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Sunday, October 10, 2010

NaNo and Award


First - Are you taking part in NaNoWriMo this year? I am! I even have an idea of what I'll write about (my first contemporary with zero magic). I'm TessaQuin there if you want to add me as a buddy. 

Second - Lovely, amazingly funny Melissa Gill awarded me the Cherry on Top Award a few days ago. Thank you so much, Melissa. I would award this to you if I you hadn't already awarded it to me! The name and image remind me of you because your blogs bring a smile to my face.

There are three things I must do now:

1. Thank the one who awarded it in (check!)
2. Answer a question: If I had the chance to go back and change one thing in my life, would I, and what would it be?

My answer: I would have gotten into writing much, much earlier. Although I believe that my life has shaped and matured me into the woman I am today, I wish I had decided to become a writer back in 2003 when I moved to Denmark. I had time back then, but I used it on computer games! I believe those games have enriched my imagination, and also shaped me, but still, I could have played a lot less and written a lot more.

3. Choose up to 6 people to pass on the award to! This one's going to be tough! There are so many bloggers who deserve this, but here goes:

1. Rachael Harrie! Because she's adorable and a funny little pygmy-puff (you don't have to write these after the names - I just like to).
2. Marieke! Because she's the girl with the whip! And she's on a mission.
3. Lisa Potts! She's fantastic and I love reading her blogs and get insight into American life! Seriously, this has nothing to do with all three of them being in my critique group! But I should probably move on to prove my case.
4. Quinn! Yeah, the first boy to make my list! We're new buddies, but his blog is so fantastic and unique that he deserves this and then some. And this has nothing to do with me winning his contest! Seriously! Just read his one-of-a-kind blog and that'll prove my case ^.^
5. Elana Johnson! *Gasp* Yes, I'm venturing into celebrity land now! But how can I not award her? Her blogs are amongst the first I go to check each morning, and although I'm totally intimidated by her, still - despite all the kind emails she's sent me - she's so nice.
6. Carolina Valdez Miller! Another one with over 1000 followers! Seriously, these people must be super busy! I hardly dare interrupt them with blog awards (not that blog awards are not something worthy of interrupting someone with!). Carol is a super nice, super beautiful woman. I love her blog!

Now, it's completely up to you if you pass these along, stick them on your wall, or do nothing. This is just me saying that I appreciate you, with a cherry on top ;)

So there! Oh...and I probably have to let them know. Add that as nr. 4! Comment on their blogs to let them know they've won a super cool award!

I'm all exclamationed out and need to get back to my exam studies >.<

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  1. Yay, thank you! :D

    I love my rep, but I'm a bit worried about it at the same time too! ;-)

  2. Haha, don't worry - we all know that you're super nice too...when your whip is locked away ;P

  3. Hi Tessa, thanks so much for my award and your lovely description of me (*squees at being called adorable, and runs to the mirror to double-check none of those pieces of choc-coated honeycomb I ate yesterday contributed to the "pygmy-puff" description*) ;)

    In all seriousness though, my life is so much richer for having you in it :)


    Rach xx

  4. I believe I am going to do coming on that this week! I'm adding you as a friend there now!

  5. Tessa, you are such a sweetheart and wholly deserving of these awards. Congratulations! How very kind of you to think of me in passing them on. I'm so flattered!

    Like you, I also wish I had pursued my writing more vigorously. I've always written, but never with the kind of dedication that I have now.

  6. Very cute little awards! Congrats :D I'm going to head over to the NaNo site and make sure we're buddies!

  7. Lisa: You're welcome ^.^

    Rachael: Haha. Just make sure none of the chocolate gets stuck in those fluffy hairs. Honestly, pygmy puffs shouldn't eat while bouncing. I can't decide if you're this one: or this one: Possibly a mix ^.^

    Jessica: Thanks ^.^ This is my first NaNo, so I'm still trying to figure out what all the buttons do (tempted to push the big, red one!)

    Carol: You're very welcome! You deserve it. And I've been wondering about the "starting earlier"...maybe I just wasn't ready? I could have learned so much during those years, but I don't think I would have come up with the ideas I came up with if I'd started writing earlier. My YA might not exist, so I should probably be grateful ^.^

    Faith: Nooooooooo. You were hiding too well under that hat of yours that I completely missed you for this award.

  8. Thanks Tessa! I'm glad to be the first boy to make your list (kinda proud to, I guess) :)

    And congrats on getting the award yourself! You deserve it (and I'm not just saying that cause you said so many nice things about me).

  9. Haha! Let's just stop excusing ourselves, eh? ^.^

  10. Yay! For the awards and good luck with Nano. I'm in a slight panic because I don't have a plot yet! But I'll find words somewhere!

  11. I love Nano, I'm definitely doing it this year. I'm there as Scarlett9284 And congrats on your award! You picked some awesome bloggers to give it to.

  12. Jennee, nice to meet you ^.^ I'm having second thoughts about my NaNo project... I need to rewrite at least half of my YA. That would probably be 50,000 words. Maybe I should do that instead *gnaws on lip*

    Nicole: Cool! I'll see you there ^.^

  13. CONGRATS on your award! :) Congrats to your worthy awardees.

    Yes, I'm doing Nano: the-sharp-pen

    Have a wonderful week!

  14. Thanks, Lola, and thanks for following me :)

  15. Thanks Paula. It's always nice to receive these :) And I just remembered that I forgot to stick it on my wall...