Some kind folks passed me some blogging awards while I was away on vacation, so I need to pass them along now.
This really awesome Fantasy & Sci-Fi Blogger award came from Aubrie at Flutie Words. Thanks, Aubrie!
There aren't any rules for this one except to pass it along to some great Fantasy and Science Fiction writing bloggers. Now, since I am writing this in the evening and am too lazy to look up each and every follower site to see who all is fantasy or sci-fi, I'm simply going to name a few that I am absolutely certain about and let the rest of you know that if you are a fantasy and sci-fi blogger, you too can have this shiny new award for your blog. Give thanks to Aubrie for creating it!
I'll pass this along to:
Alex J. Cavanaugh
The next one is the Sure Fire Winner award, given to me by Anne aka Piedmont Writer. Thanks, Anne!
The last award was given to me by no less than four people (!!) - Tessa Conte, Watery Tart, Amanda Borenstadt and Mohamed Mughal. It is the Versatile Blogger award.
I am supposed to list seven unusual things about myself. Hmmm.
1. I was once offered a pro contract in soccer (a lifetime ago at age 16). Since it meant moving to Mexico, my mother wouldn't allow it.
2. The one season that I pitched baseball, I won all 24 games that I pitched.
3. I am a correspondence chess master.
4. I tied for 1st in the 2001 U.S. Amateur Chess Championship in Tucson.
5. I have played chess live against 4 world champions -- Kasparov, Karpov, Kramnik, and Anand. I also met Boris Spassky, and I lived in Reykjavik along with Bobby Fischer when he died there two years ago.
6. My first job in the Foreign Service meant flying into Moscow in October 1993 just when the big coup happened and the tanks were on the bridge down the street blasting away at the Russian parliament building. It was a dangerous and oddly thrilling time. Then in 1995 someone fired a rocket propelled grenade through the wall of the embassy building where I had been working earlier in the day. I might as well top off the dangerous stuff by saying that I also witnessed two Russian mafia attacks during my stay there.
7. I'm a diplomat and have now lived/worked in six countries, and I have visited around forty. As dangerous as Moscow may have sounded, it was my favorite posting, and it was there that I met and married the most wonderful woman the world has ever seen (with slight apologies to my lovely readers).
Now, I am not going to pass this along to 15 readers (as the rules stated), first because it is getting late and I need to go to bed, but also because I am simply too lazy right now to post and link to so many! So, I am passing this along to:
The astonishingly gorgeous Victoria Cross (so amazing that the British named their highest award for her!)
Okay, I'm exhausted, and before I sleep I have to go let each person know about their award. Please check out all of these fabulous blogs if you don't know them already!
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