Reader’s Appreciation Award: The Literary Tears are Flowing

Although The Other Watson has been one of my followers to always nominate me for an award, I am truly honored to be appreciated for reading. This is a monumental award for me because I love reading so much. He was one of the first blogs I followed when I created this blog, and has continued to captivate my attention months later (which is not easy to do in this attention deficit world).

His usual post will incite a bundle of questions regarding your own writing style and what books you love to read, in addition to proving you with endless suggestions for future reading. Now if you’re like me  (living in the U.S. and haven’t traveled much) finding friends across the globe is one of the perks of blogging, and The Other Watson is my first British/Aussi friend. The culture he places in his posts is subtle enough that you can learn from him the differences from here in the U.S. and it is delightful. He has a sweet way of discussing books and writing like they are his children, and he never gets boring. So, please check him out when you have the time. It is definitely worth the trip because he keeps me coming back for good posts and great conversations.

Now, onto business. He has nominated me for the Reader’s Appreciate Award, which I gladly accept and now move on to the requirements of the award. First, the picture…

Next, as designated by my nominator, I should tell you what I have been doing. In the last week or two, I have been preparing for my glorious study abroad trip to Dublin, Ireland. I have been working for weeks to compile list upon list of the things I will need on the trip. It seems one week away is too much for me to handle because the excitement is nearly bursting through me. As I prepare for my trip, I recently had my hair dyed. New aspect of life=new hair. I have always felt that a fresh hair cut and a new color are two great ways to start off a journey. So, here is the color:

New color for a great new adventure

Finally, I have been revising the beginning of my novel in preparation for the new semester. The story is set in London, and it features a young teen who is coping . She has just moved from Philadelphia to Lewisham, and comes across an unlikely friend in this scary, new place. Little did she know that the new friend would turn her into something she never thought existed. It’s difficult to tell what I’m writing since I have never been to London or even in a different country, so hopefully my trip to Ireland will help create an authentic trip for my character.

Onto the next part of the award I am giving the award to 6 of my best followers who always manage to find the time to read and comment on my newest posts. Although I appreciate every single reader for that each day of the week 🙂

Mywithershins -who gives me reassurance and constant feedback on my posts and ideas.

John -who combats every comment with insightful information I didn’t know to add to my post.

katkasia -who never fails to add fun, relevant comments to my page.

Maeve Murray -my writing sister and fellow student in Carlow’s MFA program. She is a mutual reader of my page as I am of hers. 🙂

Rustic Recluse -who is a new follower with kind, detailed comments to my most recent posts. Check out his page!

And of course, The other Watson -who gives me awards and dozens of comments responding to the silly questions at the end of every post.

Check out these mentioned pages because they have the quality and energy worth taking a few minutes to read. Speaking of reading, what is everyone else reading at the moment?


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9 responses to “Reader’s Appreciation Award: The Literary Tears are Flowing

  1. Thanks, Amanda! Wishing you all the best of luck in Ireland! I am a tad jealous! 🙂

    BTW, I’ve started a new feature on my blog – interviews. Maybe once you’re settled in Dublin, you might have time to answer some questions about your writing for a future blog post. 🙂

    • I would love to answer some questions. I’ll be on while in Ireland blogging and posting pictures, so please leave a comment when you want me to answer questions. I will be sure to let all of Ireland inspire me double since you can’t make a trip out there any time soon 😛 I can always count on you to notice what I’m writing about and let me know your thoughts. It is much appreciated!

  2. Thank you so much! I’m sure you’ll love Ireland. I’ve never been to Dublin, but the south west coast is lovely if you have a chance to get down there. There is a sense of history there which is hard for us to achieve in the ‘colonies’.
    Love the hair colour by the way – very glamorous.

    • Thank you so much!! I hope my next trip takes me towards the coast. This trip will be strictly city dwellers and night life 😛 If my experience is half as good as I hope it will be, then I will be able to do so much with my writing.

  3. It’s funny, because your blog was one of the first I followed when I started my blog too…if my memory serves me correct we both started our blogs in the same month?
    By the way, thank you so much for all the kind words you said about me and my blog, it has to be one of the sweetest things anyone has ever said, I just completely blushed (still am blushing, actually 😛 ). Seriously, thank you so much. 🙂
    I’m so excited for you about your Ireland trip, by the way (and immensely jealous). And I already told you this but I love your hair, it really suits you!
    As for what I’m reading…I’m currently finishing off The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, and part way through The Man Who Forgot His Wife by John O’Farrell, Mussolini: His Part In My Downfall by Spike Milligan, Shadow by K..J.Parker….and there’s another one I am forgetting…

    • So many books! That K.J. Parker is someone I want to check out in the future, and it is true we started around the same time! I’m so glad we became companions on our blogging journey. I will have many stories to blog about on my trip. I’m sure you will read them all!

      • Yeah, I suck at sticking to one book at a time. 😛 Ah yeah I think I might have mentioned Parker to you before haven’t I? Or I’ve rambled about him/her somewhere.
        No, I shall not read all your stories you blog about….why would I ever do that? Hahaha kidding, of course I will, I look forward to them all! 😀

  4. Thanks for the mention 🙂

    I’m often terrible about commenting, but I do read most posts. :p I don’t think I’ve written one in over a month… perhaps I’ll remedy that today.

    I’m so excited for Ireland with you! Your hair looks awesome, btw. It almost makes me want to dye my hair again, but I don’t think it would survive another session. We’re going to have so much fun!!!

    • You always know just what to say when you do post, though. You helped me get through my first trollers. 🙂 We are going to have the best time in Ireland! I waited a year to do my hair, I’m glad people like it. If you feel like a change go for it! I’ll help if necessary 🙂

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