Versatile Blogger Award

versatile bloggerLorna Suzuki was kind enough to award me a Versatile Blogger Award today. She said:

Alan Baxter – not only is he a martial arts master, he is a master storyteller! He blogs about writing and business, and the business of writing.

I wonder if she’s thinking about a different Alan Baxter?

This is one of those chain blog awards that you get and then nominate a bunch of other people in a kind of self-congratulatory circlejerk of link sharing. At least, that’s the cynical view. The more optimistic view is that you receive the award from someone that really does like what you blog about and you use that power for good, to share links to other blogs that you really care about.

It’s a bit out of character, but I’m going to be optimistic today. You’re also supposed to list 7 things about yourself, in a warm, fuzzy, get to know the blogger kind of way. Anyone reading here on a regular basis probably already knows far too much about me, so I’ll give you a list of one thing about me:

1. I’m slowly training up an army of Kung Fu Assassins. Some starting from as young as 5 years old. So don’t fuck with me.

The rules of this particular award say you should list 15 recipients to pass the award on to. Screw that – I can’t sit here and think of 15. So I’ll just list a few that come immediately to mind. And no, I’m not taking this very seriously. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very touched that Lorna thought of me when she was taking her turn at this – I’m just not very good at joining in. “Doesn’t play well with others” was often found on my school report cards. Perhaps that why I make a career out of fighting while I wait for the writing to start bringing in the big bucks.

So I’ll award the Versatile Blogger Award to (in alphabetical order):

aNadder – Michael Fridman blogs here about all sorts of things, in a most philosophical way;

Angela Slatter – other than being an awesome writer, she’s been doing a series of drive-by interviews of other writerly folk that have all been dripping with awesomesauce;

ASiF – Australian Speculative Fiction in Focus. Excellent reviews of Aussie SF;

Evolving Thoughts – John S Wilkins on all things evolutionary, biological, religious and so on;

52 Stitches – A blog of short horror fiction, the versatility being in the variety of stories;

Horrorscope – The Australian Dark Fiction blog;

Metamagician and The Hellfire Club – Russell Blackford’s blog of all kinds of stuff to make you think. Also, Russell has teh awesome dance moves;

S F Signal – a beautiful melange of all things SF;

The Creative Penn – Joanna Penn blogs about all things writing related. An especially useful resource for building your author platform, if you’re that way inclined.

That’ll do from me. I hope you find something new and interesting among that lot.


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8 thoughts on “Versatile Blogger Award

  1. Thanks! I guess that’s a positive spin on “unfocussed, writes about whatever pops into head with no rhyme or reason”.

    Also whenever I see mine on a list I realise it looks like I named it to get to the top alphabetically. But I deny this!

    Aaron Aaardvaaarkson

    PS. Blackford’s dance moves? Have you seen him in person? (I think he posted that he went to WorldCon)

  2. You’re welcome.

    Yes, I know Russell. Not well – we’ve met a couple of times as we have mutual friends in the writing community. He was at Worldcon and busted some crazy moves at the Nightmare Ball.

  3. You’re welcome! I’m sorry – I meant to let you know about this on Twitter and completely forgot. I’m so crap at this stuff!

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