The Reality Blog Award


It would seem that my dear friend Matthew Kirshenblatt over at Mythic Bios has nominated me for the Reality award. I’d actually never heard about this award before, but it’s pretty cool. Here’s how it works:

1.) Visit the blog of the person who nominated you, thank them, and acknowledge them on *your* blog.

2.) Answer the five questions listed below and nominate up to 20 bloggers whom you feel deserve recognition. Visit their blog to let them know.

3.) Cut and paste the award to your wall.

If you could change one thing, what would you change?

If I could change one thing about the world, I would get rid of money and instead create a system where all the goods were distributed evenly and people were appreciated based on how hard they worked rather than how much they can earn for other people.

If I could change one thing about myself, I would make myself more of a routine animal. My spirit always bucks against routine, and when I try to create routines after school, I find they’ll often work out for a few days but on the third or fourth day I’ll be so exhausted when I get home from school that I just pass out and ruin it. This would be fine if I wasn’t trying to create a writing career for myself, but since I am, I’d like to find a way to make myself more accepting of routine.

If you could repeat an age, what would it be?

The age I’m at right now. I’d love to be nineteen forever. I really love my current school and I’d also love to stay in the program forever. I’m pretty healthy, I’m old enough that people respect me as an adult and have stopped treating me like a child, I’m doing pretty well in all my endeavors, and I don’t yet need to worry about paying rent. If I got to repeat the year, I’d be much better set up to support myself by the time I got out of high school.

Oh, and I shouldn’t forget that it’s nice to be able to legally buy cigarettes and alcohol–though I buy very little of the latter.

What one thing really scares you?

There are a few, though only a small few, but the one I’ll talk about today is the fear of being unable to pursue my passion. I have tendonitis in both wrists–at least, that’s what they *think* it is–and it’s pretty terrifying. I also know that it is possible–my grandmother dreamed of being a ballerina, but her feet were bad and she was short, so she would never have made it too far dancing in a company and she had to give up altogether one day because of the pain it caused her. Keeping her story in mind, I’m grateful to be a writer, because nobody will ever try to tell me I’m too short to pursue my passion.

But more so I am afraid. Afraid that someday I will lose the capacity to write, because writing is my life and without it I would be nothing. I would be useless. I would be really crazy really quickly, probably extremely suicidal. Writing has carried me through a lot of things, and my desire to make my voice heard has kept me from suicide on many occasions already. Without it, I’d be lost.

If you could be someone else for one day, who would it be?

That’s a good question. I think, though, rather than being somebody else, I’d like to just be me… except rich. I’m pretty happy with who I am and though I’d like to have 50 books published, I don’t think I’d like to be Terry Pratchett for a day all that much. And though I’d like to be a famous actress, I wouldn’t want to be Helena Bonham Carter for a day. But I’d love to be independently wealthy so I could focus on my craft and not have to worry about finding a job that, you know, pays the bills until I become a famous novelist.

And now for my own nominations:


Patricia Yager Delagrange

L.K. Mitchell–Pocketful of Dreams

Pub Rants

I hope that you’ll all take the time to check out these blogs and that the bloggers will be doing this exercise soon themselves. Oh, and I’d also like to throw out a big thank you to everyone who’s subscribed to Dianna’s Writing Den–I crossed the three hundred subscribers mark a few days ago and I’m ecstatic! I can’t make any promises, but I’m thinking up a contest for when I hit 350 already, so keep tuned.

7 thoughts on “The Reality Blog Award

  • You were right about our first question with regards to society. Having a routine is also a very useful thing too. I would definitely go fucking crazy, or bloody John Milton if I couldn’t write more (and somehow still had my faculties) and being able to not worry about supporting myself while pursuing what I am good at and what I love (like Thomas Mann, though he had other issues) would be extraordinary and right. I’m glad I gave you this nomination. Take care, Dianna. 🙂

    • Hi Matthew,

      I’m glad you agree about the world. I live with my grandmother who is the hardest working person I know to this day, and she frankly doesn’t have money to retire–and I think that’s ridiculous. Why doesn’t she have money to retire? Because she’s too generous to her children, grandchildren and even friends. I hate living in a world where being generous is stupid.

      Anyway, thanks again for the nomination. I hope I’ll be seeing more of you around here.

      Thanks for stopping by,

  • Brianna Soloski

    Routine is a tough habit to get into. For me, forcing myself to do something usually works. I put a time on it – write for 20 minutes, read 10 pages, whatever it needs to be.

    • Hi Brianna,

      Routine is such a challenge; it’s good that you’ve figured out ways to get yourself working. I’m not very good with rules about time myself. I hate being timed. I hate feeling like every minute of my day is scheduled. I’m trying to work in a time based planner this year and it’s a struggle. Still, it’s worth a shot and I’m hoping the planner will help me increase productivity.

      Thanks for stopping by,

      • Brianna Soloski

        It definitely takes some getting used to. I freelance full time and have a part-time job. I wouldn’t get anything done ever if I didn’t schedule myself on some level. I am hoping to nix the part-time job by the summer and be able to have a more flexible, free schedule.

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