Blog Awards

Blog awards aren’t something I have participated in thus far in my blogging career. I was grateful to receive a nomination last year for the Blog of the Year 2012 from Mridubala, but didn’t feel I could participate, as my blog was still so new you could smell fresh paint.

However, like buses, blog award nominations seem to be coming in threes (or even fours). I’ve had a few this past week, so I thought I’d amalgamate them and thank those who have been kind enough to nominate me.

I’m very grateful to Bette Stevens over at 4 Writers and Readers for supporting my efforts in the early days and giving me encouragement. Bette has kindly nominated me for two awards. The Word Press Family Award

and the Very Inspiring Blogger Award 2

I’m also grateful to both Gedwardsmith, over at A New Writer’s Life and Times, and E W Brown from the Blissful Blog for their kind nominations of my blog for The Sunshine Award.

As the Very Inspiring Blogger Award requires me to state 7 things about myself, and the Sunshine Award provides a list of 10 things to tell, hopefully answering the listed questions will fulfil the requirements of both.

Favourite colour: Orange. The brighter the better.

Favourite animal: My cat

Favourite number: 2

Favourite non-alcoholic drink: Starbucks Hot Chocolate

Favourite alcoholic drink: Gin

Facebook or Twitter: Neither if I can help it. What’s wrong with talking?

My passions: My faith, my family, my home, my writing.

Giving or receiving gifts: Receiving. To receive is to bless the giver.

Favourite city: Manchester, England.

Favourite TV shows: Big Bang Theory, Once Upon A Time.

And now to the best bit, a list of blogs I follow, all of whom can consider themselves nominated for one or all of the above:

Here’s some blogs which look at writing craft

On Becoming A Wordsmith

One Step At A Time

Courage 2 Create

Change It Up Editing

Creative or Crazy

Everest by Fog

Creative Writing With The Crimson League

The Struggle To Be A Writer That Writes

Organization and Inspiration for Fellow Writers

Cindy D

Writing Distorted Realities

These are more a Journal style of blog

Back to Basics

A Writer’s Fountain

Imagineer-ing

My Little Library of Things That Mean Something To Me

Writing Distorted Realities

Kimberly Mellor

S J O’Hart

Beccaaudra

Michelle Zeigler

Sufey

Ceondash

And these are nothing to do with writing, but a I like them anyway

Hovercraft Doggy

Secret Gardener

Midnight Run 193

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What’s It All About?

Sometimes writing can feel like you’re chasing the white rabbit and have fallen down a hole like Alice did.  It’s dark and scary and you’re very much on your own.  You may even wonder why you want to get hold of that rabbit anyway if it’s this much trouble.  Let someone else find it.  But catch it you must, because you’re a writer, and writers write – it’s what we do.

“But Alice wasn’t alone,” you say. “She met friends along the way who helped her.”  And you’d be right.  We can learn a lot from Alice about how to find the rabbit.

My name is Lorrie Porter and I write fiction for teenagers. My first novel, Fury, has wolves, bandits and other miscreants among its pages. While my second novel, Cradlesnatch, is about a monster who steals children.

It took me 8 months to write Fury in first draft and three years to edit. With Cradlesnatch it’s a different story.  I’ve been working on the first draft since 2008, and it still isn’t finished.  I have a deadline for having a polished manuscript ready for my agent and the clock’s ticking.

I thought it would be interesting to share my journey from first draft to publishable manuscript, because in this internet age writing doesn’t have to be the lonely pusuit it once was.  I hope you’ll share the adventure with me.

My writing is supported by the Arts Council of England through their Grants for the Arts programme.

You can link to my website here: http://www.lorrieporter.co.uk/