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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | Beautiful Blogger Award

Beautiful Blogger Award

I have to thank Marcy over at mainewords for this lovely, purple award! Marcy’s my crit partner, and I’ve been enjoying being an alpha reader for her first draft of Grimoire, a witchy YA Regency Romance. I was sorry to see it end, and you should have heard me boo-hooing when I found out the sequel she’s been talking about actually takes place 200 years later and doesn’t include the same characters! (Oh no-o-o!)

As part of this award, I’m supposed to share seven things you might not know about me and pass the award on to seven other bloggers.

Things you might not know about me, (ahem):
1. In person, I am very shy. It takes all my strength and willpower not to be a wallflower at social events.
2. My cocktail of choice is a vodka martini, straight up, with olives. (And yes, one of those does help me overcome the shy-thing.)
3. I went skiing on my honeymoon, tore my ACL, and came home in a hip to ankle leg brace.
4. This is my 22nd year teaching.
5. I met my husband at a murder mystery party.
6. I grew up on Star Trek re-runs, Star Wars, and played Dungeons and Dragons in high school. (Can you say nerd?)
7. And on the nerd theme, in 1983 a friend and I went 12 hours in advance to stand in line for tickets on the opening day of Return of the Jedi. Only, there was no line.

It’s a good thing I hit 7 just then, because I just experienced a whole floodgate of nerdy memories from high school and who knows what I would have spilled next!

Picking 7 other bloggers (and not repeating Marcy’s) is a lot harder. I love so many blogs, although I can’t visit them as often as I like during the school year. But let me give it a try:

1. I have to pick Lenny’s World first, because not only do Lenny’s posts make me smile, his comments usually have me falling out of my chair with laughter.
2. Next, I’m going to choose Buffy’s write zone, because she so frequently posts the exact words of wisdom I need to keep going. (Oops — just realized this one repeats one of Marcy’s, but I’m not removing it!)
3. Then, there’s Visiting Reality, because Linda makes me scream out loud with laughter, but also sometimes posts a truly inspiring piece.
4. The Misadventures in Candyland, for in-your-face-humor, poignancy, and also really BIG HEART.
5. I cannot forget Tina Laurel Lee’s brainchild, The Practice Room, where I hang out every Thursday night (and more often over the summer) for dedicated writing time and chatrolling with other writers.

There are so many others I could name, now that I got started, but I have to reserve the last two spots for two bloggers I met (for real) at PAYA, because it is SO awesome to actually meet a blogging pal in person:

6. Christine’s Journey
7. Aine’s Realm

10 Responses to Beautiful Blogger Award

  1. Great choices.

    You met your hubs at a murder mystery party?? How cool.

    And yes, Marcy is amazing!!

  2. Hi,

    Congrats on award: they do cheer one up and look pretty on a blog. Pig though when the 7 have to be posted up: like what to write and what to keep quiet about. πŸ˜‰


  3. Linda G. says:

    Aw, thanks! πŸ™‚

    I approve of your cocktail choice (though I usually go for gin with my martinis), and it’s so cool that you met your husband at a murder mystery party!

    I a big nerd, too, living in a family of nerds. Nerds WILL take over the world someday. πŸ˜‰

  4. Thanks so much Dianne. (Smiles) I just love all of the cyber writing friends I’ve met over the past two years. I’m blessed to be a part of such a supportive community.

  5. Candyland says:

    Aww…I *LOVES* you.
    Murder mystery party, huh? Sounds like a steamy way to start dating!!!

  6. Great choices.

    A murder mystery party? Oh that’s so cool. πŸ˜€

  7. Lenny Lee* says:

    hi miss dianne! wowee thanks for picking me for one of the ones for that award. i love when i get you laughing. i like this award cause now i know lots more about you. yikes for sure i got surprised on you being shy. so much people said its cool how you met mr bob at a murder mystry party. now for sure you gotta do a post on that.
    …big hugs from lenny

  8. mshatch says:

    I would never peg you for shy nor did I have any idea you played D&D like I did. And I love murder mysteries! They are so fun! Glad you liked your award – you deserve it:)

  9. Hey! The Practice Room totally deserves it! And THANK YOU this is it’s first award. It really is only as good as those who show up and it is extra awesome because not only do you come but you also help out and provide an evening time. The Practice Room is a great service to me and I think the others who come.

  10. Vicki Rocho says:

    Congrats to all the winners–very deserving folks you chose!