Always Here If You Need Me Award

A grateful thank you to Phillip McCollum for nominating me for this interesting award. In his own acceptance post, Phillip says he’s horrible when it comes to following up on blog awards. His humble honest admission filled me with guilt. No one is more tardy with award follow-ups than I am. I got to thinking what a terrible person I must be (again). Then I realized that some of us are not comfortable shouldering a lot of praise. With this cunning piece of rationalization under my belt, I was saved from another round of depression β€” not to mention some nasty self-assessment!

Always Here If You Need Me Award
Yes, but am I always here because I’m reliable – or because I’m totally obsessive? (i.e. Are you sure you want to know me?)

Nevertheless, I’m trying to turn over a new leaf (perhaps there will be a promising chrysalis underneath) by following Phillip’s example and responding promptly for a change. Besides, this award is new and deserves some special attention. Author Briana Vedsted has this to say about her brainchild:

This blog award is for those bloggers out there who are especially caring and loyal to their friends. This award is to thank you for being there with me, through good times and bad. And for going above and beyond the call of duty to cheer me up when I was low.

I’m not sure I fit the bill exactly, but Phillip has suggested the award is “a way to let a blogger know that they said the right thing at the right time.” While I would not describe myself as a superstar, I think I’ve put a few pucks in the net at that end of the rink and have the comments to prove it. (Let us tactfully ignore those occasions when I have said something outrageously annoying!)

There are just two aspects to this gentle award:

Five Things That Make Me Happy

  1. A pot of hot orange pekoe tea.
  2. Seeing some strong view and visitor numbers on my blog.
  3. Reading a book with interesting new ideas.
  4. Discovering new post rock/ambient, neofolk, and progressive rock music.
  5. Writing posts and journal entries.

My Five Nominees For the Award

  1. Lucinda Elliot, who is a complete lefty but generously tolerates my conservative ways anyhow. Check out her delightful “cod Gothic” novel, That Scoundrel, Emile Dubois. You will find a review on this blog. Lucinda posts entertainingly about all things gothic.
  2. Mari Biella, who is at the beginning of what may well be an impressive writing career. Her engrossing horror novel The Quickening is reviewed here on my blog. Mari likes to unearth innovative new authors, pens perceptive reviews, and writes engagingly about literature.
  3. Jim Graham, who is a much better friend to me than I am to him! Jim writes terrific sci-fi novels, two of which (SCAT and Birdie Down) are reviewed on this blog. These days, Jim is writing some excellent posts about the intriguing ideas behind his books. His latest novel, Army of Souls, has just been released.
  4. Callmeshebear, who combines fabulous photos of the Toronto area with some truly inspiring writing. She Bear shares her photos under a creative commons license and was Freshly Pressed last December. Her blog is imbued with a pleasing openness and sincerity.
  5. William Hoop, who lives with ADHD and tries to help fellow sufferers. I’m new to William’s blog, but it looks like a great place to find some support and encouragement.

Rules: Post a picture of the award somewhere on your blog. List five things that make you happy. Choose 5 people to nominate who have been a virtual shoulder to cry on, checked in on you when they knew things were rough, or has always been there for you. Comment on their blogs to thank them and let them know you nominated them.

Author: Thomas Cotterill

I am a manic-depressive made philosophical by my long struggle with the disruptive mood disorder, during which I spent sixteen years living as a forest hermit. I write philosophical essays, fantasy, and science fiction. My attempt to integrate creativity, psychology, philosophy, and spirituality imbues everything I write. You will find hundreds of related essays and articles on my blog. I live quietly in British Columbia's scenic Fraser Valley, a beautiful place in which to wax philosophical.

9 thoughts on “Always Here If You Need Me Award”

  1. Excellent list, Thomas! I usually try to combine “stat viewing” and tea drinking in order to balance the anxiety with something calming.. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for sharing in the award.

  2. Thank you Thomas, for including me on your list! I’m very flattered. I will be sure to check out all those links on your list. πŸ™‚

  3. I’m honoured Tom. I’ll have to count how many friends with blogs I have. Hopefully, it’ll take me over the 5;-) But seriously, I think this should be the other way around. What would I have done if you hadn’t given me so many excellent pointers along the way?

  4. Aww, thank you Thomas! I’m not sure I’ve ever gone above and beyond the call of duty, but if you say so… anyway, thanks, both for the nomination and the praise. As I’m sure you know by now, nobody outdoes me in tardiness when it comes to this sort of thing, so Heaven only knows when (or indeed if) I’ll follow up on this, but it’s much appreciated anyway. In the meantime, you can at least feel less guilty about your own supposed tardiness! πŸ™‚

  5. Taking part in the award was fun, Phillip. Stat viewing, as you put it, is my favourite sport. I often drink tea while going over the graphs and numbers.

  6. A lovely nomination, Thomas, many would say not deserved, including me, and thanks for praise of ‘Scoundrel’.

    I can easily think of five people who deserve it and more.

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