Monday, January 30, 2012

Versatile Blogger Award

Thank you, Lucy Swing, talented author, graphic artist, and sister Chocolatier, for nominating me for The Versatile Blogger Award. I am touched and honored.

The Rules (Remind you of a chain letter?)

  1.  In a post on your blog, nominate 15 sister bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award. (Fifteen isn’t mandatory, but it’s a nice gesture. Try and pick at least five.)
  2.  In the same post, add the Versatile Blogger Award.
  3.  In the same post, thank the blogger who nominated you with a link back to their blog.
  4.  In the same post, share 7 completely random pieces of information about yourself.
  5.  In the same post, include this set of rules.
  6. Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs.

Without further ado, seven random things about me:

1. Bonafide Buffy fanatic. I heart Spike!

2. Blind enough to run into walls without contacts.

3. Champagne is my lifeblood.

4. Married Sebastien nearly 12 years ago in the French town of Meaux – pronounced “moe” as in: eeny, meeny, miny, moe, catch a Frenchman by the toe!

5. World’s piggiest vegan.

6. Greatest life adventure was going to Africa and living in a mud hut.

7. Rarely make chocolate chip cookies anymore because I will eat every last one within 24 hours. Cookieholic – the condition is real and extremely serious. It once caused me to gain 50 lbs in three months.

And now, 14 bloggers I’d like to recognize and nominate for the Versatile Blogger Award:

1. Isabella Louise Anderson at Chicklit Goddess. Isabella is one of the most upbeat and encouraging writers I know. We met via Gotham’s online Romance Writers workshop a couple summers ago.

2. Elizabeth Grant Thomas. Liz and I have been pen pals for over two decades. Trust me, that’s a lot of paper and ink! She blogs about motherhood, life, food, friendship and writing.

3. Nicole Steinhaus at YA Stands. Not only is Nicole one of the most helpful beta readers I’ve come across, she’s put together a blog with interviews, tips, reviews and all things YA.

4. Julie Daines. I love humor and, thanks to Julie, I know how to survive an alien invasion, zombie apocalypse and vampire attack.

5. Stina Lindenblatt at Seeing Creative. Stina is simply one of the nicest ladies I’ve seen out on the blogosphere. Her blog posts are helpful and engaging and Cool Links Friday is a wonderful roundup of interesting writing posts across the board.

6. Dan and Margo at Circle of the Sun for walking the talk: sharing their experiences of a sustainable life through biointensive mini farming.

7. Erik Marcus – my favorite vegan blogger. Erik’s musings are as humorous as they are informative and he keeps up-to-date on all things affecting our food, including GMOs.

8. Shelley at The Rebel Homemaker, even though she hasn’t blogged since summer. Shelley blogs about her adventures in growing food in the middle of LA, cooking from scratch, and quilting.

9. Tracey at Digging Through the Dirt. Tracey cares about all causes and presents each post in an informative and intelligent manner. She simply has one of the biggest hearts of anyone I know.

10. Najla Qamber at Unputdownable Books. She reads, she reviews, and she designs – all from the small island of Bahrain (sometimes while riots are going on right outside her window!)  
11. Keary Taylor, (not only a neighbor islander): indie author extraordinaire. Keary is hitting the big time and has been a source of unending inspiration.

12. E. L. Schneider – a welcoming and helpful writer in the world of YA.

13. Cinthia at Ah, Ah Alaska. She writes and runs and takes gorgeous pictures along the way. Cinthia’s my girl!

14. And my sister Chocolatiers: Suz, Cheryl, Stacey, Kira and Lucy at Death by Chocolate. Working as a team on our anthology has been the highlight of these past couple months. I love all these ladies! 


  1. Wow, Nikki, thanks for saying that. If my heart's big, then yours is enormous! :) And, yeah, I've been totally slacking on my blog. I see that you've been busy (as usual) writing. Good for you!

    1. Thanks Nikki! I know, I've been totally slacking. I feel like I haven't done anything blog worthy in ages! I'll get out of my slump soon. :)

  2. Thanks for thinking of me. I'm honored and it's been great getting to know you over the blogoshpere!

  3. Hey you, I thought you and I got married at the same wedding? In which case it was nearly 12 years ago... Time flies when you are having fun! Right?!
    I love you so much and I'm so proud of you.

  4. Correction (thanks to my wonderful husband who keeps track of dates better than me): married nearly 12 years, not 13. (Fixing.)

  5. Wow, that's a lot of cool blogs for me to check out.

    I have the first season of Buffy but I haven't watch it yet. Oops! I'd forgotten all about it.

    Living in a mud hut sounds cool, unless you live in Canada. Then it's just plain cold!!!! (especially in the winter).

    Don't feel bad, the only way I can remember how many years I've been married is by remembering how old my oldest is. He was born five months after our wedding (he was three months premature and I didn't realize I was pregnant until the honeymoon). :D