Ruminations of a Red Dirt Hussy

May 14, 2012

Liebster Award

Filed under: General — Vadasmaker @ 10:03 pm

I want to thank one of my favorite people–Garry Craig Powell. Know why? No. Don’t guess! You’re always doing that. I’ll tell you why. Garry, a gifted writer who teaches at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, nominated Ruminations of a Red Dirt Hussy for a Liebster award. It’s really the best kind of award–no red carpet, no $5000 see-through dresses (not that I would wear such a thing), and no snarky celebrity comments–just the respect of fellow writers. What’s not to like? Garry is a brilliant writer–you can see his list of publications on his Web site, Stoning the Devil–and writes a fabulous blog about the people, places, and things he’s experienced in the Arab world, which will be further explored in his novel-in-stories, Stoning the Devil, due for release in August 2012.

Another thing that makes the Liebster award awesome is that it allows bloggers to pay it forward. That means I get to nominate other blogs with less than 200 readers for the same award. I follow lots of great bloggers who deserve to be acknowledged, but I’m limited to five, so here are my choices:

  • Nita Beshear’s Web site, Devoted to Quilting, is where I go when I need to chill. Not only does Nita write posts that make me feel kind of warm and fuzzy, but she also provides visuals of completed quilts, quilts-in-progress, and, somewhere, I know, she’s posted the quilt-she’s-going-to-make-for-Carol-Johnson. It’s gonna be awesome.
  • Left-Brained Business for Write-Brained People is Joan Rhine’s gift to writers who wish the the left side of their brain knew the right side existed. She took the leap and quit her day job a few years ago, and she now makes her living free-lancing. Her blog offers encouragement for anybody standing on that precipice.
  • Carolyn Steele’s blog, Preserving Family Legends, reflects her love of genealogy. She’s the author of the bestselling book Preserving Family Legends for Future Generations, and a dedicated writer of both fiction and nonfiction.
  • Every time Gloria Teague opens her mouth, a story slips out. People who follow her blog, My Corner of the World: Journey of a Freelance Writer, are treated to her dry wit, thoughtful entries, and plain old Southernisms every time they read a post. She’s the author of Saturday Night Cocoa and Safe in the Heart of a Miracle, among others.
  • Jennifer DiCamillo is a novelist, poet, and speaker whose life is as big and full as her work. She shares her works and life at her Carys Weldon blog. She doesn’t post regularly, but when she does it’s always worth the wait.




  1. Wow! So sweet. Thank you! You’re going to be surprised when the-quilt-for-Carol-Johnson shows up on the blog. In fact, it might show up on the blog BEFORE it shows up in your hands. 🙂 By the way, those are some pretty awesome blogs you allowed me to join.


    Comment by Nita — May 15, 2012 @ 6:11 am | Reply

  2. More quilters and writers. I thought I was the only one! Maybe there’s a title for a blog “Writing Threads” or “Tangled Thoughts” or “Writing that Keeps You in Stitches!”
    I write with the same passion and detail that I quilt. Loveyoubuckets, Carol. From Lottie,


    Comment by ponytail girl — May 15, 2012 @ 8:29 am | Reply

  3. Carol, thank you so much for nominating me for this award, too. It’s taken practically all day for me to narrow down the blogs I wanted to nominate in turn, but what a great opportunity. I truly appreciate you, and always love your postings.



    Comment by Left-Brained Business for Write-Brained People — May 15, 2012 @ 5:16 pm | Reply

  4. Gary Craig knows a class act when he see one…Carol, thanks for the sites….each very unique…..Lily


    Comment by Lily — May 15, 2012 @ 8:48 pm | Reply

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