Friday, May 16, 2014

Versatile Blogger Awards/7 Things About Me

Thanks to Matt Campbell Nicely ( for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award! It’s always great to know that someone actually reads my blog, and that my posts are not entirely lost in the dark void of cyberspace. 

If you haven’t heard about the Versatile Blogger Award, you can learn more here:

My nominees for the Versatile Blogger Award include these folks below. There are so many great bloggers that I’ve started reading through Twitter’s #mondayblogs started by the talented indie author and social media goddess Rachel Thompson ( 

Stephanie’s blog is often funny and always relatable:

Margie Miklas’s blog is about Italy - one of my favorite places in the world. When I need a dose of Italia, I go here:

Christian Brown’s blog always inspires me. He has transformed his own life struggles, and tried to help others do the same. And I wish I lived in Hawaii:

Elad Nehorai’s blog always makes me stop and think with his powerful posts. His blog is considered “a Jewish blog for everyone” and I’ve found that to be true (I’m not Jewish, and I love his posts):

M.J. Kelley’s blog includes fiction and useful writing tips. I had the pleasure of meeting him in person at the San Francisco Writers Conference this year:

Rob Distaffen’s blog always give me a needed dose of humor on Mondays:

I’m a new reader of Gina’s blog, but it’s quickly becoming one of my favorites. She writes on often difficult, but important topics of personal and global significance:

Karen Pilarski’s blog is always personal and relatable. Her blog makes me feel like I’m having a chat with a good friend:

Katharine Grubb’s blog always give me useful tips to apply to my writing. She always seem to post a topic just when I need it so I appreciate her ESP:

Diane Motti’s blog is always informative and thoughtful, like reading a article mixed with meditation. She focuses on “being truly present,” which I also think is important: 

Rachel Lynn Brody’s blog is always informative - whether on tech/blogging/writing topics and tips:

Pamela Sutherland’s blog is incredibly inspirational to me. Her posts about struggling with chronic illness are brave and often painful, but her attitude towards her struggles help me cope with my own even though I am not in her situation:

I could nominate twelve more - there are so many great bloggers out there! 

Seven Things About Me (Part 2 of the VBA): 

1. I dropped out of high school when I was 17 and lived on the streets. Later, I attended Yale University on a full scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. (I guess that’s more than one thing.) 

2. I think the person who first combined the flavors of chocolate and peanut butter should be knighted/given a Nobel prize/put on a postage stamp, or all three.

3. I love to travel, but hate to fly. I can’t step on an airplane without prescription medication. 

4. I’ve written journals since age 9. Writing has kept me sane during difficult periods. Those journals are especially handy now that I’m writing a memoir, Turbulence in the Veins.

5. If I could borrow the Tardis and travel in time, I would visit Ancient Greece and Rome so I could meet the great philosophers. Two of my favorite books are “Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius and “The Last Days of Socrates” by Plato.

6. I mostly read nonfiction, but if I had to choose a favorite fiction author other than J.K. Rowling and J.R.R. Tolkien it would be Herman Hesse. Outside of fictional series, the most books I’ve bought from one author are his. Siddartha, Glass Bead Game, and Journey to the East are some of my favorites.

7. I’ve taken the Myers-Briggs personality test several times and always come out the same - INFJ. This is the rarest personality type, and clearly not an evolutionary advantage. I am the most introverted of introverts. :-) 


  1. Thank you so much for mentioning me here, Christina. It really means a lot to me knowing you not only read my blog but think highly of my meandering thoughts and musings=)
    I must commend you on your journey. I'm sorry you were homeless but I'm proud you were able to overcome this and attend one of the best universities in the country.
    Like yourself, I've kept journals since I was around nine years old. I've been making up stories since I could write, however, I started filing away journals in 3rd grade.
    I'm so glad we've connected here. You are an inspiration to all!

    1. Thank you for the kind words Gina! I appreciate it and look forward to keeping up with your blog. You are very talented! :-)

  2. Thanks for mentioning me too, Christina. Always nice to hear that the blog posts I find meaningful to write, have meaning to others too. I remember seeing the "homeless teen to Yale grad" on Twitter and being incredibly impressed (and curious to read about your experience). Thanks again for including me in your list (and reminding me that "my posts are not entirely lost in the dark void of cyberspace" either - smile).

    1. Thank you Diane! In know - isn't it nice when we know someone is reading? I always enjoy your posts and the illustrations are amazing too. :-)

  3. Thanks so much for the nomination! It's really awesome to be a part of such a cool list of folks.

    1. So glad to have met you! I look forward to reading more of your writing. :-)

  4. Thank you for the honor Christina. And Congratulations to you. I enjoy your honesty in writing about life's challenges.