My online friend Katharine Grubb, of 10-Minute Writer fame, nominated me for a Most Versatile Blogger award. THANK YOU!! I'm very honored. Since I just posted to my personal blog (thebaylesses.blogspot.com), I'll post my thanks on this blog.
Next step: List 7 things about myself, and then nominate up to 15 more bloggers for the award and notify them. Sounds like fun!
1. I'm eagerly awaiting my first published book, a self-published short story collection titled Birds, Bees, and Church Trailer Thieves.
2. I'm currently working on my first novel, a book that focuses on the efforts of a mother and daughter to deal with the world as it collapses around them: specifically, the dystopian forces at work are the elimination of all family planning methods (birth control, etc.), the collapse of the ocean ecosphere, and a total corn crop failure. But at its core, it's a work of hope.
3. I just returned from a week long spiritual retreat at a Conyers, GA Monastery. It was wonderful. And a requirement of my job (I have the best job ever). Speaking of jobs, I am employed as a "pastor-of-all-work" at my church, Evergreen Community Church.
4. If it wouldn't cause me major health problems, I would only eat bread, chocolate, tea, and Coke.
5. I have quite an obsession with the TV show Fringe. Some consider it unhealthy. I think it's a great show, with great acting, and a wonderfully creative plot line. I love sci-fi in general, although I stick to the classics: Star Wars, X-Files, Star Trek (all of it), the Dune book series. Sci-fi and fantasy are great vehicles for dealing with universal themes in unique ways. Yet I don't write sci-fi. The closest I've come is dystopian futures.
6. I love to garden, but my thumb is not very green. It's slowly turning green, just not as fast as I would like. I garden flowers, not food. Part of my problem is the voles in my backyard. I'm too soft-hearted to kill them, but I really need to find a way to keep them away from my plants!!
7. While voles earn my mercy, I hate and fear spiders and will kill any that are unfortunate enough to cross my path. In the fall, when orb-weavers are spinning their huge and gorgeous webs, I walk around the house with a stick in front of me to avoid any close encounters. (shudder).
OK, now, up to 15 awesome versatile bloggers:
1. Beth Parent at Onward Hoe
2. Kerry Smith at Donde estan mis pantalones
3. K.M. Weiland at Wordplay
4. Erin Brown at Oh Fortuna
5. Nadine at Wormhole Riders, for excellent in-depth Fringe reports!
6. Joel Hoffman at God Didn't Say That, especially if you like in-depth discussions about Bible translations
7. Ben Stroup & Robert Benson at The Long Pew
8. Jon Acuff at Stuff Christians Like
9. Meredith at Stranded Science
10. Sue at Confessions of a Tired Supergirl