Fellow blogger and author Berit Ellingsen recently awarded me with The Versatile Blogger Award. I’m honoured and surprised, because I’ve been rather irregular with my blog posts recently. Thanks so much, Berit!
According to the rules of the award, I have to pass on the award to up to fifteen other bloggers. In searching for the history of this award, I’ve noticed that most people name a full fifteen, preferably new blogs. Some folks have named five or ten. I wish I had time to read fifteen regularly, but I don’t. The award also obliges me to list seven things about myself, so in favour of symmetry, here are seven blogs and seven things.
JA Pak has to be the most versatile blogger on my list. She juggles four blogs on different topics (writing, food, living in L.A, and television), her main website, and a blog novella. All worth checking out. Impressive!
Claudia Del Balso is a busy writer and blogger who passes on useful links, tips and ideas about writing. She shares her own experiences and growth as a writer and offers encouragement and support to others who like to put pen to paper or fingers to keypad.
Valerie Storey is the author of seven books, and she also creates poetry, hand-built pottery and collage. She shares all kinds of interesting artistic ideas, experiences and inspiration on her blog.
Lynda Bruce is a visual artist and poet. She is a woman of many talents, and her blog features her gorgeous paintings and word-blending magic.
dVerse Poets – is really meeting place where over one hundred poet-bloggers meet regularly, discuss poetry and share links to the poems on their blogs. All poets, new poets and old hands, are welcome to post a link, and visit the others’ blogs. dVerse Poets isn’t a personal blog, it’s a poets’ community blog, and I believe they deserve the award because it succeeds in bringing together a great group of people from all over to share their poems, their knowledge of poetry, and their encouragement.
Sticky Rice is Mark Lowerson’s drool-inducing Vietnam food blog. His writing will make you hungry, and his photos guarantee that you will be back for more. In amongst all the delicious food writing are plenty of posts on all aspects of what life is like for an expat in Vietnam.
Chef Shane is another food blogger based in Vietnam. He blogs about cooking, recipes, life in Vietnam and more. He keeps his knife and his wit very sharp. Great photos and writing here.
-Have learned to speak 5 languages fluently (not counting mother tongue), and forgotten two.
-I wish I could speak a Chinese language, but I was never able to decide which one to study.
-If I could change just one thing about myself, I would be able to sing well.
-Love to cook, eat and try new foods and cuisines.
-Strangest thing I ever ate: fried ants (tasted like rancid oil). One food that will never grow on me: blue cheese. (can’t get past the mould flavour.)
-Love hot weather, humidity, shimmering heat.
-I’m reading two books right now:
Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit, by Barry Estabrook
Sam Tren Nui, by Chau Dien