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Okay, so I’ve been a little slow on announcing this, but a few days ago my blog received The Versatile Blogger Award from one of my all time favorite blogs The Writer Side of Life.

Now, like with anything else in life, there are rules.

1) You must thank and link back to the person who gave you the award;

2) Share seven things about yourself; and

3) Pass the award to 15 blogs you enjoy and let them know they’ve been given the award.

So number one, thank you to The Writer Side of Life for thinking of my blog.  It’s really appreciated and brought a smile to my face.

Now number two…lets see.

1. Is I’m boring a fact…I don’t know, I don’t think that’s what I’m suppose to put.  Wow this is hard, lol.  Okay, right now I’m reading the third book in the House of Night series by P.C. Cast and her daughter.  Like my younger sister, I haven’t decided whether or not I like them, which is unusual for me.  I’m normally very opinionated just as a rule of thumb.

2. I love to bake.  When I had more time, I would make chocolate chip cookies from scratch and eat the dough.

3. I once purposefully dropped a weight on my ankle to get out of basketball practice.

4. My little brother once purposefully dropped two eight pound weights on my head.

5. I once was in a grocery store with a bank located at the front.  Of course the bank got robbed while I was there and I, unfortunately, discovered I would risk getting shot in the back by a sawed off shot-gun to save my too-curious-for-his-own-good little brother.

6. When I was in first grade my father sued the school district.  If you google my name, you can find me listed as a defendant, along with a lesson plan for law schools using the federal case as an example.

7. Even thought I have four brothers and three sisters, I only have one niece and one nephew.

That was fun right.  Moving on.  It’s time to list the fifteen blogs I’m passing the award onto.

Amie Borst

Elana Johnson

Laura Pauling

Behind The Moon

The Rhapsodist

Diamond-Yup, Like the Stone

Writing Like Crazy

The World is My Oyster

Layinda’s Blog

Sarah Enni

YA Highway

The Mortal Poet

Literary Life Notes

Romance Flash

Quill or Pill

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Challenge…

Okay, so today I read a blog that made me realize that many writers have a very elitist attitude and there are no exceptions, even when it comes to best selling authors who stay on top.  Like many elitist writers, I too have an author who I still don’t understand why her books are so big, but I have also come to realize that the reason I despise her books so much is because the comments she has made toward her own fans made me dislike her as a person.  So personal feelings aside, I am determined to look at her books with the most unbiased eye I can in order to see what makes her novel so unique. 

Now some people may say marketing, that’s all it is, she had great marketing, but I don’t believe that’s so since she has more than one book out and fans have returned to buy them, so marketing may be so for the first, but not so much for the next. If people didn’t like what they got the first time around, they won’t care how  much you market the second book.

So, my challenge to everyone who is reading this, I want you to pick the commercial author you despise the most, borrow a copy of their work, and with an honest eye try to find what makes their piece of work, well, work. 

I think this will be good exercise in identifying are own biases and realizing where we fall short.  Perhaps we put too much emphasis and value on one writing technique and not enough on another.  As writers we should appreciate the work that is out there, even if it doesn’t fit our personal taste, or we feel that it was riddled with grammatcial errors.  The more we expose ourselves outside of our own comfortable bubbles, the better are writing will become.

Besides, anyone can tear a piece of work apart, it takes another kind of person to figure out why it works, despite all its flaws.

So tell me, are you a victim of writer’s elitism?  If so, why?  Is it personal reasons?  Did the authors book touch on a controversial issue and his/her work didn’t support your side?  Be honest with yourself.

And like always, my pencil has vanished from behind my ear.  Excuse me for a moment while I find it again.

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