With the word ‘Tennis’ in the title, you have your first hint at the lateness of this post, meaning I started it a good couple of weeks ago during Wimbledon. Which also means that it is now redundant. Thank goodness for cut and paste is all I can say, best invention EVER.
Still, I’m left struck with the idea that tennis is a bit like writing: some matches end quickly and efficiently in straight sets thanks to a few forehand smashes, but others are slogging matches, filled with crushing lows, victorious highs and endless umpire calls.
In such matches, players grow weary, frustrated, angry even; they can’t believe what’s happening. They worked so hard, hit the ball just right, gave it their all but are left wondering where all the chalk-dust has gone. Surely the ball was in, you cannot be serious!
Face it, the ball was out.
Some go on to victory. Either way, they don’t give up; they keep practicing, listen to their coaches and ask, “How can I improve?” They dream of their comeback and don’t give up. After all, there is always next year, right?
Ultimately, they aim for the prize no matter what.
As do we writers and in turning to our writing friends and mentors to encourage, guide, and coach us, we thank them from the bottom of our hearts.
So what better time than now to thank some lovely writer/blogging friends who help keep me on the ‘write’ track? Not to mention, for spoiling me rotten with goody-bags stuffed to overflowing with awards.
Starting with two wonderfully talented and inspiring writers. I’m proud to call these strong, dynamic, and amazing women my friends.:
First lovely Jo, amazing published author, supporter of indie writers everywhere. Just look at this incredible bundle of goodies:
Then lovely Irene, whose memoir writing is at once fascinating and poignant, popped a few more into the bag, making it so heavy that I could hardly carry it:
Marlene is a new blogging friend with a zest for life, new challenges and writing. Brenda, my ‘Cotswold’ friend who found my blog in the early days, writes delightful poetry and prose and Maria, my lovely Aspie friend, has recently changed her blog to reflect the wonderful, positive changes in her life. So happy for her!
Thank you so much all you lovely ladies for these wonderful awards!
Finally, I have three great guys to thank:
My good pal and partner-in-crime Steven for The Leibster Award (see above). I say this about him because he and I have great plans for turning my summerhouse into the TARDIS and who knows what could happen then? No doubt plenty of shenanigans and high jinks…bring it on!
Don is known by most of you I think, he is one popular guy with a huge following due to his kind, charming ways.
Bespoke Traveler is a fantastic travel blog written by Jesse and Atreyee whose mission is to bring ‘curated tales for the curious traveler’.
Thank you so much, you guys are wonderful!
As always with awards, I find the hardest part is knowing who to nominate (and I know that not all of you accept awards), but please know how much I love and appreciate you all. Your visits here to this little corner of blogland mean the world to me, my summerhouse would be very dull indeed without your company.
Since I’ve already participated in many of these awards, the awards I’ve chosen to send on this time (with their corresponding rules) are:
The Award for Love and Kindness (from Jo)
1. Share an act of kindness another blogger has done for you.
2. Thank the person who nominated you for the award, and link back to their blog
3. Nominate those bloggers whom you feel practice Kindness and Love — you choose how many! (I would give you all the Award for Love & Kindness, for all that you show me….)
Wonderful Team Member Readership Award (Jo and Irene)
1. Show appreciation of the blogger who nominated you, and link back to them in your post.
2. Add the award logo to your blog.
3. Share 7 things about yourself (I’m breaking this rule, I share enough here about moi as it is!).
The Angel Award (from Irene)
1. Display the Award on your Blog.
2. Announce your win with a blog post and thank the Blogger who awarded you.
3. Present 10 deserving Bloggers with the Award.
4. Link your nominees in the post and let them know of their being awarded with a comment (or a pingback).
5. Include an embedded video of your current favourite song. If a video is not possible you can embed a SoundCloud track.
It is my honour and privilege to nominate these wonderful bloggers for all the above awards and many congratulations to you all:
Irene (Right back at you for the Award for Love and Kindness)
The Write Might
wanton word flirt
Lisa Reiter – Sharing the Story
Patsy’s Creative Corner
this man’s journey
Jennifer K Marsh
Breaking the Cycle
Carrot Ranch Communications
Tally’s Magic Tales
Another award post will follow this one later today but I have one more rule to fulfill: for rule number 5 above, my choice is the amazing classic ‘Summer Breeze’ by Seals and Crofts (although I do also love the Isley Brothers’ cover version). This three-minute clip is worth watching for the beautiful images alone. If this doesn’t get you in a summer mood this Monday morning, then I don’t know what will.
Enjoy and Happy Monday to you all. Love Sherri x