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Saturday, March 31, 2012

A to Z Challenge! On AWARDS

Today is the start of the A to Z Challenge! It's my first time, so I hope I can pace myself. I'm #1157 in the lineup-yow! I'll talk about something fun today-AWARDS! You know you love them. So you want to concentrate on your writing, and honing your story so it sings and has razor-edge tension. And you're not supposed to concentrate on perks like getting reviews and readers and peer recognition. But an award doesn't hurt, does it? I'll never forget in my junior year of high school, getting the creative writing award and standing up on that stage, my knobby knees knocking; and later, getting my first NYPL Best Book for Teens award for Refugees, which carried me through difficult writing times and revision h*ll.
So, yeah, concentrate on crafting three-dimensional characters and a strong story, but don't forget to award yourself a pat on the back, or throw a party to celebrate that first finished draft.

Speaking of awards, I'm going to do some award-giving right now!
I'm feeling extra generous today, so... drum roll please.... the TWO winners of my free 25-page YA sci-fi manuscript evaluation are Margo Rowder and Debbie Davies!
Can't wait to read your pieces! (Send 'em as doc or docx attachments)

Freaky Hybrid Award
Now for my 2nd round of awards! The Freaky Hybrid Awards go to... (Told you I was feeling generous) Three creative thinkers from my last Fireseed Tour stop at Wistful Nebulae where we played Hybrid Mashups:
1. Allan Douglas for his genetically engineered trees that when planted in a pattern grow into a building that would be self-repairing!
2. SUZE for her new kind of "YEAR OF" mashup, with the year of the Bioengineering, Year of Self-Reproducing Automata, and Year of Neural Implant Connectivity
3. Misha Gericke for a chocolate and veggie hybrid that allows one to get the vitamins while indulging a chocolate fix!
What's been your most meaningful award so far? Most prized achievement? Gift to yourself for reaching a challenging goal? Favorite award you've given out to another person? A to Zers and everyone else, let's hear yours!

27 comments:

  1. Hey! I'm visiting you from the A - Z challenge! This was a fun post :)

    I'm not sure I've won any proper awards before. However, after getting through this long and difficult university year I think I will give myself some gifts for reaching that challenging goal!

    Good luck for the challenge!

    Nikki – inspire nordic

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  2. Thanks for visiting, Nikki, and good luck with your university studies. Hopping over to your blog now.

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  3. Just passing through from the A to Z you are also no 672 on the list. Gift to myself as I'm passing a White Falcon (the guitar not the bird.

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  4. By the way your word verification is still on

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  5. OMG, Rob, I knew that I had already put myself on the list! I just couldn't find where so I added my blog again. Thanks for the alert!

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  6. Who doesn't like getting rewards? This industry is tough and rewards can be the pat on the back we need sometimes.

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  7. Just turned OFF word verification. Now I'm almost civilized. :)

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  8. Rewards are fun. I actually need to be a little harsher on myself.

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  9. Congrats to the award winners!

    Happy A-Zing!

    My A-Z!

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  11. Wow, how cool! Thanks! I've received quite a few awards over the decades (most have been for customer service and PR kinds of things) but I never dreamed I'd get an award for being freaky!

    All the best to you on your A-Z ing!
    Allan Douglas (Google's messin' with ya)

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  12. Any award I get I appreciate. It's nice to have a pat on the back once in a while.

    Congrats on being on board this very long train, Catherine! Enjoy the ride with me.

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  13. I think my most meaningful award came when I was still teaching middle school: a student who I thought hated me (she made my life miserable every day) nominated me for the Rotary Club Best Teacher of the Year Award. I didn't win, but I still have the copy of her nomination form. Great post, and thanks for stopping by!

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  14. Oh, Jen, that warmed my heart! I have one student right now who was quite a challenge, but who is rising to the plate, and actually has a really cool idea for her research paper. Sometimes it's those kids who you end up remembering and cheering on.
    C Lee, I'm on board and looking forward to your posts. And Doug, you really cracked me up. Yes, the Freaky Bunny is quite a switch from a customer service award!

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  15. Hi Catherine,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog - this A to Z Challenge is going to be fun (as long as I can keep it up - I'm not good at the "posting every day" thing!).
    As for awards, I haven't really had any since high school, but when I get an appreciative comment back from a client, it's nice. I mean, REALLY nice, so I guess that counts...

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  16. Great post. My award to self was dark chocolate after finishing NaNoWriMo

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  17. Hmmm...don't you hate when your mind goes blank on something that should be an easy question? Since I can't think of an award, how about a prize I won? I won a blog giveaway that got me a neat book of very old photos of Holland and some Dutch white chocolate with fizzy candies on it. Super yummy! I'll take that kind of award any time.

    Aside from that, I'm your co-host for the A-to-Z! If you didn't get an email from me the other day, it may have gone in your spam box. Please feel free to contact me via my profile or reply to that email if you need anything or have any questions.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse, co-host of the 2012 #atozchallenge! Twitter: @AprilA2Z

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  18. Hey, thanks, Sharon! I appreciate it a lot.

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  19. I had completely forgotten all the book tokens I won in school- yes, awards are lovely! Best one I ever gave was informal, and it was a leopard print bikini :-)

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  20. Speaking of awards...

    You've been nominated on my blog for the Liebster award. Just thought I'd let you know.

    -Matt (mattswritinglair.blogspot.com)

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  21. Lily, a leopard print bikini! What a gift. And Mike, thanks! I'll stop by.

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  22. I think I try not to think about writing awards--the idea is really intimidating!

    Love the idea of clever hybrids, though! And I want one of those pastel colored bunnies.

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  23. Like the idea of clever hybrids in some ways! Nice to meet you through A to Z.

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  24. Rewards are totally necessary, big, small or in-between. I give them to myself often! :)

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  25. My most memorable award was winning the spelling bee in 5th grade, just the beginning of my obsession with all things spelling and writing-should've become an editor!

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