Monday, May 2, 2011

The First Bi-Annual Wonderland Bloggy Awards!

Let's face it, Mondays are generally the very worst day of the week--especially for those of us currently in the midst of the horrible literary agent submission process. Not only do we have to wake up early and drag ourselves to work, but we also have to check our email for rejections.

Agents seem to work in a flurry on Mondays, so we cross our fingers that our query letters haven't been dumped into the "let's clear out this inbox and fire off some rejections!" Monday slush pile. We hold our breath as we watch our emails download, and we feel a pit in our stomach every time we see the words "Re: QUERY" appear like magic between letters from friends and advertisements for 1-800-Flowers or Could it be a partial or full request, an offer of representation, or is it simply a "Dear Author" form rejection letter? Sometimes, I don't even want to click and find out.

Imagine my surprise this morning when I checked my email and realized I actually had some good news waiting for me instead. The lovely, positive and always amazing Anita Howard actually spent her weekend creating beautiful badges for her Blogger friends, and she was generous enough to give me my very first blogging award: her Inspirational Blog Award. I almost melted, and look at the beautiful badge my blog now gets to wear!

If you haven't found her already, I'd HIGHLY suggest getting to know Anita through her blog, "A Still and Quiet Madness" and through her thoughtful posts (as raven1) on  Here's the link to her First Bi-Annual Wonderland Bloggy Awards, and I'm sure she'd appreciate it if you visited her.  Thanks again, Anita; you have truly made my day! :)


Anita said...

Aww! You're welcome, Lisa! And thank you so much, too. :) The award fits you and your blog perfectly, dear friend. And may you only get happy email this week. That's my wish for you.

Girl Parker said...

Congratulations!!! whooHoo! We need all the encouragement we can get as writers. Stay positive. If your manuscript is half as beautiful as your blog, you're gunna hit it big. =) Also, in why the heck are on you on WeightWatchers?!!!!

Lori M. Lee said...

Anita is such a sweetheart :) Congrats on the award!

re: inbox - yes to all of that. The way my stomach drops and my heart picks up speed, I almost don't even want to click on the email to find out what it says. And then your mood for the entire rest of the day can either plummet or soar depending on what the email contains. I've already experienced both lol.

Amy Armstrong, MS, NCC said...

Ooh! That's very cool. Also, this entry raises two important questions:
1. Uh, yeah, why are you on Weight Watchers, girl?
2. How does 1800 Flowers find all of us? I think they have spies. The Hilton always seems to find me too. Should I be paranoid?

Sophie Li said...

*enthusiastic wave* Hello Hello! Fancy meeting you here! :)

Congrats on your Blog street cred!

Marybk said...

*Throws confetti*

Congrats on your Inspirational Blogger award. Now I see what Anita means! This blog is fantastic. I love the photos.

Marewolf said...

I am SO jealous that you got to swim with a dolphin! They are amazing. I have a dolphin story brewing in the brain factory that I will hopefully be good enough to write someday :)

Congrats on the award and it's lovely to meet you and follow you (not in a creepy, stalky way...) any friend of Anita's is a friend of mine because she's all that is wonderful and kind. :)

Krista V. said...

Anita - and her blog - are great, and the Inspirational Blog Award was one of my favorite badges! Congratulations, LisaAnn!

I must say, you have one of the coolest jobs ever. The pictures in your sidebar must represent a thousand stories. And I have to ask, what the heck is cryptozoology? Did dolphins actually invent Morse Code?

K. Syrah said...

I'm blog-hopping because I'm suffering from writer's block. I'm with a previous commenter and want to know what a cryptozoologist is?

And your wildlife photos? Amazing!

Bethany C. said...

Thanks for swinging by my blog--and kudos to you for yours. These pics are very cool. (And so much more interesting than the crap I've posted on my site. Can you say "google/images"?!)

I'm feeling your check-the-email-pain, too. Somedays you just pray for a rejection so you know you haven't completely fallen off the earth!

Dawn Brazil said...

Congrats on the award!!!

LisaAnn said...

Hahahaha, I think you guys just caught me! You mean WeightWatchers spam only comes to those of us who have actually BEEN on WeightWatchers?? Don't I feel sheepish? :)

Thank you so much for all your sweet comments, especially about all my little friends on the right sidebar. Every single animal has touched my life in so many ways, and a couple of them have passed on since these pictures were taken. Getting to see them here every day reminds me how thankful I am that I was given the opportunity to know them--no matter how brief.

Ah yes! And cryptozoology is actually just a very fancy word for a very not-fancy thing: the study of creatures whose existence has not been proven... the Loch Ness monster, Bigfoot, mermaids, unicorns, krakens and such. Like many folks, I've been obsessed with them since childhood, and I particularly love exploring the science--not the magic--behind them... What kind of evolutionary pathways could they have taken? How could they have escaped detection? What sort of adaptations could allow them to survive?

My science-nerd curiosity is one of my biggest catalysts for writing, and I'm just crossing my fingers there's a market for that! ;)