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The One Lovely Blog Award

One Lovely Bog Award

I was nominated by fellow writer Jude Knight for the One Lovely Blog Award. The award recognizes newer or up-and-coming bloggers who share their story or thoughts in a “lovely” manner, giving them recognition and helping them reach more viewers. In order to “accept” the award the nominated blogger must follow several guidelines. I have these guidelines listed below.

The Rules for accepting the Award(s):

  1. Thank and link back to the awesome person who nominated you.
  2. Add the One Lovely Blog Award logo to your post and/or blog.
  3. Share 7 things about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on their blogs to let them know.

So, first, thank you Jude for this wonderful compliment and opportunity. I love your blog too,

Next (since the logo heads the post!), seven things about me:

  1. One of the highlights of my youth was being allowed to visit the Pierpont Morgan Library on a day when it was closed to the public and examine (though not touch!) books from Queen Elizabeth’s personal library and actual letters that the young Princess Elizabeth (technically Lady Elizabeth…) had written.
  2. I high-fived Dolores Huerta (co-founder with Cesar Chavez of the National Farmworkers Association).
  3. I have read James Clavell’s Shogun more than a hundred times and hope to read it a hundred more. Best book ever written.
  4. I have a third-degree black belt in Yoshukai Karate
  5. When I was young, my best friend was the daughter  of artist Frank Stella. He used to let us play in his workshop – and draw with grease pens on bare metal that had been molded into sculptures but not yet painted. Somewhere out there, there is a Frank Stella sculpture with a drawing of mine hidden beneath its paint.
  6. My first job (other than babysitting) was as a counter waitress at a donut store (I was 15). I hated yelling out the orders and insisted on running to the grill guy so that I could use a normal tone of voice. I got fired pretty quickly…
  7. I cannot have house plants, I kill them no matter how hard I try. Even cactuses.

And finally, 15 bloggers and their blogs that deserve the same kind of recognition. The first one was easy: June Hur,  who writes the wonderful Unfortunately, she was a recent recipient of the award so I couldn’t use her. The next four also leaped to mind:

  1. English Historical Fiction Authors – Amazing collection of bloggers.
  2. The Anne Boleyn Files – The real truth about Anne Boleyn.
  3. Sarah – Blogging about Anne Boleyn,Mary Boleyn and the other Tudors.
  4. Queen Anne Boleyn – another  amazing collection of historical writers.

Unfortunately, I realized that they are neither new nor up and coming – these blogs are well-established and have clearly arrived. So as a compromise, I decided to up my remaining number  slightly to nominate 12 more wonderful, lovely – and more eligible – blogs:

  1. Judith Arnopp  –  Historical novelist writing from a woman’s perspective in the Medieval and Tudor period.
  2. Susan Bordo – Devoted to sharing views on Anne Boleyn and more.
  3. Karina Read – Anne Boleyn/Tudor/Medieval/Castle-visiting enthusiast.
  4. Katherine Butler – Early Modern English Music!
  5. Liana – A history student blogging about gardens.
  6. Keith Garrett Poetry – The title says it all.
  7. Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford – The real story behind the infamous Lady Rochford.
  8. Susan Abernathy – Fascinating writer of all things history.
  9. Sarah Johnson –  News, views, and reviews of historical fiction.
  10. Catherine Curzon – Glorious Georgian dispatches from the long 18th Century.
  11. Geri Walton Jane – History of the 18th and 19th centuries.
  12. Conor Byrne – Historical issues (he is a university  student who just wrote a biography of Catherine Howard).

I hope you enjoy these  as  much as I do!


Published inWriting Life


  1. Aw thank you so much for your kind words about my blog!!

    Anyway, it was lovely to get to know more about you! I work at the library and always notice the book Shogun. If you enjoyed it that much, I should definitely give it a try. I was interested enough once to read the back cover summary. I’ll read on some more next time!

    Oh lord, and I totally know what you mean about being unable to take care of plants. I once tried to raise a cactus and placed it right across the dinner table – really visible. But I just kept telling myself: It’s a cactus, I can water her tomorrow… Long later, the cactus actually died. It looked like a burnt up banana or something. Very disturbing to look at. So had to throw it away!

  2. Definitely read Shogun! Clavell is the most compelling writer I have ever written – and his story lines and subplots are absolutely brilliant. I always get so disappointed when I come to the end of the book, I often plow right back in!

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