Saturday, March 21, 2009

Words of Art: Award Inauguration

Inaugurate: to make a formal beginning of; initiate; commence or begin; also, to introduce into public use by some formal ceremony
With the help of Beth M, at Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Taken, I have created this award -- my photo, digitally improved and caption-added, by Beth.

Beth's blog posts, initially, germinated within me the idea of an award for WRITTEN posts. Although Beth shares her gorgeous photographs, she also writes something to accompany them. From the moment I began reading her blog, I found that MOST days, something she said stayed fresh & forward in my mind, that I kept returning to the thought or idea or laugh.

Writing is something I've done since I was 2. Writing is as beautiful, rich, layered and difficult a creative art as any, as all. In Bloglandia, though, I've yet to see an award focused directly on WORDS OF ART. The writing. I wanted to put that into place.

There is no 'tagging' involved in this award. Recipients can forward the award to others, or not, as they choose, as many or few as they wish. The purpose of the award is to thank someone who has taken his or her creative energy and honed it to a written expression that moves you. I wanted to keep it a simple image, and ripe fruit is so true of ripe words!

I have a few writers of my own to thank, here, with this inaugural award post. They are:
1. Beth, who initially inspired the award.
2. Roxanne, whose posts/thoughts always follow the path directly to my core.
3. Lee, who writes so genuinely, so openly, that she inspires me to keep peeling away the artifice!
4. Holly, for being willing to crack open the hard shells, ask pointed questions, serve up deliberate and addictive BRAIN FOOD, for written sustenance of the going-deep variety.
5. Rick, for the honest musings and male life point of view that makes reading his blog so fresh!
6. Cam, for exuberance and enthusiasm, tempered with wisdom, introspection, authenticity, and reflection.
7. Sam, for exploring the wealth of richness in the legend and lore of women, for distilling the knowledge for those of us who are novices, and giving reason for a celebration of our femininity!

I celebrate you ALL with this most-deserved award, created because of you seven.


beth said...

awww shucks....well first and foremost I'd like to thank the academy...WAIT, WHAT...oh, damn, that's the red carpet show, isn't it ???
BUT this is SO close to that with all those wonderful things you said about know what?? you're a sweetie pie filled with delicious strawberries and chocolate !!!
Thank you thank you thank you....and right back atcha sista !!!

Holly said...

I am honored. Really. To think that someone recognizes that a writer has to consider each and every word very closely. Carefully. Thank you for recognizing...

Rick Rosenshein said...

Thank you for honoring my works with this award. I am truly humbled. I have placed this award proudly on my blog. Rick

rivergardenstudio said...

thank you so much Toni, your writing is so wonderful yourself... I love how you delve into a piece of art (or anything for that matter) and find the truth and beauty and mystery. I am honored as well! Have a lovely Sunday... Roxanne

Emília Maria said...

O blog está muito lindo!!!
Hoje resolvi fazer um passeio visual, pois falo muito pouco inglês.
Lindo fim de semana.
Emilia Maria

Wabbit said...

Really good idea, Toni!

Cam@Journey Wildly said...


I am blushing. And gushing...and loving every minute of this entire experience.

But all those things you honored us by saying, they apply to you as well. You are creative and kind, and funky and spirited and I AM WOMAN HEAR ME ROAR!! All that and more...

Thank you so much.

Samantha said...

Thank you so much, for honouring me and my writing this way. Estes says that women need vital support from warm people to nourish their creative life: "Friends who love you and have warmth for your creative life are the very best suns in the world."

Thank you for being a bright shining sun to me lately.

It is lovely to have writing recognized as art, for though I love to dabble with my paints and pva, writing was always my first and favourite craft. Sometimes I'm so overwhelmed by all the amazing art and craft work that is exhibited in Blogland that I forget to honour my work for what it is ... my own creative outpourings of my deepest inner realms.
In Love and Light. Sam x

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What a terrific idea and a wonderful award! You are one of my favorite writing bloggers! I also like Ree over at the Pioneer Woman. She's a scream!

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