Monday, February 15, 2010

Honest Scrap Award

Today, I received a pleasant surprise. Writing Buddy, Greta, bestowed upon me the Honest Scrap Award. Greta has been a great friend over the last few years, and she's taught me volumes about writing and driving for the heart of a story. First I need to reveal ten things about myself that you may or may not know:

  1. I love heavy metal music, circa 1970s and 1980s. (e.g., AC/DC, Dokken, Queensrÿche).
  2. I enjoy singing and occasionally sing solos.
  3. I have also done a tad amount of acting too, though not much to consider myself an actor.
  4. I hate flying in commercial jets, but would love to learn how to be a pilot (strange, I know).
  5. My dream retirement is to have a house up in the mountains.
  6. I like to build, and I'm currently working on an entertainment center.
  7. I'm constantly wondering if I can grow this or that in my back yard. The latest is wondering if I can grow a key limes in west Texas. My wife thinks I'm crazy.
  8. And telling a story about my wife, I met her one night while she was dating another man. That night, I knew our paths would cross again.
  9. I want to have a motorcycle some day and take a vacation riding through the Rockies.
  10. I hate all the un-reality TV shows these days and refuse to watch them.

Okay, that much behind, I would like to pass this on to three good friends who are all passionate about what they do:

To Jon Strother, a talented writer who has demonstrated some serious honest, hard work in getting the Friday Flash program running at full steam.

For Carol Benedict, whose blog exudes her personal integrity as well as her passion about the finer points of writing.

And finally to Cindy Adams, who I have known for a couple of years now and who has demonstrated a purity of heart and passion in both her writing and her vision as a mother.

All of you rock.

Until next time...


  1. Stephen, thank you for your kind comments and the award. I really appreciate the support and friendship you've shown me over the years.


  2. Great fun learning these things about you. Some I knew; others took me completely by surprise. We oughta swap garden pics this summer. I had no idea...

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  4. My garden probably isn't anywhere close to what you have. We mainly plant peppers, tomatoes, squash, okra, and zucchini. Last year, we tried some eggplant; however, it didn't do so well. I would love to have an apple tree in the back yard to go with the peach tree, but I don't think I'll get anywhere with that. This year, I think I want to throw down some garlic and try to start an asparagus patch for next year (I hear it takes a year to get that going well). I'm still considering the key limes, though. :)

  5. hum, contradictions of life, normal if ya ask me

  6. You're right, Paige, we all have them. :)

  7. Key limes. Awesome in Diet Coke, really good as a pie, and I'm sure there are other delicious uses for them.

  8. Heh, I'm a lime and coke guy myself, but have been gravitating towards lemons more of late.

    Stephen the rocker. Never pictured it. I can see you now plugged into your iPod motorcycling across the Rockies to AC/DC. AAAAAAaaalll night long...vroom vroom.


  9. I like your short story entry for last year's flash fiction! Ü

  10. John: Yes, I can see myself like that. Don't expect me to get a tat on my bald head, though. Some things are better left alone. :)

    Ü (WYGUU): Thank you for the feedback. And thank you for taking the time to stop by. Your blog looks interesting, and I'll be sure to check it out on a regular basis.

  11. I feel terrible for not dropping by sooner but procrastination breeds more procrastination if for no other reason than the embarrassment of being late. But this is at late as it gets for me. Time to buck up and say thanks. So, thank you Stephen. I know I can second Carol and Cindy both honest scraps to the core. Please accept my apology for being so tardy and keep on writing.