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Friday, February 18, 2011

More Blog Awards, On Target, Pay it Forward

A few days ago, I was awarded the Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award by Kelly Hashway and since it’s a play-it-forward kind of award, I decided to go for it, and mention 6 blogs (Plus 2 bonus ones!!) that I really enjoy. Since it’s no longer Valentine’s Day, I’m taking the liberty to rename the award the On Target Award. Here's how it goes, should you choose to pay it forward:

1. Thank and link back to the person that gave this award.

(Thanks, Kelly!)

2. Share 4 guilty pleasures that you have.

3. Pass the award along to 6 other On Target blogs.

Guilty Pleasures:

1. Reading trash rags like People and the NY Post, and watching trash TV like Housewives of Beverly Hills

2. Banana Powerbars, coffee ice-cream and basically anything involving cocoa beans

3. Staying up more than half the night

4. Traveling to vaguely dangerous places like Moscow, Camden, inner city Detroit and, on my wishlist: Afghanistan

On Target Blogs

(It was sooo hard to boil down the many blogs I follow. I couldn't list any used in other award lists):

1. Lauren Hammond’s Living in Literary La La Land. She’s a YA author AND an agent. Look! .

2. Tracey Neithercott’s Words on Paper: Her posts are always thoughtful & lyrical. Read her posts.

3. Sarah Ahier’s Falen Formulates Fiction: Perfect if you’re itching for a fix of amazing humor & lots of whacked out animal pictures: Take a look.

4. Susan Dennard’s Susan Dennard: Her banner alone is outstanding. But seriously, folks, she’s always discussing timely matters, such as Steampunk in lit. Check it out here.

5.Teacher Kathy Martin’s blog, Ms. Martin Teaches Media, because everyone should follow a teacher who’s such a committed book blogger. Wow.

6. Livia Blackburne’s, A Brain Scientist’s Take on Writing. I mean, what could be cooler than that? Livia has a unique view of books, writing, and the world. Read on.

7. BONUS BLOG: Ezmirelda’s Dreamz of a YA Writer. A teen, passionate about books, music and blogging. And she’s already written 5 novels in high school! Visit her.

8. OMG, I forgot one! Here's a bonus, bonus blog: David McGrievey’s An Illustrated Life. For any of you out there who are author-illustrators. David’s illustrations are some of the most elegant around. Yes.


  1. Thanks for the award and link Catherine, you are too kind. I'm going to check out the others on your list now.
    X David
    Oh, one of my many guilty pleasures is watching this clip of Ann Margaret over and over again.
    She gives it her all with near crazed abandon,
    check it out at...

  2. Wow this is like a Blog bonanza (and no I don't use that word very often. :) ) Between the blog hop and the Irresistably sweet awards I'm getting one heck of an amazing collections of blogs to follow!

    I'm definately going to check out your list as well Catherine.

    Anyway, I just wanted to come over and say I love your blog. Its fabulous and I will most certainly be stopping back here very soon.

  3. Coffee ice cream! Yummy. I have some in my freezer right now. I love that you renamed this award before passing it on. Good for you. You totally deserve this award. I've really enjoyed your blog. And you passed it on to some really great people/blogs.

  4. You went to Moscow?? I've always wanted to go to Russia. It's one of those places that I promised myself I'd go to sometime in the future. Travelling is something I think everyone needs to do at least once in there life. Thanks for passing the award on to me! I'm off the go check out the other blogs you mentioned. :)

  5. Thank you so much Catherine!! That was so nice of you to give me the award. Oh, and People's a guilty pleasure of mine, too. I'm easily tempted by magazines at the grocery store checkout. :)

  6. Congrats on the award! And hmmm...banana power bars...methinks I shall have to try those :)

  7. Aww Catherine! Thanks! This was great!

  8. A belated thank you for the award, Catherine. :-)

  9. Loved the Presidents' pet post, and David, I went to youtube and played a bunch of Ann Margaret's crazy dances. What a diva for sure! Finding cool blogs is fun. I may do one on quirky spec & scifi blogs soon, so keep checking in to see. Thanks all, for the enthusiastic responses.