Monday, March 3, 2014

Dragon Loyalty Defined

Last week, I was the honored recipient of this lovely award from my A-Z Challenge co-host, MJ Joachim. This lovely lady writes several blogs:

MJ, A to Z Challenge Co-Host 
Writing Tips
Effectively Human
Lots of Crochet Stitches

You know how much I love awards, AND how hard I'm working on brevity, so instead of giving the award to 12 people, I've picked three.  They are listed in the order of when we met.  

Brian Miller of WaystationOne has been my faithful reader since I started blogging five years ago.  I truly have NO idea how he found me, but he's read just about every post I've ever written, and that's loyalty to me. Yes, I've given him awards just about every time I give them. He's that important to me. He's encouraged, suggested,gently critiqued, and just generally been a true friend through thick and thin.  Thanks, and ...smiles.

Cheryl of Deckside Thoughts I probably met about the same time as Brian.  She has been a constant fixture in my blogging life.  She is one of the rare folks who will actually take seriously that little blurb above the comment box and give an actual critique.  As in this was good but this was bad so go work on that.  PRICELESS. Thanks, Cheryl, for always being true.

The other person who also defines loyalty to me is Gary Pennick of Klahanie.  He's completely all about others, and is devoting his life to helping those with the stigma of mental illness.  As someone who suffers from depression, I was instantly at home at his blog, just from his bio.  We've been friends ever since. I also don't know how we met, but it was probably through Alex, who knows everyone...

I have so many other dear, important, special and loyal friends upon whom I could bestow this award.  So I hereby reserve the right to give out the other 9 at a later date.

As to the seven facts about me?  Really?  You don't know me yet?  Life is Good is about my life.  I use my life to practice writing, and I'm not shy.  If you are new, I do have this handy "About Me" tab up there under the pretty sunflower and flamingo banner that Jeremy made me when he designed my whole blog.

So please visit my friends, and Alex and Jeremy and the rest of the co-hosts and minions and new blogger friends I've recently met through the A-Z sign-ups...MJ already gave them this award to them in groups, so I thought I'd pass it on to friends from other places.  Even though it's training camp time for the Challenge in April, it doesn't mean it's all I'll be writing about. I promise ;-)


P.S Can you imagine how long this would have been if I'd given it to TWELVE people? Who is important in YOUR blogging life? Please share so I can go meet them.

P.P.S WELCOME BACK JEREMY! One of our co-hosts, and buddy of mine broke his ankle but is back in cyber-space today!  We are so relieved.


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tina - you! and the many others I've made friends with over the years of blogging ..

Probably many more by the time I came across the A-Z .. I couldn't do it the first year - life was too frantic ... but most blogging comrades are so helpful and supportive ..

We're lucky to be amongst such an amazing set of bloggers .. cheers to you and I'll be over to meet Cheryl and Brian ... Gary and I are in touch via the blog and on email ..

Cheers to one and all .. and enjoy blogging and the A-Z .. Hilary

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

As a matter of fact, I can imagine!!
I'm not sure how I found Gary either. I know I found Brian through you.
Now, can you imagine if I left you a list of the blogging friends important in my life? That might be as long as your post...
You peeps know who you are!

Anonymous said...

Brian definitely inspired me to try writing poetry again. I have much to learn to he's a great source to find that much needed inspiration!

Jo said...

MJ Joachim covered everyone I might have shared with so felt I couldn't really accept in the first place. Glad you had people you could pass it to.

Nah, don't know anything about you, who are you?????

CA Heaven said...

I guess that's the way it is. You happen to find some interesting blogs and continue to follow them, more or less regularly >:)

Cold As Heaven

Brian Miller said... got to five....smiles...thanks tina...i really dont remember how we hooked up online...but i def appreciate you as well...and your loyalty of the years too...i started about a year before you so it was probably good we met when we did because the first year for me i had no clue what i was

JoJo said...

I cherish my blogging buddies and am so glad that we've become friends over the years!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I think I met Gary through Alex, too. He's so faithful at promoting others' blogs.

Congrats on the award.

A Beer for the Shower said...

I'm not sure how half the people that found us found us. But I'm glad they did. You included. We don't have nearly enough good beer people that come around the blog. You know, those who aren't afraid to step outside the typical Coors Light or Miller Lite (ugh!).

Anyway, congrats on the award! People stopped giving us those things a long time ago, which I believe is because people are better off not knowing 7 things about us. They've already learned plenty they didn't want to know.

Jeremy [Retro] said...

... thank you so much, period!
I am trying to pace myself, lol!

Andrew Leon said...

That would be telling.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Tina. Since friendship doesn't flow one way, I'm sure you have given as much as you've received to those friendships. That's a wonderful thing I'm learning about bloggers. Have a great week!

Sammy D at

shelly said...

Tina; how do you keep up?

Unknown said...

Tina, I can't list the number of people who've impacted my life in the blogiverse, but I keep trying to let them know.

You and Alex and Lee will always be near the very top of that very long list.

Take care of you and hugggs !

Anonymous said...

Congrats on a well deserved award.
It's lovely to be reconised by one's followers.
Yvonne Lewis one of Arlee's Ambassadors for the challenge.

klahanie said...

Dear Tina,

First of all, my kind friend, hearty congrats on you receiving the award from the lovely M.J. :)

I'm deeply flattered you would include me in the list of recipients. Such nice words you mention about Brian, Cheryl and I Well done to those recipients. And thank you, once again. I shall post up an announcement about the award fairly soon.

Welcome back, Jeremy! :)

Your friend,

Gary :)

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the thinking about me, Tina. I remember meeting you as if it was yesterday, not close to 5 years ago. I want to say it was through Jenny Matlock but it could have easily been through the now-defunct word prompt hop on Wednesdays or Thursdays (Brian was part of the team).