I once had a friend. Her name was Melanie. I thought she liked me…until she gave me WORK to do. You see, Melanie received this award, and no I’m not talking about that nice one she received from Pacific Northwest Writers Association, the second place mainstream category award she won in 2009 for her manuscript, The Pirate’s Reckoning. Who wants to remember 2009? That year should rest in peace. No, this award is affectionately called Scrap.
I would like to rename it Crap.
The purpose of this award, I believe, is to put people out, to force them to pretend they have seven friends, and to get them to write a blog post.
That is crap.
I don’t need an award to write a blog post. Well, maybe I do. It’s been awhile, but still.
To be fair, it was nice of her to include me in her (s)crap post, and to link back to my blog. “Thank you, Melanie. Thank you very much. Really.” There. Did that sound like sarcasm? If not, I may try again later.
To be honest, there are 100 things I could tell you about me. But I won’t. I’ll boil it down to ten salient items that make The First Carol successful. 1 … 2… 10.
What? You weren’t paying attention? I’m not repeating it. Really.
Now, this is where I make something up. Here’s eleven. Guess which one is not true.
1. I play the accordion.
2. I own an RV.
3. I like whiskey.
4. I have traveled to 18 countries.
5. I am not retired.
6. After writing a manuscript that includes an Asian man, I have become infatuated with Asian men. Just ask my daughter who is likely embarrassed by how I stare at them in public. She claims nothing I do embarrasses her. I aim to change that.
7. I have never run for public office.
8. I never had a dog growing up. At the moment I have more than three in the house (deprivation is NEVER the key to raising a sane human being) Also: we will never have puppies again, we will never hae puppies again, we will never have puppies again, we will never have puppies again. Get the picture?
9. I have multiple college degrees.
10. I have a dozen computers in the house.
11. During college I worked in a bowling alley–as a beer and wine waitress.
Now to find seven unsuspecting innocents to pass the baton to… (muahaha).
Your task, dear friends listed below, is to share ten truths about yourself and then pass on the (S)crap award to seven worthy recipients who must also list ten honest things about themselves, and so on.
First, I choose, Parisa who blogs at Blind Donut. She has already posted 10 wonderful novelties about herself courtesy of her sister. Thanks for being so fast!
Second, I would like to introduce you to Melissa who writes romance for Harlequin and blogs at Melissa’s Diary. She has a daughter (just like me) and her daughter loves 4-H (just like mine) and I see her regularly (at 4-H) and hopefully she will still speak to me after this.
Next, I want to pick a boy. I would like to pick the most popular boy to have appeared on this blog, Dale Chumbley. He is married to a fabulous writer so I would like to pick her to, Bridget Chumbley.
I would like to nominate myself again because I am so fascinating, but I won’t. I’ll pick Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt, two published authors of YA who have entertained my daughter thoroughly. In fact, I have a bone to pick with both of them for the sleep my child has lost devouring their books into the wee hours of the morning.
For number seven, I choose the devilishly handsome Donovan Creed, and if he is busy, then John Locke may take his place and reveal ten truths about himself.
Because I like boys, I’m also picking Jon, who’s not quite sane which makes him a perfect candidate for these exercises.
And just to be clear, folks, this was not my idea. This was Melanie’s idea. She may have all the credit if this finds you disgruntled in any way.
Okay, Melanie, smartie-pants, (and everyone else) which one of the eleven items above do you think is not true?