I talked about my definition of a bad ass is in yesterday’s blog entry. Today, I get to pass the “Tell the Darkness to Get Lost” award onto other bloggers who inspire, amuse or educate me with their writing. I’m nominating a few blogging newbies (Sarah and Linda) because they’re friends and everyone needs some help getting started.
First, I’d like to recommend a book for anyone who is creative (everyone) and feeling blocked. It’s The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. This book is fantastic for anyone who is creative, but having trouble tapping into it. How do you know you’re blocked besides staring at a blank screen, wringing your hands and hyperventilating? If you’re jealous of someone who’s writing and thinking, “I could have done that” or “She’s such a dip.” Or someone tells you they have a gallery opening and you think, “My photos or paintings are just as good as hers. What’s so special about her?” Julia cuts away your ego, helping you tap into your inner child that’s at the heart of creativity. Through daily journaling, artist’s dates and other exercises, she helps fire up your creativity. I’ve seen other writers use her tips on their websites (do repetitive exercises like swimming, jogging, walking or even scrubbing) without attribution. But it’s all Julia and she deserves the credit.
Here are my nominations:
https://snoozingonthesofa.com/ A married guy with three young kids shares tales of domestic life with wit and sincerity. I loved his recent piece about a copper frying pan he bought in the “As Seen on TV” aisle in the supermarket.
http://priscillamartel.com/ Priscilla Martel: Living the Flavorful Life. Priscilla was my food blogging teacher at Gateway Community College in New Haven, CT., so you can blame her for this blog. I took the course because a blogger boss told me I knew nothing about writing and how dare I not write in her voice. Priscilla set me straight. With her background as a chef and restaurant owner, she guided us through food-related writing prompts, memoirs and restaurant reviews. She’s a very classy bad ass, cookbook author and expert on almonds.
http://www.nodandhoney.com/This blog is written by Sarah, a stay-at-home mom I met in my food blogging class. We met on the first day of class, carpooled together and even got scolded for laughing in class. Sarah and I believe we were destined to meet. As a matter of fact, I bumped into her at the vet and we’re meeting for coffee next week. How weird is that?
https://lindasobolewski.wordpress.com/ The mother of two grown daughters, Linda is an amateur photographer who has just launched her blog in hopes of becoming a professional. Her portraits and Connecticut coastline scenics are gorgeous. More importantly, she’s raised two beautiful young adults, including my daughter’s favorite babysitter Kelly.
https://longreads.com/blog/The next time someone complains that there’s nothing great on the Internet, direct them to Longreads. Joanna Petrone’s recent first-person account of her ectopic pregnancy was gripping, poignant and masterfully written. If you haven’t read it, do so.
The “Tell the Darkness to Get Lost” award was created to celebrate the rock stars who were kicked in the teeth by life and kept going anyway. It is also for those who inspire me to pick myself back up when I all I want to do is stay down. It’s my tribute to the bad ass gem of a human I see in you. You remind me to keep the faith, to keep going, and to never give in to the darkness. Your light brightens my world and gives me strength to tell the darkness to get lost. I celebrate you, I thank you, and I adore you.
Rules for accepting the award:
- To me, awards and rules shouldn’t be paired together. It’s like a great book and a forced book report. It goes from fun reading to work. So these are suggestions and ideas. You do what you feel inspired to do. If you change it wildly, that’s awesome! As I said before, you’re a bad ass. I would love to see what coolness you instill in this, but this whole thing is an optional gig. You’re a bad ass no matter what.
- Share one thing about you that is funny, interesting, or unique. Ideally tell something that you haven’t shared before, but again, it’s your call.
- You may display the award or not. It’s your blog, so I’m not going to dictate website aesthetics.
- You may nominate 5 or more or less other bad asses whom you believe deserve this award. I don’t know how many I listed below, but I wanted to include countless more. We all feel inspired by others and sometimes it’s beautiful to tell them how much their words have helped you when you needed it most.
- Tell those people who you have tagged why they matter even if it’s just a word. Kindness, bravery, resilience, laughter, quirkiness. Whatever comes to mind. Just tell them why you thought of them when you decided to share this with them.
- Know how much I genuinely appreciate you. You matter. This world is infinitely better because you are in it.