-witted, drool pools, well, let me tell you what. Myself and Baby Girl would get rid of the mongrel so fast and then we would get rid of Sue. By the way, I read everything she writes. I do not want her embarrassing me in front of my peers. Thus we keep her on a short leash, so to speak.



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