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I am a children's writer from the Virgin Islands. Growing up there was like living inside a history book; an imagination stimulator. Consequently I've been writing for just about forever. I am a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature and a member of SCBWI.

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I post on Monday and Thursday with an occasional random blog thrown in for good measure. I do my best to answer all comments via email and visit around on the days I post.

Monday, June 10, 2013

It's About Loyalty

Last week, long time follower and friend C. Lee McKenzie over at The Write Game gave me the Dragon's Loyalty Award. Makes me feel kind of special since she also gave it to M. Pax and Alex Cavanaugh. Those are a couple of pretty auspicious people in my book and to be included in with them means a lot.

I don't usually follow the rules when being given awards. I just say thanks, offer the award to anyone who wants it, and leave it at that. But for this one, I'm going to go the distance because loyalty means something and needs to be acknowledged.



So the rules are:

1) Display the Award Certificate on your website.
2) Announce your win with a written post and link to whoever presented your award.
3) Present the award to 7 deserving bloggers.
4) Drop them a comment to tip them off after you have nominated them in the post.
5) Post 7 interesting things about yourself.
6) If you don't have a blog but have a website, Facebook, or Twitter or other type of account, post there with a link back.

Seven Interesting Things About Me: Well... I don't know if they're interesting, but here they are any way.

1) For our senior high school trip we went to Caracas, Venezuela. While we were there we were shut into our hotel for a whole day as college students rioted just down the street. They were protesting the U. S. bombing of Cambodia. There were police (or army) at the door of the hotel with AK47 type rifles to protect the mostly American visitors staying there. We could see the riots from our hotel rooms. It was scary, but exciting at the same time.

2) I really do hate shoes and go barefoot as often as I can.

3) I have traveled quite a bit by Greyhound Bus (Florida to California, California to Florida, Texas to Florida, Florida to Pennsylvania) with smaller journeys in between.

4) I've never been to Chicago.

5) I spent the whole summer of 1967 in Arlington, Virginia and frequently went into Washington D. C. I can proudly claim that I walked up the Washington Monument twice and walked down it once.

6) I have been to the top of the Empire State Building.

7) I have flown in a DC3, the plane really responsible for opening up commercial flying to the masses. In the 1950s and 60s it was the plane used by the airlines to fly between St.Thomas and Puerto Rico and since we went over to PR fairly often, we flew in DC3s. I can still here the sound of the engines starting and the props beginning to spin. A wonderful throaty noise. Built between 1936 and 1950, these planes were incredibly reliable and, there are still some out there, winging their way through the skies. I'd love to take another ride on one!
Douglas DC-3, SE-CFP
Have you been to the top of Empire State Building? Flown on a DC3? Taken a Grayhound  Bus? Been to a foreign country? Visited Washington DC?

For their LOYALTY in being among my earliest followers I pass on this award too:


17 comments:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Bish .. so pleased for you - it's always lovely to get them .. and at least you've done what you're meant to .. mine sit in animated suspension!

How interesting about the DC3 - and the answer is no I haven't flown in one ...

Lucky you going to Caracas as a school girl - and then having that experience .. as you say frightening yet exciting ..

Fun read - cheers Hilary

Stina Lindenblatt said...

That's a gorgeous award!

I haven't been to the top of the ESB. My kids and hubby have. But alas I was at the RWA nationals when they went. :( I have, though, taken a Grayhound bus and I have visited and lived in foreign countries.

That's scary about your high school trip, but I can see why it was exciting for teens.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

No, I've never been to the top of the Empire State Building. I do like to go barefoot whenever possible, though.

Christina Farley said...

Thank you for the award! It has been so fun following your blog over the years. I always enjoy your thoughts and pictures. My husband and I got a job offer to teach at the international school there in Caracas so your story interested me! We ended up going to Indonesia instead, which had plenty of adventures of it's own. You should tell us more about your time in Caracas. Sounds fascinating!

Barbara Watson said...

I'm not good about following the directions for blog awards either, but I always love when others do because it allows little glimpses into who they are. Thanks for sharing.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You certainly won't forget that senior trip! And by Greyhound? Brave soul. Did you sleep at all on the bus?

Carol Kilgore said...

I've never flown in a DC3 or ridden on a Greyhound bus. But I have done all the other things. And I'm a barefoot woman, too!

Anne Gallagher said...

Thanks, Bish. I know you know I'm not around, but when I get back I'll put it up.

Thanks so much. Hope all is well.

Kari Marie White said...

Congratulations on your award, Bish.

I loved the time I spent in DC, but we did not go up to the top of the Washington Monument. Now I wish I had.

Kelly Polark said...

Thanks so much for the award, Bish! It means a lot! I'm on vacation this week, so glad you let me know! :)
I live an hour from Chicago, so been there lots. Been never to Venezuela!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Thank you for thinking of me, and congratulations to you! You are indeed a loyal blogger and friend to those of us who've been doing this awhile.
Love the dragon and girl. ;)
I'm a barefoot girl, too. I like the wind in my hair and earth under my feet.

Rena Jones said...

Oh, I've done the Greyhound across the country thing before. Not sure I could do it NOW, but as a kid, it was okay. We went from CA to NYC. Long trip!

Congrats on your award!

Talli Roland said...

Congrats, Bish! You've certainly had an exciting life so far. I've even been to Caracas - no riots when I was there but I did get mugged.

Susan Kane said...

I rode the Greyhound bus once for 6 hours in Iowa. It was fine, but to take it now? Across vast distances?

Your senior trip will never ever be forgotten!!

nutschell said...

Congrats for the award! And lovely to get to know more about you! I've never been to Chicago either :)
Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Thanks for the award, Bish! I am a little embarrassed to admit that although I worked in New York City for years, I never climbed to the top of the Empire State Building. Silly, right?

Marcia said...

I've been to Chicago many times. But I've never been to NYC or DC. Or a lot of other places.