Thursday, February 5, 2009

Creative Blogger

Some of my sources in hiding, 2007

"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources."
---Albert Einstein

Creative is a term I associate with crafts. I've always reserved it for people who actually produce a work of art you could hang on a wall, or tell your kids not to touch. My craft is with words. I write because I can't help it. It's like talking but it doesn't bother anybody. All those great ideas I've collected in my head all these years, from zillions of sources, can tumble off my fingers, be rearranged and organized onto a page, becoming a collage of my thoughts.

Lately I've realized writing is my art form. I've read that creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes, and art is knowing which ones to keep. The Blogosphere is a friendly place to make a mistake, toss it, practice, and finally polish a work of art. It's where I come for my daily creative writing class.

I was delighted when Sher at Sher-ing Time honored me with the Kreative Blogger Award. Sher has been reading my writing since we wrote hysterical notes to each other in Junior High. (She's one of those creative types whose designs actually do hang on walls. I marvel at her stitches, and she laughs at my puns.)

Now I have something to hang on my blog wall!

Receiving this award is like taking the $5,000 bucks from Clinton and Stacy: you have to accept a bunch of rules. Sadly, in this case you don't get a credit card--but you still look hip in the end. New fans, a certain cachet, a sporty swagger in your punctuation . . . it's all in the future of the Kreativ Blogger. I accept the challenge!

Here are my seven nominees:
  1. Scenes From the Wild. Michelle has fabulous photography.
  2. Purple Diva's Diary. Very, very cool. My daughter-in-law Stie claims she is Carolyn's triplet sister.
  3. Grandma's Stitches. Olive's granddaughter is my old/new friend. She writes with authority about recording your past.
  4. Bye Bye, Pie. Visiting June's blog is like seeing the sunshine after a week of haze.
  5. My Life on the East Coast. Rae is chic, bubbly and genuine.
  6. A Little Sussy. Nicole is a creative journalist and brilliant photographer.
  7. This Life is Worth Living. Creative ideas for teaching kids that kindle my imagination.
So for all you lucky nominees, here are The Rules:

1. Copy the award to your site.
2. Link to the person from whom you received the award.
3. Nominate 7 other bloggers.
4. Link to those sites on your blog.
5. Leave a message on the blogs you nominate.

I'm honored to be a legitimate Kreative Blogger and excited to suggest these new blogs for your everyday routine. 


Anonymous said...

I'm just comepletely amazed that you've been reading my blog, because of course I know who YOU are. Thank you so much for the award-- I'll do my best to pass it on.

Anonymous said...

You deserve this award. You're much more than a blogger. Your writing makes me feel better. I never comment because I don't have a blog, but I want to thank you for all the time you put into lifting my spirits.

Anonymous said...

I actually didn't realize I could comment without a blog. I'm planning a trip to Europe and can't believe how much I've learned from your blog. You are like a travel book I didn't have to pay for. You do all this research for free?

beviejean said...

I love reading your blog every day. Like the previous lady wrote, you ARE a travel book! I lived in Germany for two years (1957-59)..the stone age! I visited relatives for six weeks and stayed for two years. I worked for the USAF and had the best two years of my life! Skiing was $4.00 a day for the lift and lunch.

You deserve this reward and the picture of you and Sher in Paris was a delight. I feel like I know both of you.

Rae said...

I LOVE when stalkers come out of the closet!!! So fabulously wonderful to meet you! I am lovin' your blog! I lived in Italy for several years and must confess I never took the opportunity to visit England or France. Sniff, sniff. Just gives me cause to have to back to Europe!!! Thank you a thousand times over for this award! My head swelled up sooooo big when I read your description of me. Ask my husband...I gave a whoop and in my most sophisticated voice read what you had written. You are too sweet!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this award! Now, see, the part where I am supposed to know how to place the award on my blog is the part where I get baffled. I do not have so much of the computer skills, really. And suddenly I must speak as though English is not native to my tongue.

I love what you said about how writing is like talking but it doesn't bother anybody. Hah! So stealing that line!

Thank you, Oma who travels. This is a real honor.


Sheri said...

Thanks, Marty for the nomination! Now I better get busy and start writing, huh.

And yes, your writing IS your art and you are very creative and professional.

Now I'm excited to read your other nominees.

Sheri said...

After viewing the blogs of your other nominees, I realize I definitely don't deserve a Kreativ Blogger Award!

kenju said...

Congratulations on your award; I can't think of a more deserving blogger. I am unfamiliar with your designees, so I'll check them out later.

CJ, The Purple Diva said...

It is indeed an honor for you to nominate me. I LOVE some of the other blogs that are in this list, and I am IN SHOCK that my name is listed among these other bloggers whom I admire so MUCH!
You are TOO KIND to me and I am so glad to know that you are a stalker. I love when a new stalker comes out of hiding!
Now, let me say this, I haven't got time right now to read your posts. But I am going to say this, I WILL be back, and I will NOT be a stalker and YOU will be hearing more from me!
You DO have a great talent of writing.
And your DIL! I LOVE HER! SHE IS MY TRIPLET sister-we were seperated at birth!

diane said...

Well deserved!

Anonymous said...

thank you so much for the blog honor! so nice of you!

-nicole hill gerulat

Nina said...

I think you are definitely creative with words. I love your phrase 'a sporty swagger in your punctuation.' You're a word smith extraordinaire!

Nina said...

I think you are very creative! I love your phrase 'a sporty swagger in your punctuation.' Marvelous!!! You are a word smith extraordinaire!

Nina said...

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