I'm Back & Bringing the Love!

Greetings!  I'm O-fficially back from my blog break.  From a writing standpoint it was a very needed and productive absence.  It allowed me to get my ducks in a row--or at least point them in the general direction I'd like to see them headed in the future.

I've been reading a lot of your blogs over the past few weeks and have loved every minute of it.  There are soooooo many awesome author and writer blogs out there!  Seriously, it gives me a HUGE slight amount of inferiority complex at times, but it's also what makes me want to grow and get better.  I really admire all of them (you) so much.

As such, I figured a great way for me to get things started again would be to say a proper thank you to all of the folks who supported my A-Z blog marathon during the month of April.

NOTE: For more details on the A-Z, and to catch up on my writing tool themed posts, be sure to check out the MORE STUFF: A to Z Toolbox link in the upper portion of the sidebar on the right.  You'll find quick links to all of my A-Z posts.

In typical non-serious me fashion, I thought it would be fun to create a blog award for the folks who so awesomely stick by other bloggers.  A true badge of gratitude, so to speak, for the real troopers out there.   I also thought it would be important to create an award with no strings attached, meaning it wouldn't be an award that would require the recipient to do anything in return.  After all, this is about me being grateful and not about me wanting the awardees to discuss their favorite color of Easter Egg or preferred flavor of pudding.

OK, if I'm being completely honest one of my biggest frustrations and failures as a blogger is that I don't always pay proper homage to the folks who go out of their way to say nice things about me.  If I get an award of some kind I always try to pop over and say thank you, but I don't always have time to actually post the other stuff that comes with the award.  So think of this as the guilt-free, 0 calorie award!  :-)    

Here she is:

What do you think?  Shiny, right?

Now to the important stuff!  Here are the folks who took the time to share their thoughts and encouragement during my crazy month of April.  Each name is linked to a blog, so please do yourself a favor and check them out if you haven't already.  They're a dedicated and talented group!

(I did my best not to miss anyone, but if I did miss you I'm very, very sorry.)

The Desert Rocks
Bethany Robison
Debra Elliot
M.J. Fifield
M.K. Theodoratus
Lisa Nowak
Sherri Lackey
A.T. Post
Shelly Batt
Mary Waibel
Becky Wallace
William Kendall
Rachel Giesel
Gail M. Baugniet
Sarah McCabe
Trisha Leaver
Alex J. Cavanaugh
Sommer Leigh
C.R. Ward
Sylvia Ney
Katharine Owens (KO)
Michael Offutt
Angela Felsted
D.U. Okonkwo
Nicole Amsler
Claire Goverts
Claire Dawn
Julia Munroe Martin
Norma Beishir
Amy Wood
L.G. Smith
Kari Marie
Chris Phillips
Susanna Leonard Hill
Angela Ackerman
E. C. Smith
Alison Miller
Margo Berendsen
Melissa Dean
Halli Gomez
Jeffrey Beesler
Linda Hofke
Sandra Ulbrich Almazan
Nicole Ducleroir
Libby Helly
PK Hrezo
S.E. Sinkhorn
Siv Maria
Jeanne Kraus
Elena Solodow
VB Tremper
Sarah Allen
Nas Dean
Ju Dimello
Girl Friday
Arlee Bird
Matthew Vanacore
Donea Lee
Lynda R. Young
Gen Summerset
Ellie Garratt
Phyllis Sweetwater
Doreen McGettigan
Erica and Christy
Vince Watkins
Patricia A. Timms
Elizabeth Twist
Julie Flanders
Ellitot Grace
Shannon Lawrence
Angela Scott
L. Carroll
Elizabeth Mueller
Misty Provencher



  1. What an excellent idea, E.J. Like you, I had a lot of support during the A to Z. I was under the weather and visited very few blogs during April, and I'm still working on getting through the list of A to Z participants. The fact that some blogger friends continued to prop me up during that time was proof the blogger community is awesome.

  2. @ Patricia: I know exactly what you mean! It was hard enough trying to keep something worth reading up on the blog every day, so trying to keep up with all of them became impossible. This was the best way I could think of when it came to saying thanks.

    @ Misty & Mooderino: You two are very welcome! Thanks for the support!


  3. Awww...thank you, E.J. Glad you're good. Kept coming to see your blog and got worried. THought you were sick or something.

  4. That award is so awesome. I love the little storm trooper. Thanks and welcome back!

  5. That's so sweet, thanks for the link! Love the badge. Did not know stormwalkers could be so cute!

  6. Am I the only one not on that list?

  7. Aw, you put my name on here! *HUGS* Yes, you are so right, bloggie absence is a good thing to have. *sigh* One day...

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  8. Thank you E.J.- I feel special being first on your list.
    You are extremely kind and a wonderful writer.

  9. Wow, that's a lot of links. :)

    A to Z is such a great way to meet other bloggers. I can't believe all the great people I made contact with during the challenge. A lot of them are on that list. I'll have to check out the ones that aren't.

    Glad you had a good break and are back at it.

  10. Welcome back, and thanks for the shout out! I loved checking in during April for your posts, they were great.

    Love the storm trooper, too!

  11. Welcome back! Thanks for the free and super cool award :)

  12. @ Rogue Mutt: I wouldn't know which blog of yours to link to! lol I'll make it up to you and put your link here in the comments:


    Japes aside, RM is a great blogger, and definitely worth checking out.

  13. Thanks EJ! You are the man! So glad to hear your break was good!

  14. Wow, thanks! I love the idea of a no strings attached award. It's great to be recognized, but it's so hard to find the time to write the required pass-it-along posts.

    Welcome back! Hope to see you a bit more around the writing blogosphere!

  15. Aw that's an awesome award! I'm going to bookmark this page so that I can pop by anyone I don't know already.

    Glad to see you back, my friend. X

  16. Welcome back from your blogcation. Hope you got a lot of writing done. Thank you for the award. I like that it has a storm trooper on it and that I don't have to answer any questions.

  17. Thanks for the shout-out and for your kind comment on my blog earlier today! I love the Trooper award, thank you!! :D

  18. This is by far the cutest award I have seen! Thanks and welcome back to the blogosphere!

  19. THANK YOU so much, for the award and the shout out too! Welcome back from your break!

  20. Thanks for the award, EJ! Keep plugging away at the writing and the blogging, dude. Only practice and experience can make a person grow in the fields that interest them.

    And welcome back from your break! Hope you got some rest in there, too!

  21. Thanks EJ! Glad you're back and I love, love. love the award - it screams "you." :)

    And I love stormtroopers so yay!


  22. EJ, thanks dude!
    And sorry I don't get by more often. Will fix that next week!
    And no inferiority complex. I'm insecure enough for the both of us. Just keep believing in yourself.

  23. Thanks for the mention/link. You even used my author name.

  24. Awww, thank you so much, for both the mention and the award!

  25. I'm glad you're back! I love reading your blog! Thanks for the awesome award.


  26. Okay that is totally the cutest blog award ever! Brilliant! Thanks so much for the kind words, and you're right, saying thank you and showing appreciation is something we should all make the time to do. :)

    Have an awesome week!

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

  27. Wooooooooooow, thanks so much! Glad to be on the list. LOL.

    You're welcome, btw. It's not a chore coming to your blog :)

  28. Thanks! I love the award and I might just reuse it someday (with credit of course).

  29. Hey! Thanks a ton, E.J. And you're so right. Sometimes in all the craziness, saying thank you slips through the cracks, but you managed this one beautifully.

    The badge rocks! Have a great weekend.

  30. Welcome back - we missed you! And thanks for the award! I love the idea of no strings attached :) Like you, I sometimes don't get around to posting awards because of the things you have to do - they can feel a little like chain mail and I wonder if others really want me to pass them on - so this is a great idea! Looking forward to future posts!

  31. Hey! Thanks a bunch, EJ!!!! You're super awesome! Have a great weekend!

  32. I feel so honored to be a part of this list. Thank you.

  33. Whoa! That's some serious linkage love! Thanks so much for mentioning me -- I'm in amazing company! Getting to know writers like yourself better during the craziness of April made the A-Z challenge rewarding and well worth the effort.

    Thanks again!

  34. This is so nice! And 0 calories too. Love the storm trooper.

  35. Thanks so much! Have a great day!

  36. Thanks I love it! Star Wars is very big in our house so this is definitely fitting.
    As before, I will be a regular visitor to your blog. I enjoy your posts a lot!
    Glad you are back.

  37. EJ, you're so sweet. I absolutely LOVE this design. Thank you. I posted it today with a link back to you and also added it with a link on my awards page. http://writinginwonderland.blogspot.com/2011/06/real-trooper-award.html

  38. Thanks for the shout out and the award. It's quite shiny!!

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  40. Woooo! Thanks for that. :)

  41. Thanks! I should be back from my blog break soon, too.

    Have a great weekend!

  42. Thanks for the award, EJ. I think a "no strings attached" award is a great idea.

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