D’awww, Thanks!

Sometimes I forget that people actually read my blog. I forget that every now and then something I say makes people remember me when they are done reading. Those reminders come in the form of likes, comments and blog awards.

I get some of the first, a few of the second, but the third has seen a dry spell. Until now. Thank you so much Brittany Zelkovich (have I said recently how much I LOVE your name?) for nominating me for this Lovely Blog Award.

One Lovely Blog AwardIt touched me and your timing was excellent since I – as you could probably tell from the tone of my post that day – was feeling a little blue.

So, without further ado, here’s the criteria of the award met as best as I can make it.

Da Rulez
An award like this always a set of rules that go with it, and these are they. Enjoy.

  • Thank and link to the person who nominated you
  • List the Rules, and display the award image
  • Include 7 facts about yourself
  • Nominate an additional 15 blogs, and notify them by leaving a comment on one of their posts
  • Follow the blogger who nominated you


Gemma and I in town eating churros!

No… I wasn’t ready for that photo.

One: I have a pen friend I’ve been writing to for 20 years. *nods* Her name is Gemma and she’s AWESOME and we started writing each other when we were 10. Possibly even nine. She’s one of my bestest, best friends in the entire world and I love her. And we still write snail-mail letters to each other.

Two: I have in excess of 87 cousins. No word of a lie, promise. At my Nanna’s funeral in 2012, the pastor at the service was reading ‘the stats of life’ if you’ll excuse the term and he pointed out the incredible number of grandchildren Nanna had. She also had something like 25 great-grandchildren, meaning I have a fair number of second cousins too. Now there’s a legacy to be proud of, right?

photo of my workspaceThree: I’m actually more organised and tidy than I care to admit. Since the birth of my boys, clutter and mess is just impossible to work in. So my desk pretty much looks like this all the time (though the mug changes pretty regularly).

Four: I do actually like the occasional RomCom. I know, I know, it doesn’t sound like me, but I do. Every now and then I like to watch something in which people don’t die. There are no guns or explosions. If those things can be mixed into a RomCom setting, I’d certainly watch it, but normally that’s not the case. *shrugs* Tell anyone and I’ll write you into a novel and kill ya! 😉

Five: I sing. A lot. This is a new one as I never realised how much I actually sing until Dave came downstairs one night and told me it was nice to see me in a good mood. When I asked how he knew, he said he’d heard me singing. Meep!

picture of me in hospitalSix: I’ve spent more time in hospital this year than I ever have so far in my life. I had my tonsils out when I was about five. After that I think my first stay in a hospital was when I had my boys. That’s all right. Two years on I’ve had various procedures, appointments, jabs and check-ups but still nothing major. I count that as pretty freakin lucky. In fact, I’ve never even broken a bone. *touches desk* Though with a mad sport like roller derby on my list of ‘fun things to do’ it might not be long. And that brings me neatly onto:

picture of my skatesSeven: I can skate. Pretty damn well. I’m not incredible or anything flashy, but I’m fast, stable and aggressive on track. All of which is important when there are nine other girls screaming, shoving and tugging at you. Bring it!

There. Seven facts. And different to my usual stack of facts too, which is good.

My Nominations
Okay! It’s been a while since I’ve had to do this, but these are blogs I’ve been reading recently in which I’ve found new buddies to chat to, or new things to talk about that interest me hugely.

Here we go:
~Russel Ray Photos: You always have a fantastic selection of photos to look at and your skill is phenomenal. I want folk to know about you.

~CL Mannarino: Recent posts have tied in nicely with things I’ve been thinking and feeling.  Quotes and inspirational messages that are always a pleasure to read.

~Josh Mosey: Frankly put, you’re funny. So you get nominated too.

~Cristian Mihai: Another person who probably doesn’t need any help or exposure from the likes of me, but your blog is another full of interesting thoughts and messages that I’m truly grateful you share.

~DBCII: David, your posts are great and I’m glad the April A2Z put you on my radar.

~Mandy Eve Barnett: You’re always so willing to share what you’ve learned and so supportive of other authors. This is for you too.

~Jami Gray: Great stories and interesting blog looking at urban fantasy and romance and all the crossovers they throw up.

~Cassidy Frazee: Regular updates on your WIP and touching, honest peeps into your homelife, all things that keep me coming back for more.

~Kayla Curry: Another writer of great talent, I always enjoy checking out what you’re up to.

~The Way Of The Wytch: Another blog I’ve begun following recently, again from the April A2Z.

~Jennifer M Eaton: Because I love your work and I’m slightly awed by how busy you always seem to be.

~Descent into Slushland: Because Brian is cool and another person you should totally be stalking.

~JM McDowell: Because she’s back and she’s an archaeologist and archaeology is SO cool that I nearly chose that for my degree instead of geology. And, y’know, she’s a writer too. :p

~Jordanna East: Because I may, ever so slightly, have a talent crush on this woman. Shhh, don’t tell her.

~Caitlin Stern: I discovered this fine lady during a blog hop I was once part of. Loved what she was writing at the time and I’m sure you will too.

Wow… I thought that would be difficult but there are a bunch more bloggers I’d love to add to this list. Ho hum… maybe next time.

Thanks again for reading, really do go check out those other bloggers. They’re all well worth your time. Promise.
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About Ileandra Young

I'm a thirty-*mumbles* year old (purple loving, cheese worshipping) author of fantasy, juggling a pair of beautiful twin boys with my burning desire to make up stories and write them all down. When I get the chance, I play games, listen to music, and in days long past I even ran a radio show. Though I occasionally write non-fiction, my heart lives in fantasy and my debut novel, Silk Over Razor Blades is now available through Amazon along with part two of the trilogy, Walking The Razor's Edge.
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13 Responses to D’awww, Thanks!

  1. kaylacurry1 says:

    Wow! Thanks for the award nomination. This certainly brightened my day. I really love your website, the header at the top is a brilliant way to let people know about your two sides–so awesome!


  2. Awe, thank you so much for thinking of me! Yeah, I am always busy. I totally need a day off!

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  3. Thank you so much this is really appreciated. Happy wiriting


  4. caitlinstern says:

    Congrats! And thanks again. I’m always slow on these because I follow so few blogs–I’m impressed how easily you came up with nominees. 🙂


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  6. jmmcdowell says:

    Aw, thank you for the shout out, Ileandra! If I can just get my schedule back under control, my writing might just pick up again, too. 😉 Congratulations and keep singing!


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