Despite the fun and laughter I’ve distilled and held on to here on Playing by the book this week, it’s not been an easy week – plenty of illness and a complete dearth of sleep. I’m always grateful that any of you read my ramblings, but this weekend has seen 2 really lovely things from you that have turned my week around.
First of all, Vanessa from Silly Eagle Books has been generous enough to pass on to me the Kreativ Blogger Award. Thank you Vanessa! Silly Eagle Books always lifts my day – lovely reviews of great books and plenty of craftiness with Vanessa’s daughter Juliet, so it’s very touching indeed to receive this recognition from Vanessa.
As a recipient of this award I have to list 7 of my favourite things and then pass on the award to 7 other bloggers. It’s great to be made to think about lovely things when I’m feeling a bit blue and tired! So here goes.
7 things I love
7 blogs to whom I’m passing on the award
So Vanessa cheered me up this weekend. And so did Kristine, who left a comment in response to my previous post with a link to this article by Mem Fox: http://www.memfox.com/like-mud-not-fireworks.html . I urge all of you to go and read this article – it’s so passionate and funny and important.
This week’s lack of sleep may have played a part in why reading the article Kristine linked to left me in tears. Like Mud, not Fireworks is a wonderful, inspiring, heart-wrenching piece of writing. BUT what has also touched me deeply is the very fact of Kristine’s comment and what it has given me. As Mem Fox writes in the piece Kristine linked to:
As writers, we want among other things to arouse an audience, touch emotions, cause laughter, record events, make statements, tell our lives, ask favours, and explore who we are socially and politically, and we ache fora response that has at least a dash of passion in it, as an indication that we have connected in a real way with our intended audience.
With Kristine’s comment on Friday I felt that spark of connection – that reaching out, stimulating, engaging connection which is precisely what I was hoping to foster when I started this blog; to create a small community with “real response[s] from real people” to borrow from the article once more. Kristine, *thank you*.